USA’s new show from one of the Lost showrunners is a clever nightmare vision of what it’s like to live under invading authority – could it be the next Leftovers?

When does it premiere? The first episode is streaming now for free ; the 10-episode series premieres Thursday, 14 January at 10pm EST on USA.

What’s it about? In the near future Los Angeles is taken over by something (we assume aliens) and everyone is forced to live under martial law and serve their new masters.

USA’s new show from one of the Lost showrunners is a clever nightmare vision of what it’s like to live under invading authority – could it be the next Leftovers?

When does it premiere? The first episode is streaming now for free ; the 10-episode series premieres Thursday, 14 January at 10pm EST on USA.

What’s it about? In the near future Los Angeles is taken over by something (we assume aliens) and everyone is forced to live under martial law and serve their new masters.

Lois McMaster Bujold has been nominated for the Hugo Awards eleven times and won five times. Ten of those nominations and four of the wins were for items in the Vorkosigan saga . From Shards of Honor in 1986 to Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance , out this week, the series is still going strong. It’s a wide-ranging series, set in the Wormholm Nexus in the twenty-sixth century, exploring issues of genetics, loyalty, family and love.

Well, the obvious thing is Bujold’s other books. She has written three things not in this universe, the Chalion books (posts), the Sharing Knife series (post), and the standalone The Spirit Ring . All of them are fantasy. They all have the solid worldbuilding of her Vorkosigan books and I like them a lot—but they don’t scratch the same itch. I want to read them when I’m in quite a different mood.

I don’t think anyone is writing anything self-proclaimed as influenced by Bujold—it’s too soon, I think, and Bujold is still active. I also don’t see much that does seem to be influenced by the Vorkosigan saga—if you can, please let me know.

When it comes to screenwriting structure, “Mini-Movie Method” guru and screenwriting mentor Chris Soth ( Firestorm ) is one of the best. I’ve been astounded listening to him break a logline into a plausible screenplay in mere minutes using his mini-movie methodology, including the dreaded second act so many screenwriters struggle over.

Knowing Chris as a master of structure (he is one of my screenwriting mentors), I reached out to him to talk sci-fi and the mistakes he commonly sees sci-fi screenwriters making, what it takes to structure a solid screenplay in the genre, and what he sees as the next untapped realms in sci-fi.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Chris and I talk about the sci-fi story type he uses and the mistakes he sees writers making around their sci-fi “rules,” including not sticking to one big idea.

USA’s new show from one of the Lost showrunners is a clever nightmare vision of what it’s like to live under invading authority – could it be the next Leftovers?

When does it premiere? The first episode is streaming now for free ; the 10-episode series premieres Thursday, 14 January at 10pm EST on USA.

What’s it about? In the near future Los Angeles is taken over by something (we assume aliens) and everyone is forced to live under martial law and serve their new masters.

Lois McMaster Bujold has been nominated for the Hugo Awards eleven times and won five times. Ten of those nominations and four of the wins were for items in the Vorkosigan saga . From Shards of Honor in 1986 to Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance , out this week, the series is still going strong. It’s a wide-ranging series, set in the Wormholm Nexus in the twenty-sixth century, exploring issues of genetics, loyalty, family and love.

Well, the obvious thing is Bujold’s other books. She has written three things not in this universe, the Chalion books (posts), the Sharing Knife series (post), and the standalone The Spirit Ring . All of them are fantasy. They all have the solid worldbuilding of her Vorkosigan books and I like them a lot—but they don’t scratch the same itch. I want to read them when I’m in quite a different mood.

I don’t think anyone is writing anything self-proclaimed as influenced by Bujold—it’s too soon, I think, and Bujold is still active. I also don’t see much that does seem to be influenced by the Vorkosigan saga—if you can, please let me know.

USA’s new show from one of the Lost showrunners is a clever nightmare vision of what it’s like to live under invading authority – could it be the next Leftovers?

When does it premiere? The first episode is streaming now for free ; the 10-episode series premieres Thursday, 14 January at 10pm EST on USA.

What’s it about? In the near future Los Angeles is taken over by something (we assume aliens) and everyone is forced to live under martial law and serve their new masters.

Lois McMaster Bujold has been nominated for the Hugo Awards eleven times and won five times. Ten of those nominations and four of the wins were for items in the Vorkosigan saga . From Shards of Honor in 1986 to Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance , out this week, the series is still going strong. It’s a wide-ranging series, set in the Wormholm Nexus in the twenty-sixth century, exploring issues of genetics, loyalty, family and love.

Well, the obvious thing is Bujold’s other books. She has written three things not in this universe, the Chalion books (posts), the Sharing Knife series (post), and the standalone The Spirit Ring . All of them are fantasy. They all have the solid worldbuilding of her Vorkosigan books and I like them a lot—but they don’t scratch the same itch. I want to read them when I’m in quite a different mood.

I don’t think anyone is writing anything self-proclaimed as influenced by Bujold—it’s too soon, I think, and Bujold is still active. I also don’t see much that does seem to be influenced by the Vorkosigan saga—if you can, please let me know.

When it comes to screenwriting structure, “Mini-Movie Method” guru and screenwriting mentor Chris Soth ( Firestorm ) is one of the best. I’ve been astounded listening to him break a logline into a plausible screenplay in mere minutes using his mini-movie methodology, including the dreaded second act so many screenwriters struggle over.

Knowing Chris as a master of structure (he is one of my screenwriting mentors), I reached out to him to talk sci-fi and the mistakes he commonly sees sci-fi screenwriters making, what it takes to structure a solid screenplay in the genre, and what he sees as the next untapped realms in sci-fi.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Chris and I talk about the sci-fi story type he uses and the mistakes he sees writers making around their sci-fi “rules,” including not sticking to one big idea.

We play table-top games, wargames, video games, boardgames, watch films, read books, take quizzes, have themed parties. And, most importantly, we go to the pub.

1) Boardgames - we have a weekly boardgames night featuring a range of sci-fi and fantasy games including Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Munchkin, Cut-throat Caverns and Eldritch Horror. Advanced boardgames continues at the pub with Shadow Hunters and Ghetto Coup!

2) Films - we host weekly film nights in lecture theatres on campus, and typically go to the pub afterwards for a drink and a discussion.


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