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Five Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek

Star Trek (2008) Directed by: J.J. Abrams

I might have mentioned earlier (or maybe not) that my love of Star Trek had a very reluctant and rocky start in my childhood.  As a child in the 80s, there wasn’t an incredible amount of variety on television.  So many a weekend afternoon aired long marathons of Star Trek, Bruce Lee movies, etc.   My father, an avid Star Trek fan, wouldn’t miss a chance to sit and watch the episodes from the original show, and of course he was the one who introduced it to me.  I admit I wasn’t very receptive at first, but in time it grew on me, and I found myself addicted.  I’ve watched all remakes of it including Enterprise (and no, I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as people said it was – it’s actually one of my favorites).

Fast forward to adulthood...

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Take in the Smells of the Game with this Mask

Courtesy of FeelReal

Courtesy of FeelReal

Imagine you’re immersed in your favorite game.  You’re stranded on a beach, trying to collect items to use for your survival.  The graphics are excellent; you can see the sun’s rays glinting off of the water, the light radiating off the sand.  But that’s not all.  As you roam the beach, you can actually SMELL the scent of salt water in the air, the stench of rotting seaweed, a warm breeze blowing on your face, the feel of the ocean spray on your skin.  Talk about adding a new dimension to gaming!

It might sound too good to be true, but it’s very, very real.  Manufactured by FeelReal, this virtual reality mask brings the gaming experience to a whole new level...

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Happy Birthday – To Us!

I know, I know – it’s such a cliché to say this, but it really does seem like it was just yesterday when Science Fiction Zone was brought into existence.  And yet we’re one year old this month!

Before I begin, I just want to start off with a HUGE thank you to our readers, followers and fans.  I seriously cannot thank you enough for your support and participation on this site, our Facebook page and our Twitter page.  Without you, the site would have been a distant memory by now. You guys are AWESOME!

It’s amazing how many changes can take place in one calendar year.  At the urging of two very good friends, I decided to launch SFZ.  In those early days I remember feeling varying degrees of uncertainty, and how it was almost paralyzing at times...

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Does Fantasy Belong in Science Fiction?

When one thinks of “hot topics,” political and religious issues tend to come to mind first and foremost because they are the ones that are probably most debated and are most impacting to our society.  But to science fiction fans more genre-specific issues loom.  One in particular is whether or not fantasy should be included in the science fiction genre.

To many, it’s a no-brainer.  Science fiction typically refers to anything not of this world, and such could be said for the likes of vampires, werewolves, zombies etc.  I mean, they’re anything but human (even though they had a human form at one point).  While they aren’t actually from outer space, they’re unique enough where it’s clear as to why they’re included in the genre...

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