About Alison "Boom" Baumgartner

Alison
Boom believes the truth is out there, and that there is no such thing as a final frontier. She isn’t, however, entirely convinced that a towel is that useful for all situations. As a science fiction nerd, she has written her Masters dissertation on spatial philosophy in Star Trek, hosts a science fiction podcast called Loving the Alien, and has accidentally ended up on convention panels about Star Wars. The things she likes outside of Science Fiction include British panel shows, writing young adult stories, reciting the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in an attempt to be ironically cool, and sketch comedies.
Favorites: David Bowie
Location: Denver, Colorado

Alison "Boom" Baumgartner - Writer

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Quark’ (1977)

    Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017 11:27 am GMT -4
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    Let’s take a look back to 1977 for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. Or rather, in the case of the television show “Quark”, the notable but mostly forgotten science fiction of the past that just needed a little bit more time to hit its stride. But […]

  • Throwback Thursday: “Computers Don’t Argue” by Gordon R. Dickson (1965)

    Posted Thursday, May 11th, 2017 10:00 am GMT -4
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    For today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past, I thought I would do a horror story, and that is “Computers Don’t Argue” by Gordon R. Dickson. “Computers Don’t Argue” is a series of letters between a man who received the wrong book, returned it, and then is […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘La Jetée’ (1962)

    Posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 06:14 pm GMT -4
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    Just like we look to the past for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past, today’s column is dedicated to another time-traveling story. But a fair bit of warning before we begin. If you don’t like your science fiction to be a bit more esoteric, and your classic […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ (1988)

    Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 03:46 pm GMT -4
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    It’s Thursday! You know what that means! It’s time for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. Or maybe… in today’s case, the great science fiction B-movies of the past, of which I am of course talking about ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’. The title ‘Killer Klowns from […]

  • Throwback Thursday: “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” by Lewis Padgett (1943)

    Posted Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 08:22 pm GMT -4
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    It seems only fitting that we are on a time machine kick for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column celebrating the great science fiction of the past. As such, we are going to talk about “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” by Lewis Padgett. So far we’ve talked about time traveling stories with classic paradoxes and self-fulfilling destinies, […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘A Sound of Thunder’ by Ray Bradbury (1952)

    Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 10:30 am GMT -4
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    Last time I did Throwback Thursday, I did a very interesting and convoluted time travel story titled “All You Zombies“. This time, we are going to do a short story that is a little more classic, and there is nothing more classic than Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder.” I think most people, when they think of time […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘—All You Zombies—’ by Robert A Heinlein (1958)

    Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 03:45 pm GMT -4
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    It’s Thursday, so you know it’s time to throwback to the great science fiction of the past. As such, I thought we should turn back the clock to 1958, and explore a Heinlein short story, ‘—All You Zombies—’. Do not be tricked. ‘—All You Zombies— is not a lost Heinlein story that explored the world […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Voices Of A Distant Star’ (2002)

    Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -4
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    For today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past, I think we should take a look at one of my favorite things about science fiction: the short film. But first, we should talk about why sci-fi short films are so amazing. Quite simply, the medium allows for a […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Man Who Lost the Sea’ by Theodore Sturgeon (1959)

    Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 05:00 pm GMT -4
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    To me, the sci-fi great Theodore Sturgeon has a writing style that is truly hit or miss. Either you love his stream-of-consciousness prose, with unexplained yet wholly personal metaphors, or you don’t. I happen to be one of the people who stands right in the middle of it. When it comes to his ‘Star Trek’ episodes, […]

  • Throwback Thursday: “Rossum’s Universal Robots” (1920)

    Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2016 01:00 pm GMT -4
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    Let’s take a trip back to 1920 for today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ is a short play written by Karel Čapek, a Czech writer who you may recognize from the novel as the author of ‘War with the Newts’ if you’re an old […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Casshan’ (1973)

    Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 08:00 pm GMT -4
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    For Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past, I want to take you back to 1973 with a show that will transport you to the future with robot overlords. It’s a favorite trope in science fiction, from ‘Terminator’ to the ‘Matrix‘, but in the 1970s it was still […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Time Bandits’ (1981)

    Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -4
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    Get ready to take an adventure through space and time with Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column to the great science fiction of the past. ‘Time Bandits’ may not be the first movie Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame directed, or his most famous, but it is nonetheless one of his most beloved. It is the […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Waterspider’ by Philip K Dick (1964)

    Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016 02:00 pm GMT -4
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    Let’s take a time-dredge back to 1964 for today’s Throwback  Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column about great science fiction of the past. If you’re a consummate Philip K Dick fan, you may recognize that term and know that we’re going to be talking about “Waterspider”. If you’re not, you probably figured it out from the title. “Waterspider” […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Journey To The Center Of The Earth’ (1959)

    Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -4
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    Let’s take a journey for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column to the great science fiction. Where? Why, the center of the Earth, or course. Naturally, I’m talking about the 1959 classic, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, based off of the novel by Jules Verne. Though, perhaps when I say based off, I should […]

  • 15 Amazing Things You Never Knew About ‘Star Trek’ Writers

    Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016 07:00 pm GMT -4
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    At cons, fans clamour to see actors take the stage, and we forget about the writing that brought us the show we truly love. So, in celebration of the 50th anniversary, we wanted to let you know about all the cool things you may never have known about the writers of our favorite series, ‘Star […]