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: FM’s ‘Black Noise’ (1978)

    Posted Thursday, October 30th, 2014 05:00 pm GMT -4
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    Let’s go back to the days of Progressive Rock, when Emerson, Lake and Palmer wrote 30-minute epics about the battle between humans and computers, and Geddy Lee could wail about the blackhole Cygnus X-1 and make it go gold. And while no, science fiction hasn’t gone away in our music (Janelle Monae’s concept albums being […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: In the Forest of the Night’

    Posted Monday, October 27th, 2014 01:00 pm GMT -4
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    If ‘Doctor Who’ was ever science fiction, it’s clear in this season that it is departing from this notion more steadily than it ever had before. From the preposterous ‘Kill the Moon,’ we now go to the overnight forest that saves the world from coronal mass ejection but forgets about the accompanying EMP that surely […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Flatline’

    Posted Monday, October 20th, 2014 01:18 pm GMT -4
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    Get ready for ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” meets ‘Flatlands’, the crossover we’ve all been waiting for. All those months on A03, seeking out fanfics that would do this wasted! All I had to do was wait for this episode of ‘Doctor Who’! Okay, let’s be serious. This episode was amazing. I don’t know how […]

  • TV Review: ‘Sailor Moon Crystal: Minako Sailor V’

    Posted Sunday, October 19th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4
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    The final inner sailor scout has appeared, and it’s Sailor Venus! And she’s wearing a completely different outfit, something which the sailor scouts can recognize despite the fact she is standing about one hundreds away. In any case, Sailor Venus reveals that she is the princess the scouts have been so eager to protect, and […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Bucky O’Hare’

    Posted Thursday, October 16th, 2014 04:00 pm GMT -4
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    If you’ve ever wanted rabbits and toads in spaceships, then you’re going to love this week’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated the great science fiction of the past. That’s right. Today’s feature is ‘Bucky O’Hare’, the comic turned 90s Saturday morning cartoon turned video game featuring the exploits of a green anthropomorphic bunny who […]

  • Neil Gaiman Comments On Lack Of Female Writers In ‘Doctor Who’

    Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 10:00 am GMT -4
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    Representation of women both in and behind the screens has become an increasingly hot-button issue these days, and it’s been touching some of our most beloved authors. Neil Gaiman (‘American Gods’,’Stardust’) was asked on his Tumblr the following question: If you could hug any Doctor Who writer, which one would you hug? I think personally […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express’

    Posted Sunday, October 12th, 2014 09:00 pm GMT -4
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    Many of you who saw the episode title, ‘Mummy on the Orient Express,’ may have been a little excited to think it was another episode with a tie-in to Agatha Christie, like ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp.’ Alas, no. But it involved a mummy on a space train, so who’s complaining? Tonight’s episode was supposed […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Kill the Moon’

    Posted Monday, October 6th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4
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    ‘Kill the Moon’ may seem like a provocative title, but the plot was a near rehash of the Star Whale in ‘The Beast Below,’ only without the interesting characters, and a very strange understanding of what would happen if the moon went away. Also, the Doctor decides not to solve the crisis at all. The […]

  • TV Review ‘Sailor Moon Crystal: Mamoru Chiba’

    Posted Saturday, October 4th, 2014 09:00 pm GMT -4
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    Zoisite has a new plan to get the Silver Crystal, and it involves using a movie rental shop to convert the citizens of Japan into Sailor-Moon-hunting zombies. Yes. You heard right. A movie rental shop. To convert people into zombies. The good news is that ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ is at least trying to keep up […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: The Caretaker’

    Posted Sunday, September 28th, 2014 03:00 pm GMT -4
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    Yet again, the Doctor continues his pattern of looking for trouble rather than just finding himself in it, making this a very proactive Doctor indeed. Instead of venturing out into the stars, the Doctor decides it’s high time to solve the crisis of Skovox Blitzer, a planet destroying being that the Doctor conveniently decides to […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Time Heist’

    Posted Sunday, September 21st, 2014 06:00 pm GMT -4
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    If you ever wanted to have ‘Doctor Who’ mixed with a little bit of ‘Ocean’s 11,’ and maybe some ‘Borne Identity’ (on account of the memory loss), then this episode is the one for you. It begins with Clara about to go out on another date with Danny, only to have the Doctor come in and […]

  • TV Review: ‘Sailor Moon Crystal: Tuxedo Mask’

    Posted Sunday, September 21st, 2014 02:00 pm GMT -4
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    Unfortunately, we have the benefit of over two decades of knowing the love story behind ‘Sailor Moon’. But, there was a time when no one could really be sure if Tuxedo Mask was a good guy or not. Well.. sort of. This chapter is within the first book of the collected manga, so it’s not […]

  • Comic Review: ‘Shutter’ #6

    Posted Saturday, September 20th, 2014 01:00 pm GMT -4
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    Any reservations I may have had about ‘Shutter’ have been completely wiped away with this action-packed issue. In this issue, we are finally introduced to what maybe the main antagonist: Kate and Christopher’s older sister (well, we sort of knew this before, but now we see her face). She’s also so evil that apparently she […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Spaceballs’ (1987)

    Posted Thursday, September 18th, 2014 06:00 pm GMT -4
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    What’s the only thing better than ‘Star Wars’? Why, a Mel Brooks parody of ‘Star Wars’, of course! That’s why today, ‘Spaceballs’ is the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. I think everyone knew they were in for a treat with this movie the […]

  • Exclusive Interview: Alec Peters on ‘Star Trek: Axanar’

    Posted Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 03:22 pm GMT -4
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    ScienceFiction.com got to catch up with Alec Peters, one of the co-creators of ‘Star Trek: Axanar‘ and learn a little more about the series. Check out the interview below: ScienceFiction.com (SF): What makes ‘Star Trek: Axanar’ different from other fan-funded Star Treks, like Tim Russ’ ‘Star Trek: Renegades’? Alec Peters (AP): Axanar has almost an […]