About Alison "Boom" Baumgartner

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: ‘Voices Of A Distant Star’ (2002)

    Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Dragon Ball Z’ (1996)

    Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2016 06:00 pm GMT -5

    Sometimes our Throwback Thursday choices are cult hits, some that have remained popular over several decades, and others… are somehow in the in-between of mocking and love. Today’s Throwback is just that, and it’s ‘Dragon Ball Z’. I want you to think back to when you first saw ‘Dragon Ball Z’, before you joked with […]

  • ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ Falls To Theaters

    Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016 09:00 am GMT -5

    We’ve talked about ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ before here on ScienceFiction.com, so it’s only natural that we are a little bit excited that it will be re-released in theaters to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ starred the late David Bowie in his first feature film, and follows the […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ (1983)

    Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 12:00 pm GMT -5

    It’s time for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. And for this Thursday, we thought, why not do a throwback that is a throwback in itself, i.e, a time-travel story. That’s why the subject of today is ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’. For those who are […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Space: Above And Beyond’ (1995)

    Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2016 02:00 pm GMT -5

    If it’s Thursday, you know it’s time for a throwback. Today’s look at the great science fiction of the past is ‘Space Above and Beyond’. For those of you who remember this show, who the heck are you? Supposedly the viewership was so low, it was cancelled… It’s almost a common thing for science fiction […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Rebuttal

    Posted Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 03:00 pm GMT -5

    After reading my esteemed colleagues review of ‘Star Trek Beyond’, I felt that I needed add in my two cents. After all, you’re not a Trekkie unless you have strong conflicting opinions, am I right? His dislike for the movie stemmed from “ glaring plot holes, daft story sidelines, and special effects misfires” that lead to […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress’ By Robert Heinlein (1966)

    Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2016 05:00 pm GMT -5

    It may not have escaped some of your notice that authors like Asimov, Bradbury, and Dick are often brought up for Throwback Thursday, but the famous Heinlein has remained absent from our discussions. That’s why, this week, I want to focus on ‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress’. Unfortunately for Heinlein, I had read ‘Starship […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (1978)

    Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 05:30 pm GMT -5

    There are times when you get disappointed in yourself for not watching a show before. Today’s Throwback Thursday – ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past – is exactly one of those shows. Like most of you, I watched the reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica‘. Who didn’t? It was amazingly good. So […]