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: ‘Space Ghost: Coast to Coast’ (1994)

    Posted Thursday, February 5th, 2015 08:00 pm GMT -4
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    A whole week has gone by, and it’s time to look back at the great science fiction of the past for Throwback Thursday. Today’s choice?  Well, it’s only science fiction in the sense that it takes place in space, but it’s my childhood favorite, ‘Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.’ Well, my favorite show in high […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Yesterday Machine’ (1963)

    Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 08:31 pm GMT -4
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    If you’ve ever wanted to watch a movie with ten minute explanations of bad science, ‘The Yesterday Machine’ is for you. So strap yourself in for the time-traveling movie of a lifetime  hour and eighteen minutes for today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the science fiction of the past. ‘The Yesterday Machine’ follows […]

  • BBC Makes A Big Mistake In Not Renewing ‘In the Flesh’

    Posted Monday, January 19th, 2015 12:00 pm GMT -4
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    I’m not going to exaggerate here. When I first saw that BBC3 was not going to renew ‘In the Flesh,’ the first word out of my mouth was “Nooooooooooooooooooo!” My neighbors must have thought I was in an action movie and I had just lost my wife. People in other countries could hear the sound […]

  • Comic Review: ‘Shutter’ #8

    Posted Sunday, January 18th, 2015 07:00 pm GMT -4
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    Even with all its casual violence, and its twisting plot involving conniving siblings, ‘Shutter’ always manages to charm, and it did it in spades this week. If you’ll remember, Alarm Cat nearly lost its life when losing its head, and this issue wrestles with the realities of that for our poor robotic cat that looks […]

  • TV Review: ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’: Conclusion and Commencement – Petite Etrangere’

    Posted Sunday, January 18th, 2015 03:00 pm GMT -4
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    We are the fourth episode of the plot running thin, and it really doesn’t get any thinner this! Queen Metalia is defeated in the first five or so minutes with the power of praying, and a lot of it. If you pray hard enough, and stand strong enough while the wind of the evil villain […]

  • Book Review: ‘Radiant’ by Karina Sumner-Smith

    Posted Sunday, January 18th, 2015 09:00 am GMT -4
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    How does one survive in a world of magic when you don’t have any? Well, for Xhea, you capitalize on the one gift you do have. For her, that is seeing ghost and the tethers that bind them to the world. It’s not much, but she survives on the scraps her talents provide her. That […]

  • Neil Gaiman Admits ‘Doctor Who: Nightmare In Silver’ Was Lacking

    Posted Saturday, January 17th, 2015 09:00 am GMT -4
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    Neil Gaiman is probably one of the most respected fantasy authors of our era, having created hits such as ‘Neverwhere’, ‘Good Omens‘, ‘Stardust’, and ‘American Gods’, just to name only a few. For science fiction, he is the man who penned one of the most beloved episodes of ‘Doctor Who’, “The Doctor’s Wife”, which features […]

  • Netflix to Pull ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Red Dwarf’

    Posted Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 04:03 pm GMT -4
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    UPDATE:  Netflix spokeswoman tells Variety that reports of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ being pulled from Netflix were false.  However, the fate of ‘Red Dwarf’ is still in question. It’s a sad day for Whovians and Smegheads alike as Netflix will be pulling a large chunk of BBC programming from their streaming service at the end of […]

  • ‘Torchwood’ To Return?!

    Posted Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 11:00 am GMT -4
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    In a recent press conference for CW’s ‘Arrow,’ actor John Barrowman released some exciting news for all the Woodies around the world: ‘Torchwood’ is coming back. Only, probably not in the way you expect. As many ‘Torchwood’ fans are well aware, the stories have continued even past the final episode of ‘Miracle Day,’ with audiobook, […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Ultraman’ (1966)

    Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2015 05:26 pm GMT -4
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    I’ve been doing Throwback Thursdays for over a year now, and I must confess I don’t know how I’ve managed to leave out one of my favorite science fiction shows of the 60s on ScienceFiction.com’s list of great science fiction of the past. That show, of course, is ‘Ultraman.’ Even if you don’t know ‘Ultraman,’ […]

  • TV Review: ‘Sailor Moon Crystal: Final Battle Reincarnation’

    Posted Sunday, January 4th, 2015 09:00 am GMT -4
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    Don’t let the episode title fool you. It may be the final battle, but it’s certainly not over yet. Sailor Moon and Mamoru, now “dead” because they can’t be reincarnated without reliving the same life of their past selves, are absorbed into Queen Metalia, who spreads her dark power across the planet, choking its denizens […]

  • TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Last Christmas’

    Posted Friday, December 26th, 2014 10:00 pm GMT -4
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    As hinted in November, every child’s dream comes true today in the Christmas episode of ‘Doctor Who.’ So Happy Halloween! Wait. Wrong holiday. But let’s be frank. There may be a Santa Claus, Rudolph, and two caustic elves, but this is not a Christmas episode. This is a classic horror episode of ‘Doctor Who’ wrapped […]

  • TV Review : ‘Sailor Moon Crystal: Enemy, Queen Metalia’

    Posted Sunday, December 21st, 2014 05:00 pm GMT -4
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    Alright. We are down to the wire here with ‘Sailor Moon Crystal,’ so let’s get to it! Sailor Moon and her guardians defeat Beryl, but not her new boy toy, the Dark-powered Prince Endymion (Mamoru) in their headquarters. Queen Metalia then whisks Endymion/Mamoru away to the Dark Kingdom’s headquarters in a cave… in the North […]

  • Comic Book Review: ‘Ms. Marvel’ #10

    Posted Sunday, December 21st, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4
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    It always amazing how fast Ms. Marvel gets herself into trouble, and then more trouble, and then even more trouble. This issue is no exception, as Ms. Marvel confronts The Inventor once again… and then again…. to what looks like may be her demise. Cue the dramatic music. In this issue, Kamala finds out the […]

  • Get To Know Einstein With This New Project

    Posted Sunday, December 14th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4
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    Einstein fans, rejoice. The Einstein Papers Project, a decades-long effort by the Princeton University Press to collect and compile the physicist’s personal and professional works is now available online. The thousands of documents relating to Einstein’s life span forty-four years, and can be found here at Digital Einstein Papers. As the man is a huge […]