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: ‘Space Channel 5′ (1999)

    Posted Thursday, August 6th, 2015 05:15 pm GMT -5

    There are a lot of things I would love to do for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. But when I took out my old PS2 games the other day, I knew the second I heard “Ulala’s Swinging Report Show” that this game needed to be featured. […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘When It Changed’ by Joanna Russ (1972)

    Posted Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 02:30 pm GMT -5

      It’s Thursday folks, and I hope you’re ready for our Throwback Thursday column this week. It’s a short story that is… well… very short, but it sure packs one hell of a wallop. ‘When It Changed’ is very short story by Hugo award winner, Joanna Russ, who is most well-known for her feminist critiques. […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Tercentary Incident’ by Isaac Asimov (1976)

    Posted Thursday, July 9th, 2015 02:26 pm GMT -5

    As the more and more candidates start running for office, I thought we’d celebrate the short story of Isaac Asimov where a robot became President for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated the great science fiction of the past. A few of you Asimov aficionados may be wondering why I would chose a short story that […]

  • ‘Dexter”s Michael C Hall To Become ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’

    Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015 01:00 pm GMT -5

    If you’ve been keeping up with your David Bowie news, you know that his famous science fiction film (well, famous for being full of naked Bowie) is becoming and off-Broadway production of  ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth.’ The newest news to hit is that Micheal C Hall (‘Dexter’) will be starring in it. Though […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Startide Rising’ by David Brin (1983)

    Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5

      It’s time for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great science fiction of the past. And this week’s is a real humdinger. Though, I feel like I should start this with a disclaimer: I don’t usually read things that, when described to me, bring back memories of all the Christian Riese Lassen […]

  • Does Han Solo’s Wife Mean We Have to Say Goodbye to ‘Star Wars’ Canon?

    Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 12:00 pm GMT -5

    I think we all knew that when it was announced they would be making a new set of ‘Star Wars’ movies, that something in the Force had changed. And when I say, “the Force”, I mean the ‘Star Wars’ canon. In the newest ‘Star Wars’ comic book, which takes place between ‘A New Hope’ and […]

  • Nolan Tries To Explain The Ending Of ‘Inception’ And Is More Ambiguous Than The Movie

    Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 11:00 am GMT -5

    The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Christopher Nolan has sort of kind of explained the ending to ‘Inception,’ except not really. Speaking at Princeton University’s commencement, Nolan used ‘Inception’ as a foil to explain to the audience of graduates that they should be able to distinguish between reality and dreams, and be […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘True History’ by Lucian of Samosata (~100 CE)

    Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2015 07:07 pm GMT -5

    We’ve gone pretty far back in our Throwback Thursdays. We’ve looked back to the days of Jack London with ‘The Iron Heel‘, and squinted to Voltaire with his short story, ‘Micromegas‘. Break out the binoculars, because we’re going to see as far as 100 CE with Lucian’s ‘True History’. There is actually quite a bit of […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2015: Gwendoline Christie Talks ‘Game of Thrones’

    Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 01:00 pm GMT -5

    You’ll not be getting much from Gwendoline about Commander Lyme in ‘The Hunger Games’ or her mysterious helmeted character in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘, but she loves to talk about her character on Brienne of Tarth on ‘Game of Thrones.’ Christie began her panel at Denver Comic Con by explaining her journey to becoming […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2015: Our Favorite Cosplays From The Con

    Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 03:00 pm GMT -5

    According to Sean Austin (Samwise Gamgee, ‘Lord of the Rings’), it has been a long time since he’s a seen a con with such a high proportion of talented cosplayers. We couldn’t show you all the great costumes, but here are a few of our favorites. Mr. Business, ‘The Lego Movie’ Ronan, ‘The Guardians of […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2015: Mitch Pileggi Only Hints At ‘The X-Files’ Revival Series

    Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 11:00 am GMT -5

    Recently, we’ve known him as Commander Caldwell on ‘Stargate,’ and Samuel Campbell from ‘Supernatural,’ but fans will always know Mitch Pileggi in their hearts as Skinner, from ‘The X-Files.’ For those you craving news on the up and coming mini-series, Pileggi wouldn’t budge an inch when asked about it at last weekend’s Denver Comic-Con. What he […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Gattaca’ (1997)

    Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2015 09:00 pm GMT -5

    While some of our throwbacks for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated  the great science fiction of the past, are ridiculous and will never come to pass (‘The Yesterday Machine,’ for example), there are some science fictions that seems closer to us than others, and every year it feels like we are steadily marching toward […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream’ by Harlan Ellison (1967)

    Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015 07:30 pm GMT -5

    Some of you may know Harlan Ellison, some of you may not. Some of you might know him from the big Penny Arcade debacle, where he and Gabe (Mike Krahulik) had a kerfuffle about who was the rudest person. Some you may know him as the dude who had a kerfuffle about the ‘Star Trek’ […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Isis’ (1975 – 1976)

    Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5

    Think back to the seventies if you can, or imagine it if you were born after that. In particular, think back to all those live action superhero shows. Have you got an image in mind? Good! Then you’re ready for today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column about science fiction of the past. This week’s subject […]

  • William Shatner Pitches 50th Anniversary Special At SyFy

    Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 07:00 pm GMT -5

    The 50th anniversary of ‘Star Trek’ is coming up in 2016, and it looks like William Shatner is going to be capitalizing on the celebration as much as possible. Speaking at FanExpo, Shatner talked about what he has done toward the project: “I went to the Syfy network, which hasn’t given me their final answer, […]