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

    Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 12:00 pm GMT -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    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 […]

  • Guess What? Fan-works Help Your Brand

    Posted Monday, June 27th, 2016 12:00 pm GMT -4

    The fuss has hit the fans about CBS and Paramount Pictures releasing guidelines on making fan films. How they are going to enforce it is anyone’s guess, but let’s pretend they can for the sake of the article. The guidelines are pretty standardesque. You can find them here, but they are basically don’t make money; […]

  • New ‘Star Trek’ Series Continues To Go Where None Have Gone Before

    Posted Friday, June 24th, 2016 03:00 pm GMT -4

    For those of you who are excited about the new ‘Star Trek’ series, good news is on the way. Matt Golberg of Collider caught up with Bryan Fuller on the red carpet of the Saturn Awards, and got us up to speed on the new series that will be streaming on CBS All Access. Bryan Fuller […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ (1000 AD)

    Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 05:30 pm GMT -4

    Get ready to be thrown way, way back for today’s Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great sci-fi of the past. ‘Kaguya-hime no Monogatari’ (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) is not truly sci-fi in the way we often think about it. After all, it’s set in a time period long before the first […]

  • More Bones About It: Should We Expect More McCoy In ‘Star Trek Beyond’?

    Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 09:00 am GMT -4

    Throughout his panel at Denver Comic Con, Karl Urban was enthusiastic about the new ‘Star Trek Beyond’ coming out, directed by Justin Lin. “You are going to love this movie,” he stated, and then he when into how much more we are going to see of Leonard “Bones” McCoy. In the previous two movies, he […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2016: Jonathan Rhys Davies Discusses What Went Wrong With ‘Sliders’

    Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 12:00 pm GMT -4

      ‘Sliders’ may have been cancelled over a decade ago, but it is still on the mind of Jonathan Rhys Davies. At his panel at the Denver Comic Con, he was asked what his favorite world to travel to was. Instead of a simple response, he launched into an eloquent speech about worlds he wished […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2016: More Cosplay Fun!

    Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 10:00 am GMT -4

    Conventions are the greatest places to find creative cosplay, and Denver Comic Con is definitely where you are going to find unique costumes. Here are some of our favorite of those that we say this year: The Marvel Family or Shazam Family, ‘Shazam’ Sokka, ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Dalek and 10th Doctor, ‘Doctor Who’ Honey Lemon […]

  • Denver Comic Con 2016: Karl Urban Confirms ‘Dredd 2′ Is In Development

    Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016 09:00 am GMT -4

    At his panel at Denver Comic Con, when asked a rather snidely worded question about if he would do a sequel to ‘Dredd’ even if it was poorly written just for the money, Karl Urban revealed some very interesting information for fans. Well, after he quipped that he did need a new house, he revealed […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Himitsu Sentai Gorenger’ (1975)

    Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -4

    A lot of images come to mind when you think about old Japanese scifi. Sometimes its Godzilla, and sometimes it’s Astro Boy, but I think the most influential on Japanese and Western culture is sentai (Power Rangers). That is why today, we will be looking at that for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing look back on […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ By William Gibson (1981)

    Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 02:00 pm GMT -4

    Another week has passed, and we get to look back on the greatest science fiction of the past with Throwback Thursday. Today’s feature will be ‘Johnny Mnemonic’.  But plot twist, I will be talking about the short story, and not the ill-fated movie starring Keanu Reeves that has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 14%. Though, […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Truman Show’ (1998)

    Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -4

    It’s Thursday again, so it’s time to look back on the great science fiction of the past with Throwback Thursday. And today, I’d like to take a look back on a movie that is often overly maligned, and may seem the least sci-fi of any of the sci-fi we’ve taken a look at: ‘The Truman Show.’ ‘The […]