Amy Ratcliffe

  • My Favorite Science Fiction Book Is ‘Dune’

    Posted Sunday, August 7th, 2011 07:00 pm GMT -4

    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration…” From the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear I read Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ about once every two years. I listen to it just as often. Though the other books are enjoyable, I don’t need the rest of the series […]

  • San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Recap

    Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 04:00 pm GMT -4

    San Diego Comic-Con seemed crazier than ever this year. The list of panels to go to, booths to stop by, parties to attend, and people to see gets longer and longer each year I attend. The lines for most of those activities get longer, and I feel like I need another few days just to […]

  • Peggy Carter – More than Captain America’s Girlfriend

    Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2011 11:06 am GMT -4

    ‘Captain America’ comes out in theaters this week. The movie goes back to Steve Roger’s beginnings as the spangled superhero. His transformation from scrawny Steve to muscled Captain America happens in the forties. He’s not the only powerful force in the story though. Peggy Carter is not just another love interest. She’s not another dame […]

  • Ten Attractive (Male) Minds in Sci-Fi TV

    Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 01:04 pm GMT -4

    One factor that takes science fiction shows from cheesy to interesting is when the characters are more than just attractive actors. Pretty faces are fine for eye candy, and just like anyone else, I do enjoy drooling from time to time. However, I find substance and smarts much more attractive than a pair of washboard […]

  • ‘Harry Potter’ From The Beginning

    Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2011 05:05 pm GMT -4

    It all ends. Thanks, Warner Bros. for choosing such a depressing tag line to promote the last Harry Potter movie. We know it’s the last one. You didn’t have to remind us. Legions of fans around the world are simultaneously excited and melancholy about the release of ‘The Deathly Hallows, Part 2′. We’ve had the next […]

  • Hermione Saves The Day… Again

    Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:15 pm GMT -4

    You can depend on some things to be absolutely true in the Harry Potter universe: at least once per movie Harry’s scar will make him cringe, Ron will do something to hurt the feelings of the opposite sex, and Hermione will save the day. She’s been a precocious overachiever since her first first footsteps into […]

  • American Gods 10th Anniversary

    Posted Saturday, July 9th, 2011 05:01 pm GMT -4

    Ten years ago American Gods was released. The story by Neil Gaiman is about the old gods who were dragged across the ocean to America by their believers. They have to contend with the new gods that society has produced like manifestations of the internet and media. An unwitting protagonist, Shadow, is at the center […]

  • How I Lost My Sci-Fi Virginity

    Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2011 04:04 pm GMT -4

    I don’t really think I can say I was a geek my whole life. I wasn’t exposed to superheroes or comic books until high school. Except for the Baby Muppets comic from age five or six. I played with My Little Ponies but also LEGO bricks, Transformers, and my cousin’s GI Joes. I liked to […]

  • In Defense Of Sansa Stark

    Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2011 11:01 am GMT -4

    Sansa Stark is on the receiving end of endless disdain and dislike. She’s probably the least liked character in the Stark family and close to the bottom of the pile of all the players in Westeros. Yep, she ranks alongside the hated Joffrey and Littlefinger for some. What did this young girl do to deserve […]

  • Having Geek Friends

    Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 03:55 pm GMT -4

    Last Saturday, sponsored an event created to help geeks meet other geeks. I’m part of the group that hosted the event – The League of Extraordinary Ladies. The group started because I invited some geek girls that I knew from Twitter and conventions to my house for a holiday gathering. The thirteen of us […]

  • You Can Smell Like A Halfling

    Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2011 02:04 pm GMT -4

    It’s time to add a new sensory experience to your tabletop roleplaying game. Immerse yourself in the RPG world you play in with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s new series of RPG character fragrances and atomospheric room sprays. Yes, you can smell like a half elf mage and you can transform the dining room into a misty […]

  • Thoughts On Webcomics

    Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2011 02:04 pm GMT -4

    Oh, webcomics. It feels like webcomics have exploded just as much as web series in the past five years. I guess that’s obvious; it’s the web. Everything on the internet is moving ahead at reckless speeds, sometimes without care for quality. Part of me (most of me) grabs onto this access with greedy hands and […]

  • Comic Review: ‘The Stuff of Legend Book 2: The Jungle’

    Posted Saturday, June 4th, 2011 11:01 am GMT -4

    When I was a little girl, I was always convinced that my toys had adventures while I was sleeping. I’m not the only one who felt this way. I’m also not alone in my belief that bad things happen in the Dark. The Stuff of Legend Book 2: The Jungle continues where book one left […]

  • Comic Book Review: ‘The Outlaw Prince’

    Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2011 01:55 pm GMT -4

    The Outlaw Prince is based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs story The Outlaw of Torn. Rob Hughes adapted the script for the comic using the previous story as a foundation. The story follows Richard, the Lost Prince of England. He wasn’t really lost though; he was kidnapped by a malicious French fencing master. The swordsmen […]

  • Kaylee is my Favorite Mechanic

    Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 06:08 pm GMT -4

    It’s no secret that I am a Browncoat. Firefly captured my heart for so many reasons. I liked the ragtag crew and equally beat up ship. I liked that a sense of hope always shined through the grunge. Even if it was just hope for money or a fight. One thing that especially drew me […]