Jenna Watches Fall TV Pilots So You Don’t Have To: Good Doctor, The Brave, Ghosted

The Good Doctor

Doogie Howser + House + Autism. It’s nice to see more TV shows featuring autistic characters in a normal way, not as victims or villains but as people. While I can’t speak to how true the portrayal of the main character’s autism is, the pilot is full of compelling characters with an interesting story. While the board at Shaun Murphy’s (Freddie Highmore, aka Norman Bates from the Bates Motel TV series) new hospital debates whether to allow a surgical resident with autism, Shaun saves a young boy’s life at the airport using MacGyver’d surgical tools. In standard trope fashion, the video of Shaun’s miraculous save makes it online and the board has to accept him, at least temporarily, or face bad publicity. read more

Games I Love: No Man’s Sky, Part 2: Now What?

It’s been roughly two months since No Man’s Sky came out. I’ve played the game off and on since the day it came out. Not sure how many hours worth exactly, but it’s been enough to get to the point where I’ve lost interest in the game. There’s been a bit of controversy around the game, about false advertising and mostly negative reviews. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed playing the game and it’s given me several hours of enjoyment, but the game, despite its near infinite number of worlds to explore, has a very limited number of things you can do. read more

“Flight” Anthology Out Now

A while ago, the Queer Science Fiction group on Facebook had a flash fiction contest based on the word “flight”. My entry was one of the ones chosen for inclusion in the anthology that came out of the contest. If you like flash fiction, I recommend checking it out.

The 2016 Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Anthology – “Flight”

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances. read more

Games I Love: No Man’s Sky

I picked up the PS4 version of No Man’s Sky when it first released two weeks though due to the convergence of massive overtime at work and vacationing out of state, I didn’t get to play it until this past Monday. There’s been a lot of reviews about the game, mostly negative, but I genuinely enjoy it. That said, it’s a very specific kind of game that will appeal to a very specific subset of gamers. You either love it or you hate it. Very little in-between.

As someone who’s sat through hours of watching my husband play Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4, No Man’s Sky is boring as hell to watch and the auto-message of “units received” upon every new discovery made me want to break the TV the first week we had it. So, if your only exposure to No Man’s Sky is your partner playing it, bring a book. read more