Recap: Under the Dome Episode 9

My apologies for not getting this up earlier. I haven’t been feeling well these past few days so I’m unfortunately behind on many things. Regular disclaimer: This recap contains spoilers about episode 9 of Under the Dome, titled “The Fourth Hand.” Do not read this post if you have not yet seen the episode and plan to. Okay. I seriously didn’t think this show could get any worse, but surprise! It has. Honest to Godiva, the... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 8

As usual: This post contains spoilers about episode 8 of Under the Dome (titled “Thicker than Water”). Do not read this post if you haven’t yet seen the episode and plan to. Wow. Okay. This show has managed to raise the bar on WTF. Granted, it hasn’t hit Sharknado levels (yet), but…wow. The episode opens with Junior going home, even though Big Jim kicked him out. (I don’t even know why Junior would do this. Clearly he’s got... Read more

Review: The Incrementalists

The Incrementalists Authors: Steven Brust and Skyler White Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Release Date: September 24, 2013 Formats: Hardcover and E-book Blurb: The Incrementalists—a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 7

As usual: This post contains spoilers about episode 7 of Under the Dome (titled “Imperfect Circle”). Do not read this post if you haven’t yet seen the episode and plan to. So yay! We’re officially halfway through this season! Only six more episodes of a show with remarkably unlikable characters. Anyway. This week in Chester’s Mill, the residents all have water again (because, you know, it rained when they needed it to and they’ve also got that farmer’s... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 6

As usual: This post contains spoilers about episode 6 of Under the Dome (titled “The Endless Thirst”). Do not read this post if you haven’t yet seen the episode and plan to. So. Last week: missile! This week: there’s still a dome! Surprise, surprise, not even the MOAB (mother of all bombs) could crack the dome. It’s indestructible. Maybe it was made by aliens! (That’s my vote, anyway.) So we have the residents of Chester’s... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 5

As usual: This post contains spoilers about episode 5 of Under the Dome (titled “Blue on Blue”). Do not read this post if you haven’t yet seen the episode and plan to. So when we left Chester’s Mill last week, Big Jim had just discovered Junior’s dungeon and Angie, who Junior may be hoping will someday develop a raging case of Stockholm Syndrome. When we rejoin the Chester’s Millivites (Millerites? Millians?) this week, we see... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 4

When we last left our friends of Under the Dome, a lot of crazy shit had happened. When we rejoin our friends this week, more crazy shit happens. So let’s get to it, shall we? (Be warned: this recap may — or may not — have more of my snarky personal commentary included. I’m sorry, I just can’t keep it bottled up inside anymore.) Remember: This post contains spoilers about episode 4 of Under the... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 3

Note: This is a recap of episode 3 of Under the Dome (titled “Manhunt”). If you have not seen this episode, do not read this post as it contains episode spoilers. You’ve been warned. When we last left our friends in Chester’s Mill, I had a lot less ragey feelings toward all of them. (Apparently, hatred toward the characters is an unintended side effect of watching this show. Who knew?) Anyway. Last week, we saw... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 2

Last week, we saw the residents of Chester’s Mill suddenly get trapped under the dome. We’re not sure who built the dome or who put it over Chester’s Mill, but its appearance sets off a panic in the town. People get trapped inside, people get trapped outside, people go crazy. (Well, maybe not that last part. Yet, anyway.) This week, we rejoin our intrepid Chester’s Millians (Millivites?) as they face life under the dome. Note:... Read more

Under the Dome: Creepiness and…a dome

Okay, it’s summer (well, summer in TV Land, anyway), which means that there’s nothing on TV except reruns and reality shows. Let’s face it, TV’s basically boring as hell until the season starts again in the fall. But! This summer, we get a treat — a summer series based on Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome, also called…Under the Dome. And I, your intrepid sci-fi geek, will recap the series for you (and possibly with... Read more

Calgary flood: Practicing for the apocalypse

So yeah, this picture? That’s downtown Calgary. Thankfully, I don’t live in downtown Calgary (or in any of the areas that got evacuated), but I do live in Calgary. For those not in the loop (or those not in Canada), Southern Alberta has gotten a ridiculous amount of rain over the last week. When Mr. Char asked me if I’d built my ark earlier this week, I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. To put... Read more

Drama, the survival camp, and you

So over the past six months or so, I’ve realized something about myself: I hate drama. Not drama in movies or books or anything like that, but real-life drama. The kind with gossiping, rumor-mongering, backstabbing, that sort of thing. Now, I’m not saying that I’ve experienced those things in the past six months, but there’s been, well, drama. And some serious real-life flouncing. (Aside: I didn’t actually think people could flounce in real life, but... Read more

Book review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius Editor: John Joseph Adams Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Tor Note: This review is being published simultaneously on Char’s blog, Apocalypse Mama, and here on In Case of Survival. Blurb:  Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who... Read more

But what will I drink in the post-apocalypse?

Apologies again for falling off the planet these past couple weeks. Things have been happening that have affected my ability to write (well, more like my ability to stay awake long enough to write). I’ll probably tell y’all about it someday. Maybe. Anyway. Back to the apocalypse. I’m convinced we’re going to put ourselves in some sort of apocalyptic situation sooner rather than later (I’m rather fond of the we’ll-blow-ourselves-up theory), so I’m starting to... Read more