Sci-Fi News: What's On, What's Coming, and What You Can't Miss

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Hey sci-fi people! Welcome to Sci-Fi News at TV Fanatic.

I'm Kim, and here's where you and I are going to talk about the latest in the sci-fi realm, what you have to look forward to, and cool things you should be watching.

I also want to hear from you about what you're watching, and anything you'd like to chat about when it comes to Sci-fi and the latest TV trends. Let's make it a conversation.

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TV Fanatic announced in early summer that Halo, the video game franchise, is coming out with a TV series on Showtime. At the time, it was unknown when the series would come out.

Related: Halo: Live Action TV Adaptation Ordered at Showtime!

Although there are still no announcements on the actors who will play in the series, production is supposed to start sometime in 2019. I think the success of this series will lead to other video games turning into movies and TV shows.


Because video games are so popular. Just look at eSports! All of a sudden, it seems, playing video games is a sport, and it's gaining momentum. What non-gamers might not understand is video games have stories, plotlines, and characters that are getting more in-depth and complex all the time.


It would make sense for those stories, plots, and characters to translate into TV shows, movies, and books. Since there are tons of video games and a significant amount of them sci-fi, expect to see them brought to life in other media.

If the games have a strong following that continues to grow, it already has a fanbase, so TV programmers would be smart to snatch up the stories and breathe new life into them. They would reach a whole new set of people, and add them to an already growing community.

Right now we're heading into the fall season, and with most shows starting in September, there are lots of programs to choose from across cable and streaming platforms.

Netflix, in particular, has been coming out with a slew of original programs in the sci-fi category that is making them popular in the sci-fi crowd. They're also saving programs as Amazon has done with The Expanse. Shows that would've otherwise disappeared are being picked up by the streaming guys.

Ken Liu

That's great news for fans because we all feel like we now have a say in what we're watching, even if we don't fit into the chosen demographic. Whenever a series is canceled nowadays, everybody pleads to the streaming community to save their beloved shows.

Related: The Expanse: Saved by Amazon!

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

At least the fans have an option now. It used to be if a network canceled a show, it was just gone. Sometimes they would wrap it up, but often they wouldn't. Now, that's not necessarily the case.

One film I'm looking forward to coming to Netflix on September 7th that looks like a mix between Big Hero 6 and WALL-E, is Next Gen. It's about a kid who hates technology teaming up with a robot to save the world from technology gone rogue.

Who doesn't want a cool robot friend? I do.

Next Gen

Sci-fi people sure do because they're always popping up in sci-fi shows and movies.

With all the technology focus, it looks like we might be stepping out of the zombie realm and more into the tech realm. We've had movies and shows about technology surpassing humans and taking over the world, and I think we're going to see more of that.

Another trend in the sci-fi arena is brain antics, like switching consciousness with others and telekinetic powers.

And aliens, we'll always have aliens.

Speaking of aliens, Netflix sci-fi drama Another Life just cast another astronaut! Blu Hunt from New Mutants has been cast as August, the youngest member of the astronaut crew. Check out who else has been cast here.

Related: Netflix Orders Katee Sackhoff Fronted Sci-Fi Drama

Back to the tech side for a second, AMC is coming out with a series based on the short stories by Ken Liu. I looked up his author's site, and he's a Chinese science fiction/fantasy writer who's written a few Star Wars related and space stories. So, it stands to reason space would be the setting.

AMC isn't afraid to go places with their shows that other networks haven't. They push boundaries. Hello! I'm talking about you, Preacher. For this reason alone, I'm interested to see a sci-fi show hit AMC.

Apple TV is trying their hand at sci-fi by ordering a series based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. These books are said to be the inspiration for many shows and films, including Star Wars.

The Foundation Trilogy

What makes this significant? The adaptation of the trilogy has been attempted before, several times, but failed. This time, David S. Goyer (The Dark Night and Batman Begins), and Josh Friedman (Avatar 4 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are trying it.

The trilogy is challenging to put on film, but it must be worth it, or half a dozen people wouldn't have attempted it so far.

Related: 19 Original Netflix Movies and TV Shows for Your Sci-Fi Fix

Which sci-fi series or movie are you looking forward to seeing? Do you think we're veering away from zombies and more toward technology? What would you like to see more of in sci-fi?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

Kim Russell was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in January 2019.

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