Most Underrated Science Fiction Movies You’ll Ever See

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What aret the Most Underrated Science Fiction Movies Ever? Or just bad flicks…? Are these films really underrated, or are they just bad flicks…? (Previously published on OMNI.media) Everyone’s been to the classic Hollywood summer blockbusters; we’ve munched popcorn through the whole Terminator series, slurped over-iced $10 sodas throughout the Men In Black movies, cringed and laughed during Aliens, E.T., and Back to the Future. We’ve stood (for longer than we should have) in those opening day lines for all the Star Wars and Star Trek films. But some of these…

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Asimov Foundation Order of Reading: How to Read Asimov’s Foundation Series Correctly!

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So you are finally ready to dig into Isaac Asimov, and you want to start with the Foundation series…but you need to know the best Asimov Foundation order of reading? Well, I’ve found the perfect guide for you, over at OMNI… it’ll give you the Asimov Foundation order as well as an incredibly in-depth overview of the whole series. There are spoilers, so you’ve been warned–but this article will certainly help you understand how to read Asimov’s Foundation series and it’ll give you a great insight into the Foundation series’…

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Greatest Science Fiction Protagonists and Antagonists

Not super long ago I wrote a couple long lists for OMNI, fleshing out their staff picks for Science Fiction’s Greatest Protagonists, and a separate list for Science Fiction’s Greatest Antagonists (that one was more fun to write for me!). Anyhow I thought the lists were worth a revisit here at Scum Hive. I’d posted links on Reddit (always a mistake), and suffice it to say there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But I feel the OMNI staff did a helluva job. No list is comprehensive, and what…

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The Optimism of Villains

It began with Vader, 1977. I am there gawking, slack-jawed, at his shiny 6’8” robot/spaceman suit stretched over a 50’ drive-in theater screen. Little me and massive whatever-the-hell-he-is are bonding, alone on a multi-acre plot under the Oklahoma stars. The rest of the audience has vanished. My older brother Darrell and that Ford Ranchero of his, gone. When Lord Vader breathes, I stop. When he speaks, I listen. He wants something… Whoa! Are you seeing this? He’s lifting a guy in a white pee-pee helmet by the neck, he’s…hol-ey Sith!…

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Dracula Was an Ottoman Prisoner As a Child

Most readers know that Dracula was based on a real person. Bram Stoker, author of the novel “Dracula,” based his character largely on the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad III, but nicknamed Vlad the Impaler later in life because of his preferred method of executing his enemies. According to History.com, when Vlad III was only 11 years old when his father Vlad II, a knight of the Order of the Dragon, left their homeland of Wallachia in order to ask the Ottoman Sultan Murad II for…

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Dr. Evil’s Greatest Frickin’ “Hits!”

What’s up, Scum fans? Yesterday I shared a Doctor Doom article, and today I felt funny. I realized something about myself, something which has been missing from my existence lo these past several years. A hole, if you will, in my life. The thing that was missing? Alas it was another doctor, actually. His name is… DOCTOR EVIL! I miss the guy, don’t you? Those eerie inhuman eyes. That prosthetic scar. The slightly-pointy chrome dome. And the sneakers? Very ahead of the curve with the sneakers. Dr. Evil is a…

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‘The Invisible Man’ – Free Public Domain Text of the Book

A few months back I published an annotated version of H.G. Wells’ ‘The Invisible Man’ novel on Amazon, since it is allowed to upload public domain books, of which that is one. Just for a treat, I thought I’d go ahead and share it here on Scum Hive, too!! Enjoy! THE INVISIBLE MAN A Grotesque Romance ___________________ H. G. Wells CHAPTER I THE STRANGE MAN’S ARRIVAL The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over…

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Geeks Mag’s ‘Most Powerful Comic Book Characters of All Time’

Though I have yet to really embrace the term ‘geek’ as a non-derogatory word for a genre fan, still I sometimes head over the Geeks to see what’s new. They put out an interesting list here, Geek’s ‘Most Powerful Comic Book Characters of All Time’. Not surprise most of these folks are villains…which is sort of our thing here at Scum Hive! Spoiler: Of course I was also glad to see Dr. Manhattan on the list; I’ve always been a fan of Watchmen, both the graphic novel and even the film.…

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OMNI Mag’s ‘Greatest Sci-Fi Antagonists!’

Not too long ago I had a chance to write a few book listicles for the online reboot of OMNI magazine. As a guy with an undergrad degree in History, I didn’t mind doing the research into those books; that comes with the territory when dealing with history, even literary history. And especially science fiction literary history! Because some of those books I had to summarize had highly complex plots, and it was my job to whittle it down to a bite-sized paragraph or two…without giving away any spoilers! Perhaps…

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High Ranked Kindle Sci-Fi Book: Last Free Day!

Yesterday ‘Haveck: The First Transhuman‘ was the #1 Ranked Science Fiction novel on Amazon Kindle Store’s Sci-Fi free category! Today it is still up there, but slide a little bit… Too bad, because this is the last day of the FREE promotion period, so head on over to Amazon and grab one! Obviously Scum Hive is a site which focuses on Aliens, Robots, Monsters & Villains–well, Haveck has a little bit of them all! Without going into spoilers, it features a slew of antagonists: mutated human, artificially-intelligent, and other-dimensional. It’s…

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