The Geekender October 2-4: The Martian, Until Dawn, and classic horror!

The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!

Trent Moore: I'll be spending a full day in flight for a vacation to Hawaii (*humblebrag*) this weekend, so I've stacked my iPad with comics and my laptop with video to keep me entertained. Thanks to Amazon's nifty new watch-offline mode, I finally plan to check out the pilot episode to The Man in the High Castle. It's been on my list for months, and I've heard great things. I'll also be digging deeper into some comics I've had on my bucket list, including Sex Criminals and Cowboy Ninja Viking. Beyond that? I'll be hitting the beach. Oh, and if there's a rainy day, hopefully catching a screening of The Martian.


Don Kaye: Since I'm working on an article about the two classic horror studios -- Universal and Hammer -- I plan to spend some time this weekend with a few titles from each that I have not seen in a while. Time permitting, some of the films on the menu include Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal), The Black Cat (Universal), The Abominable Snowman (Hammer) and The Curse of the Werewolf (Hammer). All classics in their own right, and worthy of standing alongside the better-known titles. And watch for the article next week!


Carol Pinchefsky:Who voiced the robot Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 24th Century? It's geeky facts like that are coming to my brain, to be accepted and/or rejected, as I write the upcoming Master Blastr Trivia Thunderdome, an event we'll be hosting during New York Comic-Con. If you attend (Saturday), you’ll have a leg up on other participants as you’ll be able to research this one in advance. But of course you don’t need to research. The answer is obvious, if you’re geeky enough. You _are_ geeky enough, aren’t you?


Jeff Spry: Yesterday was the final day of Profiles in History's epic Hollywood Auction #74 in L.A., where they slammed the gavel down on a treasure of geeky props and authentic collectibles like Princess Leia's slave bikini, an actual Rebel Blockade Runner miniature from Star Wars, Indiana Jones' kangaroo-hide whip, Ron Howard's white Impala from American Graffiti, vintage Forbidden Planet laser guns, an original Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a screen-used Spock tunic from Star Trek: TOS, and even the Evel Knievel Stratocycle used in the movie Viva Knievel! While I couldn't afford to bid on anything, I did treat myself to a $50 auction catalog, a burly 628-page, fully illustrated book that weighs in at a hernia-inducing 5 pounds. This weekend I'm going to immerse myself in the hundreds of amazing items representing Hollywood history and mark the prices realized in the memorabilia auction house's post-event wrap sheet ... and maybe weep over not winning the insane Frank the Bunny mask used in Donnie Darko.


 Krystal Clark: Over the past two weeks, fall TV has been moving full speed ahead. So much so that I'm a bit behind. I have yet to watch Minority Report, Limitless or Blindspot. I've heard Limitless is surprisingly good, and Blindspot is better than most, but Minority Report is struggling. I'd like to judge for myself, so this weekend I'm playing catch-up. It's time to bunker down and see which shows are actually worth my time. I'm also tuning in to the third season premiere of Sleepy Hollow. It's gotten a makeover, with several cast changes and a new creative direction. I hope the reboot works in its favor, because Season 2 was a mess!


 Lisa Granshaw: This weekend, I will still be reading IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic-book series. I finished the City Fall arc and read through their trip to Northampton, and now the turtles have returned to the city, which eventually saw a rather interesting appearance by the Rat King. I am, however, going to branch out of the main series a bit to try reading some of the related miniseries. I'm leaning toward going with the Mutanimals first, but I'll have to see what I can get my hands on! Either way, I'm really enjoying this version of the turtles now. Out of all the comics I've been catching up on through the last few months, I think this series is my favorite so far!


Matt Dorville: This weekend there's a possibility of a hurricane in New York, so I'm going to use that excuse to stay home and let the wind and rain play atmosphere for a marathon gaming session of the new horror game Until Dawn. I love horror games, the cheesiness associated with them and the frequent "choose your own adventure" style that they have, and everything I've read about Until Dawn shows it's very Cabin in the Woods-like, which is definitely a good thing. I haven't decided yet if I want to play my characters horror movie stupid and have them go in the dark wood shed, or clever, and just have them leave in the running car. Whatever I choose, though, I know I'll love it.


 Evan Hoovler: This weekend, I am going through the backlog of my "classic games bucket list." On PC, I am questing through the land of the dead in the heralded adventure game Grim Fandango This LucasArts masterpiece wasn't available for 15 years and only recently ported to Steam. I also have animal-crossing-meets-virtual-villagers-meets-rampant-killing in the Wii game Little King's Story. For classic RPG fans, I've also got the satirical Earthbound (also known as Mother 2), which is available for download on the Wii Virtual console for just a few bucks. With any luck, I won't have to exist, mentally, in the present until Monday!


 Matthew Jackson: Well, October is officially upon us, which means it's time to dig into yet another monthlong horror movie marathon. Here's the thing about my Halloween season, though: I've been feeling a little down, and I'm not sure a bleak descent into darkness and death is exactly the thing for me right this second. I still want in on the Halloween fun, though, so I've decided upon a compromise. This weekend, I'll be watching one of my favorite comedies ever, Young Frankenstein, and I may just end up watching it several times.


 Adam Swiderski: One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is the one in Apollo 13 in which the NASA engineers have to figure out how to make a square peg fit into a round hole (so to speak) using, like, a sock, a plastic bag, and some duct tape ... AND THEY ACTUALLY DO IT. It sounds like The Martian is pretty much that for the length of an entire film, and for that reason, I couldn't be more excited to see it. All accounts are that it's the best work Ridley Scott has done in a long time, and if the movie can capture the survivalist thrills of the book and fill in some of its weaker characterization, I'll be totally on board for a trip to the Red Planet.


Aaron Sagers: I recently cracked open Hollyweird Science: From Quantum Quirks to the Multiverse, and I expect it will be a fun read to weather Hurrican Joaquin. The book examines the portrayal of science and tech in entertainment, and how "Hollywood is actually doing a better job getting it right than ever before." It covers topics such as parallel universes, wormholes, radiation and even the depiction and diversity of scientists themselves on the big and little screens. Hollyweird also comes with a solid amount of geek and science cred; it is written by Kevin Gravier, Ph.D. (a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and science advisor on Gravity, Defiance and Battlestar Galactica), and Stephen Cass (former editor for Discover magazine and MIT Technology Review, contributor at Popular Science and senior editor at IEEE Spectrum).

You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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