The Geekender November 13-15: Fallout, Jessica Jones, Stephen King, and more

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: Aside from a road trip to Mississippi for a college football game (Roll Tide!) this weekend, I'll be spending any available downtime working my way through screeners for the first seven episodes of Netflix and Marvel's Jessica Jones. Not to delve into too much detail, but the show is fantastic, and finds Marvel doing something very different than pretty much anything else the studio has ever made. I'm not quite through the full seven hours yet, but I'll certainly get there by the end of the weekend. I have a feeling it's going to be a long wait until Nov. 20 to see how this story ends.


Ernie Estrella I’ve been stockpiling several of the recent Image launches this year, and next up are the first three issues of The Beauty, by writer/artist Jeremy Haun (Batwoman) and co-writer Jason A. Hurley, which is a fast-paced sci-fi procedural about a sexually transmitted disease labeled “The Beauty” that people sought to contract because it gave them good looks, grew hair and melted fat away. It spread so quickly that the world population became separated into those who had it and those who did not, and it wasn’t long before violent acts were inflicted on those who had the disease. Detectives Foster and Vaughn investigate crimes related to the disease, but their jobs become more complicated when they get infected. It’s a lot of world-building right now without being an infodump, and Haun’s renderings of the superficially perfect beings helps keep the pages flipping between my fingers. There’s a lot of action, real-world horror, and commentary that’s masked in secrecy and clandestine motivations. I’m enjoying it so far, and am hooked for more.


Carol Pinchefsky: This weekend, I’ll finally be collecting my (for me) massive reward in Elite: Dangerous after mining palladium, a community goal I traveled many light-years to participate in to build a new station in the Pleiades. Travel, mining and space pew-pew is only some of what E:D has to offer. In the last few months, E:D has added global politics into the mix, as well as a separate PvP arena mode. Frontier Development has also seeded E:D with unknown artifacts and few clues as to their purpose, almost like a virtual reality game. Players are scrambling to learn more, and it’s been fun to watch. The game even has its own fan-run radio stations; Radio Sidewinder has parody commercials interwoven through real-world commercials (per the station, considered interference caused by technical difficulties). But more importantly, E:D has a surprisingly fun community. I’m enjoying the works of the talented Cmdr. Hugh Mann, who turns pop music tunes into E:D parodies. What I don’t enjoy: being attacked by space pirates when I have a cargo hold full of palladium. Eff those guys.


Don Kaye: I'm hoping this weekend to at least crack open Stephen King's new short story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I am a longtime King fan, and while I love many of his novels, he is sometimes at his very best in the short form. I've read some of the pieces in this new book already, in magazines, but I look forward to reading them again and also delving into the many I have yet to savor. Like any other artist with a long career and large body of work, King has his ups and downs, but his voice is such a familiar one and he is still a master at expert characterization, existential dread and the often melancholy mundanities of everyday life. And, of course, monsters.


Jeff Spry: After epic stretches of procrastination, I am finally psyched to dive back into my new sci-fi horror screenplay, Snow Fury, and finish up the final scenes. I own the adaptation rights to the source material, a classic 1955 novella about intelligent snowflakes that invade a sleepy New England town. This second draft has been 98% done for months, but that dreaded writer's demon named Doubt has left me uncertain as to how to arrange the scenes in the final act. Now, with a renewed enthusiasm thanks to a line in The Flash TV show about sound frequencies, I am marching fervently back to wrangle the third act into shape...unless the kitchen cupboards need to be re-varnished!


Krystal Clark: The other day, I found myself on YouTube watching clips from Batman: The Animated Series. The show ran from 1992-1995, and introduced me to my favorite Batman actor -- Kevin Conroy. BTAS was so ahead of its time. The writing, voice acting, and even the animation was geared for viewers of all ages. To this day, it's still my favorite adaptation of the the Batman comics. When it comes to animated TV shows, it's in a league of its own. The series made a huge impact. It's where Harley Quinn was first introduced before crossing over to the comic, and eventually the big screen (Suicide Squad). It's been a long time since I've watched a full episode, but something tells me Batman: The Animated Series still holds up.


Lisa Granshaw: I haven't had much time to continue reading Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig since I started it, so this weekend I'm hoping to take the time to concentrate on it. I'd love to finish the book before The Force Awakens is released and also find time to catch up on some Star Wars comics I haven't had the chance to read yet. The two series on my list to tackle next are Lando and Chewbacca. All this Star Wars also makes me want to jump back into the old Expanded Universe at some point. If I can eventually catch up with these new releases, I might try to read some classic Star Wars novels and comics too before the new film!


Evan Hoovler: This week has totally pumped me up for Fallout 4! However, I don't own a system that can run Fallout 4, so I'll be replaying Fallout 3 and New Vegas. I have a character creation style for Fallouts that I've stuck with for a number of years: I create a famous fictional character and roleplay that character throughout the entire game. I think my favorite Fallout charactern has been Bobby Hill: A crack shot with high charisma and low physical attributes, who can only eat junk food. Right now, I'm playing as LOST's Mr. Eko: The fun I have running arond beating everything with a club is negated somewhat by the fact that I can't talk to anybody. I just finished a run as Meredith from the U.S. version of The Office: Drunk all the time, plays an inordinate amount of card games, and constantly makes amorous advances towards anything that moves.


Adam Swiderski: Unlike Evan, I do have a system that can run Fallout 4, so I'll likely be making a foray into the post-nuclear wasteland this weekend. I'm a little wary of jumping into a Bethesda open world RPG this early post-release, since there are usually a bevy of bugs for the developer to stomp out with patches, but the series is such a favorite of mine, and what I've read in the reviews has been enticing enough, that I'm finding it extremely hard to resist. I have no special attachment to Boston, so I may not get into this entry as much as I did Fallout 3 (set in Washington, D.C., where I went to college), but as long as the radioactive good times keep rolling, I'm sure I'll at least enjoy myself on a certain level. 


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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