ATTENTION WRITERS - Here is your chance to share your work. Send us your short stories to be published on-line. Click here for details Don't Delay


August 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook and
Voices From the Past

August 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

Book Pick
of the Month

July 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook
The Illustrated Corner,
Odds & Ends and
Voices From the Past

July 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

Previous Updates


Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Running Time: 90 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG-13

With all the hype, I felt it was time to get out the house and into the big theatre to see just what all the fuss was about.  I am so glad I did.

This is a stupendous film.  I have always appreciated small plot stories that focused more on characters than spectacular special effects and this one had both.  With a cast of two – not counting bodies or Mission Control’s voice – it was wonderfully focused on their actions.  But it also had astounding special effects – views of Earth from space, perspectives from within their spacesuit, catastrophic disasters.  The film opened quietly enough but I was already tense, waiting for the first disaster to strike and the tension never let up from there.  While it was true that the story hinged on one disaster after another and one miraculous recovery after another, there wouldn’t have been a story without them.  And the anticipation of seeing how each disaster would be overcome was, for me, absolutely fascinating.  I was riveted in my seat and grateful the film didn’t last more than 90 minutes; I don’t think I could’ve withstood more stress and tension than that.

We opted for the biggest screen possible – Cine Capri – rather than 3D.  And it was glorious on a wide screen.

~~ Catherine Book

Follow us

for notices on new content and events.

to The Nameless Zine,
a publication of WesternSFA

Our Columns:

The Book Nook
Reviews of the latest in science fiction and fantasy

The Illustrated Corner
Reviews of the latest in Manga and Graphic Novels

Odds and Ends
Reviews of non-genre items our staff enjoyed
(Can be books, movies, TV shows or music)

Voices from the Past
Reviews of genre books from the past (at least 20 years old)
and those which are Out of Print but still wonderful to read

A Chat with
Interviews with people of interest
Current Interview: Brandon Sanderson

Author Appearance & News
This page lists author signings and appearances, convention news
and any other events we think might interest our readers.

Reel Talk
Reviews of current genre movies in the theater
and favorite and new DVD releases

A Tale Told Thusly
A place for new and established writers to show off their short stories

Trivia Contests

In Remembrance
Memories of those who have passed on

WesternSFA Main Page

Links of Interest

Email Us


Copyright ©2005-2018 All Rights Reserved
(Note that external links to guest web sites are not maintained by WesternSFA)
Comments, questions etc. email WebMaster