City of Ember Movie – A Sci-Fi Fantasy Film

City of Ember is a 2008 Sci-fi movie based on Jeanne DuPrau’s 2003 novel. The film was directed by Gil Kenan and stars Saoirse Ronan as Lina Mayfleet, Harry Treadaway as Doon Harrow, Bill Murray as Mayor Cole, Tim Robbins as Loris ‘Barrow’ Harrow and Toby Jones as Barton Snode.

Ember is a man-made city built underground to shelter a human community for 200 years. A box has been provided which has a plastic card and instructions for returning to the surface. But it opens automatically after 200 years only. Mayors of the Ember city keep this box as a secret thing and only reveal its existence only to their successors in office. After some decades, this city faces some shortage of food and power and unfortunately the box gets after the death of a Mayor. Now the people in the city are helpless in getting to the surface.

In the meanwhile, Lina (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon (Harry Treadaway) are two kids who are searching for jobs and they love to serve the city of Ember. Soon Lina becomes a messenger and is quite happy to serve her city and Doon gets his job as a pipe worker — the kind of profession that he always loves and has vast knowledge about the city. Soon they come to know about the worse situation of the city. They alsolearn that their Mayor Cole (Bill Murray) doesn’t possess the box.

Unexpectedly, Lina finds the box and with the help of Doon and his elderly mentor Sul (Martin Landau), they try to find the way out of the city. During their mission, Mayor Cole misunderstands the kids, assuming that they stole the box for their own benefit. Can these kids save their people? Will they find out the way to the surface?

New Sci fi book solves the mystery of human origins

Science fiction author Kapiel Raaj has just released his brand new novel titled ‘Kyirux: The Message of Pascal’. This is a first of trilogy books which deals with the biggest question asked in humanity today, ‘Where did we come from, and who created this Universe?’ As a child and in our adulthood we have always wondered at some point or another about our origins, and true finite roots of humans and other life on this planet. Nothing can happen by accident, which even the physics agree to as the law of the jungle. There are many science fiction books out there, but hardly have I run into ones that answer the most basic question for humanity on a more subtle level. The last known good science fiction book regarding human origins and ancient aliens was 2001 Space Odyssey.

There are other like the comedy ‘Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy’ and ‘Dune’, but mostly all left us asking more questions than answers, but seems like author Kapiel Raaj made it his life long passion to search for our origins. He’s also one of the first mainstream science fiction author of India. The reason why he wanted to write such a novel was not only to entertain a reader and take them on a journey that we only see in Spielberg’s films, but he was looking for such a book or novel to answers some of the most profound question for him regarding human origins, and the origins of this Universe. He didn’t care if it was fiction or non-fiction, he just wanted one true defining moment that would show everything in a book, and when he didn’t find it, he wrote one himself in Kyirux Trilogy.

Let me share the short synopsis with you of Kyirux part 1. ‘A strange device has been discovered from deep beneath the surface of our planet. Its origins: unknown. Its age: older than life, and its purpose; to change mankind. The secrets of human evolution and purpose of our existence has finally been answered by this device. The information it contains maybe too much for a human mind to fathom, because once the mind knows its true origin, it can drive a human being mad. This device, which identified itself as ‘KYIRUX’, also gave us a warning of celestial proportions. The information inside this device is not to be handled by the faint of hearts.’

Just reading this synopsis gives you chills about quickly opening the first chapter and launching yourself into the unknown void of space which contains all the answers. This self published author’s sci fi books became such a huge hit on the web that he had to write the second part quicker than he ever expected; which was released on March 11th 2011. Just reading the first book makes you think completely different about the world and the matrix that surrounds us.

He not only talks about our origins, but he also solves some of the most famous theories about our ancient past in his trilogy, like: Pyramids, Planet Nibiru, Anunnaki and alien moon base which was first discovered during the Apollo 11 landing. The idea and theory he provides about the Alien moon base; blew my mind and shook me to the core, as I never looked at our moon in such a way before. Moon, for lack of a better word, is not what you think; it’s not what has been taught to you in science class in high school. This book will make you throw away your science books, or at least make you question them. The author has taken some of the true facts and conspiracies of our planet, and turned them into a cinematic theme storytelling avenue of a novel.

The Rise of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Hybrid Novel

Science fiction and fantasy have always been on opposite sides of the same coin. It’s the classic dichotomy of science versus magic, sword versus laser and spaceships versus dragons.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is not uncommon for a science fiction story to have some fantasy elements and vise versa. However, true sci-fi/fantasy hybrids—where science fiction and fantasy are equally represented—are a bit harder to come by. A novel like Frank Herbert’s Dune certainly has strong fantasy elements, but is decidedly science fiction. Terry Brooks’ Shannara world is apocalyptic science fiction at its roots, but presents itself mostly as fantasy.  If we venture outside the literary realm to include film, it can be argued that Star Wars—with its princesses, saber battles, and the mysterious  “Force”—owes at least part of its tremendous popularity to the fact that it appeals to both sci-fi and fantasy fans. But is it an actual hybrid? Many would say ‘no’.


However, some authors are making the choice to create worlds that are sci-fi/fantasy balanced in true yin and yang fashion. One recent example is R.A. Baker’s Rayna of Nightwind series. One can argue that Baker’s new series is science fiction in fantasy trappings, but there’s a case to be made that there’s more than enough fantasy present to give it hybrid status. The first novel, The Beast at the Gate follows a young, modern-day woman who is teleported to a preindustrial place in time called Taren. There are repeated references to “science”, though it’s usually in a derogatory manner. Science isn’t held with high regard in Taren, but it does exist. The fantasy aspect of Baker’s novels is apparent from the start. The female protagonist Rayna Powell is thrust into a low-tech world of kings, queens, mages, archers and pike men. The citizens of Taren all sport pointed ears, like your typical high fantasy elf.


There is also a concept in the book called “psi-magic”, which is a form of psychic power. It is the metaphysical glue that binds the fantasy and science fiction elements of the author’s world together. R.A. Baker’s story seems to flow from fantasy to science fiction and back to fantasy again with little effort. Forexample, the reader can be swept away in an epic battle against a fire golem, only to be caught up in another current involving malfunctioning war satellites and human cloning in the next chapter. By the time we get to Baker’s second book in the series, Beyond the Band of Death, we are treated to killer robots, underground laboratories, gene-altering bombs, gruesome mutants, wizard rivalries and dragons.  It is possible that the third book (when it comes out) will nudge the series out of hybrid territory and firmly establish it as science fiction. But until then, Baker has created a complex balance between two disparate genres that never once feels out of place.