Tea & Review: Arrival – A Perfect Modern Sci-fi

There’s an art to any story. For me personally, I have an issue with loving new science fiction movies. Specifically modern day science fiction movies.

Why? Well, we’ve been kind of spoiled. In terms of popular science fiction, we’ve peaked really quickly. When Star Wars debuted in the 80’s it kind of setup a template, a marker if you will as to what a good science fiction movie should look like.

This isn’t a diss against Star Wars. As you’ll see in December we will be all about the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. But let’s be real for a second. Star Wars created a format for any future science fiction film. We got a bad guy, good guy and  space in-between.

And then we move into the modern day version of a science fiction with movies like Independence Day. I can’t speak for every movie goer but after the first Independence Day came out it seemed like Hollywood was hell bent on sticking to the humans vs. aliens format.

It becomes problematic when you start seeing the same storylines over and over again. Hollywood then sees that people like it and they seem the same concepts on repeat.

This is literally what makes Arrival an amazing film. It defies all the common expectations. It distinctly doesn’t allow itself to devolve into a cliche, which any moviegoer can appreciate.

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Astro-bite: Liberating The Astronauts

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled Liberating the Astronauts by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In Liberating The Astronauts, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from the title poem Liberating The Astronauts

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A Heloite in Defiance – Part One

The fan is whirling. I hear it as I press my ear against the wall of my bedroom. The old, grandfather clock in the dining room calls out that it is noon now. Selection is only an hour away.

“Viv, Viv,”I hear mom talking to my little sister Vivian, “Come here. Sit still.”

Vivian grumbles as my mom tugs on a tangled clump of black hair.

“Why is your hair always so messy?!” My mom says exasperatedly.

Selection time is always very stressful on mom, which I found kind of funny for obvious reasons. Our family is not a part of the Ecolites, the most esteemed social level of our meager society.

Our class, The Heloites, is the middle class. We work and the Ecolites prosper off of our earnings. We receive weekly packages of foods and supplies but we have no system of income. We barter between ourselves in the City Square but any item that could be considered money was strictly illegal.

These are the kind of rules that people have been put to death over. Heloites take them very seriously.

The Selection is tailored specifically to the Ecolites. Never have I ever seen a Heloite inducted into the Selection. Which is why mom’s erratic behavior strikes me as odd.

I hear her squeak in my doorway.

“Ria?” Mom’s voice is drenched in irritation, “Why aren’t you dressed?”

I glance down at my light, brown slacks, “ I am.”

Mom huffs, and her long deep blue ball gown shimmer and points to the bright orange sundress hanging on my bureau.

“It’s just like what the Ecolite girls wear,” she says like I should be happy about it.
I nod my head in agreement, knowing a fight with her at the moment will not bode well for me.

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TEA & REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 Do you ever have that feeling, when you want to like something so badly? And you’ve assured yourself that it isn’t even that awful, that it must be perfectly logical to like it. For me, I would love to enjoy lemon meringue pie. I’m not sure why I don’t like it. I love the meringue bit on top and the texture of the pie itself. I just don’t like all the ingredients together. Many people adore this dessert. I am not amongst them. I just didn’t expect Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be my lemon meringue pie.

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Astro-bite: Microsampling Mission

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled Liberating the Astronauts by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In Liberating The Astronauts, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from Microsampling Mission

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