Falling for Autumn 2014 Read-a-Thon {Day 1 | Guest Author: Meagan Spooner}

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Day 1 – September 22nd

Today is the official kick-off of Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon!! I wish all participants, hosts and everyone involved in making this possible the best of lucks and an eternal thank you ❤

Now, today we have a guest-post by the wonderful Meagan Spooner, co-author of These Broken Stars alongside Amie Kaufman.

As I had mentioned before, this read-a-thon will have not only challenges by my wonderful hosts but also guest-posts from some authors whose work just blew me away.

And These Broken Stars was my ultimate favourite book of last year. And with This Shattered World, the sequel, coming out this upcoming December, I had to have a guest-post by one of these two amazing authors. 

But, first things first, you can leave on the Linky below your goals for this week. It’ll be open till Wednesday, September 24th, so you haven’t signed-up for the read-a-thon, you can do so on this link.

Meagan Spooner’s Guest-Post:

| Top 10 Characters in Science Fiction TV/Films:

10. The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) — If you’re snickering right now because I’m referencing an animated kids’ movie from the 90s, then wipe that smirk off your face and re-watch this movie. It taps into my obsession with artificial intelligence, androids, and what it means to be human. One of my all-time favorite movies.


9. Princess Leia (Star Wars) — This is a great example of an actress’s portrayal transcending the writing—Carrie Fischer’s Princess Leia is an amazing character, and aside from a brief foray into bikini-clad slave-girl territory, manages to dodge a lot of the misogynistic science fiction tropes of the time. While she’s certainly not a perfect character, her strength and drive and leadership make her a shoe-in on any list.


8. Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica) — Say what you want about him, Gaius and his self-preserving, narcissistic arc throughout the series was fascinating to watch. Sure, he’s pretty much terrible, but I think we could all see a little bit of ourselves, and our darker, more selfish inner voices, in him. We hope we aren’t like him, but sometimes… sometimes we worry we are, deep down. And that’s what makes him so morbidly fascinating to watch. (Note: I had to struggle long and hard to decide between Gaius and Roslyn for which BSG character to put on the list.)


7. Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager) — I have my issues with Voyager, but Seven of Nine is one of my favorite Star Trek characters of all time. I loved her as a Borg, I loved her as a human, and I loved her most as something in between, struggling to be one or the other and part of neither group. Add to that her wistful and often fraught relationship with Captain Janeway, and you have an intensely complex woman (and an amazing portayal by Jeri Ryan, to boot).


6. The Doctor (Doctor Who) — Maybe it’s cheating not to specify which Doctor, but I don’t think so. The idea of him as a whole, the last of his kind, driven still to help the universe to atone for his guilt and combat his loneliness… there’s something intensely fascinating about the character of the Doctor no matter which incarnation he happens to be. (Though I will admit to a weakness for the 9th and 10th Doctors in particular.)


5. Ellie Arroway (Contact) — I love both the book by Carl Sagan and the movie, but it was Jodie Foster’s Dr. Arroway that truly leapt out and grabbed me. Her struggle to reconcile faith with science, to understand how to believe something she cannot prove, is one of the ideas that keeps me coming back to science fiction.


4. Zoe Washburne (Firefly/Serenity) — Honestly, I could have populated this list almost entirely with the cast of Firefly, but I’m limiting myself to one from each show/movie. Picking just one character from Firefly is rough, and at any given time my favorite changes–but right now, Zoe in particular is a love of mine. She is tough and loyal and loving, and has some of the best scenes in the entire show.


3. Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation) — Now, we all know Captain Picard. But when TNG was first being developed, the idea of replacing swashbuckling, shirt-repelling, alien-boffing Captain Kirk with a genteel, tea-drinking Frenchman was ludicrous. Everything about Picard himself aside, the risk itself makes me adore this character beyond all reason. Captain Picard is one of those characters who has had a profound impact on science fiction as a genre, and who we choose as its heroes.


2. Aeryn Sun (Farscape) — I cannot put into words my love for Aeryn, and for her actress, Claudia Black. I certainly would not have ended up a fan of Farscape without her, as staring at Crichton in tight leather pants was only ever going to take me so far. She’s at the same time crazy tough and intensely vulnerable, and I love her every second she’s on screen. She’s also half of one of my all-time favorite TV couples.


1. Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation) I know I said only one character from each show/movie, but I can’t help it. Picard and Data both belong on this list. I’ve always been fascinated by things that seem human and aren’t, or who act human but can’t be. The philosophical questions raised by Data’s existence are some of the most interesting questions science fiction can raise. When does artificial intelligence turn into sentience? What does being human really mean? What constitutes a soul? Brent Spiner’s acting, as well, turned what could have been a stilted, off-putting character into one of the most endearing, well-loved characters in the entire franchise. Because who would we root for more than someone who wants nothing more than to be human like us?



Thank you so much Meagan Spooner for this amazing insight of some of your favourite TV/Film characters. I loved reading about those that I didn’t know about – it definitely made me utterly curious about them (might give the show/movie a try :D)

Are you also a sci-fi fan? If so, which are your favourite characters? You can leave a comment below and share it with us.

Keep an eye out tomorrow for my interview with Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief) and Ula @Blog of Erised personal guest-post.

Happy Reading everyone ^_^

XX Ner


6 thoughts on “Falling for Autumn 2014 Read-a-Thon {Day 1 | Guest Author: Meagan Spooner}

  1. Much fun! I enjoyed Meagan Spooner’s post and I’m sharing it with my husband. He was always a star trek fan- and I am brought in by marriage. If you can’t beat’em, join ’em.

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