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Sneak-Peak: What science-fiction fans can anticipate

Mickey Mouse dressed as a Jedi is one of the many things you will find at Disney's Star Wars Weekends May 16 to June 15, 2014
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Megacon may be over but there are still a lot of things on the horizon for Orlando's Science Fiction fans! Lets look at some highlights of the things to come.

April 11-13: Away Mission: Tampa

If you like Star Trek conventions but are not interested in wading through hordes of people or paying convention fees to go shopping, Away Mission:Tampa should be right up your alley. They pride themselves on being a small convention feel while still providing an array of quality events. With a guest list that includes William Shatner, John De Lancie, Kevin Sorbo, and a Skype presentation from Leonard Nimoy, it is something to look forward to!

April 25: "The Machine"

Set during a futuristic cold war, a sentient robot is made that inevitably ends up going haywire. While the plot seems a little predictable, "The Machine" looks like a movie that has potential and should be an interesting watch.

April 29: "Earth Afire" by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

For fans of the "Ender's Game" series, there is now "The First Formic War" series. In "Ender's Game" it is mentioned that the Earth was attacked long ago and a war ensued that Earth almost lost. Set 100 years before the events of "Ender's Game," "The First Formic War" series tell the story of the original attack on Earth and the resulting war between Humans and the Formics. "Earth Afire," the second book in this series (of which "Earth Unaware" is the beginning), comes out in paperback on April 29.

May 16 - June 15: Disney's Star Wars Weekends

Disney meets Star Wars in this month-long annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Special activities during this period include character interactions and autographs, Star Wars character dining, and the Jedi Training Academy.

June 6: "Edge of Tomorrow"

In the latest film from Tom Cruise, a soldier (Cruise) is forced to re-live his death over and over when he falls into a time loop.

June 10: "Earth Awakens" by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

"Earth Awakens" is the third book of the "The First Formic War" series, which is set 100 years before the events of "Ender's Game." A continuation of the series, it follows "Earth Afire," which comes out in paperback April 29.

July 1: "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return"

What is better than watching "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"? Well, reading it in iambic pentameter, of course! In this novel that is the completion of the trilogy, "Return of the Jedi" has been rewritten in the style and form of William Shakespeare. A must-read for any science fiction literati!

July 18: "Jupiter Ascending"

In this futuristic film staring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, a girl (Kunis) has her life takes a turn when it is believed that her destiny is to be the savior of the universe.

August 1: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Based on the comics in the Marvel universe, an American pilot finds himself far-off in space being chased after he steals an orb coveted by a villain. "Guardians of the Galaxy" is one of the movies that is part of Marvel's lead-up to the sequel to "The Avengers".

And there you have it! This is just a few of the things Science Fiction fans have to look forward to over the next few months. Enjoy!

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