I watched two really fun science fiction movies in the past month or so.  

The science fiction elements in both movies are slight, and they are both a lot of fun.  

Emma Caulfield (Anya from Buffy) stars in Timer.  People can have devices implanted on their wrists that will count down till they meet thier soul mate.  The main character’s timer is blank because her soul mate doesn’t have a timer implanted.  Her sister’s timer still has another ten years to count down.  Neither of them deal with their love life very well.  The movie explores love and choice, and even though the ending wasn’t the one I was rooting for, it still works and feels true to the story.  

In Safety Not Guaranteed the main character is an intern at a city magazine.  She and her small team go to find out more about a classified ad looking for a time-travel companion.  The movie wasn’t what I expected, but it was a lot of fun, and the ending was perfect.  


About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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