Steam sale is on!

Hey guys…

steam summer picnic

if you’re into computer gaming (whether it is with PC, Mac or Linux), you might want to head to the Steam store… the annual Summer Sale is on, and you can get some good AAA games for a good bargain.

While I’m at the topic of (video) games, let me mention a few science fiction games that I personally are worth investing your time on:

Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth

a turn-based strategy game where you manage a population of human settlers in an alien planet. A sensible sequel to the ever popular Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Beyond Earth is built on the Civilization v game engine and given a sci-fi story twist.

Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2

The beginning of a grand science fiction Action RPG series. As an interstellar soldier for the Systems Alliance, you have the chance to represent the best or worst of humanity among the galactic civilization while dealing an ancient threat from millennia ago.

Offworld Trading Company

Again, about the human race surviving in another planet. Run a company that can save humanity while making a profit at the same time. Unlike most RTS games, you don’t need to build huge armies or war factories. Instead, you faced cutthroat competition against other corporations utilizing savvy business skills and the occasional business engineering (read:industrial espionage and sabotage).


A real First Person Action biopunk thriller. What’s biopunk? Biopunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that focuses on biotechnology. BioShock is a story of survival in an utopian city that was built to escape the social disappointments of mainstream culture. In this utopia, the inhabitants were free to pursue their scientific dreams free from government oversight or religious dogma. The result of course, doesn’t go as well as the utopian dream because people with power… get corrupted easily. The game has a very retro-futuristic design (it is set in the 1950s or 1960s), and the environment wondrous and scary at the same time. Perfect for those who love horror movies and want to experience it first hand!


Of course, there are many good sci-fi titles out there in Steam, I just haven’t had the time to summarize them one by one. While you’re at it, tell me. Do you have any favorite science fiction video game?



Let’s get right back into business

Arvin Into Scifi is a view on things related to science fiction. Before you start underestimating this genre (because science fiction is too childish or too imaginative or too sophisticated for you), let me be blunt:


Shénme? Comprende?
Comprenez pas?

Any questions? Oh, you there raising your hand behind the screen?  Nope, I do not speak Klingonese. I just happen to remember a few phrases in Mandarin, Espanol, Français.

Next point of business… this blog is very new, and my main concern right now is to write while driving traffic to this blog. My current aim is to publish at least 3 entries per calendar week. Earth calendar week that is, not a Mercurian week which is about about (7 times 58 days equals) 406 days.

In other words, feel free to share this blog through your social media channels!

Sudden death

Death is very common on planet Earth. I’m 100% certain that anyone on this planet has lost someone through diseases such as cancer or through injury such as an automobile accident.


Today, I’m dedicating this blog post to Anton Yelchin, a young Hollywood actor of Russian descent who passed away hours ago from an automobile-related accident. He is 27 years old, and was best known for his portrayal of Mr. Pavel Chekov, the youngest senior crewmember of Starship Enterprise.



Dying at such a young age at the prime of his life feels so wrong in so many ways. Recently, my uncle passed away less than two days after his 60th birthday. A week before that, a friend of mine lost her child after carrying the baby in her womb for 8 months.

Is it wrong to die, at any age? Are some ways of dying better than others? Are you prepared to die? In case you’re not, please be prepared, and live on.

Peace be with you.

Why science fiction?

My name is Arvin, and I’m a big science fiction fan since I grew up in Indonesia (Southeast Asia) after leaving the United States at the tender age of 7. In Indonesia, the science fiction shows such as Knight Rider, SilverHawks, Star Trek and Quantum Leap were my cultural links to the country I left behind.

As I grew older, I studied Psychology and Cultural Studies, and learned to see science fiction in a larger, global context.

To me, science fiction is an avenue to discuss possibilities through scientific improbabilities. These ‘scientific improbabilities’ affect the characters’ lives which we could (or never would) experience in real life. Let me give you a few examples.


Star Trek (1966 – present)


For instance, Star Trek shows an imaginative future where most of humanity has overcome their greed and prejudices, and expand their collective energy to pursue the final frontier.


Quantum Leap  

Theorizing one could time travel within his own lifetime, this television drama is about one man’s incredible adventure. Throughout Sam Beckett’s journey through time, he secretly entered people’s lives and touched their lives in a very compassionate way. Where loss and tragedy once occurred, Sam changed the course of history and put right that once went wrong. What captivate me is how innocent and compassionate Sam is each time he ‘leaps’ into the past. Unlike most time travel stories, Sam Beckett exchange places with an individual each time he ‘leaps’. As Sam is in the historical past, the person he leaps into is in the future present. This leap process causes both Sam and the leapee to experience partial amnesia. Oh, Sam couldn’t return to his own time because some unknown force compels Sam to do good and put right on what once went. Good thing, his best friend Admiral Albert Calavicci is able to help him by providing info on each historical cases Sam leaps into… but the info is only partial and incomplete. As a platform for storytelling, Quantum Leap shows incredible heroism, and the two main casts are both stellar in their performances. More over, the show highlights life of average Americans during different eras, from the 1950s up to the early 1990s.

These two shows had a profound impact in my life. Science fiction is much more than TV shows.Perhaps you’ve heard of Superman, the oldest published fictional superhero in comic books.


Or perhaps the Star Wars saga, whom many hard like sci-fi fans considers Star Wars nothing than a glorified space opera fantasy with big budget space effects and magic replaced with the Force. I won’t delve much into examples, but I’d like to question you dear readers… : How does the science fiction genre interest you?


“And so it begins…”

Earth year 2016…

A young man embark on an incredible journey… to rediscover and reintroduce the science fiction genre into Indonesia and the rest of the world.

My name is Arvin C., and welcome to my science fiction blog.

If you don’t know what science fiction is, please read this blog.

If you happen to know science fiction and tasted it before, please read this blog and kindly leave comments.

Even if you are a master guru of science fiction in the caliber of Chris Roberts (of Roberts Space Industries) who has produced a billion dollar science fiction franchise… please read this blog, and kindly leave comments. Also, a selfie picture with you would be awesome!


Welcome to Arvin Into Scifi!

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Photo credit above: Roberts Space Industries satellite picture of Earth, taken circa 2189. Source: Roberts Space Industries.

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Arvin Into Scifi… a science fiction-related blog published by an Indonesian author.

Who is Arvin?


Arvin is a 35 year old male, who happens to be born in Indonesia. He also grew up in the United States and assimilated its geek culture in a very early age. Before he was 7, Arvin was well versed with popular 1980s franchise included (but not limited to) Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Knight Rider and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Moving back to Indonesia in 1988 was a very traumatic experience for him: Shows like Star Trek and Knight Rider weren’t shown until the 1990s, about the time Arvin became a pre-teen. So, how did Arvin still became interested in science fiction?