an Indonesian Science Fiction WeBlog

Reintroducing Inascifi Media Group

Posted by thefraix on August 11, 2013

In 2001, I founded Ina_sci-fi


In 2006, myfirst attempt to make an Indonesian sci-fi magazine did not succeed.


2009,  I gathered some friends together to publish a science fiction magazine. Due to limited resources, the plan was postponed and everyone went their separate ways. But one positive came out of it: the rebranding of Inascifi into Fiksilmiah, and the creation of Inascifi Media Group as a potential corporate entity.


Now I’m ready to bring this Media Group back into the scene.


[More to come]



Assumptions regarding Indonesians and science fiction

Posted by thefraix on July 2, 2012

Hi all! I’m doing my final revisions to my Master’s thesis… fixing a few grammatical and punctuation errors here and there, before I submit them to my university’s library.

Anyway, here are a few issues of science fiction in Indonesia that I mentioned in my thesis:
1) The shared assumption that science fiction is not popular in Indonesia; which leads to the problem of…
2) scarcity of science fiction-related materials in Indonesia
3) the assumption that most Indonesian science fiction fans would access the sf-related materials illegally.

What do you think about these three basic assumption?

Welcome back…

Posted by thefraix on January 20, 2012

Hi all… it’s been a while since my last update, but I’ll tell you it’ll be worth the wait. I’ve recently completed my dissertation regarding the history and distinctiveness of Indonesia’s science fiction culture, and I believe this website would be a great place to present my findings.


So first of all, any thoughts or questions regarding science fiction in general? Do I need to clarify what science fiction is? Hmmm?

Greetings! How are you doing?

Posted by thefraix on May 6, 2011

Hi.. it’s been awhile since I’ve added anything to the Inascifi blog.

Here’s a few things I can write about:
1) I watched Thor 3D in IMAX last week. It was Marvelously awesome!
2) My masters research on the Indonesian science fiction fandom is in full swing. I might post a few tidbits about what’s going on about this.
3) Oh yeah, I’ve attended my first science fiction convention two Mondays ago. SwanCon 2011 was quite interesting.
4) … and is currently offline, because the owner (which means, me) lagged in payment. It costs a bit of money to maintain a website, and there’s not much point in supporting the unsupported (whatever that means). Will get back to this.

So, how have you been doing, my dear readers?

Happy New Year and New Facebook Group

Posted by thefraix on January 9, 2011

Wow… 2011 has arrived, and though it’s a bit late, allow me to say Happy New Year.

Alright, news. First things first, I (Arvin C.) have started a new Facebook group called Fiksilmiah. If you’re Indonesian and happen to have an interest in things science fiction, feel free to Ask to Join Group.

For the mean time, I can only add my Facebook friends to that group, but non-acquaintances can also join the group if they Ask to Join Group (it’s that little grey button on the page’s upper right corner).

Second, I’m hoping to bring more contributions to this humble science fiction blog. There might not be much, but please stay tune.

Rebooting Inascifi… please standby

Posted by thefraix on August 27, 2010

Howdy y’all…

it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this blog. Sorry for my tardiness, but be ensured that I will make some regular updates to this blog.

Might have to do a bit change in here and there though.

Avatar Review

Posted by Naomi on March 14, 2010
Avatar theatrical poster

This is a poster for Avatar. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, 20th Century Fox, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist.

Avatar (2009) is written and directed by James Cameron, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi.

The year is 2154 and paraplegic ex-marine Jake Sully is sent to a distant planet called Pandora, on a mission initially meant for his dead twin brother. The rich and lush Pandora is inhabited by locals named Na’vi–a humanoid race of yellow-eyed, blue-skinned beings, each about 2.7m to 3.7m tall. Jake is to drive what is called an Avatar, which is a human-made Na’vi lookalike that is connected and controlled by a person’s mind while the person is kept safe somewhere else. What is once thought as a harmless mission of getting to know Pandora and the Na’vis turns complicated as the humans are willing to do whatever it takes to mine the planet’s rich mineral which is greatly valuable on Earth.

When people hear Avatar, they think “special effects”. And they are right, since Avatar flaunts an impressive, groundbreaking CGI work. Everything looks so surreal yet believable, out-of-this-world yet convincing. You might be skeptic about blue aliens being believable but when you see those aliens move, speak in their language, express their emotions, you’ll be immersed in the world. You will believe. Neytiri has yellow eyes, blue skin, a tail and is inhumanly tall, but damn she IS pretty. She IS sexy. The Na’vi culture and language feel so real that it seems like they really do exist. The abundant and luscious Pandora and the Na’vis feel like a version of Earth that we often dream of–green, untouched, harmonious. Who isn’t awed when seeing Pandora in night for the first time? With its glow-in-the-dark plants and wondrous animals? The stunning visual effects never fail to draw you in.

There is no denying that the plot is not as impressive as the special effects. When you’ve seen the 3-minute trailer, you’ve practically found out the plot of the whole movie. The characters develop like you think they will develop, no surprising plot twists whatsoever. But that does not matter at all. You are already engaged in Pandora, captivated by its beauty, charmed by the characters. The fact that the plot is so-so does not matter at all because Avatar gives you a movie experience that you don’t often get. That kind of movie experience that The Lord of the Rings trilogy gave you. Something mind-blowing, something awe-inspiring, an experience you’ll remember forever. Avatar reminds us why we go to the movies. Avatar shows us what 3D is for. For almost three hours Avatar never fails to keep us interested, keep us in awe. This is a movie to remember, an experience you’ll never forget.

Back online

Posted by thefraix on March 13, 2010


After some considerations with my Indonesian friends, it has been decided that will stay online for the moment. As we’re finishing the first quarter of 2010, a plethora of science fiction productions have appear. Of course, one of 2009′s production that’s bringing a lot of media attention is James Cameron’s Avatar.

I can tell for the first two months in Indonesia, Avatar was in the top ten box office list in Blitz Megaplex.

How related this is to science fiction fandom in Indonesia remains to be seen, but for now we have our first review of Avatar from Naomi Lie.

Once again, enjoy reading through Inascifi. We hope to bring more content online!

Terminate Inascifi / Matikan Inascifi?

Posted by thefraix on March 6, 2010

Hello everyone. It’s Arvin here. Some of you may know me, others may only know me through online. For years there’s been this group called Inascifi, an Indonesian science fiction group. Inascifi has a blog and a website at But for quite some time, there hasn’t been any worthwhile activity nor any participation from the group members, and thus I’m considering of terminating it because of financial reasons. What do you think?

Please post your answers at:

or post your comments below.

Halo semuanya, Arvin nih. Sebagian dari anda mungkin sudah mengenal saya, sebagian lain hanya kenal secara online. Selama bertahun-tahun ada sebuah grup yang disebut Inascifi. Grup ini awalnya kumpulan penggemar fiksi ilmiah yang kebetulan ditemukan saya. Grup ini juga memiliki blog dan website di Tapi karena sudah lama tidak ada aktivitas ataupun partisipasi dari anggota grup tersebut, saya sedang memikirkan untuk mematikannya karena alasan finansial. Bagaimana pendapat anda?

Harap dijawab di:

atau beri komentar di bawah.

Attending the Indo Star Trek 6th Anniversary

Posted by thefraix on December 6, 2009

Hi all!

Before I start getting into reviews, info or any other topics related to science fiction, let me first apologize for the lack of updates in this blog for the past few months.

Anyway, I’m happy to report about my recent experience attending a local Indonesian fan community celebrating their 6th Anniversary. Yes, The Indonesian Star Trek Community has turned six years old this year, and 2009 has been a very wonderful year for them. Aside the new movie that came out last May (or June in Indonesia), the community have received lots of support (including from PT Indosat, one of Indonesia’s local telecommunications provider) and had a wonderful birthday party at Pisa Kafe Mahakam (near Blok M, Jakarta Selatan).

I wish I could post pictures and stuff like that, but unfortunately my camera never left my bag. Well, I’ll post some pics from the Indo Star Trek’s facebook page.

Qa’pla! (Success in Klingonese)