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  • BA tells ĎCaptain Kirkí Salmond exactly where he can boldly go

    10/04/2015 9:22:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/3/2015 | Glen Owen
    As leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond tried to boldly go where none of his predecessors had gone before and win independence for Scotland. But the former First Minister overreached himself when he booked on to a British Airways flight as Star Trekís James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. Mr Salmond faced embarrassment when BA flatly refused to let him on the plane at Heathrow because the name on his ticket Ė belonging to the character played by William Shatner in the seminal science-fiction series Ė didnít match that in his passport. Only a series of frantic calls...
  • Doctors astonished after ViroCap test detects all viruses lurking in a human body

    10/01/2015 9:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    World Tech Today ^ | October 1, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    Researchers have successfully created a new test that could eliminate the need for needles in testing for viruses ó and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. Itís called ViroCap, and while the test is not ready for use in patients just yet, it has passed a big clinical trial that is paving the way for its eventual entry into the market, according to a UPI report. ViroCap supposedly can detect any virus known to man ó and animals ó and it could help doctors who donít know what theyíre looking for spot a virus...
  • The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)

    09/09/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1961 | Val Guest; British Lion-Pax
    Atomic weapon tests by the US and USSR cause the tilt of the Earth to shift by 11 degrees dooming all life. Excellent low budget British Sci Fi.
  • Kansas State apologizes for phallic marching band formation

    09/08/2015 10:52:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 80 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 8, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MANHATTAN, Kan., - Kansas State University apologized for a marching band routine that some complained looked like male genitalia assaulting the University of Kansas mascot. University officials said the formation during halftime of Saturday's season opener against South Dakota was supposed to depict the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek engaged in battle with the University of Kansas Jayhawk, but some social media users complained the Enterprise shape looked more like a set of male genitals. "We apologize for anyone offended by our halftime performance depicting the starship enterprise and the Jayhawk mascot," a message on the marching band's official Twitter...
  • ďStar TrekĒ Celebrates 49 Years

    09/08/2015 8:16:13 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Star Trek News | ^ | September 8, 2015 | Staff
    Happy 49th Birthday, Star Trek 49 years ago today, ďStar TrekĒ premiered on NBC with its first episode ďThe Man TrapĒ at 8:30PM on September 8, 1966. Following two pilot episodes, the series ó created by Gene Roddenberry ó would go on to run for three seasons, spur thirteen feature films and change the face of television forever.
  • Opinion: The Day the Future Died: How STAR TREK Ran Out of Gas

    09/07/2015 4:19:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 93 replies
    Valorist ^ | September 5, 2015 | David Reddish
    "To boldly go where no man has gone before..."† So the opening narration claims, and since it debuted in 1965 [sic], Star Trek became the epitome of optimistic futurism.† What began as a cult show--and a failed one at that--became a cultural touchstone, and quite likely the most influential television show in history, as well as a long running series of films.† Even Americans who have never seen an episode or film know of the pensive Mr. Spock, the transporter, the alien Klingons and the famous warp speed.† As the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the beloved franchise approaches though, Star...
  • Set Phasers to Kill! SJWs Burn Down The Hugo Awards To Prove How Tolerant And Welcoming They Are

    08/24/2015 1:34:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 23, 2015 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    At the seventy-third annual Worldcon science fiction convention on Saturday night, social justice warriors did their best impression of the nightmare firemen of Ray Bradburyís classic Fahrenheit 451, choosing to burn down the Hugo Awards and damage†science fiction instead of seeing works of heretical authors outside of their exclusive clique winning awards. Earlier this year, Breitbart reported on the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies voting slates, which swept many major categories for the Hugo Awards, science fictionís coveted fan-voted awards. This yearís Hugos were hotly anticipated: fans and industry insiders alike were†curious to see if social justice could come together...
  • 2015 Hugo Awards

    08/23/2015 3:17:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 22, 2015
    2015 Hugo Awards Presented at: Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA, August 22, 2015Hosts: David Gerrold and Tananarive DueBase design: Matthew DockreyAwards Administration: John Lorentz, Ruth Sachter, Linda Deneroff, Ron Oakes, Dave McCarty and Glenn Glazer
  • MITís MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards a Real-Life Replicator

    08/22/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 21, 2015 | Andrew Liszewski
    One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAILís MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run. For 3D printers to fully realize their Star Trek Ďreplicatorí potential they canít just be one part of the manufacturing process, they need to do it all. The holy grail of 3D printing is to one day let anyone recreate any device with a simple button press. We want to be able...
  • Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi's Biggest Awards?

    08/16/2015 10:31:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    YES! Magazine ^ | August 14, 2015 | Miles Schneiderman
    ... I know what it's like to love an author despite his or her controversial statements about real-life political issues. And I also feel that this year's Hugo slate is an unmitigated outrage that has serious implications for the future of speculative fiction. Next week, on Aug. 22, voters will decide if these awards are still about celebrating excellent writing and innovative ideas, or if they are just another blood-drenched battleground in the conflict between white male traditionalists and everyone else. For those who don't follow the genre-fiction awards circuit, here's what's going on. A shifting contingent of science fiction...
  • Day of the Blob, A right Wing, Rock and Roll Nightmare

    08/10/2015 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 3 replies ^ | August 10, 2015 |
    It began normally. I woke up yet one more time after a night's sleep---"sleep:" the little brother of death. I'm seventy, so, I'm always surprised anymore when I actually wake up alive. I confirmed I was still alive. I farted, long and loud. It went on forever; I felt my body shrink; I thought I might deflate like a balloon. It was an old man's relief. But, yes, it proved I was still alive: I fart; therefore I am. I managed to haul myself in a kind of situp onto the edge of the bed using both arms and my...
  • 10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them) (science fiction/fantasy)

    08/01/2015 1:29:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 237 replies
    io9 ^ | July 30, 2015 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books--but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. From Asimov to Pynchon, science fiction contains some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction. But a lot of us get overwhelmed. And it's not that hard to fake a first-hand knowledge of these books, because they're everywhere, and we've heard people talk about them so...
  • Jeb Bush says human activity contributes to climate change, calls for GOP to 'embrace science'

    07/30/2015 3:00:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 88 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 7/30/15 | SCOTT SUTTON
    GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush says that he believes human activity is contributing to climate change, and that the U.S. is obligated to do something about it. ďThe climate is changing; I donít think anybody can argue itís not. Human activity has contributed to it. I think we have a responsibility to adapt to what the possibilities are without destroying our economy, without hollowing out our industrial core,Ē Bush said in an interview with Bloomberg BNA published Thursday.
  • The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

    07/25/2015 11:07:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 157 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 4, 2013 | Jordan Hoffman
    From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and prematurely cancelled, sci-fi and TV have had a nice run. We locked ourselves in the basement with several milk crates of VHS tapes, laser discs, and back issues of Starlog to come up with the top 50 science-fiction television shows.
  • Star Wars Shocker: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks

    07/24/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    E!Online ^ | Today 12:07 PM PDT | McKenna Aiello
    Ahmed Best, the actor who played the first computer generated character in the franchise, revealed that Michael Jackson approached director George Lucas in hopes of taking on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace role with the help of prosthetics and makeup similar to that of his "Thriller" video. After meeting Jackson backstage at a concert with Lucas and co-star Natalie Portman, Best said, "George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. OK.' I thought, 'What is going on?'" ... Although it's up to speculation whether or not Jackson's...
  • Man uses lonely winters in remote Colorado cabin to convert his home into Star Trek shrine (tr)

    07/23/2015 12:43:47 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.23.2015 | Jack Crone
    'Being a fan of Star Trek has given me a life', claims 69-year-old Steve Doman. The devoted trekkie has spent 14 years transforming his remote Colorado cabin into a Star Trek shrine complete with Klingon and Federation-themed rooms. Steve has spent a staggering $30,000 on the renovation project - which started as a winter hobby - and says there is still plenty of work to do.
  • Art Bell is returning to American radio tonight

    07/20/2015 6:22:51 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 225 replies ^ | self | self
    OK the time has arrived. Art Bell returns to American radio in two hours. Tonight.
  • New 'X-Files' trailer encourages 201 days of binge-watching

    07/20/2015 2:37:02 PM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    c net ^ | July 7, 2015 2:43 PM PDT | by Michael Franco
    The first teaser for the new "X-Files" reboot offers a quick glimpse at the reboot along with some nostalgia and the assertion that "the truth is in there." While we've seen a few behind-the-scenes shots from the set of the forthcoming "X-Files" reboot, heard about Gillian Anderson's challenge in "waking up" Scully and even seen David Duchovny tear up over the "fantastic script," we haven't seen much in the way of a preview of the six-episode series due to air on the Fox network in January. Tuesday, with the release of the first official teaser for the show, that doesn't...
  • Exclusive trailer debut of Syfy's Arthur C. Clarke series 'Childhood's End'

    07/12/2015 7:26:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2015 | Tracy Brown
    We're exclusively premiering the new trailer for Syfy's miniseries "Childhoodís End," which just debuted at Comic-Con on Saturday morning. Get a good look at what Arthur C. Clarkeís sci-fi novel will look like in real life, right now. Set in a world that's already been conquered by aliens, this trailer actually shows the big "first contact" moment. "Thereís no need to be afraid," says the alien voiceover. "We've come to help mankind. We are not conquerors."
  • Fahrenheit 451 (proven more prescient than ever)

    06/25/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 16 replies
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ^ | 1953 | Ray Bradbury
    FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury This one, with gratitude, is for DON CONGDON. FAHRENHEIT 451: The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns PART I IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With...
  • In 'Independence Day: Resurgence' we'll have a moon base in 2016

    06/23/2015 1:23:39 PM PDT · by Marcus · 34 replies
    Houston Movie Examiner ^ | June 23, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    A Monday piece in IO9 contained some revelations about the upcoming sequel to 1996ís ďIndependence Day,Ē which is entitled ďIndependence Day: Resurgence.Ē 20 years after the great alien invasion flattened many of Earthís largest cities and killed untold millions of people, the world is still united in building up its defenses against a return engagement. These defenses apparently include a moon base.
  • Actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in ĎStar Warsí arrested after high-speed chase

    06/21/2015 4:05:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    A former child actor who starred in one of the ďStar WarsĒ movie prequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase. Colleton County Sheriffís Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd. He played young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie ďStar Wars: Episode I Ė The Phantom Menace.Ē
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/20/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 177 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 19, 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia¬ís hairstyle: ¬ďHey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess¬ís ears?¬Ē Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated Ô¨Ālm of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • Liberal Claim That Jurassic World Is Sexist Is Hilarious

    06/12/2015 4:36:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Iím not sure if Iíll see Jurassic World but if I do, it will likely be for the reasons summed up by New York Post film critic Kyle Smith:
  • Nichelle Nichols Suffers Mild Stroke (Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura)

    06/05/2015 12:58:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Star Trek ^ | June 4, 2015
    Star Trek legend Nichelle Nichols suffered a mild stroke last night at her home in Los Angeles, according to a statement on her official Facebook page. "She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was," the statement read. "Please keep her in your thoughts." Nichols, who is 82 years old, earned her place in both Star Trek and entertainment history with her portrayal of Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series and the six TOS feature films. She's also been a constant, joyous presence at Star Trek and sci-fi conventions all over the world. Additionally, Nichols achieved...
  • Celebrating What Is Best In Science Fiction: Foundation

    05/31/2015 1:37:18 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 42 replies
    Sad Puppies ^ | 5/12/2015 | Noah Ward
    Over the past month we here in the Sad Puppies Revolutionary Vanguard Party Ministry of Truth have received a number of questions about which classic works of SF do and don't exemplify the goals of the Party. While our cohort John Z. Upjohn has done a fantastic job identifying SJW-infused works, we do not wish to present ourselves as wholly negative, so today we're going to talk about one of the all time great works of SF, a classic of yesteryear which could never win a Hugo today. Yes, Isaac Asimov's Foundation. This is of course a story about a...
  • Harlan Ellison still angry, still writing at 81

    05/30/2015 10:36:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    The Jewish Advocate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Nat Segaloff
    Harlan Ellison is still an angry young man, except he'll be 81 on May 27. He has used this anger, fueled by childhood anti-Semitism, throughout his extraordinary career as a writer of speculative fiction. This year saw the publication of his 116th and 117th (so far) books: The Top of the Volcano, a collection of his awardwinning short stories, and a graphic novelization of his original script for "The City on the Edge of Forever," widely considered the best Star Trek episode ever written. Although Ellison's hundreds of published stories contain a wealth of Jewish characters, his most complex creation...
  • Circumnavigate Time,Space, Quantum Mechanics, Einsteins Theories With Game Based on "Interstellar"

    05/22/2015 6:49:46 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Interstellar Movie Game ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chrome Experiments
    Interstellar:Can You Do It?Circumnavigate the Many dimensions of Time, Space,Having Left Twenty Years Ago, Be Home For Dinner Tonight?
  • Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wellsí ĎThe War of the Worldsí

    05/14/2015 12:00:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Flavorwire ^ | April 26, 2015 | Alison Nastasi
    Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim CorrÍaís career was cut short when he died at only 34 years old. But the illustrator left behind a small science-fiction legacy thanks to his 1906 artworks detailing the Martian invasion of London in H. G. Wellsí novel The War of the Worlds. Wellsí tale preyed upon turn-of-the-century fears about the apocalypse and other Victorian superstitions (and social prejudices) about the unknown. CorrÍaís fantastical, murky style is fitting of Wellsí dark themes. The Martian fighting machines resemble frightening legions of massive spiders. There were only 500 copies of the Belgian edition of Wellsí story with CorrÍaís...
  • BREAKING: Star Trek XIII to be titled ĎStar Trek Beyondí

    04/22/2015 2:40:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kayla Iacovino
    It appears that ĎStar Trek BeyondĎ may be the title of the upcoming Star Trek film, lucky number 13 in the franchise. As far as the storyline is concerned, the title suggests that the new film will venture farther out into the galaxy than we have seen in the previous two Abrams films, as co-writer Simon Pegg has been hinting at for some time now.
  • Another Great Moment in Mainstream Journalism

    04/10/2015 2:02:51 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 4/7/2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    Last Monday afternoon, Entertainment Weekly posted a story in its Books section with the ominous headline: "Hugo Award nominations fall victim to misogynistic, racist voting campaign." Within a few hours, the headline changed to: "Correction: Hugo Awards voting campaign sparks controversy." Both versions of the EW story were about the annual Hugo Awards given out to science fiction and fantasy writers. In the original version, EW's Isabella Biedenharn claimed that "misogynist groups lobbied to nominate only white males for the science fiction book awards," urging their followers to "cast votes against female writers and writers of color." Turns out that...
  • The Hugo Awards: How to Fight Back in the Culture War

    04/08/2015 6:43:22 AM PDT · by Salgak · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesnít matter if youíre secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because weíll all be expected to make our obeisance to the latest politically correct opinion handed down to us by a Twitter mob. By now, we know the basic ingredients of a typical skirmish in Culture War 4.0. It goes something like this: a) a leftist claque starts loudly pushing the ďcorrectĒ Culture War position onto b)...
  • The Science Fictional Foundation Under Paul Krugman, Part One

    04/07/2015 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    Paul Krugman, a few years ago, wrote at length to extol the magnum opus of science fiction grandmaster, Isaac Asimov, theFoundation Trilogy. Prof. Krugmanís reflections thereon are of keen interest. I met Asimov once, 40+ years ago, at a world science fiction convention. I even got him to autograph my Science Fiction Book Club copy of ďThe Foundation Trilogy.Ē This compilation of three novels is an SF classic. I, then and since, found it too dull to read in full. (Asimovís I, Robot then was much more engaging to this long-ago SF geek. But nothing Asimov wrote really rivaled Heinleinís...
  • 'Star Wars' locations in Tunisia reportedly now danger spots because of ISIS threat

    03/29/2015 8:10:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Ethan Sacks /
    The Tunisian desert region used as a location for the original "Star Wars" and as a tourist destination for fans of the film franchise is now reportedly crawling with a threat more insidious than marauding Sand People ó ISIS terrorists. Particularly hard hit has been Tataouine, the Tunisian town that inspired George Lucas to name Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and now a pit stop for wannabe jihadists headed to join ISIS in nearby Libya, CNN reported. Three men were arrested nearby the town that's just 60 miles from the Libyan border and arms caches were confiscated nearby, one of...
  • Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

    03/23/2015 9:38:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    CNet ^ | 3/22/15 | Michelle Starr
    A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc" -- uses energy to deflect potential damage.
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • 12 Zodiac Signs Reborn As Terrifying Monsters By Damon Hellandbrand

    03/02/2015 6:38:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    BoredPanda ^ | January 15, 2015 | Dovas
    Just because a character has been around forever doesnít mean there arenít new ways to reimagine it. Damon Hellandbrand, a talented artist based in the U.S., has created a series of images that portray the symbols of the zodiac as twisted, surreal creatures straight out of a nightmarish realm. Hellandbrand does much of his art with various digital illustration programs, but some are born as pencil drawings or watercolors Ė or ďbasically whatever medium Iím in the mood for.Ē He writes that he is inspired by artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta, and itís easy to imagine...
  • Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic 'The Stars My Destination'

    03/02/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Deadline|Hollywood ^ | February 27, 2015 | Anita Busch
    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire feature-film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the book (better known as Tiger! Tiger! in the U.K. for its opening-page reprint of a William Blake poem) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
  • ĎJupiter AscendingĎ is so bad itís almost good (photos)

    An instant candidate for the so-bad-itís-sort-of-great hall of fame, ďJupiter Ascendingíí is totally bonkers, a sort of black-velvet-Elvis mash-up of ďStar Warsíí and every other sci-fi/fantasy movie of the past half-century right up to ďThe Hunger Games.Ē Look, thereís Mila Kunis as another chosen one, spending 10 percent of the movie cleaning toilets! A shirtless Channing Tatum in Mr. Spock ears, trying to pretend he doesnít love Kunis! And poor Eddie Redmayne ó up for Best Actor for ďThe Theory of EverythingĒ ó flamboyantly camping it up (oops, Oscar voting begins Friday) as an intergalactic real-estate mogul-cum-mass-murderer bent on marrying...
  • Ray Bradbury's house, sold for $1.76 million, is being torn down

    01/17/2015 10:23:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2015 | Carolyn Kellogg
    Ray Bradbury lived in his 1937 Cheviot Hills home for more than 50 years. After the author of "Fahrenheit 451" died in 2012, the house was readied for sale ... The home, which was purchased in June for $1.765 million, is being demolished. A permit for demolition was issued Dec. 30, Curbed LA reports, and a fan who visited the house over the weekend found it in the process of being torn down ...
  • Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing

    01/17/2015 12:23:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies ^ | 01/15/2014 | Matt Novak
    What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle ó an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is fantastic.N
  • SyFy's 'Ascension' Takes 1960s Nuclear Spaceship Idea to the Stars

    12/15/2014 5:01:23 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 92 replies ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tariq Malik
    A spaceship powered by nuclear bombs secretly launched in the 1960s. A colony ship on 100-year journey to spread humanity to the stars. These central themes of the SyFy Channel's epic "Ascension" miniseries this week sound like pure science fiction, U.S. scientists actually worked to build such a spaceship in the 1960s. In "Ascension," a three-part SyFy miniseries that launches tonight (Dec. 15), 600 people live aboard an Orion-class nuclear spacecraft on a mission to Proxima Centauri. The mission launched in 1963, when the Space Race was in full swing and the Cold War made the threat of global nuclear...
  • Philip K. Dick would have been 86 today: Some thoughts on his legacy

    12/16/2014 2:51:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | David L. Ulin
    The late Philip K. Dick, born 86 years ago today in Chicago, is something of a cautionary figure in American literature: brilliant, prolific, often sloppy, and woefully underappreciated during his lifetime. It was only with the 1982 release of the film "Blade Runner" (loosely based on his 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") that Dick's work truly began to saturate the mainstream; by that point, he had been dead for four months. In the ensuing three decades, Dick's novels and stories have served as fodder for dozens of Hollywood movies; they have been reissued again and again. In...
  • How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi (updated)

    11/30/2014 3:13:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | November 29, 2014 | Lewis Beale
    Now that the trailer for the seventh "Star Wars" movie is out, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six "Star Wars" films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how many kids have their own light saber?) and made household names of characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. They've also been the worst thing ever for the science fiction genre.
  • 'Star Trek' began filming 50 years ago

    11/28/2014 11:06:49 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    CNET ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rich Trenholm
    Fifty years ago this Thanksgiving the crew of the starship Enterprise walked in front of cameras for the first time and began filming on a new sci-fi show that would make television history: "Star Trek". But the results of the day's filming weren't seen in their intended form for more than 20 years -- and the legendary show nearly didn't make it to the screen at all. The brainchild of former bomber pilot and police officer turned television writer Gene Roddenberry, "Star Trek" was planned to be a utopian sci-fi show featuring a diverse crew exploring the galaxy. It began...
  • 'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs Stuck in the 1980s, Experts Grumble

    11/27/2014 10:48:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 26, 2014 | Linda Qiu and Dan Vergano
    Who doesn't love a dinosaur flick? Well, paleontologists have a few fossil bones to pick with Jurassic World, the latest in a line of dinosaur movies that once bragged about its scientific credibility. The trailer for the new movie, a reboot of the popular 1990s Jurassic Park franchise, was released Tuesday and has already been viewed more than 14 million times on YouTube. Like the original movie, Jurassic World takes place in an island safari park, where tourists visit living dinosaurs cloned from ancient DNAóuntil one hybrid monster goes rogue. Despite global fervor among fans, dinosaur scientists are not thrilled...
  • Happy Trails (Seavey Bids Adieu; Libertarian-Conservative Entertainment Podcast Continues)

    11/26/2014 11:13:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 26, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    All (good) things must come to an end, as the omnipotent, yet enigmatic, interstellar character Q pointed out to the crew of the USS Enterprise during a particularly harrowing flight. As in Gene Roddenberry-created science-fiction epics, so it is in the world of pop cultural podcasting, which is why this month marks the conclusion of my nearly year-long professional collaboration with my good friend Todd Seavey. Even though Todd is leaving for bigger-and hopefully more lucrative-endeavors, the Perry portion of Seavey and Perry on Culture will persist, as I cycle through a diverse cast of witty anarcho-capitalists willing to plumb...
  • Jurassic World (2015 Film)

    11/25/2014 7:10:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | November 25, 2014
    Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, is scheduled for release on June 12, 2015. Colin Trevorrow is the director and Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers. The official trailer has been released and you can watch it here. More links: WikipediaIMDbWhy did Steven Spielberg invent a new dinosaur for Jurassic World?Official SiteUK SiteNewsFacebookTwitter Of course, many of the dinosaurs depicted in the Jurassic Park series lived in the Cretaceous period rather than the Jurassic period.
  • 'Interstellar's' Jonah Nolan Developing 'Foundation' Series for HBO, WBTV (Exclusive)

    11/10/2014 5:07:22 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The Wrap ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jeff Sneider
    The Oscar-nominated "Memento" writer says "everyone would benefit from reading" the sci-fi trilogy HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy that will be written and produced by "Interstellar" writer Jonathan Nolan, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Nolan, who is already working with HBO on "Westworld," has been quietly developing the project for the last several months. He recently tipped his hand to Indiewire, which asked him, 'what's the one piece of science fiction you truly love that people don't know enough about?'
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens'

    11/06/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | November 6, 2014 | Anthony Breznican
    If you feel a disturbance in the Force, itís millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII ó The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)