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  • Al Markim of Space Cadet Passes Away (played Astro on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet)

    11/29/2015 11:49:17 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    File 770 ^ | November 28, 2015 | Mike Glyer
    Actor Al Markim, who played the role of Astro, the Venusian friend of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died November 24 at the age of 88.
  • Science Fiction and Communist Reality

    11/20/2015 10:47:55 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Foundation for Economic Freedom ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Lawrence W. Reed
    Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) "skillfully dissected the 20th century's foolhardy efforts to create utopias by stifling individuality and economic freedoms." So said cultural critic Bruce Edward Walker. Lem was best known internationally as author of the classic Solaris - twice adapted for the silver screen - but the majority of his fiction featured damning allegories against the suppression of the human spirit.
  • THX1138, Logan's Run, Rollerball, Soylent Green, 1984 or Fahrenheit 451? Dystopian themed movies.

    10/31/2015 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Fhios · 134 replies
    Oct 31, 2015 | Vanity
    Six rather relatively well known dystopian themed movies. Excerpts taken from IMDB. If you like dystopian themed movies you've probably seen all 6. My favorite is Rollerball. Which one do you think the world is striving for? --- THX1138 -- Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Director George Lucas. Logan's Run -- An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at 30. Director Michael Anderson Roller Ball (1975) -- In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world,...
  • The final poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here

    10/18/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 18, 2015 | Bryan Bishop
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just two months, and today it's finally time to see the movie's official poster. No, not the teaser poster from last year, and not the promo item handed out at D23; this is the real deal. The poster features the key members of the cast that audiences have met thus far: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, with some other faces that you just might recognize (hi, Han and Leia). What's even more interesting is the sight of some sort of orb in the upper...
  • ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Wraps Filming

    10/16/2015 11:10:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | October 16, 2015 | TrekNews.net
    That's a wrap! "Star Trek Beyond" officially completed filming on Thursday in Dubai. Director Justin Lin will now begin a lengthy post-production process for the film, scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.
  • 'X-Files' revival premiere implies that everything we know might be a lie

    10/10/2015 7:37:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Steven Zeitchik
    At the beginning of the new "X-Files" miniseries, two old characters can be seen exchanging some fresh banter. "It's always good to see you," Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully says to her former partner. "It's always good to find a reason," replies Fox Mulder, the truth-seeker played by David Duchovny. That spirit of reunion might also be applied to the larger "The X-Files." The landmark series returns to Fox for six episodes beginning Jan. 24, nearly 14 years after the show was last on TV.
  • Everyone in China Is Wearing Plastic Plants on Their Heads and Nobody Knows Why

    10/08/2015 6:54:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 75 replies
    yahoo ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Jilhan Forbes
    Hip college students and grown folks alike are scratching their clover-laden heads wondering who got the idea to walk around with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden sprouting from their tresses. “I think this comes more from Western culture,” one student told the Times. “It’s fun, but I guess it’s also about protecting the environment, to show that you care about nature,” a peddler of the green headgear offered (which is interesting considering the country is one of the biggest polluters of out planet). But probably the best explanation came from a 24-year-old medical student, who best sums up how the...
  • BA tells ‘Captain Kirk’ 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 Trek’s 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 – belonging to the character played by William Shatner in the seminal science-fiction series – didn’t 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 — and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. It’s 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 — and animals — and it could help doctors who don’t know what they’re 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...
  • “Star Trek” Celebrates 49 Years

    09/08/2015 8:16:13 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | September 8, 2015 | TrekNews.net Staff
    Happy 49th Birthday, Star Trek 49 years ago today, “Star Trek” premiered on NBC with its first episode “The Man Trap” at 8:30PM on September 8, 1966. Following two pilot episodes, the series — created by Gene Roddenberry — 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 Bradbury’s 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 fiction’s coveted fan-voted awards. This year’s 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
  • MIT’s 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 CSAIL’s 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 ‘replicator’ potential they can’t 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
    RightWingConservativeNews.com ^ | August 10, 2015 | RightWingConservativeNews.com
    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. “The climate is changing; I don’t think anybody can argue it’s 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,” 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
    artbell.com/ ^ | 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 "Childhood’s End," which just debuted at Comic-Con on Saturday morning. Get a good look at what Arthur C. Clarke’s 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. "There’s 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 1996’s “Independence Day,” which is entitled “Independence Day: Resurgence.” 20 years after the great alien invasion flattened many of Earth’s 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 ‘Star Wars’ 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 “Star Wars” movie prequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase. Colleton County Sheriff’s 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 “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”
  • 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’s hairstyle: “Hey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess’s ears?” Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated film 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
    I’m not sure if I’ll 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?http://endurance.interstellarmovie.net
  • Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

    05/14/2015 12:00:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Flavorwire ^ | April 26, 2015 | Alison Nastasi
    Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corręa’s 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. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. Wells’ tale preyed upon turn-of-the-century fears about the apocalypse and other Victorian superstitions (and social prejudices) about the unknown. Corręa’s fantastical, murky style is fitting of Wells’ dark themes. The Martian fighting machines resemble frightening legions of massive spiders. There were only 500 copies of the Belgian edition of Wells’ story with Corręa’s...
  • BREAKING: Star Trek XIII to be titled ‘Star Trek Beyond’

    04/22/2015 2:40:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies
    TrekMovie.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kayla Iacovino
    It appears that ‘Star Trek Beyond‘ 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 · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesn’t matter if you’re secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because we’ll 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 “correct” 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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. Krugman’s 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 “The Foundation Trilogy.” This compilation of three novels is an SF classic. I, then and since, found it too dull to read in full. (Asimov’s I, Robot then was much more engaging to this long-ago SF geek. But nothing Asimov wrote really rivaled Heinlein’s...
  • '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 — 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 doesn’t mean there aren’t 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 – or “basically whatever medium I’m in the mood for.” He writes that he is inspired by artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta, and it’s 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.
  • ‘Jupiter Ascending‘ is so bad it’s almost good (photos)

    An instant candidate for the so-bad-it’s-sort-of-great hall of fame, “Jupiter Ascending’’ is totally bonkers, a sort of black-velvet-Elvis mash-up of “Star Wars’’ and every other sci-fi/fantasy movie of the past half-century right up to “The Hunger Games.” Look, there’s 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 doesn’t love Kunis! And poor Eddie Redmayne — up for Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” — 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
    http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com ^ | 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 — 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
    Space.com ^ | 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...