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  • The new Batmobile from 'Batman v. Superman' has been fully revealed

    09/10/2014 11:19:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Zack Snyder gave us a gritty, black-and-white glimpse of the new Batmobile back in May, and now, thanks to some people on Instagram who happen to be near the shoot, we're now starting to get a good look at the entire vehicle. The new photos show Batman v. Superman's Batmobile parked against the side of the road — where it's clearly a lot bigger than the average car.
  • How the growing generation gap is changing the face of fandom

    09/07/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | August 25, 2014 | Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
    Earlier this month, two fan conventions came to London: Nine Worlds and the World Science Fiction Convention, commonly know as Worldcon. Worldcon is in its 72nd year, a huge old dinosaur (or perhaps an aging dragon) of science-fiction fandom. This year more than 10,000 people paid for memberships, which included entrance to the annual Hugo Awards. The official guests of honor were revered science-fiction and fantasy authors, editors, and illustrators, all of whom were in their 60s and 70s. Nine Worlds was smaller, younger, and catered to a more varied crowd including comics, TV, and fanfic followers. But since both...
  • The Outer Limits: The New Breed (1995)

    08/19/2014 12:25:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | August 19, 2014
    "The New Breed" is an episode from the first season of The Outer Limits revival series. It was originally telecast on June 23, 1995. It stars Richard Thomas. It is a cautionary tale about an experiment that goes too far. From the Wikipedia article: Dr. Stephen Ledbetter makes a technological and medical breakthrough when he creates a type of tiny machine, known as nanobots, capable of curing any disease or imperfections in the human body. Watch on HuluWikipedia (contains SPOILERS)IMDb (contains SPOILERS) The running time of the episode itself is 44:28 but there are commercials which add to that time.
  • Honoring Ray Bradbury the goal of Waukegan group

    08/15/2014 12:26:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Hinkel
    An effort is underway to honor one of Waukegan's favorite sons, the late science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury. Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee said nearly all the details remain to be worked out beyond the basic idea -- a realistic statue or bust of Bradbury, who wrote evocatively of the fictional Green Town, a recognizable stand-in for his hometown. lRelated A history of Waukegan The effort echoes the push for a statue memorializing another Waukegan legend, comedian Jack Benny, a radio and early TV star honored with a downtown statue in 2001.
  • CA State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach About President Obama (Puke Tsunami)

    08/09/2014 10:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Minority Report ^ | August 10, 2014 | Staff
    A new, unprecedented bill passed by California’s State Senate on Thursday will encourage public schools to teach students about the historical significance surrounding Barack Obama’s status as the first African-American president of the United States of America. Assembly Bill 1921 passed with a 30-1 vote, according to the Associated Press. It was introduced by Assemblyman Dan Holden (D-Pasadena). Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says the bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission (which facilitates much of California’s Common Core framework) to consider teaching students about Obama’s election within the context of past voter discrimination, the AP notes. Sen. Joel Anderson...
  • The 10 Most Underrated Classic Science Fiction Films

    08/09/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 161 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 4, 2014 | Pierre Comtois
    In these days of seemingly weekly science fiction blockbusters (which are usually SF in name only… they're actually just big gun actioners that take place in the future) and the hype that surrounds them, it's easy to forget that once such films were the low man on the totem pole. Stuff fit for kids and juveniles but not serious adult audiences. Thus, in past decades, except for a few A list films like Them and The Day the Earth Stood Still in the 1950s and Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, and Logan's Run in the '60s and '70s, many...
  • Syfy Adapting Futuristic Military Drama 'Ghost Brigades' (Exclusive)(John Scalzi book series)

    08/05/2014 1:01:24 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 46 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/5/2014 | Lesley Goldberg
    The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films. Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at 75 enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows...
  • Scarlett Johansson's New Movie Is Based on One of the Biggest Scientific Myths of All Time (Lucy)

    08/03/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ross Pomeroy
    The reviews aren't yet in for Scarlett Johansson's new movie Lucy, but a single viewing of the trailer is enough to give the film a resounding "two thumbs down" on science... The idea that humans only use 10% of their brains is a complete, utter, and total myth. Lucy is entirely premised on neuroscientific BS...
  • Why is science fiction so hard to define?

    08/02/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | July 30, 2014 | Quentin Cooper
    A recent list of top science fiction films had some unusual choices and left out some well-regarded classics. But, says Quentin Cooper, that's part of the problem – sci-fi is such a broad church it's often very hard to define. Time Out, the weekly listings magazine, recently ranked the 100 best sci-fi movies of all time. They did it by polling 150 "leading sci-fi experts, filmmakers, science fiction writers, film critics and scientists" and getting them to each provide their 10 favourites. As lists go it's a decent one. It's hard for me to take issue with a top three...
  • Dark Secrets

    07/25/2014 10:09:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/25/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The TV series Dark Secrets, from 3net Studios, begins each episode with a teaser prologue, followed by this ominous voiceover: “When an abandoned industrial building is cleared for demolition, a locked door is discovered in its basement. The door conceals an archive of strange and disturbing specimens, recordings, photos, and documentary films—compelling evidence of monstrous creatures and preternatural events. The documentarian’s whereabouts remain unknown. In his records, he identifies himself only as ‘The Teller.’ His investigations reveal a frightening world of dark secrets.” The series deals in strange, supernatural phenomena, presented in a classic documentary style. Eyewitnesses or survivors are...
  • Legion, A Short Story by Brandon Sanderson.

    07/19/2014 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Reckoner · 8 replies
    None ^ | August 31, 2012 | Brandon Sanderson
    Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. I thought you Freepers might like this book, I found the storyline good and the characters interesting, and I found the "aspect" J.C. fun. The...
  • REVIEW: Halle Berry Stars in CBS’s Extant

    07/09/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Time ^ | July 9, 2014 | James Poniewozik
    This summer drama mashes up a lot of sci-fi premises we've seen before, but in a way that shows potential. The first episode of Extant (CBS, Wednesdays) establishes with several quick cues that you are looking at the future. When astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) washes up in the bathroom, she pulls up a news feed on the mirror. The garbage can outside her house is a transparent prism that compacts trash elegantly. Also, the show seems to posit an alternative universe in which CBS airs high-profile new dramas and they’re not about cops or lawyers. That particular aspect of...
  • Scientists Discover Newest Unknown Global Change Problem that Needs an Unknown Amount of Money

    07/02/2014 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Scientists are desperately scrambling to face the newest “global change” problem: plastic in the ocean. A recent expedition involving over 400 scientists from around the world has discovered that there is plastic in ALL of the world’s oceans. Really. ALL of them. Oceans, not scientists. “The findings reveal that plastic pollution is far more widespread than first thought,” says Science World Report. “Rather than being in isolated pockets of the ocean, it's a global problem. It's clear that steps need to be taken in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste currently winding up in our world's oceans. A...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "First Men In The Moon"(1964)

    06/22/2014 11:12:38 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    56.com ^ | 1964 | H.G. Wells
  • Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes

    06/16/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Deseret News National ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kandra Polatis
    In "Man of Steel," the most recent Superman film, when Superman's parents send their son away from their dying planet to save his life, his mom worries he will not be accepted on Earth because he is an alien to the planet. "He will be an outcast. They'll kill him," his mother says. "How? He'll be a god to them," says his father, Jor-El, who believes Superman will be an ideal Earth's inhabitants will strive to reach.
  • ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Reviews: Tom Cruise Kills It

    06/04/2014 4:42:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 179 replies
    “Edge of Tomorrow” isn't expected to be the box office smash its $178 million budget suggests Warner Bros. hoped it would be, but at least audiences can expect one of the best big-budget movies in theaters this summer. Critics love Tom Cruise's latest action film, which blends science fiction elements with a premise borrowed from classic Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day.” Like Murray, Cruise plays a man who is forced to “Live. Die. Repeat” for what must feel like an eternity, except instead of picking up women and causing trouble in a sleepy Pennsylvania town most famous for a rodent,...
  • Harrison Ford Asked To Reprise Role In ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

    05/27/2014 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 238 replies
    http://www.deadline.com/ ^ | May 14 2014 | ANITA BUSCH
    Alcon Entertainment has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner. Original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Michael Green are writing the new one, which takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Alcon acquired Blade Runner‘s film, television and ancillary rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels of the sci-fi cult classic. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble,...
  • Harlan Ellison turns 80 today

    05/27/2014 10:57:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | May 27, 2014
    The great writer Harlan Ellison turns 80 today. Ellison has won eight Hugo Awards, a shared award for the screenplay of A Boy and his Dog that he counts as "half an Hugo" and two special awards from annual World SF Conventions; four Nebula Awards of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA); five Bram Stoker Awards of the Horror Writers Association (HWA); two Edgar Awards of the Mystery Writers of America; two World Fantasy Award from annual conventions; and two Georges Méliès fantasy film awards. -- Wikipedia Ellison is known primarily to television viewers as the author...
  • The Lost Creators Come Clean

    05/11/2014 8:17:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Esquire ^ | May 7, 2014 | Emily Zemler
    Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are seated around the infamous hatch from Lost. The duo, who became the voice of the ABC series during its six-season run, have met up in Lindelof's office on the WBR lot in Burbank to reflect on Lost's cultural legacy exactly ten years after shooting the show's pilot. This particular hatch is made of papier-mâché and smaller than you might imagine because it was used for exterior shots during a later season of the show, but it's still indescribably thrilling to find yourself hanging out at the hatch with these two guys.  Lost premiered in September...
  • Time Hoard: Missing episodes of Doctor Who from 1960s found gathering dust in cupboard in Nigeria

    10/10/2013 10:23:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:16 EST, 10 October 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who which have not been seen since the 1960s have been recovered after they were tracked down to a store room in Nigeria, gathering dust. The discovery will cause much excitement for devotees of the long-running series, for which there are dozens of missing episodes dating back to its early years The previously lost nine shows were among 11 traced to a television relay station and the find brings back to life an entire six-episode story, while another is almost complete. The newly found programs—which introduce the character of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, better known to audiences...
  • How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi

    05/04/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 181 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/2/2014 | CNN
    Now that the cast of the seventh "Star Wars" movie has been announced, 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.
  • How Many Science Fiction Movies Have You Seen?

    05/03/2014 2:17:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 102 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 28, 2014 | Louis Peitzman
    Check the films you've watched all the way through.
  • FReeper Help Requested in Science Fiction (Vanity)

    04/19/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 38 replies
    LonePalm | 4/18/2014 | LonePalm
    I am trying to find the name of a Science Fiction story I read thirty to forty years ago. The plot line revolves around a former Mercenary stranded on a newly settled planet. The leaders of the planet have decided that they have about a hundred years to get their population up to a level that will allow them to fend off others. The solution is to pair post pubescent women with slightly older men and breed as rapidly as possible while building the infrastructure necessary for a society. I seem to remember that the main item of value on...
  • The Real History of Science Fiction | BBC America (TV docuseries)

    04/13/2014 2:09:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    BBC America Series Premiere: Saturday, April 19th at 10/9c From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in... Home | About the show | Episode Guide | Photos | Videos
  • 11 one-season sci-fi TV wonders you can watch right now on Netflix

    03/26/2014 8:22:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 88 replies
    Blastr ^ | March 26, 2014 | Trent Moore
    While we wait to see if freshmen series like Almost Human and Tomorrow People survive for a second year, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look back at some of our favorite one-season sci-fi wonders.We’re drawing close to the dog days of summer, and though there’s more original sci-fi fare than there used to be, it’s still essentially the doldrums for a genre fan. Luckily for all of us, that’s where streaming services like Netflix come in handy. What better way to spend the downtime than to catch up on some gems that never got a...
  • Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' to Open on Same Day in U.S., China

    03/24/2014 7:51:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 24, 2014 | Clifford Coonan
    Upcoming Johnny Depp-starring sci-fi thriller Transcendence will open in China as a day-and-date release with the United States on April 18 -- and China will be the only territory where the film will be screened in 3D, the Beijing-based studio DMG, co-producers of the film with Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Tales of Futures Past: Soviet Science Fiction of the Cold War

    03/16/2014 7:35:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Jill Scharr,
    In 1898, British writer H. G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds," a science-fiction novel in which Martians invade the Earth and nearly decimate humanity. A decade later, in what was then the Russian Empire, writer and Marxist revolutionary Alexander Bogdanov wrote his novel "Red Star," also about Martians landing on Earth. But in Bogdanov's novel, the Martians are not violent or monstrous. Instead, they invite the main character, a young Russian student named Leonid, back to the Red Planet to see the Martians' civilization: a thriving, peaceful — and communist — utopia. The optimism of "Red Star" was...
  • SO LONG, STARMAN! Ken Utsui: 1931-2014

    03/15/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker ^ | March 14, 2014 | Brett
    Starman actor Ken Utsui passed away on March 14, 2014, of chronic respiratory failure. He was 82. Although Utsui was a prolific actor for many decades, he is best known in the United States as Starman (a.k.a. Super Giant), the Shintoho superhero who fought a bevy of outlandish creatures in the late 1950s.
  • Richard Coogan, Star of 'Captain Video and His Video Rangers,' Dies at 99

    03/12/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Richard Coogan, who played Captain Video on the early TV sci-fi adventure series Captain Video and His Video Rangers, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 99.
  • What the future holds: US futurist Peter Diamandis on the shape of things to come ("Abundance")

    02/16/2014 11:26:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 12, 2014 | Faisal Masudi and Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporters
    Dubai: At a conference in Dubai this week, an American futurist painted an intriguing, at times unsettling, picture of the coming world. As Dr Peter Diamandis went over his presentation slides at The Government Summit on Tuesday, there were plenty of raised eyebrows. In the future, the slides suggested, privacy will be a thing of the past, robots will take over our jobs, 3D printers will pop out everything from human organs to houses, and man will mine asteroids in deep space for unfathomable mineral wealth. The 58-year-old said hyper-tech breakthroughs are already hurtling us towards that future, today. “The...
  • Classic Science Fiction

    01/27/2014 4:55:27 AM PST · by lefty-lie-spy · 14 replies
    I found this particular old time radio episode very reminiscent of themes in Star Trek, Outer Limits, Ray Bradbury, and Twilight Zone. Furthermore, it was very interesting to hear about the "Holodeck" and distopian, robotic, disassociated society the family lives in. I think you will find the same similarities and more, and look forward to comments. You can find this episode at http://archive.org. I posted the original podcast link to give props to the podcast that put this one online for their show.
  • Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (video)

    01/19/2014 11:48:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 17, 2014 | WatchMojo.com
    It's another year chock full of exciting pictures to look forward to!
  • Alexandra Bastedo: The Champions actress dies aged 67

    01/12/2014 8:14:42 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 12, 2014
    Actress Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died aged 67 following a long illness.
  • Medicine Jim, but not as we know it: Star Trek-style tricorder that scans for signs of disease

    01/09/2014 2:26:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Imagine a world where a handheld gadget scans your body and diagnoses illnesses in seconds - reducing hospital visits and potentially saving your life. It may sound like the work of science fiction but engineers in California have taken their lead from the Star Trek franchise and developed a real-life version of the show’s medical tricorder. The Scanadu Scout can read a person’s temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and more, simply being held against their forehead. It was developed by Scanadu’s CEO Walter De Brouwer, 56, at Nasa’s Ames Research Centre in California. A prototype of the Scout was...
  • National Science Fiction Day

    01/02/2014 10:37:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Neatorama ^ | January 2, 2014 | Miss Cellania
    Happy National Science Fiction Day! January 2nd is the day selected for this wonderful holiday because it was Isaac Asimov's birthday. It's a day to celebrate, appreciate, and even read some of the many science fiction offerings at your local library, bookstore, website, or your own bookshelf.
  • Another Icon Lost....

    12/29/2013 6:42:11 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 12 replies
    Self | Dec. 29, 2013 | Warthog
    I have been down with a nasty cold for the last few weeks. The good side of that is that I have been catching up with my reading, which included the last couple of issues of "Analog...Science Fiction and Fact". I was reading along and enjoying the stories, until I got to "Not for Sissies" by Jerry Oltion in the March 2014 issue, at which point my jaw dropped. This story is nothing more than gay pornography. The first line is: "Nathan was eating breakfast in the kitchen when his husband, Greg, announced that he was going to die." And...
  • Science Fiction’s Dark Star: Alfred Bester at 100

    12/18/2013 3:42:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Patheos ^ | December 12, 2013 | Geoffrey Reiter
    It would be easy to miss, but December 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Bester, one of the pioneers of modern science fiction. A Manhattan native, Bester began his career as a writer in earnest in the 1940s, publishing pulp science fiction, penning radio scripts, and doing work for DC Comics on Superman and Green Lantern titles. In the 1950s, however, he followed the trend of science fiction away from the short story magazine world to the realm of novels. It was in this decade that he wrote two of the genre’s most groundbreaking works, The Demolished...
  • Indulging in America’s gun fantasies: Emotional triggers (Worse than you think)

    12/13/2013 9:59:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 13, 2013 | Joan Wickersham
    THERE THEY were, just below Martha Stewart and Paula Deen and Allure in the magazine rack at the supermarket: the gun periodicals. I bought three. Back at the place where I was staying — this was in upstate New York, a week ago — I pored over the ads and the editorial content, trying to understand what they were saying, and to whom. First, they want you to buy a gun. It will probably not be your first gun; it will be an addition to, and an improvement on, the gun or guns you already own. It may deliver “precision...
  • What's your favorite really obscure fantasy/sf novel?

    12/13/2013 8:49:04 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 200 replies
    (vanity) | Dec 13, 2013 | Me
    Everybody (well, everybody who reads sf/fantasy) has their favorite novels in each genre...which are usually a bunch of other people's favorite novels as well. This only makes sense, since cream rises to the top. But even so, there are plenty of obscure books that for whatever reason, never really caught on. They might well be great reads, but no one seems to have heard of them...so what's your favorite sf and fantasy novel that still lies in not-so-deserved obscurity? With any luck, we'll all discover a bunch of great books that we've never heard of before! I'll start off with...
  • Top 15 Greatest Science Fiction Writers of All-Time

    12/04/2013 8:13:32 AM PST · by Kip Russell · 149 replies
    http://www.mania.com ^ | Jan 30, 2009 | Tim Janson
    One of the things that makes science fiction so popular is that it means many things to many people. Some people will insist that they are not even reading science fiction when they read a Star Wars novel or a novel dealing with alternate history. That is what makes Sci-Fi so wonderful! It’s easy to love and difficult to define. What other genre has so many sub-genres? You have hard Sci-fi, often times written by people who actually were scientists. There’s Cyber Punk, adventurous Space Opera, Military Sci-Fi, Alternate History, Steam Punk, and even Space Westerns. Something for almost everybody!...
  • 50 Must-See Science Fiction Movies (how many have you seen?)

    11/22/2013 5:50:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 413 replies
    There are so many amazing science fiction movies that it's hard to include all the greats in a list of 50. It may not be the same 50 you'd pick, but I hope you enjoy this list of must-sees. How many have you seen? Click items to mark as completed.
  • Worm in Sandwich on Air India Flight

    10/15/2013 9:57:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    Investigations underwayAir India said Tuesday an investigation was underway after a passenger found worms in his sandwich mid-flight. The passenger made the discovery during a flight from New York to New Delhi on September 28 on India's struggling flagship carrier. The passenger reported the incident to Air India, but said he did not hear anything back for two weeks, according to the Press Trust of India. "We are investigating the caterer regarding this incident," airline spokesman Prasad Rao told AFP in New Delhi. The spokesman said the airline maintained high standards, including hygiene conditions, adding that this was a "very...
  • Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning "Urban Gangs" Into His Personal Police Force

    10/13/2013 3:13:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | August 14, 2013 | David Weigel (member, Ezra Klein's journ-o-list)
    The controversy over Orson Scott Card's opposition to gay marriage appears to have simmered down. Maybe it'll kick up again as the Ender's Game premiere closes in, but it shouldn't—Card's religious objection to gay marriage is shared by a substantial minority of Americans, and holding it against him is a little pat. The actual outrage over what's happening to gay Russians appears to have captured all the anger being directed Card's way. That's good! The gay marriage foofarah was a distraction from Card's much more fascinating political paranoia. His last column on politics is a sort of masterpiece of that...
  • Star Trek illustrates perfectly: In the war between savages and civilized man... You know the rest.

    09/28/2013 7:36:55 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/28/13 | Gene Roddenberry
    The Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror illustrates the problem with cultures that solve their problems with violence... perfectly.
  • The Outer Limits (original series) 50th anniversary

    09/16/2013 2:40:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    See body of thread | September 16, 2013
    The Outer Limits debuted on Monday, September 16, 1963 on ABC. Although this imaginative science fiction anthology series was cancelled midway through its second season, it gained a good cult following and proved to be highly influential. The show had several truly fine episodes. The Wikipedia article is very informative. Many of the episodes are available online.
  • What science fiction/fantasy (if any) are you reading right now?

    09/15/2013 8:09:44 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 89 replies
    Sept 15, 2013 | Me
    For those who are into this sort of thing...what sfnal or fantasy literature are currently reading or have just finished? I'm working my way through the series, "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher, having read the first 10 novels of the 15 published so far. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files The Dresden Files is a series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher. He provides a first person narrative of each story from the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. Butcher's original proposed title for the...
  • Celebrating 47 Years of Star Trek

    09/08/2013 10:19:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 90 replies
    Trek News ^ | September 8, 2013 | Staff
    Today we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Star Trek, as the series’ first episode, “The Man Trap” aired on September 8, 1966. Gene Roddenberry’s “wagon train to the stars” made virtually unknown actors at the time, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, into household names across the United States and around the world.
  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/02/2013 3:56:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 91 replies
    io9 ^ | September 2, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades... Pohl was known for his mind-bending, often satirical novels (many co-authored with longtime collaborator C.M. Kornbluth), his editing acumen, his science fiction criticism, and his witty, fascinating blog, which he was updating right up until his death...
  • Here’s my favorite episode of “Land of the Lost”

    08/20/2013 4:08:12 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 18, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    As a child in the 1970s, I always enjoyed watching “Land of the Lost” on Saturday morning. As an adult, I like the show even more. This is an intelligent science fiction program that makes you think, and is never dumbed down (except for season 3, which is so horrible that it never should have been made). Here is my favorite episode – “Elsewhen” from season 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDocflFRcSk
  • Elysium: Hollywood's Familiar Nightmare, and the Enduring Technological Dream

    08/08/2013 1:39:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | August 8, 2013 | Hamilton
    The new movie Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, is more loaded with liberal politics than an Organizing For America fundraising pitch. It’s more loaded with liberalism than an Ivy League gender studies department. More loaded, even, than an MSNBC roundtable discussion.   Still, it’s a pretty cool movie, featuring an intelligent, if scary, take on the future. And so it merits our attention, because even if one doesn’t agree with its liberal slant, one must realize that liberals have half, at least, of the marbles in American politics--that is, the White House, the Senate, and, of course, the...