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  • Did Star Wars Jump the Shark Or Was It Devoured by Parasites?

    04/23/2018 4:11:24 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 76 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/23/2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. I’ve seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, and while watching the kids, even saw a number of Clone Wars cartoon episodes. I’ve seen most episodes of Star Trek, every series, though I’ve barely been able to watch Star Trek: Discovery except the Mirror Universe episodes. I say this so that my criticism is not mistaken for “you just don’t like the franchises.” And I think modern politics and shifts in storytelling are hurting both science fiction universes.
  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 2:13:23 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 240 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12 Apr 2018 | Lauren Spagnoletti
    What is the first thing you think of when you think of an alien movie? Does Sigourney Weaver's bald head pop into your mind as you picture her battling extraterrestrials in Alien 3? Or do you think of something unconventional, like Cloverfield or District 9? The alien genre is one that has certainly evolved over the years as special effects and computer-generated images have improved far beyond anyone's wildest dreams. But the fact of the matter is that for an alien movie to be good (actually, for any movie to be good), it has to tell a really good story,...
  • The Crossing (Science Fiction TV series)

    04/03/2018 4:45:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | April 3, 2018
    A new science fiction series, The Crossing, debuted on ABC last night. From Wikipedia: The Crossing is an American science fiction thriller series that airs on ABC. The series debuted on April 2, 2018. On March 20, 2018, ABC released the pilot episode on their website. The series is filmed in British Columbia, Canada. Refugees fleeing a war start showing up to seek asylum in an American town—but the refugees claim to be from America, 180 years in the future. Moreover, at least one of the refugees exhibits apparently superhuman powers that make her a threat.Watch the pilot episode online....
  • Arizona State University ("Doomsday Clock") Professor accused of sexual misconduct

    02/23/2018 8:29:18 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    ktar.com ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | ktar.com
    ... Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university's School of Earth and Space Exploration has been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade....
  • He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations [tr]

    02/23/2018 6:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 22, 2018 | Peter Aldhous, Azeen Ghorayshi, and Virginia Hughes
    When Melody Hensley first met Lawrence Krauss, she was a 29-year-old makeup artist at a department store, and he was one of her intellectual idols. She ran an atheist website in her spare time and had just started volunteering for the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit group committed to promoting science and reason above faith. She was hoping to build a career in the burgeoning “skeptics” movement, and Krauss was one of its brightest luminaries. At a CFI event in November 2006, Krauss asked Hensley for her card, and later, as she was leaving, asked her if she was...
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

    01/23/2018 3:42:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2018 | Gerald Jonas
    Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.
  • Want to own a ‘Forbidden’ sci-fi icon? Robby the Robot is going up for auction

    11/13/2017 3:52:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 72 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | November 12, 2017 | By Eric Brackett
    Having appeared in Forbidden Planet, The Twilight Zone, Lost in Space, and numerous other science-fiction shows, Robby the Robot is one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi memorabilia in TV history. And now it is going up for sale.Robby the Robot will be one of the centerpieces of the upcoming “Out of this World” auction hosted by Bonhams. The seven-foot tall robot is operational and is expected to sell for somewhere in range of seven figures when it goes to auction on November 21.Adding to its potential value is the fact that Robby the Robot was, at the time of its...
  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams TV series

    10/07/2017 1:39:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | October 7, 2017
    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a British made science fiction anthology TV series based on the works of Philip K. Dick. It is currently being shown in the UK on Channel 4. Amazon Video will begin showing in the US sometime in 2018. Here is the trailer: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Official Trailer [HD] | Amazon Video References: WikipediaIMDb Articles: ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ 1st Trailer Asks What It Is To Be Human? – NY Comic-Con Explore Philip K. Dick's crazy futures in 'Electric Dreams' trailer Holy Crap, the Philip K. Dick Electric Dreams TV Series...
  • The 10 Most Complex Sci-fi Movies of All Time

    09/24/2017 12:04:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 243 replies
    Taste of Cinema ^ | September 21, 2017 | Mike Gray
    By its very nature, the sci-fi genre is relatively complex: the short stories, novels, TV series and films that comprise speculative fiction necessitate detailed expository passages to build its far-flung futures, reality-bending premises, and stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Whether the story is set on an alien world populated by creatures markedly different from human beings, in a future separated by centuries or eons from the present in which society, technology, science, and civilization itself have evolved into a nearly unrecognizable state, or center around time or space travel, sci-fi stories require complex set-ups to create a...
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away.

    09/09/2017 11:49:25 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 13 replies
    ALEX POURNELLE TEXTS: Hi I’m afraid that Jerry passed away We had a great time at DragonCon He did not suffer. Please feel free to post this news. Rest in peace, Jerry. You will be missed.
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away

    09/08/2017 5:01:44 PM PDT · by buwaya · 75 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 9/8/2017 | Buwaya
    Being reported in several places, Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Noted Science Fiction author, strategic analyst, early popularizer of personal computers, one of the original bloggers. In his own way he was one of the more influential Americans of the 20th century. As per Instapundit in a comment to his own post, "I just talked to Alex. Basically, Jerry just laid down for a nap and passed in his sleep this afternoon. It was nice that he, Alex, and Larry Niven got to hang out and have such a good time at DragonCon. It's as easy a death as one...
  • Seth MacFarlane's The Orville - 2 reviews

    09/05/2017 2:41:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    See body of thread for links | September 2017 | Various
    MacFarlane is lost in space with ‘Orville’ David Wiegand San Francisco Chronicle September 3, 2017 Seth MacFarlane’s new vehicle, “The Orville,” gets a special premiere on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 10, but it is far from being ready for takeoff. There’s something there or, more to the point, bits and pieces of something there, but it needs work. Boy, does it need work. More The Orville Review: Seth MacFarlane's Somber Sci-Fi Dud Crashes and Burns Dave Nemetz TVLine September 5 2017 Consider this a red alert to TV fans everywhere: Are you expecting Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox series The Orville...
  • Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92

    08/21/2017 12:13:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 21, 2017
    Brian Aldiss, the “grand old man” of science fiction whose writing has shaped the genre since he was first published in the 1950s, has died at the age of 92. Aldiss’s agent, Curtis Brown, and his son, Tim Aldiss, have announced that the author, artist, poet and memoirist died at home in Oxford in the early hours of 19 August. “Brian had celebrated his birthday with close friends and family and spoken to many close to him,” wrote Tim on Twitter as he announced the death of “our beloved father and grandfather”. Aldiss was the author of science fiction classics...
  • ‘Make It So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism

    07/27/2017 5:14:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 24, 2017 | A.M. Gittlitz
    H. G. Wells’s foundational work of political science fiction, “The Time Machine,” predicted a future in which a small utopia of sprightly elites is kept running by a subclass that lives below the ground and is reduced to bestial violence. This prediction, carried to a horrifically logical extent, represented the intense wealth disparity of the Victorian England in which Wells wrote the novel. Judging from the major political narratives of the fictions of our era, films like “The Hunger Games,” “Elysium” and “Snowpiercer,” the certainty of a future rendered increasingly barbarous by class division remains essentially the same.
  • Star Trek Discovery: 15 Biggest Differences From The Other Trek Series

    07/14/2017 7:24:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 83 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | July 13, 2017 | Kieron Moore
    Star Trek may be one of the longest running science fiction franchises out there, with its fantastic tales of starships exploring the far reaches of the galaxy having engaged movie and television viewers since 1966, but it’s been off our TV screens for a long while now – twelve years, to be precise. That will soon change, as this September sees the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, an ambitious new show set within the universe of the Federation – yes, the actual one, not the parallel universe from those lens flaring, CGI-heavy movies. But despite being set in the same...
  • Fight over Star Wars and Star Trek led to assault, Oklahoma police say

    07/06/2017 11:36:05 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 6, 2017
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say a fight over Star Trek and Star Wars led to an assault in the metro.Jerome Dewayne Whyte, 23, was arrested July 1 on a complaint of assault and battery, possession of marijuana and outstanding Oklahoma County warrants.Oklahoma City Police Department reports show that Whyte and another man were in the living room of an apartment in the 1400 block of NW 16 Street when they began arguing if Star Wars or Star Trek was better. The victim told police he became frustrated and stated "You're just a trick" before walking back to his room.
  • Dodger Fan (short story)

    06/27/2017 12:57:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    DODGER FAN by Will Stanton Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1957 Link I first read this over fifty years ago.
  • We Ranked the 40 Greatest Star Wars Moments

    05/24/2017 5:42:06 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 76 replies
    Time ^ | May 23, 2017 | Eliana Dockterman, Alex Fitzpatrick, Megan McCluskey, Matt Vella
    No science fiction franchise has been more influential than Star Wars. (Sorry, Star Trek fans!) Over the last 40 years, the space opera saga created by George Lucas has delivered 1,062 minutes of lightsaber duels, intergalactic dogfights and dynastic drama. Even non-fans are likely to immediately recognize iconic imagery like Darth Vader’s helmet, the Millennium Falcon, or Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Which begs the question: of the hundreds, maybe thousands, to choose from which Star Wars moments are the best? The series, now owned by Disney, turns 40 on May 25. So TIME's entertainment team and sundry Star Wars super fans...
  • Seth MacFarlane Is Headed to Space with 'The Orville' on Fox

    05/20/2017 9:56:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 17, 2017 | Tariq Malik
    Seth MacFarlane is gearing up for a trek across the final frontier. Fox announced this week that this fall, it will launch a new science-fiction TV series, called the "The Orville." The show will star funnyman executive producer and actor MacFarlane ("Family Guy," "Ted") as the commander of the titular starship. Adrianne Palicki ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") will portray MacFarlane's executive officer — and ex-wife — with a ragtag crew rounding out the cast. Think "Galaxy Quest" meets "Family Guy," and you're on the right track.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Why the crass humor?)

    05/19/2017 9:47:14 AM PDT · by super7man · 13 replies
    Common Sense Media ^ | 1/2017 | Common Sense Media
    Parents need to know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the adventures of Marvel's motley group of space outlaws first introduced in the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Expect lots of interest from kids of all ages, but it's most appropriate for tweens and up. There's frequent fighting with weapons (swords, guns, and more), space chases/battles, executions that involve people being "spaced" (forced out of airlocks to die in the freezing cold of deep space), and more. Spoiler alert: A popular character dies. Language, while not frequent, can also be strong, with everything from "douche" and "d--k"...