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  • 'Star Trek' began filming 50 years ago

    11/28/2014 11:06:49 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 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 DNA—until 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, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)
  • In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?

    11/04/2014 1:05:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 11/3/14 | Natalie Wolchover and Peter Byrne
    If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldn’t be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts. And the minuscule mass of the Higgs boson, whose relative smallness allows big structures such as galaxies and humans to form, falls roughly 100 quadrillion times short of expectations. Dialing up either of these constants even a little would render the universe unlivable. To account for our incredible luck, leading cosmologists like Alan Guth and...
  • Interstellar: the movie

    10/28/2014 1:59:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | October 28, 2014 | Various
    The world's crops are being devastated. People face mass starvation. The earth is dying. A team of scientists sets out on an interstellar journey to find a new planet for the people of earth. From Wikipedia:Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, the film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet... Interstellar premiered on October 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Commercially, it is scheduled for a limited release in North America (United States and...
  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT · by Fzob · 201 replies
    Popsugar ^ | 09/06/2014 | NICOLE NGUYEN
    Happy National Read a Book Day! Celebrate with these essential sci-fi classics. Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there not to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and offers a glimpse into what lies in a galaxy and time far, far away? Now that you've indulged on the most compelling, classic epic fantasy series, it's time to switch gears. Onward, futurists! We recruited our own POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of...
  • Brand new '2001: A Space Odyssey' trailer is gorgeous

    10/24/2014 6:09:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    Polygon ^ | October 21, 2014 | Colin Campbell
    Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is just about to enjoy a digitally restored limited U.K. theatrical release. And to celebrate, here's a lovely new trailer.
  • Who Mines The Dilithium?

    10/22/2014 10:26:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2009 | Doctor Zero
    One of my favorite little moments in the very entertaining new “Star Trek” movie comes when the young James T. Kirk activates the computer system of a car he swiped for a joyride, and the Nokia logo comes up. It’s nice to see Nokia’s still in business in the twenty-third century. Such simple touches help to humanize the Star Trek universe, which had drifted a bit too far from recognizable human experience for audiences to fully engage with its characters. The presence of a good old-fashioned corporate logo in the new movie put me in mind of a long-ago, free-wheeling,...
  • 'Terminator's James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd: Hasta La Vista To "Fear-Based" Studio Filmmaking

    10/19/2014 1:53:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 18, 2014 | Jen Yamato
    It’s been 30 years since James Cameron made his name with a futuristic sci-fi actioner starring ex-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, inspired by his own nightmare vision of a murderous mecha-skeleton. Shot for $5.6 million in 1984, The Terminator changed everything for Cameron and his fellow Roger Corman disciple and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The two have since carved their own influential paths – Cameron with Aliens, Titanic, and his $2.7 billion Avatar franchise, Hurd with AMC's ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead. And they're still proving that original ideas can be profitable in spite of Hollywood’s "fear-based" decision-making, while keeping a polite...
  • The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

    09/25/2014 12:26:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    io9 ^ | September 25, 2014 | Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders
    It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
  • 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...