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  • Inside the Navy’s Nerdfest

    12/03/2017 6:57:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 3, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    The debriefing was as vicious as you'd expect it to be, the Navy commander methodic in his dissection of one of the greatest failures in military history. The massive loss of life and strategic capabilities were inevitable once the officers of history's greatest military force allowed large sections of the region to "develop into a safe haven" for lawlessness and terrorism, "the perfect environment to allow a rebellion to grow." "Once maritime dominance is established, resistance from shore rarely stops," says Cmdr. BJ Armstrong. "Without small ships to run intercept the blockade was simply a dismal failure." Armstrong, an academy...
  • Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot becomes world's most expensive piece of classic [tr]

    11/22/2017 10:04:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2017 | Charlie Moore
    Robby the Robot from sci-fi film Forbidden Planet has become the world's most expensive piece of classic movie memorabilia after selling for more than $5million. The seven-foot robot which has metal claws, a domed head and speaks 188 languages, starred in the 1956 film as the servant of Dr Morbius on Altair IV - known as the Forbidden Planet. The robot was auctioned by Bonhams New York for a world record price $5,375,000 in the TCM Presents* Out of This World! auction.
  • The Doctor will see you now! BBC unveils FIRST LOOK at glam Jodie Whittaker as the new Time [tr]

    11/09/2017 8:06:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2017 | Andrew Bullock
    They made the historic announcement earlier this year that the new Doctor Who will be a woman for the first time, played by Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker. And now - just over a month until she will make her first appearance in this year's Christmas Special - the BBC have unveiled a teaser image of the new Time Lord strutting out of the famous TARDIS. The image shows Jodie stepping across a meadow of flowers, the time machine in the backdrop, with the sun rising slowly from the hills in the background.
  • 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...
  • Impeccably cool Blade Runner 2049 is a ravishing visual feast: EW review

    09/29/2017 9:06:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | September 29, 2017 | Leah Greenblatt
    Even 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s future feels like an invention modern cinema is still trying to catch up to. Other movies’ notions of nuclear-blasted dystopias or whiz-bang Jetsons kitsch seem to pale next to the haunting, soulful specificity of his vision: the Fritz Lang-meets-’40s-noir metropolis; the paranoid-android flair; the deeply un-sci-fi moments of melancholy. It was enough in some scenes just to watch the smoke curl from Sean Young’s cigarette, or follow the dust drifting through a bleached-white sunbeam.
  • 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...
  • ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Tickets Go On Sale Friday; Opening In The $43M-$47M Range

    09/22/2017 6:15:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | September 21, 2017 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Tickets for Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros./Sony’s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult 1982 movie, go on sale tomorrow, 14 days before its Oct. 6 opening date.
  • SFWA President Appears To Break Org Rules In Escalating Feud With Hispanic Author

    09/20/2017 9:48:25 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 09/20/2017 | Jon Del Arroz
    The politicization of science fiction became apparent to the public with the social justice requirements added to the decision making for the Hugo Awards, of which Sad Puppies was a push-back. Now the Science Fiction Writers Association is openly penalizing and shaming conservative writers like Jon Del Arroz for pointing out its active discrimination against male writers.
  • 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...
  • Spock the difference! Seth MacFarlane gives Star Trek a comic spin in new sci-fi series [tr]

    09/11/2017 12:48:50 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 11, 2017 | Julia Pritchard
    He is best known for his comedy work, finding huge success with cartoon TV show Family Guy and the Ted films. But Seth MacFarlane ventured into the sci-fi world on Sunday night, as his new series The Orville, inspired by Star Trek, made its debut on Fox. The actor, 43, stars as Ed Mercer on the show, and follows his attempt to captain a spaceship 300 years in the future with his co-pilot Kelly - who also happens to be his adulterous ex-wife, after he finds her in bed with an alien.
  • The Myth of the Peaceful Woman by outofthedarkness

    08/11/2017 12:12:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Sarah A. Hoyt ^ | August 9, 2017 | outofthedarkness
    There’s a persistent trope in science fiction and fantasy about a society consisting solely of women. It’s a peaceful and prosperous society, free from all violence. There may be some female warriors, who are somehow better than all male warriors everywhere despite having no real pressure or battles to harden themselves on. As a female reader with a strong taste for rational thinking, I am begging authors to stop doing this. Every female over the age of seven knows that a planet full of only women would not be peaceful. Every female Odd will picture this situation as The Special...
  • ‘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...
  • Complete "R2-D2" unit assembled from original components from Episodes IV, V, VI, I & II

    06/26/2017 3:38:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Hollywood Auction 89 - Day 3 ^ | June 28, 2017 | by Profiles in History
    (Now for something for all the Star Wars fans. . . the ultimate fan icon auction, an original R2D2 is being auctioned off.) 1298. Complete “R2-D2” unit assembled from original components spanning the original Star Wars trilogy and Episodes I & II. (TCF, 1977 - 2002) A complete film used R2 unit is not known to be in the public domain – this R2-D2 offering represents the pinnacle of the Star Wars collecting universe. For the productions following Star Wars: A New Hope, to save time in meeting production deadlines, R2 components were reused from the previous Star Wars films....
  • 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.
  • Ridley Scott Will Curate a Night of New Science Fiction Programming for TNT

    05/19/2017 8:44:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    io9 ^ | May 17, 2017 | Cheryl Eddy
    Though Ridley Scott is best-known for directing feature films, including this week’s Alien: Covenant, he’s also extremely involved in TV—one recent example being his producing role on The Man in the High Castle. Next up, he’ll be working with TNT to bring even more science fiction to the airwaves. Deadline reports that Scott will fill what’s described as “a night of original scifi programming” with, potentially, “hourlong series, short-form programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with the filmmaker.”
  • An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

    04/26/2017 8:39:52 PM PDT · by heartwood · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | 4/25/2017 | Rachel Becker
    Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep. It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow...
  • Timothy Zahn finally unveils the origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains in Thrawn

    04/12/2017 2:21:04 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 9 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 12, 2017 | Andrew Liptak
    Last summer, Dave Filoni announced that he would be bringing a long-standing fan-favorite character to Star Wars Rebels: Grand Admiral Thrawn. In a classic, “wait, there’s more!” moment, he followed up by saying that the character would also get a novel, written by none other than Timothy Zahn, who created the character in 1991’s Heir to the Empire. It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is to long-time Star Wars fans. In the previous Star Wars expanded universe, Thrawn was a different sort of villain for the franchise. Where Emperor Palpatine was evil incarnate, and Darth Vader embodied raw power,...
  • 2017 Hugo Award Finalists

    04/05/2017 7:43:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 on April 4... The final round of voting will open this coming week, and close on July 15. The 2017 Hugos will be presented at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11. The finalists are: ...