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  • Philip K. Dick would have been 86 today: Some thoughts on his legacy

    12/16/2014 2:51:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | David L. Ulin
    The late Philip K. Dick, born 86 years ago today in Chicago, is something of a cautionary figure in American literature: brilliant, prolific, often sloppy, and woefully underappreciated during his lifetime. It was only with the 1982 release of the film "Blade Runner" (loosely based on his 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") that Dick's work truly began to saturate the mainstream; by that point, he had been dead for four months. In the ensuing three decades, Dick's novels and stories have served as fodder for dozens of Hollywood movies; they have been reissued again and again. In...
  • SyFy's 'Ascension' Takes 1960s Nuclear Spaceship Idea to the Stars

    12/15/2014 5:01:23 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 89 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tariq Malik
    A spaceship powered by nuclear bombs secretly launched in the 1960s. A colony ship on 100-year journey to spread humanity to the stars. These central themes of the SyFy Channel's epic "Ascension" miniseries this week sound like pure science fiction, U.S. scientists actually worked to build such a spaceship in the 1960s. In "Ascension," a three-part SyFy miniseries that launches tonight (Dec. 15), 600 people live aboard an Orion-class nuclear spacecraft on a mission to Proxima Centauri. The mission launched in 1963, when the Space Race was in full swing and the Cold War made the threat of global nuclear...
  • How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi (updated)

    11/30/2014 3:13:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | November 29, 2014 | Lewis Beale
    Now that the trailer for the seventh "Star Wars" movie is out, 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. They've also been the worst thing ever for the science fiction genre.
  • 'Star Trek' began filming 50 years ago

    11/28/2014 11:06:49 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 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...
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The 10 Most Underrated Classic Science Fiction Films

    08/09/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 162 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...
  • The ‘Force’ of George Lucas is everywhere at Skywalker Ranch

    08/06/2014 11:18:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 6, 2014
    George Lucas, the man behind the mega-successful interplanetary saga Star Wars, may well have retired, but his spirit looms large at the famous Skywalker Ranch. The creator of Luke, Leia, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader bought the property in 1978 with proceeds from his first blockbuster hit, Star Wars to realise his dream of creating a haven for filmmaking outside Hollywood, at a cost of around $100 million (Dh367 million), according to the Wall Street Journal. Rare visitors allowed into the huge complex — 1,900 hectares near San Francisco — must first weave around hills, orchards, and pastures occupied by...
  • 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...
  • The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

    07/14/2014 10:37:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | July 11, 2014 03:23 PM ET | Lucas Mearian
    The U.S. government says it has developed the first ever self-guided bullets that can lock onto a target more than a mile away and maneuver midflight in order to hit its mark. The .50 caliber target tracking bullets, dubbed Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), are designed for military snipers, who must deal with changes in wind, light and ambient heat as they fire on a target. The EXACTO technology is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which researches new military technologies and is known as a key developer of...
  • 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...
  • Alzheimer's disease could be prevented after new blood test breakthrough

    07/08/2014 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM BST 08 Jul 2014 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
    Scientists at Oxford University and Kings College London develop blood test which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's so that drugs could target the disease before symptoms appear A blood test has been developed to predict if someone will develop Alzheimer’s within a year, raising hopes that the disease could become preventable. After a decade of research, scientists at Oxford University and King’s College London are confident they have found 10 proteins which show the disease is imminent. Clinical trials will start on people who have not yet developed Alzheimer’s to find out which drugs halt its onset. The blood...
  • 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,...
  • Trick or truth! Can you even tell the difference?

    05/18/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | 2014 May 17 | Frank Miele
    What if everything you know is fake? That is a premise that was repeatedly explored by author Philip K. Dick in his science fiction novels. Some of his stories have been made into popular films such as “Total Recall,” where a blue collar worker in the far future doesn’t know whether he is really a secret agent or just pretending to be one as part of an implanted memory. In Dick’s novel “Time Out of Joint,” protagonist Ragle Gumm gets confirmation that something is terribly wrong with the world around him when he attempts to buy a beer at an...
  • 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...
  • Bing Klingon Translator (vanity)

    05/06/2014 2:51:47 PM PDT · by PastorBooks · 22 replies
    nuqneH! (hello) Today is a good day to post! Please forgive the vanity, but I just found this and must report it to my fellow Star Trek fans here. I know this is a complete waste of time, but everything has been so serious lately -- possible World War and all -- I thought we needed a break. qaStaH nuq? (what's happening?), you ask. The Bing Translator at http://www.bing.com/translator can translate English into Klingon! The translator was introduced when the last Star Trek movie was released, in partnership with the Klingon Language Institute. buy' ngop! (that's great news!) Go over...
  • 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 · 194 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.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced

    04/29/2014 10:24:04 AM PDT · by notsofastmyfriend · 275 replies
    Yahoo Movies ^ | April 29, 2014 | Matt McDaniel
    Luke. Leia. Han. Chewie. Artoo. Threepio. All present and accounted for as StarWars.com unveiled the official cast of "Star War: Episode VII" Tuesday. Here's the full release: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars:...
  • 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.
  • New 'Star Wars' film to be set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'

    03/18/2014 1:22:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    Rueters ^ | Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:57pm EDT | Lisa Richwine
    The highly anticipated next installment of the "Star Wars" franchise will be set 30 years after "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive officer Bob Iger said on Tuesday at the company's annual shareholders meeting. Disney purchased "Star Wars" production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and announced it would release three new films in the popular sci-fi series. Fans have been avidly awaiting details of the next film, "Star Wars: Episode VII."
  • 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.
  • Three Science Fiction movies to see again

    02/11/2014 3:21:29 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 81 replies
    2/11/14 | Vanity
    It's a cold day here in the South, snowing, raining and freezing. So it was a good day to curl up with my Basset Hound and watch some old sci-fi movies. They're dated, but still relevant for today's world. Soylent Green. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 1973 movie set in 2022 with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson (his last appearance). The world is overpopulated, polluted, suffering from global warming, short on food and many people are homeless. Charlton Heston plays a detective trying to solve a murder case of an "Important" person. Important being code word for rich elite quasi government business man....
  • 'RoboCop 2014' is very close to reality: Jose Padilha

    02/09/2014 7:32:26 PM PST · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    New Delhi: Jose Padilha is making his Hollywood debut with 'RoboCop', a remake of the 1987 film of the same name, and says his approach to the sci-fi film is similar to the happenings in the world today. A re-telling of the Paul Verhoeven-directed 1987 movie, the film is about a Detroit police officer who is transformed into a sentient law enforcement machine. "I think that the issues our movie talks about - the robots, the use of drones, our law enforcement all of these are real issues and very close to reality today. And they are going to become...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Asimov's 'I, Robot' Soon To Be Reality, No Longer Fiction

    12/24/2013 9:34:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | December 24 2013 5:49 PM
    “We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,” said Junqiao Wu, the project’s lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (Berkeley Labs). ... Dr. Koh suggests how these micro-muscles will change the game of humanoid robotics. “Our materials mimic those of the human muscle, responding quickly to electrical impulses, instead of slowly for mechanisms driven by hydraulics. Robots move in a jerky manner because of this mechanism. Now, imagine artificial muscles which are pliable, extendable and react in a...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Robert A. Heinlein: A real-life Forrest Gump

    11/16/2013 9:33:41 PM PST · by narses · 103 replies
    Tor Blogs ^ | August 11, 2010 | MITCH WAGNER
    William Patterson’s big Heinlein biography isn’t just the life story of one man. It’s a history of United States in the first half of the 20th century. Not a complete history, but in some ways it’s better than complete, because it’s more intimate. Heinlein was like a real-life Forrest Gump, in the middle of many of the trends that shaped America. Heinlein was born in Kansas, in 1907, the heart of Middle America. He was a cadet at Annapolis during the years between the great wars. His classmates believed ruefully that they’d be the first academy class that would never...
  • Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

    11/09/2013 1:46:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 156 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Calum Marsh
    When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it. In the New York Times, Janet Maslin panned the “crazed, lurid spectacle,” as featuring “raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys.” Jeff Vice, in the Deseret News, called it “a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.” Roger Ebert, who had praised the “pointed social satire” of Verhoeven’s Robocop, found the film “one-dimensional,” a trivial nothing “pitched at 11-year-old science-fiction fans.” But those critics had missed the point. Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly...
  • "Mad Max 4 - Fury Road" Production Footage Looks Promising

    10/27/2013 2:00:23 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 45 replies
    Awesome ROBO ^ | Jan 23, 2013 | RoboBrain
    Did you know a Mad Max sequel was in the works? Dubbed as 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The fourth installment of the post apocalyptic franchise wrapped filming in mid December, and the slow trickle of production shots and concept art has started to trickle out to the public. This latest video features some on set footage from the shooting location of Namibia, showcasing a handful of deadly vehicles strutting their stuff. Starring Tom Hardy (Bane) in the role of Mad Max, the new installment will take place 29 years after the latest installment, 1985's 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.' A few...