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  • 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 · 82 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: ...
  • The Most Infuriating Movie Endings Of All Time

    03/28/2017 9:24:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 270 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 27, 2017 | Looper
    There's nothing quite as frustrating as a bad movie ending. Failure to stick that landing in the final act can totally ruin an otherwise great film, or give us one more reason to hate one that was already a dud. Here's a look at some of the most annoying movie endings in recent memory. And it should go without saying, but spoilers ahead… The Matrix Revolutions | 0:23 X-Men: The Last Stand | 0:59 Signs | 1:44 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | 2:43 Now You See Me | 3:27 I Am Legend | 4:15 Man of Steel | 5:14 Lord...
  • Extended 'Ghost in the Shell' Clip Shows Off the Cyber of It All

    03/23/2017 7:13:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 22, 2017 | Graeme McMillan
    Five minutes of the cyberpunk story have been released online. Those unsure about how the live-action Ghost of the Shell will approach its cultural heritage need only watch a newly released five-minute clip from the movie to see that it fully embraces the "cyber"-ness of it all.
  • Warner Bros Ponders More Of ‘The Matrix’

    03/15/2017 6:36:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 14, 2017 | Mike Fleming Jr
    EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is trying to see if there is more life in The Matrix beyond the three groundbreaking films written and directed by the Wachowskis. This is all in the exploratory phase and it’s unclear if the Wachowskis, then Andy and Larry but now Lily and Lana Wachowski, or the original cast will be involved, or producer Joel Silver. Right now, I hear the studio is likely to create a writers’ room of scribes to figure out the best possible way to relaunch the franchise.
  • ‘Alien: Covenant’ ‘Prologue’ Video Introduces The Colony Ship’s Crew Before Cryosleep

    02/23/2017 7:15:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 22, 2017 | Liz Calvario
    Teased during the latest episode of Legion on Fox, fans got a new look at Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant in The Prologue: Last Supper video, a short that introduces the crew of the colony ship, Covenant.
  • 10 of the Worst Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time

    02/12/2017 1:33:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 314 replies
    The Cheat Sheet ^ | January 20, 2017 | Robert Yaniz Jr
    In the past decade or so, science fiction on television has seen a dramatic uptick in both quantity and quality. Shows like Westworld are keeping critics engaged and audiences coming back for more week after week, but while a number of sci-fi shows over the years have developed significant cult followings, others have become notorious examples of just how bad the genre can be when it isn’t executed effectively. Here’s our look at some of the worst sci-fi shows to ever hit the small-screen. For the record, we’re focusing specifically on live-action series only. So any infamous animated shows won’t...
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII now has a title — The Last Jedi

    01/23/2017 10:59:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 23, 2017 | Anthony Breznican
    What was once Episode VIII is now The Last Jedi. When cameras started rolling last year on the eighth film in the Skywalker family story, writer-director Rian Johnson used the tongue-in-cheek working title “Space Bear,” and numerous rumors (most of them false) about the possible real title have circulated ever since.
  • Dan Simmons, the Time Traveller

    01/01/2017 1:16:03 PM PST · by tbw2 · 25 replies
    Dan Simmons Blog ^ | 04/2016 | Dan Simmons
    "The Time Traveler" by Dan Simmons http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2006_04.htm A time traveler visits from several decades back to understand the start of the Long War.
  • Merry bloody Christmas! Carnage abounds in new trailer for Alien: Covenant released Christmas Eve

    12/25/2016 7:20:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2016 | Sameer Suri
    Fans of the Alien franchise were treated to a rather brutal Christmas present on Saturday night. A new trailer's been released for the upcoming Ridley Scott science-fiction horror film Alien: Covenant, the sixth entry in the Alien franchise. In a particularly grisly scene, two members of the titular spaceship's crew begin to make love in the shower - only for the predatory Xenomorphs to turn up and wreck the mood by tearing into one of the participants.
  • First look! Teaser for Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling gives glimpse [tr]

    12/19/2016 10:30:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2016 | Bobbie Whiteman
    It's been 35 years since director Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner hit the screens. Now the first teaser from the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049 has dropped. And, judging from Monday's 106-second glimpse, it promises to be every bit as dark and dystopian as the original.
  • 10 Science Fiction Books about Politics

    11/08/2016 5:41:56 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    SFFWorld ^ | November 8, 2016 | Mark Yon
    In this collection of potential reading, Mark Yon suggests books that you may appreciate whilst considering your vote. It may have escaped your attention that during this week there are elections in the US. Whilst we do not endorse any particular candidate or party at SFFWorld (and the person mainly writing this is non-US anyway!)  but on behalf of SFFWorld we thought we would compile a list of ten SF books that use politics as an important part of their world. Be warned – not all of these are future visions you may like…