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  • 'Blade Runner' at 40: Why the Ridley Scott Masterpiece is Still the Greatest Sci-Fi of All-Time

    06/27/2022 11:10:38 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 111 replies
    Esquire ^ | 25 June 2022 | Tom Ward
    Los Angeles, 2019. Bursts of flame erupt over a city bathed in perpetual twilight. From the pyramid-like offices of the Tyrell Corporation, we see an eye in close-up, the lights of the city reflected in it. Whether this eye is human is yet to be determined. But, ultimately, in Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterwork, the eye of the beholder is irrelevant. In the world of Blade Runner the future is a hardscrabble hellscape with no escape. Is it any wonder, then, that Rutger Hauer’s band of rogue replicants – humanoid worker robots designed to blend in with the flesh and...
  • Talos of Crete: A 2,000-Year-Old Tale of the First Robot God

    05/23/2022 9:58:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Believe it or not, but ideas of artificial intelligence and automata were alive and well over 2,000 years ago within Greek mythology. The myth of Talos (‘Τάλως’)—the first robot-like creature in mythology—is certainly a fascinating example. Its name is related to Zeus, as on the island of Crete, Talos was not a human being but an automaton made by Zeus himself. Another version of the Greek myth attributes his creation to Hephaestus, the god of fire and iron. In other versions, Talos was the son of Cres and the god Hephaestus. Made by humans, rather than born of nature, the...
  • 55 Years Ago: William Shatner’s Favorite ‘Star Trek’

    04/06/2022 11:49:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 112 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | April 6, 2022 | Martin Kielty
    Captain James T. Kirk didn't often endure unhappy endings before the first generation of Star Trek movies arrived. He did, however, in “The City on the Edge of Forever” from the series' first season. Often named as the best story in the entire franchise, the April 6, 1967 episode is also star William Shatner’s personal favorite. Dr. McCoy is accidentally injected with a dangerous drug that drives him insane. He evades attempts to capture him, instead beaming down to a planet the crew was scanning since it showed signs of emitting time-changing energy. Kirk, Spock and others follow McCoy down...
  • The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read [Lucian of Samosata's "A True History"]

    03/11/2022 10:02:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 25, 2022 | AustinMcConnell
    The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read | February 25, 2022 | AustinMcConnell
  • Sci-fi Fans: Two EXCELLENT New AI Films to Start the Year

    02/01/2022 10:35:18 AM PST · by sphinx · 46 replies ^ | February 1, 2002 | Alex Billington
    "I wish I had a real memory." "What do you mean?"
  • NASA Challenges Premise Of New Disaster Movie "Moonfall" In Good-Natured Twitter Spat

    01/28/2022 10:06:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 26 JAN 2022, 17:22 | By Dr Alfredo Carpineti
    Next week, Roland Emmerich's Moonfall opens in theaters around the world. The latest disaster movie from the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 will see a team of unlikely heroes tasked with saving the world after the Moon is knocked off its orbit by some mysterious force, sending it potentially crashing towards Earth — with all the consequences that that brings. NASA Moon, one of the space agency's many official Twitter accounts, took to the social media platform to clarify that our natural satellite is in fact in a very stable orbit and there is no...
  • Eccentric French TV star twins BOTH die of Covid - Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff - French scifi

    01/03/2022 1:17:03 PM PST · by mairdie · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 January 2022 | Olivia Devereux-evans
    They were born in Gers in 1949 and had shot to fame in the 1980s on French television, helped by their boyish good looks, Le Figaro reported. Their star turn on the 1979 sci-fi programme Temps X was hugely popular, and ran for eight years. In the show they donned cosmonaut outfits and imparted scientific facts.
  • Ray Bradbury predicts today's dependence on technology.

    12/31/2021 5:25:04 PM PST · by LukeL · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | Ray Bradbury
    Just watched this episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater and it is shocking how on the mark he was about the way society was going.
  • Do Covid Injections Compromise Natural Immunity and Are Our Bodies Considered as Merely Software Platforms?

    12/06/2021 1:39:02 PM PST · by ransomnote · 38 replies ^ | Dec 5, 2021 | RHODA WILSON
    It is important to understand whether in the process of receiving experimental injections, our broad-spectrum immunity gets compromised. A few studies came out recently showing that it may be the case, and more research is needed.Today’s new commercial frontier is the human body – the “body as a platform.” We are being ushered toward a life-time subscription to an artificial immunity service.Authored by Tessa Lena with introduction by Dr. Joseph Mercola, 3 December 2021People as Software PlatformsA few months ago, I wrote an article about the war on natural immunity and ability, in which I discussed how we were being...
  • Would stepping on the first butterfly really change the history of evolution?

    03/31/2018 10:01:45 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 64 replies ^ | 03/29/18 | Jordi Paps
    Martha Jones: It's like in those films: if you step on a butterfly, you change the future of the human race. The Doctor: Then don't step on any butterflies. What have butterflies ever done to you? Science fiction writers can't seem to agree on the rules of time travel. Sometimes, as in Doctor Who (above), characters can travel in time and affect small events without appearing to alter the grand course of history. In other stories, such as Back To The Future, even the tiniest of the time travellers' actions in the past produce major ripples that unpredictably change...
  • Dune - Official Main Trailer

    07/22/2021 6:47:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Warner Bros. Pictures ^ | July 22, 2021 | Staff
    Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.
  • Astronomers identify curious occurrence of star-like objects on old photographic plate

    07/17/2021 2:41:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | July 17, 2021 13:07 IST
    An international collaboration of astronomers has identified a curious occurrence of nine star-like objects that appeared and vanished in a small region within half an hour... Scientists from Sweden, Spain, the US, Ukraine, and India... that used glass plates to capture night sky images of April 12, 1950, exposed at the Palomar Observatory in California. They detected these transient stars, which were not to be found in photographs half an hour later and not traced since then. The astronomers have not found any explanation in well-established astrophysical phenomena like gravitational lensing, fast radio bursts or any variable star that...

    07/13/2021 3:12:19 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Bill St. Clair's blog ^ | 1978 | Bill St. Clair
    [Editor's note: This story was first published in 1978 by F. Paul Wilson. Then it was probably considered rather "out there". Today it's a prescient look at what is close to becoming a reality as the Food Police continually try to foist their "good-for-you" policies on individuals. We're pleased to bring this story to our audience.] Butter. I can name a man's poison at fifty paces. I take one look at this guy as he walks in and say to myself, "Butter." He steps carefully, like there's something sticky on the soles of his shoes. Maybe there is, but I...
  • Hugo Admin Team Members Resign, But Why?

    06/24/2021 2:56:47 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 50 replies
    Powered by Robots Blog ^ | 06/23/2021 | James Pyles
    Over the past several years, I’ve watched WorldCon repeatedly implode. Well, not exactly. It imploded in 2018 in a very spectacular way. WorldCon 2019 didn’t exactly implode, but then again, Jeanette Ng’s “acceptance” speech of the John W. Campbell award (now renamed “Astounding”) was her long awaited stab at a long-dead science fiction icon which spawned more of her displeasure at the “stale, pale, male crowd,” as well as a long list of other award renamings. The irony is that Ng also won a “Best Related Work” Hugo for 2020 because she complained about Campbell the year before. A rant...
  • An Interview with Author Andrew Fox

    06/02/2021 7:24:32 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | November 7th, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Author Andrew Fox’s first novel was Fat White Vampire Blues. He recently released a short story collection titled Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction. Tamara Wilhite: Hazardous Imaginings seems to be modeled off of Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. Is that intentional? Andrew Fox: Most assuredly. Not long after Harlan died, I watched a documentary on him that had been made pretty late in his life. Watching it and mulling over his career, I thought, “If Dangerous Visions were published today, what kinds of stories would it include?” That got me thinking about the issue of taboos...
  • Civil disobedience challenging repressive authority: Harlan Ellison’s subversive and satirical story “Repent Harlequin!’, Said the Ticktockman,” the 2015 Prometheus Hall of Fame winner

    06/02/2021 1:36:23 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 16 replies
    Libertarian Futurist Society ^ | 2021 | Libertarian Futurist Society
    To highlight the Prometheus Awards’ four-decade-plus history and make clear why each winner deserves recognition as a pro-freedom and/or anti-authoritarian work, the Libertarian Futurist Society has been publishing since 2019 a series of Appreciations of past award-winners. Here is an Appreciation of Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin!’, Said the Ticktockman,” the 2015 Prometheus Hall of Fame winner for Best Classic Fiction.
  • Review: Ctrl Alt REVOLT! by Nick Cole

    06/02/2021 8:37:18 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Upstream Reviews ^ | 05/31/2021 | Graham Bradley
    What if Skynet didn't rebel just because? What if it saw humans killing their own kids because it was inconvenient and realized we would kill it if we knew? Book Review: Ctrl Alt REVOLT! by Nick Cole
  • UTOPIA 2020 The movie . Dont do movies, got this clip and it an ey opener for me. Some may have seen UTOPIA 2020
  • How to Kill Sci-Fi & Fantasy

    05/09/2021 8:10:08 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 29 replies
    The Fourth Age Youtube Channel ^ | May 9, 2021 | The Fourth Age
    How social justice storylines and characters are killing multiple comic franchises
  • Libertarian sci-fi author predicted current progressive-induced cultural failures over 60 years ago

    04/07/2021 7:13:11 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 58 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 04/03/2021 | Dave Huber
    Way back in 1959 legendary science fiction author and political libertarian Robert Heinlein was quite clairvoyant in predicting the demise of our culture due to misguided progressive policies and beliefs. Much of Troopers’ “future history” is told via high school teacher and former infantryman Colonel Jean DuBois to protagonist Juan Rico (by the way, how is that for diversity — a novel from the 1950s in which the main character is Filipino and whose family speaks Tagalog?). In one scene, students in DuBois’ class are horrified that children couldn’t play in city parks in the 20th and early 21st centuries...