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  • 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
  • 'Doctor Strange' is expected to draw a massive audience for Disney's Marvel Studios

    11/01/2016 3:42:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 1, 2016 | Ryan Faughnder
    Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" is expected to draw a massive audience this weekend, providing some much needed medicine for Hollywood during a bruising fall box office season. Analysts expect the visually stylish Benedict Cumberbatch comic book movie to collect $65 million to $75 million in ticket sales from the United States and Canada through Sunday. Some more optimistic industry observers predict the film, about a former neurosurgeon who harnesses mystical powers, may reach $80 million in domestic grosses... "Doctor Strange is a C-level Marvel character, and the fact that you can pull an $80-million debut is ludicrous when you think...
  • Rogue One Second Trailer: Blame Mads Mikkelsen For The Death Star

    10/13/2016 7:53:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | Octobr 13, 2016 | Ross A. Lincoln
    Descending upon us like an opening crawl of text just over two months to the day before it debuts in theaters, its the (possibly) final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new spot debuted this morning during Good Morning America and you can watch it here now.
  • 'Star Trek' cast and crew, including J.J. Abrams and George Takei, sign an open letter against Trump

    09/29/2016 12:02:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 303 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2016 | Melanie Mason
    Live long and...vote for Hillary Clinton? A bevy of "Star Trek" cast and crew members from multiple generations signed an open letter Thursday by the Facebook group "Trekkies Against Trump," blasting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and arguing against a third-party "protest vote" in the November election... Endorsed by: J.J. AbramsAllan AponeRichard ArnoldRen AuberjonoisIra Steven BehrRick BermanJohn BillingsleyChristopher BlackPaula BlockPaul BoehmerAndr BormanisBrannon BragaMark Robert BrownLeVar BurtonTerri Potts-ChattawayJohn ChoGeorge ColucciDenise CrosbyDan CurryJoseph D'AgostaNicole de BoerJohn de LancieJonathan Del ArcoChris DoohanAron EisenbergTerry ErdmannTerry FarrellLolita FatjoJuan Carlos FernandezLouise FletcherJonathan FrakesBryan FullerTim GaskillDavid GerroldBruce GreenwoodMax GrodnchikMartha HackettManu IntiraymiDominic KeatingJohn KnollWalter KoenigAlex KurtzmanJudith LevittJeff LewisJustin...
  • Free Kindle books, Sci-Fi with a Christian slant.

    09/23/2016 4:39:22 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 28 replies
    Self ^ | 23 September 2016 | Paul Cordes (Politically Correct)
    In case you missed the first thread. All three books in the trilogy are free this weekend starting today the 23rd of September. Space Grey, Book 1Snap Drive, Book 2Javelin, Book 3
  • Free Sci-Fi books

    09/20/2016 4:30:31 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 21 replies
    Myself ^ | 20 September 2016 | Paul Cordes (Politically Correct)
    I hope that putting this under Personal/Blogger makes it OK to promote my books. Promotion as in giving them away for free. I woke up one morning with an urge to write a book. Never wrote a book before. Knew it would have to be a Sci-Fi and it would involve the latest in quantum and information theory. Don't worry not too much quantum theory very approachable by the layman It was the wife that told me that if I was going to write a book that I should at least make it Christian or Christian influenced. She was not...
  • Star Trek premiered 50 years ago today

    09/08/2016 1:09:11 PM PDT · by Borges · 174 replies
    New Yorker | 9/8/2016 | Manu Saadia
    http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-enduring-lessons-of-star-trek
  • 'Arrival': Venice Review [Upcoming Sci-Fi Movie]

    09/01/2016 2:17:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 5:04 AM PDT 9/1/2016 | by David Rooney
    <p>Just what we need in these fractured times a smart parable about open-mindedness and unification.</p> <p>Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner play academics enlisted by the military to make contact when alien spacecraft land on Earth in Denis Villeneuves sci-fi drama.</p>
  • New Documentary Is Wrong: The Star Wars Prequels Are Just Plain Bad

    08/31/2016 6:56:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | August 29, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    A new documentary is challenging Star Wars fans to unlearn what they have learned about the awful prequels that ruined our childhoods and stole our innocence about future Star Wars films. Not that Im bitter. Anyway, a handful of prequels fans decided a few years ago to crowdfund The Prequels Strike Back, a documentary that is supposed to give people a fresh new perspective on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, based on scholarly commentary from no less than arts expert Camille Paglia and Jonathan Young, a Joseph Campbell scholar.
  • 2016 Hugo Awards

    08/21/2016 2:34:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 20, 2016
    The 2016 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Administration of the 2016 Hugo Awards is exclusively the responsibility of MidAmeriCon II. The Hugo Awards are not administered by the Hugo Awards Web Site. 3,130 valid final ballots were cast by the members of MidAmeriCon II. Per the WSFS Constitution, each category must have at least 25% (1,488 ballots) participation; otherwise No Award must be presented in this category. This did not happen in any category. In the list below, we show the...
  • KYLO REN REACTS to ROGUE ONE TRAILER 2 [Funny videp]

    08/13/2016 7:23:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 12, 2016 | Auralnauts
    Who better to offer their perspective on the new Rogue One trailer than history buff Kylo Ren.
  • JERRY DOYLE DEAD AT 60

    07/28/2016 9:51:33 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 83 replies
    TMZ ^ | 7/28/16 | TMZ
    Actor Jerry Doyle, also a talk host, has died at 60
  • Star Trek: Beyond: Sulu is gay and George Takei is not pleased

    07/07/2016 5:47:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 164 replies
    zap2it ^ | July 7, 2016
    When news broke that John Chos Hikaru Sulu would be revealed in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond as gay in a tribute to original Sulu actor George Takei the revelation was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Except, as it turns out, from Takei himself. I think its really unfortunate, the veteran actor and gay icon who came out to much fanfare in 2005 tells The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Agency Directed by Obama to Perform Muslim Outreach Commissions Jobs Propaganda Posters for Mars

    06/19/2016 4:05:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Mars.NASA.gov ^ | Mars.NASA.gov
    BE A MARTIAN! Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day.
  • 40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

    06/05/2016 9:02:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 138 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | May 26, 2016 | Sam Adams, Sean T. Collins, David Fear, Noel Murray, Jenna Scherer, Scott Tobias
    It's odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space -- one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the "final frontier" -- was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Roddenberry's notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last...
  • Were the 1950s the Golden Age of Science Fiction Cinema?

    05/24/2016 12:33:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 100 replies
    See body of thread for link
    Were the 1950s the Golden Age of Science Fiction Cinema? I think so. What do you think? From Wikipedia: List of science fiction films of the 1950s A list of science fiction films released in the 1950s. These films include core elements of science fiction, but can cross into other genres. They have been released to a cinema audience by the commercial film industry and are widely distributed with reviews by reputable critics. This period is sometimes described as the 'classic' era of science fiction theater. Much of the production was in a low-budget form targeted at a teenage audience....
  • Star Trek Beyond | Trailer #2 | Paramount Pictures International

    05/21/2016 10:01:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paramount Pictures International
    To survive, they must go beyond. Watch the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond now!
  • Kevin Smith Is Making an Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai TV Show

    05/16/2016 2:10:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    io9 ^ | May 16, 2016 | Cheryl Eddy
    A series based on wonderfully weird 1984 cult science fiction classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension is likely coming to TV, courtesy of Kevin Smith, and we have The Flash to thank (or blame, depending on your point of view). Read on, Hong Kong Cavaliers. The source of this unholy tidbit is Smith himself, who said on a recent installment of his podcast that his directorial stint on The Flash was such a slam dunk that it opened new doors all over Hollywood. One of those doors was at MGM, a studio that found great success...
  • Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart Wanna Know What Love Is in the New Equals Trailer

    04/18/2016 2:40:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    io9 ^ | April 18, 2016 | James Whitbrook
    Admittedly, they dont seem to be having a lot of trouble finding out what love is, but the futuristic dystopian society they live in where all emotion is supposed to have been eradicated probably doesnt approve. Weve already seen a brief glimpse of Drake Doremus creepy scifi romance movie, but this fresh new trailer gives us a lot more insight into the horrifying world Nia (Stewart) and Silas (Hoult) live in, where people who feel anything get taken away and pumped with drugs to genetically alter themselves back into calm, emotionless citizens.
  • Letter to Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle about The Mote in God's Eye {from Robert A. Heinlein}

    04/14/2016 11:57:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    (This is an archived PDF file. Please click the link to read it.)
  • Jerry Pournelle Wins the National Space Society Robert A. Heinlein Award

    04/13/2016 9:21:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    File 770 ^ | April 12, 2016 | Mike Glyer
    National Space Society members have voted the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award to Dr. Jerry Pournelle... (This award is distinguished from the Heinlein Award given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and co-funded by The Heinlein Society, and the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities administered by The Heinlein Trust.)
  • Everything Wrong With The Martian - With Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (SPOILERS!)

    04/01/2016 10:02:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 31, 2016 | CinemaSins
    The Martian was one of the biggest hits of 2015, and was nominated for tons of year-end awards. But being as it's set in space and in the near future, we thought it best to bring back Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to help us separate this movie's sins from its wins.
  • Wrath of Khan To Get 4K Release (Star Trek II)

    03/13/2016 2:57:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | March 13, 2016 | TrekNews.net Staff
    Nicholas Meyer, who directed one of Star Treks most-popular films The Wrath of Khan, has announced that the film will receive a 4K/Ultra HD release.
  • Stainless steel rat by Harry Harrison.

    03/04/2016 4:27:57 PM PST · by Fhios · 34 replies
    wiki ^ | 3/4/2016 | Total Vanity
    The Stainless Steel Rat is James Bolivar DiGriz, who goes by many aliases, including "Slippery Jim" and "The Stainless Steel Rat". He is a futuristic con man, thief, and all-round rascal. He is charming and quick-witted. He is also a master of disguise and martial arts, an accomplished bank robber, a criminal mastermind, an expert on breaking and entering, and (perhaps most usefully) a skilled liar. Master of self-rationalization, the Rat frequently justifies his crimes by arguing that he is providing society with entertainment; and besides which, he only steals from institutions that have insurance coverage. He displays a strong...
  • Oscar Enters The Space Age

    02/27/2016 5:53:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    NukeMars.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | A.A. Kidd
    There were some surprising science fiction nods among the major Oscar nominations this year. Despite complaints about STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS not getting a nomination for Best Picture (and in my opinion, it didn't deserve one), both MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE MARTIAN managed to secure Best Picture nominations. I only caught the last fifteen minutes of FURY ROAD on cable, so I can't really judge it beyond that, but THE MARTIAN while not perfect, was one of the better movies in a mediocre year for movies, and so I have no problem with its nomination. Ridley Scott...
  • Star Wars Is Garbage

    12/11/2015 2:44:59 PM PST · by Borges · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/2015 | MILO YIANNOPOULOS
    With Star Wars, liberal Hollywood got it all wrong. They get everything wrong, of course, but this movie franchise really takes the biscuit. They turned the heroes into villains, and the villains into shining beacons of virtue. With a new film on the horizon, I feel duty-bound to warn you about the desperate shortcomings of this particular entertainment phenomenon. If we are honest with ourselves, the real wretched hive of scum and villainy is Skywalker Ranch, where George Lucas and his band of morally dissolute bastards created the Star Wars universe, a blight on western civilisation and culture.
  • Any Jerry Pournelle fans?

    01/24/2016 2:57:47 AM PST · by Fhios · 31 replies
    WWW ^ | 1/24/2016 | Vanity
    I was a big fan in the early 80's. I had a week long correspondence with him in the mid 90's. I loved reading his Chaos Manner column in Byte magazine along with Garcia s circuit cellar. It was a great mag. I've been rereading some of his works lately and just reminiscing. Jerry Pournelle s Iron law: ...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach...
  • Fox's X-Files revival has controversial new theories (based on Alex Jones)

    01/30/2016 5:02:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 12 2016 | JAMES HIBBERD
    The truth has never been more out there. Fox’s upcoming and eagerly awaited revival of The X-Filesis updating its conspiracy theories — only this time,the sci-fi series might cause more controversy than when the show told tales of government-aided UFO cover-ups during its initial 1990s run.RELATED: X-Files Returns: EW Exclusive PhotosIn the first return episode screened for reporters (trailer below), paranormal investigatorsMulder (David Duchovny)and Scully (Gillian Anderson) team up with a charming web-series host named Tad O’Malley (played by the usually comedic Joel McHale, here in a dramatic role). The character, loosely based on conservative online personalities Alex Jones and...
  • SciFi and fantasy titan David G. Hartwell passes, aged 74

    01/23/2016 1:02:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 22 Jan 2016 at 02:01, Simon Sharwood
    Influential science fiction author and editor David G. Hartwell has died, aged 74. Hartwell edited thousands of books and was nominated for the Hugo Award 41 times. He spent the last 30-plus years as an editor for Tor Books, whose founder Tom Doherty wrote “no editor was more influential in the shaping of science fiction and fantasy than he.” SciFi co-editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden called Hartwell “our field’s most consequential editor since John W. Campbell.” Given Campbell's status as the driving force behind science fiction's Golden Age, that's high praise indeed.
  • David G. Hartwell (1941-2016) (science fiction editor)

    01/21/2016 12:34:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    Locus ^ | January 20, 2016
    <p>Editor David G. Hartwell, 74, died January 20, 2016. He suffered head trauma in a fall, was hospitalized, and did not recover from a massive brain bleed. Hartwell was one of the genre’s most accomplished editors, and was equally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field and his memorable personal style.</p>
  • What's the Most Powerful Weapon in Sci-Fi History?

    01/14/2016 7:01:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 138 replies
    Sploid ^ | January 13, 2016 | Casey Chan
    What’s the most powerful weapon in the sci-fi universe? How does a lightsaber in Star Wars compare to the energy sword of Halo? What about a Death Star vs Dr. Who’s reality bomb? And how do they match up with a real life nuclear bomb? Foundation Digital made this infographic for Fat Wallet detailing the top sci-fi weapons in history measured by their “energy of devastation in Joules.”
  • Cruz raves about Star Wars

    01/01/2016 3:26:58 PM PST · by Isara · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the new year by gushing about the new Star Wars movie and his favorite super-hero comic books. "Ever since I was a little kid, I would read comic books and grew up on sci-fi," Cruz said an interview set to air Saturday with "Geek Tank Radio," a show broadcast on a local Memphis radio station. The hosts of the show promised not to ask him any questions about politics, pledging instead to stick to "geek topics." "I'm very much an original Star Trek guy rather than a Next Generation guy," Cruz said, later admitting his...
  • George Clayton Johnson, 'Twilight Zone' and 'Star Trek' Writer, Dies at 86 (official, I think)

    12/26/2015 10:32:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 25, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    George Clayton Johnson, the celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer who wrote the first aired episode of Star Trek, seven episodes of The Twilight Zone and the novel on which Logan's Run is based, has died. He was 86.Johnson, who also co-wrote the story that became the 1960 heist movie Ocean's Eleven, died Christmas Day of bladder and prostate cancer at a veteran’s hospital in North Hills, Calif., his son, Paul Johnson, told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • George Clayton Johnson has Died

    12/23/2015 7:24:41 AM PST · by Borges · 9 replies
    Salem News ^ | 12/23/2015 | Bonnie King
    The illuminating, exoterical, astronomical George Clayton Johnson has died. The genius science-fiction writer behind so much of what we’ve all watched and enjoyed has passed on to his next adventure. George Clayton Johnson wrote the very first episode of Star Trek, The Man Trap; he wrote eight original Twilight Zone episodes for series creator Rod Serling including "Nothing in the Dark", "Kick the Can", "A Game of Pool", and "A Penny for Your Thoughts". In 1960, while he was one of the proprietors of Cafe Frankenstein (seen as sort of a "den of iniquity" by the uptight) in Laguna Beach,...
  • WATCH: The Ultimate Star Trek Film Tribute

    12/18/2015 12:16:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | December 18, 2015 | TrekNews.net Staff
    The Star Trek film franchise, which first took flight with 1979’s The Motion Picture, is something many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. For some of us, these are the DVDs, Blu-Rays and even VHS tapes we reach for when we want to spend time with our old friends -- Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov.With the recent release of the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, I thought it was a good a time as any to revisit some of those classic big screen moments. Nick Bosworth over at JoBlo edited and compiled a...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – initial verdicts suggest 'overwhelming experience'

    12/15/2015 4:53:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 154 replies
    Guardian ^ | December 15, 2015
    There were “smiling faces” from the crowds exiting the Los Angeles premiere of The Force Awakens on Monday night. Amongst these, presumably, were Disney executives ecstatic that the $4bn they paid George Lucas for franchise rights looks to have been a sound investment. Initial reactions from all three screening rooms where the film was shown for the first time – as well as from social media – suggest that JJ Abrams has the chops to please both critics and fans, and that The Force Awakens may well recoup at least half the $4bn by itself. A journalist for the Hollywood...
  • SyFy's 'The Expanse' Launches High-Flying Space Adventure Tonight

    12/14/2015 1:31:06 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Sarah Lewin
    The new space-based adventure series "The Expanse" debuts on Syfy tonight, and it's packed with high-flying action, interplanetary politics and intriguing locations. Based on the book by James S. A. Corey (a pen name for co-authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), "The Expanse" takes place 200 years in the future, when humans have settled Mars and the asteroid belt. The two-night premiere event begins at 10 p.m. EST tonight (Dec. 14) and continues at the same time tomorrow (Dec. 15), but if you just can't wait, you can also watch the series' first episode online on Syfy's website, Hulu, YouTube,...
  • Sci-Fi Classic 'Childhood's End' TV Miniseries Debuts Tonight

    12/14/2015 11:33:24 AM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Calla Cofield
    Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction classic "Childhood's End" has been reimagined for the 21st century, and brought to the small screen, in a new TV miniseries debuting tonight (Dec. 14). When a fleet of spaceships appears in the sky above Earth's largest cities, the alien beings onboard insist that they have arrived to help the human race. The visitors slowly begin to eliminate war, disease and poverty -- but what will be the cost of building heaven on Earth?
  • Star Trek Beyond - Trailer (2016) - Paramount Pictures

    12/14/2015 9:33:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 14, 2015 | Paramount Pictures
    From director Justin Lin comes STAR TREK BEYOND starring Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban. In theaters July 22nd.
  • That Time Ronald Reagan Visited Star Trek: The Next Generation And Took The Captain's Chair

    12/06/2015 4:59:37 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | December 5, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    That Time Ronald Reagan Visited Star Trek: The Next Generation And Took The Captain's Chair Ronald Reagan was a fan of Star Trek-and even a critic of it sometimes. In his diary he talks about watching Star Trek III in the White House theater and how he thought it sucked. In his post-presidential years apparently this interest in the franchise continued, and in 1991 he visited the then-highly popular Next Generation Set. The Gipper's attendance at Paramount Studios Stage 8 came as the cast and crew were filming the season four Klingon-centric two-part finale, Redemption. There were Klingons running around...
  • Toshiro Mifune Turned Down Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader Roles, Says Daughter (Star Wars)

    12/04/2015 2:26:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 3, 2015 | Gavin J. Blair
    The legendary leading man of Akira Kurosawa turned down offers from George Lucas, said his daughter at an event with Steve Wozniak to announce Tokyo Comic Con. Toshiro Mifune, the legendary actor and star of numerous Akira Kurosawa films including Seven Samurai,Yojimbo and Rashomon, turned down the roles of Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, worried that Star Wars was going to look cheap, according to his daughter Mika.
  • Every Star Wars Lightsaber, Ranked From Worst to Best

    12/03/2015 8:27:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | December 3, 2015 | Nate Jones
    Star Wars did not invent the concept of a magic blade, or even a laser sword—those pop up in Asimov's Lucky Starr series, among others—but as with many of the series’ pulp influences, George Lucas refined and reduced them to their essential elements, creating the series’ ultimate addition to the pop-culture canon. Think of the otherworldly glow, the distinctive hum, the (illogical, but who cares?) weight of the blade. For the Jedi, a lightsaber is a symbol of their innate exceptionalism; for Luke, it’s a connection to his father; for the Sith, it’s one more way to assert their dominance...
  • Peter Jackson Teases Directing ‘Doctor Who

    12/02/2015 10:40:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | November 30, 2015 | Maane Khatchatourian
    Did Peter Jackson just announce that he’s directing an episode of “Doctor Who”? The “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” helmer posted a video on his verified Facebook page Sunday night teasing an upcoming directing stint on the long-running BBC series. “The Doctor’s certainly come to the right place!” the show’s official Facebook account wrote in the comments section.
  • Al Markim of Space Cadet Passes Away (played Astro on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet)

    11/29/2015 11:49:17 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    File 770 ^ | November 28, 2015 | Mike Glyer
    Actor Al Markim, who played the role of Astro, the Venusian friend of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died November 24 at the age of 88.
  • THX1138, Logan's Run, Rollerball, Soylent Green, 1984 or Fahrenheit 451? Dystopian themed movies.

    10/31/2015 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Fhios · 134 replies
    Oct 31, 2015 | Vanity
    Six rather relatively well known dystopian themed movies. Excerpts taken from IMDB. If you like dystopian themed movies you've probably seen all 6. My favorite is Rollerball. Which one do you think the world is striving for? --- THX1138 -- Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Director George Lucas. Logan's Run -- An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at 30. Director Michael Anderson Roller Ball (1975) -- In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world,...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

    10/30/2015 8:03:21 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A bit of classic B-movie sci-fi for our second feature. Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is exposed to radioactive fallout, and begins inexplicably shrinking. Doctors can't help him, and the cat and the spider in the garden begin to have plans of their own for our hero...
  • The final poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here

    10/18/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 18, 2015 | Bryan Bishop
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just two months, and today it's finally time to see the movie's official poster. No, not the teaser poster from last year, and not the promo item handed out at D23; this is the real deal. The poster features the key members of the cast that audiences have met thus far: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, with some other faces that you just might recognize (hi, Han and Leia). What's even more interesting is the sight of some sort of orb in the upper...
  • Star Trek Beyond Wraps Filming

    10/16/2015 11:10:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | October 16, 2015 | TrekNews.net
    That's a wrap! "Star Trek Beyond" officially completed filming on Thursday in Dubai. Director Justin Lin will now begin a lengthy post-production process for the film, scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.
  • 'X-Files' revival premiere implies that everything we know might be a lie

    10/10/2015 7:37:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Steven Zeitchik
    At the beginning of the new "X-Files" miniseries, two old characters can be seen exchanging some fresh banter. "It's always good to see you," Gillian Andersons Dana Scully says to her former partner. "It's always good to find a reason," replies Fox Mulder, the truth-seeker played by David Duchovny. That spirit of reunion might also be applied to the larger "The X-Files." The landmark series returns to Fox for six episodes beginning Jan. 24, nearly 14 years after the show was last on TV.
  • Everyone in China Is Wearing Plastic Plants on Their Heads and Nobody Knows Why

    10/08/2015 6:54:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 75 replies
    yahoo ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Jilhan Forbes
    Hip college students and grown folks alike are scratching their clover-laden heads wondering who got the idea to walk around with Frances Hodgson Burnetts Secret Garden sprouting from their tresses. I think this comes more from Western culture, one student told the Times. Its fun, but I guess its also about protecting the environment, to show that you care about nature, a peddler of the green headgear offered (which is interesting considering the country is one of the biggest polluters of out planet). But probably the best explanation came from a 24-year-old medical student, who best sums up how the...