Tagged: Science Fiction

Notice The "Weyland" Corporation Patch?

Could that be the predecessor to Weyland-Yutani, the evil corporation to end all evil corporations? Either way, it's Ridley Scott with a heaping dose of gothic horror and science fiction. Until Guillermo Del Toro gets to make "At The Mountains Of Madness", this will do nicely.

"OK! Hello! You Are Happy Now, I Am Sure!!!"

At the suggestion of my friend Grandy I have utterly blown off his request that I help him write a review of YET ANOTHER MMORPG that is fashionable for some reason, to play a game that was in vogue twenty years ago. I'm speaking of Star Control II. For our readers who WERE NOT ALIVE twenty years ago, and we have a number of you, I'm pretty damned old. And yet old men occasionally have things to say that are worth hearing. To be less abstruse, Star Control II was published by a now defunct publisher called Acclaim in 1992....

Maybe The Universe Has A Sense Of Humor. And Maybe She's A Geek Who's Into British Television.

The head of the University of California at San Diego's robotics laboratory, tasked with creating a lifelike, human seeming robot, is named Javier Movellan. The British science fiction television show Doctor Who, in the 1970s, featured a race of aliens named Movellans.   The Movellans were engaged in a galaxy-spanning war against the better known Daleks. Here's where it gets weird.  The Daleks were a race of living creatures, cyborgs, who required robotic shells to stay alive.  Opponents of the Daleks often mistook them for robots.  Horrific, genocidal robots, but robots nonetheless. The Movellans, on the other hand, looked and...

"Surrounded By Moslem Maniacs On One Side, And Christian Maniacs On The Other"…

… "the wise lord Hassan preserved his people and his cult by bringing the art of assassination to esthetic perfection.  With just a few daggers strategically placed in the right throats, he found Wisdom's alternative to war, and preserved the peoples by killing their leaders.  Truly, his was a most exemplary life of grandmotherly kindness." I'd never have read that passage if not for Ray Bradbury, who introduced me to science fiction and made me a lifelong fan. Sometimes science fiction, at its best, has said things to a mass audience that could not be said in respectable books and...

If Joss Whedon Had Friends At HBO, Would We All Be Wearing Brown Coats?

The wife and I began watching Whedon's short-lived, but masterful, television series Firefly again last night.  For me it was the second time on dvd (after watching it on Fox during its original run), and for the wife it was the first. The show holds up as well or better than it did when originally broadcast in 2002.  Though Whedon has a great sense of humor, Firefly is his most tragic work, following the crew of the spaceship Serenity about the planets as they run from the demons of their past, principal of which is that many of them were...

The Shape Of Things To Come

Where is my flying car, and where is my Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer 9000? Thanks to Carbon Fibber, from whom I stole the image.  I laughed while I did it.

Know Where Your Towel Is!

Today is Towel Day, in honor of the late Douglas Adams: A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet...

"Christ, What An Imagination I've Got"

An off-the-cuff remark in a post last week informed me that a number of our readers, who definitely include a disproportionate share of science fiction fans, have not read John Brunner's epic near-term SF novel Stand on Zanzibar.  As I think highly of this work, and am flabbergasted at how well it stands up in the fortieth year after its publication, I write in the hope that you will remedy that.

The Diamond Age Coming To A Small Screen Near You?

Via Dispatches From Tjicistan, I see the welcome (and old) news that George Clooney is working with the Sci-Fi Channel on a miniseries version of Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. The news is so old that the deal has probably already gone from green light to red.  But there's still hope, and Clooney, tool that he is, is a gifted actor who would be perfect for one part in particular.  If it never happens, I blame Sci Fi. That said, while Cryptonomicon is my favorite Stephenson work, I'm weird.  I love Tim Powers and Robert Anton Wilson, both of whom...

Like Doctor Who Meets Dune Meets The Canterbury Tales, Only Good, Not Campy … And With Religion! In Space!

I wonder how the hell the pitch session went, but Warner films is indeed making a film adaptation of Dan Simmons's wonderful Hyperion novels. If you've not read any of them, I'd avoid that link, as it's chock full of spoilers, and you really should read the books, the first one anyway, because I said they're wonderful. Because they are. If you're into science fiction, and time travel, and what religion might be like in the future, and that sort of stuff. Did I mention that Simmons has a series called Illium, about robots orbiting Jupiter and the Greek gods...