Science Fiction

19 Apr 19
ANGRYHAPPYHAT REVIEWS

Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 8 Aesthetics and Style: 6 Creativity: 6 Overall Plot: 5 Subplots: 7 Sum: 32/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None   The Umbrella Academy Season One Episode One: We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals – ****   Part One: Eccentric Billionaire Buys Some Magic Babies, Ruins Them […]

19 Apr 19
Synths of Eden

On 30th of March, Capiroto Records released Haunted, album by H+, project of Malcolm Swan, from Bermuda island. The idea of H+ comes from reading a lot of science fiction. He got the impression that some of the writers of science fiction were creating technologies that they would like to see in the future. Looking […]

19 Apr 19
The World According To KCOX

NOTE: There are some possible spoilers in this post, specifically on the list of interesting book titles. Proceed with caution. *evil laugh* Since buying the second-hand book Saigon by Anthony Grey in January 2007 (one of the few books that I never finished reading for a couple of reasons), I started discovering a lot of […]

19 Apr 19
Metro
Robert Pattinson nearly missed out on new role, because he was ‘too young’ (Picture: Rex Features) Robert Pattinson nearly lost out on a job because he was ‘too young and iconic’. Claire Dennis has admitted that she was actually ‘a little afraid’ of casting R-Pattz in High Life. The French filmmaker makes her English-language debut with the science fiction drama, and she admitted while she had some concerns about bringing in such a well-known actor for the leading role of Monte. Speaking to the AV Club, she said: ‘Oh, no. With Robert, I was a little afraid. I thought maybe that he was too young, maybe too iconic. But we got along so well, and he understood everything so well. I forgot who he was. With Robert, it’s easy to forget. He is very graceful and easy to work with. ‘He’s very intelligent. You don’t spend every week going, “Oh my god, I’m working with a movie star.”‘ The movie tells the story of a group of criminals tricked into going on a mission on a spaceship heading towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. While under the impression they would be freed if they went on the journey, they are sexually experimented on by scientists on board the ship. Rob in Twilight with Kristen Stewart (Picture: Summit Entertainment) Denis, 72 explained there is no vanity when it comes to the Hollywood star, adding that Pattinson’s interests lie in making movies rather than being famous. She said: ‘Not at all. And he’s interested in making movies. He’s always watching. He likes the work.’ Meanwhile, Pattinson, 32, recently revealed he is able to enjoy the Twilight era of his career now the ‘intense mania’ that surrounded the franchise has cooled down. [metro-tag-post-strip] He explained: ‘It’s lovely now that the mania is not so intense. People come up [to me] and just have very fond memories of it. It’s a really sweet thing. ‘I think the only scary part was right in the thick of it all, when it was very, very intense. Now the intensity has died down and it’s just very warm memories.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/09/robert-pattinson-says-christopher-nolans-new-movie-high-life-length-three-films-9138992/” title=”Robert Pattinson says Christopher Nolan’s new movie High Life is ‘length of three films’”]
19 Apr 19
Don Jimmy Reviews

Extract of Chapter 19 from #SecondLives

19 Apr 19
New Delhi Times

After dominating the French league, Paris Saint-Germain has suddenly gone on a bizarre run of bad form. Considering how far ahead PSG has been all season, the French title should have been clinched by now. Instead, the Champagne has stayed on ice three times. PSG has drawn once and lost twice, and let in its […]

19 Apr 19
Paths & Bridges

The project, so intrinsic to capitalism, by which the world is conceptualised as resources, dead matter to be used toward the goals of accumulation and the transformation of the world, chrematistics and mastery, is sometimes laid so wide open in all its irrationality, that it brings into stark relief the madness of the civilisational complex […]

19 Apr 19
G. Connor Salter

A while back I wrote an article where I argued that most monster movies actually show the true monsters are normal people. I expanded that idea in a recent presentation to talk about any stories that create a “monster dynamic” — stories which describe a community and contrast them against a person they all reject. […]

19 Apr 19
Much Ado about Books

I love The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal and wanted to feature a discussion of the book on my blog. This discussion will contain many spoilers, so if you’ve read the book and want to discuss more about the book feel free to comment down below and we can have a discussion in the […]

19 Apr 19
Bondo- the real deal

The political debate over man-made climate change is one of the most relevant, real-time examples a student of social science and/or political science could observe to see exactly how a successful corporate/government/media propaganda campaign is carried out. Indeed, the ‘global warming’ cult- and all its various incarnations through the years- brings to mind the timeless […]

19 Apr 19
Hackaday
If you are a science fiction fan, you are probably aware of one of the genre’s oddest dichotomies. A lot of science fiction is concerned about if a robot, alien, or whatever is a person. However — sometimes in the same story — finding life is as easy as asking the science officer with a fancy tricorder. If you go to Mars and meet Marvin, it is pretty clear he’s alive, but faced with a bunch of organic molecules, the task is a bit harder. Now it is going to get harder still because Cornell scientists have created a material that has an artificial metabolism and checks quite a few boxes of what we associate with life. You can read the entire paper if you want more detail. Three of the things people look for to classify something as alive is that it has a metabolism, self-arranges, and reproduces. There are other characteristics, depending on who you ask, but those three are pretty crucial. The material is a biomaterial that emerges from its building blocks and arranges itself – first into polymers and eventually tiny shapes. Starting from a 55-nucleotide base seed sequence, the DNA molecules were multiplied to create tiny chains of repeating DNA. The material was placed in a flow of chemicals — the equivalent of food for the synthetic beast — the DNA synthesized its own new strands, with the front end of the material growing and the tail end degrading simultaneously. The effect is that the “creature” moves against the flow like a slime mold does. If you’ve just invented fake life and it will move, what do you do? Race them against each other, of course. That’s exactly what they did — you can’t make this stuff up. Although the material uses instructions coded with DNA, it is still pretty crude, only lasting a few generations for now. The material also doesn’t respond to stimulus — another key indicator of life. Of course, because it is DNA-based, it is possible that they’ll succeed in making it do so or that it could mutate on its own. You can only wonder if life started with simple building blocks like this untold number of years ago. We’ve seen DNA computation lately. We’ve even seen tiny voltmeters, too. Maybe DNA will be the next generation’s silicon.
19 Apr 19
downthetubes.net

This series of articles by Jeremy Briggs covers the dummy comics that were created through the years as potential ‘modern’ versions of the original Eagle comic from the 1950s and 1960s, none of which ever made it to newsagents’ shelves. Lost Eagle and Lighting from the 1970s are here and Terra Nova from the 1980s […]

19 Apr 19
FUSION WARRIOR PICKS

It is the Ape Revolution we’ve been building up towards since the last “Planet of the Apes ” installment, but how does it fair overall!? In this third sequel to “Planet of the Apes,” the apes turn the tables on the human Earth population when they lead a revolt against their cruel masters in the […]