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Long time readers will be aware that I'm a fan of Blake's 7. Or, more precisely, as a child of the 1980s this BBC science fiction show set in a dark dystopian future loomed large in my childhood because it presented a different vision of the future than I was used to. Sadly, the actor... Read More
Slate has a respectful take on Ursula K. Le Guin's oeuvre by Choire Sicha up. By way of surveying her contributions to the domain of fiction the author takes issue with those who would elevate 'literary fiction,' a term whose boundaries seem to lack distinction or clarity, above 'genre.' In this case Le Guin's career... Read More
Humans seem to have a strong bias toward narratives. We like stories. This is obvious when you read sports columns. Most of the time there's really no substantive value-add. If you want substance, just check box scores. But we want a story. So sports columnists give us a story. Usually something mildly counter-intuitive, general platitudes... Read More
In my post below where I focused on patent law it was noted that even more obviously blatant abuses of the spirit of intellectual property occur in copyright. So I was interested to see that George Lucas has lost a law suit in the United Kingdom in relation to the idea of "storm troopers": Someone... Read More
By now you've probably seen headlines such as A Habitable Exoplanet — for Real This Time. Phil Plait has a more sober assessment. Still, he concludes: I assume this means we can play around
Really interesting trailer for a movie which is premised on a "secret history" where a group of Nazis flee to the far side of the moon at the end of World War II, and are returning imminently in the near future from their exile. Wired has the back story of how this group of film... Read More
Mythologist of Our Age: Why Ray Bradbury's stories have seeped into the culture: One of the aspects of science fiction as a genre is that the masters of the field when viewed from outside of the core science fiction reading audience are often not necessarily dominant within the subculture. The core science fiction readership, those... Read More
Change is quite in the air today, whether it be climate change or human induced habitat shifts. What's a species in the wild to do? Biologists naturally worry about loss of biodiversity a great deal, and many non-biologist humans rather high up on Maslow's hierarchy of needs also care. And yet species loss, or the... Read More
Matt Yglesias muses on the possible influence of Isaac Asimove's Foundation series on the way he looks at the world. Interestingly, Paul Krugman admits his debt to this series as well in getting him interested in economics. Unlike Robert Heinlein or mentor John W. Campbell Asimov was a political liberal. It is not uncommon for... Read More
Since readers of this weblog tend toward nerdishness I'm assuming they're following the buzz around Avatar: The Movie. I only got interested in it last night trying to figure out the references in yesterday's South Park episode, Dances with Smurfs. Check out the tailer below. Obviously actors in regular films aren't going to be replaced... Read More
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