Banned book: Wool

If you’ve not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a daunting task, but the rewards are worth it. Remember that Howey is an example of a self- indie-published author who made it big. For that, his books are worth studying. […]

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Star Trek’s tech “meaningless”

So says Ron Moore (creator of the redux Battlestar Galactica). Moore then went on to describe how a typical script might read before the science consultants did their thing: La Forge: “Captain, the tech is overteching.” Picard: “Well, route the auxiliary tech to the tech, Mr. La Forge.” La Forge: “No, Captain. Captain, I’ve tried […]

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Futurama’s Saved!

Whew. That’s a big relief. Now I just hope it will be as good as before. The Star has learned exclusively that the entire voice cast of Futurama has just signed a new contract with Fox after weeks of intense salary negotiations. As late as last week, the network was threatening to replace the original […]

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NYTimes: Machines will kill us all!

NYT gets a little spooked by recent Terminator movies. The researchers — leading computer scientists, artificial intelligence researchers and roboticists who met at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Monterey Bay in California — generally discounted the possibility of highly centralized superintelligences and the idea that intelligence might spring spontaneously from the Internet. But they agreed […]

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Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

Good list. It also gives a number of good reasons why a particular film didn’t end up on the list, as well as a number of films which deserved honourable mentions. There’s a few I haven’t seen, either. This gives me something to do this weekend. We thought it would be interesting if we could […]

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