10 Myths About Space Travel That Make Science Fiction Better I love hard sci-fi, and even the great Vernor Vinge, David Brin, and David Marusek, usually have to take some sort of artistic license with a few of these items. That said, one of the reasons why I love reading hard science fiction is because these rules do exist, and it takes exceptional talent to pen an intergalactic adventure story which manages to be clever and entertaining without breaking any of the rules. Since I'm on my second G&T of the evening (I needed it after learning about the Blake's 7 remake) let me take a few moments to break down why all ten of these rules don't necessarily have to spell certain doom for budding sci-fi authors. 1) Faster Than Light Travel This is the biggie, and probably the hardest to cheat in a non "space magic" sort of way. If you absolutely must move your ships across vast interplanetary distances in the space of a few seconds, you'll probably want to look into A.
The Weekly Ansible, 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville) Reposted from Fantastic Metropolis, author China Mieville lays out a list of 50 science fiction and fantasy works he feels every socialist ought to read. When I became a socialist I was also studying Sociology and Philosophy academically. I experienced something that seems to be a trend among many (though assuredly not all) folks who delve into these worlds: a sudden loss of interest in fiction. Over time I only read non-fiction work and discovered something missing.
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Political agency and changing the world In her Guest of Honor speech at Denvention, Lois Bujold said: In fact, if romances are fantasies of love, and mysteries are fantasies of justice, I would now describe much SF as fantasies of political agency. All three genres also may embody themes of personal psychological empowerment, of course, though often very different in the details, as contrasted by the way the heroines “win” in romances, the way detectives “win” in mysteries, and the way, say, young male characters “win” in adventure tales. But now that I’ve noticed the politics in SF, they seem to be everywhere, like packs of little yapping dogs trying to savage your ankles. Not universally, thank heavens—there are wonderful lyrical books such as The Last Unicorn or other idiosyncratic tales that escape the trend. But certainly in the majority of books, to give the characters significance in the readers’ eyes means to give them political actions, with “military” read here as a sub-set of political.
Three Tips For Creating a Brand New Alien Planet from Scratch May I ask what your first book is called? tentatively? The first book's working title is simply, "Thorn" which is the name of the main character. The "series" is tentatively called, "Tales from the Hammer" which covers the story of a ship called... yep, "The Hammer" It will eventually span the careers of several different captains, and the stories of what different people decide to do with an unusually advanced ship.
Evan Selinger: What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About the Present and Future of Information Combine growing attachment to smartphones with advances in cutting-edge goggles (think Google Glass), and what do you get? Acceptance of augmented reality (AR), which supposedly became ready for "prime time" last year. With the technology out of the incubator and in our living rooms, Silicon Valley's mouthpieces are becoming increasingly comfortable generating hype about the exciting new world it will create. Get ready, they say, for a "more information-rich, more navigable, more interesting, more fun" existence. Equating more with better is an old advertising trick.
Hm, I dunno. Natural (as in, not being directed by humans or a third party. It seems many of the examples on this list are not of the natural sort) evolution is something that one can't really predict. A species (or if you want to nitpick, a population of a species) evolves when environmental conditions demand it. 20 Essential Books About the Next Step in Human Evolution
Firefly & Lessons in Contract Law | The Legal Geeks Firefly was wickedly creative, well-written and had fantastic humor. Spaceships and wardrobe that ranged from Western to Steampunk to Chinese aside, Firefly presented excellent Contract formation issues. Contract formation consists of 1) Offer; 2) Acceptance; 3) Consideration; and 4) Performance. In the world of Firefly , it was often 1) Offer 2) Acceptance 3) Gunfight (also known as breach). Let’s review three episodes to examine these contract issues.
Aircraft Carriers in Space - By Michael Peck Last month, Small Wars Journal managing editor Robert Haddick asked whether new technology has rendered aircraft carriers obsolete. Well, not everyone thinks so, especially in science-fiction, where "flat tops" still rule in TV shows like Battlestar Galactica. So FP's Michael Peck spoke with Chris Weuve, a naval analyst, former U.S.
12 Greatest Time Travel Effects from Movies and Television How could you leave out Primer and 12 Monkeys in favor of including two of The Time Machine? What was the time travel that you saw in 12 Monkeys. I saw lots of preparation, no actual travel. I'll explain, but first: five time travel effects scenes that are better than the second Time Machine and the Butterfly Effect (which isn't a bad choice):
10 Visual Motifs that American Science Fiction Borrowed from Anime A few notes. Cronenberg's "Scanners" is probably the original power-up movie. Dated: 1981 (7 years before "Akira" the movie and a year before "Akira" the manga), it ends in a slow-motion sequence of bursting veins, screaming, flaming energy, and exploding body parts which was adopted in Anime much later. John Woo is notable for his use of slow-motion and while not the originator, he's obviously the heaviest influence on the action genre — far more than anime. It's a little weird to point out that Ridley Scott created the dystopic neo-city visual aesthetic...and then turn around and give credit to the people who BORROWED FROM HIM. The "bolt of energy" was probably first used by Gene Roddenberry in Star Trek.
Map of the Verse | FireflyShipWorks I couldn’t be more thrilled to (finally) announce (and reveal the big secret I’ve been hinting at for over a week) QMx’s most ambitious project to date: The Complete and Official Map of the Verse. Over two years in the making, the Map of the Verse measures 25 inches by 38 inches and is printed on both sides of a sheet of 65 lbs cover stock (believe me, we needed the space). It documents the names, positions, sizes, populations and other never-before-published details of the 215 terraformed planets and moons orbiting the five star systems that comprise The Verse of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.
How 2000 A.D. Changed Science Fiction Forever If not for 2000AD I'd never have gotten into comics, which I think is probably pretty common here in the UK. It was like a gateway book back in the days when there were only a few Forbidden Planet shops and the local newsagents - the only place to get comics if you grew up in a small town - weren't really stocked up on American books. That said, I pinched my brothers copies rather than buying them at the store. The diversity of stories and art, especially in the great late eighties and early nineties period is still pretty much unsurpassed - they were more like Image or Vertigo than DC or Marvel.
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How to Write a Killer Space Adventure Without Breaking the Speed of Light Me and Abraham, man. That dude knows what's up. Science fiction doesn't sell because it's largely fucking boring these days. These bros listed above are the purveyors of boring shit and they would like others to bring their stuff down to that same level of boring. It's like an infomercial, "Become 300% less interesting - ask me how!"
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"At the time 'Fall Out' [the final episode] was first broadcast there were only three television channels available in the UK and the long-awaited final episode of the series had one of the largest ever viewing audiences seen until then for a television programme." - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_Out_%28The_Prisoner%29) Yeah, I'm going to have to join a chorus, here: so far as I know, The Prisoner was a massive success in its native markets (Britain and Canada) and did fairly well elsewhere with the possible exception of the United States—where, if I recall correctly, it was initially picked up by CBS as a filler show. (It later earned its cult following here mostly through subsequent syndication to PBS affiliates—again, if I'm remembering correctly.) I think the show earned back its money. Science Fiction's Greatest Failures (And How They Saved Us All)
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