Did the very first science fiction magazine appear in Russia in 1894? Top image: postage stamp showing Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, via Shutterstock.com Introduction: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity Science and technology are defining modern reality by transforming not just everyday life, but the very ways in which we think and imagine. A new kind of writing called , scientific fantasy, is playing a not inconsequential role in this process.
SExpand We are all naked in the face of the vastness of the universe. But some of us are more naked than others. Science fiction movies have been venturing into forbidden realms of sexuality for 50 years, and the past 20 years have seen the biggest boom of all, thanks to home video and the internet. Last month, we brought you the more or less complete rundown of the first four decades of porn movies. The Greatest Science Fiction Porn Movies of All Time: 1992-2001 [NSFW]
Frank Herbert's saga ? a six book series that many consider to be one of the greatest ever written ? has completely overshadowed many of his other works. 5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune
The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life SExpand Click to viewSpring equinox will be here in just a few weeks, and there's no better way to get ready for the seasonal change than to dig into some great science fiction books. io9 wants to help you get in the mood for transformation by offering this list of twenty science fiction novels that could change the way you see the world, and maybe even change your life.
A Mosque Among The Stars available for free! | Islam and Science Fiction A Mosque Among The Stars was the first anthology that dealt with the subject of Muslim characters and/or Islamic themes and Science Fiction. It was edited by me (Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad) and the Canadian Muslim author Ahmad Khan. It came out in 2007. Now that it has been years since it was released in printed form, we have decided to release A Mosque Among The Stars to the public as a Creative Commons Licensed (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs) book. This means that you can download it for free and share with others as long as you dont make any changes to it and also do it for free. So without much further ado here is where you can download the book.
The Greatest Science Fiction Porn Movies of All Time: 1961-1991 [NSFW] Since you listed Barbarella and a few other not-quite-porn titles, you should also include the 1975 David Cronenberg classic Shivers, aka. "They Came from Within." Really, you can't go wrong with Cronenberg body horror, swinging 70's Canadian fashion, and a sentient venereal disease...
Was poet John Milton the father of science fiction? Image from Wikimedia Commons Before an ominous two-handed engine called “budget constraints” smote it into oblivion, a movie adaption of Milton’s Paradise Lost was slated to arrive in 2013. Directed by Alex Proyas and starring Bradley Cooper as Satan, the film was billed as a science fiction actioner featuring 3-D “aerial warfare” between heavenly hosts and (probably) a lot of dark muttering about forbidden knowledge. Now Legendary Pictures has scrapped the epic, leaving us to contemplate our theology this Christmas without the promise of Cooper lolling around in a lake of fire, looking roguish. Katy Waldman is a Slate assistant editor.
“Aelita is a planetary romance in which Los, a Soviet scientist and inventor, travels to Mars and, with the help of a Red Army officer, overthrows the fascist civilization there and institutes a Communist paradise.” - Well, this summary of the plot is, of course, wonderfully snappy with that added ironic underside of dismissive hindsight, but is utterly incorrect. As anyone who has actually read the soviet ‘Princess of Mars’ knows, the two protagonists - ‘Los the engineer’ and ‘Gusev the red soldier of fortune’ – are at odds from the start. Los is a moody dreamer, content to remain on decadent Mars and maybe make love to Aelita, while Gusev can’t wait to stir up trouble. The Martian society (based on a conquest of locals by migrating Earth Atlanteans thousands of years ago) is dying, yet Gusev manages to infect the fatalist working underclass with the energy for an uprising, which quickly degenerates into chaos and is crushed. Science Fiction Under Totalitarian Regimes, Part 2: Tsarist and Soviet Russia
Pulp science fiction — in this case, meaning both serial magazines and stories and films which emphasized action, adventure, and plot at the expense of character and aspirations to Art — has been popular in Germany from the beginning. While never the most popular genre — mysteries and action/adventure were #1 and #2 — science fiction was consistently popular with the German pulp-reading public. From 1901, when the first German SF pulp called appeared, to 1926, when the situation for German pulp publishers changed permanently for the worse, pulp science fiction consistently appeared in Germany. Pulp Science Fiction Under German Totalitarianism
211, William Gibson Get more interviews like this—plus fiction, poetry, art, and more—and subscribe to The Paris Review today! Vancouver, British Columbia, sits just on the far side of the American border, a green-glass model city set in the dish of the North Shore Mountains, which enclose the city and support, most days, a thick canopy of fog. There are periods in the year when it’ll rain for forty days, William Gibson tells me one mucky day there this winter, and when visibility drops so low you can’t see what’s coming at you from the nearest street corner.
10 Literary Devices, And Where You Can Find Them in Science Fiction I don't know if it counts as a literary device, but one of my favourite ways of describing a work is "Gritsch"—something so gritty that it's kitsch, cheesy, and unintentionally funny. Maybe that's just the same thing as Bathos. It came up in a discussion, probably over a year or two ago here on io9, to describe the Warhammer RPG universe(s).
Classic SF of the 1950s: beautiful books introduced by Gibson, Gaiman, Reed, Willis, Straub and others The Library of America is publishing a two volume treasure of science fiction next September 27, in which great contemporary science fiction writers introduce classics of the field from the 1950s. The handsome, slipcased edition includes: Volume 1: 1953–1956 * Frederik Pohl & C.
Original programme for the British premiere of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1927. The world’s most valuable movie poster, for Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis, is to be auctioned again after making a record $690,000 in 2005. Ephemera related to the film is notoriously scarce, with only four copies of the poster known to survive. Almost as uncommon is this amazing film programme produced for the London premiere at the Marble Arch Pavilion on March 21, 1927, one of only three copies that we have handled. Not only a list of cast and crew, it includes eleven short pieces on the making of the movie, commentary from the director and cast, and numerous production photographs and film stills, many attractively arranged as modernist collages. Metropolis: A Rare Film Programme for Fraitz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece
Recovered 1927 Metropolis Film Program Goes Behind the Scenes of a Sci-Fi Masterpiece | Underwire Fritz Lang’s silent film masterwork Metropolis is probably the most influential sci-fi movie in history, and artifacts from the film are as valuable as they are rare — a single movie poster from the original release sold for $690,000 seven years ago, and is expected to fetch even more at an auction later this year.
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