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8 amazing works you may not have seen from anime's greatest directors. Behold the incredible places where we'll build cities in space. Another thought provoking article at io9.

Behold the incredible places where we'll build cities in space

Europa is a must-go-now destination. Forget about the very entertaining film of the same name, I want to see a global effort to send a submersible probe, outfitted with a drill to find passage beneath it's icy surface, and I don't want to wait twenty years for this to happen. The exploration, militarization and colonization of our solar systems jurisdiction is "crucial" to the survival of our species. For now...I believe that we should concentrate on building large ships and probe our system bodies. <—-don't take that statement someplace other than what it was written to mean. I like the idea of planetary bases, but if radiation is one of our largest enemies, maybe a synthetic atmosphere is a nice goal. If we create an artificial atmosphere, wouldn't that be the best shield to deflect radiation and even meteors?

And yes, I know this is fanciful thinking, but so was the Star Trek communicator 40 years ago. OMNI Magazine Collection : Free Texts. From Wikipedia: OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK.

OMNI Magazine Collection : Free Texts

It contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction. The first issue was published in October 1978, the last in Winter 1995, with an internet version lasting until 1998. OMNI was launched by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". Classic European scifi movies you probably haven't seen - but you should. The Weekly Ansible, 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville) We Want To Hear Your Six-Word Science Fiction Tales! The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books. Who Cares If Science Fiction Actually Predicts The Future? Science Fiction Does Something Way Better Than Predict The Future. The Matrix Virtual Theatre. Matrix Virtual Theatre Wachowski Brothers Transcript Nov. 6, 1999 Welcome to the first live Virtual Theatre presentation in the world!

The Matrix Virtual Theatre

Tonight you'll be able to watch The Matrix with special guests Andy and Larry Wachowski, the creators of the film. Did the very first science fiction magazine appear in Russia in 1894? 5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune. There are probably several schools on this.

5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune

The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life. A Mosque Among The Stars available for free! A Mosque Among The Stars was the first anthology that dealt with the subject of Muslim characters and/or Islamic themes and Science Fiction.

A Mosque Among The Stars available for free!

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. 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.

Was poet John Milton the father of science fiction?

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. Follow her on Twitter. Follow. Science Fiction Under Totalitarian Regimes, Part 2: Tsarist and Soviet Russia. “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.

Science Fiction Under Totalitarian Regimes, Part 2: Tsarist and Soviet Russia

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. 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!

211, William Gibson

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. 10 Literary Devices, And Where You Can Find Them in Science Fiction. 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.

Classic SF of the 1950s: beautiful books introduced by Gibson, Gaiman, Reed, Willis, Straub and others

Metropolis: A Rare Film Programme for Fraitz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece. Original programme for the British premiere of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1927.

Metropolis: A Rare Film Programme for Fraitz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece

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. Recovered 1927 Metropolis Film Program Goes Behind the Scenes of a Sci-Fi Masterpiece. 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.

The program reveals the intriguing backstory behind the German sci-fi epic, as told from the perspective of Lang, his wife and collaborator Thea von Harbou, and several members of the cast and crew. In the yellowed pages above, Metropolis’ wily mad scientist Rotwang, played by Rudolf Klein-Rogge, discusses artificial life, which includes a heavy discussion of robots. Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. 10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them) Gravity's Rainbow is SF? Infinite Jest is not SF and neither is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (I gave this to a person I didn't much like for Xmas one year).

Aside from those I've read all except Starmaker (started it recently but couldn't finish it. I loved LaFM when I read it years ago but now I'm too scared to revisit it), The Long Tomorrow (had not heard of it until now) and Dhalgren (couldn't finish it). Here Are the 1960s Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read. Personally, I think it's an age thing, and society's evolving view of Nazis. The Victorian Hugos: 1891. How our predictions for the Year 2000 changed throughout the 20th Century. Re:Filling in swamplands, well, they didn't realize how marshes and other wetlands interacted with goundwater. We still aren't too good on that, but we are beginning to realize that if you drain all the swamps then the wells run dry before too long.

"filling in all swamplands" and "chemically treating all water streams" Those are both things done in the mid-20th century, until it was realized that they were really, really idiotic things to do because the repercussions were so bad (exacerbating flooding, damaging water quality and contaminating whole ecosystems). The 6 Most Important Sci-Fi Ideas (Were Invented by a Hack) The Victorian Hugos: 1890.

Watch Arthur C. Clarke predict the internet and the iPads decades before they were invented. Self Atomising Machines: Hypnagogic Cyberpunk, Reality and Utopia. What do you do when you find weird racism in old science fiction books? Bruce McCall Illustrates the Future That Wasn't. Ten Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction. Known as the father of the modern submarine, American inventor Simon Lake had been captivated by the idea of undersea travel and exploration ever since he read Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Blade Runner cumple 30 años: curiosidades y vídeos de una obra irrepetible. Tres años después de rodar Alien, Ridley Scott estrenaría una de las películas claves en la historia de la ciencia ficción.

Basada en la novela de Philip K. Dick ¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas mecánicas? Did this blogger just invent a new subgenre of science fiction? Thinking About Futurism. Before the Jetsons, Arthur Radebaugh Illustrated the Future. The Origins of Futurism. 10 Ultra-Weird Science Fiction Novels that Became Required Reading. 10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You've Never Read.

Science Fiction Society’s massive library is out of this world. Did Philip K. Dick disclose the real Matrix in 1977? Philip K. Dick rare interview in France, Part 1 - 1977. If it is realistic or plausible, then it is not science fiction. Why We Don't Like Creativity. William Gibson - Official Website. Nomadic utopianism. Science Fiction Conversations. The Complete History of Time Paradoxes. New invention brings us one step closer to an all-consuming, self-replicating grey goo. Take a vacation to Arrakis with Dune travel posters. 10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From Science Fiction

) Robert Heinlein's predictions for the Year 2000 (from 1952) Science fiction writers have a job, and it's time to do it, says Neal Stephenson. Awesome graphic novels that even non-comics readers will love. The Death of Philip K. Dick and the Birth of Cyberpunk. Watch a complete 1990 documentary about cyberpunk, featuring a young William Gibson. The Victorian Hugos: 1887.

When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like "Avatar"? The many meanings of the dragon archetype in fantasy stories. I wrote 100 terrible short stories that I'm glad you'll never read. The Victorian Hugos: 1889. 10 Weirdest Scientific Theories Proposed in Science Fiction. 10 Futuristic Technologies That Will Never Exist. 2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial intelligence, and Asimov's Magazine. 10 Science Fiction Books That Changed the Course of History. Hilariously optimistic 1954 magazine article proclaimed we'd all be piloting flying saucers by 1965. 10 Most Far-Fetched Future Dystopias. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2011. Read Arthur C. Clarke's original "Hammer of God" short story online. Why does Edgar Rice Burroughs still matter? Why Science Fiction Writers are Like Porn Stars. The 1986 infomercial for the Neuromancer movie that never was. Kim Jong-il is dead. Here's his monster movie. City of Treelike Buildings.

Mutant Hunt = the best movie about robots doing drugs in human history. Your robots know that nature is a lie. An algorithm that makes robots appear more human. William Gibson explains why cyberpunk was made to be co-opted. 211, William Gibson. Wired 1.04: Disneyland with the Death Penalty. Rudy Rucker interview: "All these years, and I'm still looking for the big aha." 10 Recent Novels About the Future of Videogames. 1st Science Fiction Movie Filmed in Space Stays Underground. Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books. Five Science Fiction Technology Predictions That Came True. Hugo Gernsback. Document: The Symbolism Survey, Sarah Funke Butler. THE FIRST CON (1937) Mondo 2000. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Blog/Vlog » Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Ray Bradbury, 19 frases para celebrar su cumpleaños 91. Under a 'Frankenstein' Moon: Astronomer Sleuths Solve Mary Shelley Mystery. Ray Bradbury Remembered: NASA Pays Video Tribute to Sci-Fi Legend.