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How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it—and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honor of being interviewed there by Paris TV. For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Elizabeth Antebi, who was the producer of the film, wanted to have me whirling around in one of the giant teacups while discussing the rise of fascism with Norman Spinrad... an old friend of mine who writes excellent science fiction. We also discussed Watergate, but we did that on the deck of Captain Hook's pirate ship. The countryside, brown and dry, in summer, where he had lived as a child. Thrones were set in place and one ancient in years took his seat. The white-haired old man appears again in Revelation, 1:13: I am Ubik.
Earth - Your life on earth Explore BBC Earth's unique interactive, personalised just to you. Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime; from how much fuel and food we've used to the species we've discovered and endangered. And see how the BBC was there with you, capturing some of the most amazing wonders of the natural world. Explore, enjoy, and share with your friends either the whole page, or your favourite insights. This is your story, the story of your life on earth. BBC Earth's Your life on earth is based on the following sources. Lead photo credit: John Kellerman / Alamy.
Ballardian Ксавье Долан объявил конкурс киносценариев короткого метра На пресс-конференции в Каннах прошла презентация онлайн-конкурса киносценариев Magnum Vie Magnifique Film competition, которую проводит журнал i-D (входящего в состав медиакорпорации «VICE») с участием Ксавье Долана при поддержке компании по производству мороженого «Magnum». В конкурсе, который проходит под девизом «Будь честен со своими удовольствиями» (Be True To Your Pleasure), могут принять участие молодые сценаристы и режиссеры. Главная задача — представить идеи сценария короткометражного фильма длительностью не более 10 минут вместе с идеями актерского состава. В состав жюри входит Ксавье Долан и два представителя медиакомпании VICE — исполнительный продюсер Жаклин Идинброу и ведущий креативный директор Дэнни Гэбэй из филиала VICE в Лос-Анджелесе. Трое победителей будут отобраны в начале сентября этого года. Срок отправки работ до 6 июня 2015 года на электронную почту email@example.com Подробные условия по ссылкам ниже: обращение учредителей официальные условия конкурса
Balrog Award The Balrog Awards were a set of awards given annually from 1979 to 1985 for the best works and achievements of speculative fiction in the previous year. The awards were named after the balrog, a fictional creature from J. R. R. Awards (By Year) 1979 Best Novel: Blind Voices, Tom ReamyBest Short Fiction: "Death from Exposure", Pat CadiganBest Collection/Anthology: Born to Exile, Phyllis EisensteinBest Poet: Ray BradburyBest Artist: Tim KirkBest Amateur Publication: ShayolBest Professional Publication: Age of Dreams, Alicia AustinBest Amateur Achievement: Paul C. 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 Best Novel: The Armageddon Rag, George R. 1985 See also References
Make a Barometer We have looked at air pressure with eggs before. This experiment shows you how to make a Barometer which measures air pressure. What you need: a jar or coffee can an elastic band a pin or cocktail stick tape glue straw paper Instructions Blow up the balloon a little bit, the more air in the balloon, the greater the pressure outwards which is what makes the balloon blow up.Let the air out of the balloon and cut the tie end off.Stretch the balloon tightly over the jar or can and either sellotape or use the elastic band to fix it tightly.Tape or glue the end of the straw to the centre of the balloon and sellotape the pin or cocktail stick to the end.Tape some card behind the barometer and mark where the pin is.Leave for a few days and note any changes. The Science Bit When the straw tilts up, the air pressure is high as the air pushes down on the balloon.
Science-fiction classics that have rewired your brain - Image 3 Image 3 of 8 Tunes from Mars Taking a completely different attitude to Martians, Raymond Taylor's marching tune A Signal from Mars is jaunty in the extreme. Published in 1901, the piece became immensely popular but has little to do with its title. You can listen to it on the Creeps Records blog. Observant readers may notice that the piece was arranged by E. (Image: British Library Board)
12 Iconic Directors Share Their Thoughts on Filmmaking & Style As filmmakers, we do quite a bit of research and study. We read a vast number of tutorials, and articles texts; we watch classic films and go to countless first showings. We do so much to fill our brains with all of the information we think will prepare us for making films and seeing our craft from a new perspective. However, sometimes all we need is a simple quote. Tumblr blog A-BitterSweet-Life (which you should religiously follow) has shared a spiffy interactive Prezi presentation that highlights some truly inspiring quotes about filmmaking and style from 12 filmmakers from all different countries and all different eras including Andrei Tarkovsky, Maya Deren, and Steven Soderbergh. The quotes were taken from 12 filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard, Maya Deren, Robert Bresson, Orson Welles, Steven Soderbergh, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Nina Menkes, Andrei Tarkovsky, Béla Tarr, Jean-Pierre Melville, Federico Fellini, and Joachim Trier. Check out each one of the quotes below. [via Filmmaker IQ]
SF Citations for OED This site is maintained by Jesse Sheidlower, Editor at Large of the Oxford English Dictionary. The content side of things is handled by Jeff Prucher and Malcolm Farmer. The project grew out of regular work that was being done for the OED's reading programs. Briefly, research for the OED takes two main forms: general reading, in which a variety of texts are read for any interesting words that are encountered, and targeted research, in which particular terms are specifically analyzed. This can consist of doing searches in electronic databases, sending general researchers to a library to see what they can find, or asking specialists for help in their subject fields. The purpose of this site is, in effect, to bring together SF enthusiasts with detailed lists of what we need their help with. The site was started under the guidance of Mike Christie, an OED volunteer, and Sue Surova, a freelance researcher for the OED.
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