Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. God, I LOVE this movie to death. I watch it all the time still, it still works, just beautiful in story and playing with sci-fi clichés and such. Yeah, it's clear Preston was having the time of his life and love the touches like how this isn't the first time he's pulled this little scam on Earth: "Up to your old Excalibur tricks again?" Just still amazing, the Safan score is fantastic and dammit, I STILL want a sequel! Flagged I want a brad bird/dean dubois directed sequel/remake of this. Ryan what a great article! Wow that's awesome! Hugo Gernsback Hugo Gernsback (August 16, 1884 – August 19, 1967), born Hugo Gernsbacher, was a Luxembourgian American inventor, writer, editor, and magazine publisher, best known for publications including the first science fiction magazine. His contributions to the genre as publisher were so significant that, along with the novelists H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, he is one person sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction". In his honor, annual awards presented at the World Science Fiction Convention are named the "Hugos". Life and career Before helping to create science fiction, Gernsback was an entrepreneur in the electronics industry, importing radio parts from Europe to the United States and helping to popularize amateur "wireless." He died at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City on August 19, 1967. Science fiction Gernsback started the modern genre of science fiction in 1926 by founding the first magazine dedicated to it, Amazing Stories. As Barry Malzberg has said:
Who Goes There? Who Goes There? is a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written under the pen name Don A. Stuart. In 1973 the story was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the finest science fiction novellas ever written. Plot summary A group of scientific researchers, isolated in Antarctica by the nearly-ended winter, discover an alien spaceship buried in the ice, where it crashed twenty million years before. The crew realizes they must isolate themselves and therefore disable their airplanes and vehicles, while pretending things are normal over their radio transmissions to prevent any rescue attempt from civilization. Everyone suspects each other by now but must stay together for safety, deciding who will take turns sleeping and speculating when the patient monsters will finally have the upper hand. When they reach Blair's cabin they discover he is a Thing. Adaptations Film Versions Who Goes There? Depictions Comics Radio drama
Ender's Game Ender's Game (1985) is a military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "Buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed. Creation and inspiration Synopsis Humanity, having begun to explore the Universe and master interplanetary spaceflight, has encountered an alien race known as the "buggers" (known in later books as the 'Formics'), scouting the system and establishing a forward base in the asteroid Eros, who provoked two drawn-out wars. Protagonist Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is one of the school's trainees; but, despite this, he is teased as a "Third" under Earth's two-child policy. Command School Critical response
TOS: The City on the Edge of Forever TOS: The City on the Edge of Forever If there's a problem, you can also check out the video at Blip. On The City on the Edge of Forever If there's a problem, you can also check out the video at Blip. Looking for more? Up The Long Ladder Yesterday's Enterprise Where No One Has Gone Before Yesteryear Worst Case Scenario Gattaca David Brin Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film and starred Kevin Costner in 1997. David Brin's nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association and the McGannon Communication Award. Early life and education Brin was born in Glendale, California in 1950. In 1973, David Brin graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics. At the University of California, San Diego, he earned a Master of Science in applied physics in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy in space science in 1981. Career Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He helped establish the Arthur C. Bibliography Fiction The Uplift stories Dr.
Charles Stross Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. He was born in Leeds. Stross specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Neal Asher and Richard Morgan. Early life and education Stross was born in Leeds, England. Career His novel The Atrocity Archives (2004) focused on a British intelligence agency investigating Mythos-like horrors; of the similar ideas in the RPG book Delta Green (1996), Stross commented in an afterword to the book: "All I can say in my defence is... Rogue Farm, an animated film based on his 2003 short story of the same title, debuted in August 2004. He was one of the Guests of Honour at Orbital 2008, the British National Science Fiction convention (Eastercon), in March 2008. In September 2012, Stross released The Rapture of The Nerds, a novel written in collaboration with Cory Doctorow.
The Martian Chronicles Structure Like Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, The Martian Chronicles follows a "future history" structure. The stories, complete in themselves, come together as episodes in a larger sequential narrative framework. The overall structure is in three parts, punctuated by two catastrophes: the near-extinction of the Martians and the parallel near-extinction of the human race. The first third (set in the period from January 1999—April 2000) details the attempts of the Earthmen to reach Mars, and the various ways in which the Martians keep them from returning. Publication history The book was published in the United Kingdom under the title The Silver Locusts (1951), with slightly different contents. The book was published in 1963 as part of the Time Reading Program with an introduction by Fred Hoyle. In 1979, Bantam Books published a trade paperback edition with illustrations by Ian Miller. Influences Contents Rocket Summer (January 1999/2030)
Stranger in a Strange Land Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture. Heinlein got the idea for the novel when he and his wife Virginia were brainstorming one evening in 1948. In 1991, three years after Heinlein's death, Virginia arranged to have the original uncut manuscript published. In 2012, the US Library of Congress named it one of 88 "Books that Shaped America". Plot The story focuses on a human raised on Mars and his adaptation to, and understanding of, humans and their culture. A manned expedition is mounted to visit the planet Mars but all contact is lost after landing. Smith continues to demonstrate psychic abilities and superhuman intelligence coupled with a childlike naïveté. Characters
Brave New World In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 87 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Title O wonder! Translations of the title often allude to similar expressions used in domestic works of literature: the French edition of the work is entitled Le Meilleur des mondes (The Best of All Worlds), an allusion to an expression used by the philosopher Gottfried Leibniz and satirised in Candide, Ou l'Optimisme by Voltaire (1759). History Huxley said that Brave New World was inspired by the utopian novels of H. Huxley hailed Billingham as a "triumphant embodiment" of the principles of planning, an "ordered universe in the midst of the larger world of planless incoherence". Plot Characters Others
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream It won a Hugo Award in 1968. The name was also used for a short story collection of Ellison's work, featuring this story. It was recently reprinted by the Library of America, collected in volume two (Terror and the Uncanny, from the 1940s to Now) of American Fantastic Tales (2009). Background Ellison wrote "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" in a single night in 1966, making virtually no changes from the first draft. Characters AM, the supercomputer which brought about the near-extinction of humanity. Plot The story takes place 109 years after the complete destruction of human civilization. The machines are each referred to as "AM," which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer," and then was later called "Adaptive Manipulator." The survivors live together underground in an endless complex, the only habitable place left. The story's narrative begins when one of the humans, Nimdok, has the idea that there is canned food somewhere in the great complex. References
Cyber Pigs.html Hans Moravec Exploration and colonization of the universe awaits, but earth-adapted biological humans are ill-equipped to respond to the challenge. Machines have gone farther and seen more, limited though they presently are by insect-like behavioral inflexibility. As they become smarter over the coming decades, space will be theirs. Organizations of robots of ever increasing intelligence and sensory and motor ability will expand and transform what they occupy, working with matter, space and time. Because it will use resources more efficiently, a mature cyberspace of the distant future will be effectively much bigger than the present physical universe. Computational speedups will affect the subjective experience of entities in the cyberspace in a paradoxical way. A quantum-mechanical entropy calculation by Bekenstein suggests that the ultimate amount of information that can be stored given the mass and volume of a hydrogen atom is about a megabyte. Mind without Body?