Source: The State News Written By: Lauren Phillips Submitted by: Lesmond Science fiction’s presence in pop culture outgrows its niche Science fiction isn’t just for “geeks” anymore. As the technology-based genre becomes more mainstream, more people are finding themselves enchanted by it. Science fiction traditionally focuses on the impact of imaginary technologies or sciences on […]
Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film left us with indelible images — of HAL, of the bone turning into a spaceship, of the zero-gravity toilet, of the star child. American Movie Classics honored it as one of the Movies That Shook the World.
The half-hour documentary addressed how the film broke ground in science-fiction filmmaking, influenced the space program, raised thought-provoking spiritual questions and might have the distinction of being one of the first mainstream movies marketed to psychedelic drug users with its “Ultimate Trip” tagline. [Read more…]
In the past, science fiction was written off as a literary form for dreamers and surrealist artists. Today colleges and universities around the country offer classes and seminars that discuss this valuable expression of politics and culture.
No matter what politico-cultural orientation, a science-fiction work can inform your understanding of ideologies. [Read more…]
Zap had some rather pissy things to say about us. Oddly enough, he sent this to our Dragon Page email addresses, when the topic is clearly TV. Must not have been listening to us for too long or he would have known where to send the mail. Wanna see it? You people call yourselves Sci-Fi […]
The most popular phenomenon in this world’s culture saw the light of day 39 years ago this week. In 1966 millions of American television viewers were treated to a new style of programming that would take them to a place “where no one has gone before.” Little did anyone know then what an imprint this one little space opera would make on the culture and mindset of human civilization that would extend into the 21st Century. [Read more…]
An unsubstantiated rumor is floating around in the sci-fi ether that Crispin Glover, the consummate pundent of weird is being put at the top of the A-List to play the Joker in the Batman Begins sequel. So far I have read or heard this rumor now by several different sources, including Solar Flare, the Legions […]
Rodney Dangerfield was wrong. It’s sci-fi TV that don’t get no respect.
Case in point: A vice president in the TV industry recently asked me what TV shows I watch for enjoyment. I mentioned my favorite is “Battlestar Galactica” on Sci Fi Channel. She laughed. I asked if she’d seen it. No, she said, and laughed again. [Read more…]
As something of a “fanboy advocate,” I find Fandom and the hidden power of a fanbase to be a seductive and compelling side of Sci Fi. Unfortunately, it’s still the exception rather than the rule where a television series maker will take notice of their core fanbase and purposefully try to toss them a few bones every once in awhile … [Read more…]
In exploring why Anakin turns evil (and knowing Luke doesn’t), ‘Revenge of the Sith’ episode a good look at nature vs. nurture.
The father turned evil. The son didn’t. Was Anakin Skywalker the proverbial bad seed, or did he just have a tougher upbringing than his boy Luke? [Read more…]
[ This is my commentary on the Enterprise finale. Spoilers may ensue. ] Finally watched the series finale of Enterprise. Well. How was I ripped off by that? Let me count the ways… okay, Shakespeare mode off. I was only a casual viewer of the show, and I still felt horribly ripped off. I can […]
Source: Useless Knowledge Magazine Submitted by: Mr. Sevens (Firefly/Quantum Leap News Consultant) Written by: Lee Caldwell-Owens I don’t know for sure but I’m beginning to think television has gone from bad to worse. We are constantly bombarded these days with reality TV. Gee, I thought the whole idea of television was escape reality–heavens just the […]