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Did You Know That Jon Pertwee Sang A Doctor Who Song In 1972? - The Retroist
Jon Pertwee, better known as the third Doctor from Doctor Who released a song entitled Who is the Doctor back in 1972!
doctorwho  scifi  drwho  retro 
10 days ago by deusx
Star Wars vs Star Trek Technology: Shields vs Physical Impacts
As you can see, even if it was possible to build a deflector shield generator of virtually infinite strength, the overall effectiveness of the system would still be limited by good old-fashioned structural limits. Ultimately, the survivability of a shielded spacecraft against physical impacts could (and would, given sufficient shield strength) conceivably come down to a set of bolts holding a shield generator onto the ship's spaceframe. This example highlights the severe problem with most attempts to rationalize sci-fi technologies, which is that people tend to look for the strongest link in the chain, not the weakest link in the chain.
scifi  physics  shields 
september 2013 by deusx
Why the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray is going to rip you off
The official Blu-ray has seven mini-featurettes. Seems kind of bare bones for such a major summer release, eh? Indeed it does, because Paramount has divvied up all the other features — including the commentary tracks with the cast and director J.J. Abrams, and several additional featurettes — have been given exclusive to the Target release, the Best Buy release, and the iTunes download. Meaning 1) if you buy the normal version you're getting less than half the special features created for the home video release, and 2) if you want all of them you're going to need to purchase at least three separate versions.
to:fb  startrek  scifi  bluray  paramount 
august 2013 by deusx
The Greatest Science Fiction-Themed Bars and Restaurants on Earth
You may never get to drink at the Cantina — but you can still visit some real-life watering holes that celebrate your favorite stories. We've already shown you science-fictional bars we'd like to visit and people whose homes are based on spaceships, but here are real joints that boast a TARDIS, AT-ATs or the Martian landscape.
to:fb  bars  scifi 
june 2013 by deusx
Neil Gaiman's Journal: Iain Banks. With or without the M.
If you've never read any of his books, read one of his books. Then read another. Even the bad ones were good, and the good ones were astonishing.
to:fb  scifi  gaiman  banks  sad  writers  cancer 
june 2013 by deusx
BBC News - Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer
This makes me very very sad: "Author Iain Banks has revealed that he has late stage cancer and is unlikely to live for more than a year."
to:fb  scifi  authors  cancer 
april 2013 by deusx
What happened to Orson Scott Card? - Salon.com
What I cannot quite wrap my mind around is how the mind which wrote such a beautiful meditation on empathy can be the same one that argues for the violent overthrow of the American government because of its failure to ban gay marriage and to outlaw homosexuality generally.
orsonscottcard  endersgame  politics  homosecuality  to:fb  scifi 
march 2013 by deusx
Will Continuum Destroy the Sci-Fi Police Procedural? | Tor.com
These kinds of ethical and paradoxical questions alone could potentially make Continuum not only a good time travel show, but maybe, just maybe, a sci-fi cop show that intelligently critiques its own existence.
to:fb  scifi  cops  police 
january 2013 by deusx
Beer Trek - The Star Trek Drinking Game
The rules are very simple but are very vast. There are over 300 rules and counting; we have rules for every episode and all of the movies. They are called rules but they operate more as guidelines: drinking this much at once may have fatal consequences and is discouraged.
to:fb  startrek  drinking  scifi 
august 2012 by deusx
Iain Banks: My Favourite Game - Edge Magazine
Novelist Iain Banks might be better known as Iain M Banks, the pen name under which most of his speculative fiction is published. Of this oeuvre, his Culture series is most widely celebrated, depicting a utopian, galaxy-spanning civilisation whose citizens (when they aren’t meddling in the affairs of lesser races) have plenty of time for gaming.
gaming  culture  scifi  to:fb 
may 2012 by deusx
Thalience — KarlSchroeder.com
Now maybe you can see how science could have a successor: thalience would use objective truth as an artistic medium and merge subjectivity and objectivity in a creative activity whose purpose is the re-sanctification of the natural world. To believe in an uplifting and satisfying vision of your place in the universe, and to know that this vision is true (or as true as anything can be) would be sublime. Thalience would be an activity worthy of post-scientific humanity, or our own biological or post-biological successors.
thalience  science  ai  cogsci  scifi  fiction 
may 2012 by deusx
Spoilers - Charlie's Diary
However, below the cut, I'm going to put some bullet points for those of you who've read "Rule 34", just to draw your attention to some aspects of the novel that you might otherwise have skidded past.
rule34  stross  books  scifi  culture 
may 2012 by deusx
Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free | Tor.com
“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
ebooks  tor  scifi  awesome  drm  copyfight  to:fb 
april 2012 by deusx
Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation
Mass Effect is epic. It's the product of the best parts of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and more with a protagonist who could be the love-child of Picard, Skywalker, and Starbuck. It's one of the most important pieces of science fiction narrative of our generation. Mass Effect goes so far beyond other fictional universes in ways that you may not have yet realized. It is cosmic in scope and scale.
scifi  masseffect  gaming 
march 2012 by deusx
The fake chemical compound Isaac Asimov invented to punk science writers
the only way for the compound to be more soluble than it already was would be if it dissolved before it came in contact with the water. He decided this would be a good basis for another short story, and then realized this represented the perfect way to deal with his concerns about scientific writing
thiotimoline  scifi  azimov  chemistry  science  writing 
february 2012 by deusx
The “Official” Ready Player One Soundtrack Mix Tape | Ernie's Blog
Many people have been clamoring for me to post an “official” Ready Player One soundtrack. I hate to be the cause of any sort of clamoring, so I compiled this list of nearly every song mentioned or referenced in the book, in roughly the order they appear. If you haven’t finished reading the book yet, here there be spoilers.
playlist  readyplayerone  music  nifty  scifi 
february 2012 by deusx
Kevin J. Anderson will novelize Rush's new album
Prolific novelist Kevin J. Anderson has made no secret of his love for prog rock — and now he's taking his prog-rock fixation to the next level. He announced on his Facebook page that he's writing the novel version of Rush's new album, Clockwork Angels.

Writes Anderson:

After dropping hints for a while, finally the big announcement, a new project unlike any other I've ever done...and something that I consider very cool.

Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist from the legendary rock band Rush, as well as how much Rush has influenced my work. My first novel Resurrection, Inc. was closely inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure, and I can point to dozens of other novels and stories that bear a clear Rush influence.

For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening.

I'm writing the novelization of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels, their first new CD in five years. Imagine if someone had written the novel of The Wall, Tommy, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when those classic albums were released. For Rush fans, CLOCKWORK ANGELS is that project.

I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, Caravan and BU2B - listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.

I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

[via Vintage Vinyl News]
fiction  rush  music  scifi 
february 2012 by deusx
#shitsiskosays - Charlie's Diary
I've been struck particularly by two things missing from the DS9 universe--one unpredictable in the 1993-99 span of the series, and one predictable but unattractive from the creators' standpoint.

Nobody uses social media, and nobody wastes time.
startrek  scifi  ds9  future  culture 
february 2012 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth
A BBC team have been working closely with Dr Venn's team to help recover the signals. BBC Television historian Peter Wells, explained "We now know these are original broadcasts. So far we have recovered about 7 weeks of old television signals from space. Every day in our lab is like traveling back in time. And speaking of which we have just started the digital recovery of signals that contain lost Doctor Who episodes.
whoa  scifi  tv  awesome  drwho  seti  cool  science  space 
december 2011 by deusx
Awesome New UFO Theory: Approaching Comet is Really a Borg Cube From Jesus
There's nothing better than a wild UFO conspiracy theory — unless it's a UFO theory that wraps in a debunked comet, the Catholic Church, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
...
So will YOU be ready when Jesus of Borg arrives?
funny  cults  religion  startrek  scifi 
december 2011 by deusx
Doctor Who film being planned | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk
But fans of the current Doctor, Matt Smith, could be disappointed, as Yates said that the film would be "quite a radical transformation" from the latest BBC1 series which ended in October.
doctorwho  drwho  scifi  movies 
november 2011 by deusx
Sci-Fi Short XXIT Gets Big Blade Runner Look From Small Camera | Underwire | Wired.com
XXIT’s plot revolves around a beautiful “BioClone” from the future who travels to San Francisco to rescue the humans whose DNA she shares. The short film’s acting may be standard issue, but the visuals point toward a promising future for low-budget sci-fi. The crew shot the production on the streets of San Francisco using six handheld cameras that cost $20,000 apiece.
scifi  video  cg  movies 
november 2011 by deusx
jtnimoy: The Work of Josh Nimoy
I spent a half year writing software art to generate special effects for Tron Legacy, working at Digital Domain with Bradley "GMUNK" Munkowitz, Jake Sargeant, and David "dlew" Lewandowski. This page has taken a long time to be published because I've had to await clearance. A lot of my team's work was done using Adobe software and Cinema 4D. The rest of it got written in C++ using OpenFrameworks and wxWidgets, the way I've always done it with this team ;) Uniquely however, Digital Domain's CG artists were able to port my apps over to Houdini for further evolution and better rendering than OpenGL could ever provide. Special thanks to Andy King for showing me that what seasoned CG artists do at DD is actually not so far off from what's going on in the Processing community.
movies  tron  scifi  processing  graphics  specialeffects  cg  animation  design  film 
november 2011 by deusx
Talking the Monster to Death - Television Tropes & Idioms
The hero has cornered the vicious monster. It's taken out everyone who has confronted it thus far, and the hero seems like no exception.

That's when the hero, rather than drawing a sword, pulls out his cue cards. He begins a speech about the good things in life, the wonders of good, how Humans Are Special and the monster should respect that, yadda yadda, could someone hit the mute button please?

And it works. This hideous monster surrenders, lets itself die, chooses to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, disappears in a Puff of Logic, or what-have-you.
tv  tropes  funny  scifi 
november 2011 by deusx
Star Trek Online opens up testing for the dilithium exchange | Massively
Filed under: Sci-fi, Business models, Previews, News items, Star Trek Online, Free-to-play The economy of free-to-play games can be a tricky business. Usually, they're managed by keeping a strict distinction between in-game currency and purchased currency, but Star Trek Online is taking a slig...
gaming  mmorpgs  startrek  scifi 
november 2011 by deusx
William Gibson explains why cyberpunk was made to be co-opted
He goes on to explain that science fiction, in the twentieth century, was too triumphalist and focused on a white American future, and lacked real details to go with its shiny ideas. "I wanted to see dirt in the corners," says Gibson.
scifi  williamgibson  cyberpunk 
november 2011 by deusx
The 10 Most Explosively Masculine Captain Kirk Battle Techniques
James Tiberius Kirk: lover, explorer, chanteur, a veritable 23rd-century bon vivant. Captain Kirk has many fine traits, but his martial prowess is perhaps most deserving of our fear and respect. Here are 10 fighting maneuvers that should be enshrined by Starfleet as "The Decalogue of Whooping Ass."
startrek  scifi  funny  kirk 
november 2011 by deusx
Ship - shapeWright.com
Printable, procedurally-built 3d spaceship models
models  generative  webgl  scifi 
october 2011 by deusx
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