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Typeset In The Future: Alien
Amazing deep dive into the graphic design of 1980s sci-fi classic, Alien, in particular Ron Cobb's_Semiotic Standard For All Commercial Trans-Stellar Utility Lifter And Heavy Element Transport Spacecraft_ and its application aboard the Weylan-Yutani Nostromo
fonts  typography  movies  cinema  alien  sf  history  1980s  ron-cobb  graphic-design 
april 2016 by jm
The Nuclear Missile Sites of Los Angeles
Great article by Geoff "bldgblog" Manaugh on the ruins of the Nike air-to-air missile emplacements dotted around California. I had absolutely no idea that these -- the 1958-era Nike-Hercules missiles, at least -- carried 30-kiloton nuclear warheads, intended to be detonated at 50,000 feet *above* the cities they were defending, in order to destroy in-flight bomber formations. Nuclear war was truly bananas.
war  history  la  sf  california  nike-missiles  missiles  nuclear-war  nike-hercules  cold-war  1950s 
february 2016 by jm
Our Generation Ships Will Sink / Boing Boing
Kim Stanley Robinson on the feasibility of interstellar colonization: 'There is no Planet B! Earth is our only possible home!'
earth  future  kim-stanley-robinson  sf  space 
november 2015 by jm
Coining "Dysguria"
“dysaguria” is the perfect noun, and “dysagurian” is the perfect adjective, to describe the eponymous company in Dave Eggers’ The Circle. It’s not in the same league as Orwell, or Huxley, or Bradbury, or Burgess. But it does raise very important questions about what could possibly go wrong if one company controlled all the world’s information. In the novel, the company operates according to the motto “all that happens must be known”; and one of its bosses, Eamon Bailey, encourages everywoman employee Mae Holland to live an always-on (clear, transparent) life according the maxims “secrets are lies”, “sharing is caring”, and “privacy is theft”. Eggers’s debts to dystopian fiction are apparent. But, whereas writers like Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury, and Burgess were concerned with totalitarian states, Eggers is concerned with a totalitarian company. However, the noun “dystopia” and the adjective “dystopian” – perfect though they are for the terror of military/security authoritarianism in 1984, or Brave new World, or Farenheit 451, or A Clockwork Orange – do not to my mind encapsulate the nightmare of industrial/corporate tyranny in The Circle. On the other hand, “dysaguria” as a noun and “dysagurian” as an adjective, in my view really do capture the essence of that “frightening company”.
dysaguria  dystopia  future  sf  authoritarianism  surveillance  the-circle  google  facebook 
february 2015 by jm
Smash the Engine
Jacobin Magazine on the revolutionary political allegory in "Snowpiercer":

'If Snowpiercer had merely told the tale of an oppressed working class rising up to seize power from an evil overlord, it would already have been an improvement over most of the political messages in mainstream cinema. There are all sorts of nice touches in its portrayal of a declining capitalism that can maintain its ideological legitimacy even when it literally has no more bullets in its guns. But the story Bong tells goes beyond that. It’s about the limitations of a revolution which merely takes over the existing social machinery rather than attempting to transcend it. '
dystopia  revolution  snowpiercer  movies  marxism  sf  politics 
january 2015 by jm
SF for Londoners
good advice. next time I go over, I'll have to get a Clipper card. Also: 'Brunch is its own section because I have never encountered a place that takes brunch so seriously.'
brunch  sf  travel  california  tips  san-francisco  clipper-card 
may 2014 by jm
Ponies by Kij Johnson | Tor.com
A rather dark short story about little girls, peer pressure, and childhood. no fun for this dad of 3 girls :(

(via Tatu Saloranta)
via:cowtowncoder  writing  fiction  sf  childhood  peer-pressure  tor  ponies 
october 2013 by jm
Aer Lingus set to resume flights to San Francisco from Dublin
Yay!
Google, Apple and Facebook have persuaded Aer Lingus to reopen the San Francisco to Dublin route, according to sources in the US. The technology giants have their European headquarters in Dublin and their American bases in San Francisco. According to insiders, Aer Lingus will make an announcement soon having received assurances that Silicon Valley companies will take up seats.
flights  travel  ireland  san-francisco  sf  aer-lingus 
july 2013 by jm
Man Lives In Futuristic Sci-Fi World Where All His Interactions Take Place In Cyberspace | The Onion
'In the blink of an eye, this real-life Johnny Mnemonic keys in his encrypted, top-secret passcode and enters the fortified binary area from which all his personal communiqués are sent forth in a dizzying array of ones and zeroes.' brilliant pisstake of mid-'90s tech journalism (via Walter Higgins)
the-onion  funny  future  futurism  humour  internet  sf  via:walter  journalism  cyberpunk  1990s  cyberspace  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Science fiction: The stories of now - 16 September 2009 - New Scientist
(via Pierce) Kim Stanley Robinson on today's British SF "golden age". I have a lot of reading to catch up on
sf  science-fiction  uk  scifi  kim-stanley-robinson  new-scientist  culture  toread  books  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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