District 9: This Time with Robots!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 10, 2009 in Cinema

The last trailer for District 9 made it look like a documentary art house film, but from this second trailer the films looks a little bit more action packed! Here’s the latest blurb on the film: Read more…

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The Time Traveler’s Wife: New Trailer

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 13, 2009 in Cinema

I guess this Summer we’ll get to see if a science fiction romance film can have some luck at the box office! We reviewed the novel for The Time Traveler’s Wife just a short time ago. Here’s the official description of the film which stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams: Read more…

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The Time Traveler’s Wife: A Romantic Twist on a Time-Tested Plot Device

Posted by John Martone on May 30, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

The Time Traveler's Wife

Editor’s Note: The film adaptation of this 2003 novel will be out this Summer directed by Robert Schwentke.

What makes for good literature? Now, this is only an opinion, but the best stories… the ones that really make you squirm with delight, are never about the guns, the gadgets, or the girls, its about how these objects move our characters. Was the “Final Frontier” about uncharted space, or was it really about how exploring the last unknown effected our heroes? In The Time Traveler’s Wife we see how an all too overused plot device, time travel, is used to stretch a conventional romance to the brink and back.
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Vintage Video of Isaac Asimov: The Golden Age of Science Fiction

Posted by John Martone on May 30, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

Isaac Asimov was an engaging speaker. I found myself almost unable to avoid being hypnotized by his soft, yet well modulated tones. Taken from a 1971 interview, Asimov comments on the “Golden Age” of science fiction. This sheds a sharp perspective on this genre during the 1940’s an era before moon landings, color televisions and the internet. Point of incredible interest: In this first excerpt Asimov logically explains why Science Fiction was so “adventure” laden leading up to this time frame. The this second expert focuses on the changes that took place after 1949: Read more…

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Sega’s Infinite Space: First Look at an Infinitely Amazing Detailed Game

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 14, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

If you’re an anime fanboy (or fangurl) who loves spaceship battles it looks like Infinite Space from Sega for the Nintendo DS will be a role playing game well worth checking out. These just released promotional films from Sega look amazing given the limits of the screen size on of the DS, the game itself allows you to build, control and outfit over 150 different spaceships and features over 200 anime styled characters to interact with during the course of your game. Read more…

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District 9: Slumming It on Earth

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 2, 2009 in Cinema

District 9 sort of reminds me of the 1984 TV series V and the film Brother from Another Planet (which also came out in ’84). The plot of District 9 features an extraterrestrial race that forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth. The film will be released on August 14th and is produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neil Blomkamp who has a background in short films and advertisements. Read more…

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Moon Trailer: Close Encounters of the Personal Kind

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 20, 2009 in Cinema

I already like what little I’ve seen of this film in the trailer, there are a few nice homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien which make the fanboy in me quite happy. So far very little is up on their website although the film will be out in New York and LA on June 12th. Here’s a description which gives you the basics: Read more…

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Adorable Aliens Up for Adoption

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 16, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Adopt an Alien — Speck and Spock, designed by Lindsey Banker

Speck and Spock is a conjoined alien created by Lindsey Banker — I really love the sense of humor in her work, I’d love to see these creatures turned into puppets. Her store on Etsy is called Adopt An Alien, and each of Lindsey’s critters comes with a birth certificate: Read more…

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As a Fanboy I’ve Always Deeply Hated the SyFy Channel

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 17, 2009 in Television

The SyFy Channel

I’ve loved science fiction for almost as long as I can remember my life — as a child I grew up screaming if my parents would drag me from watching a Star Trek re-run (in black-and-white no less) to waste time on something trivial like dinner! And I came of age in that magical time of the late 70s to the early 80s and watched every new TV show from Space:1999 to Red Dwarf. And you want to know a little secret? I’ve always hated the Sci Fi channel (now branded the SyFy Channel) from day one — here’s why: Read more…

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Phoenix Five: A Groovy 70s Low Budget Aussie Space Opera

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 27, 2009 in Television

Phoenix Five: A low-budget Australian science fiction television series produced in 1970.

The year: 2500 AD. The ‘Phoenix Five’. The crew: Captain Roke, Ensign Adam Hargreaves, Cadet Tina Kulbrick, and their computeroid Karl. Their mission: to patrol the outer galaxies for Earth Space Control, to maintain peace, and to capture Zodian the humanoid, who with the aid of his computers Alpha and Zeta endeavours to become dictator of outer space.” Read more…

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Philip José Farmer, 1918-2009: A Paperback Gallery Tribute

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 26, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

Philip Jose Farmer, his wife Bette, Isaac Asimov and Randall Garrett in 1954. caption: As Isaac Asimov mentions in both his autobiography and in THE HUGO WINNERS, Phil, Isaac and Randall Garrett were at a convention in Cincinnati in 1954 and were interviewed together by a local newspaper. When asked how they keep up with changes in science, before Isaac could make some comical remark, Phil answered that he subscribed to Scientific American. Isaac started subscribing himself after this and that led him into his long career of writing non-fiction science books.

Flesh by by Philip Jose Farmer, Galaxy-Beacon 277, 1960 first printing, illustration by Gerald McConnell

Flesh by by Philip Jose Farmer, 1960 first printing, illustration by Gerald McConnell

Philip José Farmer was part of that first generation of authors who put science fiction on the map — above is a clipping of a 1954 newspaper that shows him, his wife and Isaac Asimov sporting a bow tie to give you a context of the man and his times. Farmer was unusual in that unlike so many other writers of the genre he managed to weave many sexual themes into his science fiction stories.

The book that would put him on the map was the novel Flesh which was published in 1960. When it first came out the book received a rather lukewarm review, but a revised expanded edition eight years later won him more praise — and today the book is acclaimed as a landmark novel of the genre. Later Farmer would go onto write the Riverworld series of books which would inspire a role-playing game, a television series and a PC computer game. Read more…

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Free Science Fiction & Fantasy: Perfect for a Fanboy on a Budget

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 31, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

If you’re in the market for open source science fiction and fantasy stories you may want to check out freesfonline.de which has a pretty decent collection of works by various authors. For eons what’s left of the pulp magazines have been struggling, so I wonder if like Linux that this might breath some new life into the market? Shown above is a cover for the book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow which is one of the goodies ready for reading.

found via Allen Tipper.

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William Gibson: What’s the Future of Science Fiction?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 17, 2008 in Pulp Fiction

William Gibson, Science Fiction author

There’s a wonderful series of articles in the latest New Scientist magazine on the future of the science fiction genre which features quite a few well know authors on the subject including William Gibson: Read more…

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