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How might one interact with people from the distant past if one were allowed to time travel there? This was the question posed by Connie Willis in her science fiction novel, The Doomsday Book. The novel is set in Oxford University, at around Christmas time, 2053.Full Story
That's a fair warning: The movie's details don't really match the book, which was written by Jeff VanderMeer. What carries over, however, is a sense of dread and unease; readers of the novel and watchers of the film will both feel a pervasive discomfort that they can't quite put their finger on.Full Story
Where did you learn this information? Was it from a museum, a book, a documentary, or the internet? Or did you learn it from Jurassic Park? Maybe some other fictional depiction?Full Story
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Another mixed bag for you this week: I never knew Peaky Blinders' star Tom Hardy was a Stormtrooper like my dad was, and who knew Laura Dern made gunshot noises when she was filming? There's some more sci-fi reviews, and interestingly, an idea about why aliens look like us. Is it because we 'created' them (in TV and films at least)?
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No one really knows what aliens look like, but we all have similar ideas about them. It's often a creature with a big head, long arms and legs, and big, buggy eyes. We see these common images of aliens depicted in movies, books, and on TV shows - which are made by us.Full Story
Critical reactions to Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time may have been mixed, but there's no denying it is a cinema landmark. DuVernay is not just the first woman of colour to direct a $100m (£72m) movie, but a member of a very exclusive club - female directors of big-budget science fiction.
It is sobering to realise that Kathryn Bigelow's $42m sci-fi noir Strange Days was released nearly a quarter of a century ago. It was a resounding flop, which no doubt convinced studios that women should not be allowed to direct the genre at all.Full Story
With 'Game of Thrones' coming to a close in 2019, HBO is looking toward the future and what to do about the potential prequel spin-off shows which are in the works. While both the network and actors have confirmed that they wouldn't be reprising their roles, that doesn't mean we'll have a complete drop in the budget for these shows as the production costs alone will be huge. Thankfully, if HBO plays their cards right, they could potentially re-use some of their sets and filming locations to help cut costs.Full Story
Tom Hardy's cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become the stuff of legend. It leaked well before the movie's release last year that the Peaky Blinders actor had filmed something for director Rian Johnson's sequel, apparently alongside John Boyega and surprise set visitors Princes William and Harry.Full Story
There has been no shortage of Jane Austen-based literary mashups and sequels, from P.D. James' "Death Comes to Pemberly" to Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Austen's novels provide a solid armature on which to hang a plot from another genre or time period.
John Kessel, author of "Corrupting Dr. Nice," arrives later to the party with his new novel, "Pride and Prometheus," but he benefits from having taken the time to develop an ingenious premise. A shorter version of the tale won the Nebula award for Best Science Fiction Novelette in 2009.Full Story
* Nearly six months after launch, "Star Wars Battlefront 2" is finally addressing its controversial "loot box" system.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of the bestselling science fiction writers of his generation - and he's from Toronto. He's the most decorated such writer in the country - being the only Canadian to win the sci-fi trifecta: Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell awards. The Star spoke to him about his latest honour, the Order of Ontario, science vs. fiction and Mary Shelley.
Science fiction can so often be inaccessible. Is part of the secret of your popularity that you can make people not only feel smarter because they can find a way into your work, but that they can be smarter cause they learn stuff?Full Story
Join Natalie Russell, Assistant Curator of Literary Collections at the Huntington Library and curator of the recent Huntington exhibition, Telling My Stories: The Pioneering Fiction of Octavia E. Butler, for a lecture in celebration of Women's History Month and in conjunction with the new exhibition Dreaming the Universe.Full Story
"When I Opened My Eyes - The Dwovian Encounter" is a new science fiction book by Karl "Kip" P. Trout, a faculty member at Penn State York. Trout's book, released in late 2017, is a story about scientists on Earth struggling to save life on two planets from extinction.
A lecturer in mathematics and physics at the York campus, this is Trout's first book. He has taught at the campus since 1987, including courses in physics, mathematics and astronomy.Full Story
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Her ability is that to control sound waves and fashion them as weapons. Barry and Ralph experience her power first-hand on their initial attempts to bring her into the fold. Used to being on her own, Izzy is strong-willed, fearless, and focused on making it big.Full Story
Garland's directorial efforts "Ex Machina" and "Annihilation" are two of the best reviewed sci-fi movies of the decade, and it turns out they owe a lot to Rutherford, a British geneticist who is Garland's trusted scientific adviser.Full Story