Under the Crescent Sun

“Sorry about the tea. I know it’s weak.” Marnie hustled among the dozen or so people, handing out plastic cups. “I’ve relied on my SmartKettle so long now that I’ve forgotten how to make it properly.” A few nodded and smiled. “I thought we could go around the room and introduce ourselves and just say… Continue reading Under the Crescent Sun

Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for 80’s Style Practical Effects

In a throwback to 80s cyber punk, “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” features cool 3D printed practical effects. Read more on MAKE The post Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for 80’s Style Practical Effects appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Source: Make Magazine Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for… Continue reading Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for 80’s Style Practical Effects

Blade Runner Gets Re-Created, Shot for Shot, Using Only Microsoft Paint

Source: Open Culture Excerpt: “Blade Runner came out in June 1982. Microsoft’s Paint came out in November 1985. Little could the designers of that rebranded version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush packaged in with Windows 1.0 know that the paths of their humble graphics application and that elaborate sci-fi cinematic vision would cross just over 30 years later. Surely nobody… Continue reading Blade Runner Gets Re-Created, Shot for Shot, Using Only Microsoft Paint

How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

Source: Open Culture Excerpt: “Literature and film can open up to the depth and immensity of social truths we find profoundly difficult, if not impossible, to articulate. If our political vocabulary is (as Oxford Dictionaries suggested in their word of the year) “post-truth,” it can seem like the only honest representations of… Continue reading How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

The 14-Hour Epic Film, Dune, That Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pink Floyd, Salvador Dalí, Moebius, Orson Welles & Mick Jagger Never Made

Source: Open Culture Excerpt: “Frank Herbert, David Lynch, and Alejandro Jodorowsky surely all rank among the most imaginative creators of the second half of the twentieth century. It made sense to film producers to turn Herbert’s Dune into a movie, but they had a devil of a time finding the right director to bring that epic novel… Continue reading The 14-Hour Epic Film, Dune, That Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pink Floyd, Salvador Dalí, Moebius, Orson Welles & Mick Jagger Never Made

The Author Who Predicted Earth’s Bleak Future Is Back

Source: Motherboard Excerpt: “Way back at the turn of the millennium, T.C. Boyle published a heartbreaking and horrifying novel about global warming, A Friend of the Earth (Viking; 2000). Swinging back and forth in time between 1989 and a climate-ravaged 2025, Friend follows protagonist Tyrone Tierwater from his eco-radical days in the… Continue reading The Author Who Predicted Earth’s Bleak Future Is Back

Isaac Asimov Laments the “Cult of Ignorance” in the United States: A Short, Scathing Essay from 1980

Source: Open Culture Excerpt: “Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill, via Wikimedia Commons In 1980, scientist and writer Isaac Asimov argued in an essay that “there is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.” That year, the Republican Party stood at the dawn of… Continue reading Isaac Asimov Laments the “Cult of Ignorance” in the United States: A Short, Scathing Essay from 1980

​The Jesus Singularity

Source: Motherboard Excerpt: “For the second installment of our series exploring the future of human augmentation, we bring you a story by the Transhumanist Party’s presidential candidate (and occasional Motherboard columnist), Zoltan Istvan. Though he’s spent most of the last year traveling the nation in a coffin-shaped bus, spreading the gospel of… Continue reading ​The Jesus Singularity