Why James Cameron’s Aliens is the best movie about technology
Tim Carmody on James Cameron’s meisterwerk (and technology in sci-fi films in general).
Tim Carmody on James Cameron’s meisterwerk (and technology in sci-fi films in general).
Scenes of space from sci-fi films.
Typeset In The Future is back with another cracking analysis. This time—following on from 2001 and Moon—we’ve got Alien.
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.
A vision of humanity’s exploration of our solar system.
Queen of science fiction.
A warm-hearted short story about a moonshot. By Tom Hanks.
I’m not quite sure why this is funny, but I am quite sure that it is.
I remember reading Gia Milinovich’s reports from the set of the in-production Danny Boyle sci-fi film called Sunshine back in 2005. Then the film came out, exceeded my expectations, and became one of my all-time favourites.
Now the website—which was deleted by Fox—has been lovingly recreated by Gia. (And it’s responsive now.)
This year’s collection of twelve sci-fi stories from Technology Review features three dConstruct speakers: Lauren Beukes, Cory Doctorow, and Warren Ellis.
Design fiction from a NASA scientist.
A short sci-fi film from director Wanuri Kahiu set in the aftermath of a worldwide water war.
Documenting depictions of dystopian futures and tracking which ideas are turning out to be predictions.
A short story set in a science-fictional future that just happens to be our present.
The campaign to restore out-of-print pulp sci-fi books in electronic formats.
Eileen Gunn writes in the Smithsonian magazine on the influence of science fiction.
Science fiction, at its best, engenders the sort of flexible thinking that not only inspires us, but compels us to consider the myriad potential consequences of our actions.
I finally got around to reading Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua recently. It’s like Nick Harkaway crossed with Jeff Noon.
Here’s hoping that this short film will be developed into a full-length feature.
This fun-looking short film—funded by Brighton’s Lighthouse Arts—is screening at the Duke Of York’s Cinema on Saturday, March 1st followed by a panel discussion with the director and science-comedienne Helen Keen.
Okay, this might just be my new favourite blog:
This site is dedicated to all aspects of movie and TV typography and iconography as it appears in Sci-Fi and fantasy movies.
The first post is all about 2001, and the writing is just the right shade of fun.
I’m already looking forward to future posts. (See what I did there?)
A great series of articles on the sci-fi films of the ’60s and ’70s:
The Laser Age examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid 1980s.
…all wrapped up in a nice responsive design too.
A profile of Brian Aldiss in The Guardian.
I still can’t quite believe I managed to get him for last year’s Brighton SF.
Realistically, what happens when you detonate a large metallic satellite (about the the size of the second Death Star) in orbit around an inhabited world (like, say, the forest moon of Endor).
It isn’t pretty.
Michael Chabon muses on The Future, prompted by the Clock of the Long Now.
Iain M.Banks and dConstruct, together at last.
Omni returns with a Bruce Sterling short story that marries alternative history and satire with a dash of digital preservation.
Go ahead, just wait a year, or two years, or maybe five years. Then try to find this, later. There will be no sign of this website, because it’s just made of pixels. No remains of the machine that you read it with, either.
Scenes from a future Sweden.
Molly Crabapple interviews Warren Ellis. Fun and interesting …much like Molly Crabapple and Warren Ellis.
I like this theory!
H.P. Lovecraft meets James Bridle in this great little story commissioned by the Institute For The Future.
Corridors in science fiction films.
Francis Spufford—author of the excellent Backroom Boffins—writes a cover story for the New Humanist magazine remembering Iain Banks with the middle initial M firmly to the fore: it was Iain M Banks—and his creation, The Culture—that took the seemingly passé genre of space opera to new heights.
A really nice piece on Robert McCall, who was artist-in-residence at NASA and worked as conceptual artist on Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A design fiction video depicting technology that helps and hinders in equal measure.
Sorta sci-fi from Adam.
Consider this a shooting script for one of those concept videos so beloved of the big technology vendors.
A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.
A magnificent piece of writing from Michael, examining the influence of Sergio Leone on George Lucas.
Now this looks like my kind of event:
A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
A damning analysis of the Empire’s military strategy at the battle of Hoth, complete with illustrations. The comments are good too:
Guys, cut Palpatine some slack. He’s still in his first term as Emperor…
Lauren talks about The Shining Girls and the tools she uses to write with.
A well-written white paper on time travel. Alas, it relies a bit too much on semantic nitpickery to offer any real insight.
A look at the depiction of computer hardware and peripherals in sci-fi movies over time.
The out-of-copyright books of Olaf Stapledon are available to download from the University of Adelaide. Be sure to grab Starmaker and First And Last Men.
Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.
Design Fiction at work, imagining a possible future city.
This looks like an excellent deal: buy eight sci-fi books for as much money as you think is fair. Lauren Beukes, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow …all good stuff.
A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.
This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:
Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.
Chris and Nathan’s book is finally out. I’m going to enjoy reading through this.
A really enjoyable interview with Neal Stephenson.
The opening keynote from Warren Ellis for this year’s Improving Reality. I’d like to walk into space with this man.
An evening with Lauren Beukes, China Miéville and Patrick Ness in London the week after dConstruct. Sounds like fun!
A terrific little conspiracy theory short story from Charles Stross set at last year’s (very real) 100 Year Starship gathering.
In light of the recent death of Ray Bradbury, I think we should all honour his memory by revisiting this song (featuring some future-friendly headgear).
I’ll feed you grapes and Dandelion Wine and we’ll read a little Fahrenheit 69…
A satirical parody of post-singularity existence by Tom Scott inspired by Jim Munroe’s Everyone in Silico and Rudy Rucker’s Postsingular.
Magazine covers created by Tom Southwell for background scenes in Blade Runner.
Oh, dear. Christopher Priest is being a bit of a cock.
Good writer though.
A new publication from New Scientist dedicated to future thinking. The first issue has articles and stories from Bruce Sterling, Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Alastair Reynolds.
Well, that’s my reading list sorted then.
I want to go to there!
This is what Photoshop is for. Be sure to watch the slideshow.
A collection of articles on the tricksy art of Futurism from—amongst others—Bruce Sterling, Annalee Newitz, and Matt Novak, creator of the Paleofuture blog.
This vision thing commissioned by Microsoft shows a future-friendly networked world where content flows like water from screen to screen.
A rallying cry from Neal Stephenson for Getting Big Stuff Done.
This blog by the visual effects supervisor on Moon is packed full of wonderfully geeky sci-fi movie stories.
Asking what the difference is between science fiction and design fiction. The answer may be …usefulness.
A crowd-funded, creative commons licensed sci-fi film currently in production.
A classic (very) short science fiction story that posits an interesting solution to the Fermi paradox.
One of the greatest games designers in the world is making a game based on one of my favourite science fiction stories. I hope this turns out as well as I’m fantasising it could.
China Miéville gives a rundown of some underrated classics of the alternative history subgenre …including Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill.
There’s a whole series of sci-fi related events going on at the British Library.
A superbly written piece of near-future legal-dystopian speculative fiction. Damn, that Paul Ford can write!
James Bridle is my favourite Blogpunk author.
Adrian Hon’s Kickstarter project has already reached its goal. I can’t wait for the podcasting to start.
The intriguing tale of a fictional archivist, storing past visions of the future in a storage facility that acts as a space ark.
He has put money in the bank which will pay for the space well beyond his lifetime. Each year he collects technological predictions that had been made for that year and conserves the ones that didn’t come true in the form of 35mm slides. The ship itself consists of a refrigeration unit to help preserve the slides, a slide projector and light box in case these technologies have become extinct by the time of its recovery, and a system to get power from the outside. In an annual ritual on April 11th Walker adds another box to the mission.
A production of the Brighton Speculative Fiction group. It was simply wonderful.
Design fictional biohacking.
A gorgeous sci-fi short film with some fine interface porn.
The influence of science on science-fiction and the influence of science-fiction on science. Or rather, how science-fiction mods science, and how science (and software) mods science-fiction.
Yet even as it has become ever more familiar and commonplace, this mash‐up of the word “science” with the word “fiction” still seems to insist on a certain internal incoherence, as if the tiny typographic space inside the label of “science fiction” were to signify a vast chasm, a void between alien worlds.
Julian Bleecker explains design fiction in the context of science fiction using the examples of gestural interfaces and virtual reality.
The Paleofuture blog, that excellent trove of past visions of the future, has a corresponding video channel. The first episode is all about food.
Two lawyers attempt to answer the legal questions raised by the fictional conceits of superheroes. What is Superman’s immigration status? Who foots the bill when a hero damages property while fighting a villain? What happens legally when a character comes back from the dead?
A personal ode to cyberpunk.
A fantastically detailed look by Michael at the evolution of the design of Chewbacca.
A great sci-fi short story—yours to watch online.
Douglas Trumbull reveals the secrets of the opening scene of Blade Runner.
An oldie but goldie: time travel in the age of the internet.
An entertaining missive from the future.
Designing for the apocalypse.
Suw's Kickstarter-funded piece of puzzle fiction sounds very intriguing. Let's make it a reality.
This is wonderful, just wonderful; an in-depth piece on corridors in science fiction movies. Swoon!
Ficlets is back ...as Ficly. Take that, AOL: this site is just too good to roll over and die.
How to ensure consistency in time travel narratives.
Download the PDF of this essay from the Near Future Laboratory and wallow in the sci-fi/tech/design goodness.
An online animated spaceship and experimental aircraft art magazine. Gorgeous.
I know this sound uncharitable but there's a good chance that the reason why Bruce Sterling's books aren't selling is because he's just not a very good writer. And I say that as a big sci-fi fan. I mean, really... have you read Distraction? I tried ...and failed.
Past winners of the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, "where WWW means Wretched Writers Welcome."
A wonderful short story by Matt Webb, who is clearly still thinking about movement (his theme from Web Directions North earlier this year).
The classic Kurt Vonnegut short story Harrison Bergeron has been turned into a film. I hope it doesn't suck.
I'm not entirely clear what this is all about but I don't care. There's some imaginative stuff in here.
Put all those years of reading science fiction to use. Help track down first usage of sci-fi terms.
The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.