Robert Jones’ video essay, “A Look Back At The Future In Film,” explores cinema’s depictions of the future.
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The above clip, the original ending of Gattaca, could not be shown in theaters. Go ahead and watch it, nothing will be spoiled. The very last line claims that if the ability to fully sequence the DNA code was achieved earlier in history, YOUR birth may never have taken place. Needless to say, pre-showings of the film revealed that viewers didn’t appreciate that being the final message — so it was cut.
Needless to say that despite the low IMDB score, the bomb at the box office, and the mediocre special effects, Gattaca presents us with a scary and grave—but realistic—portrayal of the “not too distant future.” Those who have seen the film may not be surprised to know that NASA ranked it the #1 most realistic sci-fi film.
In one scene, police line up several suspects and one character states, “this is where invalids go.” Other than this line, there’s no direct reference that, in the world of Gattaca, “invalids” had to “register” and be forced to live in substandard housing projects.… Read the rest
Inspired by The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Adam Ciolfi’s newest stop motion film, Broken, stars a damaged robot who attempts to keep his companion alive after a catastrophic accident.
Written and Directed by Adam Ciolfi
Produced by The Ciolfi Brothers
Animation by Adam Ciolfi
The Visit, a mockumentary, documents various government agencies as they try to deal with Earth’s first alien encounter. The film originally premiered at Sundance 2015 and is officially releasing on Vimeo today.
“This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.” The film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here?
A history of the borg examined through the lens of Star Trek. Resistance is futile.
The television series Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969) debuted one year after my immediate family and I relocated from the Harlem district of New York City to an area of South Central Los Angeles in 1965.
This was also the year in which that latter metropolis erupted into riots that became known collectively as the Watts Rebellion. The television series became a form of escape from the surroundings of a depressing urban reality and envisioning a more tolerant future.
As it turned out, however, TV was not to be the key to that future. Rather, that entrée would be provided by many subsequent years of formal education that would spark in me an intellectual curiosity about the inner workings of the trek of life – engaging the tangibles of this world as well as the intangibles I imagined to exist beyond the stars.… Read the rest
Andrew Seel writes at OMNI Reboot:
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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of science fiction art, no proverbial can ring to be more true. Science fiction art is truly a genre unlike any other. Each illustration, cover, or painting captures a story. Each step in the thought process of a science fiction artist is intricately purposeful and intentional. When it comes to science fiction, art should bombard your eyes with extremely sublime and striking graphic, grabbing your attention within milliseconds but that alone can’t determine its success. A great Sci-fi artwork can make you dwell into the world that is illustrated by the author, visually and emotionally experience the journey of action and adventure that have been prepared for you. These are ten of the best sci-fi art books that highlight their amazing work.
Henrique Alvim Corrêa, a Brazilian artist who worked primarily in Belgium, specialized in military and science fiction illustration. In 1906, he illustrated a French translation of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Corrêa’s illustrations were definitely ahead of their time. Their atmosphere and texture echo modern science fiction art. Unfortunately only 500 copies of this edition were ever produced, but Corrêa’s artworks are currently up for auction.
The origins of a movement that espouses women as slaves, sexual and otherwise, started in a rather innocuous manner. In 1965, a Princeton Ph.D. graduate named John Frederick Lange, Jr. started writing under the pseudonym John Norman. He combined his own philosophical views and his love for sci-fi by writing a novel set in a universe called Gor. While many might find his prose cheesy, Norman thinks of himself as a bit of a philosopher. He cites Homer, Freud, and Nietzsche as the three major influences on his work. He has written 33 Gor novels over the last 50 years.
Norman writes that males have a predisposition to be more dominant, and females have a predisposition to be submissive. Norman points out that with changes in society brought on by industrialization and feminism, human instincts have become confused and suppressed.
Surprisingly a lot of people have taken the philosophy of his books as something of a lifestyle guide, much of which involves power dynamics between men and women.… Read the rest
by Philip K. Dick 1978
First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it—and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honor of being interviewed there by Paris TV.
For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Elizabeth Antebi, who was the producer of the film, wanted to have me whirling around in one of the giant teacups while discussing the rise of fascism with Norman Spinrad… an old friend of mine who writes excellent science fiction.… Read the rest