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‘Annihilation’ Trailer: Natalie Portman Goes on a Doomed Sci-fi Trip

Annihilation is one of the smartest and creepiest science fiction books I’ve ever read. Ex Machina is one of the smartest and creepiest science fiction films I’ve ever seen. So naturally writer/director Alex Garland feels like a natural...Show More Summary

Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.

I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.” We practice in a time when EHR confounds us by freezing, crashing and chaining us […]

Star Wars Droids Top Sci-Fi Robots Survey

Disney seems to have a lock on many of the more popular science fiction robots between owning Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise and the beloved animation studio Pixar. A recent survey of Americans found that the Star Wars robot duo ofShow More Summary

Watch George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB"

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Dust is a YouTube channel for short science fiction movies. Today they are showing George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" "While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth. Show More Summary

Ep. 469: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 1 Space Exploration

We’ve always been fans of science fiction, but we really like our science. Today we’ll talk about some books we’ve been reading recently that do a good job of dealing with the science in science fiction.

Here's What Science Fiction Written By Artificial Intelligence Looks Like

Their program can identify dozens of structural and stylistic details in huge chunks of text, and if you give them a collection of great stories—stories that maybe you wished you had written—they are able to identify all the details that those great stories have in common.

SEO is not enough in the age of voice

GUEST: With so many technological innovations now transforming our lives, it should be noted that the ideas for these innovations have existed for decades in science fiction novels and television. The capacity to talk to a computer (and have it talk back) was a staple of Gene Roddenberry’s, Star Trek, where the Starfleet computer was voiced […]

Matter: Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

3 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

Algorithm-assisted writing

Interesting story and presentation at Wired, where Stephen Marche 'enlisted software to tell him how to optimize his tale', and shows and explains: What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction. Nice to see that Wired had...Show More Summary

Learning from Mr. Spock: Gunderman examines sci-fi as social commentary

(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) What if science fiction like the Star Trek series could teach us how to better understand and engage with the real world around us? That is the premise of a collection of scholarly articles written by five cultural researchers from around the country, including UT's Hannah Gunderman, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography.

Learning from Mr. Spock: Researcher examines sci-fi as social commentary

What if science fiction like the Star Trek series could teach us how to better understand and engage with the real world around us?

18 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed In 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could have avoided hearing about, there were also several standout movies that may have fallen through the cracks. Show More Summary

Tentacles Coming Out of the Pigeonhole in All Directions

I was reading a 2013 interview with Ursula Le Guin, and discovered this wonderful beginning by John Wray, the interviewer: INTERVIEWER How do you feel about the term science fiction, as connected to your work? LE GUIN Well, that’s very complicated, Wray. Show More Summary

Social Credit System Will Determine Your Value As A Human

Right out of a dystopian nightmare comes a dark science fiction idea with the likelihood to become a reality by 2020. With a population well over 1 billion, China plans to introduce a social credit system (SCS) that will give each citizen...Show More Summary

Rare and Funny Publicity Photos From the Science Fiction Film "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by Albert Zugsmith, directed by Jack Arnold, that stars Grant Williams and Randy Stuart. The film was adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson from his novel The Shrinking Man. Show More Summary

SYFY launches Snapchat Show 'GEEKLY' as Snap strips ephemerality from product

Snapchat is getting a little geekier.  SYFY WIRE has launched GEEKLY, a Snapchat Show that covers science fiction, fantasy, paranormal horror, and superhero news and culture as Snap and SYFY expand their digital entertainment programming. SEE ALSO: Snapchat just completely redesigned its app. Show More Summary

A free sf anthology about space travel, inequality, equity and public policy: Kim Stanley Robinson, Madeline Ashby, Eileen Gun, Ramez Naam, Steven Barnes, Karl Schroeder and more!

6 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Joey from ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination sez, "Today, we published Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction about the near future of space exploration, with special attention to issues of public policy, equity, and economics/financing. Show More Summary

Hold on, the 'duck-dinosaur' is real? Science says yes.

So long science fiction, and hello real science! Scientists have discovered a 75-million-year-old fossil resembling the 'duck-dinosaur.' The creature had "killer claws" that could tear prey to shreds.        

Review: With ‘Dark,’ Netflix Delivers Science Fiction With European Roots

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

The streaming service’s first German production plays like a slower, artsier, more complicated take on “Stranger Things.”

Giveaway: “The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1”

You can win a Blu-ray/DVD combo copy of The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1!   [Read more...]

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