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The Simpsons Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki

I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a very long time, over a decade at least. But this clip, where the animators pay homage to legendary Japanese animator/director Hayao Miyazaki makes me want to watch tonight’s entire episode, at the very least. There are so many references to Miyazaki films that the 1:24 running time seems to just fly by. Well done!

If by some chance you haven’t seen any of Miyazaki’s films, good grief stop reading and go get Spirited Away to start with. You won’t be disappointed!


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MIND MELD: Our Favorite SF/F/H Consumed In 2013

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It’s 2014 and that means it’s time to look back at all the SF/F/H available in 2013. Our panelists were asked this question:

Q: What was the best SF/F/H you “consumed” in 2013?

Consumed being anything read/watched/heard during 2013, but not necessarily new in 2013. Here’s what they said…
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/28/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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GAME TRAILER: Neil Gaiman’s Wayward Manor

Neil Gaiman is a lot things: author, TV writer and all-around hoopy frood. Now he can add video game designer to his resume. Neil, along with development house The Odd Gentleman are working on a new video game called Wayward Manor. But what’s it about? This:

The game’s story stretches hundreds of years, following a ghost trying to figure out why he was killed and by whom. In the process, the clueless phantom tries to scare away every new squatter that has taken up residence in his 1920s home.

A new trailer for the game has just arrived, take a gander at the teaser!

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/13/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/30/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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MIND MELD: Up And Coming Authors of The Last 5 Years

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This week’s question was inspired by the upcoming anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, which features stories from “up and coming” authors beginning in the year 2000. We modified the question slightly and asked our panelists this question:

Q: Who do you believe are the “up and coming” authors of the past 5 years readers may not be aware of? What stories by these authors should readers consume?

Here’s what they said…



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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/17/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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I recently re-watched the anime film Akira and, in wandering the web reading about the movie, I ran across this little tidbit: the music videos for the songs “Midnight City” and “Reunion” by band M83 are homages to the movie.

ORLY?

I had seen “Midnight City” before and I really should have seen the connection as a group of psychic children are being used to further the ends of the powers that be. The music is cool and the videos are interesting to watch. There are seem decent special effects here which would have been almost impossible to produce just a few short years ago.
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MIND MELD: Recent SF/F That Deserves More Attention

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It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new SF/F that’s produced each year. To help broaden everyone’s horizons, we asked our panelists this question:

Q: What SF/F that you have read/seen/heard/played in 2013 do you think is deserving of more attention?

Here’s what they said…

Jessica Strider
Jessica Strider has worked at a major chain bookstore in Toronto for 10 years. Her in store SF/F newsletter, the Sci-Fi Fan Letter, eventually evolved into a blog where most Tuesdays she posts book reviews and on Fridays she alternates between author interviews, themed reading lists, New Author Spotlights and more. Other days she posts interesting SFF related stuff.

I’ve decided to keep my answers to only things that came out this year, which makes for a fairly small list as all of the movies I’ve seen and a few of the books (notably Will McIntosh’s Love Minus Eighty and Ofir Touche Gafla’s The World of the End) have received a decent amount of attention. So here’s the stuff from 2013 that I’ve read/seen so far that I think could use more recognition.
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/19/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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We all know Hollywood loves them some science fiction, fantasy and super hero movies, just look at all of the movies they’ve produced over the years. Now one enterprising soul has put together an epic trailer (called ETERNA) involving scenes from many, many movies, all set to a suitably heroic soundtrack. Yes, at over 6 minutes this is a bit long, and yes, there isn’t really much more than a vague story hinted at and yes, there are several stop-cuts. But really, given the number of, well, sub-par movies here, ETERNA is really the only way actually enjoy them.

Load up in HD and go full screen for maximum epicness!
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 08/05/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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Wow.

We can only hope the rest of the movie holds up to these two minutes…


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MIND MELD: Great SF/F Stories By Women

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Recently, Ian Sales posted an article on his website called Toward 100 Great SF Short Stories by Women. We thought this would be a great question for our Mind Meld panelists and so we’ve leveraged the question:

Q: What stories do you think belong on a “100 Great SF/F Stories by Women” list?

Here’s what they said:
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TUESDAY TUNE: Meco Star Wars, TopPop Style

From 1970 to 1988 TopPop brought all the latest pop hits to Dutch TV. As many of you may recall, 1977 saw the release of a little film called Star Wars, and the inevitable disco version of the theme by Meco. Of course, this version was featured on TopPop and now you can relive that segment in all it’s Dutch pop glory.

WARNING! Incomprehensible disco dancing and costumes ahead!
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TRAILER PARK: Comicon 2013 Edition

It’s that time again where geeks of all stripes proudly fly their colors (and wait in ridiculously long lines to attend panels) at Comicon 2013 in San Diego. As usual, there are a raft of movie trailers being shown at Comicon and here are several of them (plus extras). So hook up your double wide, call your Aunt Edna and prepare to feast your eyes on trailers galore!
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TRAILER: Frankenstein’s Army

What do you get when you combine Nazis, Edward Scissorhands and survival horror? Frankenstein’s Army!

It seems the Nazis were adding to their bag of evil tricks by bringing the dead back to life, Frankenstein’s monster-style, during WW II. In the movie, a Soviet unit finds a warehouse where the dead have blades for hands, and carnage ensues. For a low budget horror film, this looks pretty good, and you can’t go wrong with Nazis as the ultimate evil.

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TUESDAY TUNE: “A Character I Used To Know” Parodies “Game of Thrones”

Almost exactly two years ago singer-songwriter Gotye released his soon-to-go-viral music video “Somebody That I Used To Know”. As you might expect, the parodies soon followed. And what better to parody than Game of Thrones? Below you’ll see the video from Not Literally as the sing about all the characters they used to know in season 1. I wonder what they’ll be singing about for season 3…
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup for 07/08/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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