I Remember the Future

Michael Burstein lists the contents of his upcoming collection from Apex, I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein:

  1. “TeleAbsence” (Analog, July 1995)
  2. “Broken Symmetry” (Analog, February 1997)
  3. “Cosmic Corkscrew” (Analog, June 1998)
  4. “Absent Friends” (Analog, September 1998)
  5. “Reality Check” (Analog, November 1999)
  6. “Kaddish for the Last Survivor” (Analog, November 2000)
  7. “Spaceships” (Analog, June 2001)
  8. “Paying It Forward” (Analog, September 2003)
  9. “Decisions” (Analog, January/February 2004)
  10. “Time Ablaze” (Analog, June 2004)
  11. “Seventy-Five Years” (Analog, January/February 2005)
  12. “TelePresence” (Analog, July/August 2005)
  13. “Sanctuary” (Analog, September 2005)
  14. “Empty Spaces” (original to the book)
  15. “I Remember the Future” (original to the book)

Stop by his site and help him pick the story order.

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SF Tidbits for 3/14/08

  • Salon interviews Harlan Ellison: “I have, I suppose, a very peculiar love-hate relationship with the human race. As a concept, the human race seems to be a very workable idea. When you get down to the individuals, most of them need a ball-peen hammer to the middle of their forehead to make them move even as a slow pony.”
  • Simon Haynes (author of the Hal Spacejock series) Paul Melko (author of Sungularity’s Ring)
  • Robert J. Sawyer posts a short interview he did regarding his book Mindscan.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Simon R. Green, author of The Unnatural Inquirer.
  • Cory Doctorow is podcasting the story he co-wrote with Benjamin Rosenbaum: “True Names” (an homage to Vernor Vinge’s famous story).
  • Recently free fiction at ManyBooks.net: “The Woman Who Vowed” by Ellison Harding (1908).
  • The first 3 chapters of Nathalie Mallet’s Arabian Nights-esque fantasy, The Princes of the Golden Cage, are now available as MP3 downloads. [via Night Shade Books]
  • Holy Manga, Batman!
  • Real Science: Bad Astronomy Blog lists Ten things you don’t know about the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Headline of the day: Killer Tomatoes Ripe For Remake?
  • The adaptation of the final Harry Potter book will be released as two films.
  • SciFi Scanner tells us that Wolfgang Peterson is set to direct Uprising, a movie whose plit sounds suspiciously close to Battlefield Earth. I read Battlefield Earth over a decade ago and I remember it being one of those books that was pretty good for the first half (until the antagonist died) and thereafter was page-by-page struggle to decide whether to stop reading it (when the plot moved from Terran rebellion against alien overlords to business dealing with shark bankers).

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10 Reasons to Watch David Letterman on March 19th

SCI FI Wire sez that ten stars of Battlestar Galactica will be making an appearance on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to present the Top 10 List on Wednesday March 19.

The BSG stars include Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas and Lucy Lawless.

Or, as Tim would say, Boomer and nine other people. :)

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It’s Trailer Day! Final Wall E Trailer

Oh yes, as if I needed any more incentive to go see Wall E, the new Pixar movie, along comes the final trailer. We see a lot more of the adventures Wall E will get into and, dang, here’s another movie I am so in on. Opening day here I come!

June 27th is so far away…

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Even Newer Speed Racer Trailer

Earlier we brought you two international trailers for the Speed Racer film. Now, feast your eyes, and I do mean feast, on the new US trailer:

Wow, wow wow. This thing looks amazing. And was that the Mammoth Car I saw? I am so in. I don’t care even if the acting turns out to be bad. This movie wins on style points. And given its supposed ‘G’ rating, this is something I won’t think twice about taking my kids to. Go Speed Racer, go!

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Incredible Hulk Trailer: Good or Bad?

I only caught bits and pieces of the previous Hulk movie, and the one thing that struck me was that they got the physics of the Hulk’s movement all wrong. Hard to tell from this new version. What do you think?

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SFX Book Club

UK SciFi magazine SFX has an online book club that’s open to anyone. This month’s selection is The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.

More details:

Every month we pick a classic SF or fantasy book. You lot read it and post your comments. A couple of months later we run a feature in which a top-class SF or fantasy writer discusses the book, with a selection of your remarks running down the side.

They’ve also posted links to the author writeup (in PDF) of the chosen books. Check out these reviews:

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Thursday YouTube: Star Trek Remastered Comparisons

Everything old is new again…

[via Robert J. Sawyer]

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SF Tidbits for 3/13/08

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Tube Bits For 03/13/2008

  • Sci Fi Scanner points us to this really cool, and detailed, Futurama timeline. Bender would be proud.
  • The new X-Files movie now has a release date: July 25, 2008. Apparently Mulder and Scully will evolve their relationship in an unexpected direction. And all this without the overarching ‘mythology’ of the show playing any role in the movie. Good or bad? You decide.
  • Joshua Jackson talks to Sci Fi Wire about his reluctance to star in the new J.J. Abrams TV show, Fringe. He turned it down three times before finally accepting. I guess Abrams really wanted Jackson.
  • Some interesting Star Trek related info for you from Trek Today. Author Peter David talks about his story for the upcoming IDW Comic mini-series New Frontier. Additionally, Star Trek will be appearing in manga form from TokyoPop and will include stories by Wil Wheaton and David ‘No Chtorr for Old Men’ Gerrold.
  • Digital Spy interviews Peter Davison, who played the fifth incarnation of the good Doctor during the early 1980’s Dr. Who run. Davison talks about his role in the Dr. Who audio adventures, and playing the Doctor again for the new series’ ‘Time Crash’ episode. See it below!

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Movie Night At SF Signal – Titan A.E.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you may not know that Hulu, the streaming video service from NBC and Newscorp went live today. Everyone in the US and Canada can access the wealth of shows available. Not only do they have TV shows, they also have many full length movies.

To celebrate, we present to you, with limited commercial interruption, the Don Bluth film, Titan A.E.. Yes, it’s terribly cliched, but it’s one of the few SF movies they have.


If you’d like to see a movie, which I think is better, with similar themes, check out Castle in the Sky, by Hayao Miyazaki. For a book, read The Forge of God by Greg Bear.

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MIND MELD: Is Young Adult SF/F Too Explicit?

A recent post by Nancy Kress concerning the mature themes of current young adult science fiction struck a chord with my own observations over the last few years. Namely, that the fiction being marketed to today’s young adults deals with adult themes more than the young adult fiction from yesteryear. This seemed like a good topic to throw at some of the people in the field:

Q: It seems that more and more, fiction marketed as “Young Adult” deals with mature themes. Has it crossed a line? Is young adult sf/f is too explicit?

[UPDATE: See also, a belated answer from Orson Scott Card.]

Steven Gould
Steven Gould‘s first science fiction story, “The Touch of Their Eyes,” was published in 1980 in Analog. Since then, his stories have appeared in Analog, Amazing, Asimov’s and various anthologies. His novels include Jumper (which was recently released as a major motion picture), Wildside, Greenwar (co-written with his wife, Laura J. Mixon), Blind Waves, Reflex and Griffins Story. Besides his own website, Steven is one of the group bloggers at Eat Our Brains.

Short Answer: No.

Long Answer:

I have a dear friend, a hospital pediatrician, who told me her father had explained that “sex is wet and messy.” This kept her from experimenting with same for nearly two years longer than she would have otherwise. This, in of itself, would justify more explicitness. My book (it’s all about me, Me, ME!), Jumper, was on the American Library Association’s 100 Most Banned Books List (1990-1999) because it essentially said, “If one of your parent’s is an active alcoholic bad things may result” (page 2) and “If you run away from home you may become the target of sexual predation” (page 9).

Now let’s try a thought experiment. You have a child. You want them to find out that they could be targeted for rape as a homeless teen by (a) Reading about it in fiction or (b) experiencing it.

Anybody choose B?

The job of writers is, foremost, to entertain, but we have other functions too. We give people experiences about choices and consequences from which they can draw conclusions for their own lives, and they didn’t have to go through that sexual assault or become a drug addict or live in a war ravaged city or kill somebody themselves. But, we also have to sell it–to make it real, to make it believable and sometimes that calls for explicit detail.

Looking back two hundred years, we can see a significant shift in what is explicit and what isn’t. We aren’t tying skirts around the legs of our tables lest the exposed nature of the “limbs” unduly excite the young (but the Victorians did.) Bare midriff’s would give them a heart attack.

And what is too explicit shifts widely between cultures and even between families. It shifts too much to expect school and public libraries to be able to decide (other than on a broad basis) what is and isn’t appropriate for your kids.

That’s your job.

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SF Tidbits for 3/12/08

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Author Predicts Future!

Many times throughout my life I have heard fans of science fiction promote the genre by stating how many times its authors have predicted the future. Look at the works of Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Frederick Pohl, Arthur C Clarke, and others and you’ll find many examples of things that they predicted that came true. From submarines to waldos to geostationary satellites science fiction has either influenced science or science has eventually caught up to the ideas of science fiction. Certainly we can continue to be smug in the belief that our genre is an accurate look into the future.

It’s not true of course. But how wrong have authors been? Well…

Predicting the future is hard, and it’s easier to see things that weren’t predicted than every prediction that didn’t come true. But it is also fun to point out how some science fiction authors thought the future would be and how they were wrong.

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Tuesday YouTube: Klingon Happy Meal Commercial

There is honor in eating at McDonald’s. Apparently.

[via Poe TV]

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SF Tidbits for 3/11/08

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Obsolete Skills: SFSignal edition

Recently the blogosphere has been abuzz with listings of obsolete skills. It was started by Robert Scoble and was focused initially on skills obsoleted by technological advancements. But as with any idea that makes the rounds, it has expanded well beyond that and currently boasts its own website (a warning to visitors from far into the future – that’s about 6 months in internet time – that this link might not still work.)

Not to be left out, I decided to come up with an SFSignal themed list (some flat-out stolen from the site above, but others original) and invite the readers here to come up with their own.

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New Speed Racer Trailers

I just found these new, international trailers for the upcoming Speed Racer movie and all I can say is “Wow! It looks like a live action ‘cartoon’.”

The Wachowskis are pushing the visuals over the edge again. Even if the movies sucks, it will certainly look cool doing it.

See trailer 2 after the jump.

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Another Free Nebula Story

Robert J. Sawyer notes that another Nebula-nominated short story is available. “The Story of Love” by Vera Nazarian has been posted for free at Fictionwise.

We’re almost there! That makes all of the short stories and novelettes available for free. All that remains are 2 more novellas. Sawyer says “Expect to see more Nebula nominees show up for free at Fictionwise over the next few weeks …” I hope it’s those last 2 novellas and not re-releases of the stuff already available for free…

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Sands Of Oblivion Giveaway

Last July, the 28th to be exact, the Sci Fi Channel debuted their original movie, Sand of Oblivion. Starring Adam Baldwin and Morena Baccarin (worth the price of admission by itself), Sands of Oblivion is a horror/SF story with an Egyptian theme.

In 1923, legendary director Cecil B. DeMille constructed a replica of ancient Egypt in the California desert for his epic movie The Ten Commandments. When filming was completed, he mysteriously ordered the entire set buried. Now a soon-to-be-divorced archaeologist couple (Morena Baccarin and Adam Baldwin of Serenity and Firefly) and an Iraq War combat veteran (Victor Webster of Charmed) have uncovered the secret DeMille could not keep hidden …and unleashed a horror that cannot be stopped. Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), John Aniston (Days Of Our Lives) and Academy Award® winner George Kennedy co-star in this Director’s Cut featuring additional footage not seen in the original cable broadcast.

I forgot to mention George “John C. Wright” Kennedy co-stars.

Now you too can own your very own copy of Sand of Oblivion for your very own, courtesy of Big Honcho Media. All you have to do is email us at:

contest AT sfsignal.com (do the email replacement thing)

We’ll choose 10 winners at random to receive a copy of the DVD! Then you can come back here and tell us about the movie. Winners will be notified via email and we’ll send your mailing address to BHM so they can ship you out the DVD. US and Canada residents only.

The contest will run for the next 3 – 4 weeks.

Good luck!

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