Interviews & Profiles
- The Huffpo interviews James Suriano, author of Inbiotic.
- Carol Berg, author of Ash and Silver, is at John Scalzi’s Big Idea.
- Journal Sentinel interviews Neal Stephenson, author of Seveneves.
- NJ.com interviews J. J Abrams about Jar Jar and The Force Awakens.
- The Oxford Union posted its interview with Joss Whedon on Youtube.
- Sci-fi Fantasy Network interviews Katy Manning, who once played Jo Grant the companion to Jon Pertwee on Doctor Who.
- Vice interviews Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
- Boston Looks at 2021Worldcon Bid.
- China enters the search for aliens with the world’s biggest radio telescope.
- Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris sign up for Mystery Science Theater 3000 cameos.
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk Opens AI Non-Profit So Robots Don’t Take Over The World – The Frisky. Of course, if this were a sci-fi movie in which robots were capable of taking over the world, it would turn out that Musk was doing just the opposite, so…
Events & Event News
- PartyCon in Breinigsville, PA is half convention, half social meetup, and 100% rockin’ New Years celebration! In addition to the New Years party essentials like live music, tasty food, drinks, and dancing, we’ve added tabletop gaming, video game tournaments, anime screenings, and of course, lots of cosplay. You’ll also be able to meet comic artists, sci-fi authors, and buy awesome merchandise from dozens of vendors.
- ApocalypZe Card Game – Another Man’s Trash Expansion – With the most dangerous people on Earth beating down your door, can you stockpile enough resources to outlast the ApocalypZe?
- Wormhole! – A sci-fi table top board game with a twist! – Eight friends race toward certain doom! Be the last one standing to claim victory and live to fly another day.
- The 5th Wave Isn’t Just a Sci Fi Movie, It’s a Terrifying and Real Concept: Chloë Grace Moretz to illustrate an actual theory of modern terrorism in her January YA film.
- 2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Short Stories.
- An oral history of the making of Hackers: “[D]espite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.”
- C.S. Lewis Was a Secret Government Agent, according to Christianity Today.
- Can we just stop with all these tech dystopia stories? Nope.
- Childhood’s End author Arthur C. Clarke’s Top 12 sci-fi movies
- The Definitive Guide to Sci-Fi Drugs Was Produced by the Government in the 1970s.
- Duncan Jones’s Mute Is The Sci-fi Sequel Everybody Should Be Talking About!
- Geek.com remembers 11 sci-fi TV shows that never got a chance to shine. You can guess most of them, but I’ll give any list that includes The Middleman a signal boost every day of the week.
- Here’s why Maisie Williams’ Ashildr didn’t use her immortality chip to save her children in The Woman who Lived.
- I can’t read dystopian books when terrorist attacks are all too real.
- IEET considers Economics And The Future of Artificial Intelligence.
- Jason Fuesting, compares Starship Troopers: Book vs. Movie for the Mad Genius Club.
- Overmental picks the Top 5 Movies Inspired by Star Wars.
- The New York Times says Artificial Intelligence could be the end of work as we know it, and no one knows the end of work better than people in the newspaper business.
- Sex, love and robots: is this the end of intimacy? Can’t find a partner? Don’t worry, the ‘sexbot’, programmed to meet all your desires, is on its way. Eva Wiseman explores the troubling world of sex robots.
- The social surrogacy hypothesis: Why you still miss Firefly. It’s basically because your brain processes these people as your friends, and you miss your friends.”
- The Star Trek Holodeck is Coming: Author Brian Clegg on how science fiction made the desire for something better go viral.
- Time to Start Looking at “Cyborg” as a Gender Identity.
- The top ten Joss Whedon characters. WatchMojo.com puts forward their case. Heated debates on the Internet follow.
- Wired thinks that Red Mars could be sci-fi TV’s Game of Thrones. I don’t recall there being that much incest in Robinson’s books.
- Yahoo Tech counts down The Best and Worst Star Wars Video Games.
- The year TV deaths lost all meaning: What Buffy can teach current shows. Spoilers if you haven’t been keeping up to date with what’s going with certain US cable shows.
More Fun Stuff
- In a video for Wired, NASA Chief Engineer Brian Muirhead explains how to properly build a Death Star by harvesting an asteroid.
- Motherboard asked Astrobiologists About Jose Canseco’s Plan to Terraform Mars.
- The Verge created an impressive 10 minute supercut of every time Chewbacca speaks in the original Star Wars trilogy.