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MOVIE REVIEW: Tron Legacy (2010)

Context is important, especially in movies. Tron was released in 1982, during a summer effulgent with what would become geek classics: ET: the Extraterrestrial, The Road Warrior, John Carpenter's remake of The Thing (from Another World), Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, and of course Ridley Scott's seminal Bladerunner. And of all these major genre works, audiences viewed Tron as the daftest. After all, the concept of a world behind of a computer simply didn't exist in the public's eye; even though William Gibson's "Burning Chrome" appeared in Omni magazine at roughly the same time as the movie's release, many people simply couldn't get their heads around the concept of cyberspace. (Oddly enough, the movies I thought of when I first read the story were Tron and Bladerunner.) John Clute, in his Science Fiction: the Illustrated Encyclopedia, once described it as "too much, too soon," a description that seem apt. Forget its core subject matter: even its peripheral trappings - hacker culture and its slang, video arcades - were something truly different, its locus at the cultural edge of contemporary civilization. As Adam Rogers states in the current issue of Wired, it was the future, providing us with "both a window and mirror" of "where we're going and who we are." [...]

December 17, 2010 // 14 Comments

SF Tidbits for 9/19/09

Interviews and Profiles: Paul Levinson interviews Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward in his latest Light On Light Through podcast. At Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, Matthew [...]

September 19, 2009 // 0 Comments