The 2016 science fiction film Arrival posits the most obvious questions humanity would face when confronted by a first contact scenario. Can the aliens understand what we are saying? Is it even possible for us to understand them? Only after finding these answers could we ever know why they are here. (MAJOR ARRIVAL SPOILERS AHEAD) […]Read more "Arrival, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and the Deus Ex Machina"
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(Alex Schomburg’s cover for the 1953 edition of Space, Space, Space (1953), ed. William Sloane) Our science fiction heroes are often confronted by bleak alien landscapes adorned with rocks, vast deserts, adverse atmospheres — commonly these vistas are traversed, colonized, tamed… Spaceships touch down on virgin…
More than once in the course of reading Neal Stephenson’s Reamde I wondered what exactly the book was about, where it was going, and if I was actually enjoying it. This serves me right. I often don’t bother looking into what I’m about to read beyond the blurb so as to avoid any preconceived ideas […]Read more "Review: Neal Stephenson’s Reamde"
It’s a given that a fan film or fan fiction or fan art is borrowing from a property familiar to the artist. The results can be viewed as an homage or the lazy borrowing of another’s work, depending on the quality. The creator is trading originality for a built-in audience already invested in the subject […]Read more "Hoshino – a Star Wars Fan Film"