“What I wanted was for kids to see a movie where they don’t need to aspire to be in an army to aspire for an adventure. And I used very deliberate language that is a reference to westerns. I don’t have captains, majors, generals. I have a marshal, rangers . . . it has the language of an adventure movie. I want kids to come out of the movie and say, I want to be a Jaeger pilot! I really think that would be my dream come true.”
- Guillermo del Toro on being a monster loving pacifist
. Designer Wayne Barlowe
talks about Pacific Rim's creatures. But has maneuvering at Legendary doomed the film
before it has even opened?
Beanplating on The Fifth Element
from architecture students at the University of Waterloo. [more inside]
Spaceships that became other spaceships: The Millennium Falcon
, The Colonial Viper
, The Eagle Transporter
- from the blog of Gavin Rothery
, visual effects designer on Moon
An office space right out of sci fi by Kubrick.
Apparently, the employees at SuperGroup are all science fiction fans. So they hired a design firm to turn their office into something out of 2001 A Space Odyssey and Star Trek.
The Physics of Space Battles
"I had a discussion recently with friends about the various depictions of space combat in science fiction movies, TV shows, and books. We have the fighter-plane engagements of Star Wars, the subdued, two-dimensional naval combat in Star Trek, the Newtonian planes of Battlestar Galactica, the staggeringly furious energy exchanges of the combat wasps in Peter Hamilton's books, and the use of antimatter rocket engines themselves as weapons in other sci-fi. But suppose we get out there, go terraform Mars, and the Martian colonists actually revolt. Or suppose we encounter hostile aliens. How would space combat actually go?"
The Art of Penguin Science Fiction
is a historical guide to the design of book jackets in the Penguin SF line
by James Pardey. But before reading the essay I recommend looking at some of the wonderful cover designs, for example We
, The Drowned World
, Star Maker
, The Evolution Man
, Fifth Planet
and Alternating Currents
. They certainly don't make SF book jackets like they used to. All hundred plus covers can also be browsed alphabetically by author
. [via The Guardian Books Blog]
, pilot of the future, scourge of the Venusian Mekon
menace, and modernist architectural inspiration
Things to scale.
Mostly terrifying. IE users can drag around.