Land of the Free, home of the geek.
Steven Schofield takes photos of british sci-fi fans, dressed in character in their homes. He treats it as 'found' photography, which seems to illustrate the subjects vulnerability. The title of the work is Land of the Free - and illustrates how American culture infiltrates, with the ironic edge of questioning the idea of the freedom of choosing to copy the look of these fictional characters. via kottke
posted by filmgeek
on Jul 14, 2008 -
With all the crystal skulls
, nazca lines
and such at the box office these days now might be the ideal time to reacquaint yourself with the theories of Erich von Däniken
. What better way to do it than by watching William Shatners Mysteries of the Gods
( Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
, Pt. 3
, Pt. 4
, Pt. 5
, Pt. 6
, Pt. 7
, Pt. 8
, Pt. 9
, Pt. 10
)(MULTI LINK YOUTUBE SHATNERFEST)
posted by Artw
on Jun 10, 2008 -
Edinburgh author Iain M. Banks
, creator of the post capitalist space faring society The Culture
and it's oddly named ships
, has long been the UKs top science fiction writer, but has never had more than a toehold in the US
(in part through lack of availability, in part due to lack of promotion and in part due to some pretty awful covers
. That could change: Matter
, his latest, has been heavily promoted in the US and sports a cover nearly identical to the UK edition. This week Orbit
are releasing US editions of the two earliest Culture novels, with the third following in July, which could mean a complete release of all the novels in the US in order. [more inside]
posted by Artw
on Mar 23, 2008 -
is a science fiction podcast with biweekly short fiction from known authors (David Brin, Bruce Sterling) and a more regular discussion on SciFi concepts and authors. Warning. podcast contains Geordie accents and the stories contain terrible
fake American accents.
posted by seanyboy
on Feb 5, 2008 -
"In the Late December"
(MP3 link), by Greg van Eekhout, is a Nebula award-nominated story about Santa Claus and the end of the universe, and is Escape Pod #138
. (By the way, this is a very dark story -- there's no sex or violence but this probably isn't suitable for kids, where "kids" is defined as a stereotypical aggregate of child-like characteristics. Yours may be different.)
posted by JHarris
on Dec 25, 2007 -
The geekiest thing you will see this month is this fan-made comic called The Ten Doctors
. Unexpectedly awesome, though!
posted by JHarris
on Dec 6, 2007 -
Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! ToyFare Magazine presents the 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All Time
posted by cmgonzalez
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Astrona - Space & Astronomical Art Journal
: "specialising in space and astronomical art, science fiction art, visions of future worlds, design and visualization of technologies for living in space, space exploration, spaceships, starships, space colonies, etc."
posted by peacay
on Aug 29, 2007 -
I watch virtually no
television but this NPR review
for the debut episode of Masters of Science Fiction
(ABC) had me intrigued. (A similar review in the NY Times
). ABC is being accused of burying this show with the timing of its introduction (and time slot). As for me, I'm still thinking about the debut episode, three hours later.
posted by spock
on Aug 4, 2007 -
was a unique and well produced radio drama set in New Zealand. It was science fiction, a thriller, a soap opera. It aired in 96 five minute episodes, but died mid-storyline
when it's creative team- like so many creative teams- couldn't get it together.
posted by jiiota
on Jul 18, 2007 -
The fourth part of a trilogy
of interviews with Douglas Adams before he got all famous. "I find the difference, for me, between having no money and having quite a bit is that the bills get bigger. And that's it. The lifestyle doesn't change." Well, he certainly didn't. And for that, much thanks.
posted by humuhumu
on Jun 1, 2007 -
"Lovely crinkly edges."
Third and final part of an excellent series of unpublished interviews with Douglas Adams, with the first Hitchhiker's book still to be complete and script editing on Dr Who taking up much of his time.
posted by humuhumu
on May 1, 2007 -
"Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian", gasped the first soldier.
"Only after you have kissed the fleeting stead of death, wretch!" returned Grignr.
I cannot believe that I once considered my life complete having never been exposed to SciFi convention mainstay and possibly Worst Science Fiction Story Ever Written, The Eye of Argon
. Previously mentioned on Metafilter
in comments, it is time for Jim Theis' magnum opus have its day in the Blue. If you can make it through the story without laughing (most can't), there's always the MST3K'd version
to attempt as well! (via
posted by robocop is bleeding
on Apr 13, 2007 -
Steampunk Star Wars.
An ongoing series of drawings by Eric Poulton of Star Wars characters redone in the style of Jules Verne era sci-fi. Sadly only three have been done, so far, but hopefully more to come. Via
posted by jonson
on Mar 1, 2007 -
Think you get a lot done?
Isaac Asimov (pronounced like "has, him, of" without the h's
) , who would have turned 87 today, wrote or edited over 500 books
, including science-fiction novels
, introductions to organic chemistry
(a field in which he held a professorship at B.U.) , indispensable anthologies
of early science fiction, jokebooks
, guides to Shakespeare
, and collections of lively essays on science
that have introduced thousands of people to the pleasures of thinking hard about the universe. He also found the time to write a few essays
and write postcards to his fans.
His story "Runaround"
, from his 1950 collection I, Robot
, is the only piece of fiction I know centered on the properties of a differential equation. His Foundation Trilogy
was given a special Hugo award
in 1966 as the best science fiction series of all time; a movie version
, to be written by Jeff Vintar and directed by Shekhar Kapur, is currently in development. Previous AsimovFilter: here
Feel like a slacker yet? Stop reading MetaFilter and get to work!
posted by escabeche
on Jan 2, 2007 -
La Planète sauvage
- based on the novel Oms en Série
by Stefan Wul, and known to the English speaking world as Fantastic Planet
, is a wonderfully psychadelic animated Sci-Fi film from 1973. An international production between France and Czechoslovakia, the movie has a cult following, mostly from viewers who saw it on USA's Night Flight
in the 1980's. Although it has languished in obscurity for some time, Hollywood has decided it's time for a live action remake
. For those who haven't seen it, or for people who haven't seen it in twenty years, some kind soul has uploaded the entire film to Youtube
. You'll never look at your pets the same way again.
posted by smoothvirus
on Dec 11, 2006 -