Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 12, 2015

War Is Over by Puz Lee


Blastr interviews Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina.

BullSpec interviews John Scalzi, author of The End of All Things.

The Cap Times interviews Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager.

Cnet interviews Gary Whitta, author of Pooping Is Logical.

Dallas Morning News interviews Ernest Cline, author of Armada.

Fantasy Faction interviews Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, authors of Iron & Blood.

Fast Company interviews Piers Bizony of The Making Of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, who explains how 2001 Changed Cinematic Design.

Reddit recently held an AMA for Jeff VanderMeer of the Southern Reach trilogy.

The Sacramento Bee interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Aurora.

SFFWorld interviews Timothy Zahn, author of Judgment at Proteus.

Small Print Magazine interviews Robert J. Sawyer, author of Red Planet Blues.

The Telegraph interviews Brian Aldiss, author of Hothouse.

The Vancouver Sun interviews Ernest Cline, author of Armada.

Vulture interviews Michael Bazzell, technical assistant for USA’s Mr. Robot, a hacking drama that has been widely praised for its technical accuracy.


6 Often Misunderstood SF/F Novels go deeper.

AMC’s Humans is an android story that’s really about us.

As the weather shifts, “cli-fi” takes root as a new literary genre.

The best Star Wars stunt scenes ranked by a professional stuntwoman.

Cli-Fi: Climate Change Fiction As Literature’s New Frontier?

Could the Firefly Universe Exist? “The chances of finding five stars each orbited by a brown dwarf would be about 1 in 3 million.”

The Edge of Tomorrow Writer Explains Why a Sequel Would Improve on the Original, but I'm SO not buying it.  It's just another excuse to make more of the same.

For Hopes And Fears, Aaron Reese traces a brief history of sound effects in sci-fi films, starting with the early roots of Foley art and continuing on through 2013’s Gravity. Reese manages to find interesting anecdotes behind just about every sound effect—like the infamous “Wilhelm Scream” becoming a staple of modern cinema thanks to an undergrad in-joke, the musical origins of Godzilla’s roar, and this bit on the sound of a knife slicing through flesh in Psycho.

How Minority Report Predicted the Future With Surprising Accuracy.

How Ready Player One author Ernest Cline Turns Nostalgia Into Nirvana.

How Science Fiction Got the Communications Future Wrong.

I Use Star Trek in My Classroom to Have Difficult Conversations About Race.

Infographic: What does it cost to build the Death Star?

The Institute for Emerging Technologies on The new television show Humans.

It’s Not Climate Change – It’s Everything Change argues Margaret Atwood.

Learn more about the herculean effort to document every single change ever made to the Star Wars trilogy, and some of the misguided choices why why WHYYYY edits.

Robert Tercek: Science fiction is going to become the new normal.

Robots Will Never Rule The World—Just Improve It.

Mr. Robot’s Surreal Tech Honesty Could Become the Best Show on TV.

Spiritual Lessons From Sci-Fi : Lucy.

There are only 2 seconds of new Star Wars footage… but we’re going to obsessively analyze the bejesus out of them anyway!

The TV Series Humans offers A Deep Look into Our Humanity.

USA’s Mr. Robot Is the Anti-Capitalist TV Show We’ve Been Waiting For.

Very smart people are freaking out about autonomous killer robots and Leading Scientists Call for Ban on Killer Robots. But the question remains, Will killer robots be the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow?
What would happen if a black hole met an anti-matter black hole? Don’t pretend you’ve got more important things to think about.

Why Humans Is the Scariest Show on TV according to

Which Is The Most Badass Fictional Weapon Of All Time?

Why are we Obsessed with the End of the World?

Will our future be like Star Trek or Jupiter Ascending?

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