Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 26, 2015

Alexander Forssberg

"Spaceship X" by Sweden-based Alexander Forssberg


Fantasy Literature interviews Ernest Cline, author of Armada.

Kirkus Reveiws interviews Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

The Outhousers interviews Kelly Bender, author of Starburn.
Redditors recently held an AMA for Chuck Wendig, author of Zeroes.

SFFWorld interviews David Liss, author of Randoms.

Speculate! interviews Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager.

Suvudu interviews Jason M. Hough, author of Zero World.


Book Reviews: Cory Doctorow and E.C. Myers on Zeroes by Chuck Wendig.

5 Rides We Want to See at Disney’s Star Wars Land.

11 incredibly British things in Doctor Who explained.

20 Best Places Online Every Doctor Who Fan Should Explore.

A.L. Kennedy argues that Doctor Who should never be played by a woman.

Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it.

Diabolical Plots lists The 5 Best Realistic Science Fiction Films in the Past Five Years.

Doctor Who science is more real than you think.

The ecological lessons of Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece Dune were ahead of its time

Given that Ray Bradbury’s novella “The Fireman” (which would eventually become Fahrenheit 451) was written in response to the McCarthy HUAC hearings, it might not be a surprise to learn that the FBI kept a file on him. The contents of that file have been released under the FOIA, and shows that the FBI apparently held a dim view of science fiction, since it could “frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe could not be won…” [Via BoingBoing via MetaFilter]

I would advise skipping Battle Royale in favor of the book, but otherwise, this list of 10 Sci-Fi Cult Classics That Everyone Should See is pretty solid, so long as you tack on A Boy and His Dog and Donnie Darko.

Let’s explore science fiction’s glorious hallways.

Me and Science Fiction: Eleanor Arnason on Ghost in the Shell

The Philosophy of Star Trek: No-Win Scenarios and Ethical Leadership.

The Popularity of Dystopian Film and Its Effect on Dystopian Literature.

Science fiction and social justice: giving up on utopias.

Space Advocates Hope to Use The Martian Movie to Encourage Political Support for Mars Missions. Kinda like using Robinson Crusoe to promote Caribbean vacations.

Watch Saturday’s Firefly Panel from this year’s Chicago Comic Con.

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