Articles tagged climate change, global warming, science fiction, sf, george guthridge, alan dean foster, bruce sterling, gregory benford

A Minute to Breathe: Interview With Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

"The last thing I wanted to do was make a song that was preachy about climate change," says Reznor, who with Ross tackles the world's biggest issues on their own terms.

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In ‘The Quiet Earth’ The End of the World Arrives With a Whisper

This cerebral drama stands up with some of the best and most original science fiction.

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‘Passengers’ Asks, Are You Willing to Ruin Someone Else’s Life to Save Your Own?

Passengers raises worthy questions about social arrangements in the future.

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Hugo Gernsback and Perversity and Optimism at the Dawn of Science Fiction

Grant Wythoff's new collection of Hugo Gernsback's writings is an indispensable volume for students of science fiction.

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Intelligent ‘80s Sci-fi Films, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ and ‘The Quiet Earth’, Question Life on Earth

These two films, now on Blu-ray, are early examples of dwelling in the possibility of multiple subjective realities.

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‘Doc Savage’ and ‘Time After Time’, As Seen Through Older Eyes, Now

We can see, now, that Nicholas Meyer learned the lesson of George Pal's Time Machine, even if Pal didn't.

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“Dissonance Theory” Both Reveals and Conceals Westworld’s Purpose

Westworld goes beyond HBO's usual visual spectacle and raunchy window dressing to offer philosophical meditations on both narrative and character.

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‘Westworld’ Continues to be a Cerebral Examination of Consciousness and Story

"The Stray" deepens the narrative as both story and characters move forward in unexpected ways.

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‘Before the Flood’ Offers Knowledge About and Hope for Stopping Climate Change

A film about deadly environmental practices changing our world may also be changing television distribution practices.

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What Is ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trying to Accomplish?

Can the rebooted film franchise keep what is special about Star Trek, but boldly go where no director has gone before?

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Pondering Life Post-Capitalism in ‘Four Futures’

Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?

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30 Sep 2016 // 8:11 AM

Star Trek at 50

On 8 September 1966, the sci-fi television show Star Trek aired its first episode, setting into motion a chain of events that would leave no aspect of pop culture unchanged.

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15 Aug 2016 // 1:30 AM

Retrofuturism in French Electronic Music

A new collection provides powerful examples of French ambivalent modernity; at once futuristic, optimistic, erotic, humorous, restless, and apocalyptic.

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Toward an Encyclopedia Apocalyptica

To a post-apocalyptic population, merely explaining scientific and technological facts about our situation won't help. We'll need a guidebook.

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Race and Sci-fi Theory: Not Just for Dissertations Anymore

Ever thought Toni Morrison's Beloved has a place at ComicCon? Carringont's Speculative Blackness might be for you.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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The Geek Feminist Revolution Is Not Only Changing Genres of Fiction, but Society Itself

Whether new worlds are created with the stroke of a keypad or the waving of a placard, both reflect the human capacity for growth, for reinvention, for hope.

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13 May 2016 // 11:06 AM

‘Lobster’ Is a Rich, Surreal Take on Love

The Lobster is very much its own brand of horror movie as well as a deranged thought experiment and a witty dismantling of the usual barriers separating man from beast.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: ‘The Anthropologist’

Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.

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14 Mar 2016 // 10:48 AM

BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ Returns in April with Season 4

BBC America has announced that cult favorite Orphan Black returns for its fourth season on April 14th at 10.00pm EST.

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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