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The Death of Utopia: ‘Firefly’ and the Return to Human Realism in TV Sci-Fi

Joss Whedon's science fiction western Firefly was revolutionary in several ways, not least its embrace of a degree of realism regarding human motivation, in contrast to the utopianism of earlier TV sci-fi such as Star Trek.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ at 34: Still Thrilling After All These Years

What makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind stand out to this day is that it isn’t the usual UFO tale of “us vs them”, like Spielberg’s later remake of War of the Worlds; rather, it's very much a story about Earthlings.

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Aliens are bombarding the multiplex all year, what’s the attraction?

Watch the skies. They’re coming to get us all. “They,” of course, are aliens. Not from South of the Border. From outer space. Hollywood

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“Alien Resurrection”, the Unproduced Script That Shaped Joss Whedon’s Career

Prior to gaining fame as one of the foremost pop cultural creators, Joss Whedon gained fame within the film industry as a screenwriter and script doctor. But of these early efforts, it was his script for Alien Resurrection that contained themes that dominated much of his later work.

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Across the Yucatán with a Ragtag Carny Crew

A Mexican dispatch, by the sea and on the road with students, musicians, actors, wild children, and juggling LSD dealers. On the backpacker trail from Cancún to Mérida, we discovered we were not the only ones on a global prowl.

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Mean Streets: Take a Closer Look at Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Biutiful’

Alejandro González Iñárritu makes up for the lack of challenging cinematic adventures by looking at the microcosm of Barcelona's “dark side” through a magnifying glass in his latest film Biutiful. What he finds might shock you. PopMatters gets some insight into one of the year's most underrated films from director Iñárritu and star Javier Bardem.

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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his "accidental novels", as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.

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‘Super Sad True Love Story’, Or, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lenny Abramov

This story depicts a world that is completely absurd and out of control, which brings a lot of dark humor into it. Yet its truly scary -- you have to wonder if this is the slippery slope the real world is headed down.

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‘Stargate Universe: SGU 1.5’: Look Again, and Much More Is Revealed

Delving into complex issues of faith, redemption, humanity and power within a space opera setting, Stargate Universe demands close attention from the viewer.

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Clones (We’re All): ‘The Bradbury Report’

This book about cloning feels like a clone: a copy of something more original that has harvested its ideas from more compelling sources.

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23 Jun 2010 // 3:21 AM

Being alive is underrated. It can seem pretty simple, all told: Breathe in, breathe out. Walk around. Pay bills. It’s been done for centuries,

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A King’s Velvet Shorts, a Giant Green Eyeball—Must Be Doc Who & ‘The Curse of Peladon’

Those who’ve followed the Doctor for years already know how absolutely fun this show can be. For the rest of us, its only the beginning.

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‘The Affinity Bridge’ Is an Enormously Fun Steampunk Novel

George Mann's book is a smattering of Sherlock Holmes, Neuromancer, and H.G. Wells all rolled into one enormously fun Steampunk novel.

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21 May 2010 // 6:01 AM

Starfleet Unitards for Women

Trekkie compilations and more cocoa in Starfleet to confront viewers with the show's embedded sexism.

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Sones de México Ensemble: Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs & Stories for Niños & Niñas

Put together in the hope that your child will pick up a few facts about Mexico and structured to ensure that it will get some exercise.

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Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series

During its five years, Stargate Atlantis provided entertaining characters, exiting sci-fi adventure and top-notch visual effects.

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The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had to, by D.C. Pierson

Pierson is guilty of perpetuating stereotypes, as our two main characters often remark about the fear of being found out that they could be gay, based on their nerdiness.

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Veracity by Laura Bynum

It is hard to write a dystopian science fiction novel that is as memorable and thought-provoking as 1984 or A Handmaid's Tale, but Laura Bynum's new book comes pretty close.

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On Supernatural, It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Big changes ahead for Season 6

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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