This is Sci-Fi, Issue 17 is a sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think of to list. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!
This is Sci-Fi’s Weekly Quote:
“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.” – Isaac Asimov
Science Fiction Movies
Opening this Week (August 18th)
Marjorie Prime Synopsis: A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.
Thoughts: The last thing I’ve seen Geena Davis in is The Exorcist TV show, and I was pretty happy with her acting there. Marjorie Prime, however, doesn’t really look like it would appeal to me so I’ll probably give it a pass.
Sounds a bit like a sci-fi version of the Mirror of Erised, doesn’t it? Would you get holographic recreations of your loved ones? The thought is pretty much an immediate turn off for me. If I can’t touch and snuggle and hold the one I’m missing, then I’d rather just pick up photos and videos of them when I was ready.
In Theaters Now
Release Date: Aug 4th
IMDB rating: 6.0 (13,128 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 17% / 59%
Release Date: July 7th
IMDB rating: 7.9 (141,937 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / 90%
Science Fiction Books
Featured New Release
After ON – Rob Reid – August 1st, 2017
The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.
Meet Phluttr—a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers—and they don’t even know the tenth of it.
But what’s the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming “The UberX of Sex”? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?
Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it’s not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.
After On achieves the literary singularity—fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.
The Sci-Fi Zone
Fantasmagorie was first released on August 17, 1908. It is generally considered the first animated cartoon. Directed and produced by Emilie Cohl it runs for one minute and eight seconds. It has the appearance of a blackboard and chalk with many varying images. This got me thinking of other firsts.
In 1892 Emilie Reynaud produced a movie called Un Bon Bock (One Good Beer). The film consisted of 700 hand-painted frames which Reynaud manually manipulated by passing the frames back and forth through the projector to tell a story. It lasted close to fifteen minutes. Generally considered to be lost as only two copies are said to remain.
The first science fiction movie is considered to be Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon). Mostly inspired by Jules Verne ‘A Trip to the Moon’ was filmed in 1902 by Georges Milies. A group of astronauts blast themselves to the moon in a cannon-propelled capsule.
The first American silent movie was The Great Train Robbery. In 1903 this was produced by Thomas Edison and directed by an Edison Company employee – Edwin S. Porter. this was the first silent film with a connected narrative and directly led to the birth of the multi-billion dollar industry that is movie-making today.
The titles are linked to the videos on YouTube, where available. As usual we are not connected nor endorse any of the channels shown here.
Science Fiction News from around the Web
- ICYMI: Tor gives a rundown on the 2017 Hugo Awards.
- If you love all things Kaiju, you’ll be psyched about the new cover and trailer for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters from Godzilla-Movies.com
- Love your sci-fi comics? Check out this article on Brilliant Trash by Tim Seely on Sciencefiction.com
- If you went cuckoo over Galaxy Quest (I didn’t) you’ll be happy to hear this news from the Syfy Wire.
- Let it never be said that I ban views different from mine. Check out this not-impressed review of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) from Verkisto.
- John Scalzi’s saying During Trump’s Present, It’s Hard to be a Science Fiction Writer (from LA TIMES)
- And, speaking one final time of Marjorie Prime, here’s an article about it from Vulture.