What’s Up In Sci-Fi: 8/19/2016

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Welcome to our first run of What’s Up in Sci-Fi this week. 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 to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what has happened this week, but it should whet your appetite!

Movie Tidbits

In Theatres:

Star Trek Beyond is pretty much the only major science fiction movie in most theatres right now. It looks like the only offering for sci-fi fans clear through the end of September, too.

Coolthulhu is sad.

Coming Soon:

The Verge is telling us (and I have to agree) to look out for Arrival, a Sci-Fi/Drama/Mystery that’s due to be released November 11th. Having watched the trailer , I have to say I’m definitely looking forward to it. I really want a movie that breaks the typical alien invasion mould!

It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. I’ve liked Whitaker in almost everything I’ve seen him in, so I’m looking forward to seeing him on the big screen again.

Science Fiction Books 

NY Times Best Sellers: None for this week!

USA Today Best Sellers (1-2o): None for this week!

The Washington Science Fiction Association released their 2016 Finalists for WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction

“The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2015).” – WSFA

 

 

Sci-Fi to Real Life

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Creator /Deviant Artist: Nokola

According to this Washington Post article, putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction. The guys who are doing this (led by Bryan Johnson at Kernel )are doing it to try to fix brains after things like Alzheimers, strokes, etc,. So, I definitely applaud them for that, but anyone can see that should they manage to actually make this work – it’s going to be used and abused. Humans are funny like that. So many of us are driven by the urge to stay young, never die, have the best toys, etc. So, basically, what I’m saying is..

Prepare to be assimilated!

Notables on Famous People in Sci-Fi:

Hugo Gernsback, often called “The Father of Science Fiction”, was born August 16th, 1884. He died August 19th, 1967, at the age of 83.  Obvious Fact: He’s the dude the Hugos are named after!

 

 

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