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The Rocket Packs, However, Will Have To Wait by Pete Butler, posted on August 31, 2007 | Comments (0)

Maybe it’s just the people I hang out with. But every time my friends and I get to discussing all the astounding stuff modern technology can do and how none of the sci-fi we read growing up predicted (for instance) carrying around several freakin’ days’ worth of music in something the size of a cigarette pack, some smart-ass always comes back with “Yeah, but what about flying cars? I was promised flying cars, dammit! Where are they?”

And you win the discussion.

Yay winning!

*Unless, of course, the smart-ass in question is a woman. Calling men bitches is funny! Calling women bitches just earns you beatings. Yet another thing the fiction of my youth failed to predict about the future.

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Play That Funky Music, Mollusk-Boy | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Wherein the New Kid introduces himself by raving about a fifteen-year-old video game.

What’s even better than dorky video game nostalgia?

Dorky video game nostalgia remixed to a techno beat.

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Fiction Review: Triangulation: End of Time, edited by Pete Butler | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Jeremiah reviews Triangulation: End of Time, an anthology edited by First Draft Theater’s very own Pete Butler.

Triangulation: End of Time is the latest entry in a series of annual anthologies put out by PARSEC, “Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization.” Each of the stories somehow touches on the theme “End of Time,” but wide-ranging and far-reaching is the name of the game here. In typical speculative fiction fashion, the anthology’s twenty stories cover territory ranging from the wild west to the far future to even more exotic locales, some of which exist outside of time itself.

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Film Review: Tales from Earthsea [Gedo Senki], by Goro Miyazaki | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

David reviews Tales from Earthsea, an animated film by the son of Hayao Miyazaki.

You have to feel a little sorry for Goro Miyazaki. Entering the family business must be an intimidating prospect when your dad is master-animator Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the famous Studio Ghibli and Oscar winning director of films like Princess Mononoke and, most famously, Spirited Away. Not only that, but Goro’s first project is an adaptation of one of his father’s favourite works, Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic Earthsea series - Miyazaki has said that he keeps the books by his bed, and had once hoped to direct the project himself. Goro’s choice of first directorial project seems almost calculatedly masochistic.

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Game Review: Real Lives, by Education Simulations | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Josh finds a game that promises to simulate real life.

Have you ever been a Muslim activist in Uzbekistan? How about a waiter in Bangladesh? Arrested for seditious activities by a corrupt government? Starved to death? I’m guessing the answer to most, if not all, of those questions is “no.” Now’s your chance!

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More biased plugging of the small press | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Rather than just blatantly plug my latest published story, like I usually do, here’s the press release for issue 30 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine…

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Book Review: Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Dave reviews Flowers for Algernon.

If you haven’t read Flowers for Algernon, you probably have a rough idea of what it’s about, or at least have heard of it. I remember it being on my recommended reading list at school, and there was little else on there that could be classified as science fiction. Not only did Keyes win both the Hugo and Nebula in the same year for the novel, but, like Vonnegut and a very few others, he had the double-edged good fortune of transcending the genre in which he wrote, and plunging into the murky depths of “serious literature.”

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Film: Nancy Drew… Reporter | Comments (2) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Nancy Drew… Reporter

While writing my post about the Lumière brothers, I happened to come across an old, public domain Nancy Drew film–the kind you can find in bargain bins at Target and Big Lots with five other movies on the same DVD for $1.

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Film Heritage Part Four: The Lumière Brothers | Comments (3) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

A look at the Lumière brothers, often referred to as “the fathers of cinema.”

Auguste Marie Louis Nicholas Lumière (1862-1954) and Louis Jean Lumière (1864-1948) worked in the still photography industry, and it is there that they focused most of their efforts for most of their lives. However, like everyone and their brother towards the end of the 19th century, they also took a few years to develop a film recording and projection system. In 1894, they bought out an unpaid patent for the term cinématographe, originally filed by one Léon Bouly, which they then applied to their own device.

Part Four of a multi-part series of posts. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)

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Allegro Non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto | Comments (0) | Below is a summary — View the full post »

Allegro Non Troppo: animation becomes art.

Allegro Non Troppo is Bruno Bozzetto’s response to Disney’s Fantasia. The film consists of six parts, each featuring animation set to a piece of classical music. Bookending each piece of music and animation are scenes of black-and-white live action. While the production values are clearly lower than Disney’s masterpiece, Bozzetto’s film is an interesting riff on the same idea, and it has a somewhat deeper and darker tone that I happen to appreciate.

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