Anonymous Coward writes, Hi there! I came up with the idea to put sci-fi movies in a chronological order. The problem is that there are many movies that don’t really refer to a specific point in time whereas others mention a concrete date. I’ve tried to put those that show a certain specified time in my list here. You’re welcome to contribute more to that list by either filling out the form on that page mentioned above or write an email to [email protected]! Thanks! Hannes
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So Connie Willis steps into the elevator and I introduce myself and mention that someone has just quoted her, only moments earlier. She is pleased. Then I have to admit that, no, despite her multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, I haven’t actually read any of her work. “Well, read her stuff!” her friend says, as we part at the ground floor.
The Doomsday Book took both the Hugo and the Nebula for best novel back in 1992. Yes, Willis makes heavy use of handwavium . A near-future world very like ours, but with time-travel, seems so unlikely as to be impossible. It is necessary, however, for the novel to work. Willis uses the premise to tell a remarkably well-researched and well-crafted story.
Fiziko reviewed Superman/Batman #1 when it came out; I’m handling the rest of the story arc, in two parts. While the comic features some of the darkness and pseudo-realistic characterization of contemporary comics, this is really the Silver Age again, with the Superman Family, the Batman Family, and a Surprise TwistTM wherein….. Uh, spoilers ahead.
The Canadian horror film Ginger Snaps garnered only small box office in its original run, but terrific reviews and strong rentals prompted both a sequel and a prequel (not yet released). At the end of the first movie, the titular Ginger is dead, Brigitte has been infected with lycanthropy, and the mess they’ve left behind means the surviving sister can no longer remain in Bailey Downs. Given the film’s portrayal of suburbia, being forced to move out may be the sunny side of the situation.
George Bush will reportedly announce plans for the U.S. to return to the moon, establish a permanent presence there, and move on. Break out the space snacks.
January will see the publication of a long-lost work by Robert Heinlein. Publishers rejected the 1930s effort, For Us the Living, for being too didactic. Hardly suprising for Heinlein, but the novel’s apparent political philosophy differs from the views he would later espouse.