The format of the Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament has been chosen by you guys, the readers. The results can be seen in detail here. We will not break the tournament down by season or episode, looking only at whole series. As before, Bureau 42 authors will come up with a starter list of shows, and wildcards can be submitted by the voters. The tournament will still be 42 weeks. The only real difference between this and the movie tournaments are in scale (half as many titles to start with, so that “round one” will have 8 movies per week instead of 16) and the use of mandatory unique identifiers to provide more statistical analysis. (Those identifiers can be anything provided it won’t be duplicated, and they won’t be seen publicly. They’ll be used solely to correlate votes from a single voter across multiple weeks. With sufficient statistics, we may turn it into a recommendations engine, so that we’ll have a sidebar that lets you say “I like A, B and C, what else should I check out?” and get useful answers.) Once we assemble the starting list of titles, we’ll post a start date for the tournament and get the ball rolling.
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Mur Lafferty has established herself as geek and podcaster and scribe and many people anticipated her first novel. In several places, she cites Douglas Adams as her influence, and some consider Shambling Guide a Hitchhiker’s Guide take on urban fantasy….
If you have thoughts and reviews of Kick-Ass 2, here’s the place for’em.
So, can people turn invisible and fly through space now?
A lab accident produces impossible material.
Poor timing on the name
A space firm, Elysium will send you into space! Burial in space has never been this affordable.
But will they look like the colonies in old episodes of Star Trek?
More about near-future asteroid mining.
This will look like episodes of Cowboy Bebop:
FUNimation has licensed several anime series, including Cowboy Bebop, for release. Coming soon in Hi-Def.
Avoid Rush Hour traffic!
Travel by Hyperloop!
Last weekend’s Las Vegas Star Trekkers, below:
John Brunner’s proto-cyberpunk dystopia won the Hugo back in ’69, and it holds up reasonably well. Sure, we have neither a base on the moon nor a dome over Manhattan, but his world of 2010– , wherein the west encounters terrorism and random violence, a computer system puts you in touch with information, Detroit has declared bankruptcy, China is the ascendant superpower, documents are printed by laser, gay/bisexual relationships are mainstream (if not tolerated by everyone), social drug use has general acceptance, and racism has simmered but remains present, should be a little bit familiar.
The plot concerns overpopulation and eugenics. Two roommates find themselves drawn into international intrigue—and one must confront his role as a sleeper agent.
Neill Blomkamp’s big budget SF movie about class warfare opened this weekend to mixed reviews. What place will it occupy on your personal Greatest Science Fiction Film list?
Can’t get out to the latest SF blockbuster? Here’s a little Bureau42 Festival of recent short genre films available on Youtube:
“Flying Man” takes a dark look at the superhero:
“R’ha,” “The Final Moments of Karl Brant” (with Paul Reubens), “Caldera,” “Runaway,” and “The Strangers,” below:
A team from the University of Toronto successfully launched a human-powered ‘copter, winning a prize that has remained unclaimed for three decades:
Meanwhile, another team of university students will be getting a lift from NASA later this month to see how fire burns in microgravity.
I’d love to go stargazing with you, but…
Ever wonder how to wash your hair in space? Astronaut Karen Nyberg shows you how.
I know rats can carry plague, but….
The U.S. Economic Development Administration spent a fortune destroying computers– including printers and mice– attempting to rid their system of suspected, commonplace, easily-purged viruses and malware. Tax dollars at work, in an agency designed to deal with economic issues.
The best thing since this long-neglected timeline?
If you haven’t stumbled on it yet, a blogger named Joe Negroni has folded all the Pixar films into one universe-building timeline.
Nerd love, Superman’s punch, and more, after the jump.
Cameron teams up with Gardiner, Alec’s house becomes a crime scene, and we learn someone’s truth about why future Alec sent Liber8 to the present.
Audio podcasts are coming from Bureau 42. The master feed (iTunes, RSS) is now available, and will include all audio podcasts, including the two we’ve already done. The first regular podcast goes up one week from today, in the inaugural chapter of our monthly Silver Screen Superman, covering the 12 feature film incarnations of the character and most of the franchise. (Steel is omitted.) That will also have its own feed, as will our podcasts about the films in our Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament, this fall’s X-Files Retrospective podcast, and more. There is also a feed for Math From Scratch (iTunes, RSS) and we will be introducing feeds for Summer School, Teaching Tidbits and a master education feed as well. Note that the education feeds are in PDF format, which I find works in iTunes but not in the iOS Podcasts app. The audio podcasts work as expected under iOS.