Tag: Science Fiction

Otherworlds and Underworlds: Filthy Futures in Roadside Picnic and Neuromancer

More often than not, science fiction depicting the future on Earth conjures up spick-and-span cityscapes: gleaming streets and towers, an ordered and efficient environment, and hidden danger disguised as benign societal mechanisms. What’s seen less often are chaotic, dirty, bucket-of-bolts futures where menace lurks around every corner and people spill out, swearing, from grungy dives….

Review: Wren McDonald’s SP4RX

SP4RX Wren McDonald Nobrow Press December 2016 Disclaimer: This review is based on a copy provided by Nobrow Press. SP4RX is a world you’re familiar with. Punky cyborg hackers eke out a living in squats shadowed by glittering towers while robots and AI are pushing more and more of the working class into the underclass. What makes SP4RX different…

The Cult-erion Collection: The 10 Weirdest Films You Can Watch on Filmstruck

Launched in November, Filmstruck is a new US streaming service featuring classic and foreign films. The product of a partnership between Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Channel, Filmstruck is an oasis in the desert for cinephiles and thinkpiece writers bemoaning the absence of Casablanca and Citizen Kane on Netflix. (Though Filmstruck doesn’t have them…

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Nominees Revealed for First Dragon Awards

The fantasy/science fiction convention Dragon Con has revealed the nominees for its inaugural Dragon Awards, celebrating novels, comics, films, television and games from across the varied subgenres of SFF. The Dragon Awards were announced back in April, and since then have suffered from definite teething problems. The eligibility period for nominations underwent a last-minute change; after…

Star Trek Beyond: Clean Summer Fun

Star Trek Beyond Director: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, and Sofia Boutella Screenplay: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung Paramount Pictures July 22, 2016 As existing media canons are mined for new franchises, there’s a tough balance for these reboots to strike. There’s…