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One of the greatest challenges for any manned Mars mission isn't surviving the planet itself, but remaining mentally sound on the way there -- you don't want to freak out during a months-long space voyage. And it looks like the producers behind the movie adaptation of The Martian are well aware of...

August 5th 2015 at 6:07am 0 Comments
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. The Subversive Science Fiction of Hip-Hop by Rose Eveleth Motherboard I'd...

July 11th 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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Game jams are marathon sessions where game makers put together a game in a short period of time, typically just one or two days. Naturally they're unpredictable -- as likely to conclude in quick interactive jokes as they are substantive games. Sometimes 48 hours of game development ends with Brofo...

March 7th 2015 at 2:19am 0 Comments
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District 9 creator Neill Blomkamp gave sci-fi fans a brief glimmer of hope in January, when he teased that he had secretly been working on an Alien sequel that had (apparently) been scuttled. Well, it might be back on again -- Blomkamp is now claiming on Instagram (with support from Variety source...

February 18th 2015 at 7:48pm 0 Comments
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It looks like that fabled TV adaptation of Minority Report is poised to become a reality. According to Deadline, Fox has ordered a pilot episode for Steven Spielberg's attempt to continue the storyline of his ambitious and occasionally prophetic sci-fi movie. Not that you'll likely see Tom Cruise...

January 11th 2015 at 9:41pm 0 Comments
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You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original Star Wars' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it out in the void? PBS is more than happy to explain in its latest It's Okay T...

September 28th 2014 at 6:56am 0 Comments
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If you regularly follow geek culture, you've probably seen early versions of Dirk Loechel's spaceship comparison chart, which shows the relative sizes of vehicles from science fiction games, movies and TV shows. Well, it's finished -- and it's even more authoritative than the last time around. Get...

September 22nd 2014 at 12:43am 0 Comments
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If you're so enamored with time travel in TV shows that even Doctor Who isn't enough, we have good news: you're about to get a lot more of it. Syfy has ordered production of a series based on Terry Gilliam's classic movie 12 Monkeys. While the show will go without most of the apocalyptic flick's c...

April 4th 2014 at 6:07pm 0 Comments
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While Machinima has spread its wings beyond its namesake game engine-based movies, the company has only occasionally broken out of its familiar video game template. Those horizons are about to get wider through a collaboration with Ridley Scott's production house, RSA. Scott and RSA president Jule...

March 12th 2013 at 10:12am 0 Comments
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Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, based on the Philip K. Dick short story, opened in North American theaters 10 years ago today. It was preceded by the director's A.I. a year earlier, which was famously a pet project of Stanley Kubrick's for decades prior, and was followed up by Spielberg's vers...

June 21st 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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It's a sad day for science fiction fans everywhere, as Ray Bradbury has passed on at the age of 91. We'll always know him best as the author of Fahrenheit 451, but it's really massive legacy in short stories that defined his role in technology. Collections like The Illustrated Man and The Martia...

June 6th 2012 at 11:17am 0 Comments