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9 Science-Fiction Authors Predict the Future: How Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick & More Imagined the World Ahead

Pressed to give a four-word definition of science fiction, one could do worse than "stories about the future." That stark simplification does the complex and varied genre a disservice, as the defenders of science fiction against its critics won't hesitate to claim. And those critics are many, including most recently the writer Ian McEwan, despite the fact that his new novel Machines Like Me is about the introduction of intelligent androids into human society. Sci-fi fans have taken him t...
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How to build The Matrix

Rizwan Virk Contributor Rizwan Virk is executive director of Play Labs @ MIT, a serial entrepreneur and author. Released this month 20 years ago, “ The Matrix” went on to become a cultural phenomenon. This wasn’t just because of its ground-breaking special effects, but because it popularized an idea that has come to be known as the simulation hypothesis . This is the idea that the world we see around us may not be the “real world” at all, but a high-resol...
Tags: Amazon, Gaming, Column, Elon Musk, Matt Damon, Tech, Earth, Mit, Oxford, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Smith, Philip K Dick, Keanu Reeves, Emily Blunt, Laurence Fishburne

TV Bits: ‘Bob’s Burgers’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘They Both Die at the End’, ‘Psych’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Nightflyers’, ‘Man in the High Castle’

In this edition of TV Bits: Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy have both been renewed. J.J. Abrams is developing They Both Die At The End. Psych: The Movie sequel grenlit by USA. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is now filming. Rainn Wilson will co-star in Amazon series Utopia. Nightflyers cancelled after one season. Man in the High Castle ending after season 4. Fox loves keeping (most) of their animated shows alive. The Simpsons will seemingly never end, and now the network has jus...
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Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle Ending with Season 4

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle ending with season 4 Deadline brings word that Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle series will be ending with the upcoming fourth season. Showrunners Daniel Percival, David Scarpa, and Scott Free Productions were notified of the cancelation over the past couple of days. The official teaser and poster for the new and final Season 4 was also released, which you can check out below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptSt...
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10 Golden Age science fiction novels

The early 20th century saw explosive growth for the science fiction genre. A wide range of these books would go on to become classics. These great works explore the strange, zany and absurd profundities of our existence. The first Golden Age of Science Fiction was officially considered to be from 1938 to 1946. As a whole and how most readers view it — the era extended into the early- to mid-1960s. From Jules Verne to earlier proto-science fiction works, the genre has gained more prominence an...
Tags: Art, Books, Science Fiction, London, Mexico, Time, Ray Bradbury, Earth, Culture, George Orwell, Innovation, Literature, Beethoven, Clarke, Arthur C Clarke, Stanley Kubrick

What do reverse cyborgs want? A review of David Marusek's Glassing the Orgachine

In First Contact, Book 1 of David Marusek’s (previously) science fiction series Upon This Rock, an alien being crash lands in a remote corner of Alaska, not far from a family-cult of preppers for the end times, and the alien exploits the beliefs of the family patriarch by posing as an angel sent to earth to initiate the final conflict. Rooted deeply in contemporary Alaskan landscape and culture, the novel is funny and painful, part satire and part serious exploration of a particularly unfortu...
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‘Man in the High Castle’ Producer Isa Dick Hackett Sets First Look Deal at Amazon

“The Man in the High Castle” executive producer Isa Dick Hackett and her Electric Shepherd Productions banner have signed a first look deal at Amazon. The daughter of Philip K. Dick, Hackett is the co-founder and CEO of Electric Shepherd Productions. The company is dedicated to the stewardship and adaptation of the Philip K. Dick […]
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The Nazis and your privacy

The nonprofit organization to which I belong recently put the personal data of around 410,000 people on the internet, connected to interactive street maps of where they lived. The data includes their full names, date and place of birth, known residential address, and often includes their professions and arrest records, sometimes even information about mental or physical handicaps. It also lists whether any of their grandparents were Jewish. How would you feel if somebody published your per...
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Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 11, 2019

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. He also runs the Mutant Funnies Tumblr. Atomic Books has been named one of BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America. Fluke #16 edited by Matthew Thompson, art by James B. Hunt / NXOEED For anyone who knows a gifted flye...
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Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

None Spoilers ahead. In 1983 I played an arcade game called Dragon's Lair. In what was already a video-game cliché, a knight named Dirk the Daring attempted to rescue Princess Daphne. But the selling point was not the story—it was that it looked like a cartoon. Meanwhile, on my Atari back at home, the similarly-themed Adventure featured a protagonist who was literally just a dot. After losing a week's worth of quarters within a minute, though, I realized that Dragon's Lair was not really a game...
Tags: Google, Feature, Books, Music, Video Games, Drama, Film, Sci-fi, Netflix, George Orwell, New York Times, Dragon, Mystery, Philip K Dick, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker

The continuing life of science fiction

In 1998, Thomas M. Disch boldly declared in The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World that science fiction had become the main kind of fiction which was commenting on contemporary social reality. As a professional writer, we could object that Disch had a vested interest in making this assertion, but virtually every day news items confirm his argument that science fiction connects with an amazingly broad range of public issues.Take the ongoing debate over different ...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science Fiction, Usa, UK, Featured, Film, Nasa, Avatar, Cameron, Literature, Sci Fi, Scifi, Philip K Dick, James Cameron, Neal Stephenson

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

Yesterday's sci-fi has become today's crappy kit, apart from space colonies and AI Feature Welcome to 2019, the year in which Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi film masterpiece Blade Runner is set. And as predicted in this loose adaptation of a 1968 Philip K. Dick story, we have flying cars.…
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Happy Public Domain day: for real, for the first time in 20 years!

Every year, Jennifer Jenkins and Jamie Boyle from the Duke Center for the Public Domain compile a "Public Domain Day" list (previously) that highlights the works that are not entering the public domain in America, thanks to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which hit the pause button on Americans' ability to freely use their artistic treasures for two decades -- a list that also included the notable works entering the public domain in more sensible countries of the Anglophere, l...
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Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1983 What the World Will Look Like in 2019: Computerization, Global Co-operation, Leisure Time & Moon Mining

Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill, via Wikimedia Commons “It’s difficult to make predictions,” they say, “especially about the future.” The witticism has been variously attributed. If Yogi Berra said it, it's adorable nonsense, if Mark Twain, dry plainspoken irony. If Niels Bohr, however, we have a statement that makes us wonder what exactly “the future” could mean in a radically uncertain universe. If scientists can’t predict the future, who can? Science fiction writers, of cou...
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'Blade Runner' predicted what life would be like in 2019. Here's what the movie got right -- and wrong

Ridley Scott's 1982 movie, based on a Philip K. Dick novel, tried to predict what life would be like on Earth in 2019. Voice recognition? Absolutely. Flying cars? Not so much.
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Voices in AI – Episode 76: A Conversation with Rudy Rucker

Today's leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese .voice-in-ai-byline-embed { font-size: 1.4rem; background: url( black; background-position: center; background-size: cover; color: white; padding: 1rem 1.5rem; font-weight: 200; text-transform: uppercase; margin-bottom: 1.5rem; } .voice-in-ai-byline-embed span { color: #FF6B00; } About this Epi...
Tags: Disruption, Blog, Seo, Complexity, Alan Turing, Ai, Mind, Philip K Dick, Agi, Stephen, Byron, Agency, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram, Byron Reese

10 Best Richard Linklater Movies

10 Best Richard Linklater Movies Known best for his incredibly engrossing, dialogue-filled dramatic comedies, Richard Linklater is one director who knows how to make conversations as captivating as a car chase. He’s got a love of rock music, a love of humanity, and a love of suburban culture. In addition to this, his movies often focus on the passage of time and the ways in which it impacts his characters. Whether he’s taking a look at the way time changes a couple, the way time impacts our ...
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7 of the most interesting fictional drugs

Fictional drugs are a major part of the lore and foundation for many science fiction stories. The unique effects they have on their characters is an interesting new way to explore important issues. Many of these fictional drugs are synonymous with the stories that have been told.Fiction writers have always been good at whisking us away to strange and new alien worlds, places we've never dreamed of and that would never have seen the light of day if they had not been coaxed from the author's wild...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Science Fiction, Movies, Religion, Iran, Innovation, Speaker, Literature, Stanley Kubrick, Soma, Anthony Burgess, Saints, Philip K Dick, Alex, Larry Niven

Big Companies Are Now Paying For Custom-Created Science Fiction

With an eye to the surprisingly large amount of present-day consumer technology that was predicted and inspired by Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, a constellation of companies and independent designers and consultants has formed to “help clients create forward-looking fiction to generate ideas and IP for progress or profit. … And corporations like Ford, Nike, Intel, and Hershey’s, it turns out, are willing to pay hefty sums for their own in-house Minority Reports.” — Medium
Tags: Art, Ideas, Philip K Dick, Hershey, 11.28.18, Ford Nike Intel, Custom Created Science Fiction

Why Should We Read Kurt Vonnegut? An Animated Video Makes the Case

Beneath Kurt Vonnegut’s grim, absurdist humor beat the heart of a humanist, but not, by any stretch, an optimist. Vonnegut looked balefully at every project intended to improve the sorry state of human affairs. In Player Piano, for example, he imagines a future very much like that envisioned for us by our contemporary technocratic elite: nearly all work has been automated and the mass of unemployed are given a modest stipend for their living and funneled into what anthropologist David Gr...
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Fantasy and reality

Image from Pixabay Here are some of my recent (and random) thoughts about the future, science fiction and technology reality. It's not meant to be an essay, but is more a free flow of ideas around these themes. My lifelong interest in technology has almost certainly been inspired by reading science fiction novels. When I was still at school, I read voraciously - Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick - books from all of these write...
Tags: Science Fiction, Technology, Learning, Education, Future, Training, Research, Development, Artificial Intelligence, Pedagogy, Robotics, Philip K Dick, eLearning, Connection, Heinlein, Isaac Asimov

The Ten Best Steven Spielberg Movies Without a Single Oscar

The Ten Best Steven Spielberg Movies Without a Single Oscar Making a “Top Ten Steven Spielberg Movies” is boring.  Give that task to any cinephile, or even a casual moviegoer, and 7 of 10 on the list will probably be the same.   Schindler’s List, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, ET, Close Encounters;   Those will make it to every ranked list.    Spielberg’s filmography is chock full of all-time classic masterpieces that have achieved vast amounts of Oscar go...
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Lakeith Stanfield Isn’t Pretending: How the ‘Sorry to Bother You’ and ‘Atlanta’ Star Became 2018’s Defining Actor

Being black in America has always been a surreal experience, defined by living in two worlds at once. It’s something that’s difficult for white people to understand, though black Americans have been trying to share this struggle for decades. Back in 1963, a young newspaper reporter named Shirley J. Scott wrote about her experiences as a black American. “As an adult Negro, you live in two worlds: the white world where you make your living; the black world where you make your friends,” she w...
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5 Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Demand a Film or Television Adaptation

There’s been a growing trend of networks and studios developing science fiction and fantasy books for TV or film. The 2018-19 television season alone includes at least five new ones—Justin Cronin’s The Passage on Fox, George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers on SyFy, Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens on Amazon Prime, Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook on Starz, and Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 on AMC—and networks have several others they have optioned or have in development (just a few are Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death on HBO...
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The Right to the City: Urbanism, Planning and Cities in Science Fiction and Fantasy

As an urban planner, I read about far flung cities to better understand the possibilities of close by ones. As a lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I’ve become fascinated with the way that fictional cities expand upon central themes in urbanism—diversity, mobility—or major crises such as homelessness and climate change. Sci-fi and fantasy overturn assumptions of “how things are” and make the strange accessible but not necessarily appealing. Thinking through science fiction and fantasy (novels a...
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Robin "Sourdough" Sloan is using a machine-learning autocomplete system to write his next novel

Robin Sloan is a programmer and novelist whose books like Sourdough and Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore are rich and evocative blends of self-aware nerdy playfulness and magical speculation. Earlier this year, Sloan published some preliminary information on a machine learning system for writing prose that he was noodling around with. Since then, the system has expanded and he is now using it to generate prompts as he writes his next novel, invoking it midsentence to get suggestions for com...
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Secret Location’s ‘The Great C’ VR Film Launches on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Entertainment One’s VR subsidiary Secret Location launched its latest VR production “The Great C” on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Tuesday. “The Great C,” a 37-minute animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story by the same name, is selling for $5.99 on the Oculus Store, Viveport and Steam, and will be available on […]
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Shorties (Deborah Eisenberg's Favorite Books, A Profile of Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, and more)

Deborah Eisenberg discussed her favorite books at Vulture. Rolling Stone profiled Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck. October's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker Wild Seed by Octavia Butler eBook on sale for $2.99 today: The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick In the Distance by Hernan Diaz The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick Milk! by Mark Kurlansky A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Stream a new Court...
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'The Man in the High Castle' director on being scared of Nazis at Comic-Con, the nature of evil, and the Amazon show's trippy season 3

“The Man in the High Castle” director and executive producer Daniel Percival spoke to Business Insider ahead of the show's third season, which premieres October 5 on Amazon Prime Video. Percival talked about being scared of running into cosplaying Nazis at Comic-Con, the increasing relevance of the show for audiences with the rise of far-right populism, and whether the team has plotted out an end for the show.   When “The Man in the High Castle” director and executive producer Daniel Percival...
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What’s streaming on Amazon Prime in October

October brings a slew of horror and Halloween-themed movies and television shows, and Amazon Prime will have plenty of that – along with a wide range of other offerings for viewers. “The Romanoffs,” an anthology web television series from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, will feature 8 different stories, each with a different location and cast, about people who believe they are descendants of the Russian royal family. “The Man in the High Castle,” the alternate history series inspired by Philip...
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