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Sci-Fi Publisher Shuts Down
Submissions After AI Spam
Feb 22, 2023 10:15 AM CST
Sci-Fi Publisher Shuts Down Submissions After AI Spam
'Robot-generated literature' is filling Amazon's Kindle store, too
- The Hugo Award-winning magazine Clarkesworld is one of the few paying publishers to welcome open submissions for science fiction short stories from new writers, per the
. But it's now put an end to that practice, at least for a while, after receiving a flood of AI-generated pitches, which...
What the Critics Think
Oct 22, 2021 10:58 AM CDT
What the Critics Think of the
Denis Villeneuve gets high praise in adapting complex novel to screen
- The first part of Denis Villeneuve's two-part film adaptation of Frank Herbert's complex 1965 sci-fi novel,
—featuring Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa—is here. Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, heir to the oceanic planet Caladan, whose family...
Explains the Film's Ending
Jul 14, 2018 4:30 PM CDT
Finally Explains the Film's Ending
Stanley Kubrick had long avoided putting it into words
- Ever wondered what Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film
2001: A Space Odyssey
is all about? Well, keep wondering, but an excerpt from an unreleased Japanese documentary has Kubrick explaining the film's mysterious ending, BoingBoing reports. "I've tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came...
The Lowe's Uniform Just
Got Really Futuristic
May 16, 2017 5:21 AM CDT
The Lowe's Uniform Just Got Really Futuristic
Robotic exosuits inspired by science fiction are being tested in stores
- Lowe’s uniforms just got a serious upgrade in Christiansburg, Va., where shoppers may spot a new robotic exosuit in action. CNN Tech reports that four employees there are testing out an exoskeleton prototype that aids workers with heavy lifting. The technology looks much like a harness, with carbon-fiber rods...
Obama's Top 8 Sci-Fi
Movies and TV Shows
Oct 15, 2016 4:55 PM CDT
Obama's Top 8 Sci-Fi Movies and TV Shows
The president laid them out while serving as guest editor for Wired
- Perhaps lining up a post-White House gig, President Obama stepped in as guest editor for
this week, the AV Club reports. In addition to writing about why "now is the greatest time to be alive," he took the opportunity to list his favorite science fiction movies and...
Apr 18, 2014 10:49 AM CDT
Aims High, Falls Flat
Wally Pfister film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall
, starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall, tells the story of a dying scientist whose wife uploads his brain onto a computer. Wally Pfister's directorial debut (he's been Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer) raises worthwhile questions about technology, identity, and good and evil, critics say—but they're...
Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
Why Do Sci-Fi Bad Guys Have Crappy Tech?
Mark Hagerott and Daniel Sarewitz think fiction is doing a bad job warning us about the dystopia around us
- Fiction, and especially science fiction, is rife with stories of rebels going on the run and challenging the established order. But that whole narrative "has been rendered implausible by the development of pervasive security technology," argue Mark Hagerott and Daniel Sarewitz at Slate . "Who can go on...
Is Head-Spinning Fun
Sep 28, 2012 11:31 AM CDT
Is Head-Spinning Fun
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis star in Rian Johnson sci-fi flick
- Writer/director Rian Johnson wins over critics with
, a time-traveling sci-fi thriller with brains. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hired killer set to assassinate a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis. What the press is saying:
is "way inventive but it wears its creativity lightly, like it'
Aug 29, 2012 9:36 AM CDT
FBI Suspected Ray Bradbury of Communist Leanings
Huffington Post unveils writer's FBI file
- Ray Bradbury's criticism of the government got him investigated by the FBI in the 1960s as a suspected Communist sympathizer, according to FBI files obtained by the Huffington Post via a FOIA request. Bradbury was reported to the FBI by screenwriter Martin Berkeley, who years earlier had told the...
Aug 3, 2012 10:59 AM CDT
Critics not impressed with Colin Farrell remake
- Critics aren't much impressed with
, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about fake memories. While the 1990 original has become a classic of sorts, this version, starring Colin Farrell, has inspired some pretty harsh reviews.
"The ambitions of the filmmakers lie in the direction of maximum noise and
Jul 9, 2012 12:33 PM CDT
Ex-CIA Agent: It
a UFO at Roswell
And there were alien cadavers: Chase Brandon
- Sixty-five years ago yesterday, a Roswell newspaper alerted the world to the landing of a flying saucer—and that report got it right, a former CIA agent now says. "It was not a damn weather balloon," Chase Brandon, who worked for the agency for 35 years, tells the...
Jun 9, 2012 8:19 AM CDT
Ray Bradbury's Best Predictions
He wrote of flat-screen TVs in the 1950s
- The death of Ray Bradbury this week prompted Hayley Tsukayama of the
to look through his works and pick out 10 of his "most prescient predictions." A sampling:
Maybe they weren't Bluetooth headsets, but the people in
had things very much like
RIP, Ray Bradbury
Jun 6, 2012 12:24 PM CDT
RIP, Ray Bradbury
He elevated science fiction into the mainstream
- A sampling of the salutes being directed toward Ray Bradbury, who has died at age 91:
New York Times
"By many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."
Los Angeles Times
Dead at 91
Jun 6, 2012 9:39 AM CDT
Ray Bradbury Dead at 91
Author wrote seminal sci-fi works like Fahrenheit 451 , and The Martian Chronicles
- Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,...
Set to Lose ... $200M
Mar 20, 2012 5:01 AM CDT
Set to Lose ... $200M
Sci-fi epic puts Disney Studios in the red
- Science-fiction epic
looks set to go down in history as one of Hollywood's biggest-ever money losers. Disney says it expects the movie—which cost more than $250 million to make, and another $100 million to market—to lose some $200 million, putting its movie studio up to...
Oct 9, 2011 3:45 PM CDT
Homeland Security Tests 'Pre-Crime' Detectors
'Non-intrusive' sensors collect data on prospective crooks
- Homeland Security is trying to make Hollywood's science-fiction fantasies come true, CNET reports. While the Tom Cruise film
portrayed psychics who predict crimes, DHS officials are using a "prototype screening facility" to "detect cues indicative of mal-intent" in people, according to a DHS document. The...
to Direct New
Aug 18, 2011 2:52 PM CDT
Ridley Scott to Direct New
Alcon Entertainment slated to produce upcoming sequel or prequel
- "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..." But would the infamous replicant leader in
believe that director Ridley Scott is making a new version of the 1982 sci-fi classic? Sequel or prequel, nobody seems to know—and Harrison Ford's participation is a question...
US Dreams of Interstellar
Spaceship in 100 Years
Aug 6, 2011 2:07 PM CDT
US Dreams of Interstellar Spaceship in 100 Years
DARPA offering $500,000 to space innovators
- Is it possible that
and a sci-fi story written by Jules Verne more than 100 years ago will inspire the next generation of space technologies? DARPA, the research and development division of the US military, sure hopes so. In fact, the agency has promised to award $500,000...
Jun 10, 2011 12:05 PM CDT
JJ Abrams directs Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning in sci-fi flick
is a fun summer blockbuster about kids, monsters, and filmmaking—but don’t expect a classic.
Director JJ Abrams is “clever and sincere,” notes AO Scott in the
New York Times
, “but still, at least on the big screen, more student than master. Like his
an Action Flick
Apr 1, 2011 12:35 PM CDT
an Action Flick With Brains
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan star in Duncan Jones' sci-fi film
stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a military pilot placed into another man’s life using a secret program called Source Code—where he's forced to repeat the same eight minutes perpetually in order to catch a bomber. It’s pulse-pounding but deeply human:
It’s “the first film
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