May 2015 archive

Five Mario Brothers Science Fiction Mashups (Mad Max, Star Wars, and More!)

If your childhood was filled with fond memories of gold coin chases, turtle rides, and psychedelic mushroom eating trips, then you’ll probably like the creative works of the folks below.

First up, we have “Mario Kart: Fury Road”, an awesome mashup of the Mad Max: Fury Road theatrical trailer and Mario Kart effects by Kris Sundberg.  Considering the premise of Mad Max – an endless car chase filled with violence, acrobatic hijinx, and explosions – its integration with Mario Kart is pretty seamless. My favorite scene in both the original trailer and the mashup is the opening: a gorgeous desert road that disappears into the distance, awaiting your next move…

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 3 – The Mentats

This post is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dune. SciFiMix is creating 50 pieces of original artwork covering the main powers in the Dune universe. Check out Part 1: The Bene Gesserit and Part 2: The Guild Navigators.

Part 3: The Mentats

The Mentats use sapho juice to boost their already formidable mental powers. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Mentats use sapho juice to boost their already formidable mental powers. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The Mentats are a professional society of logicians, stategists, and mathematicians in Frank Herbert’s Dune. Their minds honed from infancy through strict mental conditioning, Mentats are able to outperform smart computers in their abilities to process and evaluate data. Mentats can double or triple these abilities even further through the consumption of sapho juice, an extract from the root of the Ecaz tree, but this consumption leads to addiction. Over time, sapho juice stains the user’s lips, making scarlet lips a hallmark of many Mentats. (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – May 26, 2015

Tom Beddard uses fractal design software to create futuristic (and dystopian) landscapes. Image Source: sub.blue/aurullia

Tom Beddard uses fractal design software to create futuristic (and dystopian) landscapes. Image Source: sub.blue/aurullia

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 2 – The Guild Navigators

This post is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dune. SciFiMix is creating 50 pieces of original artwork covering the main powers in the Dune universe. Check out Part 1: The Bene Gesserit here.

Part 2: The Guild Navigators

The Guild Navigator suspended in a vat of spice-filled air. SciFiMix original art, inspired by Frank Herbert's 'Dune'.

The Guild Navigator suspended in a vat of spice-filled air. SciFiMix original art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’.

The Guild Navigators are a powerful merchant class of spacefarers. After years of genetic mutation caused by inhaling the mystical ‘spice’ of Arrakis (aka Dune), these former humans can no longer survive in normal atmosphere. Instead, their lives depend on the spice – a deadly addiction.  Limbs atrophied, bodies and minds distended, with webbed hands and toes, the Guild Navigators remain suspended in tanks of spice-filled air for their entire lives. (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – May 19, 2015

Stormtroopers with kittens, just a few of the pictures in Rohit Saxena's montage for the Ottawa Humane Society. Image Source: Rohit Saxena, click image for more pictures.

Stormtroopers with kittens, just a few of the pictures in Rohit Saxena’s montage for the Ottawa Humane Society. Image Source: Rohit Saxena, click image for more pictures.

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Life, Death, and Life Again in Mad Max: Fury Road

 

The world of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' a chaotic desert wasteland. Image Source: Warner Bros, Co. via the Official Main Trailer.

The world of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ a chaotic desert wasteland. Image Source: Warner Bros, Co. via the Official Main Trailer.

In the extreme desert wastelands of a post-nuclear Earth, Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa fight for survival in a world riddled with decay. At first, life and death seem to be the only truths by which men and women abide. Warlords rule over entire populations through their hold over simple resources: water, gasoline, bullets. Reproduction, the essence of life and birth, is warped. Pregnant women are milked like cows in a dairy factory to nourish an ongoing war machine, while the most beautiful women are trapped in bank vaults as precious breeding commodities. Even our protagonist-hero, Max, states simply: “My world is reduced to a single instinct: Survive.”

Yet, even as Mad Max’s humankind tangles in a dance with death, the omnipresence of death fuels a new religion and aesthetic. Amidst adrenaline-fueled, literal blood-pumping car chase scenes, and rocker flame-fueled explosions that put Michael Bay to shame, Mad Max: Fury Road is still able to explore the rituals that men and women adopt at the extremes of survival.  In Mad Max: Fury Road, humankind will even worship cancer, death, and war, if it means that there is a chance of rebirth.

(Caution – Spoiler Alert!)

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 1 – The Bene Gesserit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s Dune. To celebrate this science fiction opus, SciFiMix will feature 50 original images depicting the major players of Dune. From the supernatural guilds and witches, to the warring noble houses, to the prophecies in the dessert, Dune has inspired writers and artists alike to reimagine the wonders of a distant human future.

Part 1: The Bene Gesserit

The Bene Gesserit order controls the Dune universe through prophecy. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Bene Gesserit order controls the Dune universe through prophecy. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The Bene Gesserit are an illuminati-style band of women who travel throughout the galaxy of Dune. Sometimes known as ‘sorceresses’ and ‘witches’, they wield political and religious influence through their use of prophetic tales, poisons, and the Voice – a trained modulation of speech patterns that cause weak-willed populations to follow their commands.

The Missionaria Protective seeds superstitions on foreign worlds, paving the way for future Bene Gesserit. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Missionaria Protectiva seeds superstitions on foreign worlds, paving the way for future Bene Gesserit. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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