- Hans Solo concept art from French Vanity Fair (cool pic).
- If you haven’t seen Ex Machina, please do (reddit).
- Patrick Stewart likes Portland’s Pok Pok wings (instagram).
- Infographic shows science fiction books that predict the future.
- Pentagon rushes to create new space defense center, amidst fears of Chinese and Russian satellite attacks.
- Last Thursday, Richard Branson got $500 million to make space internet satellites. Will our planet start to look more like this (art) – as we start looking for satellites (video)?
- Crazy lava drones (wow art).
- The bright spotted pyramid peaks of Ceres continue to baffle NASA. Must be aliens.
- This could be the opening panel of the next superhero comic book: Somewhere, a person in France eats a fluorescent lamb with jellyfish DNA.
- Astronaut Terry Virts took 319,275 photos during his 199-day mission on the ISS.
- Awesome pic of solar flare. More epic space photos.
- In case you missed it – The Martian Viral Video – Ares 3: Farewell #Areslive (video).
- We will remember you. Rest in peace James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, and Titanic (article with movie clips).
June 2015 archive
The second episode of Killjoys focuses the plot on one mission. Dutch must transfer a convicted felon named Simon to “Sugar Point” – a broken-down, bombed, and incredibly dangerous sector of Westerly. Though the point-and-shoot dialogue of this episode is pretty pedestrian compared to the pilot “Bangarang”, “The Sugar Point Run” expands on the strengths and weaknesses of our main protagonists, and also builds upon the relationships of the main players in the Killjoys universe. Let’s learn more about The Company, RAC, Dutch, John, and D’Avin – shall we? (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)
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 5: House Harkonnen and Part 6: House Corrino.
Part 7: Fremen & Sandworms
The Fremen are the native tribes of the desert world of Arrakis. They have inhabited the Arraki planet for generations, slowly becoming acclimatized to the harsh desert landscape and the necessities of water preservation. The Fremen are characterized by their stillsuits and bourkas. Stillsuits are full-body gear, which harness and reclaim moisture from sweat, exhalation, and bodily wastes. Bourkas are insulated mantles, turbans which provide protection from the sun’s glare and the many sandstorms that sweep the landscape. This gear, though protective, allows for a full range of motion for fighting and hunting. As with everything the Fremen do, their characteristic garb is designed for survival, so much so that “stillsuit discipline” or “water discipline” is a deeply imbedded part of Fremen culture.by
- Software engineers trained Google’s AI to recognize images. Then they discovered that this AI can also generate funky dreamscapes. In this situation, does art mirror life?
- Alex Olmedo from Spain creates fantastical sci-fi cityscapes, dystopian castles, knights and dragons (wow art).
- NASA creates a humanoid space robot, a Michelin Man and C-3PO crossover that can manipulate human tools.
- Keeping germs from space – how NASA avoids contaminating our solar system with Earth bugs.
- Life in space? This article analyzes the feasibility of scifi habitats like Babylon 5 and the Wall-E ship.
- A working 3D-printed Stargate mechanism (wormhole not included).
- After 40 years, China finally gets to see Star Wars in theatres. Apparently, Harrison Ford isn’t as pretty to Chinese audiences.
- Two recent posts on Reddit’s /AskScienceFiction: How did these Jurassic World rides get approved? And why does Wikus turn into an alien in District 9?
- While you wait for the next X-Files episode, check out Mulder and Scully in anime, chibi style, and more chibi style (fan art).
- The future is now: Hypersonic missiles tackle threats.
- NASA mission to the ocean world of Europa is now a go.
- Hubble’s recently-discovered galaxy quartet.
- Why Russia sent a woman to space before the United States.
S1E1 Bangarang || Next Episode: S1E2 The Sugar Point Run
Call me a superfan at first sight. SyFy’s new show Killjoys is packed with layer after layer of visual narratives in its first episode “Bangarang”. Though many scifi fans like me feared that Killjoys would be a mere shadow, a copycat, of the dearly-departed Firefly, this show only has a few elements in common with Firefly (i.e. casual references to a corporate mega-entity called “The Company”, gun-slinging gals, and a western-style Bellus Hardy played by Nora McLellan). Instead, the Killjoys universe hearkens back to the imagery of classic science fiction movies like Blade Runner, and superhero origin stories like Batman Begins or Guardians of the Galaxy. I almost seems like Killjoys is set in the same, but far more expansive, universe of Blade Runner, topped off with a Desi superhero princess caught in the middle of ensuing civil war. Forget the naysayers. If you like universe-building space operas, this show is for you. (Caution – spoilers ahead!) (more…)by
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 4: House Atreides and Part 5: House Harkonnen.
Part 6: House Corrino
House Corrino is one of the most powerful families in the Dune universe. Following the Butlerian Jihad and the Battle of Corrin, House Corrino became the Imperial Family of the newly formed empire, called the Imperium, and ruled all the colonies of man for approximately 10,000 years. The symbol of House Corrino is a golden lion. (more…)by
- Sending message to Philae…do you read? Wake up!
- Russian urban exploration photographer Ralph Mirebs captures extraordinary pics of broken-down Soviet space shuttles.
- Robotic ballet in Brooklyn with cute little Nao humanoids. See a trailer of the show (video).
- Ode to Jurassic World – ‘nostalgia’ fan art, a pretty lightscape, and more.
- XKCD comic perfectly describes Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’.
- Ready your light sabers: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ announces plans to attend Comic-Con 2015. (Also, try on that spandex suit before going. It’ll have to be comfortable for the long lines).
- Want to travel through a wormhole without the consequences? Check out this LED black hole water slide (video).
- ‘Dark Matter’ premiered this past weekend on SyFy. Created by former Stargate writer-producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, ‘Dark Matter’ is a new deep space adventure, featuring amnesiacs and guns in equal measure.
- Dan Simmons’ ‘Hyperion’ is coming to SyFy. Bradley Cooper, Graham King, and Todd Phillips are teaming up for this adaptation.
- The first image of Mulder and Scully on the new X-Files set (twitter pic).
- The Earth on GoPro from SpaceX Falcon 9 (HD video). Also, SpaceX wants to give us internet from space. Combine this with the internet of things, and soon your coffee maker will be controlled from space (video)!
- Speaking of the internet, did you know that over 90 percent of it is the deep web (i.e. only accessible via special browser)? While NASA catalogs space, it is also on a mission to catalog the ‘deep web’.
- More NASA news: Pics From 50 Years of Spacewalks, Pluto video, and CubeSats.
- Asked on Reddit: What would happen to me, and everything around me, if a black hole the size of a coin instantly appeared?
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