June 2015 archive

SciFi Mixed Links – Robot Pride, Richard Branson Space Internet, Lights on Ceres

Robot Pride by CatusSnake via DeviantArt.com. Click for more #lovewins art on DevianArt.com.

Robot Pride by CatusSnake via DeviantArt.com. Click for more #lovewins art on DevianArt.com.

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Killjoys S1E2: The Sugar Point Run

S1E1 Bangarang || S1E2 The Sugar Point Run || S1E3 The Harvest

The Killjoys approach "Sugar Point",  a walled-off wasteland in Westerly. Image Source: Killjoys, The Sugar Point Run. Copyright SyFy.

The Killjoys approach “Sugar Point”, a walled-off wasteland in Westerly. Image Source: Killjoys, “The Sugar Point Run”. Copyright SyFy.

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…)

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 7 – Fremen & Sandworms

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 wear stillsuits that recycle all water produced by the body. SciFiMix art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Fremen wear stillsuits that recycle all water produced by the body. SciFiMix art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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.

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SciFi Mixed Links – Google Dreams, X-Files Anime, & Humanoid Space Robots

The dream images of Google's artificial neural networks. Image Source: Google/ Alexander Mordvintsev, Software Engineer, Christopher Olah, Software Engineering Intern and Mike Tyka, Software Engineer

The dream images of Google’s artificial neural networks. Image Source: Google/ Alexander Mordvintsev, Software Engineer, Christopher Olah, Software Engineering Intern and Mike Tyka, Software Engineer

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Killjoys S1E1: Bangarang Review – Is This The Next Big SciFi Series?

S1E1 Bangarang || Next Episode: S1E2 The Sugar Point Run

Still from new Syfy series Killjoys. Image Source: Syfy via IMDb.com

Still from new SyFy series Killjoys, featuring Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis, and Luke Macfarlane as D’Avin Jaqobis. Image from IMDb.com. Copyright SyFy.

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…)

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 6 – House Corrino

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

The symbol of House Corrino is a Gold Lion. House Corrino led the empire of Dune for over 10,000 years. SciFiMix art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The symbol of House Corrino is a Golden Lion. House Corrino led the Imperium in Dune for over 10,000 years. SciFiMix art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – Philae Wakes Up, Star Wars at Comic-Con, Brooklyn Robot Ballet

After months of silence, the Philae comet lander wakes up! Image source: ESA

After months of silence, the Philae comet lander wakes up! Image source: ESA

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