- In honor of NaNoWriMo, lend your creative mind to the first ever fully crowdsourced science fiction novel. This one is already developing an interesting metaverse story arc.
- Jesuits in space? Interesting article about why there are so many Catholics in science fiction. Is this a way to celebrate the Jesuit drive for exploration, or merely a plot device to study the tension between religion and alien life?
- Author of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, decries genre snobbery – where ‘mainstream’ literary critics denounce science fiction and fantasy. “It’s a bizarre act of self-mutilation to say that ‘I don’t get on with science fiction and fantasy, therefore I’m never going to read any’”.
- Amazing six-minute video short about time travel, called Therefore I Am. Starts out a little cheesy, then messes up your mind in the style of Primer or Looper. The description: A mysterious encounter between a man who claims to be from the future and the man that he claims is his former self. A surreal psychological thriller about loss and regret. All set within the framework of a time travel story that loosely operates in accordance to the paradox-less MWI (many-worlds interpretation) in quantum mechanics.
- Calling all astronauts! NASA recruitment call for Mars mission. After discovering why Mars lost its atmosphere in the first place (video), maybe NASA has some ideas for putting it back (but probably not in time for this next mission).
- Democrats and Republicans agree (for once!) as new legislation allows space miners to keep their own booty.
- Beautifully curated ‘space-age’ electronics.
- China’s space agency’s new robot looks suspiciously like an Avengers character.
Posts Tagged ‘Time Travel’
‘Born to run’, aired April 10 (2009), was the last episode of the two-season robot and time-travel series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This TV series focused on the relationship between Sarah and John Connor, following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Amidst rising tensions caused by nascent AIs, time-traveling freedom fighters, and the growing capabilities of John Connor – Sarah Connor must learn to accept her son as the potential savior (and destroyer) of humanity, while still fiercely protecting him as her only child.
What I love about this series is the chaotic time-travel madness, which plays out as a backdrop to the main narrative between Sarah and John Connor. As each successive freedom fighter or AI travels backwards in time, the future is inexplicably altered – such that each time traveler carries the social baggage of a different world. Yet, even in all these branching visions of the future, John Connor’s actions have a pivotal effect on the lives of so many others – making him a pawn in everyone’s schemes. Like Kiera in Continuum or Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys, the main characters must grapple with the notion that they can never return home to ‘their time’ (physically or psychologically) and yet grapple with the opposing fear that elements of the future are predestined.