StoryBundle, which won our hearts early by collecting science fiction e-books written by indie authors, is now doing the same for horror. For as little as $1, you can six digital reads that look set to please sci-fi fans with zombies, apocalyptic yarns and ancient evils.
Back in 1973, eternally eccentric filmmaker Woody Allen made Sleeper. Set in the year 2173, Sleeper is, to date, Allen's sole venture into overt sci-fi. A slapstick comedy, Sleeper pokes fun at other sci-fi classics, notable amongst them Fahrenheit 451 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The political and social aspects of the film are thinly veiled 1970s sentiment, set in a dystopic inept police state. What is truly interesting is Sleeper's perspective on the progress of technology, 200 years from its production. While Woody Allen did not predict technological miniaturization, he did get a lot of things right. Was Woody Allen a tech prophet? Here's a list of technologies predicted in Sleeper that already exist, 161 years ahead of schedule.
Criticism comes with its fair share of hyperbole, so take the following with the requisite amount of salt: Dishonored is quite likely the most inspired game since the original BioShock. Yes, both games share a quasi-steampunk, war-torn retro vibe, and there's a fair argument to be made that the title feels so inspired because it wears its inspirations so evidently on its sleeve, but there is a thoughtfulness present in each aspect of Dishonored that makes it feel not only completely original, but infinitely enjoyable. Warning: Some plot spoilers ahead, though we'll talk around them as generally as we can.
Is it any surprise that sci-fi nerds love Lego? If they aren't going out on hot dates, they might as well spend their Friday nights recreating props, locations and scenes from the science fiction world using toy bricks. Kidding! These creations are enormously impressive, demonstrating superb engineering and creativity. With Danish toymaker Lego celebrating its 80th birthday this year, we figured we'd commemorate the occasion by highlighting fan creations. Given it's us, we decided to showcase ones with a sci-fi bent. Last week, we took a look at 11 colossal Lego starships. Now, here are 32 fan-built Lego tributes to science fiction, both famous and obscure.
Finding great science fiction reads, especially in a sea of millions of available books, can be a daunting task. And if you want to support independent self-published authors, it can be next to impossible finding that perfect book to read. Fortunately, StoryBundle has decided to make this process much easier. The concept behind StoryBundle is a simple one: select a group of quality self-published books and offer them to the public for whatever price people are willing to pay. Similar in concept to many indie video game bundles (think HumbleBundle), StoryBundle is the brainchild of Jason Chen. Chen and his team read all of the titles themselves and then decide which ones to offer in the bundle. And the reader decides what price to pay. It's basically a win-win for everyone involved. In an interview with Chen, we discussed the benefits of StoryBundle to science fiction authors and readers.
In science fiction, there isn't a move much more epic than blowing up a dang planet (unless, of course, you destroy a star). Star Wars made a pretty big deal out of it, but in Planetary Annihilation, where robot armies wage an endless war across the cosmos, it promises to be commonplace.
We previously explored how science fiction movies, books, games and more inspire the technology we use today. So, what about the future? What great inventions from science fiction are lurking around the corner? For example, what if you could ride around town in your very own landspeeder, or travel the world by simply standing on your very own teleporter pad and telling it where to send you? Here's a list of the top 10 most promising up and coming technological inventions inspired by the pages, scenes and sounds of science fiction.
Picture your favorite sci-fi movie. Got it in your memory? Now, imagine a scene from it built with Lego. Then, imagine the same scene built in Lego form. Finally, toss the Lego creation under a shrink gun. These cute as hell micro dioramas of famous sci-fi movie scenes are what you'd probably end up with.
As you're about to see, it's a pretty good time to be both a fan of video games and science fiction. It's true that the two have always gone hand-in-hand, but at E3 2012 this year, we were treated to plenty of sci-fi goodness from familiar franchises and original ideas alike. Here we've collected all the games announced at the show that have a sci-fi angle. We've picked a few of our favorites and listed a couple of honorable mentions — it's all inside.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put up a video honoring Ray Bradbury's memory. It's not a montage with a voiceover, or a reading of one of Bradbury's books. It's a simple clip of Bradbury talking the night before the Mariner 9 mission saw the spacecraft enter Mars orbit in 1971. It's simple, it's charming and it's inspiring.