Archive for the ‘SciFi’ Category

Avatar spoilers

January 5, 2010

This is a comment I left on a review of Avatar on Dark Worlds blog that raises issues with the lousy science in Avatar:

Then there is the subject of evolution on Pandora. All the animals have six limbs. Four up front and two in the back. All of them, including the Pterodactyl like creatures. Four wings and pair of legs. Four eyes as well. One pair above sightly farther out than the inner pair.

Everything except the Terminator Smurfs. Two eyes, and four limbs.

Radically different biology, yet they could mesh their nervous system with the local animals.
Did the Terminator Smurfs braid their hair to protect the nerve bundle or did it grow like that naturally.

Oh, why did the Pterodactyl like creatures naturally develop stirrups for the Terminator Smurfs?

With all the “scientists” they had on that planet, why didn’t any notice that the Terminator Smurfs obviously didn’t evolve there?

Also published at the Urbin Report.

Friday B-Movie Pick: The Running Man

July 17, 2009

The Running Man

An Arnold Schwarzenegger classic from 1997. California in 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the world’s economy’s total collapse. The hero is wrong accused and tossed in a brutal prison along with Yaphet Kotto’s character, who is there for teaching kids about the Constitution of the United States of America. Ya, I know, it sounds like where America is heading under the reign of our Dear Leader. Besides that, it’s a fun film with added bonuses like Jesse Ventura, Professor Toru Tanaka, Mick Fleetwood, and great performance by Richard Dawson. It was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, From the Starsky and Hutch TV show, and choreography by Paula Abdul.

Friday B-Movie Archive.

The Doctor’s Daughter really is the Doctor’s Daughter

June 15, 2009

Odd bit of SciFi trivia I hadn’t picked up on. Georgia Moffett, who played Jenny, the cloned daughter of the 10th Doctor, David Tenant, is the daughter of Peter Davison, who played the 5th Doctor. Keeping in the trend, Moffett’s best friend in school was the daughter of Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor.

Filming in the Arctic

May 1, 2009

I watched Stargate:Continuum last night. The coolest part was the extra feature about filming on the Arctic ice pack in Northern Alaska.

Monday Book Pick – On Basilisk Station

March 23, 2009

On Basilisk Station by David Weber

The first book in David Weber’s best selling Honor Harrington series. Often, and accurately called “Horatio Hornblower in Space,” this series tells the tale of an Officer in Royal Manticorian Navy. In this book, she is a Commander and has just received her second “Hyper” command. Set in the far future, the series has a definate “Age of Sail” feel, with missle broadsides instead cannon broadsides.

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Monday Book Pick

March 9, 2009

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the RiverWorld series by the late Philip Jose Farmer

PJF passed away recently, so this week’s pick is his Hugo award winning classic, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. The book features literally everyone who lived and died from early Man’s first appearance on Earth to 1985.

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RIP Philip Jose Farmer

February 26, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer, one my my favorite SF authors, passed away yesterday at age 91.

He told grand stories of life, love lost and love found. If you haven’t read anything by him yet, you should.

Monday Book Pick

February 23, 2009

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

A well written tale of betrayal, revenge and englightment. A SciFi classic from the 1950s.

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Viewing politics through a SF lens

February 14, 2009

I personally found the Karl “Darth” Rove analogy funny, and a bit accurate in how he consistently defeated his lesser liberal foes.

Here is a new meme to fit your head around. Barack Hussein Obama is Anakin Skywalker. Some see him as the one spoken of in Prophecy, to bring “balance” and a new age of enlightenment. Instead, he brings destruction and darkness.

Discuss.

Monday Book Pick

February 9, 2009

From the Grandmaster of Science Fiction, Robert A Heinlein, Starship Troopers.

If you have only seen the movie, do yourself a favor and read the book!

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