A critique of 2001 on its 50th anniversary
The movement away from physical artifacts (DVDs and Blu-Ray discs) to streaming services may leave future science fiction film fans in the dark about classics of the genre if selection does not improve.
David A. Hardy space art, new Lunar probes, impending Jupiter fly-by, pulp publications, Space X, Ben Bova, and much more
This week Steve looks at an almost-forgotten Golden Oldie SF writer: Will F. “Murray Leinster” Jenkins!
After the first half hour, Doctor Strange somehow turned into a spectacular but oddly empty experience.
You think Star Wars ruined the possibility for “legitimate science fiction” to appear on the big screen? Darren Slade suggests that you think again.
While influencing his own works of literature as well as that of other writers, Encounter at Dawn by Arthur C. Clarke stirred many questions about the past and future of humanity.
“Three to beam up”. To compare Star Trek with ISS here, I need to stretch a bit.
In advance of the SyFy mini-series of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic “Childhood’s End,” Steve reviews the actual book and finds it worth a read!
Sometimes the medium the message is delivered through can drastically alter the experience.
Science fiction’s worst nightmares come true
The short story Mr. Spaceship gives readers plenty to think about with its unique twist on the self-aware machine. How far can and should man go to preserve civilization?
The characters dress as a ‘70s designer would have thought future people might dress, when they’re not dressing in actual ‘70s style…
In 2001 I wrote that A.I. was more successful as a fable that as pure SF, a film to be seen and argued over, which in the current climate of mindless special effects dominated action fodder made it easy to over-rate.
This week the UK London listings and entertainment guide Time Out published part of an on-going series of genre by genre features on the 100 Best Films. The current one is ‘The 100 best sci-fi movies’. Gary Dalkin takes a look…
Post fall of communism, with governments subservient to corporate paymasters, Rollerball seems like a much greater, more prescient, film now than the one I originally saw back in 1976. Today Rollerball surely stands as one of the most underrated films of the 1970s and one of the most thought-provoking and rewarding SF films ever made.
The first candidate for the greatest SF novel of all time
A list of the top ten greatest spaceships of all time, following some rules, of course.
The top ten villains to grace the screen.
Arthur C. Clarke’s short story The Sentinel lost in a writing competion and could feasibly have never made it to publication. But over time, the story emerged as the inspiration for the cult classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Graeme shares the experience of watching 2001 A Space Odyssey during its original release and ruminates on the films impact then and today.
Media SF – in all of its varieties – is firmly and uncontestably rooted in the literature (whether it acknowledges its sources or not). The problem for the audience of media fare is that the mainstream definition of “sci fi” is overly broad, encompassing bad examples along with the good and offering no inherent means for distinguishing one from the other .
Full disclosure: Europa Report is currently in pay-per-view and will be in theater release in August. I was provided an online copy to view for this review by the kind folks at Magnolia Pictures publicity. Europa Project, directed by Sebastián Cordero (Rage, Cronicas) in a ‘found footage’ style was on my radar screen for three reasons: private […]
Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all of them, and I get to share those chats with you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to […]
On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart. Skyfall, the 23th entry in probably the world’s longest running and most successful film franchise. An undemanding, commercially safe example of formula film-making and an enormous box-office hit. Cloud Atlas a […]