Science Fiction’s Most Popular Robots

Last week we asked Pandora Society members to vote on their favourite robots from science fiction! The results are in! Who are Fiction’s Most Popular Robots?

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists

I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really really wanted to love it. Not just because reviewers were hailing Liesel Schwarz’s first installment of The Chronicles of Light and Shadow as “a superb debut novel” when it was released in 2013, but also because I picked it up at Weekend at the Asylum […]

One Ring to Rule Them All

Tolkien’s one ring has been striking fear into the hearts of Hobbits and Geeks everywhere for sixty years. But what are the origins of the ring? Is it an invention of Tolkien’s imagination? Or did he borrow it, as he borrowed so much else, from classic myth? Meanwhile, this meme has been making the rounds, […]

Movie Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

It is both a blessing and a curse to have come of age during a high point in Disney’s film-making history. They were coming out with hit after animated hit: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), and both Pocahontas and Toy Story in 1995. Yes, I got […]


The Elfstones of Shannara was one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and I remember it as one of the most exhilarating and fantasy-esque things I ever encountered it. Wizards battled in the skies with appropriately colour coded magic fire. Trees spoke telepathically to priests and chosen ones. Long voyages were undertaken, destinies […]

Pandora Cinematheque: Tea Time

This delightful short film was made with the help of a Kickstarter campaign in 2014. It is set in the late 1800’s, in a world that holds inventors in the highest regards. At least, as long as they fit the proper mold, which is not the case for Elizabeth. Her inventions have been rejected time […]

Welcome to January

Way back at the dawn of calendrical time (about 800 BC give or take a few centuries) there were only ten months in the calender. They were named, rather sensibly, “First Month,” “Second Month,” etc. We remnants of these names in the months of September (seventh month), October (eighth month), November (ninth month), and December […]

J.J. Abrams, Fate, and the Force: Predicting Abrams’ Influence on Episode 8

The bad news is: J. J. Abrams isn’t going to direct Star Wars Episode 8. The good news is: he’s set the wheel in motion, and when Abrams shoves in one direction, subsequent writers and directors are bound to follow a similar course. Mostly. What’s more, we know that Abrams likes the postulated script for […]

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