Neuromancer . . . the Movie!?

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” This is the opening sentence of the 1984 seminary Cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson. The image of a dark future, a sky filled with static, glimmering shades of grey, sets the tone of the novel perfectly . . . until […]

The Retro-Futurism of “Back to the Future II”

So as of today the future of Back to the Future II is history. There are numerous posts and memes circulating the internet celebrating what predictions the film managed to get correct, but it is the outlandish elements that are the most exciting aspects of the film and the things that now make the film retro-futuristic.

Pandora Cinematheque: Heart Pumping Oil

I never cease to be amazed by both the quantity and quality of short films that are continuously breaking onto the internet. I ran across this 2014 piece by writer/director Ben Juhl by chance, and I was blown away by his ability to fit in so much story into such the short time frame that […]

We Are Living In the Cyberpunk Future of 1984: William Gibson at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

The Pandora Society heads to Lexington, Kentucky, to meet Cyberpunk godfather, William Gibson.

Punk Correctness!

The mid 1990’s gave us the term political correctness, an attempt to treat people more fairly by making sure that the correct nondiscriminatory titles and descriptors were used, but the notion quickly devolved into a term of frustration as people pounced on each other for using incorrect terminology. Fast forward a couple of decades, use magic […]

“The Lawnmower Man” and Why it Sucks!

The year was 1992 and the science fiction of virtual reality was slowly becoming actual reality . . . VR was a buzzword and over priced, and definitely over sized, VR goggles allowed you play mind dizzying games that made Minecraft look realistic. That summer one film came along that looked like it would be the ultimate Cyberpunk Virtual […]

The Transhumanism of “Immortal”

Egyptian gods and goddesses, a political martyr, a polluted future populated by transhumans, flying cars, a flying pyramid, French existentialist philosophy, and a beautiful protagonist with alabaster white skin and blue hair . . . the 2004 film Immortal had all the potential to be the most epic Cyberpunk movie of all time, but why does it […]

Who Needs a Singularity?

“AI is going to take over the world, we shouldn’t trust it!” “My detective partner is an android, he’s so damn annoying to work with, always stating the obvious using superior vocabulary!” “Where in Deus Ex Machina’s name is the line between man and machine?!”

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