“Passengers” Builds on Space Exploration Trend

Epic space travel films are making a comeback. This fall, Passengers arrives, bringing a glittering cast and impressive effects. The plot revolves around two passengers on an advanced sleeper ship. Due to a malfunction (or sabotage?) two passengers wake up decades earlier than planned. They face a lifetime together alone on a ship populated by […]

Blade of Honor

A recent successful Kickstarter for the first episode of a new scifi series will soon bring Tim Russ, Richard Hatch, Alison Haislip, James Kyson, Aron Eisenberg, Brandon Stacy, and other great talent to a small screen near you.

The Far East–East of the Sun

Welcome to the first week of East of the Sun! This week we are exploring the Far East. Countries included in the Far East include China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Japan, and Korea. These countries are vastly different from each other, and even within a single country, multiple cultures co-exist. China is especially rich in cultural […]

Traveling the Pale Highway with Nicholas Conley

    Pale Highway, by Nicholas Conley, is a science fiction novel with touches of mystery, horror, and fantasy. The main character, Gabriel Schist, is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who in his youth invented the cure for AIDS. Now in his seventies, he has Alzheimer’s disease and is living in a nursing home. When […]

Pandora Cinematheque – The Gift

This fast-paced and slightly creepy dystopian robot sci-fi short may leave more questions than answers, but overall it doesn’t disappoint. Set in Moscow at some undermined point in the future, a courier delivers a mysterious box, and upon seeing the contents kills the owner and tries to take it for himself. The robot valet of the house, a […]

Pandora Cinematheque – Ambition

‘Ambition‘, starring Aiden Gillen from Game of Thrones, not only succeeds as a stunning piece of public relations work to vividly showcase the incredible 2014 Rosetta deep-space mission, but also as a gorgeous science fiction short film.

Mafia: Survival Game

We’ve all seen childhood games taken and turned into big budget flops (alas, poor Pac Man), but sometimes the pastimes of our youth turn into something not only new, but worthwhile. When I was a kid, the most popular game at sleepovers, lock-ins, and dull afternoon hang-outs was a game called Mafia (or Werewolf, depending […]

Zashchitniki: Russian Sci-Fi Turns Super

The Cold War inspired many of America’s favorite superheroes, particularly of the spy and assassin variety, a reflection of America’s perception of the Soviet Union at the time. Such pop culture icons continue to evolve to resonate with current events and trends, but their roots will always mark the era of their birth. As political […]

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