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Science Fiction University: Navigating Noah

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A Message to Both Those Who Hated the Noah Movie and Those Who Love It

 

            Someone help me with a problem: In the 1970’s Bill Cosby did a famous routine about Noah which included lines that went something like this:

            “NOAH.”

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: McLuhan's Centennial

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2011 is the centennial of Marshall McLuhan’s birth. McLuhan was the first media critic in academia, a remarkable fact because today’s academia is rife with fashionable media criticism, with entire university departments studying TV, movies, and communications. When McLuhan first started writing about television and communication networks, English professors did not study popular culture, they wrote about Shakespeare and other canonized writers.

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HOW NOT TO LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT: "Know What You're Talking About."

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"It’s 1985 and Nixon is President. We’ve won in Vietnam. Oh, and Henry Kissinger has a Russian accent. And Ronald Reagan is thinking of running for President in 1988. Wow, isn’t that cool that they got it wrong on purpose? I’m so amazed at this “high-brow art” of deliberately getting dates and timelines wrong, you know, just to be “artistic,” and get the drooling of the critics. That is sooooo genius. Like way totally cool."

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Hugo Gernsback and the Invention of the Science Fiction Megatext

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Hugo Gernsback is simultaneously one of the most revered and despised figures in the history of science fiction. He has been called "the father of science fiction" and the Hugos, the genre's most prestigious awards, are named after him. He was the guest of honor at the 1952 Worldcon.

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Let’s All Take A Moment To Criticize Syfy

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Today, let’s take a moment to reflect on what a bad job Syfy is doing.

I don’t do this out of hate, really, but just to point out some critical shortcomings. And hate, too, I guess. Ok, I do it out of hate, and the critical shortcoming thing. I hate, but I hate because I love.

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REPUBLIBOT WEEKEND MOVIE PREVIEW: Movies Opening 11-13-09

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Banniston looked out over the world as it burned. The air was greasy from the smoke and the humidity from the water heavy air. His small gang of survivors stared out, the look of defeat on their faces almost palpable. He had no answers for them, all he knew was that they had to keep moving. Stopping was extinction, as long as they kept going forward, they would keep going forward. He coughed the black phlegm out of his throat and waved everyone over to him so they could hear his cracked voice, “ I‘m not reviewing anything here, so unless stated otherwise I’ve not seen any of the movies in this ‘Preview’. All I am doing is quite thoughtlessly passing judgment on films that are scheduled to open this week and that I haven’t researched at all (I was tempted, but resisted). All of the film information, including the plot summary, has been pulled from the Opening This Week page of IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/nowplaying/). In this week’s installment of the Republibot Weekend Movie Preview we are taking a look at: 2012, Pirate Radio, and Fantastic Mr. Fox – among others….”

A little boy, what was his name again… Miles, Milton… something… looked up at him, his face streaked with dirty tears, and then collapsed on the ground unmoving.

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THE REPUBLIBOT WEEKEND MOVIE PREVIEW – Movies Opening September 18, 2009

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Before we get started this week, Republibot 3.0 wanted me to be sure to clarify up front that this feature is to preview movies that are opening this weekend and that unless otherwise stated, I have not seen any of them. So, don’t be too confused, I am not actually reviewing the movie, I am just thoughtlessly passing judgment on them without yet having seen them. In the interest of full disclosure I have pulled this list of movies opening this week from IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/nowplaying/) In this inaugural installment we will be previewing: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Love Happens, and Jennifer’s Body among several others.

So hurry and make the jump.

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Legendary Science Fiction Author Stanislaw Lem Rags On Science Fiction As A Genre

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“In the Science Fiction of today, there is not the slightest chance that genuine myths and theologies might arise, because the thing itself is a bastard of myths gone to the dogs. The science fiction of today resembles a ‘Graveyard of Gravity,’ in which the subgenre of literature that promised the cosmos to mankind dreams away its defeat in onanistic delusions and chimeras – onanistic because they are anthropocentric. The task of the science-fiction author of today is as easy as that of the pornographer, and in the same way.

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