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Where's My Time Machine?--It Was Thirty Years Ago Last Thursday...

Mama Fisi's picture

Life is full of ironies.  I signed up here at Republibot three years ago specifically so I could write an article about how much of "Back to the Future 2" has come true in the intervening 30 years. 

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Why is SF always set in the future, and not in the past or an alternate present?

Kevin Long's picture

My buddy MOATMAI gave me a copy of "The Black Cloud" by world-famous astronomer Fred Hoyle, published in 1957. It's a hard-science SF novel about our solar system moving into a nebula, basically. It's set in the then-future year of 1964. I think it was written at least partially in reaction to George Pal's incredibly soft SF movie, "When Worlds Collide," from 1954. This, in turn, was based on a spectacularly soft SF novel by the same name from the late 1930s.

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How I'd Shoot A Low-Budget Film If I Was Shooting A Low-Budget Film, Which I'm Not

Kevin Long's picture

Even though I'll never make a movie, I'm ever on the lookout for some interesting visual locations that are both practical and cheap and exotic and (preferably) obscure.

Ideas I've diddled around with in the past:

1) a detective movie with all the interiors filmed in various public buildings designed by I.M. Pei

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R2'sDay: My Geek Cred

You know, over the many years I've been doing this site,virtually no-one has ever asked me why they should accept me as any sort of authority at all on S-F and/or general Geekdom
Well, since a virtual nobody is still somebody, I thought I'd answer this question.

First, I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of Power Rangers.

Okay, that's a lie. Only the first ten years or so.

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TV Is My Home Town

Republibot 3.0's picture

Recently, I was thinking about Warren Stevens, who played "Doc Ostrow" in "Forbidden Planet," and was in a zillion other genre credits as well including Star Trek TOS and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He passed away last January, and was in his 90s. Honestly, I hadn't realized he was still alive until he died. His passing made me sad in an oddly personal way, despite my never having met him, my never having been specifically overwhelmingly impressed by a performance he gave, and whom I'd already assumed was dead.

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Indoctrination, Integration, Entertainment, and Propaganda in the Media

Republibot 3.0's picture

Entertainment has always been a part of socialization. Learning social cues, acceptable behavior, unacceptable responses, biases, values, etc. That's a natural role from cave man days on up. The propaganda uses of this are pretty obvious, but what's *less* so (And probably more valuable in the long run) is the indoctrination value.

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A Long Line At The Complaints Department...

Negative_Zero's picture

As you may or may not be aware, I was ushered in this general direction at the behest of Mama Fisi. I'm sure you know that she's not one to give orders, but she's also not someone whose suggestions are easily refused. As to why I'm here, I'm as bewildered as you. I love to talk, but given an open-ended chance such as this I find myself with little to say. I've found an ear or two online for my own... diverse opinions and complaints. Apparently some of them were entertaining enough that I found requests for more cropping up before long.

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Men Are From Mars, and Women Don't Get SFX

Mama Fisi's picture

Recently, I was sharing some thoughts on science fiction with Republibot 3 and the conversation started to sound like something that viewers of this site might find interesting, or at best, amusing. I ran the idea of stringing the comments into an article, and he said it was OK by him, so what follows might be titled "Men are from Mars, And Women Just Can't Understand SF."

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The Naming of Names: Who thought up that crappy name for a planet or fake country, anyway?

Republibot 3.0's picture

So there's a lot of made up country and planet names in SF. Actually, there's a lot of made up country names in literature as a whole (Ruritania, Stresslau, Islandia, Karain, Erewhon, Oz, Ix, etc) and of course there's a whole lot of planet names.

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