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I Don't Mind That Hollywood Isn't In Favor of Smart Science Fiction, But Do They Need To Keep Working Against it?

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Recently, I've been wondering how Hollywood gets their ideas for Science Fiction movies. Depressingly, I'm pretty sure they get 'em from a combination of crappy old 80s cartoons, comic books, and things they find written on the walls in public restrooms.

Not that there's anything wrong with loitering around public restrooms waiting for inspiration to hit. Certainly that worked out well for George Michael, and, hey, the second half of his career has been golden, right? Right?

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SO YOU WANNA’ BE A WRITER: “Why stop at the Sixth Sense? There’s so many more….”

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Last night I was having a discussion with a well-meaning hippie friend of mine. Actually, I should say I was being discussed-at: He felt it was a discussion, but really it was just a torrent of barely-strung-together bumper sticker aphorisms all pertaining to religion and stuff, and I couldn‘t get a word in edgewise. Ordinarily I’m game to discuss religion - I find it endlessly interesting, and I’m *certainly* not going to speak ill of anyone trying to explore their numinous side - but I generally shy away from discussing it with new agey hippie types.

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People Keep Cranking Out New Religions

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You know what I find fascinating about religion this week? It’s not so much that there’s a skillion different ones, it’s that new ones are constantly being created. Take Japan, for instance: Ok, so Shinto and Buddhism ain’t cutting it for your modern life. Fine. You’ve got any number of other religions at arm’s length to choose from: Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, etc, and that’s all without leaving Asia for more western religions like Christianity, Baha’I, Judaism, or what have you.

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RANT: That’s it, Blockbuster is now Officially Useless

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That’s it, Blockbuster is now officially completely useless. I went to one today to rent the new Pokemon movie, “Giratina and the Sky Warrior.” I lumped all around the store while no one helped me, or pointedly ignored me, then waited in a line while no one asked if I’d found what I was looking for. When someone finally deigned to acknowledge my existence, I asked them for the movie. The fat chain-smoking lady behind the counter stared blankly at the computer for a long time without saying anything. “Sorry, there’s a crap-load of Pokemon stuff.”

Classy!

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CALLING ALL HANDS! I need some NUMBERS!

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Okay. Here's the deal.
As you know, we are very interested in the Fan Film phenomenon. As you also know, Genre Wunderkind Joss Whedon produced an indy web series named "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog". He made a point of doing it on the cheap, and getting talent and technical personnel to take back-end profit in lieu of (or mostly in lieu of) front end money.

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Pretentious People Refuse To Admit Things They Like Are Science Fiction

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I like science fiction, right? No big question about that. I’m an unrepentant geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. (Though my memory isn’t quite as good as it probably would have been, had I not received so many beatings from the other kids when I was young, all of them because I was a geek. I probably had it coming to me.) The point being that I’m sort of biased towards SF the way most guys are biased towards football or NASCAR: I just love it, and there’s no real reason why.

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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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