Check Out Cartoon Versions Of Your Favorite Sci-Fi Posters

One great thing about passionate fans is how inventive they can be, and how often their obsessive love translates into something really cool and creative. We’ve all come across some super-inventive fan films, t-shirt designs, and various posters and other art forms inspired by someone’s favorite film, novel, comic book, or television show.

Canadian artist Ive Bastrash is responsible for the latest installment of fan art I’ve stumbled across. Entitled the Cinemarium Poster Series, Bastrash has reworked some of your favorite science fiction movie posters in a bubbly style that’s something like a mixture of anime and Saturday-morning cartoons. All these images need are a couple of little blurbs placed here and there and they’d be spot-on recreations.


Boba Fett Introduces Himself In This 1978 Star Wars Screen Test

Boba Fett is one of those characters that connected with Star Wars fans in a way that probably even George Lucas never would have expected. When you think about it, there’s just that not much of him, when compared the overall scope of the original trilogy. He shows up in The Empire Strikes Back‘s lineup of bounty hunters, where he makes an impression by being scolded by Darth Vader not to disintegrate Han Solo. He furthers his badass credentials by capturing Solo and returning him to Jabba the Hutt for use as wall art. But in Jedi? He goes out like a chump, launched down the maw of the Sarlaac thanks to an accidental swing by a smuggler who can’t even see what he’s doing. But there was a time before all of that. Before he was introduced to the world, Boba Fett was introduced to George Lucas.


Cover Art And Specs For They Live Collector’s Edition

This fall, They Live is getting a brand new collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD. The release comes courtesy of Scream Factory, who have unveiled the cover art and a peek at the bonus material included on the disc.

They may have selected the perfect picture for the cover with the caricature of Piper and Keith David—in that sweet grey crew neck—cartoonish guns-a-blazin’. You look at this image and it immediately conjures up the tone, feel, and spirit of the film. There’s everything you need to know, right in one place: guns, sleeveless shirts, sunglasses, and aliens who look like their heads fell in the cheese dip back in 1957. I can’t wait.


Alien Life May Be Found Orbiting Saturn

Forget the harsh conditions of Mars and Jupiter’s frigid moons; the latest front-runner as a possible place to find alien life is Enceladus, a minuscule moon that orbits Saturn. With diameter of 310 miles, it’s little more than a glorified asteroid, but what it lacks in size, it makes up with geysers of liquid water, a mysterious inner source of heat, an atmosphere, and most incredibly—organic material.

Nasa astrobiologist Chris McKay claims that “it just about ticks every box you have when it comes to looking for life on another world, it has got liquid water, organic material and a source of heat. It is hard to think of anything more enticing short of receiving a radio signal from aliens on Enceladus telling us to come and get them.”

Scientists at Edinburgh University, the Imperial College London, and Nasa are bubbling over with excitement with what they believe may be a geothermal energy source akin to Earth’s deep sea vents that create the enormous plumes of water vapor, ice particles, and complex organic compounds that spurt up from a liquid underground ocean through cracks in Enceladus’s surface.

Astrobiologist Professor Charles Cockell of Edinburgh University proclaims: “If someone gave me several billion dollars to build whatever space probe I wanted, I would have no hesitation, I would construct one that could fly to Saturn and collect samples from Enceladus. I would go there rather than Mars or the icy moons of Jupiter, such as Europa, despite encouraging signs that they could support life. Primitive, bacteria-like lifeforms may indeed exist on these worlds but they are probably buried deep below their surfaces and will be difficult to access. On Enceladus, if there are lifeforms, they will be easy to pick up. They will be pouring into space.”


Total Recall Remembers It For You Wholesale This Week In Science Fiction

Total Recall
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You know the story: an average schmuck decides to visit Rekall and have a “virtual vacation” uploaded into his brain, giving him all the memories as if he really did go on the trip. But during the implantation something goes wrong. Suddenly Quaid (Colin Farrell) is on the run and learning that the life he remembers may be a lie.

The original Total Recall is still one of my favorite semi-guilty pleasures, and the world didn’t really need a remake. That being said, I’m trying to judge the new version judging it solely on its own terms. From the look of things, they’re taking a more serious approach and stripping out a lot of the cheese. That cheese is part of what made the original so much fun, but it also went along with the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead. The idea of Arnold in his prime trying to pass as an average joe was always ridiculous; he was an action hero, and the rest of the movie adjusted itself into the pre-existing template of an Arnold movie, with all the silliness and one-liners that entailed.

The casting of Farrell, on the other hand, will make the scene where Quaid reflexively takes down an entire  room full of soldiers a lot more effective. When Arnold did it, you were like, “Well, yeah, of course; he’s Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Farrell may be a handsome SOB, but he’s nowhere near as physically imposing as 1990 Arnold, and I think that factor provides the potential to improve on the original in some ways. Assuming they don’t fumble the ball, that is. Either way, I’m going to open my miiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnd and give the new Total Recall a shot, and that’s why it’s our Science Fiction Pick of the Week.


NASA Confirms American Flag Still Standing On The Moon

The whereabouts of the American flag planted on the moon in 1969 by the astronauts of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission has remained a mystery. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin had claimed the flag was knocked over by the exhaust of their launch engines when they left the surface of the moon. In fact, the whereabouts of the flags planted on the moon from the proceeding five separate missions are unknown as well.

But it seems the pictures taken of the moon by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have answered those questions. There is now photographic evidence that, after four decades, our flag is still there.