Ever want to fly through the universe in your own starship seeing all of the wonders of creation in a glance? Well sorry, until Virgin Galactic expands their business model you’re out of luck. But now through the use of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) you can at least feel like you’re zooming through the cosmos like Captain Kirk from the comfort of your own home. Those aren’t stars you are zooming past though, those are over 400,000 galaxies.
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If you have a few hundred-thousand dollars lying around, then you can buy your own piece of movie history. The auction house Profiles in History recently sold memorabilia that gave sci-fi geeks a chance to own a few little pieces of awesome.
The items up for bid were some of the best movie props in geek culture. Profiles in History had everything from a drop ship model from James Cameron’s Aliens to Jeff Bridge’s “The Dude” three-piece costume from The Big Lebowski (White Russians and Marijuana not included). The most expensive item for sale was Steve McQueen’s Michael Delaney Heuer Monaco Wristwatch from the movie Le Mans, which sold for a whopping $799,500.
Here’s a quick breakdown of just some of the key sci-fi items that sold at the geek auction…
NASA has a problem. There are two solid entries for the narration on their Mars Science Laboratory video and they can’t decide which to choose. William Shatner narrates one video and Wil Wheaton narrates the other. It’s the ultimate Star Trek death match, with Captain Kirk, a Starfleet Captain, in one corner and Wesley Crusher, Captain’s pet, in the other. Which Star Trek will win out, TOS or TNG?
Here’s William Shatner’s entry…
J.J. Abrams is known for the secrecy surrounding his film projects. He wants to keep a certain level of mystery around the film experience. For example, the title for the Star Trek sequel has not yet been announced nor do we know who the villain of the film (being played by Benedict Cumberbatch) will be.
In a recent interview with SFX, Karl Urban, in promotion for his upcoming film Dredd, may have accidentally revealed the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in the Star Trek sequel.
Read no further if you don’t want to know!
Forget Tupac and Biggie, Issac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry is the rivalry for the ages. In November 1966, two-months after the premiere of Star Trek, renowned science fiction novelist Isaac Asimov wrote a scathing article about the numerous scientific inaccuracies found in many sci-fi TV shows of the day. Gene Roddenberry took offense to this article written for TV Guide and wrote Asimov a respectful letter about the work his staff puts into making Star Trek as accurate as possible.
In a series of letter exchanges between the two sci-fi greats, Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry discuss the many criticisms of Star Trek and the type of struggles Roddenberry had with the network to put the sci-fi series on the air.
“Star Trek almost did not get on the air because it refused to do a juvenile science fiction, because it refused to put a “Lassie” aboard the space ship, and because it insisted on hiring Dick Matheson, Harlan Ellison, A.E. Van Vogt, Phil Farmer, and so on.” Roddenberry continued, “getting Star Trek on the air was impossible, putting out a program like this on a TV budget is impossible, reaching the necessary mass audience without alienating the select SF audience is impossible, not succumbing to network pressure to “juvenilize” the show is impossible, keeping it on the air is impossible.”
I liked Prometheus a lot and gave it 4/5 stars in my review, but there’s no getting around it: The plot of Prometheus is almost identical to the plot of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Both movies are about a starship crew journeying to a distant part of the galaxy in search of humanity’s creator. Both movies tell the story of what happens when that crew finds him, and he’s nothing at all like what they expect.
But the similarities between Prometheus and Star Trek V are far greater than just that of a similar premise. Take a closer look at both films and you’ll discover that in a lot of ways they’re nearly identical. Follow along as we break down just a few examples.
WARNING! Spoilers for Prometheus follow. Stop reading if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
The subtext of both Prometheus and Star Trek V involves questioning the value of faith and belief. Both movies have their crews led by scientists who have abandoned logic in favor of blind belief. In Prometheus the crew is led through the stars to their creator by Elizbaeth Shaw, a scientist who “believes” without evidence that they’ve been invited by their creator to come for a visit. In Star Trek V the crew of the Enterprise is led across the galaxy to their creator by a Vulcan scientist who has abandoned logic for emotion, and in the process now pursues faith in an all powerful creator.