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All Aboard: Which Sci-Fi Space Arks Are Worth Booking Passage?

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ArkDarren Aronofsky’s Noah isn’t really in GFR’s wheelhouse, but the Biblical story of the Great Flood does have one central concept that has been used time and again in science fiction over the past century or so. Namely, the concept of a “space ark.” Sometimes the ark’s creators share the same motivation as Noah — bad things are about to happen and it’s time to get the hell out of Dodge. Other times the goal isn’t to abandon an imperiled planet, but rather to set out in search of a new place to settle among the stars. One variant is the so-called “generation ship,” a vessel designed to allow its human occupants to live out many generations before it finally reaches its distant destination.

Well, all this hubbub about Noah got us thinking. If we had to book passage on one of science fiction’s space arks, which one would be most keen to board? After all, they each have their advantages and disadvantages, ranging from robots designed to attend to your every need, to hungry cannibals determined to eat your every part. Get your tickets ready, people; it’s time to see what’s out there.

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Mostly Harmless: Three Douglas Adams Inventions We Wish Were Real

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AdamsThe late Douglas Adams was born on this day in 1952. He would have turned 62 today, and it’s still a damn shame that we lost him at the criminally young age of only 49. (From a heart attack, after working out — a cruel twist that, I have to think, he would have seen the dark humor in.) Still, his legacy lives on, and will as long as people keep reading his inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy,” not to mention all his other works. One of the things we love most about the Hitchhiker’s Guide stories is Adams’ bountiful imagination when it comes to conjuring up crazy ideas for the beleaguered Arthur Dent to run across during his tours of the galaxy. In honor of Adams’ birthday — and of all the joy his stories have given us over the years — we decided to highlight some of our favorite Adams inventions. Thanks to smart phones, tablets, and the Internet, most of us are effectively walking around with a copy of the Guide in our pockets or purses, even if most of them don’t have that comforting phrase “DON’T PANIC” emblazoned on them But here are some other Adams inventions that, if there were any justice in the world, would be totally real.

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Read Free Science Fiction From Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, And More

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RadiumThose names in the headline aren’t ones you typically associate with science fiction, but the folks at HiLoBooks make a compelling argument that some of their works fall squarely amidst the “Radium Age” of Science Fiction. Don’t feel bad: I hadn’t heard that term either, and I run a science fiction website. The HiLo folks argue that, in the years between the early masters who created the genre — H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley — and the “Golden Age” generally considered to have commenced with John W. Campbell becoming editor of Astounding in 1937, there was a whole span of science fiction stories they’ve dubbed the “Radium Age.” I like it. It’s got pizazz. Even better than the pizazz, you can read HiLo’s serialized installments of Radium Age SF by the likes of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and more, all online…and all for free.

Each of HiLo’s Radium Age selections is gradually serialized on their website, then eventually collected as a very snazzy paperback, complete with new original cover artwork and introductions/afterwords by folks such as Bruce Sterling. Honestly, I’m seriously considering buying the lot of these, simply because it’s an intriguing slice of science fiction history that I don’t know much about, and most of these stories I’ve never even heard of, which makes them all the more enticing to me. Seriously, a post-apocalyptic pandemic story by the guy who wrote Call of the Wild? The “original cyborg novel”? Sign me up!

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Almost Human Tackles A Hostage Situation: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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The science fiction landscape is pretty bare today, but that just means one thing: you’ve got no excuse to miss Fox’s excellent Almost Human. After last week’s double dose, the show is off to a cracking good start, with great chemistry between Karl Urban as gruff cop John Kennex and Michael Ealy as his android partner Dorian. The show looks to continue serving up interesting plots linked to near-future tech, and the whole thing has a distinctly “‘80s sci-fi” vibe that hits me right in the geek gland. Tonight’s episode, “Are You Receiving” has John and Dorian dealing with a hostage standoff.

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New Pacific Rim Feature Explores Drift Space

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The more promotional material that comes out for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters versus robots adventure Pacific Rim , the more I wish I could just put myself into a state of suspended animation and not wake up until July 12. But since that isn’t feasible at this juncture, I’ll just have to content myself with videos like this new feature that talks about the concept of Drift Space.

What is Drift Space, you may ask? That is an excellent question. When giant monsters called Kaiju emerge from the bottom of the ocean, the human race creates giant robots dubbed Jaegers to stand up to these new bullies. As we’ve seen from the previous trailers, two pilots working in tandem control the Jaegers. Through a process called Drift they go through a kind of mind meld that allows them to operate in more complete collaboration.

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Could Bird And Lindelof’s Tomorrowland Be Related To The Rock’s Project Of The Same Name?

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From the moment it was first revealed that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof were collaborating on a super-secret science fiction film for Disney, codenamed 1952, there’s been much speculation about the project. We eventually learned that it would star George Clooney, and just last week it was announced that the project was now officially titled Tomorrowland, referencing the attraction at the various Disney parks over the years. But could it be that this new Tomorrowland is somehow related to a project already announced years ago?

Way back in 2008, word broke that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was signed on for a Disney flick called Tomorrowland. The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore were hired to pen a script based on an original idea, an “an epic-sized action adventure set in space.” At the time it was unclear whether it had anything to do with the theme park attraction other than the name, but Blastr provides a few more details:

The script is a family-friendly space opera with funny, futuristic tones, but this project seems temporarily marooned in a development nebula. Its fish-out-of-water plot has modern-day test pilot Rip (The Rock) transported 350 years into the future while testing a new concept plane. The future is a bright, fantastical place where every gadget or device is much more amazing than you’d expect. Stranded, Rip must figure out how things work, causing people of the future to believe Rip is a villain trying to destroy Earth.