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Have You Heard The Message Carl Sagan Sent To Mars For Future Explorers To Find?

WARNING: If you’re a Star Trek/sci-fi fan like myself, have tissues handy; the prospect of interplanetary travel becoming a reality might make you a little teary-eyed.

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"Then, too, it might be well to unify the team of Kirk and Spock a bit, by having them actively meet various menaces together with one saving the life of the other on occasion. The idea of this would be to get people to think of Kirk when they think of Spock."

Isaac Asimov in a letter of advice to Gene Roddenberry on how to get audiences to focus on Kirk AND Spock instead of just on Spock who was considered a “fad-character” (albeit a wonderful one) who brought in the “teenage vote”.

Seriously just read the whole thing, it’s fantastic.

(via Letters of Note: Getting Star Trek on the air was impossible)

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Battlestar's "Daybreak:" The Worst Ending in the History of On-Screen Science Fiction

"If a story begins by showing us a wizard, we understand immediately that we will see wizards and magic. If a story with no magic introduces a wizard with no hint that magic was coming, the audience rightly feels cheated."

I literally could not have said this better myself. It’s a long article, but if the ending to BSG made you as angry as it made me, it’s worth reading.

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"In sci-fi movies, whenever a computer becomes self-aware and decides to annihilate humankind, it does so because it’s analysed history, looked at all the bad stuff we’ve done, and decided we’re too dangerous to be allowed to live. Sometimes the computer snidely illustrates its point by bombarding Captain James T Kirk with archive footage of Nazis marching around. Kirk then heroically argues back on behalf of humankind, mentioning Picasso and Beethoven and that Athena poster of the shirtless beefcake cradling a baby, until the computer screams “DOES NOT COMPUTE” and explodes in a cheap shower of sparks."

CHARLIE BROOKER, talking about the dangers and non-dangers of Nautilus, “the computer that predicts the future”.

Of course, I picked the quote about Star Trek out of a much longer essay, but the rest of it is interesting and definitely worth reading.

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froth:


But you can’t judge a book by its cover, dammit!
In actuality, the grave seriousness of Animorphs is what stands out most in my memories.  This isn’t 10,000 pages of  kids turning into butterflies.  It’s a 10,000 page chronicling of war,  and the central themes of the series are appropriately aligned with that  subject matter.  Once you’ve suspended your disbelief and firmly  settled yourself into the bizarre sci-fi nature of the material, what you’ve got is five teenagers who struggle  with things like dehumanization, the responsibility or leadership,  sanity, insanity and morality. It is told with the horror of actual  war, where the battle is not only physical, but mental as well.  Is it  right to kill unarmed enemies? Is it right to ask a team member and  friend to carry out a dangerous mission? Is it right to retreat, to  continue, to do anything?
Horrible things happen with surprising  frequency in this series.  Characters you’ve grown attached to have  mental break-downs, crumble under the pressure, cease to be heroes.  In  fact, a lot of this series serves to debunk childish notions of battle  and war as being something magnificent and heroic.  The battles that are  fought are not great feats or victories, but rather a series of  jumbled, confusing actions that leave regret and sickness in the hearts  of those who fought.  Each decision, whether in the heat of battle or  for the greater good, comes later to haunt the character who made it,  and they forever feel the weight of their actions and their own short-comings.

via Why Animorphs is possibly the greatest sci-fi story ever told.

froth:

But you can’t judge a book by its cover, dammit!

In actuality, the grave seriousness of Animorphs is what stands out most in my memories. This isn’t 10,000 pages of kids turning into butterflies. It’s a 10,000 page chronicling of war, and the central themes of the series are appropriately aligned with that subject matter. Once you’ve suspended your disbelief and firmly settled yourself into the bizarre sci-fi nature of the material, what you’ve got is five teenagers who struggle with things like dehumanization, the responsibility or leadership, sanity, insanity and morality. It is told with the horror of actual war, where the battle is not only physical, but mental as well. Is it right to kill unarmed enemies? Is it right to ask a team member and friend to carry out a dangerous mission? Is it right to retreat, to continue, to do anything?

Horrible things happen with surprising frequency in this series. Characters you’ve grown attached to have mental break-downs, crumble under the pressure, cease to be heroes. In fact, a lot of this series serves to debunk childish notions of battle and war as being something magnificent and heroic. The battles that are fought are not great feats or victories, but rather a series of jumbled, confusing actions that leave regret and sickness in the hearts of those who fought. Each decision, whether in the heat of battle or for the greater good, comes later to haunt the character who made it, and they forever feel the weight of their actions and their own short-comings.

via Why Animorphs is possibly the greatest sci-fi story ever told.

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"People have this weird view of “Geekdom” that, you know, it’s like people who sit in their basements on the internet. And sci-fi fans and geekdom - and I use that in the most loving way - are the most socially connected [people] out there, they’re constantly going to these cons and meeting people from all around the world, they’re the most interactive group. It’s completely the antithesis of what people think of geeks."

Amanda Tapping

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@TheRealNimoy: 45 years ago. The start of an amazing voyage. Thanks to all for the support for so long!! LLAP

@TheRealNimoy: 45 years ago. The start of an amazing voyage. Thanks to all for the support for so long!! LLAP

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chrismenning:

Inspired the invention of the cell phone.
First interracial kiss on TV.
Tackles social issues through diplomacy from the perspective of a post-scarcity society.
Star Trek is the thinking-person’s Sci Fi.
Then you have George Lucas’s weird religious space opera. Star Wars has more in common with L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth than it has with Star Trek.

Reblogging again for Chris’s added and accurate comments.

chrismenning:

Inspired the invention of the cell phone.

First interracial kiss on TV.

Tackles social issues through diplomacy from the perspective of a post-scarcity society.

Star Trek is the thinking-person’s Sci Fi.

Then you have George Lucas’s weird religious space opera. Star Wars has more in common with L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth than it has with Star Trek.

Reblogging again for Chris’s added and accurate comments.

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Geek Wisdom by Stephen H. Segal | Quirk Books [via Reddit]
”[…] These beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks — but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.”
Ughhhhh I want this so bad. Why is it only available as an eBook? :(

Geek Wisdom by Stephen H. Segal | Quirk Books [via Reddit]

”[…] These beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks — but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.”

Ughhhhh I want this so bad. Why is it only available as an eBook? :(

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Movie Trivia with Kate Costello: A Modern Day Sci-Fi Homage

In today’s episode of Movie Trivia, Kate tests your knowledge of alien flicks. From Sigourney Weaver to Will Smith, how well do you know your UFO movies?

Just saw this movie last weekend and loved it. Definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this summer. 

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What do Doctor Who and The Dark Knight have in common? - io9

Wow. I can’t believe we have to wait for the fall for answers!

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Video proof that Mark Sheppard is science fiction's ultimate badass

"With his recent appearance on Doctor Who, Mark Sheppard cemented his place as science fiction’s greatest character actor. But we’ve been loving Sheppard for years…and we assembled this video of every last one of his scifi roles to prove his awesomeness.

This covers the greatest Sheppard moments, from his recent appearances on Warehouse 13 and Supernatural to his early work on  and Star Trek: Voyager. It’s eighteen years worth of larger-than-life performances, snarky banter, and moral ambiguity, complete with at least a half-dozen different accents, multiple threats of bodily harm, and a couple of the most ridiculous face prosthetics we’ve ever seen.”

♥ Brilliant.

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Wikipedia teaches me many things. Especially on gay science fiction.

interatrial:

So, I remember reading about LGBT and science fiction many moons ago, but I did not make the connection until re-reading it now.

Theodore Sturgeon wrote many stories during the Golden Age of Science Fiction that emphasised the importance of love, regardless of the current social norms. In his short story “The World Well Lost” (1953),[c] first published in Universe magazine, homosexual alien fugitives and unrequited (and taboo) human homosexual love are portrayed. The tagline for the Universe cover was “[His] most daring story”;[30] its sensitive treatment of homosexuality was unusual for science fiction published at that time, and it is now regarded as milestone in science fiction’s portrayal of homosexuality.[31] According to an anecdote related by Samuel R. Delany, when Sturgeon first submitted the story, the editor (John W. Campbell) not only rejected it but phoned every other editor he knew and urged them to reject it as well.[32][33] Sturgeon would later write Affair with a Green Monkey, which examined social stereotyping of homosexuals, and in 1960 published Venus Plus X, in which a single-gender society is depicted and the protagonist’s homophobia portrayed unfavourably.[22]

I went to his page and saw…

Sturgeon wrote the screenplays for the Star Trek episodes “Shore Leave” (1966) and “Amok Time” (1967, later published as a “Fotonovel” in 1978). The latter is known for his invention of the pon farr, the Vulcan mating ritual, the first use of the sentence “Live long and prosper” and the first use of the Vulcan hand symbol. Sturgeon also wrote several episodes of Star Trek that were never produced. One of these was notable for having first introduced the Prime Directive.

>wrote Amok Time

>created pon farr

by the power of ten.

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For the starship captain’s log entry narrations, Roddenberry wanted to devise a futuristic measurement of time reference. He called (Sam) Peeples (whom Roddenberry had contacted early on for help in learning about science fiction, a subject he knew nothing about; it was Peeples who wrote “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the pilot that sold ST). The two men had a few drinks while brainstorming, and soon began chuckling over their imaginative ‘stardate’ computations. ‘We tried to set up a system that would be unidentified unless you knew how we did it,’ Peeples says.

“They marked off sections on a pictorial depiction of the known universe and extrapolated how much earth time would elapse when traveling between given points, taking into account that the Enterprise’s warp engines would be violating Einstein’s theory that nothing could exceed the speed of light. They concluded that the ‘time continuum’ would therefore vary from place to place, and that earth time may actually be lost in travel. ‘So the stardate on Earth would be one thing, but the stardate on Alpha Centauri would be different,’ Peeples says. ‘We thought this was hilarious, because everyone would say, “How come this date is before that date when this show is after that show?” The answer was because you were in a different sector of the universe.’

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Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind Star Trek

They made the ST universe’s time system arbitrary on purpose! These guys were trolling Star Trek nerds before they were Star Trek nerds.

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I really enjoy that they put all of this thought into it

Also I feel compelled to share that my first thought on learning about relativity was “Star Trek was wrong…”

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The History of Science Fiction (click to enlarge)
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The History of Science Fiction (click to enlarge)

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