HBO’s Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi’s Ultimate Potential

July 16, 2019

Some of the science fiction flourishes in the brand-new HBO miniseries Years and Years are deft-but-familiar technological signifiers of a near future–a smart speaker called Senor has telephonic and IoT abilities far beyond those of Alexa, a teenager wears a holographic Snapchat filter mask to breakfast, self-heating school lunches have vat-grown meat entrees. But the drama, which follows the multigenerational Lyons household of Manchester, England, from the present to a…

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You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack

June 14, 2019

In search of “longevity”–a buzzword now echoing through the hills of Northern California–Silicon Valley billionaires are running liquid capital into cryonic vats and genetics laboratories. They’re popping supplements, receiving hormone treatments, even pumping young blood into their veins. For all their feverish effort, eternal life remains a distant fantasy. Seekers of immortality are saddled with their own bodies, the physical brain, the fact of entropy. Eventually, things come apart; cells…

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Welcome To Westworld! Can You Retrieve Your Wedding Ring From The Robot Prostitute You Lost It In?

April 7, 2018

This feature expects JavaScript to purpose . Take the steam engine out of Westworld and return home. It’s good to be back home. I can’t wait to enter my house and recognize my wife. I enjoy my wife. I enjoy my spouse! I LOVE MY WIFE! Enter your house. Your wife greets you as you participate. As usual, she’s wearing the wedding dress she never takes off because she’s so…

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Margaret Atwood: I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now

February 12, 2018

The TV adaptation of her dystopian classic The Handmaids Tale captured the political moment. Ahead of a new series, Atwood talks bestsellers, bonnets and the backlash against her views on #MeToo Margaret Atwood Sat 20 Jan 2018 06.00EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close on the #MeToo movement. And, of course, the second season of The Handmaids Tale returns…

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How Science Fiction Confronted Geek Cultures Toxic Masculinity in 2017

January 1, 2018

Colossal was marketed as a monster movie, and in fairness, there is a monster in it. It’s just not the kaiju that embellishes all of the posters. The ogre that head Nacho Vigalondo has for us is a man. The past year has encountered the drapery drew back on toxic masculinity, including through the use of movie and Tv. 2017′ s best movies and shows have not just addressed the…

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