Science Fiction

Best Science Fiction books of 2014

Worldcon came to London in 2014. It’s rare for Britain to host the planet’s most prestigious SF/fantasy convention, and “Loncon” was a great success. Though British fandom rejoiced, hopes for a “the British are coming!” moment in SF were undermined by the lack of Brit winners, or even nominees, in the convention’s annual Hugo awards. This year’s best-novel Hugo went to Ancillary ...

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Star Wars: The worst thing ever for the science fiction genre?

(CNN) — Now that the trailer for the seventh “Star Wars” movie is out, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six “Star Wars” films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how ...

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Top 10 Best Science Fiction Movies

Rolling Stone Magazine Readers Poll Chooses the Top 10 Science Fiction Movies of All Time! 10) Terminator 2: Judgement Day 9) Close Encounters of the Third Kind 8) Aliens 7) The Matrix 6) Forbidden Planet 5) The Day the Earth Stood Still 4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 3) Alien 2) Blade Runner 1) 2001: A Space ...

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Michel Faber’s “Book of Strange New Things”

In the science-fiction classic, “Contact” (1997), based on a book of the same name by Carl Sagan, a Christian theologian (played by Matthew McConaughey) is selected by a panel to travel through a complex, fullerene-shaped machine to meet an extraterrestrial civilization. But luck doesn’t favor him. It’s a SETI scientist (played by Jodie Foster), who gets to be the one ...

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Suspended? Ronald Dillon is our first Scifant Hero!

Any man or woman who decides to speak in a robotic voice at work is someone to look up to! Anyone who does it even when his boss tell him not to is a HERO!  NEW YORK CITY — A longtime city Health Department worker was suspended 20 days without pay for answering customer-service calls in arobot voice. Ronald Dillon, ...

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A 65 Year Old Club for Nerds?

Profile of MITSFS, MIT’s 65-year-old science fiction club – Boing Boing http://news.google.com Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:49:57 GMT Profile of MITSFS, MIT’s 65-year-old science fiction club (Pronounced “Misfits”) They maintain one of the finest science fiction libraries in the world, have a host of deeply, awesomely nerdy traditions, and are still going stron … Read more … Richard PaulAvid Science ...

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8 Real NASA Projects Straight Out of Science Fiction

8 Real NASA Projects Straight Out of Science Fiction … http://www.cracked.com/ Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700 While we might be quick to whine about our lack of flying cars, hoverboards, lightsabers, time machines, teleporters, self-tying sneakers, personal robot servants, jet packs, and people walking around with three boobs, we … Read more … Richard PaulAvid Science Fiction & Fantasy ...

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2014 Sunburst Award Winners – SFWA

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year. The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo. http://www.#sfwa.org/2014/10/2014-sunburst-award-winners/ On behalf of Scifant congrats to all the winners! Richard PaulAvid Science Fiction & ...

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MIT’s Science Fiction Society Has 60,000 Books And Some Zany Traditions

Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you’d gone to MIT… There’s a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and is now a massive storehouse of awesome. According to one chemistry grad student, D.W. Rowlands, “We have complete runs ...

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Star Wars 7 Might Include This Cool Nod To Han Solo’s Past

By Eric Eisenberg The last time that Han Solo dressed as a Stormtrooper, things didn’t exactly go super well. Sure, he was able to sneak into the Death Star alongside Luke, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, but the end result involved him getting shot at, getting stuck in a disgusting garbage compactor and almost crushed to death, getting shot at again, ...

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