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Future Ethics 2 — Changing Minds

The future is now. And the ethical implications are…uncertain. We’re on the verge of literally being able to change people’s minds in the here and now. There are new medications—or new uses for medications—that will allow people to change how memory and trauma affect them. Anti-depressants already alter the chemistry of our brains for better […]

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Science fiction music explores technology and alternate realities

The year is 2036 and we now live in a grim world. Art and culture have been outlawed and freedom is a thing of the past. But in a secret location, a rebellion is forming. A rebellion of dancing soldiers… This is the premise of the new video from Jabbawockeez, an eight-member hip-hop dance crew […]

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Future Ethics — The Past

The future is already here in many ways, bringing us ethical challenges that make for fantastic stories and gripping conflicts, both now and in the distant future. Some of those issues have been explored in blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, which speculates about a present in which science has outstripped present progress. Bringing back the […]

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Dirk Gently and the short, quirky science fiction show that didn’t suck

I heard the words, “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” while hunched over my laptop at the dining table. I couldn’t see the TV but I could see my husband. “Is that Dirk Gently?” I asked. Voice infused with incredulity, he said, “How did you know? It’s only the first minute of the show.” He […]

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Junk Head 1: Into the dystopian rabbit hole

Takahide Hori spent four years making the stop-action 30-minute movie Junk Head 1 in his spare time. In his futuristic take on Alice in Wonderland, we follow an unnamed protagonist down, down, down, into the bowels of a futuristic hellscape of nightmares and dark humor where Earth has become a dytopian industrial labyrinth inhabited by […]

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To boldly smooch where we haven’t smooched before

Speaking of sci-fi romance and anniversaries, we recently passed the 45th anniversary of the first scripted interracial kiss between a white man and a black woman on American television in the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren.” The episode aired to U.S. audiences on November 22, 1968. The kiss between Uhura and Kirk wasn’t the first interracial […]

It’s all a bit silly… and that’s OK

Every single person reading this has a ridiculous skeleton somewhere in their closet. Whether it’s a complete collection of Batman Forever trading cards lovingly stored in plastic sleeves, an 8th-grade notebook of sincere but awful poetry that should be burned, or files of fanfic about you and Data. And Jayne Cobb. And Batman. At the […]

Saying Goodbye

A.C. Crispin passed away last month. I never met her, but I cried anyway. I won’t say that reading her books made me feel like I knew her or that her work at Author Beware saved my career…but I can say that reading her books changed the way I think about science fiction, about reading, […]

In the Future: The Big Sleep

One of the big barriers to space travel for humans is…well, being human. That’s a common theme in movies about interstellar travel. We get bored. We stab each other in the back. We go crazy. But no matter how we get out there, the trip is going to be a long one—and the moment it’s […]

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Elysium and my jaded soul

I just saw Elysium, the new movie by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). And I loved it. From the first scene, it grabbed me and didn’t let go. I kept thinking, I hope this movie doesn’t disappoint me. Please, please don’t let it turn stupid and disappoint me. It didn’t. In a weird way that I […]

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