Category J. L. Hilton

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New superhero movie “LUCY” based on stupid urban myth of stupidity

A trailer for the upcoming superhero movie Lucy starring Scarlet Johannson and directed, written, and co-produced by Luc Besson, looked pretty damn awesome until I reached 1:13 … … That’s when Morgan Freeman, portraying a professor and scientific researcher who should have known better, said, “It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent […]

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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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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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Deck the halls with geekiness

Happy holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus, Hogmanay, New Year’s, Epiphany/Three Kings Day, Boxing Day or the birthdays of science fiction authors Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick on December 16, it’s that time of year for festive foods and gift giving. We had a geeky yuletide at our house. Many […]

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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 […]

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Joss Whedon’s Agents of F.I.R.E.F.L.Y.

While I’ve been a Browncoat, an avid fan of Joss Whedon’s space western TV show Firefly and movie Serenity, for the past decade, I’m not a long-time, hardcore “Joss is Boss” Whedon-ite. I loved his work on Toy Story back in the ’90s and I own Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog on DVD, but I couldn’t […]

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Documentary summer: SF/F, geeks and fandom

When I wasn’t attending steampunk conventions, working on novels or earning my platinum trophy in Skyrim, I spent my summertime watching documentaries about SF/F and fandom. Here are a few of my favorites. TREK NATION (2011) is Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry’s touching journey of discovery about Star Trek and his father, who died when Rod was […]

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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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