Easily. There are 100's of billions of stars in a single galaxy and there are 100's of billions of galaxies in the known universe.
NPR has an interesting article on this very topic, in it they estimate there are "7.5 x 1018 grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains". Now contrast that to the number of stars: "to 70 thousand million, million, million stars in the observable universe (a 2003 estimate), so that we've got multiple stars for every grain of sand"
EDIT: I woke up and this was comment number 2 on the page so I am going to add this: Here is where you can go to help! I posted it below but, it got buried.
I work with a mentally disabled person and I know how much their things mean to them. I know many who have a hard time grasping relationships but, understand things because they can hold them in their hand. This is truly a cruel crime.
I just watched Upstream Color on Amazon Prime. It's slow-paced, high concept sci-fi. No space, aliens, or lasers. Just quiet, slow, sometimes confusing psychological/biological weirdness. It's by the same guy who made Primer. I really liked it.
If you're new to sci-fi, short stories are ideal to hit up. Being short, they're easy to digest, don't require much investment, and you can just hop to another one if the one you're reading doesn't peak your interest. Pick up a compilation like The Philip K. Dick Reader.
If you decide to get into the novels, go for the earlier works as they tend to be more grounded and less obsessed with philosophically transmitting the experience of his mental break.
Reminds me of the Terminator Salvation trailer. In other words, I think the trailer might be making promises that the movie can't keep.
BTW, the song in the trailer is Peter Gabriel's cover of Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage", I believe. Metecafe link.
I came here expecting tons of Milla already being posted and found none. FOR SHAME!
Obviously Leeloo dallas multipass, aka Milla Jovovich
Or if I have to post full sci-fi names FINE, Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat to be precise. aaaand now I need to go watch The Fifth Element, later all.
After seeing an article on the best shows on Amazon Prime, I noticed BSG there.
Start with the miniseries, then move on to season 1.
Ender's Game, Revelation Space, Altered Carbon and a few other great series out of there have dedicated a lot to overcoming time dilation.
Joe Haldeman tackled it head on in The Forever War Amazon link, a fantastic book that as a fan of similar stuff, you might like it!
This is one of these things which is just a few percent less crazy than it sounds.
The issue is that special relativity isn't quite compatible with quantum gravity, see
What it comes down to is that quantum gravity has a length scale and a time scale, both of which are unthinkably tiny. However, special relativity says there is nothing special about any particular space or time interval because if somebody was going fast enough, an interval that looks like a planck interval to most people could get expanded or shrunk to something big like a kilometer or an hour.
But following that line of reasoning is problematic if there is no special reference frame, since for all I know I already am going incredibly fast relative to some imaginary observer.
Doubly-special relativity manages to preserve the invariance of the speed of light under ordinary conditions but also preserve the invariance of plankian quantities under extreme conditions. Related theories also bring in the idea of a special reference frame which means you might be able to "push" against the vacuum.
The main trouble jiving that with these experiments is that the energy scale at which the grain of space would come into play.
Requisite link to the best Firefly/Doctor Who crossover fanfiction story in existence. The characterizations are so real, it's canon for me: this is really what happened when the Tenth Doctor, following the events of The Runaway Bride, happened to stumble across the crew of Serenity, around five months after the Big Damn Movie.
Oh, I could think of a few other alternate histories that are worse. Try The Man in the High Castle. Allies lose WW2, USA annexed and split by Nazis and Japan. Holocaust and purges of Jews and minorities continued and Hitler living to a ripe old age.
Amazon also made a pretty good miniseries based off the book as well.
I'm old enough that I saw it when released in 1968 in 70mm AND Cinerama. Amazing!
A few years later, a huge, probably 1000+ seat theater in Milwaukee where I lived was showing the film Earthquake. Immense speakers were installed that played nearly sub-audio frequencies at high volume that vibrated you like you were experiencing an earthquake when it happened in the film. Cheesy, but...
The speakers were left in so that in 1978, for the 10th anniversary re-release, you really heard, and felt, the real bass notes at the beginning of Also Sprach Zarathustra. In addition, they did something Kubrick had wanted done in '68. As the opening music played before the movie begins, the house lights are slowly dimmed. Just as that music ends and the bass note of ASZ starts, the massive curtain parts and the movie begins. The man wasn't just one of the greatest filmmakers ever, he was a showman who knew how to grab an audience by the balls, if the theater would go along.
BTW, just finished reading a fantastic book with incredible details on the making of 2001:
Especially in it's early incarnations, star wars was heavily influenced by dune.
I think Denis might be referring to The Star Wars. The original draft.
Anyway, here is a list of some of the similarities.
Also, if you fancy an interesting read, get this. It's the original draft of Star Was in comic form. It is very similar to Dune.
Can’t go wrong with Eisenhorn. See humanity’s interactions with heretics, chaos, and xenos from the perspective of an Inquisitor.
"The script we shot was very much based on the last draft that Douglas wrote... All the substantive new ideas in the movie... are brand new Douglas ideas written especially for the movie by him... Douglas was always up for reinventing HHGG in each of its different incarnations and he knew that working harder on some character development and some of the key relationships was an integral part of turning HHGG into a movie."
I wrote a story that required two types of FTL travel. A hero sets out to terraform a planet so that it will be ready when the rest of the populace arrives. In the intervening years, the technology advances such that they are able to arrive before him and terraform and replant society. They then decide to send a rescue mission to save the presumed hero. Of course, things go horribly wrong.
The story is called SEED and it's in my collection of sci-fi stories that I just published titled: Progeny. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H3RBWTX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 Free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
There's also the BBC radio series, which predates the books, TV series and film. It's probably the version I enjoy most. Available via Amazon/Audible, possibly your local library, and likely elsewhere around the 'net.
The scene you describe seems similar to some of the scenes in Larry Niven's short stories about Svetz the time-traveler. In those stories, Svetz's time machine would waggle or drift across many time-lines as it was push backward in time or dragged back forward.
The specific scene seems closest to one in the short story "There's a Wolf in My Time Machine", which I think was first published in 1970 or 1971. That story and most of the other Svetz stories are collected in the book *The Flight of the Horse". The book is very easy to find as a used paperback, at Amazon and elsewhere.
Hope this helps.
Perhaps they switched to a log scale, one possible conversion function which would put warp 13 at 0-10 warp scale 9.7. Honestly, this would make sense once you build warp drives that are pushing more decimal places.
edit: that function goes above 10, this is better, w13 = w9.3
Ministry of Space. Its been a while but I think the plot was: the UK caught all the rocket nazis and kept that a secret from everyone. Then developed a space program in secret pissing off russia and china.
The way Star Wars and BSG talk about FTL calculations, it sounds more like plotting a ballistic course where you need to carefully account for gravity wells you could fall into(see this game), while Star Trek FTL allows for more 'active' flight between points.
You never (IIRC) have active things like fights or course corrections happen during FTL in Star Wars or BSG (maybe 'dropping out' due to an unexpected event), while such events during warp are ~~a regular occurrence~~ possible in Star Trek.
Maybe not quite what you're after, but <em>Low</em> is a great current graphic novel about distant-future human descendants that live underwater due to the inhospitable surface conditions.
Consider Phlebas is still one of my favourite Culture books, but I can see why some readers don't like it. It's bleak, sarcastic, eschews a bunch of established scifi conventions and has the story pretty much cancel itself out at the end. Banks' other Culture novels are generally much more upbeat and optimistic and fun, even the rather dark Use of Weapons. It's also not a particularly typical novel, given that it shows the Culture from an outsider's point of view. I usually point first-timers to The Player of Games.
As an aside, there are some people who actually really hate Phlebas. Here is a favourite review that I use as an example of how spectacularly different a reader's experience can be, based on a variety of factors such as one's preconceptions about what literature should be, and one's ability to pick up tone and subtext. This reviewer is probably one of the most snobbish person on Goodreads (especially about scifi), leading to one discussion about his review of Cormack McCarthy's masterpiece The Road (where he displays a remarkable inability to understand fundamentals about the plot), where one commenter hilariously asks why they were "debating 21st century literature with a time traveler from the Elizabethan era".
If you liked Roadside Picnic then another of their masterpieces, <u>The Doomed City</u>, was translated into English a couple of years ago - first seen around 2016. It's also great, but I would say less happy than Roadside Picnic.
I mean, we're talking about dystopian fiction from people living in an actual dystopia. It's going to be a bit more bleak than other dystopias.
I mean, the whole series has been on Prime Video (at least here in the US) for months now.
A lot of Greg Egan's books involve protagonists who are AIs or uploaded minds. Diaspora, for example, is set in a future where most of the people in the solar system are post-human digital minds, and the first part of the novel involves them trying to save the extremely conservative biological hold-outs from a natural disaster.
In Iain Banks' very good Culture series, most of the protagonists are from a utopian, post-scarcity civilization run by benevolent, massively super-intelligent AIs called Minds. The Minds are also significant characters themselves in most of the novels.
A lighter example is the Bobiverse series, which is about a very Tony Stark-like engineer who's mind is uploaded to a self-replicating space probe.
This guy makes the glasses.
This is his website.
The picture is one he took to show me what the glasses looked like before shipping them to me. I couldn't take a better one, though I wanted a pic of them filled with beer. Either way, they're fucking awesome, and he can etch quite a wide variety of stuff onto glasses.
I know Reddit likes to support their own. I did, and I don't regret it at all. The dude is prompt and professional. If you want customized geeky cylindrical alcohol vessels, he's the guy to talk to.
I wrote an article about James White and his Sector General series a while ago. Literally medical drama set at an interspecies hospital. The whole focus is on problem solving, the integration of disparate cultures and beliefs, and altruism. Highly recommend them.
Lonely Hospital on the Edge of Space
A book you want is The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
Nothing really epic happens in this book, which is what makes it so good. It just follows the crew of a ship that (best way to describe it) plots hyperspace routes on an adventure to plot a route further than anyone has gone before. Again, this is less full of sci-fi tropes and more character interaction. I recommend it to anyone. Also, it is a civilian ship, so no military.
I liked Firefly, and I liked this, they are different, but have lots of similarities.
They made a mobile phone game for the 50th anniversary called trexels. You pick your own crew, build your own ship, and do missions that play out like episodes of star trek. Your crew get experience and can level up and then you distribute skill points.
It does have the cash grab model that all mobile games use these days (which kinda takes away from it imo) but it's mainly used to speed up the progress of the game. You can get all the paid stuff just from playing the game by grinding out and saving up the dilithium crystals. Which leads me to believe the cash grab model was CBS's idea and not the developers (cause CBS are a bunch of slimy fat cats who only care about $$$).
It's a really good game for killing time and I highly recommend it.
Cover is different, but here is the link!
No? I have a fairly extensive history on this site dating back at least two years commenting and participating in discussion. I was there for the rise (and immediate fall) of Allan, man.
EDIT: Fixed link.
it is "The Specimen" by Tim Stout.
The anthology is called "Science Fiction Stories" chosen by Edward Blishen.
I have it here beside me.
I always crushed hard on Lexa Doig - Rommie on Andromeda
Though I enjoyed the single commentor's inside scoop into this particular professor's flair for anger, emotional abuse, and inability to 'play nicely' with the other faculty I popped over to the Rate My Professor website and with ~60 postings going over 7 years (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=353007) and having him rated as an average teacher I suspect there may be more to the agitation in makes_comments post than has been let on. Perhaps makes_comments did not do well in the apparently very difficult SPCOM119 speech class?
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~~Do you have a source for that?~~
Anyway the source is this book
Co-Author of Eyes wide shut script attributed the quote to Kubrick, "unable to decide if Kubrick was jesting", after his death.
Which is great because he is death so he can't defend himself and you got to need some spicy stuff to sell your book.
You want challenging? Peter Watts: Blindsight.
Watts is a well-established author, but this particular book is actually available as a free download. You can get it from the site to which I linked.
Watts is also an exceptionally smart guy. I had the chance to talk with him about the central argument in the book a couple years ago, and it was very damned interesting.
I won't give away too much except to say: you'll be wanting to have a really good dictionary handy, and you'll want to study up on neurology, intelligence, consciousness, and similar ideas.
Guarantee you won't breeze through this one: there's a lot of dense, chewy thinking in it, which is integral to a genuinely mind-blowing storyline.
Edited to add: Warning -- this is true 'hard sf'. Most of the books I see cited in this thread are space opera. They assume we can break a number of laws of physics for the purposes of telling their stories. Watts does nothing of the sort.
I cannot think of anything to say about the story that won't spoil you, you really do need to read it cold. But if the subject of law in science fiction interests you even vaguely, you need to read Lloyd Biggle Junior's 1974 novel, <em>Monument</em>.
>CEDAR FALLS — Readers who are fans of the absurd, the witty and the overwhelmingly sarcastic are sure to love “Good Boy,” a freshman release by local author Seth McDuffee.
>Re-released last week, the ebook climbed to Amazon’s No. 2 best seller in humorous science fiction and landed at No. 58 in overall sci-fi titles.
>Dark, witty humor paired with science fiction sentiments, this book is written to delight and shock readers.
The rule of thumb for all questions like this is
"It was invented by E. E. 'Doc' Smith in the 1930s."
- I don't know if that's actually true in this case, but it may well be.
>Americans in particular don't seem to be able to get this right.
Don't be a dick and ignore your own citation.
>aluminum as an acceptable variant.
mobeyhead1's usage is perfectly valid.
edit: In fact, I'll do you one better.
>1812, coined by English chemist Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), from L. alumen "alum" (see alum). Davy originally called it alumium (1808), then amended this to aluminum, which remains the U.S. word, but British editors in 1812 further amended it to aluminium, the modern preferred British form, to better harmonize with other element names (sodium, potassium, etc.).
So if you want to get pedantic about it, let's reiterate what we've learned:
"Aluminum" predates "aluminium".
It was originally British, not American.
The IUPAC recognizes "aluminum" as an acceptable variant.
mobeyhead1 isn't just correct, he's technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.
Carl Sagan -- I never said it. Honest. Oh, I said there are maybe 100 billion galaxies and 10 billion trillion stars. It's hard to talk about the Cosmos without using big numbers. I said 'billion' many times on the Cosmos television series, which was seen by a great many people. But I never said 'billions and billions.' For one thing, it's imprecise. How many billions are 'billions and billions'? A few billion? Twenty billion? A hundred billion? 'Billions and billions' is pretty vague... For a while, out of childish pique, I wouldn't utter the phrase, even when asked to. But I've gotten over that. So, for the record, here it goes: 'Billions and billions.'
Try downloading Accelerando by Charles Stross (don't worry it's released under the Creative Commons license).
It's a story of humanity reaching the Singularity and basically making ourselves obsolete.
I have the Illustrated Star Wars Universe book that is full of his paintings and it is excellent. I love his art, it's got a sense of atmosphere that similar art often lacks.
The far future segments where he is traveling through space in a biosphere bubble ship are also science fictional. The film being heavy with metaphor does not except it from also being science fiction; some of the best science fiction and fantasy has always used unreal elements as metaphor.
Arronofsky also cited The Matrix and 2001 as inspirations for the film. Source
supernova, I Am Number Four, Virtuosity, Ghost in the Machine, the signal, lucy, project almanac, robot jox, D.A.R.Y.L., zardoz, Brainstorm, Barbarella, Demon Seed, *batteries not included, Monsters, Somewhere in Time, cloud atlas, Strange Days, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Thelma, evangelion series, time masters, Gandahar
And I've just found this list- https://letterboxd.com/arto/list/tech-noir-cyberpunk-dystopian-cinema-their/
Misfits. First 2 seasons on Hulu.
You're probably American, so you've probably never heard of it. Basically, a group of young British criminals get superpowers and have to deal with all the shenanigans that inevitably ensue from bunches of random people getting superpowers. It's most commonly described as "Like Season 1 of Heroes, only it British and doesn't go to shit" and "Skins with superpowers". Great show.
I'll concur that Anathem is Stephenson at the absolute height of his powers.
If you haven't already read Ian McDonald, I think he's a master of a complimentary and similar style. River of Gods and The Dervish House may scratch a similar itch for you.
Of course, suggesting readalikes is a dangerous thing. These aren't exactly like Anathem, but I think they are worthy of being mentioned in the same conversation and McDonald's style and erudition are likely to be appreciated by people who appreciate Stephenson.
SimAnt is abandonware, so it is available for download at many places. I've played it before, but I forget if it needed DOSBox support or not (Abandonia says it does need DOSBox). Make sure you press the "Get it!" button too, it seems there are some ads faking the download link.
Spot on regarding the book and movie being separate. PKD viewed the movie shortly before its release (and his death), and considered it to surpass what he envisioned in Androids. Source.
And now that I've gotten more into electronic music, I can hear traces of Vangelis' OST in everything I listen to.
Just wanted to strongly recommend this story- I haven't listened to the audiocast version, but I've read through all the original stuff (it's on GitHub somewhere, and there's a more refined version for sale on Amazon). It's a refreshingly unique story, nicely fleshed out too, and a fun read. It also sets the stage for a newer story that's being written now.
The author, /u/Emperor_Cartagia writes publicly, posting chapters one at a time to /r/ThePhenomenon. Definitely check this one out :)
The Phenomenon story on github (older version)
The Phenomenon story on Amazon (newer/edited/cleaned up version)
And over at /r/ThePhenomenon the newer book, Fall of Man, is being written one chapter at a time in public :)
Could someone explain the end to me? A little confused. Did winning the lottery really mean they got a better life, or was the transformation more along the lines of their "life force" is slowly taken to keep those in the society alive?
So much shit makes it's way to newgrounds' front page, it took me seeing this on reddit to actually watch it. Fantastic animation.
edit: The director also made This one back in 2004.
Read the books for free at Google Books.
John Carter : A Princess of Mars
Tarzan of the Apes
“And now for something...completely different.”
The Best of Cordwainer Smith
Does the box not allow you to download from Unknown Sources, and grab the app from Amazon's site like you can on mobile (android)?
The season costs $20 for 10 episodes on iTunes, presumably similar on other "pay per show" services - assuming Apple takes its standard 30% cut, that's $1.40 per viewer per episode. I've read somewhere (this was a while ago and from memory) that an ad-supported show generally gets $0.60-.70 per viewer. (Not exactly an authoritative source, but this estimate bears that out.)
I'd say either Player of Games or Use of Weapons. A lot of the writing style will be the same, but I thought that these two had slightly more interesting stories.
However, if neither still fail to impress you, then the Culture series probably isn't for you - they've all got a similar format.
Okay, he looks right too. Even though the actor is twelve.
I couldn't help but look this up... and it seems you are incorrect. I can't speak to whether FDR had that purpose, but the term was around at least since 1921, and possibly earlier. Since FDR didn't take office until 1933, I don't think he can take credit for "inventing" it.
I was curious too so I did some searching. Found Easton Press. They have a very nice looking edition of all 6 original Dune books for $110 a piece. So a little cheaper per book, but you have to commit to all 6.
edit: Found This thread that has a lot of links. Couldn't find any other pressings of Dune, but lots of cools stuff.
I did a little massaging of it from the plain text version and put it into a pdf on Google Docs, with sharing set to anyone with the link.
Have fun reading!
Some may be. For example, the VLBA would in fact take about a year to complete a sky survey necessary to spot all of the 20-watt radio sources in the entire solar system. However, most of the rest of the conclusions are not very far out, or are in some cases rather conservative. Follow some of the links out, particularly this one about detection ranges of chemical rockets. Short story: a two-meter telescope operated by 1993 technology with a wide-angle lens could, in one hour, complete a sky survey could see the space shuttle's main thruster array from Pluto. The same telescope, doing the same survey, would see a single shuttle attitude thruster from .1 AU, ten times further out than the orbit of the moon.
As for direction of thrust, when you're looking for a thruster, you're actually looking for black-body radiation coming off the thrust plume, which is omnidirectional. Furthermore, everything is going to be far enough away that that thrust plume is going to be a point source. So, no, "pointing your thrust away from the camera" doesn't do anything.
I would suggest taking a look at rec.arts.sf.science for ideas. Be forewarned, though there's a lot of stuff there. I'm not sure when the group started, but apparently the last time I commented there was 1996...
is this being shown somewhere specific?
this site indicates where one can get any movie, and if they are streaming. Looks like 13th floor is on pluto, which is free (but with ads).
You can load books into a Kindle via USB. Calibre can be used to convert eBook formats to Kindle ones. You don't need a prime account for Kindle, and a standard Amazon account would do.
The paperwhite model has an adjustable screen brightness setting. You can read it in full day light and in the dark.
No where apparently. DVDs are only $16 a season on Amazon though. Or you could just watch it illegally.
2. When looking at the four films as a whole, where does Fury Road take place in the timeline?
Miller: If you put a gun to my head, I’d say after Thunderdome, but it’s very loose. I can’t even work out the chronology of the first, second and third, let alone the fourth thirty years later.
I had this book as a kid. Mom got rid of it at a garage sale.
If the technology exists for the robots to be doing what they're doing in the first place, then it could be assumed that there is some new form of wireless technology (Quantum entanglement powered perhaps) that is beyond our current understanding.
I would assume using quantum entanglement you could achieve 0 latency 100% secure connections wirelessly from anywhere in the universe, let alone world.
And If you follow the storyline, The Matrix wasn't "gee, probably left open for them" ... generations of humans probably had to reverse engineer and hack their containment pods to get to the point of the story that the Matrix picks up at.
Someone who was pulled out of the matrix probably eventually found a way to attach a quantum-entanglement powered wireless router to their original pod, and hacked into the matrix, via generations of trial and error, and reverse engineering.
You have to remember the events that lead up to the movies leave out a lot of the rebellion before Neo comes around.
Don't know if you'll find what you're looking for, but Project Gutenberg is a great and reputable resource for free books. They provide electronic versions of out-of-copyright works. Almost 55,000 of them.
It's happened in an episode before, I think it was the second one with Sodan; Arthur's Mantle. Random dial-in with scrambled radio chatter, then a few thuds on the iris, a few moments later they were able to unscramble the radio signals and find who tried to step through.
[EDIT:] Yep, it was Arthur's Mantle, about 8 minutes in.
> Like, blow-for-blow,
>this was entirely different than the Emperor section
Meaning "the scene referenced shared few similarities with the scene you are comparing it to"
>except for the very beginning
Except for the start of the scene, which is similar because it is intended to draw a parallel to the scene in ROTJ
>and the thematic link of the big bad's apprentice fighting his master.
Meaning that there was a "big bad", Snoke, who had an apprentice, Kylo Ren, who fought his master (Snoke)
>(Which was intentional and subverted massively)
The scene existed partly because, unlike in the scene in ROTJ, where Vader fights back against the Emperor as he turns back to the light side of the force, Kylo wants to take Snoke's place and have Rey join him.
If anyone missed Ep1 let me know and I'll point you to a copy.
edit: Both parts are here in .m4a format. I'll only be leaving them up for a week since I can't afford to annoy the Beeb's lawyers.....
I think the strongest disgust/horror I've ever felt from a scifi book was a scene in Xenocide where a series of methods of committing suicide are listed. shudder
It isn't precisely scifi, but there's been a couple of scenes in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality that have been very powerful in an uplifting way. Also a few "Noooo freaking way" moments. Also a lot of laughter (some of it maniacal).
The Starfish Trilogy by Peter Watts has the strongest "You bastards" moment.
Also not really scifi, but Titans of Chaos by John C Wright has one of my favorite "Oh holy shit that's badass" moments. Victor is awesome.
The end of The Ship Who Searched makes me happy.
Sorry for the lack of attribution. These have been gathered over several years.
Want to download them all at once? Click Options>View All, then download with a tool like Downthemall (firefox).
You might also enjoy NASA's 1970's space colony artwork.
Mark Sheppard, in his role in EVERYTHING. But especially as Badger in firefly.
China Mountain Zhang, by Maureen F. McHugh.
Set in a China-dominated world of approximately the year 2150.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Locus Award for best first novel, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
Main character is gay, if that's a consideration for anyone. The "gay stuff" is pretty much all offstage, but his gayness and society's strong discrimination against that is one of the central themes.
The Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie beginning with Ancillary Justice deals with all of these issues from a unique, very interesting and alien perspective. The amazon page claims it is the only novel ever to sweep the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
You should probably look into what you're linking to. Open connect is basically a local cache of video files. It's powered by the netflix backend, which runs on aws.
> Our Open Connect Appliances are based on commodity PC components, assembled in custom cases by our suppliers.
> They are engineered to work in partnership with the Netflix services that make up the Open Connect control plane, which are hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Further reading: https://aws.amazon.com/solutions/case-studies/netflix/ https://medium.com/netflix-techblog
I'm assuming you're a 30-something old fart like me since I thought the same. Yet another sign of how far our educational system has fallen when so few apparently know one of the main trials from The Odysseus. Then again, I took four years of high school Latin and read it in both languages, so I suppose I'm somewhat biased.
By the way kiddies, if you want to hear some lyrics with some thought behind them, try listening to some old songs by the Police. Relevant link
According to Audible, Ringworld is part of the Known Space series. If you have read more of the Known Space series, where would you recommend starting from?
It was after the credits. [spoiler](/s "The altered DNA mutates and starts killing all the humans, leaving the military otherwise occupied. You see hints of that with the dickhead neighbor bleeding. Turns out he's an airline pilot, and he spread the disease through the airport and across the world.") https://vimeo.com/58434926
IGN just named BSG the best sci-fi series of all time (warning- possible spoilers for several shows in link), and I have to agree. For all the shit the finale gets, BSG is still one of the best, most-thought provoking shows I've ever seen. It wasn't afraid to tackle big ideas and philosophical questions.
Stalker and/or Solaris from Soviet-era Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. You can watch them free & legal from here: http://www.openculture.com/2010/07/tarkovksy.html
I don't think there's anything else like them, in any genre, or from any other place or time.
>a sample chapter
Here you go
This is the chapter the cover art is from. I'm hoping it makes sense out of context. Basically the three main characters are:
Krimshaw: A reformed, formerly savage Greeg who has been taught to speak and behave like a civilized creature. Greegs are slovenly savage creatures, used primarily as carnival attractions. (Think Pygmalion)
Dr. Rip T. Brash the Third: A partying, gambling, sociopath who loves nothing more than not taking responsibility for anything while causing large amounts of damage to everything and losing high stakes wagers.
Wilx: An astrospeciologist whose entire life's work is financed by winning large wagers with Rip. He is a pragmatic mad scientist, but a mad scientist nonetheless.
Hope you all don't hate it
It only takes them ten paragraphs to get there in that article, but this is the link to the archive where the 224 Issues of Starlog Magazine can be accessed:
If you want to tour through a variety of Canadian SF authors before you choose one, I suggest any of the Tesseracts collections. They're all Canadian SF and the first one was edited by the late Judith Merril (who was American but later moved to Canada). She also has a collection named after her at the Toronto Public Library.
I think they're up to 17 collections now. It's a series that is definitely worth checking out.
San Diego Lightfoot Sue by Tom Reamy. Very hard to fine, but worth it.
Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer [Time Travel] (Also, the Retief series).
The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester
Dumarest of Terra Series [Space Opera] by E.C. Tubb (30+ books)
The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything by John D. McDonald
The Man Who Folded Himself [Time Travel] by David Gerrold
Operation Chaos [Werewolves by Poul Anderson
Vlad Taltos Series [Sword and Socery] by Steven Brust
The Saint-Germain Chronicles [Vampires] by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Young Rissa [The Long View series] by F. M. Busy
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
Thrice up on a Time [Time Travel] by James P. Hogan
Starhammer, by Christopher Rowley
found out about it years ago reading some stuff about Halo, how this book contained some of the basic ideas (a super weapon a la halo, and the flood)
I bought a copy off an amazon vendor for a dollar, I think. There are a few other books set in the same universe, but aren't sequels in the sense of picking up where the previous story left off. I have The Vang: The Battlemaster and The Vang: The Military Form (the vang being the adaptable parasite-like alien) and I really enjoyed them.
Yeah, I can vouch for it. The stories are very short, but the book is good quality. I follow that site pretty regularly, and being on their email list is unoffensive. You can also unsubscribe etc. if you want.
Here's the book you get on Amazon.
And here's another one this author group did if you want to check 'em out.
I've got 3142 hours so far (68 entries) with what I could think of, but even with a few liberties on what could be there I'm still way short. I'm sure there are plenty of shows/anime that I'm forgetting, but even with all of Dr Who, Star Trek, and Stargate on there with the rest it is barely over 1/3 full. Given that, I'm skeptical that it is possible unless you expand the category to all speculative fiction and tangentially related shows (so you can add stuff like Buffy, Hercules, Marvel/DCAU cartoons, etc).
On the plus side, now I've got an organized document of stuff to eventually watch.
If you or anyone else is interested, I wrote one recently. I'm just an amateur, but I'd love to get some feedback if you'd care to read it.
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He's a good modeler but he gets an F- for his names. "Stormtrooper" would be Arashi-bushi, neither Chipao nor Layu are Japanese names, I don't know what language "Daku Joutei" means "Dark Lord" in but it ain't Japanese (that would be Kage-no-ou or something along those lines), "sora" does mean "sky" but Hokususha. Obu and Wankabe are just gibberish words. "Dokuen" doesn't mean "solo" or anything else. Oh yeah, and "chikusho" means "shit", not "beast". Yeesh.
In case you've seen the series and the peacekeeper wars one-off, there are comics that provide a follow-up to the story that are better than nothing. A chronological list of the comics is e.g. here and they can be bought/viewed at e.g. Comixology.
Red On the Head, Fire In the Bed
Red hair was thought to be a mark of a beastly sexual desire and moral degeneration. See? I told you it's not all bad. It is a common belief that redheads are highly sexed. Jonathon Swift satirized this redhead stereotype in Gulliver's Travels, part 4, A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms, when he wrote: "It is observed that the red-haired of both sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than the rest, whom yet they much exceed in strength and activity."
Well it is in a way. It's a monthly thing just like Netflix (no contract or anything), and the cheapest bundle is only 30 a month and gets you a very nice selection of channels. https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/#1 Has built in DVR and on demand as well which is nice.
God, not another good British show ruined by an American adaptation...
Edit: After watching the first episode on Hulu, I have to say that it does show potential.
You have to pick a topic. Any book which covers all these topics is by definition non-technical.
A technical book is going to explore a single topic with excruciating detail.
The Starflight Handbook: https://www.amazon.com/Starflight-Handbook-Pioneers-Interstellar-Travel/dp/0471619124/
Deep Space Propulsion: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Space-Propulsion-Interstellar-Astronomers-ebook/dp/B00F5UVI2Y
And even these books are general because they cover multiple propulsion technologies.
If you're interested in Nothing Lasts Forever, a friend of mine literally wrote the book on it, as well as other Tom Schiller films, including his long run on Saturday Night Live doing shorts. The book is Nothing Lost Forever and - naturally - you can pick it up on Amazon: Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller https://www.amazon.com/dp/1593930321/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_ADBSub15R5BEV