Giant Freakin Robot has a piece about the director who will be working on a movie adaptation of Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson’s genre-creating novel from way back in 1992. I have no real opinion on the director, but I really hope he can capture the sprawling, chaotic awesomeness that was the novel. I fear that the limits of the movie form will mean that 98% of the novel will be lost in favor of a basic action movie with SF flavors. It would be better as a trilogy, but that is perhaps too much to ask.
I’m not sure how any of Stephenson’s novels would make the transition to the screen, to be honest. Though the The Baroque Cycle would make for a hell of a television serial. (Oh please god do not let them make a movie out of those books).
Analog is an SF short film. Personally, it wasn’t my style, but I tend to get grumpy if a film is too experimental. For those of you who enjoy atmospheric experimental SF films that leave a lot of the story to inference, this is for you.
I think we can all agree that Darth Vader would be Lawful Evil. As such, he has to pay parking tickets too. I am impressed with his restraint in dealing with the ticketer, especially with two stormtroopers right there to back him up.
Sadly the effect is a bit ruined by the camera person giving Vader a shout-out at the end, but it is still fun.
I have no idea what NASA sees as the purpose of this video (fundraising?), but it pushes all my ‘like’ buttons so it seemed best to share it here. That said, I don’t actually think that NASA will be leading the way, I think it will be competing and somewhat chaotic private interests. Starting with some eccentric billionaires, but eventually becoming something else.
ExtremeTech has gathered a collection of videos that showcase the many exciting developments in robots over the last couple of years. I think this is one of those SF tropes that will change our lives in dramatic and unexpected ways over the next ten years.
That said, outside of anticipated (and terrifying) military applications, I think the advent of smart machines in our lives is now so commonplace that we won’t be as amazed as we expected. A robot to do the dishes? Of course, along with driving the car, mowing the lawn and a zillion other things that are merely logical extensions of the smart computing we are coming to terms with now.
Some of the videos have appeared here on the Rocket Ship, but many are new to me and hopefully to you as well. Enjoy.
This video speeds up geologic time scales to show us how the moon evolved over 4.5 Billion years. I have no clear understanding of how scientists settled on particular time frames for some of the events, but I love the visuals.
What the video does not mention is that similar processes were likely happening on Earth at the same time, which goes a long way to demonstrating how dangerous the universe can actually be.
Sadly, it appears that SyFy has not chosen to produce this series for television, but have made noises about creating a web series instead. The 90 minute film pilot will run at some unknown time in the not too distant future, so I will look forward to that for now.
Originally seen at GFR, but it has been working its way through the internets for awhile.
“Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys” is a documentary that celebrates the action figures, play sets, space ships, and props we grew up with as kids — and still collect today. Through interviews with collectors, historians, former Kenner and Hasbro employees, and others, the film explores their history, influence, and continued impact on pop culture.
It is coming to DVD this summer, and looks like it will be interesting. Of course, a teaser trailer shows very little, but it does bring me back to my childhood enjoyment of Star Wars toys. Though in my case it mostly consisted of coveting the toys of my friends.