It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Folio Society’s special editions. They’ve been creating some fantastic books, particularly in the science fiction world. After tackling Frank Herbert’s Dune, Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, they’ve set their sights on a new…
The Singularity is coming soon! Artificial intelligences will reinvent everything, and there will be unlimited rice pudding. Except, of course, that when we imagine artificial intelligences in fiction, they’re often not that smart. Case in point? These 10 ridiculously dumb artificial intelligences.
Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 50 must-watch science fiction films.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center recently received a treasure trove: 85 cubic feet of Arthur C. Clarke’s papers, shipped from his home in Sri Lanka. Including a high-school notebook, where the young Clarke rated the science fiction stories he read. And an early draft of Clarke’s 2001:…
2001: A Space Odyssey can be interpreted about a million different ways. That's a big part of its appeal. But have you ever felt… hungry while watching it? That's because the movie is actually about food. Look closely, and you'll see it too!
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. Transcending the very genre it helped to modernize, it would be an act of desecration for any other person to re-cut Kubrick's masterpiece. Well, hey would you look at that, guess what Steven Soderbergh just did?
All this landing on comets business has got me thinking about the next chapter of space exploration in a totally new way. You can have your Armageddons and Deep Impacts with their Aerosmith soundtracks and Morgan Freeman presidents. What happened today reminded me more of 2010: The Year We Make Contact.
Great news for Arthur C. Clarke and/or Ridley Scott fans (in other words, everyone). The Blade Runner and Alien director just signed on to produce a Syfy Channel miniseries version of Clarke's 2001 sequel, 3001: The Final Odyssey.
2001: A Space Odyssey earns the term "epic" more than almost any other movie. The two-hour-and-forty-one-minute cinema classic is an absolute must-watch. But if you don't have that kind of time, Speedrun just very loosely condensed the plot down to a mere 60 seconds.
What's most notable about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is that the epic science fiction adventure was made using old-school practical special effects, well before computer graphics became a staple of the film industry. So when someone like Taschen releases a four-volume book set detailing the film's…
It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool.
We love the magic of the movies, that trickery that lets us believe in beautiful robots, time-traveling scientists, wolf men, and flying superheroes. But sometimes it's fun to peek behind the curtain, and see the secrets and candid faces behind our favorite films.
Two years before Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey, he was starting to worry that IBM would get a little mad when HAL 9000, the computer they helped design, came off, well, psychotic.
Designed by the model-maker for Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 2,100 medals created for the 2012 Olympics are the heaviest medals that'll ever hang around a summer games athlete's neck yet, at 400grams each.
Here's some interesting context for Hamilton's watch: they recycled the design from a clock they originally made for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Stanley Kubrick was notoriously pernickety about design, so what was good for him is good for us.
A house in Montauk has had a home theater installed by architect James Biber. With leather floors and co-ordinating beanbags, Biber took his inspiration from New York's Radio City, with a little bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey thrown in for good measure.