California at the End of the World

Touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking you're living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood's movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both… » 3/05/14 7:00pm 3/05/14 7:00pm

The Original Robocop Was A Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—"a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie," as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Paul … » 2/16/14 3:00pm 2/16/14 3:00pm

Brutal Art Show Depicts Machines at the End of Humanity

It's hard to know where to begin describing artist Jan Manski's brutal new show forthcoming at London's BREESE LITTLE gallery. Called "Possesia" and opening to the public on February 26, it's a surreal and over the top look at "archaic instruments" turned into end-of-the-world machinery used by some unnamed conquering… » 2/14/14 6:05pm 2/14/14 6:05pm

The New RoboCop Is What RoboCop Meant to Kill

This new RoboCop movie does not care that anyone might compare it unfavorably to the original 1987 RoboCop movie. It has been programmed not to care about these things. The most readily available metaphor, which is also true, is that the new movie has killed the human mind and guts of its predecessor and kept the cold… » 2/14/14 4:54pm 2/14/14 4:54pm

The Landscapes Of Suburbia Are The Real Science Fiction

Science fiction is often charged with naïve technological optimism and historical amnesia. But for present-day Californians struggling with a wide range of environmental and social problems, science fiction might just provide the perspective we need to successfully pivot from the boom times of the twentieth century to… » 1/30/14 3:40pm 1/30/14 3:40pm

Watch All of Bladerunner Boiled Down to 60 Amazingly Animated Seconds

OK, so we've covered Star Wars Episode IV, Back to the Future, The Matrix, Aliens, even Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now the animation geniuses over at 1A4STUDIO are bringing us all another wonderful sci-fi cinema summary: Bladerunner. » 7/13/13 10:14am 7/13/13 10:14am

Fifty Years Ago Arthur C. Clarke Accurately Predicted We'd Be Able To…

Not only was Arthur C. Clarke one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, he also had a knack for looking ahead at where technology was going, and accurately predicting how it would change life in the future. » 7/11/12 12:20pm 7/11/12 12:20pm

Watch Arthur C. Clarke Predict the Internet and Personal Computers...…

Besides being one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, Arthur C. Clarke had a knack for foreseeing the future—at least in terms of technology. And in this clip from 1974, he predicts both personal computers and the internet. » 3/31/12 12:00pm 3/31/12 12:00pm