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'The Divergent Series: Insurgent'

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The Divergent Series: Insurgent doesn't change that dynamic much, but during its final minutes, it ups the visuals to a level that almost compensates for a weak beginning.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 1 Avatar

Ronda Lee | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

he premise of Avatar sounds so reminiscent of the book of Genesis that it is hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the similarities and symbolism. Although Jake Sully initially starts out as an agent for evil, in the end he finds redemption to save the Na'vi tribe and HomeTree.

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Weird News
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles. But they have ignored a critical component of the cosmos because they don't know what to do with it. This component, consciousness, is an utter mystery. How did inert, random bits of matter ever morph into Obama or Lady Gaga?

Oh No She Didn't: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

That this category continues to thrive, and to spawn essays and blog posts -- including this one! -- points directly to the underlying problem: We are issuing prescriptive dos and don'ts about the depiction of women as if they are a separate, exotic species.

The Final Farewell

Shan Wells | Posted 03.04.2015 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Beards and Armpits: The Silly Sexism of 'The Walking Dead'

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Olivia Cole

We're so used to its erasure in advertising, film and television that its absence is somewhat realistic: women don't have body hair, we're told. So when it's missing -- even in the most unlikely scenarios -- we don't even notice.

Surviving Mars and Surviving Loss Are Not So Different

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Tracey Cleantis

Let me just start off by saying that I am decidedly NOT a science-fiction fan. Klingons and Trekkies and books and films involving planets, wormhole...

What Is 'Hard' Science Fiction?

Ben Bova | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Ben Bova

The rule of thumb for a writer of "hard" science fiction is that the writer is free to use anything his or her imagination can invent and depict -- so long as no one can show that it contradicts the tenets of known science.

If You Upload Your Mind To A Computer, Are You Still You?

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you'll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain ...

The Best TV Show You're Not Watching

Eden Friedman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Teen
Eden Friedman

Though Interstellar is dazzling, and (full disclosure) did make me cry a little, Black Mirror is utilizing the resources and extended parameters that science fiction provides and using it to help humans evaluate themselves and see their flaws.

The New Years Challenge I Know I Will Accomplish

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Helene Cohen Bludman

The premise is that in 2015 you will read 50 books of various types. Books that you may have planned on reading anyway, and others way off your radar. A book written by an author who has your initials. A book written in the year you were born. A book with a one-word title. And so on.

Westward Expansion? 'Dead West', Omnibus One

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

The frontier has always been a place of magical realism -- even at it's most gritty. This isn't your typical zombie drama. Zombies may not exactly be passe', but we have witnessed a lot of their creeping, crawling trauma over the past few years.

Anne Serling Shares Memories of Her Iconic Father

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jill Rachel Jacobs

For fans of "The Twilight Zone," Rod Serling was the cool, dark-haired, tight-jawed narrator with the distinctive voice, who took viewers on a suspenseful guided tour into another dimension, during the Golden Age of television. To Anne Serling, he was "Dad."

The History of Interplanetary Colonization

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Here you have it. In the next few centuries, we can colonize the solar system in any number of different ways using largely conventional technology extended to meet the reasonable challenges of week-long hope to Mars, Saturn or elsewhere.

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Why #BlackStormTrooper Shouldn't Be A Big Deal

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Fans' excitement around the release of an 88-second clip from the new Star Wars reboot, quickly morphed into a social media firestorm, when some fans ...

5 Dystopian Trilogies Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Kathleen Smith | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Kathleen Smith

Perhaps it's callous to love dystopia, to soak up stories where the characters are much worse off than you are, but the fiction shelves of bookstores are littered with these premises. For some reason, we just can't get enough of the world ending. And rebooting, in the most terrifying ways.

The Flash's Patrick Sabongui, Who Plays a Gay Police Captain, Gives Us Insight to His Character and Home Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Playing a complex character, let alone a a character from a comic book, is not an easy task. The actor has to think about how to make the character his own while not misrepresenting how the fans view the character.

Legendary Film Composer Hans Zimmer Talks Interstellar, Working With Christopher Nolan, and the Future of Music Making

Quora | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

When I first got involved with the movie, Chris said to me, "I have this idea. I'm not going to tell you what the movie is, but I've written this one page description, and if I give you that one page, can you spend one day with it and write whatever comes to you?"

Interstellar Is a Crying Shame

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Arthur Rosenfeld

As accompaniment to a bag of popcorn it's delightful; as a piece of cinematic art, however, it is a violent, awful revelation of human hubris, shortsightedness, and self-importance.

Interstellar: Imaginative, Expansive... and Provocative!

Darryl Woodard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Darryl Woodard

There are basically two kinds of sci-fi films. One kind is the easily digestible. But not so Interstellar, which is the other kind of sci-fi film. For it's unconventional.

The Megalomaniac Next Door: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of LFO

Dan Persons | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Not all megalomaniacs are preening, medal-bedecked-uniform-wearing, sociopathic assholes. Sometimes they're mousy, tatty, middle-class husbands with a basement full of electronic equipment and a murderous secret to hide.

Movie Review: 'Interstellar' or Star Bores?

Brandon Judell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

Just when we thought we could wait no longer, director Christopher Nolan has supplied the world with another prolonged, at times nearly bewildering sci-fi adventure that will bear repeated viewings by viewers who are unemployed and have little else to do.

ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

Trouble Ahead: William Gibson Brings Us Another Report From the Future

John Branch | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
John Branch

In a move that seems remarkably well timed, Gibson has returned to the future in The Peripheral, and what he finds there isn't likely to please those hoping for bright, shining visions.