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Books: Kim Stanley Robinson's Latest Sci-Fi Gem 2312

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.24.2012 | Books
Michael Giltz

Robinson's story is gripping, funny, and rich with vivid characters. It describes a possible future in such vivid and exciting ways you can't wait for it to arrive. But Robinson doesn't just spell out future possibilities; he inhabits them.

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

Romney Admits Sci-Fi 'Guilty Pleasure'

Politico | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich wanted to establish a moon colony, but it’s Mitt Romney who’s the sci-fi geek. The former Massachusetts governor and now presumpt...

5 Reasons the Future Is Better Without Jetpacks or Flying Cars

Nick Hurwitch | Posted 07.19.2012 | Science
Nick Hurwitch

Here are five reasons why you should just buy your "environmentally friendly" vehicle of choice and stop holding your breath for a flying future that will never come.

Will Harry Potter-Style 'Invisibility Cloak' Make Real-World Appearance?

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor Published: 05/15/2012 01:08 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's ...

Engineer Wants Us To Build Real-Life Starship Enterprise

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 05.14.2012 | Technology

A systems and electrical engineer who goes by BTE-Dan says we should build the USS Starship Enterprise and claims we can do it -- today. Nancy Atki...

'Blade Runner' Futurist's Art Exhibiiton

Posted 05.10.2012 | Arts

Science fiction has often held a mirror to our society in order to teach us about our evolution (or regressive behavior). We probably owe many of our...

2001: A Space Odyssey: Art vs. 2012 Reality

David H. Bailey | Posted 05.09.2012 | Science
David H. Bailey

What is missing is a sales pitch -- like the arms race but ideally less grim -- that made possible the Apollo program. Time will tell when and how the 2001 vision will be realized, and if it will be human or robotic. In the meantime, we all can dream.

Star Wars Day - An Interview with Darth Maul: Sam Witwer

Bryan Young | Posted 07.04.2012 | Entertainment
Bryan Young

Fans should be very happy that Sam Witwer is the man behind the voice of Darth Maul on The Clone Wars. I got a chance to talk to him about his role, and you can tell instantly he's a fan of the material and the character.

Imaginary Places

Lindsay Edmunds | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Lindsay Edmunds

Living on the Internet is one of the thousand-mile-high ideas explored by Robert M. Geraci in his book Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality.

53 Reasons Why We Need A New Star Trek TV Series

Kris LoPresto | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Kris LoPresto

When the Battlestar Galactica prequel show wasn't picked up by SyFy, it became a painful reality that there are no adventures in outer space on the tube. Here are just a few reasons as to why we need a Star Trek TV show. Paramount executives, please listen up.

Mad Men: Rounding Some Hairpin Plot Curves

William Bradley | Posted 06.17.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

This week's Mad Men offered up a much more insular episode, though the sense of decay and decline in New York which I wrote about earlier in the season is evident.

Time Travel Happens HOW Often?

Posted 04.17.2012 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor Published: 04/16/2012 12:32 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's L...

'Star Trek' Gizmo Inspires New Real-World Device

Reuters | Frank Simons | Posted 06.13.2012 | Science

By Frank Simons LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starships, warp speed, transporters, phasers. Think "Star Trek" technology is only the stuff of...

Forbidden Planet: Space Is the Place (for More Colonialism)

Network Awesome | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
Network Awesome

Forbidden Planet has its place among the best science fiction movies. This place is due to its influence rather than its initial reception, though.

Neurotechnology: Science Fiction or Applied Science?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2012 | Science
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

As science makes a reality of what has been science fiction, we will face questions of how to best apply neurotechnologies. Should they be limited to helping those who have illnesses? Or should they bolster the performance of a wartime soldier, enable a C student to get As, or supercharge CEOs?

The Hunger Games and the Politics of Food

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

In a consumer society where alternative food networks and associations have been built on the premise that we can change the food system one meal at the time and that eating is an agricultural act, Katniss' adventures remind us that, after all, we are poachers in somebody else's territory.

Is "Psychohistory" Possible?

Quora | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
Quora

Is it possible and useful to mathematically formalize human behavior on large scales sufficient to probabilistically predict the future? This questio...

Hisland and Herland: The Macho Mars of John Carter and Gilman's Feminist Utopia

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books
Andromeda Romano-Lax

Burroughs was daring and desperate enough to imagine an alien planet. But Gilman, a Victorian-era survivor, imagined something even more bold: a time and place where gender alone would not doom a person to a life of prescribed confinement, drudgery, or madness.

10 Sci-Fi Predictions That Became Reality

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 03.08.2012 | Technology

Events like Wednesday's announcement of the new iPad have become fairly old-hat in our super tech-savvy society. Not so long ago, these now ubiquit...

WATCH: Could Robot 'Apocalypse' Wipe Out Humans?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor Published: 02/24/2012 12:48 PM EST on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's...

Top 10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Should Read

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Hunger Games movie coming out in March, the frenzy for young adult fiction has reached an all-time high. For those of you who still haven't read young adult books, here are a few suggestions.

Star Trek-Esque Visor Lets Blind 'See' With Their Ears

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Science

Talk about seeing the light. Israeli scientists have developed a "sensory substitution device" (SSD) that they say lets congenitally blind people "see...

A Wrinkle in Time Celebration

Monica Edinger | Posted 04.13.2012 | New York
Monica Edinger

Saturday, February 11th featured a remarkable event, New York City's Symphony Space's A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event. The place was packed with a lovely range of kids, parents, and adult admirers of the book.

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Nichelle Nichols On TV's First Interracial Kiss And Her Encounter With 'Trekkie' Dr. Martin Luther King

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 02.10.2012 | Black Voices

Nichelle Nichols' life has moved at the kind of warp speed her "Star Trek" character Lt. Nyota Uhura took for granted. When television writer and p...