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Other Worlds Austin 2016 Recap

Other Worlds Austin is a dedicated science fiction film festival based in Austin, TX.  A team of passionate scifi film makers, writers, and fans, they put together a curated collection of independent and classic science fiction movies, with a little horror thrown in.  This was my first year to attend, and I am definitely part of the cult now. I liked almost everything I saw this year, which is not a common experience at most festivals.  The curation was films was very well done.  They brought in some cool people, like Brian Narelle, who played Lt. Doolittle in Dark Star (1974) and has some of the weirdest stories about film making and fandom.  There… Read More

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Other Worlds Austin Film Festival Starts Tonight!

We’re about to make the drive up to Round Rock for a weekend of scifi and horror films at Flix Brewhouse, courtesy of the Other Worlds Austin film festival, home of the Mary Shelley award. Tonight we’re going to see the opening film, OMG, I’m a Robot!, and hopefully get into The Axe Murders of Villisca, written by Austin local Owen Egerton. The email announcements have been making big promises of a party tonight that features excessive amounts of chips and queso and chicken tenders.  Ah, Round Rock, whirling vortex of Central Texas culture.  

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Pandemic Microbes, Dark Matter, China on the Moon: Your Weekend Reading

Friday has arrived, with the swiftness of a desert tortoise crossing a state highway. Here is your recommended reading for the weekend. Mars. Scientists on the space station exposed two types of Antarctic microbes to simulated Mars-like conditions, and found that they’d probably survive if introduced to Mars. Science Fiction. Some lovely people are making a documentary about science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded them some funds, but won’t pony it up until the rest of the production costs are raised. So, Kickstarter to the rescue, of course. China on the Moon. In 2013, China sent a lander to the Moon,… Read More

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Iron Sky is getting a sequel with dinosaurs!

I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel to Iron Sky (the brilliantly hilarious Nazis on the Moon film). It has dinosaurs, that are ridden by Nazis, inside of the Hollow Earth.  And their President Sarah Palin stand in is actually a Reptilian overlord. 2016, you cannot arrive soon enough.  

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Chappie is no Jonny Five and that’s great

I liked Chappie. It’s a very solid contribution to the science fiction subgenre of robot and artificial intelligence movies. It may not appeal to folks who are not well versed in robot movies, and that’s ok. It makes me sad to see the degree to which formal reviewers have been ripping this movie apart, calling it a tropy ripoff of other robot movies.  It’s a robot genre movie, people, come on! Anyone who insists on labeling Chappie as a ripoff of the 80’s classic Short Circuit hasn’t seen Short Circuit in 29 years.  As a science fiction loving child of the 80’s who owned a VHS copy of Short Circuit,… Read More

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Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder – a review

Behold the writhing, shuddering horror that is The Squidder, a nightmare made possible by Kickstarter and the darkness of Ben Templesmith‘s brain. From the horror artist that brought us 30 Days of Night, this graphic story is every post apocalyptic, tentacle-covered horror fantasy you have ever secretly had. It’s Mad Max versus Cthulhu! (Seriously, that’s how Templesmith describes it.) The story is twisted across the remnants of Earth long after a bloody alien invasion by the Squid that left the broken mess of human survivors as a few scattered lumps of terrified peasantry worshipping their overlords, no memory left of the old world or the war that cost everything.  But there are… Read More

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