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Mar 25 2014 12:15pm

Have Severed Robot Head, Will Travel: 5 Ways a Prometheus Sequel Could Work

20th Century Fox has announced that an “untitled Ridley Scott project” is set for release in March 2016, and The Wrap reports that multiple sources have confirmed it will be a follow-up to Scott’s ambitious sci-fi movie Prometheus. But considering everything that happens by the end of Prometheus, what would that sequel actually be about?

Here are five plot directions the sequel could take. Obviously spoilers for Prometheus and all the Alien movies ahead!

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Jun 11 2013 10:00am

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz

Scatter Adapt and Remember Annalee NewitzScatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, published by Doubleday, is the newest nonfiction offering from Annalee Newitz—familiar voice from io9 and editor of previous nonfiction anthologies such as She’s Such a Geek!: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff. This project is a hybrid work, a popular-science style research project that begins with the hard facts of mass extinction events on our planet and concludes, in quite speculative territory, with the technological futures we may work toward to avoid being wiped out in the next extinction.

To quote the flap copy:

As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or human interference. It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the earth’s past major disasters—from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation—resulted in a mass extinction… But in Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Annalee Newitz […] explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of log-term species survival are better than ever.

Going on to call the book a “brilliantly speculative work of popular science,” that brief introduction to the project gives a good idea of what will follow: science, history, and the future—in one bright narrative thread.

[A review.]

Feb 28 2013 1:30pm

Queering SFF: While I Was Away… (Now with Added Theory!)

Queering SFF: While I Was Away… (Now with Added Theory!)It’s been some time since we’ve had a discussion-oriented post at Queering SFF—sure, there have been book reviews and awards coverage and the like, but hardly enough chatting about the field generally, or about topics related under the headings of “queer” or “speculative” (or both). Blame your friendly correspondent, here; between the Exploring Carl Sagan’s Cosmos wrapping up and the Short Fiction Spotlight beginning, I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting my favorite space for talking about queer topics in the genre.

So, what’s been happening? For one thing, I’ve been reading some fascinating queer nonfiction, which I believe falls under our “related topics” heading. (That’s what I’d like to talk about this time—theory, practice, and cultural connections inside and outside of SF.) For another, I’ve been acting as senior editor at Strange Horizons—a magazine devoted in part to diverse fiction—which has made me think quite a lot about short queer SF from the slush pile to publication and beyond; we’ll get to that in the next post.


Aug 9 2012 2:00pm

What If the Old Star Trek Movies Were Remade in the New Continuity?

Recently, IDW Star Trek comics’ writer Mike Johnson mentioned there are hints to the direction of the new film in the current comics series, which has been re-telling classic 60’s Star Trek episodes with the current cast/continuity. A lot of the story details have been different, because as Johnson explains “the new timeline is moving in a radically different direction.”

So let’s have fun for a bit. What if the next Star Trek films were total remakes of the old Star Trek films with the current cast and alternate universe continuity? What would they be like? Who would play David Marcus, Saavik, Gorkon, and so forth? Read on to find out how I see topsy turvy versions of classic Trek films in the 21st century.

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Aug 3 2012 11:00am

Have Severed Robot Head, Will Travel: 5 Ways a Prometheus Sequel Could Work

Like the Nostromo’s computer waking up its sleeping crew in the first Alien film, the blogosphere came alive yesterday with the chatter that a direct sequel to Prometheus is for sure, most likely, going to happen at some point, maybe. But considering everything that happens by the end of the movie, what would that sequel actually be about?

Here are five plot directions the sequel could take. Obviously spoilers for Prometheus, all the Alien movies ahead!

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Jul 18 2012 2:50pm

Straight from Roberto Orci: Current Trek Comics are Canon!

Over on Trek Movie, they’ve been running a two-part exclusive interview with screenwriter Roberto Orci. Both parts of the interview are fascinating reads and well worth a Trekkie’s time. As with previous interviews going all the way back to 2008, you get the sense that of all the creative forces involved with New Trek, that Orci is the biggest fan. He sounds like one of us when he talks about this stuff.

Below the cut are a few things the interview clearly spells out about the future of booth big screen and small screen Trek. Plus: what the reveal about the current ongoing IDW series being declared canon means for the next film’s baddie!

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Apr 24 2012 11:00am

Will Prometheus Create a Shared Universe Between Alien and Blade Runner?

In addition to the official trailers, the marketing for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has given us two “viral” videos in the form of faux-statements from Weyland Industries. Any fan of the original Alien series knows that Weyland-Yutani Industries was responsible for the Nostromo and the subsequent terraforming of the planet where the xenomorphs were first encountered by Ripley and friends. In the less-than-stellar Alien vs. Predator, the founder of Weyland Industries was revealed to be Charles Bishop Weyland, who’s appearance was later (in the timeline, but earlier in the films) used as the basis for the robot “Bishop” who we met in Aliens.

Now, Weyland Industries is back in the news so to speak, but what do these new statements from Weyland tell us about the plot of Prometheus? Just what kind of fictional universe is being created here? Is it all leading to something even bigger than just one, single movie?

[Wild speculation, which may be spoilery below the cut]

Dec 9 2010 12:48pm

Game of Thrones Already Gearing Up For a Second Season?

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin with art by Stephen Youll

Game of Thrones online portal Winter Is Coming is speculating this morning on rumors that the HBO series adaptation of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series will begin production on a second season, covering A Clash of Kings, very soon.

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