Take Free Online Courses at Hogwarts: Charms, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts & More

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A group of dedicated Harry Potter fans have created a new educational website called Hogwarts is Here.

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In 1968, Stanley Kubrick Makes Predictions for 2001: Humanity Will Conquer Old Age, Watch 3D TV & Learn German in 20 Minutes

≡ Category: Film, Sci Fi |3 Comments

1968. Revolution was in the air and the future seemed bright. That year, Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey – a big-budget, experimental rumination on the evolution of mankind.

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Philip K. Dick Theorizes The Matrix in 1977, Declares That We Live in “A Computer-Programmed Reality”

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In 1963, Philip K. Dick won the coveted Hugo Award for his novel The Man in the High Castle, beating out such sci-fi luminaries as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Arthur C. Clarke. Of the novel, The Guardian writes, “Nothing in the book is as it seems. Most characters are not what they say they are, most objects are fake.

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Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1964 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014

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When New York City hosted The World’s Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence — assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War.

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Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space: “The Worst Movie Ever Made,” “The Ultimate Cult Flick,” or Both?

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I had an adolescent fascination with Ed Wood. I mean that literally: I spent a sizable chunk of my adolescence watching the films of, reading about, and even reading the books by writer-director (and occasional cross-dresser) Edward D. Wood Jr.

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The Big Aha, the Latest Novel by Cyberpunk Writer Rudy Rucker, is Now Out and Free Online

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A quick note: Rudy Rucker, one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement, put himself on the literary map with the Prize-Winning Ware Tetralogy. In the spirit of openness, Rucker has long made the Tetralogy freely available online.

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1966 Film Explores the Making of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (and Our High-Tech Future)

≡ Category: Film, Sci Fi |3 Comments

“The following film describes an unusual motion picture now being produced in London for release all over the world starting in 1967.” We hear and see this announcement, which precedes A Look Behind the Future, the promotional documentary above, delivered by a pomade-haired, horn-rimmed middle-aged fellow.

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Revisit Orson Welles’ Iconic ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast That Aired 75 Years Ago Today

≡ Category: History, Radio, Sci Fi, Theatre |3 Comments

On this day, in 1938, listeners tuned in to CBS radio to hear a piece of radio theater (listen below or here) so frightening and, for its time, realistic, that people across New England and eastern Canada fled their homes to escape danger.

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How Philip K. Dick Disdained American Anti-Intellectualism and Found His Inspiration in Flaubert, Stendhal & Balzac

≡ Category: Literature, Sci Fi, Writing |4 Comments

Despite some of the stranger circumstances of Philip K. Dick’s life, his reputation as a paranoid guru is far better deserved by other science fiction writers who lost touch with reality. Dick was a serious thinker and writer before pop culture made him a prophet. Jonathan Letham wrote of him, “Dick wasn’t a legend and he wasn’t mad.

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75 Years of Superman in 2 Minutes

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As we told you this summer, Superman is celebrating his 75th Anniversary this year.

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