Blade Runner’s Miniature Props Revealed in 142 Behind-the-Scenes Photos

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Blade Runner, unlike most science-fiction movies of the 1980s, improves with age — in fact, it seems to hold up more robustly with each passing year. Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K.


William Gibson’s Seminal Cyberpunk Novel, Neuromancer, Dramatized for Radio (2002)

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Who can call themselves fans of cyberpunk, or even modern science fiction, without having experienced William Gibson’s Neuromancer? That 1984 novel, which many see as the defining work of the sci-fi subgenre where, as Gibson himself put it, “high tech meets low life,” has gone through many print runs in many languages.


Fritz Lang Invents the Video Phone in Metropolis (1927)

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On Monday, we brought you evidence that Stanley Kubrick invented the tablet computer in 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today, we go back forty years further into cinematic history to ask whether Fritz Lang invented the video phone in 1927’s Metropolis.


Did Stanley Kubrick Invent the iPad in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

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While it now bears embarrassing marks of the 1960s here and there, the future envisioned by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains, on many levels, chillingly plausible.


Blade Runner Recut with the Sci-Fi Masterpiece’s Unused Original Footage

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I recently talked with a friend who’s planning to schedule a screening of Blade Runner at her film festival. We discussed the important decision that anyone who wants to show Ridley Scott’s Philip K.


Isaac Asimov’s Favorite Story “The Last Question” Read by Isaac Asimov— and by Leonard Nimoy

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Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific creators in science-fiction history, wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime, including the high-profile ones we all recognize like I, Robot and the Foundation series (hear a version dramatized here).


Yoda’s Long Lost Twin Found in a 14th Century Illuminated Manuscript

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In a new picture book called Medieval Monsters, published by the British Library, historian Damien Kempf and art historian Maria L. Gilbert have gathered together illustrations that highlight the great monsters of the medieval world. Monsters were everywhere, including “on the edges of manuscript pages” and on “the fringes of maps.


The Making of Star Wars As Told by C-3PO & R2-D2: The First-Ever Documentary on the Film (1977)

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The Earth, it seems, has only one truly unlimited resource: enthusiasm for Star Wars. Not even The Phantom Menace, the derision magnet that opened the film series’ newer trilogy, made a serious dent in our reserves.


Hear Ursula K. Le Guin’s Pioneering Sci-Fi Novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, as a BBC Radio Play

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Whether they consider it one of her most or least important works, fans of science-fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin usually have a great deal to say about her best-known novel, 1969’s The Left Hand of Darkness.


George R. R. Martin Puts Online a New Chapter from His Highly Anticipated Book, The Winds of Winter

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Just a very quick heads up: Late last week, George R. R. Martin published on his web site a new chapter from his upcoming book, The Winds of Winter. The chapter tells us about Alyne (depicted above) and it contains a few spoilers. Read it here.


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