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Mark Hamill With The Original Lightsaber
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"The X-Files" Set To Return In 2018!
Not quite as soon as fans would have liked after that horrible cliffhanger from the revival series but thankfully answers of some kind are now in our future. Considering the delay, it seems that bringing Agents Mulder and Sculley back to the small screen is taking a lot more work that initially had been expected. There's no final word yet on how many episodes they will have for the new season.


Mars 106 - Making Mars (46:16)
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National Geographic has given the green light to a second season of Mars, its global event series executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The first season of the series, which combined scripted drama and special effects with documentary sequences, was seen by 36 million viewers globally last fall and became the most DVR’ed series in network history. The first season was told from the vantage point of a fictitious crew heading towards Mars in 2033.

The long awaited new Star Trek, "Star Trek: Discovery" is getting it's debut air date pushed back, again! Part of the date change revolves around the addition of new top brass, However production is set to begin in Toronto next week. After the show was already bumped from a January debut to May, "Discovery" is once again being pushed back, but CBS has not announced when it will premiere.
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Total Recall 2070 - 07 - Rough Whimper Of Insanity (44:44)


Colossus The Forbin Project (1:45:15)
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The last thing you might expect to hear about SpaceX pioneer Elon Musk is that he was recently kicking back watching old Sci-Fi movies. He recently re-watched "Colossus: The Forbin Project" and the original "Ghost In The Shell." What was Mr. Musk's inspiration for his attraction to the SciFi oldies? Simple! If Elon Musk ends up advising President Donald Trump that the future of national defense depends on a supercomputer making decisions instead of people, some of his inspiration might come from old science fiction movies like "Colossus: The Forbin Project." The film came out in 1970 and chronicles the implementation and advancement of a military supercomputer named “Colossus” which is tasked with control of all of the nuclear missiles in the United States. The fictional U.S. President in the film calls it “the perfect defense system.” however by the end of the movie, Colossus gains not only not only sentience, but total control of the entire Earth, telling its creator that freedom is an illusion. In case you've never viewed the film, it just happens to be below: (1:40)
 


The Gift - Award Winning Science Fiction Short

 

Cashless Societies
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There's a scene in Star Trek lV where we find Kirk in a restaurant with Doctor Gillian Taylor, a marine biologist who specializes in whales. Their food order gets delivered, however Kirk has to leave. When Gillian sees that Kirk doesn't know anything about pay methods in her century, she quickly responds: "I suppose they don't use money in the 23rd century. Kirk then replies: "well we don't! At first glance, a cashless society is not really one of the more innovative ideas for Science Fiction to pride itself in, largely because you’d think we would have moved beyond those petty ideas in a sparkling, utopian future. So, as is the case with ideas and their variations, it’s fair game for science fiction authors to do with as they will. Here's an example of what one author has done with the idea of cash, or the lack of it, in society: The book is "Dhalgren, a bestseller by Samuel R Delany. Here is an excerpt:

"Something bad has happened in the city of Bellona, and everything’s falling apart. Time is messed up, and people have come unglued from their usual ways of living. They drift about in familiar meeting spots in the city, living life from day to day, curiously oblivious to what’s at stake, and yet finding more avenues for personal expression. Our protagonist, Kid, a newcomer to this strange place, is busy writing a poem in the face of all this uncertainty. He goes about doing odd jobs, without really having a use for the cash he earns. He always makes do, because people seem to like him. In the face of impending apocalypse, money stops making sense, but Kid gets by thanks to his reputation as an emerging poet." Art, friendships, gender: everything is thrown into a weird flux, and so is the need for money. Dhalgren is an infamous text, because it’s so elliptical and confusing, but it’s also a case study of how uncontested necessities such as money fade away in the face of something profoundly disturbing."

 
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10 Actors Recreated With Special Effects

Hollywood faithful will say that with the help of camera tricks and special effects, anything is possible. It isn’t only death that brings about the use of CGI; sometimes, a younger version of the character is needed. Other times still, actors were unavailable to portray their iconic roles. Due to major advancements in CGI in the early ’90s, people began to witness the true power behind this evolving technology. With movies like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park, CGI proved its worth in the realm of cinematography. Directors could now do the impossible; a new age of cinema was born. Countless dead movie stars have been brought back to life in the virtual world; the possibilities CGI brought to the table were endless. From dinosaurs to recreated legends, special effects took on a new identity of what’s plausible in film. With that said, here’s a list of ten times CGI was able to able trick its viewers. The list: 10. Nancy Marchand – The Sopranos, 9. Bruce Lee – Game of Death, 8. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Terminator Salvation, 7. Jeff Bridges – Tron: Legacy, 6. Brandon Lee – The Crow, 5. Oliver Reed – Gladiator, 4. Michael Douglas – Ant-Man, 3. Paul Walker – Furious 7, 2. John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and John Lennon - Forrest Gump, 1. Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  
The Real Death Star Up Close...Well Not Really!
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Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager Episode 2

 

BOOK REVIEWS
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A Perfect Machine - Brett Savory (Feb 7)
http://www.tor.com/2016/03/21/announcing-brett-savorys-a-perfect-machine-from-angry-robot-books/ 
The Great Symmetry - James R. Wells (Great-grandson of H.G. Wells)
https://www.chantireviews.com/2015/07/24/the-great-symmetry-by-james-r-wells-a-science-fiction-thrill-ride/ 
Orbital Cloud - Taiyo Fujii(Translated by Timothy Silver)
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/17/14267754/taiyo-fujii-orbital-cloud-japanese-science-fiction-excerpt 

SCIFI NEWS QUOTE OF THE WEEK 

"I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight." Marcus Luttrell - U.S. Navy SEAL