I Never Saw the Original ‘X-Files’

The truth is out there . . . again. Fourteen years after Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) probed the paranormal on The X-Files, the believer-skeptic duo is back for a special limited series. If it’s anything like the original TV show, it will examine supernatural and extraterrestrial mysteries, while exploring—and exploiting—the … Continued

Entertainment, Television

How Do You Want to Live? A Classic Dystopian Novel Offers Some Answers

Each summer during the 1950s and 60s, my grandparents would pack up their four kids in Tarrytown, New York, and begin the long drive north over the Canadian border into rural Quebec. For my grandfather, this time was a blessed annual break from installing backseats on the General Motors assembly line. For both grandparents, it … Continued

Books

Political Correctness Puts Science Fiction on Trial

John C. Wright did not win a Hugo Award this year. He lost to “No Award.” Wright was up for five Hugos in three categories. The Hugo is one of the major awards given to science fiction literature, and Wright is the author of several well-reviewed science fiction novels, novellas, and short stories. Many of … Continued

Culture

What’s Human about ‘The Martian’

Originally self-published on the author’s website one chapter at a time, Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is set to become a feature film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon later this year. Rejected by numerous publishers, and spurred by an energetic grass-roots fan base, Weir’s determination to see his science fiction tale told … Continued

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The Greatness of ‘Jurassic Park’

Jurassic World comes out this Friday, the fourth installment in the semi-regular Jurassic Park series. As you’d expect, at this point the franchise is a pure cash-grab. How much so? Well, this movie has been in development for at least eight years and early versions of the script featured dinosaur commandos. Dinosaur. Commandos. But don’t … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

‘Ex Machina’ and the Coming Robot Apocalypse

As a writer, Alex Garland boasts an impressive resume. He has crafted best-selling novels, screenplays for major motion pictures, and storylines for popular video games. Best known for penning the award-winning 28 Days Later script, Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is now in theaters and the low-budget science fiction thriller is receiving the highest of … Continued

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The Interplanetary Flaws of “Jupiter Ascending”

There are some films that simply should not be made. Not because any one person should control the free market of ideas, but because there is no need for them. They contribute nothing to their genre. Their story lines are devoid of any coherent plot. Their main characters are static and flat. They regurgitate clichéd … Continued

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The Near-Greatness of ‘Interstellar’

Christopher Nolan’s latest film Interstellar is opening today in theaters across the country and promises to be a box officer winner this winter and Oscar contender come spring. From the director who manipulated linear storytelling in Memento, and breathed new life into the choking-for-creative-life comic book genre in The Dark Knight trilogy, comes a bold, … Continued

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A Humble, Heroic Tom Cruise in “Edge of Tomorrow”

Edge of Tomorrow remains one of the top summer blockbusters at the box office, and is there any surprise why? Grossing more than $239 million worldwide, it’s one of those films that have it all. It has action. It has a catchy premise, featuring the day-starting-over glitch we’ve loved since Groundhog Day. It has top-notch … Continued

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Star Trek as Political Allegory

Warning: this post contains SPOILERS. For almost half a century, Star Trek has served as a vehicle for moral education. Generations of viewers have watched as Starfleet officers fight to preserve cultural values, defend political and social equality, and uphold utilitarian ideals throughout fictional social and political dilemmas. The heart of Federation ethics, The Prime … Continued

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