Published: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 09:00:00 -0400
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Thu, 11 Oct 2007 09:00:00 -0400There are those who deny Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and maintain the whole story was a government conspiracy. The idea that man could actually break away from our cradle of atmosphere and gravity was once fiction of the highest sort. Yet one dreamer made it a reality. What is there not to believe about space travel? Will there be a time when such a thing is feasible?
Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400Serenity is an 2003 Firefly-class spaceship featured on the science fiction television series Firefly, created by Joss Whedon. She fits the profile of a light freighter, having a cargo area equivalent to about three or four semis. The photon-reaction drive in the bulbous rear section of the ship lights up when accelerating, thus the class moniker.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400Born in May of 1944, in Modesto, California, George Lucas lived a world away from the horrors of Fascist Germany. Yet its imprint is more than evident in Lucas’ life’s work and creative brainchild, the Star Wars Saga. Admitting that the Galactic Empire was based on Germany’s Third Reich, Lucas drew from history the characters and imagery needed to paint his evil regime. While some parallels are obvious—such as the robotic white soldiers Lucas named “storm troopers,” the same name Hitler gave his personal bodyguards during World War II, other comparisons require a little digging. These comparisons make for a fascinating study.
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400January 1985 marks the beginning of America’s love affair with Ender Wiggin. It was that month that Ender’s Game was published, becoming an instant blockbuster, and “probably the most popular science fiction novel published in the last twenty years” (John Kessel). The child prodigy and ultimate savior of the earth, Ender Wiggin, had appeared seven years earlier in a short story published in the science fiction magazine Analog. Writer Orson Scott Card had spent much of his young life working in print, but had only set to writing science fiction when his meager salary as copy editor at a small press failed to pay a debt incurred from a failed business attempt.
Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400So what is the difference between a trekker and a trekkie? The short answer is: nothing. According to Wikipedia, the all-knowing, on-line encyclopedia, both terms denote a fan of the Star Trek science fiction franchise. So why all the controversy between the two? I once heard that fans of the original series were called trekkers, while those of the Next Generation were trekkies, but I have since learned it’s not as simple as that. The difference, it turns out, has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the terms, but with the connotations associated with them. Taking this into consideration, it’s largely a matter of preference which label you prefer.
Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Accordingly, the borderline between fantasy and science fiction is blurred, and many bookstores shelve science fiction and fantasy together. The science fiction genre has a strong fan community of readers and viewers, of which many authors are a part. In reading science fiction books, abstract concepts such as mutations, radiation, space travel and planets are experienced.
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Nothing beats a friday night at home, snuggled up on a coach with a bowl of popcorn watching Science Fiction Movies. Stop at your local video store and find a science fiction movie sure to get you thinking about what could have been or what might be. Here are some of the best all time science fiction movies.