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Scripturient: The Signal

One of the oddest – but most intriguing – scifi films I’ve seen recently was the 2014 movie, the Signal. It is a small-budget film that premiered at the Sundance Festival last year and seems to have gone to DVD soon after. I picked up a copy recently at a nearby HMV and watched it . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Signal

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Rethinking John Carter

After recently going through the first five of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11 Barsoom books, I decided to give the 2012 Disney film, John Carter, another viewing. This two-hour-eleven-minute film bombed at the box office, and when I first saw it, I was deeply disappointed. But on reflection after a second viewing, it isn’t all that . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Rethinking John Carter

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: ERB and Barsoom

Tara of Helium rose from the pile of silks and soft furs upon which she had been reclining, stretched her lithe body languidly, and crossed toward the center of the room, where, above a large table, a bronze disc depended from the low ceiling. Her carriage was that of health and physical perfection—the effortless harmony . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: ERB and Barsoom

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Jack Finney’s Time and Again

Ever read Jack Finney? I knew the name, but I never read any of his books. I knew he was the author of the 1955 pulp novel, The Body Snatchers. This became the basis for the 1956 movie, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. That is one of my all-time favourite B-films, one I can . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Jack Finney’s Time and Again

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gravity: A Review

While watching director Alfonso Cuarón’s film, Gravity, this weekend, I was struck by how powerful the mixed themes of isolation and survival can be. I was reminded not simply of films – Tom Hanks in Castaway came to mind immediately – but in literature, too; from Robinson Crusoe to Blindness. Stories of survival have captivated . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gravity: A Review

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: For want of a nail…

Bought a book at Loblaws (of all places) this week, one by Harry Turtledove: The Big Switch. It’s one of his many alternative history novels, about what might have happened if things had happened a certain way – a different way from what actually transpired – in the opening years of World War Two. He’s . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: For want of a nail…

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Poor career decisions

The alien on the right is thinking: “My agent is so fired.” The one on the left? He’s just experimenting with his knobs. Alltop loves a good knob experiment!

Things Are Good: Futuristic Things That Became Reality Last Year

It seems that most ideas in the realm of Science Fiction stay as fiction but it’s not too rare that “out there” ideas from Sci-Fi can become real. At the Sci-Fi blog IO9 they have complied a list of some seemingly crazy things that turned out to become real last year. The list range from . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Futuristic Things That Became Reality Last Year