October 30, 2010 / 6556
Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes.
Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty by stating that “science fiction is what we point to when we say it”, a definition echoed by author Mark C. Glassy, who argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you don’t know what it is, but you know it when you see it. Vladimir Nabokov argued that if we were rigorous with our definitions, Shakespeare’s play The Tempest would have to be termed science fiction.
According to science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, “a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.”
Rod Serling’s definition is “fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.” Lester Del Rey wrote, “Even the devoted aficionado– or fan- has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is”, and that the reason for there not being a “full satisfactory definition” is that “there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction.”
Forrest J. Ackerman used the term “sci-fi” at UCLA in 1954. As science fiction entered popular culture, writers and fans active in the field came to associate the term with low-budget, low-tech “B-movies” and with low-quality pulp science fiction. Read more …
October 21, 2010 / 1551
October 14, 2010 / 5982
By SpikeTV.com | Not only is it one of the biggest movie franchises to emerge from the 1980s, Back to the Future is also one of the most beloved films of our time. And now SCREAM 2010 is paying tribute. Guess who’s showing up to celebrate?
Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, and Elisabeth Shue will reunite on stage at SCREAM 2010 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future. Only days after SCREAM hits Spike on October 19, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray and DVD will hit stores worldwide on October 26.
To sweeten up the deal, the event that honors everything sci-fi, fantasy, comics and horror will also be presenting exclusive footage from the much-anticipated Paranormal Activity 2. Find out what else you can expect to see at SCREAM 2010.
You’re not going to want to miss this. But don’t get too caught up in the excitement that you forget to vote on all of your favorite categories and nominees!
October 13, 2010 / 3812
The Scream Awards will be presented announced on October 19, 2010.
Here are the nominees:
October 31, 2009 / 2807
If you’ve ever suspected that all of your favorite shows, books and comics all took place in the same universe, you’re probably right. And we’ve got a chart to prove it. Click through for awesome.
We’ve concentrated on three types of crossovers between series: Direct Crossover, where characters from one series or another have actually met in a story; Easter Egg, where elements of one series have appeared in another (often as geeky in-jokes), and Brand Crossover, where market forces have brought two disparate things together for no good reason (See Transformers/Star Wars). I’m sure that there are some that we’ve forgotten, but that’s what the comments are for. For now, just enjoy the fact that Aliens theoretically can be said to exist in the same world as Battlestar Galactica… and get your fan-fiction typewriters revving. Read more …
Mars Attacks! Poster, Plot, Development, Casting, Filming, Visual effects, Release, Critical analysis, Awards, and Trailer
October 28, 2009 / 47533
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and based on the cult trading card series of the same name. The film uses elements of black comedy, surreal humour and political satire, and is also a parody of multiple science fiction B movies. Mars Attacks! stars an ensemble cast, which includes Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas, Annette Bening, Jim Brown, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Jack Black, Natalie Portman and Danny DeVito.
Director Tim Burton and writer Jonathan Gems began development for Mars Attacks! in 1993, and Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the trading card series on Burton’s behalf. When Gems turned in his first draft in 1994, Warner Bros. commissioned rewrites from Gems, Burton, Martin Amis, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in an attempt to lower the budget to $60 million. The final production budget came to $80 million, while Warners spent another $20 million on the Mars Attacks!’ marketing campaign. Filming lasted from February to June 1996. Read more …
October 8, 2009 / 2524
2009 Lost Memories is a 2002 South Korean science fiction action thriller film, directed by Lee Si-myung. It was distributed by CJ Entertainment, and was released on February 1, 2002. Japanese filmmaker Shōhei Imamura plays the role of a historian in the film.
In an alternative future where the Korean peninsula is still a part of the Japanese empire, Sakamoto, a Japanese Bureau of Investigation (JBI) agent of Korean heritage and Saigo, his Japanese partner try to solve a strange case where Pro-Korean nationalist “terrorists” attempt to steal a strange archaeological artifact. Initially Sakamoto is valuable to the case because of his ability to communicate with the terrorists. Read more …