bowman9991 writes: Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, critics using the worst examples of the genre as ammunition against it. Unfortunately though, at times even science fiction authors themselves can turn on their own kind: “Science fiction is rockets, chemicals and talking squids in outer space,” mocked Margaret Atwood, one of her many attempts to convince people that she is not a science fiction author, even though one of her most famous novels, A Handmaid’s Tale, is exactly that. Considered by the literary establishment, and frequently by non-SF award-giving institutions, to be trashy, pulpish, commercially driven lightweight gutter fiction, it’s no surprise that very few works of science fiction have won major literary awards. Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the award-winning (not “literary” awards obviously) Mars novels recently hit out at the literary establishment, accusing the Man Booker judges of “ignorance” in neglecting science fiction, which he declared was “the best British literature of our time”.
bowman9991 writes: After hearing Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz speak at the Fortune Brainstorm conference, it would not be difficult to believe Google Glass Version 2 was cancelled after Google executives experienced Magic Leap’s impressive mixed reality headset first hand. When Abovitz was asked at the conference whether Google Glass didn’t move forward because of Magic Leap, he didn’t shoot the suggestion down. Instead, he gave credit to Google for being a pioneer in the field, saying Magic Leap had learnt a lot from Google, both good and bad. Google’s work had been “really helpful”, he said, suggesting that Google may have directly passed on everything they had learnt. Google became a key investor in Magic Leap in September 2015, just before Google ended their Google Glass Explorer program. Google contributed to both Series B and Series C funding, with an early contribution of $542 million. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai is also now on Magic Leap’s board. While other virtual reality and augmented reality companies use stereoscopic techniques and physical displays to create an illusion of depth, Magic Leap is distinctly different. It’s a “neurologically true” experience, Abovitz said, working with the display nature gave us. A release date is "hopefully soonish", with mass production lines being tested now.
bowman9991 writes: David Braden's resurrection of his iconic 3D gaming masterpiece 'Elite' is moving into top gear. After a successful KickStarter campaign raised over £1.83 million (US $2.82), new in game footage, images and development details reveal some mesmerizing space flight sequences, an intriguing game philosophy with an open ended universe to explore, and details about the procedural generation programming techniques that will make it all possible.
bowman9991 writes: "If Apple's CEO Tim Cook was the Pope, and Apple the Catholic church, Steve Jobs would have been fast tracked to sainthood by now and would be ready for our prayers. The miracles of the iPad and iPhone were witnessed by many. After watching the latest promotional video on the anniversary of Steve Job's death playing on Apple's website, Apple appears determined to turn their former computer salesman and marketing spin doctor into a cult leader or technological saint. Is his memory worthy of the praise or is this simply ongoing media manipulation to sell more devices and make more money?"
bowman9991 writes: "Powerful marketing, questionable lawsuits and a closed operating system make Apple simultaneously the most popular technology company in the world and also one of the most arrogant and anti-competitive. Apple's war on companies using Google's Android operating system stifles innovation and hurts users everywhere. As one of the profit leaders in the US technology field, Apple should be a leader in other ways too, but they've managed to rapidly become a technological tyrant. If your company or product has an "i" in it they will sue. If your logo is in any way apple shaped, they will sue. If you name something that they've decided to name they sue (or buy you out if that doesn't work). If your blog or newspaper posts something against them, they will blacklist you from all future media events. All technology products have been built upon the work of legions of engineers and designers over decades and Apple is no exception. The foundation stones for all current iDevices come from IBM, Xerox, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Kodak, just to name a few. Apple do not own innovation."
bowman9991 writes: "In this tiny clip from the original Star Trek TV series that starred William Shatner as James T. Kirk, crew members lead by Kirk are walking down a corridor. The strange bit however is the guy in the corridor who seems to be...well, I have no idea what he seems to be doing really."
bowman9991 writes: "The iPhone's built in, voice-driven personal assistant called Siri now has an impressive Android rival called Evi. While Apple's Siri gets a lot of its information from the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine, Evi sources its material from the True Knowledge engine. With the help of Apple's marketing clout, intelligent voice recognition software is coming of age. You'll be talking to your phone and everything else in no time."
bowman9991 writes: "A reviewer at Science Fiction World is decidedly unimpressed with Fox's expensive, time travelling dinosaur filled TV show Terra Nova. "After watching the pilot...I am praying that when I watch the next episode the entire cast gets eaten by dinosaurs. The entire cast's gruesome deaths at the hands of a frenzied T-Rex or a velociraptor having a bad day can't come soon enough. Should a prehistoric volcano erupt at the same time and spew molten lava over the human compound and all its occupants while they're being eaten alive by the dinosaurs, all the better. If I've given you the impression that I didn't enjoy the opening episodes, you may be onto something.""
bowman9991 writes: "Torchwood's fourth season is now officially dead on arrival in the US — which is ironic given that the premise concerns a day when everyone worldwide stops dying. The elements that made the show original and fresh in the UK have largely vanished. Jack and Gwen return to their pivotal roles, and they perform admirably, but the rest of the new US cast are seriously bad. You have to wonder what producer/ head writer Russell T. Davis and Starz were thinking. Torchwood: Miracle day makes you long for the glory days when accents were Welsh and aliens from the rift were the primary focus."
bowman9991 writes: "Ridley Scott is set to direct another installment of Blade Runner after he finishes work on his latest science fiction film Prometheus. It's unclear whether this will be a sequel, prequel or simply a film set in the same Blade Runner universe, but it has Ridley Scott at the helm, so expect the unexpected. Blade Runner was filmed over 29 years ago now in 1982, with Scott's Alien appearing three years before that."
bowman9991 writes: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best Apes films ever, a physical and intellectual struggle against human bondage. Real world genetic experimentation with a human emotional twist. The ape special effects are outstanding and the portrayal of the main chimpanzee Caesar by Andy Serkis (in a motion capture suit in front of a blue screen, rather than a real ape suit with fur) is nothing short of spectacular. Smartly plotted and emotionally engaging, with some clever references and tie ins with the previous films, Caesar fights to free himself and his fellow apes from his inferior genetic heritage. You'll never look at apes the same way again."