Here are the Real-World Places Behind Hollywood's Sci-Fi Dystopias

If you ever find yourself touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking that you're actually a minor role in a film, since the state has been turned into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It's not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades. Read More >>

The Original Robocop Was a Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science-fiction films of the last three decades—or, as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker, "a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie"—but it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Verhoeven himself who, in a 2010 interview, referred to his resurrected robot hero as "the American Jesus." Let's discuss. Read More >>

Brutal Art Show Depicts Machines at the End of Humanity

It's hard to know where to begin describing artist Jan Manski's brutal new show forthcoming at London's BREESE LITTLE gallery. Called "Possesia" and opening to the public on 26th February, it's a surreal and over the top look at "archaic instruments" turned into end-of-the-world machinery used by some unnamed conquering force of the future. Read More >>

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Watch All of Bladerunner Boiled Down to 60 Animated Seconds

OK, so we've covered Star Wars Episode IV, Back to the Future, The Matrix, Aliens, even Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now the animation geniuses over at 1A4STUDIO are bringing us all another wonderful sci-fi cinema summary: Bladerunner. Read More >>

The 11 Greatest Computer Supervillains in Film

When you think of evil movie computers, 2001: A Space Odyssey comes immediately to mind. But HAL is just a naughty schoolboy compared to some of its colleagues. Here are the most diabolical machines to ever grace the silver screen. Read More >>

Dear IBM, Your Computer's Psychotic—Just Letting You Know

Two years before Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey, he was starting to worry that IBM would get a little mad when HAL 9000, the computer they helped design, came off, well, psychotic. Read More >>

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Supercut of Epic Movie Visions of the Future Looks Past the Apocalypse

Who doesn't love a good movie about the future? Zany gadgets, floating cars, dystopian cities — we've seen it all on the big screen. And here's the very best of the lot of them. Read More >>

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Why Spiderman's Strong-as-Steel Webs Are Mathematically Possible

When you're watching the Spiderman movies, you hardly ever stop to think about whether Peter Parker could actually physically swing from buildings on threads of silk. C'mon! Suspend your disbelief! It's a superhero movie! Jeez. Except as this mathematics professor points out, it's freaking possible. Read More >>

Fifty Years Ago Arthur C. Clarke Accurately Predicted We'd Be Able To Work Online in Our Pajamas

Not only was Arthur C. Clarke one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, he also had a knack for looking ahead at where technology was going, and accurately predicting how it would change life in the future. Read More >>

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Watch Arthur C. Clarke Predict the Internet and Personal Computers... In 1974

Besides being one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, Arthur C. Clarke had a knack for foreseeing the future—at least in terms of technology. And in this clip from 1974, he predicts both personal computers and the internet. Read More >>


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