Nice guns always help.
I’m almost afraid to ask this question, as it’s such obvious comment-bait I feel dirty. I mean, I might as well start creating top-five lists and join the Gawker network. But what the hell, it’s a discussion I think is worth having.
In the world of Science Fiction, there [...]
When I was a young nerd, I long promised myself that there were certain things I would have some day. Some day, I thought, some day I’ll have… that. Or that. Or that. Let’s face it, there were a lot of things I lusted after, reading magazines, watching movies, playing video [...]
The intro above is undoubtedly one of the most well known television show starters, at least around these parts. Let’s take a look at a little bit of behind the scenes back and forth that let to this oh-so-familiar refrain. A few weeks before the season premiere of the show, the producers decided it needed an intro, and contacted Gene Roddenberry and asked him to come up with a voice over to be recorded by William Shatner. Roddenberry, Bob Justman, and John Black exchanged these memos in early August of 1966, although the final draft was written by Roddenberry on the 10th, an hour before the recording session.
Continue reading Space..The Final Frontier…Endless…Silent…Waiting
There have been a few comments on the site the past couple of weeks that reminded me of something that I wanted to post about when I started this weekend gig–science fiction. I know that we have had our share of Star Wars vs Star Trek debates, and I am sure there will be more such entertainment to come. And sci-fi is of course not just movies and television, but also the written word, science fiction books and stories from days gone by.
As an enjoyer of the genre, in pretty much all forms, one of the post topics I had considered was to occasionally pick a book from my semi-extensive collection and do a little write-up on it. A sort of book report, the likes of which I haven’t really done since grade school, although many of those books were much less pleasant to wade through. There are some sci-fi books out there I think are outstanding, and I’d like to share them with you, as well as hopefully stimulate some discussion and discover some new books myself!
The question then I found myself asking, as a new contributor here to AT, was that of relevance. Toasters has a personality, a theme, a purpose for existence if you will, and as someone coming in to add to it I want to maintain that focus on celebrating obsolete technology, on discovering and expanding our knowledge of some of the roads less traveled along our journey’s of technological development. So does sci-fi literature fit into this, does it have a place here?
Continue reading Astounding World of Science Fiction
Best. Toasters. EVAR.
As we all know, Hollywood hasn’t had a truly original idea in decades. The movie and television industry has become entirely dedicated to recycling and rehashing the old and the familiar, from George Lucas destroying our childhood by turning The Force into a bacterial infection, to James Cameron making a [...]
Okay… maybe I'm not so excited about the Jetson's vision of the future…
While writing yesterday’s User Input, I realized something. We are not only living in the future that was being imagined back in the heady days of space travel… we’re living after those days in many cases. Sure, we haven’t reached [...]
A home-brew renderfarm used to create the visuals for the sci-fi parody "Star Wreck"
The other day while playing a game of YouTube Russian Roulette (see how many obscure videos you can watch before you get trapped in the weird part of YouTube), I stumbled across a fan made space battle based on another fan made movie. Sounds terrible, but it was actually quite good. This is a great time for sci-fi fanboy nutcases like me because the ability to do really great VFX (a staple of sci-fi) had made it down to the desktop PC crowd. Check out “Star Trek vs Babylon 5” to see what I mean. It was inspired by a full length low budget film called called “Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning” – a parody where an alternate universe version of Starfleet from Star Trek goes to visit Babylon 5, and starts a war. The lighting is terrible, the acting isn’t great, but the visuals are surprising. It’s been seven years since the release of Star Wreck, and the Finnish production company that made is is about to release their newest movie “Iron Sky” – Nazis from the dark side of the moon come back to invade Earth. Again, sounds terrible, but it’s got Udo Kier, VFX from one of the guys who did Battlestar Galactica’s reboot, and a really great trailer that you can see after the jump.
Continue reading Startup: Fan-fic Awesomeness
It’s as if two universes collided.
That’s a metaphor, but it actually happened.
Now with bonus video footage.
Continue reading Immovable Object Meets Unstoppable Force
The Professor shut us down last night with a starship orgy. I felt that Starfleet and the Klingon empire were underrepresented.
ptschett pointed out that the Empire would squarely trounce the Federation. I saw fit to disagree. Now, to be clear, I am a total geekwad and love both Star Wars and Star Trek. However, I [...]