Posted by: movieotaku | June 6, 2008

The Truth and Lies About Blackholes

I was thinking we should call it “An Inconvenient Singularity”. 🙂

Posted by: movieotaku | June 1, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Movie poster

I’m an old Indy fan from way back, and I always gave the movies a free-ride because after all: divine wrath melting Nazi faces is not scientifically accurate. But while I did enjoy the roller-coaster that is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s got some science blunder doozies. (Spoilers below the fold)

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Posted by: movieotaku | March 22, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke: 1917-2008

“What’s going to happen?”
“Something wonderful!”

— Heywood Floyd and Dave Bowman, 2010: Odyssey Two

When I heard the news, I was floored. One can usually point to what got you into SF, which in my case was Star Wars, but what got me into science fiction was Arthur C. Clarke. 2001: A Space Odyssey certainly drew me in, but it was reading his short stories along with Isaac Asimov and others who helped me appreciate the beauty of well-written science fiction — fiction based solidly in science.

Of course, I also think Clarke was a pretty good writer. If you’ve ever read 2010: Odyssey Two, then you have to remember the suspenseful ending that starts with Dave Bownman sending an instant message to Heywood Floyd. And the redemption of HAL is one of the best scenes in science fiction, IMHO of course.

Posted by: movieotaku | January 26, 2008

Lunar Bases with Opening Windows

Keith Povall commented:
In the awful TV series Space 1999, there was an episode [The Last Sunset from Season One —Travers] where a probe lands on the moon and makes an Earth like atmosphere.
Fair enough.  But there is a scene, where Commander Koenig opens a window to breathe in the fresh air.
Really, Moonbase Alpha, purpose built on the moon where there is no air, but manufactured with opening windows (just in case).

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Posted by: movieotaku | January 25, 2008

Freeze Dried Spacemen

The sirens are going off. The space ship has just been hit by an asteroid. The air-tight bulkheads slam shut. But look! Someone’s trapped behind. He bangs furiously on the door while his comrades try desperately to override the locks, but suddenly, there’s an ominous clang. He looks over his shoulder and suddenly the panel gives way and he’s sucked out into space where he freezes solid…. or explodes. Maybe both.

Only problem with that… it ain’t so…

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Posted by: movieotaku | January 20, 2008

Detecting Cylons

Something’s been bugging me since… the damned mini-series.

How come it’s so hard to detect the new Cylons?  They can interface with computer networks with their left arms, their spines glows, have superhuman strength and indurance and can somehow download terrabytes of information wirelessly just before death.  And no one can tell them from humans without really hard tests using radioactivity.

Anyone care to take a crack at this one?

Posted by: movieotaku | November 24, 2007

Top 10 errors?

Found this today:

I gotta disagree on some of these.

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Posted by: movieotaku | October 21, 2007

Commandments of SF

I thought this was pretty funny.

Posted by: movieotaku | October 6, 2007

New Season of TV SF

Hooey! Sorry for the gap, but I was busy/tired/sick/tired/tired/tired (who ever came up with working for a living should be… well…) Anyway…

Talk about spoiled for riches. After what seemed like a drought of SF (Speculative Fiction in this case) on TV, we’ve got a bunch of them all at once. Read More…

Posted by: movieotaku | July 15, 2007

Image Enhacements

I thought this post captures the problem in movies & TV shows quite accurately. 🙂

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