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Planet Earth (1974)

Planet Earth is a TV movie pilot from Gene Roddenberry of a dystopian future a few hundred years after a nuclear World War III. This was the second effort to get a series going with the title character, Dylan Hunt, played by a new actor, John Saxon. The focus is an organization of scientists, called PAX, who are trying to …

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More Magicians

Like a well-oiled machine, THE MAGICIANS on SyFy continues to raise the stakes, as its protagonists inch ever closer to a showdown with the Beast, if only they can somehow navigate their way towards Fillory, via the vexing Neitherlands.  Meanwhile, that cheering sound you recently heard was the show’s ecstatic legions of fanatical viewers leaping for joy, upon learning that …

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When the holodeck breaks – LARP Trek!

The holodeck is one of Star Trek’s greatest plot devices. Gene Roddenberry originally intended to introduce it in the third season of the original series, but was thwarted by budget constraints. As a result, opportunities to place Spock & Kirk in period garb required time-travel plots—but the introduction of the “recreation room” in Star Trek: The Animated Series was the …

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Fourth Stone From The Sun

In popular culture, much has been made of Mars lately, from last year’s 65th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s MARTIAN CHRONICLES, to the increasing popularity of James S. A. Corey’s EXPANSE space opera, culminating in Matt Damon’s winning of a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of astronaut Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN. As thrilling as the science-fiction is, the science-fact …

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Web Comic: Red Calaveras

Artist Erik Lervold and co-creator Kevin Kosmo gives us the weird, intensely colored world of a bad punk rock band encountering aliens, vampires and evil plots. Due to swearing and some situations, I’d say it was a comic for mature readers, except that some good old-fashioned immaturity is required to fully appreciate it. The art style is particularly interesting in …

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JAXA Hitomi satellite disaster

The world watched with excitement as Japan successfully launched its Hitomi satellite in February. Priced at more than a quarter of a billion dollars, the Hitomi satellite was designed to eavesdrop on black holes, exploding stars, and massive galaxies. What would eventually happen would go on to cast a long shadow over Japan’s space program. Formed in 2003, JAXA was poised …