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The appreciation of science fiction very often requires a knowledge, or at least an understanding, of scientific principles--whether you write science fiction or watch it. The problem is that a lot of scientific principles are somewhat opaque. Abstruse. Hard to fathom. And that's just the way we scientists like it. It keeps out the riff-raff...

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REMEDIAL SF 101: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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I have no intention of stepping on Charlie Starr's feet here, but my wife and I decided to watch Disney's first installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series last night, and although it's not technically science fiction, I felt like doing a review of it.

We'd seen the movie a couple of years ago, and never got around to watching Prince Caspian, so we had to watch The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe again in order to set the metaphorical stage.

 

Of the three big fantasy franchises, Harry Potter handles similar subject matter far more deftly, and Lord of the Rings does a better job with the whole "sweeping epic" effect.  All that said, it's a film that makes you feel better for having seen it.  The visuals are really quite stunning, especially the realism of the monstrous characters.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: Mad Monster Party?

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Back in the 1960's the animation studio of Rankin/Bass came out with a number of holiday-themed TV shows, many of which have become classics--who could forget Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Frosty The Snowman...

One movie that didn't seem to make it into pop culture, however, was Mad Monster Party. And there are a lot of reasons for that.

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