Republibot 4.0 - Thu, 04/04/2013 - 00:00
Way back in 1946, Murray Leinster, writing under his real name of Will F. Jenkins, published a short story in the March issue of Astounding Science Fiction which was eeriliy prescient in its description of a computer network which believes that "information should be free" and takes that premise to disturbing extremes.
The story was "A Logic Named Joe," and Leinster wrote it at a time when computers were still vast and cumbersome contrivances used for breaking enemy codes and crunching numbers.
SheldonCooper - Wed, 04/03/2013 - 06:40
Last year I reviewed for you a movie called Real Steel, very loosely based on a story by Richard Matheson. Both stories had one defining theme: boxing robots! Wouldn't it be cool if we had this in real life? Well, we do. It's called the Robot Combat League!
SheldonCooper - Tue, 04/02/2013 - 01:59
Well, it's better than the first one, I can say that much for it. Here's the thing, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, though I realize I'm in the minority on that one, but it was a perfectly mediocre movie. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't unwatchable, either. My biggest problem with the first G.I. Joe was that it was kind of just a two hour toy commercial. I would much have preferred a more straight-forward military action film. But it wasn't terrible, and in a lot of ways, Retaliation is slightly better.
Republibot 4.0 - Tue, 04/02/2013 - 00:00
If you think Democrats and Republicans can find very little common ground to agree upon, you haven't taken part on a debate over which science fiction franchise is better--Star Trek, or Star Wars.
Recently, a panel at Wondercon 2013 dared to take on that very topic, speculating on four key plot points--who's the better villain, who's got the better robots, which set of characters make the greatest transformation, and which characters have the greatest amount of resilience.
Flabbergasted - Mon, 04/01/2013 - 02:42
Well, that was different.
Dramatically, you could say it worked. Thematic resolution of a sort occurred, and in real life, things often do end with a whimper rather than a true bang. Still, the sense of proportion seemed off in a couple of places. Basically, Rick and Co. came up with a rather weak plan, but triumphed anyway because the Governor went nuts.