science fiction

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Black Panther - (2018 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
http://movies.disney.com/black-panther

After the assassination of his father, a new king is crowned for an insular but extraordinary nation, but he does not go unchallenged.

I decided to watch this, breaching my "no more superhero movies" position, because there was some fascinating drama surrounding it.

Not recommended: I can't understand why anyone would think this is particularly good for any particular reason. Aside from being all manner of racist, it does not provide any intellectual cud to chew on.



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Future Man - (2017 show) image

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975856/

Time travellers recruit an everyman to help save their world.

Crude and un-funny.

Altered Carbon - (2018 show) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2261227/
https://www.netflix.com/title/80097140

Pseudo-immortality is reached when alien technology allows humans to save their consciousnesses to reusable disks, and a criminal's disk is brought online from deep storage, for him to investigate the crime against an ancient and powerful man.

Finally, a science fiction show with real depth and darkness. Highly recommended.

Netforce - (1999 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158423/

Netforce, a United States federal agency, tracks major hacking activities on the internet that point toward major criminal activities.

Definitely a TV-movie. Mediocre, and only moderately interesting. Definitely missing key elements from the also-boring book.



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Net Force - (1998 book), by Tom Clancy image

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(on Wikipedia)

In a world where everyday people use the internet through total-sensory virtual reality, a specialist intelligence agency tracks down murderers and terrorists.

Slow and confusing, this book isn't just a challenge to read, it's a challenge to read with a straight face. One of the risks of speculative science fiction is that they can get very, very, wrong in their predictions. This book hand-waives people being transported into a magical world with no explanation as to how it's possible or what it's like. It is vague in everything it demands the reader suspend their disbelief in. It is awed at 900 Mhz computers. This is definitely a 1998 book that had way too much hope for its future.

Timeline - (1999 book) cover

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(on Wikipedia)

Archaeologists discover the site they're working on is surrounded by land owned by their funder, a rich technology company, which is even more interested in it than they.

A riveting book that escalates into a great pace by its middle, and had me turning pages until I finished that latter half in one afternoon. The end chapter is an embarrassingly-bad wrap-up though, which was saddening, but it did not ruin the story.

Highly-recommended. This book has turned me back into a reader.



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(on Wikipedia)

I could only get through the first chapter before setting this down. It has flowery awkward old English which I will avoid from now on.

The Orville - (2017 show) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5691552/
http://www.fox.com/the-orville

Its first impression is that it's sort of Star Trek parody-thing, it quickly unfolds into its own unique space-adventure-drama.

Fantastic originality and mood. Recommended, rapidly approaching highly recommended.

Like other shows these days, I became interested in this purely because "those people" "hate" it.

I, Robot - (2004 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/
www.irobotdvd.com (not archived)

An anti-robot cop investigates the death of the father of contemporary artificial intelligence-enabled robots.

A great movie through and through. Highly recommended and a welcome addition to my science fiction movie catalog.



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Special "letterbox" edition.
Special "letterbox" edition.

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053250/

The world learns that an old artifact is alien in origin, and set out to Venus to meet its creators.

Not terrible, but not my thing. I'm not a fan of old B-movies, and it being so old makes it impossible for me to judge it properly. I can summarize with: It has classic stiff acting and awkward writing.

  • aka The Silent Star
  • aka Planet of the Dead
  • aka Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply



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