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Species VS. Splice

A young, not-quite female human hybrid has been created and poses a threat to all of humanity. Sound familiar? SPOILER WARNING!

New Science Fiction: They All Died Laughing

That international flight saved my life. Or it killed me. I’m not sure which yet.

I distinctly remember the man two rows back hacking his lungs out. It made it impossible to sleep well on the twelve hour flight back from my Asian business trip. I paid for headphones, eventually, but not a face mask. I didn’t see the need.

When I developed a chronic cough, the doctor tested me. It was tuberculosis. Actually, it was worse – it was drug-resistant tuberculosis. They called it XDR-TB, extra drug-resistant TB. I wasn’t going to be allowed to sit in quarantine at home taking antibiotics each day. I was locked in a bubble and driven by armed soldiers to a top notch quarantine facility.

I thought my life was over. I just didn’t think it would have ended this way.

Margaret Atwood’s Reign Of Terror

Deconstructing Canadian Culture, Part 11: Literary Tyranny and The Handmaid’s Tale

SIGH… Margaret Atwood, everybody.

If you’ve heard of her, you probably know her as the creator of The Handmaid’s Tale… aaaaand you might be feeling the urge to click on something else after reading that. Well, lucky for you, because Atwood is inescapable in Canada. She is THE living Canadian author. Pick up a Canadian high school English class reading list and she’ll be on it. Read a Canadian newspaper and she’ll be featured at least once a month- look, she patented a machine that allows her to sign books remotely! Who cares if the thing didn’t actually work- the point is that more people can have an audience with Margaret Atwood!

The Sinking Dream of Living under the Sea

Hanna-Barbera released a cartoon in the 1970s called Sealab 2020. It imagined a world where scientists and technical experts studied ocean life, protect the environment and go on adventures. Undersea mining and oil drilling are shown in this future.

Skip forward a few decades, and SeaQuest DSV shows an even grander future under-the-sea. There are cities on the ocean floor under domes and in connected habitats, partially there due to population pressure. Floating sea farming platforms, undersea mining and research are all part of this world.

That potential future hasn’t quite come to pass. The whole thing is similar to the grand vision of flying on hoverboards a la Back to the Future deteriorating into an argument on what constitutes a hoverboard.

The War of the Ice Age Apocalypse Movies

Back before we rebranded global warming into climate change, we were afraid the world was cooling. Actually, in the 1970s, it was cooling, bringing on fears of a global ice age. This wasn’t addressed nearly as much in Cold War movies as fear of nuclear wars; many movies actually featured worlds that arose in the aftermath of such destruction, though it might have included a nuclear winter in there. What you don’t see, though, are many movies set in a future ice age.

After watching “Snowpiercer”, I tried finding similar movies and stumbled upon “Quintet”. These two movies are almost as far apart as possible, though they end up in the same, dismal place.

Look to the Past to See the Future of Tech Support

I read a Cracked article on how surprisingly prescient the movie Demolition Man was down to the wussification of the world and social justice mandates enforced by automated systems. We could argue that Heinlein’s group marriages are on the cusp of being legal when same sex marriage was immediately followed by lesbian throuples and polygamous families suing for recognition. Yet the future of tech support is found in even older works of science fiction. I think the future of tech support will be robo-psychologists like Dr. Susan Calvin in Isaac Asimov’s short stories and the Robots based on his 3 laws of robotics.

The War of the Walking Dead Soldier Stories

Stories, movies and books featuring reanimated soldiers are not common, but they aren’t unique, either. The “Universal Soldier” franchise managed to make four movies based on the concept of dead soldiers re-animated and moderately re-engineered to fight. “Old Man’s War” became a book series, though it has a somewhat different premise. In Scalzi’s book, your brain is downloaded to a genetically engineered, enhanced version of yourself.

A Clone Movie Competition: Anna to the Infinite Power Vs. Boys from Brazil

Anna to the Infinite Power” is a 1982 movie about a young woman who learns that she is the clone of a scientist in the hope of recreating that genius. It isn’t as well known as the movie “Boys from Brazil” that tapped into Mengele’s real-life horror show and fear that the Nazis were trying to make a literal comeback. Yet the two movies share a number of similarities.

Inception Vs Lathe of Heaven

“Inception” is a 2010 blockbuster starring A-list talent. “Lathe of Heaven” was a cheaply-made movie based on a book by Ursula K. Le Guin. There are a variety of similarities between them, though each has its strong points.

Spoiler warning: we’re spoiling everything.

“At least 24 dead, another 13 wounded. Survivors describe one man, wearing a JI uniform, opening fire…”

Here’s an excerpt from page 69, the start of chapter 6…

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