Tag Archives: Science fiction

Why We Need Dystopian Fiction Now More Than Ever

By August Cole and P.W. Singer Source: Slate It hits you every so often. When you when you tug on a face mask to go pick up food for your family. When you witness the powerless suffer casual violence by … Continue reading

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America Has Always Been a Dystopia

Too many of us just haven’t been paying attention By Bryan Merchant Source: OneZero “Trump’s American dystopia has reached a new and ominous cliff,” warns a CNN opinion headline. “The last two and a half months in America have felt like the … Continue reading

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Minority Report (2002) Esoteric Analysis

By Jay Dyer Source: Jay’s Analysis Spielberg’s Minority Report is now an important film to revisit.  Based on the short story by visionary science fiction author Phillip K. Dick, Spielberg’s film version implements an important number of predictive programming elements … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Rakka

From Oats Studios Rakka is the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species. Bleak, harrowing and unrelenting, the humans we meet must find enough courage to go on fighting. Directed by Neill Blomkamp and … Continue reading

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Cyberpunk is Dead

By John Semley Source: The Baffler “It was an embarrasser; what did I want? I hadn’t thought that far ahead. Me, caught without a program!” —Bruce Bethke, “Cyberpunk” (1983) Held annually in a downtown L.A. convention center so massive and … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: John Dies at the End

“John Dies at the End” (2012) is a sci-fi/horror/comedy written and directed by Don Coscarelli and based on David Wong’s novel of the same name. Like Phantasm, it’s a cross-genre cult film involving an inter-dimensional invasion by body-snatching aliens, but … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Corporate Monster

By Rob Munday Source: Short of the Week From New Coke to the New World Order, conspiracy theories are rich throughout history and that stranger you meet in the bar, or family member you get stuck with at a wedding, … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Psychonautic Experience: Erik Davis’s ‘High Weirdness’

By Michael Grasso Source: We Are the Mutants High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies By Erik Davis Strange Attractor Press/MIT Press, 2019 Two months ago, I devoured Erik Davis’s magisterial 2019 book High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, … Continue reading

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