Friday, March 23, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Bad Remakes, Saving SF Classics, Singularity)

In today's edition:

* From io9, a list of the "ten worst science fiction movie remakes of all time" – a welcome alternative to the tiresome peppiness with which far too many entertainment journalists greet the "R" word. Some of the judgments struck me as overly harsh – and others as not nearly harsh enough. (How, I wondered, could the remake of Rollerball be only #5 on this list?)

* By way of Ken MacLeod's The Early Days of a Better Nation, here is the mission statement of a project named Singularity & Co., devoted to finding lost classics of the science genre and making them available as e-books. (The project, which will buy up copyrights to the end of making those books available, is relying on donations for its financing.)

* And speaking of the Singularity, here is Ben Goertzel over at the Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence blog, with a piece which asks whether corporations, facing the uncertainties of the kind of technological Singularity described in works like Charles Stross' Accelerando, will not try and prevent the event. At the very least, it's food for thought.

On Star Trek Bashing
New and Noteworthy (John Locke, Space 2099, Cory Doctorow)
The Blockbuster Strategy
New and Noteworthy (Strange Horizons, Ken MacLeod, End of Terra Nova, Rule 34)
Book Giveaway
The Cancellation of Terra Nova
The Irrelevance of Oscar Night?
New and Noteworthy (John Anderson, Movies About Movies, Oscar Winners)
"Fourth Reich Rising" . . . Again

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