For this Sci-Friday, I’m sharing this Gus Johnson clip … he loves SF but doesn’t mind making fun of it. In ‘my life as a non star wars fan,’ you’ll see what life is like for people who think Jar Jar is the pinnacle of Star Wars lore.
Hope you enjoy “Life as a Non-Star Wars Fan” as much as you enjoy your weekend. And if you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!
For today’s Sci-Friday, enjoy ‘Russian Cyberpunk Farm,’ a tongue-in-cheek scifi short about life in a Russian village enabled by technology. If you love the work of Simon Stalenhag, this is your jam. Watch it all the way to the end, it’s got a wicked twist:
Want to work on the Russian Cyberpunk Farm? Act now, applications are running out fast! Have a great weekend and keep on dreaming!
What better way to enjoy Sci-Friday #88 than 88MPH of fun, reliving some of the golden era of 80s scifi. Here are some behind-the-scenes looks at Back to the Future. As you’ll quickly find out, success was by no means assured.
This Sci-Friday comes courtesy the former Soviet Union. ‘Soviet futurism’ was a concept early on in the USSR, but it continued throughout the regime in the form ofsome fascinating concept art. Today, let’s explore thing right out of a retrofuturism catalog – a Scifi Soviet Smart Home!
How did this start? Two words: Russian Futurism. That’s “the broad term for a movement of Russian poets and artists who adopted the principles of Filippo Marinetti’s “Manifesto of Futurism,” which espoused the rejection of the past, and a celebration of speed, machinery, violence, youth, industry, destruction of academies, museums, and urbanism; it also advocated the modernization and cultural rejuvenation.”
The Soviets were keen on describing what type of future they were hurtling toward, and made use of books, art, and movies to help explain what they were hoping to achieve.
“In 1970, the staff of the Soviet journal “Science and Technology” predicted full automation of the construction of buildings, roads, dams and the emergence of a whole network of ground and air transport, operated by an autopilot, by 2000 … One of the prototypes of the modern smart home was the project of electronic equipment “Sphinx” (a superfunctional integrated communication system).” – from slavorum.org
Kick back, and enjoy this video walkthrough of the Scifi Soviet Smart Home “Sphinx”:
I love the transition of concept art to film – here’s a beautiful example: art from Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis.’ If you haven’t seen it, get off your butt this instant. From 1927, Metropolis is still considered one of the most interesting, impactful science fiction movies ever made.
Seeing a hundred year-old version of dystopia, and in some ways seeing it played out in modern life, gives you a lot to think about. William Gibson is famous for saying: “All fiction, whether straight or genre, whether literature or Literature, is a personal reinterpretation of its writers’ existence during the time the fiction was written.” I’d be interested to know what Lang and other cast members were trying to interpret from their time.
You’re going to enjoy this Sci-Friday – it’s a look back, behind the scenes, at Star Trek: TOS. How did this happen? Memory Alpha has the story: “William “Bill(y)” R. Blackburn, was an uncredited background performer on Star Trek: The Original Series for all of the show’s three seasons, excepting the two pilot episodes. In that time, he played a wide variety of roles, usually as a navigator or a helmsman, all believed to be a character named Hadley. In total, he appeared in 61 episodes of the series.”
Because Billy Blackburn was in so many episodes, and he always carried his Super-8 camera with him, we get a rare glimpse of what it was like to work on the early days of this groundbreaking scifi show:
Blackburn has a lot of insights about the cast, and life on set. Kick back and relax. It’s time to beam up, retro style.
I love this video and you will, too. Ever wondered ‘how big is your spaceship?’ Ever looked at the Millennium Falcon and wondered ‘How big is that compared to the Serenity?’ You can answer those questions with this simple 3D comparison of every spaceship ever.
This comparison does something unique in that it compares both real and fictional spaceships against a mock-up of New York to give you some perspective. I never knew, for example, that the Executor in Star Wars was the size of Manhattan. Whoa!
Start out with the Tardis and then you move up to the actual ISS. Then you get into size comparisons between No Man’s Sky, Ratchet and Clank, and Battlestar Galactica. Neato!
The creators of this video included everything – even the space ship in Passengers, which most people would have discounted because the movie wasn’t that popular. Not this time. We’re looking at everything, from the ship in Arrival to the Mass Effect ships to Atlantis in Stargate. I’m blown away that they included the Titan from Titan A.E. and Spaceball I! My only beef – if you can call it that – is that they skipped over the USS Cygnus from The Black Hole. Otherwise, very happy. This is wicked!
Sit back and enjoy. You’ll never have to ask ‘How Big is Your Spaceship?’ again. These guys answered the question, so you don’t have to. Happy Friday!