Tag Archives: Science Fiction

How the cloud lifts ‘The Expanse’ out of this world

It used to take a cast of thousands to create cinematic extravaganzas, but now the job can be done with a cast of dozens of artists and developers, plus thousands of cloud-connected computer servers. The proof of that can be … Continue reading

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Real-life planet quest goes far beyond Star Wars

Over the past 42 years, filmgoers have seen exotic worlds come to life in a succession of Star Wars movies — a series that is now coming to a climax with “Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker.” But are those … Continue reading

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Blue Origin links space fiction and space facts

If “The Expanse” ever decides to shoot episodes of the science-fiction series on a Blue Origin spaceship, Wes Chatham is ready to go. “I do think it’d be an excellent marketing opportunity to be the first show that shoots a scene in space,” said … Continue reading

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Alexa, who’s your favorite Star Trek captain?

View this post on Instagram Here’s what happens when @SirPatStew visits #Amazon to talk about the new #StarTrekPicard, and we drop in on the team that writes jokes for #Alexa. A post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Nov 14, … Continue reading

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‘Terminator’ is back! AI experts do a reality check

He promised he’d be back — and 35 years after Arnold Schwarzenegger created what’s now a cliche for artificial intelligence gone wrong in the first “Terminator” movie, the cinematic nightmares about time-traveling killer robots have returned to the big screen. … Continue reading

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Brad Pitt gets thumbs-up from space for ‘Ad Astra’

Imagine the taglines in the movie ads: “Really good” portrayal of zero-gravity! “Absolutely” better than George Clooney! There’d be some justification for Brad Pitt’s space movie, “Ad Astra,” to use those lines after today’s Earth-to-space video call between the A-list Hollywood star … Continue reading

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5 big ideas from sci-fi author Neal Stephenson

Seattle author Neal Stephenson’s works of fiction often play off the potential for future facts — for example, the virtual world described in “Snow Crash,” the nanotechnology at the heart of “The Diamond Age” and the millennium-scale thinking that’s embodied … Continue reading

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Sci-fi ‘Fall’ blends high tech and high fantasy

Are we living in a simulation? Is there an afterlife? And if not, what would it take to create one? Seattle science-fiction author Neal Stephenson knits together ideas as old as the Bible and as up to date as Elon Musk’s … Continue reading

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Bill Gates connects ‘Star Trek’ to fighting malaria

It’s Mosquito Week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a time to focus on the global campaign to eradicate malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. And if delving into the nuts and bolts of developing an effective malaria vaccine doesn’t grab you, … Continue reading

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Final novel adds to legacy of Seattle sci-fi star

Vonda N. McIntyre, a leader of Seattle’s science-fiction community who made her mark with “Star Trek” novels as well as the Clarion West Writers Workshop, has passed away at the age of 70. McIntyre was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer eight … Continue reading

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