Who is the first of the 4th Expedition to be killed in Martian Chronicles? A) Parkhill B) Williams C) Biggs D) Lustig E) Hinkston
In Lost in Space, what was the name of the Robinson’s spaceship?
This writer, primarily known for short stories, wrote the novel Past Master.
Which cartoonist played a cameo role on Babylon 5?
Which two regular Star Trek (TOS) cast members appeared in the unaired pilot episode?
Who is Nigel Walmsley?
What is the planet Haven?
In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s sequel to their 1975 novel, Inferno, titled Escape From Hell, which author does the protagonist save from eternal damnation as a sentient tree in the “Wood of the Suicides?”
Which of the following films is NOT based on a Philip K. Dick short story or novel? A) Gattaca B) Total Recall C) Screamers D) Blade Runner E) Next
Wunderkind Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at what age?
This film explores playful uses for the increasingly ubiquitous ‘glowing rectangles’ that inhabit the world.
We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.
We’ve collected some of the best images from the project and made a book of them you can buy: http://bit.ly/mfmbook
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Posted in Ephemera September 28th, 2010 by ceejaydp Comments Off
Outer space is becoming a garbage heap. Some 15,000 pieces of debris, ranging from fingernail-sized paint flecks to 10-ton rocket stages, are hurtling through Earth’s orbit at 5 miles per second — about 10 times as fast as a speeding bullet. And the junk is multiplying, Asteroids-like, as large objects break apart into smaller ones. (China’s recent anti-satellite test has hastened the process.) Scientists warn of an approaching Kessler syndrome: the point at which flotsam from collisions makes future space ventures dangerous. How can we clean up the mess? The trick is to either grab shrapnel or coax it toward the planet, where it will burn up in the atmosphere. Several methods of trash collection have been floated. Some are cleverly low tech; others seem like fodder for the Sci Fi Channel.
Most surveys of the US public indicate that scientists are popular, trusted figures. The same, however, cannot be said about some of their conclusions, as topics like climate change and evolution remain controversial with many segments of the population. A recent Pew survey gives an indication of why: even though the scientific community’s opinion is largely unified on these topics, the public thinks that there is significant dispute among the researchers. A study published by the Journal of Risk Research attempts to explain why this might be the case.
The people behind the new study start by asking a pretty obvious question: “Why do members of the public disagree—sharply and persistently—about facts on which expert scientists largely agree?” (Elsewhere, they refer to the “intense political contestation over empirical issues on which technical experts largely agree.”) In this regard, the numbers from the Pew survey are pretty informative. Ninety-seven percent of the members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science accept the evidence for evolution, but at least 40 percent of the public thinks that major differences remain in scientific opinion on this topic. Clearly, the scientific community isn’t succeeding in making the public aware of its opinion.
According to the new study, this isn’t necessarily the fault of the scientists, though. The authors favor a model, called the cultural cognition of risk, which “refers to the tendency of individuals to form risk perceptions that are congenial to their values.” This wouldn’t apply directly to evolution, but would to climate change: if your cultural values make you less likely to accept the policy implications of our current scientific understanding, then you’ll be less likely to accept the science.
The aliens in Clarke’s Childhood’s End look like: A) Slugs B) Devils C) People D) Fish E) Little Green Men
What was Soylent Green?
What is the sequel to The Peace War?
What were Mortimer Dart, Weston, Vaughan, Mark Lebbreau and Hellstrom?
Which of these movies features a walking tree terrorizing a South Seas village? A) From Hell It Came B) Green Dolphin Street C) South Of Pago Pago D) The Big Trees E) Day Of The Triffids
Who are the Fenachrone?
This movie is based on speculations that the moon landings were faked. Although the film deals with a faked Mars landing, the echoes of the fake lunar rumors reverberate through out the film, giving it added resonance. Name it!
Who wrote the auto-erotic novel Crash?
What nickname did the Minbari give John Sheridan during the Earth-Minbari war?