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Curiosity both did and did not kill Schrodinger’s cat.

This May 21st rapture thing is going to create a lot of genetically inferior February babies.

Rainbows and cupcakes and dreams. All of these live in the magic world of Happy-Wonderful Land, but only one of them is edible: sugary, creamy, sinfully fudgy cupcakes. Technically, dreams would also count if you sauteed them long enough.
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If it’s a good idea and it gets you excited, try it, and if it bursts into flames, that’s going to be exciting too. People always ask, “What is your greatest failure?” I always have the same answer – We’re working on it right now, it’s gonna be awesome!
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I’m starting a band that only plays polka songs about Nostradamus’s predictions. We’ll call ourselves Accordion to Prophecy.

Reality’s weirdly uninterested in what you believe.

If he was alive, I bet Hemingway would write some pretty terse teen vampires.

Posted in Humor May 17th, 2011 by Chip
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The Fuzziest Power Ballad You’ll Hear All Day

Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi’s reboot of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy, has just been released, and he wanted to do “something special” to draw attention to its release.

the usual sort of book trailers weren’t cutting it for me. I thought, ‘what this book needs is a massive and ridiculous power ballad, just like you’d have during the end credits of the latest summer cinematic explodaganza.’ So I contacted nerd-comedy masters Paul & Storm and dared them to make it real. They dared. Oh, they dared INDEED. Enjoy.

(via Whatever)

Posted in Books & Authors May 16th, 2011 by Chip
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Kenobi is Dead, Says Vader

Vader at Podium

From the Galactic Empire Times:

CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.

In a late-night appearance in the East Room of the Imperial Palace, Lord Vader declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that agents of the Imperial Army and stormtroopers of the 501st Legion had finally cornered Kenobi, one of the leaders of the Jedi rebellion, who had eluded the Empire for nearly two decades. Imperial officials said Kenobi resisted and was cut down by Lord Vader’s own lightsaber. He was later dumped out of an airlock.

Be sure to take notice of the ads, related content, and other elements of the page. It’s all wonderful.

I think that my favorite part about the whole thing is that the domain appears to have been registered just to host this page.

(via Blame it On the Voices)

Posted in Humor May 13th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. Which book starts with this line? “The Time Traveler (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.”
  2. The classic movie 1956 Forbidden Planet won an Oscar for Special Effects. True or False?
  3. What is the first name of Podkayne’s genius younger brother?
  4. The Air Force gave its full cooperation to the making of the 1951 classic The Thing (From Another World). True or False?
  5. Pellucidar was in the middle of the Earth, according to what author?
  6. Dom DeLuise had a very small role in the 1956 camp classic, Plan 9 From Outer Space. True or False?
  7. The Infinite Improbability Drive from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy was on which ship?
  8. In Dune, Paul Atreides discovers that Baron Harkonnen is his father. True or False?
  9. What is the machine in several of Ursula LeGuin’s books (also borrowed by Orson Scott Card, amongst others) that allows instantaneous communication?
  10. In the world of Harrison’s A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! what significant historical event happened differently?
    A) The Hundred Years War
    B) Defeat of the Spanish Armada
    C) The Revolutionary War
    D) World War II
    E) JFK’s Assassination

(Answers below the fold)

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Posted in Ephemera May 12th, 2011 by Chip
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We Still Appreciate All the Fish

Today is the tenth anniversary of Douglas Adams’ (very, very untimely) death. Here’s a rather wonderful piece he wrote back in in 1999 about the Internet:

How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

(via LettersOfNote)

Posted in Books & Authors May 11th, 2011 by Chip
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The Troll Hunter

This looks like fun. Troll Hunter is a Norwegian Blair Witch-esque “mockumentary” about students hunting trolls in modern Norway. It will be available in the U.S. in limited release in June, and apparently available on DVD soon after. Here’s the English-language version of the trailer:

(via Topless Robot)

Posted in Movies & TV May 10th, 2011 by Chip
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This is Rather Charming

I love the vintage-50s vibe of this Stormtrooper getting ready for work.


I found this at Super Punch, where it was uncredited except for a note that it was found at Reddit. If you know who the artist is, let me know in the comments.

Posted in News May 9th, 2011 by Chip
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Link Dump

Alderaan 5-Day Forecast – Amusing T-shirt.

65 Years – This xkcd comic, and accompanying mouseover text, is mildly depressing.

Games: Cosmic Encounter – Description and review of an extremely cool-sounding SF-themed board game.

Galaxy Rose – Gorgeous Hubble photograph.

Vader’s Dark Side Coffee – The guys at ThinkGeek definitely understand the geek mind.

Our Place in the Universe – Neat infographic illustrating Earth’s position in The Big Scheme of Things.

The Star Wars Craft Book – Book full of projects for the crafty geeks amongst us.

Posted in Ephemera May 6th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. What is the proper name of the “spice planet”?
  2. This first novel of a Brian W. Aldiss trilogy is about a planet whose sun eccentrically orbits a much brighter star and thus has a “great year” extending over hundreds of generations. Its societies undergo vast changes, interrupted by periodic plagues, and the relationship between humans and the cold-loving phagors also alters dramatically. Name it.
  3. Name the most prominent geographical feature on Mars.
  4. What do the short stories, “The Alien Machine”, “The Cosmic Frame” and “The Racer” all have in common?
    A) They were all written by famous authors using pseudonyms.
    B) They all have the same character as their protagonist.
    C) Their storylines all involve artificial intelligence.
    D) They were all made into movies.
    E) They were all published after their authors’ deaths.
  5. In The Matrix, what is Neo’s real name?
  6. What is the title of the 1980 Gregory Benford novel about an attempt to change history through the transmission of tachyonic messages through time?
  7. What classic SF novel begins with the line “Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith”?
  8. Which of the following was a published superhero’s companion?
    A) Hoppy the Super Rabbit
    B) Beppo the Super Monkey
    C) Bongo the Super Dog
    D) Asteroid the Super Horse
    E) Sleepy the Super Sloth
  9. What author’s Guns of the South (1992) features (in some editions) a cover picture of Robert E. Lee holding an AK-47?
  10. What was Hari Seldon’s specialty?

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Posted in Ephemera May 5th, 2011 by Chip

Seen Online

I won’t be impressed with science until I can download a waffle.

I bet when scientists throw office parties, there’s always the one guy who gets drunk and carbon dates his own butt.

If “dress for the job you want” were true, there would be a lot more people wearing capes.

If I ever get abducted by aliens the first thing I’m going to do is shout “NOT AGAIN!” just to make them think someone in admin fucked up.

You don’t see many pocket protectors nowadays, which explains why so many pockets get murdered.

Can’t believe it took you guys TEN YEARS to find one incredibly well known aging bearded guy hiding in the desert.

Posted in Humor May 4th, 2011 by Chip
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