iCloud hack? What iCloud hack?

NASA announced the intention to get our butts to Mars in 2018. Otherwise, this week’s Newspace is rather Con-heavy, what with Atlanta’s DragonCon, Seattle’s PaxPrime, and Toronto’s Fan Expo (where William Shatner pontificates on the mythological appeal of SF.

As a bonus, you’ll find footage of Dubai’s recent Comic-con and an aerial drone vid of Burning Man, now wrapping up for another year.

Some language/content may be mildly NSFW.


Manga Review: Mobile Suit Gundam – The Origin, Volume VI

This week I’m getting back to the manga reviews with my thoughts on Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Volume VI


Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament – “Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)”

Alex here. The new episode of the GSSFT Podcast can be downloaded here. This time my special guest David Stark and I discuss the first film to come out of what would become Studio Ghibli – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Weekly New Releases – September 2, 2014

This week is great if you are looking for Halloween stuff.


Doctor Who Review: Into the Dalek

The second episode of Peter Capaldi’s tenure opens with a daring rescue and the waving of coffee cups.


Discussion: “As Above, So Below”

The shaky-cam horror genre meets Indiana Tomb Raider. The film has an intriguing premise and actual location shooting in the Paris catacombs– but the response has been mixed. Does anyone here have an opinion?

Lauren Bacall Tribute Podcast – “Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)”

On a very special podcast, David Stark and I discuss what is, to my knowledge, Lauren Bacall‘s only venture into SF and Fantasy film – the Hayao Miyazaki’s 2004 animated film Howl’s Moving Castle, and its English Dub, featuring Lauren Bacall as The Witch of the Waste. Download the podcast here.

Note: One point I forgot to mention on the podcast – the film was originally slated to be directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who has directed two SF films which we’ll be discussing later on the GSSFT Podcasts - Summer Wars, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, before Hosada was removed from the project and Miyazaki took over.

Greatest Science Fiction TV Tournament – Final Results

The winner of our tournament is Babylon 5. The complete brackets can be seen here, although it’ll be a few days before the complete voting breakdown will be filled in. (My day job has been nuts lately.)

Comic Book Physics #11 – Speedball’s Kinetic Field

The latest episode of Comic Book Physics is available here, and discusses Speedball’s kinetic field, if it can work, and possibly how it would work.

Trailer Park Tuesday: August 26, 2014

A shorter list because I was a good boy and remembered two weeks in a row.

  • Automata
  • Exists
  • If I Should Stay
  • The Pyramid
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water
  • To Be Takei