Map to the Past & Future -"The Last Mimsy"

Shutterstock_2829357_2According to the myth of Pandora's Box, Pandora opened the lid releasing all the evils of mankind—greed, vanity, slander, envy, pining—leaving only hope inside once she had closed it again. In another version of the myth, hope is considered the worst of the potential evils, because it is equated with terrifying foreknowledge. By preventing hope from escaping the jar, Pandora in a sense saves the world from the worst damage.

The Last Mimzy is a modern retelling of the Pandora myth with hope being the great gift the magical box offers. The "last mimsy" is a nanobyte robot sent from the future to gather DNA to replace the humanity lost by the people in the future.

A young-adults story? Yes, but it's a cross-over sci-fi film with a strong adult appeal that's an ET on steroids, with more intriguing science based on the 1943 short story written during the anguish of WW 11 by forgotten SF novelist, Henry Kuttner. Kuttner died at age 42 on Feb. 4, 1958, four months to the day after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik to ignite the space race.

The Last Mimsy asks the question how will humans evolve? Will we be profoundly different from the creatures we are now?  Should we try to control or rise above natural physical and intellectual evolution -into a post-human world of transhumanism? We know from our knowledge of the origins of our species that our ability to think and imagine about the future is a function of our frontal lobe -a fairly recent evolutionary development.

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'Tell me what you saw!' "Next" -Heir to BladeRunner?

Shutterstock_2262971_4"Tell me what you saw!" Julianne Moore begs Nicholas Cage in the upcoming (April 27th) scifi thriller, Next, based on Blade Runner author, Philip K. Dick's novel, The Golden Man.

What Cage's character sees is the 21st-Century, post-9/11 version of the ancient vision in the Odyssey, when Theoclymenus sees a shroud of mist about the bodies of the doomed Woors, and drops of blood distilling from the walls of the hall of Odysseus.

As the leading man of Next, Cage suffers from what the Scots called Taisch, the Gaelic name given to "second sight", the involuntary ability of seeing the future or distant events.

Next is reminiscent of Stephen's King's Dead Zone, where former schoolteacher Johnny Smith wakes up from a five-year coma after a car accident, and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them.

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