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You've got to check out this terrific piece on Godzilla biology! Sauropod and Tyrannosaurus experts weigh in with some mind-boggling science. All great fun and educational. Godzilla was first seen in the 1954 film Gojira, produced by Toho Film Company Ltd. To date, Toho has produced 28 Godzilla films. In 1998, TriStar Pictures produced a remake, set in New York City.
Godzilla, a gigantic mutant dinosaur, transformed from the fallout of a hydrogen bomb test, has played an important symbolic role in Japanese culture. As the Godzilla series continued, the great beast was developed as a character, and has become something of an anti-hero.
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Geneticists often endow DNA with a nearly spiritual importance. Their own language -- describing the human genome as the "Book of Man," the "essence of life" or the "Holy Grail" -- plays directly into popular belief in the sanctity of the human genome. This spiritual language about the human genome helps fuel the anti-technology aspects of human gene manipulation in science fiction cinema: How can scientists consider our genome humanity's "soul," and then commit sacrilege by manipulating a "holy object?" Don't miss this brilliant essay on Hollywood's treament of the fate of the human genome. Posted by Jason McManus.
Don't miss this unforgettable review of Philip K. Dick's (author of Blade Runner, at left as android) novels, including the profound The Cosmic Puppets (published in 1953), a slim, mind-bending work where New Yorker Ted Barton returns to his Virginia hometown to discover that everything has changed — street names, houses, inhabitants. The local paper reports that he died as a 9-year-old, and he discovers that the current townspeople operate under a mutual, sustainable delusion. All Barton wants is to get back to the status quo — a return to normalcy. What follows is "a Zoroastrian freakout-cum-battle featuring golems, spiders, moths and gods."
Legendary Canadian director and three-time Academy Award winner, James Cameron, will direct his first film since his 1997 Titanic. The $200 million science fiction film, Avatar, tells the story of a band of humans battling for survival with the inhabitants of a distant planet. Cameron will be collaborating with Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The 52-year-old director of the Terminator series and Alien said he had conceived the project 11 years ago but had been waiting for technological advancements that will enable him to bring his vision to the big screen.
"I've wanted to do it since then, but sort of shoved it in the back of the pic," Cameron told Daily Variety on Tuesday.
The project was given the green light by Fox studios earlier this week.
Cameron started in the film industry as a screenwriter, then moved into art direction and effects for films such as Battle Beyond the Stars and Escape from New York. Working with producer Roger Corman, Cameron landed his first directorial job in 1981 for the film Piranha II: The Spawning, shot at Grand Cayman Island for the underwater diving sequences and in Rome, Italy for most of the interior scenes. He was originally hired as the special effects director (and his hand in story-writing can be suspected under the H. A. Milton pseudonym on the original script), and took over the direction when the original director left.
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MIT's science-fiction writer-in-residence, Joe Haldeman, a HUGO Award winner, provides a sneak preview of his upcoming novel set at MIT past, present and distant future and his thoughts about science and "the future." In this conversation Haldeman points that science fiction is "a form of writing but it’s also a way of looking at things – a mode of thought.” Haldeman joins Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan in the "hard-science" school of SF, characterized by rigorous attention to accurate detail in quantitative sciences, especially physics, astrophysics, and chemistry. Great stuff for all SF junkies and all who enjoy the science-fiction themes that underscore much of our popular culture.
Here's the Locus Online Best of 2006 SciFi cover art and authors. Cast your vote. Some of our staff favorites included John Ridley's What Fire Cannot Burn, Paul Levisnon's The Plot to Save Socrates, Greg Bear Blood Music, Amanda Hemingway's The Sword of Straw, Dean Koontz Odd Man, Ray Bradbury's Homecoming, and Kim Newman's The Man from the Diogenes Club. Check out the 500+ covers: Link