Sunday, August 20, 2017

futurism

Modern culture, from literature to television to cinema, has become obsessed with the contemplation of our doom.  More specifically, we are infatuated with the conceived idea that a monumental change is coming.  And not just coming, but imminent.  Whether it ...

Whether or not it will remain true under historical review, most people agree that 2016 was a lousy year. We’ve seen the deaths of many true geniuses, both artistic and otherwise, and those of us who are Americans see the ...

In the late 1930s, teenaged Ray Bradbury, then less than four years removed from his beloved hometown of Waukegan, Ill., tagged along with his new best friend Forrest J. Ackerman to Clifton’s Cafeteria downtown. Their destination? One of the monthly ...

I’m a brat and proud of it. Now before you start scratching your head and wondering what I mean by that, let me explain. I am an Army Brat – a child of a military officer who was dragged up ...

When the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard stepped out onto the street across from the British Museum on September 12, 1933, he had an epiphany.  He realized how to create an atomic bomb.  What he had to look for was an ...

When we think in terms of speculative media, worlds colliding into war, chaos or natural disaster is the stuff we create our stories with, the conflicting cornerstones which serve as the foundation for what the writer is building. But in ...

I’m going to explain to you why I hate the flying car you people continue to complain you haven’t yet gotten despite being promised its delivery long ago. Let’s forget for the moment that the flying car has become the ...