Victorian Wars and other illustrations by Terry Fan

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Image by Terry Fan

Take some time out to peruse the work of Toronto based artist and illustrator Terry Fan… this image, from his Victorian Wars series, somehow reminds me of the group photo of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and associates, that was said to be taken in 1900.

Via Design is Kinky.

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Who really killed Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle in “Star Wars”?

Thursday, 12 June, 2014

Might this constitute a “Star Wars” conspiracy theory? Events in “A New Hope” suggested that Luke Skywalker’s aunt, Beru, and uncle, Owen, were murdered by Stormtroopers. Jim Ciscell however, writing for Toptenz, argues that bounty hunter Boba Fett was actually responsible.

For all of the many failings of the Star Wars Special Edition that was first released in 1997, George Lucas has stood by this version as being canon. The last part of the docking bay scene clearly establishes that Boba Fett was on Tatooine during the search for the droids. Boba Fett would not have been above trying to collect multiple bounties. A bounty for the droids, as well as a bounty for Han Solo, would have made Boba Fett even more likely to be on Tatooine.

There are a few holes in this idea, but isn’t that case for any conspiracy theory?

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Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, our century’s “Alternative 3”?

Monday, 26 May, 2014

Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar opens in Australian cinema’s later this year, Thursday, 6 November in fact. While watching the trailer though, I couldn’t help but think of a BBC produced documentary called Alternative 3, er, made on 1 April 1977.

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What’s with the Death Star’s ring of destruction as it explodes?

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Like it or lump it, “Star Wars” is the talk of the galaxy, and the excitement is only going to grow in the run up to the release of the new film in the franchise, The Ancient Fear.

While there’s loads that could be discussed, I thought I might focus on the rings seen emanating when the two Death Stars, and the planet Alderaan, explode, in the first films. Obviously this is science fiction, but what is the go with these rings anyway, would they actually occur should a planet sized body be destroyed by super powerful laser?

But wait! These are no ordinary planetary sized explosions. Instead, all of these blow up and produce this expanding ring of stuff. I really don’t know why they do this. Maybe this is due to a high speed internal rotation of the core. I could understand some type of high speed spinning thingy inside the two Death Stars, but Alderaan? Maybe Alderaan has a secret core power source inside so that they can keep the surface looking all natural. I’m just guessing here. Oh, we all know that there would be no sound from these explosions in space, right?

It has been suggested these rings only came along after first being seen in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but I’m not going to touch that.

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May the fifth be with you, new “Star Wars” film cast named

Monday, 5 May, 2014

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie has been officially announced. Those expecting the actors who originally played Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, to return for the new film, er, like worst kept secret ever, will not be surprised.

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” photos set between the scenes

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey set photo

I’ve seen some of these, while others are new to me, another collection of set, or behind the scenes, photos from the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the above image, Stanley Kubrick (right), chats with Margaret Tyzack and Leonard Rossiter between takes.

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How that elegant weapon, for a more civilised age, came to be

Thursday, 10 April, 2014

A short feature, produced in 2004, that charts the development of the lightsabre, the weapon of choice of the Jedi and the Sith, in the “Star Wars” films.

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You won’t be here when I get back… that’s living forever for you

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

As a job, searching for habitable planets to live on, has its ups and downs. The travel is a killer though, the commute takes fifteen years. You spend the transit time in hibernation of course, so from that point of view it’s not so bad. But if you’re going to live forever, what’s a fifteen year commute anyway?

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We like the new “Star Trek” movies better than the old ones

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

Ranking the so far twelve “Star Trek” movies by their IMDb rating, reveals fans of the sci-fi franchise have a clear preference for the two “re-booted”, or most recent features, as inspired by the original TV series.

It’s interesting to see the first “Trek” film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, that was met with – to put it mildly – a mixed reception, appears to have almost the best box office take of the lot. I think that has much to do with its nostalgic appeal at the time of its 1979 release.

I wonder how the upcoming “Star Wars” films will fare, compared to the earlier installments of the saga, in this regard?

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There’s no ocean, but there’s oceans of water below our feet

Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

A certain nineteenth century French novelist may have been onto something after he wrote of a vast ocean that lay below the Earth’s surface, in a certain book published in 1878.

While there is no actual ocean somewhere deep under our feet, at least as far as we know, it seems a large proportion of rocks residing in a transition zone between the upper and lower layers of Earth’s mantle, contain molecules of water. All up, there may be as much water here as there is in Earth’s oceans.

What is it that they say… today’s, or a past century’s, science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact?

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