Dreamin’

  • 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the movie "2001, a Space Odyssey" which still arguably stands as the most impactful and significant sci-fi movie of all time. Quite the distinction, eh? Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Star Wars, Alien, ET, Avatar... Real quotes. George Lucas: "It's the ultimate sci-fi movie. On a technical level, Star Wars can be compared, but personally, I think 2001 is far superior." Steven Spielberg:

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  • No, not red vs blue, think bigger! In 1898 HG Wells, one of the founding fathers of the Sci-Fi genre “gifted” us with some incredibly imaginative thinking about an alien invasion, bringing a whole new (ahem) alien concept into sharp focus and leaving us howling at whatever planet suited our fancy. It took the genius of Orson Wells to turn that story into a radio drama in 1939, when his troop of players, the Mercury Theater, performed a live version of it on the air. This time, it was far more realistic.

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  • Remember the movie “Passengers” from a year or two back? It’s a couple hundred years in the future and big space-liners are ferrying hundreds of humans to a new Eden-like planet that takes, I dunno, a hundred years in Earth time to get to, so everyone months their hibernation pods for a big sleep, so they can wake up relaxed and refreshed when they arrive. Nice concept. Meanwhile, back here in Earthbound labs,

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  • You wanna make the 7-month “hop” to Mars? We’ve determined ‘tis a far better thing to sleep through the trip than to look out the window. So let’s get practical. There you are, ready for the Long Dream (hope it’s a good one), looking fine in your futuristic metrosexual undies, trusting your space-mates to take good care. Now what?

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  • The other day, I sat with Mike Paul Hughes, a genuine rocket scientist and researcher at Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, to talk about Stephen Hawking and see where the discussion went from there. Hawking, a well-known atheist, based his beliefs on the simple scientific evidence that the universe is far older than the earth’s biblical age, and went on to discuss the logic of his findings. But within that track was another incredibly simple insight that for some reason I’d never considered. We children of the television and film culture are conditioned to accept

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  • There’s a wealth of PD scifi video from the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s entertainingly bad, but often so bad it’s cain't-take-it-no-mo' bad, which begs the question: who actually paid to watch this stuff in the first place? Or was that what drive-in's were all about? Here’s a better-thanaverage clip from the 60’s title “Battle in Outer Space.”

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  • Ol’ Jules Verne had no clue he was pioneering one of the most profitable niches in the film industry when he penned Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1849. He made his living as a magazine writer in France, where his novels were serialized, then published as novels for decades. He did it all with style, meticulously researching scientific journals and averaging a book a year: Journey, From the Earth to the Moon, 20K Leagues, Mysterious Island, all of which won him fame, money, women… the dude was a rock star.

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  • There's ample evidence and research indicating that it's just a matter of time before virtual entertainment becomes virtual living. How far out are we from being able to step into a world that is so perfectly generated, it becomes real to us and as it does, more and more compelling? We're already bored with the early mind-blowing attempts that brought this unfolding tech to the forefront. Occulus Rift seems a lightyear ago, with Augmented Reality such a compelling second step. But the case for Fully Virtual is incredibly alluring.

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  • What will change about the weather in the future? Back around the year 1899, there were European companies promoting themselves with postcard predictions that by the year 2000, science would control everything, including the weather, via giant weather canons, which would somehow blow the bad stuff away, leaving us with clear skies and sunshine.

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  • The end of my live retro scifi futurism show features an original tune called "Our Tomorrow" which is about connecting with intelligent life on other planets. Simple concept, dramatic tune, it starts quietly emotional, lyrics describing the frustration of not yet making contact, then builds to a big gospeltinged finish about reaching for the stars, while videos display dramatic galactic zooms alternating with real people reaching towards the sky

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  • Titanites are enjoying the view of the probe satellite Cassini, that silly little machine Earth sent on a meandering journey that took, like, forever to get here and once it did, to circle around aimlessly looking for us. Can you imagine taking more than an hour to get anywhere in this galaxy without wanting to gouge your rear-facing eyes out over the tedium??

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  • What's it gonna be like to run with the fast crowd in the year 2400? Will we still be waiting at rope lines to get into the coolest zero-grav clubs? Dropping big bucks on magnums of GoThereJuice and sporting the latest pomp-doos? I wrote this song to give myself a little tour of what money could buy 383 years out. Or whatever money's called by then. Maybe retinal scans will be so retro you'll just need to blink in one direction

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  • They shoot colored beams of light, in streams, lines and glowie balls. Interestingly, they all shoot slowly, to better illustrate the path they are taking and show off those colorful balls. They're various forms of deadly, depending on the weapon. Some just stun their target, some flame and spark on the clothing of their intended victim as he/she/it stares at the wound incredulously. Size: Star Trek phasors were quaint compared to most modern scifi weaponry.

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  • Surprisingly thought-provoking Sunday comic from Gary Trudeau, the beloved author of the 40+ year strip, who, along with Charles Shultz, ranks as the only artist to be regularly published with vintage re-runs while being listed as "On vacation" during most weekdays. He's that good and that entertaining and an American treasure.

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  • What an experience to see it present day. Had a pre-screening dinner in the new convention center section of downtown LA with fifty new friends, all brought together by Paul Hynek, son of the man who worked closely with Steve Spielberg to bring the original movie to light 40 years ago and who defined what the three phases of close encountership are: 1) sighting, 2) physical evidence and 3) contact. Then into the cavernous theater for the 4K digital director's cut, which did not disappoint. Spielberg has always

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  • From all the info I can gather, science fiction got its more or less official start in the early 1800’s with the appearance of one Dr. Frankenstein. Written by Mary Shelly in 1811, it basically crowned her the Mother of Science Fiction. Try smoking that one, guys…

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  • I’ve spent the last couple weeks working up a tune that will be the likely finale of my live stage show and have pretty well gotten to a comfortable place with it. It’s been a journey. My show is about sci-fi futurism and to present it, I’ve created a rich tapestry of multimedia images and stories about the significant events that landed us in present day. I’m really excited to get this thing up and going and it’s taken forever to create and finetune a performance that includes a host of original songs to weave into the timeline.

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