Lois is Marjorie

I recently found out about 2017 film, Marjorie Prime, a story regarding human relationships, memory and holograms. It features Lois Smith (Marjorie), John Hamm (Walter) , Timothy Robbins (John) , and Geena Davis (Tess). Most of you would likely be least familiar with Lois Smith. She’s had a nearly 70 year career, mostly as a […]

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Oumuamua: Gone but not Forgotten!

One of the most common tropes of science fiction is the encounter with extraterrestrial life, especially intelligent life, i.e., aliens. Most of the time, this really has been relegated to *just* science fiction, i.e., not science. However, like many topics of science fiction, this one might now be on the edge of being taken seriously […]

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Adios, Arecibo!

Looks like the Arecibo radio telescope (for a long time the largest in the world), slated for de-funding by the National Science Foundation, collapsed yesterday morning. Consistent with the reason for defunding (unsafe to repair, etc.), the instrument platform that was suspended over the huge dish built into a natural sink hole fell onto the […]

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What’s up, Netflix?

After streaming series, Away, reached top viewing at Netflix upon its release it was fairly promptly rewarded with a *non-renewal*. That’s not very easy to explain, though Netflix cites the problems with keeping up with costs of making a sci fi series. That makes this the second series (along with Hulu’s The First) that took […]

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Another Look at Another Life

I recall taking a look at Netflix Original SciFi series, Another Life (starring Battlestar Galactica reboot alum Katee Sackhoff), when it first came out but for some reason, I didn’t look much past the first episode. More recently I took another look, following it to the end of the first season (they were recently renewed […]

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Life on Venus?

Since the 1920’s it became progressively more clear that Venus did not have much oxygen and its atmosphere was thick and carbon dioxide dominated. Since 1962, as the planetary probe Mariner II passed close to the planet, it became quite evident that Venus was very hot, but this was just a firm observation of what […]

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Challenger: The Final Flight

This week I watched the Netflix documentary, Challenger: The Final Flight regarding the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster. There are a few things that struck me much more forcefully than they had at the time, but perhaps that’s just simply that I am older and more willing to look at some of the details, or more […]

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At Home with Away

Or perhaps if we were going for pitching a “high concept” related to the Netflix original series, Away, we could call it “No Exit” meets “Lost in Space.” Maybe the astronauts on their way to Mars think space is hell, or that Mars is hell, or that even Earth is or will be hell. But […]

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Energy Creatures, Oh MY!

In a recent episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Ensign Mariner is approached by a hostile being that appears to be pure energy (she tricks it into using up nearly all of its energy to produce a fancy tricorder). In classic Star Trek: The Original Series, there are at least two episodes that feature such […]

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