Of course, most sci fi fans and all Star Trek fans know that the new series, Strange New Worlds (regarding the voyages of the Enterprise when it was commanded by Christopher Pike) has started on Paramount Plus. Summaries and reviews abound on the internet, so I won’t rehash. However, I will mention a few things […]Read more "Strange New Worlds (and maybe some strange physics?)"
In the sci fi world Kellerman is perhaps best known for her role as Dr. Dehner (a psychologist) in the second crafted pilot episode for Star Trek: The Original Series. In this episode, she and her love interest, Gary Mitchell, played by Gary Lockwood (of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame) attain telepathic and telekinetic powers […]Read more "A Tribute to Sally Kellerman and her Sci Fi Contributions"
My (Steve Bloom) Interview on the Alpha Control Lost in Space Podcast (Interviewed by creator of the podcast, Laen August) is now live! Check it out by clicking on this text!Read more "Check out Alpha Control Podcast Interview!"
As I consider some of the physics of the the third season of the new Lost in Space (yeah, I know, we can hear the asteroid collision!) , I wanted to note some interesting nods to the first series: Vijay playing a vintage beat-up acoustic guitar is a nod to the original series Will strumming […]Read more "A few things about Netflix Lost in Space"
I’m looking forward to seeing the third and apparently last season of the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix. Even though this series clearly has higher production values than its predecessor, I’m still not quite as excited about it as the original series, even realizing that my beloved original Lost in Space descended into sheer […]Read more "(The *New*) Lost in Space Season 3 on Netflix (Dec. 1)"
Soon after announcing that he intended to go up on a Blue Origin tourist space shot, William Shatner announced that he will be going up on a flight on October 12, just 5 days from this writing. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked that the decision was made, at least seemingly, […]Read more "Kirk in Space"
I like space. I have 42 titles on my bookshelf with the word “space” on the cover. This probably triples if you include “Astronomy,” “Astrophysics,” “Stars,” “Planets,” “Universe,” “Cosmology,” etc. I’ve never really particularly cared about where “space,” begins, and that probably is because my dissertation work and many journal articles from there on dealt […]Read more "I need my space."
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 […]Read more "Lois is Marjorie"
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 […]Read more "Oumuamua: Gone but not Forgotten!"
The newest addition to the Netflix original sci-fi collection, George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, was released just before Christmas of 2020. Somewhat depressing in its execution and redeeming and uplifting in its ending, overall this one is worth a viewing. Borrowing a bit from both Contact and Interstellar, we see Clooney’s character, Lofthouse, inspired to […]Read more "The Midnight Sky (possibly some SPOILERS)"