larry cuba

Just dug that one up from my bookmarks—back in the 1970s ↑Larry Cuba, then at the ↑Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), made the computer graphics seen during the endbattle against the Deathstar in the original ‘Star Wars’ (Lucas 1977).     When I first saw those animated 3D line-graphics in the cinema in ’77 I was fascinated.     Three years later, at the first computer-christmas, I got a ↑Commodore 64 (C64).     With a freely programmable computer at my hands I set out to recreate those graphics. For a start I was content with the idea of an anmation … Continue reading

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pkd motion pictures

Meanwhile ten ↑works of Philip K. Dick have been made into motion pictures—plus one to be released in 2012. Here are the pairs, the novel or short story by PKD, followed by the motion-picture adaptation, in reverse chronological order of the release of the motion pictures. DICK, PHILIP KINDRED. 1953. The king of the elves. Beyond Fantasy Fiction 1(2) [September 1953]: 142-164. WILLIAMS, CHRIS. 2012. King of the elves [animated motion picture]. Burbank: Walt Disney Animation Studios. DICK, PHILIP KINDRED. 1985 [1976]. Radio free Albemuth. Westminster: Arbor House. SIMON, JOHN ALAN. 2010. Radio free Albemuth [motion picture]. Los Angeles: Utopia … Continue reading

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somnolence

Patrick Kalyn‘s short-film Somnolence (HD at YouTube) goes well with Chris Marker’s La Jetée. /Film says: /Film reader and aspiring filmmaker Patrick Kalyn has just completed work on a new sci-fi short film Somnolence. Kalyn is an Emmy nominated visual effects animator, who has worked on films such as Avatar, District 9, I, Robot, King Kong, X-Men: The Last Stand, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Jumper, The Water Horse, and television series like Stargate SG-1. Filmed for $10,000 in 2 days in Vancouver, BC using Red Cameras, the short is part of a larger story that Kalyn hopes to … Continue reading

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2012 scorcher

‘Apocalyptic blockbuster absurd, say NASA scientists‘—thus headlines an article by John Harlow in ‘The Australian’, published yesterday. NASA is very unhappy with scientifically overflawed science-fiction movies like Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012‘ of 2009 (which they deem to be the worst), or Michael Bay’s ‘Armageddon‘ (1998). But they are quite fond of the cyberpunk genre. Here’s some water on my mills: NASA and the SEE [Science & Entertainment Exchange, a group of physicists and others campaigning for more authentic science fiction] also praise “good” science fiction films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner [1982], which convincingly portrayed a futuristic Los Angeles now … Continue reading

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tripods

Polish illustrator and graphics designer Robert ‘TroC‘ Czarnyr (his website is a treasure trove for everybody seriously interested in 3D-visualization) has done two illustrations for H. G. Wells’ classic ‘The War of the Worlds’ (1898), which to my eye perfectly catch the atmosphere and ambience of the original text. You can judge for yourself, as the high resolution versions at Renderosity are accompanied with the matching excerpts from the novel: Thunder Child attacking Martian tripod war machines [Hi-Res] and Martian tripod war machines attacking London [Hi-Res]. WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE. 1898. The War of the Worlds. London: William Heinemann. via entry … Continue reading

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21st century man

  ‘It is like you to be more concerned for a machine than for a man.” He [eminent professor of sociology Simon Ninheimer] looked at her with savage contempt.     It left her [US Robots’ Chief Robopsychologist Dr. ↑Susan Calvin] unmoved. ‘It merely seems so, Professor Ninheimer. It is only by being concerned for robots that one can truly be concerned for twenty-first-century man. You would understand this if you were a roboticist.’     ‘I have read enough ↵robotics to know I don’t want to be a roboticist!’     ‘Pardon me, you have read a book on … Continue reading

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effect

  Great and strange ideas transcending experience often have less effect upon men and women than smaller, more tangible considerations. (Wells 1995 [1897]: 44)  ‘But did you—are you sure? Suppose a mirror for instance—hallucinations are so easily produced. I don’t know if you have ever seen a really good conjuror—’ (Wells 1995 [1897]: 48)  WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE. 1995 [1897]. The invisible man. London: Everyman. … Continue reading

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metaverse roadmap

Over the past year the Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF) and its supporting foresight partners have explored the virtual and 3D future of the World Wide Web in a first-of-its-kind cross-industry public foresight project, the Metaverse Roadmap (MVR). We use the term Metaverse in a way that includes and builds upon Neal Stephenson’s coinage in the cyberpunk science fiction novel, Snow Crash, which envisioned a future broadly reshaped by virtual and 3D technologies. SMART, JOHN, JAMAIS CASCIO, AND JERRY PFAFFENDORF. 2007. ↑Metaverse Roadmap Overview. Mountain View: ↑Acceleration Studies Foundation, ↑metaverseroadmap.org. Electronic Document. Available online: http://www.metaverseroadmap.org/overview/ http://www.metaverseroadmap.org/MetaverseRoadmapOverview.pdf … Continue reading

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