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The Forgotten Oscars 2013: Our annual celebration of unsung sci-fi, horror, and action films

Wherein we give the Academy a time-traveling, slo-mo bloody hatchet to the face.

By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 22, 2013
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PHOTOS: Arisia 2013 at the Westin Waterfront | January 20, 2013

Little mermaids, clockwork automatons, and legions of other cosplayers descended upon the waterfront for Boston's annual sci-fi extravaganza Arisia.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 25, 2013
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Philip K. Dick was a friend of mine

I'm at a conference at San Francisco State all weekend and I'm surrounded by Dickheads.

By WILLIAM SARILL  |  October 05, 2012
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Pope Cat Visits the Future

"I will have had a long day of sunbathing on Mercury ... "
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By KARL STEVENS  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: Mass Effect 3

Gamers finally have their own equivalent to J. J. Abrams's sci-fi television epic, Lost.
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By MADDY MYERS  |  March 23, 2012
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URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
Robots and lab-grown bladders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011


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Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
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The future is boring

More dispatches from the year 2311.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  August 26, 2011
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Just outside the Milky Way

In the year 2311.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Stake Land

From producer Larry Fessenden ( Wendigo ) and filmmaker Jim Mickle ( Mulberry Street ) comes this minimal, profound tale of a vampire plague in America.
Tale of a vampire plague
By PEG ALOI  |  April 29, 2011
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Duncan Jones on solving Source Code

It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie, Ziggy Stardust's son. It's uncool to bring it up, but how can you not at least mention it?
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011


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Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
To boldly go
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 11, 2011
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Photos: Arisia 2011

Sci-fi and fantasy fans attend Arisia 2011 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel at January 14-17, 2011.
Arisia 2011 | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel | January 14-17, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 21, 2011
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How to create a readable future

The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.
Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  
By SEVERAL FUTURE BOSTON AUTHORS  |  January 21, 2011
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Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
Future Boston , 15 years later
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011
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COMIC: The illustrated history of Boston's future, 2020-2100 AD

We approached this future-Boston project as a sort of moderated "jam comic." Result: post-singularity MBTA robots, Menino clones, Citgo aliens, and donut zombies.
Forget politicians, economists, or inventors -- the future of Boston belongs to the comics
By BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE  |  January 21, 2011


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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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To boldly go ... to Framingham: A trek to fan con Super Megafest

The entire 20th century is crammed into a ballroom in the Sheraton hotel.
Super Megafest offers the relics of our escapist fantasies. Make it so.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 07, 2011
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Caprica, we barely knew ye


Ok, I have this rule for science fiction television: if your aliens/robots don't use contractions, I can't be bothered to watch your show. I have...
By S.I. Rosenbaum  |  November 01, 2010

Slay Bells: The world of Infinite Santa 8000


Episode #1 of Infinite Santa 8000 Go ahead, pick any character, any person (even this guy); put them in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, and you've got...
By Steve Miller  |  October 29, 2010


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Sam Costello is Rhode Island's king of dark comics

The farmer desperate to save his dying wife. The aging photographer trying to resurrect his career. The funeral director who goes to extreme measures to cut costs.
The horror!
By CHUCK O'DONNELL  |  October 29, 2010
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Review: William Gibson's Zero History

It’s been more than 10 years since he’s set a book anywhere but the present. Regardless, cyberpunk visionary William Gibson’s new novel still occupies top spots in multiple amazon.com science-fiction rankings this week.
Fashionista: Gibson in the present tense
By JOHN BOWKER  |  September 17, 2010

Raise your glass of dandelion wine: It’s Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday


A gallery of Ray Bradbury coversYes, today's the day that one of the world's most influential sci-fi authors turns 90. To mark the occasion, his...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 22, 2010
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Interview: Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl

By ARAFAT KAZI  |  August 06, 2010
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Photos: ConnectiCon 2010

ConnectiCon, a multi-genre convention, took place at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 9-11, 2010.
  ConnectiCon at the Connecticut Convention Center | July 9-11, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 16, 2010


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Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

The cheeky title conjures up belovedly tacky 1950s Japanese sci-fi films, but Jessica Oreck’s actual effort is a pallid, thinly poetic documentary essay about Japan’s obsession with insects.
Pallid documentary on Japan's insect obsession
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2010
Boston Comic Con 2010: A Venn Diagram of Artists, Storytellers, & Fans

Boston Comic Con 2010: A Venn Diagram of Artists, Storytellers, & Fans


This Spiderman has an important message for cosplayers: stay hydrated! I've considered going to the New York or San Diego iterations of Comic Con --...
By Maddy Myers  |  April 12, 2010
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Photos: Arisia 2010

The 21st annual installment of sci-fi convention Arisia
Arisia 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, January 15-18, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 22, 2010