Science Fiction

Skywatch

Skywatch

Colin Levy’s short sci-fi film follows two teens who prank people by swapping the contents of their drone deliveries. But when a hack goes wrong, they discover a dark secret about the unmanned aerial vehicles flying overhead. The production was funded via Kickstarter and through the efforts of volunteer CG artists.

Universal Machine

Universal Machine

A young woman comes face to face with an android in the desert outside of Dubai, and discovers the machine is looking for a fight. But is the robot her nemesis, or simply a reflection of herself? Daniel Askill’s impeccable short film packs a punch with crisp choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and a stellar soundtrack by Philip Glass.

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Star Wars with Tommy Wiseau

Star Wars with Tommy Wiseau

Known best for his outlandish scenery chewing in The Room, renaissance man Tommy Wiseau has been inserted into the world of Star Wars, with a bit of help from PistolShrimps. Along the way, he romances Anakin, seeks therapy from Yoda, tosses around a football, and calls Kylo Ren a chicken… and a princess.

While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Charlie Stewart’s beautifully minimal animated short film takes us on a journey to a far-off planet, where two scientists have been left to explore, and two AI-powered digital assistants who strike up a conversation as they wonder where their human masters have gone.

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Go inside the story of one of the greatest science fiction/horror movies of all time. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary delves into the origins of Ridley Scott’s tense, gory, and artful masterpiece. Legion M’s DVD and Blu-Ray discs come with a special limited-edition pin featuring the art of H.R. Giger.

The Mandela Effect (Trailer)

The Mandela Effect (Trailer)

In director David Guy Levy’s indie sci-fi flick, a man who loses his daughter starts to see cracks in the fabric of his memories, and wonders if somehow his reality is actually a simulation that he can manipulate to bring his child back. In theaters and on-demand 12/6/19.

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Sean McKenna’s short film is a low-fi science fiction piece about a child’s drawing that makes its way into a time capsule, and is eventually discovered by aliens after the fall of civilization. Narrated beautifully by actor Julian Barratt, it’s a showcase of how storytelling and creativity matter far more than budget.

Never Surrender (Trailer)

Never Surrender (Trailer)

We love to rewatch the sci-fi/comedy Galaxy Quest whenever we get the chance. This feature-length documentary from Screen Junkies (the Honest Trailers guys) includes interviews with the original cast, celebrities, and superfans to learn why it’s such a magical and enduring movie. Arrives in select theaters 11/26/19.

Star Trek: Picard (Trailer 2)

Star Trek: Picard (Trailer 2)

CBS All Access drops another look at the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series, which kicks off with the best Starfleet Captain ever coming out of retirement to come to the aid of a mysterious young woman. And the Captain now has two Number Ones – his cat, and Lieutenant Riker. Premieres 1/23/20.

Corporate Monster

Corporate Monster

(PG-13: Language, Gore) This short film by Ruairi Robinson (Blinky) introduces us to a man struggling with depression and other disturbing symptoms. His doctor prescribes some off-market meds which replace one problem with another. Do the pills reveal the true nature of the world, or do they just enhance his psychosis?

Space Story: A Bad Day

Space Story: A Bad Day

Editor Zapatou combined scenes from 25 science fiction classics including Gravity, The Martian, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, Apollo 13, Aliens, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars and more into a single movie where everything that can possibly go wrong does.

In the Shadow of the Moon (Trailer)

In the Shadow of the Moon (Trailer)

This Netflix film offers a cool twist on the typical crime drama, as cop becomes obsessed with hunting down a serial killer who only resurfaces every nine years, and it turns out there’s something far more complicated at stake than just the lives of her victims.

Face Swap

Face Swap

A husband and wife go to a high-tech “fantasy suite” to spice up their love life, but all is not how it appears in this Einat Tubi and David Gidali’s dark science fiction short that uses deepfake technology to power its potent social commentary.

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Terminator: Dark Fate (Trailer 2)

Terminator: Dark Fate (Trailer 2)

With Linda Hamilton back on screen, James Cameron involved in the story, and Tim Miller of Deadpool fame behind the camera, we’re actually kind of excited for the new Terminator flick. The latest trailer showcases more of Sarah Conner’s story, and what transpired after the events of T2. Drops 11/1/19.

Lucy in the Sky (Trailer)

Lucy in the Sky (Trailer)

Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley’s feature debut stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut whose experience in space gives here a new perspective on her life on Earth, and who gradually loses her grip on reality after she returns home.

Horse Destroys the Universe

Horse Destroys the Universe

Cyriak Harris is best known for his incredibly surreal, layered, and detailed animations. Now, the artist has created his first book, a science fiction story about a horse who could destroy the universe, and the meaning of life. It’s been referred to as The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Beauty meets The Matrix.

2021: A SpaceX Odyssey

2021: A SpaceX Odyssey

Ctrl Shift Face is a master at making entertaining deepfakes. In this clip, he swapped out Elon Musk for actor Kier Dullea as astronaut Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as he faces off against the HAL 9000 in a debate over opening the pod bay doors – further proof that Elon should invest more time in quality control.

Honour

Honour

Travel to an exotic planet where a creature finds itself banished, and while exiled, it stumbles onto something unexpected which could help it take revenge on those who sent it away. From the illustration style to its orange color palette, to its concise storytelling, Frederic Siegel’s animated short makes for some intense viewing.

Alpha Squadron

Alpha Squadron

(PG-13: Language) Michael Lukk Litwak’s lighthearted science fiction short film introduces us to the elite fighters of Alpha Squadron just as they lose one of their own to pursue a new life, and ends up with a team member without quite the same abilities. The low-budget, practical visual effects add to its charm.

Undone (Trailer)

Undone (Trailer)

This rotoscope-animated series follows the story of a woman (Rosa Salazar) who keeps seeing visions of her dead father (Bob Odenkirk) after a tragic car accident, and becomes convinced that he’s trying to teach her how to go back in time to save him. Premieres 9/13/19 on Amazon Prime.

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The Making of Alien

The Making of Alien

Author J.W. Rinzler’s 336-page hardcover book takes us inside the production of Ridley Scott and Dan O’Bannon’s 1979 science fiction/horror classic Alien. The book includes interviews with the original crew, and photographs, artworks, and storyboards from the production.

Lander

Lander

Animator Han Yang’s Unreal Engine CG short film feels more like a video game cutscene than a full-fledge work of science fiction, but it features a thrilling fight sequence, and some truly awesome character design by Ben Erdt, Perry Leijten, and Vick Gaza.

A Sun Will Always Sing

A Sun Will Always Sing

In this beautifully illustrated short science fiction film, a pilot and a spaceship depart on a very long journey with some very precious cargo headed for a better place. Based on a short story by Karin Lowachee and directed by Chad Thompson for Yeah Haus as part of The Verge’s Better Worlds project.

Ovum

Ovum

In Cidney Hue’s near-future short film, a woman decides to undergo a procedure after her life takes an unexpected turn. Like a 6-minute-long episode of Black Mirror, it raises some deep philosophical questions about technology, while also making a statement about real life.

The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

Back when science fiction was considered pulp fiction, art directors and artists had the freedom to run wild with the cover art for sci-fi books. Nerdwriter pays homage to some of these notable people and their work, and reminds us to have a greater appreciation for cover art.

What If Aliens Arrived Tomorrow?

What If Aliens Arrived Tomorrow?

Science fiction has some very specific ideas of what the world would be like if aliens existed and came to Earth. The What If channel offers their take on what might happen if creatures from another planet really did turn up without warning.

Time Travel Instructional Video

Time Travel Instructional Video

The guys at Squirrel Monkey offer up a 1980s style training video for the fictitious Department of Time Travel, envisioning a world in which the government started to develop a time machine back in the 1940s, and eventually unleashed it on human subjects after a series of failures and animal tests.

Product Wars

Product Wars

(PG-13: Language) Writer/director Stephan Zlotescu and cinematographer H1 teamed up to create this short film that envisions an insane future in which our obsession with commercial goods has driven corporations to genetically engineer real-world versions of their mascots.

The Beginning & End of Humanity

The Beginning & End of Humanity

Pursuit of Wonder’s short film might start out like a documentary, but it’s entirely fictional, and more than a little like an episode of Black Mirror. It’s simply described as a story of “a man who finds himself at the beginning and end of everything,” and well worth 9 minutes of your time.

Black Mirror Season 5 (Trailers)

Black Mirror Season 5 (Trailers)

After Bandersnatch, we weren’t quite sure if and when we’d get more Black Mirror episodes, but on 6/5/19, Netflix will feed us junkies three new episodes of dark, dystopian goodness, as modern technology continues to wreak havoc on our lives.

1788-L: Sentience

1788-L: Sentience

(Flashing images) Artist Jonathan Plesel’s vibrant sci-fi music video is the perfect visual accompaniment to the crisp and punchy electronic sounds of music producer and DJ 1788-L. You’ll want to go full screen and crank your volume to 11 for this one.

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