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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first teaser trailer for the final film in George Lucas’ envisioned 9-film story arc. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey as she graduates from apprentice to badass, and carves out her own legacy in a galaxy far, far away.
Danny Boyle’s new film starts out like 28 Days Later – with its protagonist out cold, waking up to a strange universe. But instead of zombies in London, he discovers he’s the only one who knows The Beatles. Naturally, when he sings, everyone thinks he’s a brilliant songwriter.
Based on a short story by Cixin Liu, the big budget Chinese sci-fi film The Wandering Earth sees the Sun dying. Humans build massive engines to fly the entire planet to another star. But disaster strikes when the engines shut down, and collision with Jupiter is imminent.
In Jared Lee’s intriguing short film, the job of grim reaper is held by everyday Joes. As one of these soul collectors gets used to his gig, he starts having strange dreams which may provide clues to the demise of his clients. The post-credits scene clarifies the twist in case you missed it.
It’s the year 2028, and while the world goes about its business, a system basically eradicates all knowledge of 20th century pop culture. Tom Scott explores one of the negative possibilities of artificial intelligence run amok in his own 6-minute episode of Black Mirror.
(PG-13: Language) In Sebastian Egert’s sci-fi/comedy short, a man attempts to order a pizza that goes outside of the boundaries of the actuarially-predetermined corporate constructs of the future. The most disturbing thing about his dystopian world? Mayonnaise on a pizza.
A sci-fi thriller set in the not-too-distant-future, about a group of people recruited to help relocate humanity to one of Saturn’s moons when Earth is doomed. But in order to survive the mission, the humans must evolve at an unnatural pace. Drops 3/30/18 on Netflix.
(Spoilers) Science fiction often relies on the idea that robotic uprisings come from androids gaining human-like emotions. Trekspertise provides their thoughts on why Westworld’s approach is more compelling and believable in this excellent video essay.
The 1960s sci-fi adventure series gets a modern update. Netflix reintroduces the Robinson family as they crash land on a strange planet on their way to establish a new space colony. We don’t usually love reboots, but this one looks intriguing. DANGER WILL ROBINSON!