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Science Fiction

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Star Wars: Episode IX (Trailer)

Star Wars: Episode IX (Trailer)

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.

Yesterday (Trailer)

Yesterday (Trailer)

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.

The Wandering Earth (Trailer)

The Wandering Earth (Trailer)

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.

The Last 7

The Last 7

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.

The AI That Deleted a Century

The AI That Deleted a Century

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.

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Unlimited Rice Pudding

Unlimited Rice Pudding

(PG-13: Language) Even though he believes time travel will kill anyone who attempts it, exurb1a created a guide on how you can use it to rule over humanity. Here’s what you should pack, what you should do, and the two ways that you can go about it.

The Very Near Future

The Very Near Future

(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.

Contact

Contact

In animator Katy Wang’s Kingston University graduation film, a lonely and stranded astronaut sends a message into space in hopes of making a connection. Incredibly, his message reaches a kindred spirit, and he sets off in hopes of face-to-face contact.

James Cameron: Sci-Fi Q & A

James Cameron: Sci-Fi Q & A

Director, writer, producer, and explorer James Cameron recently sat down with WIRED to answer questions posted on Twitter about the technology found in science fiction, how close some of these are to becoming reality, and the ethical questions they pose.

EPOCH

EPOCH

Feeling moody? Rich Lee’s EPOCH tells a dark and desolate tale of a lone woman attempting to survive in an apocalyptic world. It’s a well crafted story, and with a DIY approach to the project, it offers great a tribute and love to the passion of filmmaking.

The Heart of Sky

The Heart of Sky

Mirari & Co.’s short CG animated short takes inspiration from ancient Mayan mythology, but its plot about mysterious aliens invading Earth and creating a race of shape-shifting “mannequins” is 100% science fiction goodness.

Nightflyers (Teaser)

Nightflyers (Teaser)

“Do not bring the Nightflyer back to Earth.” Syfy’s upcoming TV show is based on the eponymous novella by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who describes its setup as “a haunted house story in space.” Premieres Fall 2018.

The Titan (Trailer)

The Titan (Trailer)

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.

Westworld & Solving The Pathetic Fallacy

Westworld & Solving The Pathetic Fallacy

(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.

Prospect (Teaser)

Prospect (Teaser)

The upcoming science fiction thriller Prospect is about a woman and her father trying to mine gems in a toxic alien moon filled with dangerous inhabitants. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they end up violently engaging with other miners and with each other.

Netflix: Lost in Space (Trailer)

Netflix: Lost in Space (Trailer)

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!

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