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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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