THE BEST Science Fiction

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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.

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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!

FTL

FTL

Director Adam Stern and Artifex Studios present a well-executed science fiction short film about an astronaut who tests out the very first faster-than-light spacecraft, but far exceeds the mission’s intended destination after a system malfunction.

Final Space (Trailers)

Final Space (Trailers)

A duo of trailers for a new animated sci-fi series about an astronaut and his unusual sidekick, who find themselves on journeys to discover the mysteries of the universe. The show features voicework from Fred Armisen, David Tennant, Steven Yeun, and Tom Kenny, among others.

Hard Sun (Trailer)

Hard Sun (Trailer)

Luther creator Neil Cross’ mini-series looks incredibly intense. Hard Sun is a fresh take on police dramas, as two cops stumble onto details about a coverup that reveals the end of the world is upon us. Streaming now on BBC Player, and starting 3/7/18 on Hulu.

Robot Size Comparison

Robot Size Comparison

Since the robots in science fiction are just that, fictitious, MetaBallStudios’ could just have made up any measurements they wanted for their latest comparison video and we’d believe them. Regardless, it’s still cool too see just how much bigger Megazord is than R2-D2.

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Einstein-Rosen

Einstein-Rosen

Two young boys engage in a scientific debate when one of them is convinced he’s stumbled onto a wormhole through space and time, but his brother isn’t buying it. Olga Osorio’s award-winning short film is charming, well-made, and has a wonderfully fun conclusion.

Dreaveler

Dreaveler

Director Taehoon Park’s abstract sci-fi short film is a visually stunning animation about a corporation who develops a technology which sends dying people on a wild journey through their dreams and memories during their last rest before The Big Sleep.

Altered Carbon (Trailer)

Altered Carbon (Trailer)

This Netflix sci-fi series envisions a future in which consciousness can be uploaded into other bodies, allowing humans to survive physical death. The story kick off as a soldier is brought to life after 250 years by a wealthy man who wants answers to his own murder.

SENTiNEL

SENTiNEL

Filmmaker Ryan Connolly wrote, directed, and edited this impressive short sci-fi film in which a man finds himself under siege by some kind of military drone. While it wasn’t done with a big budget, it looks and sounds fantastic, and will have you on the edge of your seat.

Annihilation (Trailer)

Annihilation (Trailer)

Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this creepy sci-fi film about an isolated landscape where every attempt at exploration results in the demise of its visitors. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina).

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

“This is just a body. It’s not bad or good – that part’s up to you.” Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali star in this live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. It’s about a cyborg who is resurrected and becomes a bounty hunter.

Project 77 Art Book

Project 77 Art Book

ArtStation is an online community for professional visual artists. The site has set up a publishing arm, and this is their first book. Project 77 features the dystopian sci-fi world of ArtStation member Martin Deschambault, enriched with short stories by Jeffrey Campbell.

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Dark (Trailer)

Dark (Trailer)

This upcoming Netflix original series originates from Germany, and follows the story of two children who suddenly vanish. As the layers of the onion are peeled back, we’re lead down the rabbit hole into a mystery about the very nature of time. Drops 12/1/17.

Parallax.5: Goodbye Earth

Parallax.5: Goodbye Earth

“If the corporations can achieve this vast goal, what else are they capable of?” Adam Westbrook’s criminally ignored satirical documentary series about our planet ends with the aliens concluding that there is hope. For the corporations.

Fraktaal

Fraktaal

Digital artist Julius Horsthuis calls his short “fantasy sci-fi story without a story.” What makes his eye-popping film even more amazing is that the structures and planets were generated procedurally, using fractal math. The soundtrack by David Levy seals the deal.

Time Travel in Fiction

Time Travel in Fiction

Looper, Terminator, Back to the Future, and even Groundhog Day each play with the idea of time travel in different ways. Minute Physics explores the many ways in which moving through time affects characters, story, and the universe around them. We love do-over movies.

The Future is Now: Neon Rising

The Future is Now: Neon Rising

The Future is Now: Neon Rising is the second edition of the second book in Josan Gonzalez’s cyberpunk series. Almost all of its 212 pages has full-page illustrations, which tie into each other to create a “silent graphic novel.” It comes with three postcards.

reStart

reStart

A woman finds herself trapped in a temporal loop after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious agency and locked away in a prison cell. Olga Osorio’s short science fiction film about time and memory takes inspiration from the classic La Jetée, which inspired Twelve Monkeys.

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