THE BEST Science Fiction

Annihilation (Teaser)

Annihilation (Teaser)

A biologist joins the latest expedition into a bizarre disaster zone to find out what happened to her husband, who was sent there in the previous expedition. Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) directs Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac in this sci-fi mystery.

The Spacesuits of FBFX

The Spacesuits of FBFX

Tested’s Adam Savage stopped by UK special effects costume house FBFX to check out some of the incredible spacesuits they’ve made for science fiction movies. The engineering, detail, and craftsmanship in each of these outfits is truly extraordinary.

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2048: Nowhere to Run

2048: Nowhere to Run

Dave Bautista stars as Sapper, a replicant on the run in the second of a series of short films which take place between Blade Runner and Blade Runner: 2049. Again, it captures the texture of the original film well, though it drops more questions than answers. Original here.

Parallax.4: The Employees

Parallax.4: The Employees

“Employees have no individual sentience. Only the group is aware of itself.” After identifying Earth’s prime inhabitants, the aliens in Adam Westbrook’s mockumentary look at the perfect drones. They replicate and recharge on their own, but are too dumb to escape their fate.

Apocalypse Now Now

Apocalypse Now Now

(PG-13: Language) After the recent teaser, we now have the 7-minute concept short film based on Charlie Human’s novel about Baxter Zevchenko, a strange young man who finds himself pulled into a underworld filled with supernatural forces. We want more!

Electric Dreams (Trailer)

Electric Dreams (Trailer)

A new anthology series based on the works of Philip K. Dick, mixing elements of Doctor Who and The Twilight Zone. Executive produced by Bryan Cranston, Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), and Michael Dinner (Justified). Coming to Stan, Channel 4, and Amazon Prime.

Apocalypse Now Now (Teaser)

Apocalypse Now Now (Teaser)

Director Michael Matthews’ short film will drag us into a deep, dark alternate underbelly of Cape Town, South Africa filled with supernatural forces, monsters, and government conspiracies. Based on the novel by Charlie Human, the film dops on Short of the Week on 8/29/17.

Parallax.3: The Corporations

Parallax.3: The Corporations

“We can conclude that the sole purpose of civilization on this planet is to maximize profit.” Adam Westbrook’s criminally unappreciated faux documentary series continues. Here the aliens talk about what they deem to be Earth’s prime inhabitants: corporations.

Good Business

Good Business

(PG-13: Language) We’ve got enough problems with corporations selling guns to people who probably shouldn’t have them, but the humans are now doing weapons deals with a bunch of creepy aliens in Ray Sullivan’s short sci-fi film, based on Simon Roy’s comic.

Eddie

Eddie

(PG-13: Language) A “second-rate” scientist is asked to man an underground research facility, alone but for a test subject with a gruesome disease. John Lynch’s short film reveals its hand too easily, but its setting and tone make it worth watching.

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

It’s not the live-action sequel we’ve been hoping for, but this CGI animated feature has plenty of cheesy dialogue, Casper Van Diem, and way more bugs than Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 original. It’s in theaters for a one-night-only showing on 8/21, then hits digital and Blu-ray.

Blade Runner 2049 (Trailer 2)

Blade Runner 2049 (Trailer 2)

It’s rare that we’re this excited for a sequel, but with Denis Villeneuve directing, Roger Deakins behind the lens, and original screenwriter Hampton Fancher, all under the watchful eye of Ridley Scott, it’s got every chance of being great. Please let it be as good as it looks.

Science Fiction of Social Fears

Science Fiction of Social Fears

“The human way is violence and death.” Like other excellent examples of fantasy and science fiction, the Planet of the Apes movies urge us to look inward. ScreenPrism points out how the franchise’s movies served as signs of their times.

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Zygote

Zygote

(PG-13, Gore) Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios is back with more outstanding nightmare fuel. Dakota Fanning stars in a story about a Arctic mining colony terrorized by an experiment gone wrong – an assimilating monster that makes the Borg look like Care Bears.

They Will All Die in Space

They Will All Die in Space

(PG-13: Language) Javier Chillon tense science fiction short film takes place aboard a spaceship packed with human cargo in cryogenic stasis. The ship’s skeleton crew decides to wake a critical team member when the ship’s engines malfunction, and a terrible truth is revealed.

OPERATOR: Episode 2

OPERATOR: Episode 2

(PG-13: Language/Gore) Animator Sam Barnett follows up his 2013 stop-motion short with another incredible episode about an evil corporation that enslaves and controls its workers with creepy biomechanical parasites. Help fund episode 3 over on Kickstarter.

Simon Stålenhag: The Electric State

Simon Stålenhag: The Electric State

Simon Stålenhag is back with more retro sci-fi paintings. Set in an alternate ’90s US and centered on a young girl traveling with her robot, The Electric State is a 120-page art book with a supplementary narrative written by Simon as well. More on his site.

Automata: The Series (Teaser)

Automata: The Series (Teaser)

Geek kings Penny-Arcade adapted their side webcomic Automata into a episodic series. It’s a sci-fi noir set in an alternate reality 1930’s United States, where advanced robots used to be made. The series is about one such being, a detective, and his partner.

Star Wars Super Graphic

Star Wars Super Graphic

A spectacularly fun book for any Star Wars fan, graphic designer Tim Leong’s lighthearted paperback is packed with infographics, facts, and figures from what each lightsaber color means, to the heights of popular characters, to the Jedi High Council seating chart.

Rick and Morty Season 3 (Trailer)

Rick and Morty Season 3 (Trailer)

“I refuse to answer a literal call to adventure, Morty. Let it go to voicemail.” The new season brings us Pickle Rick, Morty’s giant arm, some creepy dude smashing heads with a giant piano, and gooey mutants galore in “the darkest year” of their adventures. Episodes kick off 7/30/17.

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Firebase

Firebase

(Gore, PG-13: Language) The latest short film from director Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios is set in an alternate past, in which the CIA and a soldier are trying to hunt down a powerful being called the river god in the midst of the Vietnam War. What a thrill ride.

Blade Runner 2049: Time to Live

Blade Runner 2049: Time to Live

This featurette for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 features interviews with the cast and crew about creating a new universe while being faithful to Ridley Scott’s original vision, while also giving us a peak at some of the film’s fantastic scenery and cinematography.

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

(SPOILERS) “Using an exploration of where we might be, to explore where it seems like we’re heading, in order to reveal exactly where we are.” CineFix compiles their favorite sci-fi films. They chose lots of obvious classics, but they also tipped their hat to many modern films.

Rakka

Rakka

(Gore) Sigourney Weaver stars in the first short film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. Set in 2020, Rakka presents the invasion of Earth by a brutal alien race through different perspectives. You can support Oats by buying their films’ assets on Steam.

Parallax.

Parallax.

Adam Westbrook’s ongoing web series is a faux documentary based on a sci-fi staple called Encyclopedia Galactica. In particular, Parallax. focuses on an advanced extraterrestrial civilization’s analysis of life on Earth. We hope Netflix picks this up.

Stranger Aliens

Stranger Aliens

Science fiction movies, books, and TV shows have certain consistent elements, like humanoid aliens, spaceships, and radio-based communications. Aeon Video reminds us that the reason for this is that extraterrestrials in fiction are often just reflections of ourselves.

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