Added to the sidebar: Nocamels.com, a newsblog tracking Israeli innovation & startup news.
A nice infographic on the UK space industry, hidden away at the back of the new LaunchUK prospectus, promoting the UK as a space industry hub.
Forthcoming soon an online course in: “Liberty and the Golden Age of Science Fiction” taught from an American libertarian right perspective. Looks like a bit of horror in there, too, judging by the book covers.
Those who listen to the Tom Woods Show podcast will already know about the school which is offering the course. He has a podcast about it here. Unfortunately it appears that the Liberty Classroom is an all-or-nothing recurring monthly fee, and a curious Brit can’t just buy access to this interesting new sci-fi bit of it and skip all the American history courses.
Silenced : Our War On Free Speech, a new feature-length documentary on free speech in America, available only via Vimeo to Vimeo members.
Launching in a few days, Microsoft’s own science-fiction anthology Future Visions. Leading SF science fiction authors had access to Microsoft’s research labs and scientists, and were inspired to write new…
“visionary stories exploring prediction science, quantum computing, real-time translation, machine learning, and much more.”
Robert J. Sawyer
A short graphic novel by Blue Delliquanti
The movie Tomorrowland is officially released tomorrow, 13th October 2015. It’s released as a Blu-ray and as a Disney Movies Anywhere download with extra deleted scenes.
“The production design is glorious … a triumph of digital world-building.” — Time Out.
“This was the best movie of the decade … My conservative allies who panned this film got the whole point entirely backward.” — bestselling SF author and Nebula Award finalist John C. Wright.
“Tomorrowland is a critical and cultural Rorschach test – tell me what you think of it, and your aesthetics are laid bare.” — cultural critic and art historian James Abbott.
“… enormous fun as it hurtles through space, time, and other dimensions” — The Guardian.
“… a critique of our cultural obsession with destruction and despair … an accessibly compelling philosophical discussion about the nature of self-fulfilling prophecies” — The Scotsman.
“… does something very few big studio summer movies do – it steps out there and says something.” — Sight on Sound.
“… a movie that dares to inspire” — The Verge.
“It’s been so long since I saw a film so lacking in cynicism, to the point that I’d forgotten what it felt like.” — The Register.
“There is no doubt that in years to come, audiences will revisit and claim it to be a cult classic … rarely is cinema this forward-thinking, immersive and immediate.” — HeyUGuys.
Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Defense is to develop hoverbikes. At under $2,000 they’d be much more expendable than helicopters, yet theoretically quieter and less vulnerable to attack. Pretty good for desert missions, I’d imagine. Quite how long they’d fly for, with a beefy soldier on board and without some portable power breakthrough, is another matter.