Friday, March 05, 2010

Ultraterrestrial Deconstructions: The Othernet


Well, a lot of you have seen the BBC Superpowers promo by now. It's fascinating not only on the face of it - meaning the alien subtext - but also in that it implies a separation of the human race between those who use the Internet and those who don't. 

There's a powerful yet unspoken posthuman subtext, but also a kind of techno-utopianism that I thought went out with the Quadra. But the spot also caught my eye since it seems to have been inspired by The Outer Limits, particularly the second series, which aired on Showtime in the 90s.

John C. Lilly and Extreme Psychonautics

John Cunningham Lilly was the inspiration for the book and film Altered States, which we've looked at in great depth in the Alien Dreaming and the Widening Gyre series. Here he talks with Jeffrey Mishlove, who also interviewed Michael Talbot on the holographic universe theory.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Secret Star Trek: The Prime Suggestive


In between the BSG, Caprica, and Fringe the missus and I have been geeking out on the Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns on SyFy (I've actually been sneaking/geeking in some SG:A too). Yes, we both hate adulthood. And consensus reality. 

Monday, March 01, 2010

Torchwood: (Suffer the) Children of Earth

Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of the most intense, jarring, unsettling and flat-out gutpunching television productions in recent memory. 

It's also one of the most important works of science fiction of our time. If you haven't watched it yet, you really should. Like, right away.