Posts by Claire L. Evans

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    Ben Franklin Goes to ‘Transformers’: A Thought Experiment

    Would a man from another time — not just any man, Benjamin Franklin — be able to process ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ as information? Or will the whirling, individually articulated infinitudes of transforming metal register solely as a loud and horrific blur, a nightmare beyond mortal comprehension?

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    Gods and Monsters: Why Godzilla Is Still King

    The craggy lizard foot forces a vital, essentially spiritual, perspective shift: We are not the masters of the world.

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    Personal Voyages and Space-time Odysseys: Rethinking 'Cosmos' for 2014

    If there’s one thing Carl Sagan’s original ‘Cosmos’ taught viewers, it’s that science is always an unfinished project: a daisy chain of curiosity that spans the ages. Maybe we should think of ‘Cosmos’ not as a TV show, but as a version of that process, one that each generation gets a pass at.

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    All Man, All Machine, All Cop: The Enhanced Personhood of ‘RoboCop’

    Is Alex Murphy a cop dreaming that he is a robot, or is he a robot that only dreamed it was a cop?

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    A 'Flowers for Algernon' for the Digital Age

    On Spike Jonze’s ‘Her.’

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    The Year in Sci-Fi: Under — and Out of — the Tech Dome

    While taking out the trash last month, I passed a beetle hovering in the air. It was big, the size of an avocado pit, and had the chitinous, iridescent hide of a museum specimen. There was something about the way it hung there, almost immobile, the thick buzz of its wings: I immediately took it […]

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    Underselling the Overview: Gravity and Lowercase-'s' Space

    The Futurist is a periodic dispatch from the front lines of tomorrow — a gleefully wigged-out examination of science, science fiction, technology, culture, and all their lunatic fringes. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, we will think the unthinkable, do the undoable, and eff the ineffable. In the mid-1970s, the U.S. State Department prohibited the internal use […]

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    Big Smart Objects: Drone Culture and Elysium

    The Futurist is a periodic dispatch from the front lines of tomorrow — a gleefully wigged-out examination of science, science fiction, technology, culture, and all their lunatic fringes. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, we will think the unthinkable, do the undoable, and eff the ineffable. In the canonical 1970 Richard Matheson science fiction story, Button, Button, […]

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    Staying Ride-or-Die for Sci-Fi in a Game of Thrones World

    The Futurist is a new, periodic dispatch from the front lines of tomorrow — a gleefully wigged-out examination of science, science fiction, technology, culture — and all their lunatic fringes. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, we will think the unthinkable, do the undoable, and eff the ineffable. Season 3 of Game of Thrones is over, and I’m going […]

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    Songs of the Week: With Special Guest Claire L. Evans of YACHT

    This week we’re handing the Songs of the Week mic over to Claire L. Evans, sci-fi sage, sometime model, and one half of the conceptual pop group YACHT. Those of you in the Los Angeles area can catch them this weekend headlining at the Santa Monica Pier for 98.7’s All Bands on Deck! show, and […]

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