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Austin Film Festival: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact
The facts of the matter must serve the characters and story
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...While science fiction has become one of the major tentpoles holding up the Hollywood system, it’s not all lasers and aliens when it comes to making a quality sci-fi flick...."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Water wars
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...When the near-future eco-drama The Well screens at the Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival, it will be a homecoming of sorts. After all, if it wasn't for Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock would never have made their debut feature..."

Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin
How local authors who work beyond the world we know meet, connect, and launch themselves into the business
Arts Story  July 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Indeed there was, and had been for years. Brown's arrival coincided with the 20th anniversary of ArmadilloCon, the homegrown annual sci-fi convention that was not just a celebration of the more fantastic genres of literature and one hell of a fannish good time, but somewhere aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror could meet and polish their craft via workshops led by their fellow writers from the local scene..."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Other Worlds Austin film festival debuts; interviews with the directors of Apt 3D and The Well featured
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The inaugural Other Worlds Austin film festival, which is dedicated to the presentation of science-fiction filmmaking, takes place Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec..."

Five Science-Fiction Authors to Scan Darkly
ST 37 captain Scott Telles pulls five notables off the SF bookshelf.
Music Story  July 25, 2008, by S.L. Telles
"...This grand old man of British science fiction and part-time Bastrop resident was the editor of New Worlds, the important late-1960s/early-1970s journal that helped start the careers of J.G. Ballard, Brian Aldiss, Norman Spinrad, Kate Wilhelm, etc...."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Break down the walls
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker


Into The Black Hole at Other Worlds Austin
Director Gary Nelson on Disney's sci-fi epic, returning this weekend
DAILY Screens  December 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...When Disney's groundbreaking science fiction oddity The Black Hole explodes back on the big screen at Other Worlds Austin this weekend, director Gary Nelson will be easy to spot. "I'll be the one with the walker," he said...."

Austin to Visit Other Worlds
New science fiction film festival plans a better tomorrow
DAILY Screens  June 3, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin's calendar is already dripping with film festivals, from the fantastic to the erotic. Now a new strange fruit is bursting forth, with the announcement of the Other Worlds Austin science fiction festival...."

Nebula Over Austin
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honors del Toro, Chabon, Moorcock in Austin
DAILY Screens  April 29, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...The ballroom at the Omni Downtown is a small room to contain a lot of genre-defining authors, but this weekend the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America held their annual Nebula Awards there. From a cinematic view, the big win was Guillermo del Toro for his script for Pan's Labyrinth..."

Gazing Back at Other Worlds Austin
Time Lapse dominates Cthulhie awards, plus festival highlights
DAILY Screens  December 13, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Last weekend's Other Worlds Austin has returned to its home planet, but the inaugural year of the city's first dedicated science fiction film festival leaves the winners of its awards, the Cthulhies, behind on Earth...."

Other Worlds Austin Lights the Embers
Post-apocalyptic drama joins list of Shelley Award nominees
DAILY Screens  November 19, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Science-fiction film festival Other Worlds Austin has filled the final slot of its schedule by announcing that post-apocalyptic drama Embers will be its closing night drama...."

Other Worlds Austin Celebrate Women in SF
Fest announces new award, plus YA opening night film
DAILY Screens  November 2, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Other Worlds Austin was founded last year as a celebration of science-fiction cinema. As the festival announces its first film for its 2015 incarnation, running Dec..."

New Grant at Other Worlds Austin
Dan O'Bannon award to help Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 5, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award honors a genre icon. O'Bannon may not be as famous as, say, John Carpenter or Ridley Scott, but as the writer of Carpenter's cult debut Dark Star and of Scott's revolutionary Alien, plus credits for Lifeforce, Total Recall, and Blue Thunder, plus directing The Return of the Living Dead, his fingerprints are all over Eighties science fiction and horror..."

Nisi Shawl Is Crossing the Streams of Fantastical Fiction
The Tiptree-winning author brings her new alt-history to the ATX
DAILY Arts  September 7, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That is, you can learn such a thing from Nisi Shawl’s novel Everfair – which the author will be presenting as part of the latest iteration of Fantastical Fictions...."

Enter the Domain With Other Worlds Austin
Sci-fi film festival adds world premiere, new score, and award winners
DAILY Screens  November 5, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Festival founder and director Bears Fonte said, "I met Jay in 2012 at a festival so poorly run we had to break into the booth and play our own DVDs. Moreau is one of the most fascinating characters in science fiction and Jay's fantastic period-appropriate score gives us the perfect excuse to re-examine a forgotten gem starring the great Charles Laughton and (of course) Bela Lugosi."..."

Other Worlds Austin Announces Mary Shelley Award Finalists
Shortlist for prize for rising female film talents
DAILY Screens  November 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's hard to imagine either science fiction or horror without Mary Shelley, the creator of fiction's greatest mad scientist, Frankenstein. That's why sci-fi festival Other Worlds Austin has the Mary Shelley award for women genre filmmakers, and the list of this year's finalists is out...."

Other Worlds Austin Has a Time Lapse
All sci-fi film fest announces centerpiece title
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Check your watches: Other Worlds Austin, the city's first ever dedicated science fiction festival, has announced its centerpiece film, chronological conundrum Time Lapse...."

Other Worlds Austin Crosses the Event Horizon
Film fest opens with 20th anniversary of sci-fi/horror classic
DAILY Screens  August 15, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...One night only. Other Worlds Austin, the dedicated science fiction film festival, has announced that they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of beloved hellburner Event Horizon with an opening night gala screening, plus a workshop with scriptwriter Philip Eisner...."

Other Worlds Austin: Reconnoiter
Lo-fi sci-fi busts micro-production expectations
DAILY Screens  December 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...For more on the Other Worlds Austin Science Fiction Film Festival (Dec. 3-5) visit www.otherworldsaustin.com...."

Other Worlds Austin Goes Intergalactic, Intercontinental
Steampunk, time travel, and zombie comedy join the fest
DAILY Screens  November 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Second year, second wave: Other Worlds Austin, Central Texas' dedicated science-fiction film festival, has just added multiple features and shorts to its slate of U.S. and Texas premieres, including drama, comedy, a kid-friendly addition, and a new documentary on steampunk...."

Uncle Staple and Austin’s 13th Annual Independent Media Expo
The weekend of fannish revelry and indie-comics celebration returns
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...[Note: You might also learn, on that site, that your current reporter is moderating a Sunday afternoon panel that features professional horror and science-fiction writers talking about that voodoo that they do. Full disclosure, baby.]..."

Austin and the Whole Life Expo
The Truth Is Waaaaaay Out There
  September 13, 1996, by Bill Crawford
"...Fifty-year-old San Antonio native Whitley Strieber looks as if he should be in the insurance business. Instead, he made a name for himself as an author writing thriller fiction like The Wolfen and The Hunger, both of which were made into movies..."

Citizen Science
The enlightenment of Jeanne Liotta
Screens Story  February 17, 2012, by Sarah Smith
"...... It's like this virtual dreamspace: a little science fiction, a little bit sexy just because it feels so limitless."..."

Point Austin: Rick Perry, Boy Scientist
When it comes to science, the Inquisition's got nothing on the guv
News Column  September 16, 2011, by Michael King
"...The Texas "clemency" process, of course, is largely a sham designed to provide the appearance of constitutionally required review of mitigating circumstances while shielding the governor from direct responsibility for the decisions, shifting it instead to the governor-approved-and-appointed Board of Pardons and Paroles. It's a convenient fiction, allowing everybody to wash their hands of the blood of the condemned...."

The Austin Writers' League Writer's Resource
Books Story  February 16, 1996
"...Another aspect of the League worthy of national attention is its annual Violet Crown Book Awards. Three published books win the $1,000 prizes yearly -- one in the fiction genre, a non-fiction work, and a literary title including poetry and short-story anthologies..."

Five Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
Oh, wait, is this a new list of entertainment options?
DAILY Arts  June 2, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Sick little bearded monkey who knows how to entertain a crowd like he’s some eldritch but adorable combination of H.P. Lovecraft and Louis CK? That’s three for three, weird-fiction lovers – and this local Hilbert’s got a terrific new book about fucked-up-beyond-belief Austin, Invasion of the Weirdos, that he’ll be releasing at BookPeople on Saturday...."

Other Worlds Austin Is Listening
Director Khalil Sullins on telepathy and social media
DAILY Screens  August 27, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...As for the technology, it may seem like near-fantastical science fiction, but as is the nature of the genre, it's an extrapolation from existing electronic reality. Sullins called his machines "a metaphor for our relationship with communication technology in general..."

Austin's Part in Theremin History
Postmarks  July 28, 2008
"...Dear Editor, The article on the theremin in last week’s Science Fiction Issue was good reading [“'Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey',” Music, July 25]. But how many people know that a piece of theremin history happened right here in Austin? This was the release of the first published theremin learner’s manual, Robert B..."

Literacy Austin's Bookfest
Books Story  June 17, 1999
"...photograph by John Anderson Mystery, science fiction, humor, travel, sports, fiction, true crime, poetry, fantasy -- typical signage in a bookstore, but atypical for a storefront in Northcross Mall that used to be The Limited and this weekend will become a two-day bookstore. For the past two months, the volunteers and staff of Literacy Austin have been transforming a space at Northcross Mall from mere storefront to temporary bookstore for their 10th annual BookFest, which every year brings in approximately 25% of Literacy Austin's operating budget..."

There Will Be Substrate Phantoms in Austin on Saturday
SF author Jessica Reisman releases new novel at Malvern Books
DAILY Arts  May 24, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...“I've written science fiction and fantasy since I began writing as a kid,” says the author. “It’s pretty literary, as these things go, which somehow allowed me to get an advanced degree and a couple Michener fellowships writing the stuff..."

Other Worlds Austin Premieres Nathaniel Atcheson’s Domain
Social media meets the apocalypse
Screens Story  December 1, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Explaining the story's genesis, Atcheson said, "It almost sounds like I reverse engineered it." He'd always planned to make science-fiction films, "but sometime around film school, I just decided it was too expensive." Looking for something else, he fell into comedies, but after Herpes Boy, he got serious about making a genre movie – not least because he was afraid of being pigeonholed as a comedy guy. "After Herpes Boy, I got a lot of feedback from people saying, 'You have to pick your genre..."

Austin Collectors Show Off Their Toys
Lights, camera, action figures!
Screens Story  July 28, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Robert Cargill builds armies. In between writing novels (Dreams and Shadows) and screenplays (Sinister), he assembles and paints miniature figures for the epic battles of Warhammer 40K, a hobby he describes as "like cranking Megadeth while watching random snippets of Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties science fiction, while playing a game."..."

Other Worlds Austin: Night of the Living Deb
I Love Lucy meets Shaun of the Dead
DAILY Screens  December 13, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Kickstarter-funded, Portland-set comedy was the perfect light-hearted closer to last weekend's second Other Worlds Austin Science Fiction Film Festival, even if it stretched the definition of sci-fi beyond the breaking point. Instead, it's a giddy, hilarious riff on the zombie romantic comedy...."

Austin Jewish Book Fair: Larry Tye
'Superman' historian reveals Man of Steel's Jewish roots
DAILY Books  November 5, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...It was in that Ohio burg in the depths of the Great Depression that science-fiction fanatic Jerry Siegel and comics-obsessed Joe Shuster famously channeled their adolescent energies into the creation of an original adventure hero. Their strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, as he came to be described on radio and TV, drew inspiration from a host of gods and heroes, both the ancient – Samson, Hercules – and the modern – John Carter, Doc Savage, the protagonist of Philip Wylie's Gladiator – but somehow these two teenagers managed to combine the familiar elements into a red and blue caped package not quite like anything the world had seen before and that seized the American imagination of the time...."

Point Austin: Jobs to Go
The sunny side of the state's assault on social services
News Column  October 21, 2005, by Michael King
"...As it happens, we already have a good idea of the accuracy of the HHSC's financial projections. When it awarded an $85 million contract for the agency's consolidation of payroll and human resources to the Ohio-based Convergys consultants last fall (you gotta love these corporate names, right out of bad science-fiction), the commissioners promised $21.7 million in savings over five years..."

Austin Playwrights
The playwrights of Austin Script Works are continuing to gain ground in their takeover of the American theatre
Arts Story  January 28, 2005
"...Over in Indiana, Sarah Myer, a UT MFA candidate, has won the Bonderman Award for her science-fiction play The Realm. It will be developed and presented in the 2004-2005 Waldo M..."

Austin Ain't Boys' Town
Meet the Most Reverend John McCarthy
News Story  December 27, 1996, by Roseana Auten
"...JM: It's a service, if you're concerned about your kids, given the amount of trash -- did you ever see the movie Pulp Fiction?..."

Poor Grasp of Science Undermines Credibility
Postmarks  July 30, 2008
"...The statement "biggest explosion of … energy the universe had seen since its birth" is quite likely false, but while you continue to use improper units, it's impossible to refute. If you need a science editor, I'm available. When you garble the science so badly, it makes it easier for the pseudo-science to gain credibility. Just one page earlier, in that same issue, Andrea Grimes talked about Don McLeroy, State Board of Education chair, in an article titled "Texas Fiction Science" [News]..."

The Fiction Writer as Futurecaster
Charles Yu is keeping his eye on the robots
Screens Story  March 4, 2011, by Audra Schroeder
"...With IBM's supercomputer Watson winning Jeopardy a few weeks ago, we humans have a right to be a little concerned. Charles Yu's debut meta novel, How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, imagines a world in which we are the minority, and it's up to a time machine repairman (named Charles Yu) to define life in the space-time continuum..."

Page Two: Wonder Stories
The unbound adventures and outrageous duets of a life spent with science fiction
Columns  July 25, 2008, by Louis Black
"...Close childhood friends of mine started reading science fiction shortly after we learned how to read (though it took me an extra 18 months or so to develop that skill), but though I loved Edgar Rice Burroughs and tried to get into the genre, I at first lost interest when it came to its written form. Then, when I was 14 or 15, I broke my arm in three places, ending up in a hospital in Harlem, N.Y., because my doctor attended there..."

Howard Waldrop, Upright & Writing
Five decades into his career, the brilliant science fiction writer still isn’t taking any shortcuts
Arts Story  October 5, 2017, by Elizabeth Banicki
"..."I'm using that in The Moone World [one of Waldrop's tales in progress] because they take sauerkraut to the moon with them to fight scurvy." I'd been soaking in Waldrop's work for a few weeks. I'd ordered his novels Them Bones and The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (a collaboration with fellow science-fiction writer Jake Saunders), which can be found mostly in obscure bookshops in the Northwest..."

Wax, Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
Harder to describe than it is to understand, this new cult favorite combines elements of science fiction, cyberpunk aesthetics, post-industrial moral metaphors, Burroughsian cut-ups technique and post-modern narrative repetition to...
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Film Review  July 16, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: David Blair. Harder to describe than it is to understand, this new cult favorite combines elements of science fiction, cyberpunk aesthetics, post-industrial moral metaphors, Burroughsian cut-ups technique and post-modern narrative repetition to create a computer-manipulated meditation on war and peace..."

A Scanner Darkly
As the title implies, there’s a certain opacity to A Scanner Darkly's cautionary drug tale, but at times Richard Linklater's film can be as naked as the lunch on the end of your fork.
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Film Review  July 7, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s back to the future for Richard Linklater in his animated film version of Philip K. Dick’s 1977 acclaimed novel, A Scanner Darkly, a near-30-year-old work of prescient science fiction, whose film setting is seven years in the future..."

The Cthulhu Humor of William Browning Spencer
Austin author William Browning Spencer finds the lighter side of Lovecraft and other horrors
Arts Story  August 3, 2017, by Mike Berry
"...Once recognizable only to a few fervid fans of dark fantasy literature, the eldritch ways of the Weird Tales author are now familiar to many more consumers of popular culture. Much Lovecraftian fiction is deadly serious, though, as playful and amusing as an Elder God wakened early from a millennia-long catnap..."

The Q&A Hole: What Got You Hooked On the Weird Stuff?
Waiting for the manlike creature with the glowing eyes
DAILY Arts  July 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Compare the joy of reading to a sort of addiction and you can find a gateway drug in there somewhere. (In the case of science fiction, maybe a person’s gateway was even Frederik Pohl’s excellent 1977 novel Gateway.) And since we always like to know where the good stuff is, we invoked our ongoing series to ask this recent gathering of SFF writers:..."

Ernie Cline Gets His Game on With Armada
Novelist Ernie Cline's Eighties arcade love fuels his new sci-fi blockbuster, Armada
Arts Story  July 30, 2015, by Michael Berry
"...Austin-based author Ernest Cline hit the literary jackpot on his first attempt at writing a science fiction novel. Now he's back to play again, hoping to achieve another Top Score with a tale of alien invasion...."

Midnight Special
Is a boy with special gifts a savior or a weapon – or neither?
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Film Review  March 18, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Writer/director Jeff Nichols launches onto the national stage with Midnight Special, his fourth film, which is a studio production. Although it shares much in common with Nichols’ previous three independently made films (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud), Midnight Special finds the Austin-based filmmaker working here in the familiar American genres of chase films and thrillers, and maybe even science fiction..."

Cracking the Nightmare Code
Director Mark Netter on his new techno-horror
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The great science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." For Mark Netter, director of new techno-terror Nightmare Code, we're in an age of technological sorcery..."

LoneStarCon 3: Countdown Commencing
Before this Worldcon in San Antonio, a look at the last one
DAILY Books  August 28, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...On Thursday, the World Science Fiction Convention, which is hosted by a different city each year, returns to Texas for only the third time in 71 years and the first time in 16. The five-day bash in San Antonio is being covered extensively by the Chronicle in print and online..."

Day Watch
The second in a Russian science-fiction trilogy is a fantastic sight to behold, but don't try explaining the plot.
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Film Review  June 15, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valery Zolotukhin, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Victor Verzhbitsky and Dima Martynov. This Russian science-fiction film is the middle work in a planned trilogy of movies based on the novels of Sergei Lukyanenko..."

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