Bates Recital Hall
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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'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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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 was founded last year as a celebration of science-fiction cinema. As the festival announces its first film for its 2015 incarnation, running Dec..."
"...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..."
"..."There's so much you can do with mystery," says Cedeño, nodding in agreement, "mixing it with other genres – with science fiction or fantasy." Cedeño's The Walls Can Talk, for instance, features a sort of ghostbusting detective crew called Bad Vibes Removal Services. "I like to look at why people commit crime," she says..."
"...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...."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...Check your watches: Other Worlds Austin, the city's first ever dedicated science fiction festival, has announced its centerpiece film, chronological conundrum Time Lapse...."
"...[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.]..."
"...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...."
"...For more on the Other Worlds Austin Science Fiction Film Festival (Dec. 3-5) visit www.otherworldsaustin.com...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...... It's like this virtual dreamspace: a little science fiction, a little bit sexy just because it feels so limitless."..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Before the film receives its Texas premiere on Wednesday, May 23, courtesy of science fiction film festival Other Worlds Austin's year-round programming, Mäkilaakso talked beasts, mayhem, and resurrecting a point-and-click action classic...."
"...6-9: Other Worlds Austin The area's only dedicated science-fiction festival, with premieres and retrospectives. www.otherworldsaustin.com..."
"...“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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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]..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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:..."
"...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...."
"...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..."