Foundation’s Fear

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{4.5/5} “Hari felt in his soul that unpredictability was bad — for humanity, for his mathematics. But it was inescapable. This was the secret the Emperor and others must never know. That until he could rule chaos — or at least peer into it — psychohistory was a fraud.” Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford, published […]

Fuzzy Nation

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{4.5/5} “He paused at the cabin door and pointed to Baby Fuzzy, who now appeared to be dozing lightly. ‘If that is a person, then this becomes a Class Three-a planet — a planet with native sapient life — and Zara Corp’s E and E charter is suspended… No more mining, no more drilling, no […]

How to Stop Time

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{5/5} “For years now I had convinced myself that the sadness of the memories weighed more and lasted longer than the moments of happiness themselves. So I had, though some crude emotional mathematics, decided it was better not to seek out love or companionship or even friendship. ” How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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{3.5/5} “Does ‘phone’ mean something different in the future?” Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, released in 2017 Four high school kids in detention come across a Jumanji video game. When they start to play it they’re sucked into the world of the game. They don’t look like themselves any more — they look like the […]

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

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{4.5/5} “During this period, the only personal connections I relied on were with Spock and McCoy. McCoy and I went back far enough that our friendship was like old leather. Spock’s friendship was different; because of his devotion to Vulcan principles, it never felt close, and he never required emotional support from me. But I […]

Forward the Foundation

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{4.5/5} “When I first began my work on psychohistory, it seemed a purely academic piece of research to me… But the decades pass and we know more and more and then comes the terrible urge to apply it.” Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1993 Hari Seldon is working away on psychohistory on […]

The Shape of Water

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{5/5} “I butter the man’s toast a lot.” The Shape of Water, released in 2017 Elisa is mute, and works with her friend Zelda cleaning at some facility. At her apartment, Elisa spends a fair about of time with her neighbour Giles, who’s an artist. Elisa discovers an amphibious creature being held captive at work […]

Prelude to Foundation

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{4.5/5} “People think that because there are no rebellions at the moment and because things are quiet that all is well and that the difficulties of the past few centuries are over. However, political infighting, rebellions, and unrest are all signs of a certain vitality too. But now there’s a general weariness. It’s quiet, not […]

Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special

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{5/5} “The only thing that would make our lives better is if we had our own comedy special.” Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special, aired in 2016 Garfunkel and Oates would like to have a TV special. They decide to put on a show that will function as a fundraiser — if they make […]

The X-Files (season 11)

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{3.5/5} “I’ll always be around, Scully, offering bulletproof theories of genius that you fail to assail with your inadequate rationality.” The X-Files season 11, aired in 2018 Scully has a seizure. She has visions of the Cigarette Smoking Man and his plan to use a plague to wipe out most of humanity, including Mulder. She […]