Contrary to its clichΓ©d use in crime fiction, it takes at least five minutes of inhaling an item soaked in chloroform to render a person unconscious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption opened on the same date of October 14, 1994. Both were nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Pulp Fiction winning for Best Original Screenplay. Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are in the top ten in IMDb’s top 250 movies mauiwatch.com/2019/10/a-r…
The 1999 film "The Iron Giant" is based on a 1968 science fiction novel by poet Ted Hughes, written to comfort his children after the suicide of their mother, fellow poet and his wife Sylvia Plath. theguardian.com/culture/1…
, Big Kahuna Burger is a fictional chain of Hawaiian-themed fast-food restaurants that has appeared in films by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, including Death Proof, Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, and Reservoir Dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
With Aliens (1986), Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and although she did not win, it was considered a landmark nomination for an actress to be considered for a science-fiction/horror film, a genre which previously was given little recognition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Looking Backward: 2000-1887, an 1888 science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy that predicted debit cards, streaming music and CostCo. The bestseller was so popular that a network of 'Bellamy Clubs' sprung up to make Bellamy's vision a reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
In "Pulp Fiction", Fuck is said 265 times. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The book "Fifty Shades of Grey" originally began as Twilight fan fiction named "Master of the Universe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
"Backpack nukes" weren't spy novel fiction. A veteran trained in the 60s to use one-person-portable nuclear weapons said β€œWe all knew it was a one-way mission, a suicide mission,” since one couldn't get away in time and also such bombs weren't expected to be left unguarded before exploding. greenbaypressgazette.com/…
Omni Magazine was an influential publication that ran from 1978 to 1995. Created by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and wife Kathy Keeton, it featured interviews with scientists such as Freeman Dyson, art from H.R. Giger and Chris Foss, and original fiction from authors such as Isaac Asimov theverge.com/2017/6/2/157…
In Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, the satellite craft shown in space immediately following "The Dawn of Man" sequence, were originally conceived as orbiting nuclear weapons. You can still see "power" nation flags on their detailing. crypticphilosopher.com/20…
Battlefield Earth, a 1982 science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has been praised by numerous fantasy and science fiction authors, among them Neil Gaiman, Frederik Pohl, and Kevin J. Anderson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In the original Pulp Fiction script, Vincent actually shoots Marvin in the throat first - then he and Jules have an entire argument over what to do next while Marvin gurgles & listens in horror scriptslug.com/script/pul…
The guy who played Marvin in 'Pulp Fiction' (Phil LaMarr) is the voice actor for Hermes Conrad in 'Futurama', Ollie Williams in 'Family Guy', Green Lantern in 'Justice League' and over 250 other characters. greatbigstory.com/stories…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
Bronagh Gallagher wore the Irish band The Frames t shirt in the OD scene in Pulp Fiction having previous acted with the lead singer in the movie The Committments en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In China, Harry Potter fan fiction is used as a cultural and educational tool between Western and Chinese cultures. There are a number of "fake" Harry Potter books in China, which address concepts and issues found in Chinese culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Today I learned of Airport Novels. Originally designed for railway travellers, they are fast paced boilerplate fiction novels mostly sold at airports, read for pace and plot not elegance of phrasing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a non-fiction calling out King Leopold's abuses conandoyleinfo.com/doyles…
Despite being a popular trope in crime fiction, it's basically impossible to quickly incapacitate someone with a chloroform-soaked rag. It generally takes about 5 minutes of inhaling the substance to render someone unconscious wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloro…
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oral…
Mark Hamill visited a dying fan in the hospital and answered every question as Luke Skywalker because the fan couldn't tell reality from fiction anymore. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Michael Bay's science fiction film "Armageddon" received the prestigious Criterion Collection treatment, dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world. criterion.com/films/578-a…
The term "does not compute" originated as a catch phrase on the 1964 science fiction sitcom "My Living Doll" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Daft Punk produced Interstella 5555 which is a 2003 adult animated musical science fiction film and the visual realization of Discovery youtu.be/3Qxe-QOp_-s
When David Lynch signed up for Dune (1984) he agreed to direct and write the screenplay, though he had not read the book, known the story, or even been interested in science fiction. Lynch worked on the script for six months yielding two drafts & subsequently worked on five more drafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Spielburg thought the 5 notes used to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a science fiction version of "When you wish upon a star" and included that song in the end credits, which was pulled when test audiences reacted poorly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Romance novelist Danielle Steel wrote one science fiction novel, which was still a romance but with a clone daniellesteel.com/blog/th…
The Co-creator of Bill and Ted, Chris Matheson, is the son of Science Fiction legend, Richard Matheson who wrote many books including I Am Legend. youtu.be/cgGNBPIk3q8?t=65…
The telephone numbers in the range 555-0100 through 555-0199 are specifically reserved for fictional use. This is done in order to prevent practical jokers and curious callers from bothering telephone subscribers and organizations by calling telephone numbers they see in works of fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555…
Today I learned about the sci-fi novel "Across the Zodiac" by Percy Greg published in 1880, notable for being the first instance of an alien language in an English novel, the first recorded instance of "astronaut", and the progenitor of the "sword-and-planet" genre of science fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Today I learned of the Bulwer-Lyton fiction contest, in which entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" bulwer-lytton.com/
The 1998 science fiction film "Soldier" starring Kurt Russell was meant to share a universe with "Blade Runner" and has oblique references to it and stories by Philip K. Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
In the movie Twister, the Dorothy unit shown in the film was not complete science fiction but based on NOAA's real TOTO unit, and the film props are now displayed with the real device at the National Weather Center. noaa.gov/stories/noaa-tor…
Kurt Cobain was originally going to play Lance the drug dealer in Pulp Fiction indiewire.com/2011/05/did…
A statistician spent years writing a science fiction novel to teach university statistics. Even though he didn't know anything about writing fiction, he got an illustrator to create graphic novel strips for his story which contained the equivalent of 60 research papers discoveringstatistics.com…
The Mecha genre of science fiction was founded in Japan. The first depiction of Mecha Super Robots being piloted by a user from within a cockpit was introduced in the manga and anime series Mazinger Z by Go Nagai in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
The actor who played Marvin in Pulp Fiction is the voice of Herme's from Futurama, Samurai Jack & more! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The first ever science fiction novel, 'A True Story' was written in the second century AD. The novel includes travel to the outer space, flying to the Moon, alien lifeforms, interplanetary warfare and continents across the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
The reason most films end with the β€œThis is a work of fiction [...]” disclaimer is a 1933 Rasputin biopic. The prince responsible for his murder sued the studio, claiming that the production did not accurately depict the murder slate.com/culture/2016/08…
Troy, a talking cube from the syndicated 80s science fiction sitcom "Out Of This World" was voiced by Burt Reynolds uncredited, with the item being credit as playing "himself". syfy.com/syfywire/chosen-…
Today I learned about Alice Guy-BlachΓ©, the first female film director, one of the first directors of a narrative fiction film, and the director of the first film with an all-African-American cast. After she retired, she tried to rectify her absence from the historical record and get credit for her works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned about the bulwar lytton bad fiction contest, a contest for cursed comments bulwer-lytton.com/
Today I learned of Mr. Skygack, from Mars. Running from 1907 to 1911, it is considered to be the first science-fiction comic, featuring the first extraterrestrial character in comics history. It also inspired the first cosplay, where a man wore a Mr. Skygack costume to a masquerade in 1908. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The basic rules for turn-based strategy games (both tabletop and videogames) were originally invented in 1913 by science fiction writer HG Wells kotaku.com/hg-wells-pract…
The grisly scene in Pulp Fiction where Travolta jams a needle into Uma Thurman's chest to try to revive her from her overdose was actually filmed backwards. mercurynews.com/2019/05/2…
Unlike most other science fictions shows, the space scenes in the show β€˜Firefly’ were done silently, because sound cannot be transmitted in the vacuum of space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
There's a 1971 essay written by science fiction author Larry Niven where he explains, in great detail, why having sex with Superman would almost certainly kill Lois. This essay is believed to inspire certain scenes in the infamous comic series, "The Boys" syfy.com/syfywire/the-boy…
"The China Syndrome", a 1979 movie about a nuclear power plant disaster, was dismissed by the nuclear power industry as being "sheer fiction". Twelve days after the film was released, the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station experienced a partial meltdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Douglas Adams' BBC radio play for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy included "The Total Perspective Vortex", some of the earliest concepts for Virtual Reality that ever appeared in science fiction. hitchhikers.fandom.com/wi…
In an interview on the set of Pulp Fiction, Bruce Willis predicts that in 5 years some kids would make a movie filmed exclusively on camcorders with poor lighting and a micro budget that would be a huge hit. 5 years after Pulp Fiction came out The Blair Witch Project was released. youtube.com/watch?v=rkuE3…
Danny Devito was an executive producer for Pulp Fiction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The briefcase in Pulp Fiction originally contained diamonds but that was deemed too predictable so it was decided that the contents were never to be seen. This way each audience member would fill in the blank with their own contents. snopes.com/fact-check/wha…
Five years before Superman was created there was a pulp fiction Superhero called 'Doc Savage'. He was known as 'The Man of Bronze,' and had a 'Fortress of Solitude ' in the Arctic. He had superhuman powers, though was not an alien. He was known as a Super Man, oh and his name was Clark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
The disclaimer that now appears at the end of every American film, (β€œThe preceding was a work of fiction, any similarity to a living person etc.”) first appeared because Rasputin’s assassin Felix Yusupov successfully sued MGM for libel against his wife in the movie β€œRasputin and the Empress” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen; he was told Mercury died in the middle of the film. Impressed, he thought they meant a non-linear story structure like Pulp Fiction but realized the second half would be how the band β€œcarried on.” rollingstone.com/movies/n…
The 1950s are known as "The Golden Age of Science Fiction Films," although many of these films are known today as β€œB” rated movies. They are riddled with corny dialogue, poor screenplays, bad acting, and amateurish production values vocal.media/futurism/top-…
The famous science fiction novel The War of the Worlds inspired engineer Robert H. Goddard to invent the liquid fuel rocket and multistage rocket, making the Apollo moon landings possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Danny DeVito is an accomplished movie and TV producer. Through his company Jersey Films, he has helped produce Pulp Fiction, Erin Brokovich, Garden State, Get Shorty, and the television show Reno 911! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Diabetes UK, one of the major UK diabetes charities, was founded by science fiction writer HG Wells. diabetes.org.uk/About_us/…
Today I learned about the surviving 2nd century Roman novel A True Story written by Lucian of Samosata. It is regarded as one of the first ever works of science fiction ever written and it features explorers flying to the moon, first contact with aliens, an interstellar war and the discovery of a new continent. zmescience.com/other/feat…
Samuel L. Jackson’s famous role in Pulp Fiction was written specifically for him, as Quentin Tarantino wanted to work with him after he auditioned for Reservoir Dogs but didn’t get the part. youtu.be/OyHxYRtKeM0
Danny DeVito was an executive producer on "Pulp Fiction" and played a significant part in getting the movie made vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
"A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth is one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language, with 1,349 pages and 591,552 words. Reviewers frequently compared it to Tolstoy's War and Peace, as well as to fictions by classic British novelists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
"Pulp Fiction" was originally rejected by TriStar, with them saying "This is the worst thing ever written. It makes no sense. Someone's dead and then they're alive. It's too long, violent, and unfilmable." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pul…
Misirlou - the song that plays in the opening to Pulp Fiction - is based off an old Mediterranean folk song about the forbidden love with an Egyptian girl npr.org/2019/03/18/704329…
Science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson wrote twelve novels when he was a university student, all unpublished. He was also roommates with Ken Jennings, who nearly 10 years later became famous during his 74-game win streak on the American game show Jeopardy! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Today I learned about "A True Story", the first sci-fi novel written by a Greek-speaking Syrian in the 2nd century AD. This satire is the earliest known work of fiction to include travel to outer space, alien lifeforms, and interplanetary warfare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
The Godfather movies are based on several real-life people and stories, thereby blurring the lines between what is fact, and what is fiction in terms of what made it to the big screen. amc.com/shows/the-making-…
Today I learned about The Man in the Moone, a 1638 novel that is considered by some to be one of the first works of science fiction. In it, a Spaniard ends up on the moon after fleeing Spain and harnessing some wild swans who fly him up to it. He then meets the β€œLunars”-a people who inhabit the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Pringles are not truly a potato chip but a "potato crisp" as they are made from a dough and fried. The can was developed by a engineer who wrote Fantasy Fiction and used a super computer to assure the shape and size of the can for minimum breakage on movement. snackhistory.com/pringles
When Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery won Best Original Screenplay for 'Pulp Fiction' at the Oscars, Avery paid a camera man $500 to not capture Tarantino's reaction to winning. To date, when watching a clip of the win, the screen briefly goes black when Tarantino's name is called. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Before casting John Travolta as Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction", Quentin Tarantino invited him to his apartment (which was the same exact apartment Travolta lived in when he first got his start) to play a vintage "Welcome Back Kotter" board game. etonline.com/movies/14084…
50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan-fiction. But after criticism that they were too provocative for the fan sites E.L. James decided to remove the vampire elements and publish them as a book. The book would go on to sell 125 million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
Christopher Booker shows that basically all stories in fiction can be generalized into seven basic plot types. He worked on his book "the Seven Basic Plots" for 34 years before releasing it. telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
H.G. Wells' The Time Machine was published in 1895 and generally credited for popularizing of time travel. It led to 3 films, 2 TV series, multiple comics, and indirectly inspired many works of fiction using time travel as its vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In a documentary about himself, Steven Prince, the actor who played Taxi Driver's Easy Andy, talked of injecting adrenaline into the heart of an overdosing woman. Quentin Tarantino used the story in Pulp Fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
A book claiming "Koreans have less morals than the beasts and birds" sold over 470,000 copies in Japan and became the best-selling non-fiction title in 2017. koreaboo.com/stories/anti…
One of the best selling children's books of all time in America is a historical fiction about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen, Denmark, during World War II. There is also a play adaptation of the novel with over 250 productions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
There’s a fiction-based religion called Snapeism which has Snapewives or Snapeists who channel Snape (from Harry Potter), are in romantic relationships with him, and use him as a guide for their daily lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
According to Bowker’s Books in Print, there were 2,714,409 new books printed in English in 2015. Of these, just 221,597 (8.2%) were classified as fiction litlab.stanford.edu/how-m…
The Bechdel test, a measure of the representation of women in fiction which asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bec…
"Mrs Spring Fragrance" by Chinese-British-Canadian-American writer Edith Maude Eaton in 1912, was the earliest book of fiction by an author of mixed Chinese and white descent. The stories reflect the struggles and joys in the daily lives of Chinese families in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
The guy who says "Arby's – we have the meats" is Ving Rhames AKA Marsellus Wallace from Pulp Fiction sbnation.com/lookit/2017/…
Today I learned about the Mako Mori, a test for evaluating works of fiction by whether they have at least one female character who has her own narrative arc which does not exist to support the narrative arc of a male character. dailydot.com/parsec/fando…
J.K. Rowling published several crime fiction books under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith." The books topped the national and international bestseller lists and have been adapted for television. robert-galbraith.com/abou…
Margot Robbie initially thought the script for I, Tonya was fiction. She wasn't aware of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan or anything to do with the knee-bashing incident. Since there was no one who could match Tonya's skating technique they had to handle it with visual effects vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Today I learned of DuMont Television, one of the founding networks of American television. It has mostly been forgotten because in 1975 their entire archive was destroyed. DuMont were the first to create a science fiction TV show (1949) and the first to make a show with an asian actor in the lead role (1951). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuM…
Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Dim Mak, or death touch, is widely thought to be fiction, with one major exception. The lethal disruption of heart rhythm that occurs as a result of a blow to the area directly over the heart causing death by cardiac arrest is known as "Commotio cordis." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
The serial killer Harvey Glatman was presenting himself as a photographer for pulp fiction magazines to find his victims and take photos of them tied before they even knew that they were kidnapped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Sid Haig (Captain Spaulding in The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 corpses, 3 from Hell) was offered the role of Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction, but turned down the offer due to the shooting script, and short time filming in locales. He later regretted the decision. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Ha…
"Fifty Shades of Grey" started out as fan-fiction of the "Twilight" series. newsweek.com/el-james-fif…
"Salvage 1" was a 1979 ABC science fiction series starring Andy Griffith as a salvage expert whose goal was to build a rocket from a semi-trailer and concrete mixer, fly to the moon and collect leftover Apollo hardware and bring it back to Earth and sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
In October 1994, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King and Jurassic Park were all in theaters at the same time. boxofficemojo.com/weekend…
In 1973 there was an attempt at a Canadian Science fiction series written by Harlan Ellison Called, The Starlost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Science-fiction author Isaac Asimov was terrified of flying and only travelled by plane twice in his life. stason.org/TULARC/educati…
The infamous "It's a UNIX system! I know this!" scene from 1993's Jurassic Park is not far from fiction. The three-dimensional interface was actually a real, albeit infinished, application by Silicon Graphics (for UNIX of course) and not an unrealistic mockup, contrary to popular belief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.