Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, sold the series as a pure entertainment vehicle due to censorship he experienced with previous projects that would delve into controversial social/political issues. The Twilight Zone tackled the same issues but veiled in science fiction and fantasy youtube.com/watch?v=q8sT6…
Whales spouting water out of blowholes is a common error propagated in children's books and movies (the whale would be drowning if it did so). A 2016 scientific survey of children's books featuring whales and cetaceans revealed 74/116 had factual errors, including almost half of the non-fiction. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
The common method for a spacecraft to shift between two orbits is called a Hohmann Transfer, and that the guy who calculated it (in 1925) was inspired by a science fiction book written in 1897, which gave a generally correct explanation of the concept of orbit trajectory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoh…
Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' wasn't originally intended to be presented as a work of fiction. His editor rejected the manuscript believing it would cause widespread panic, given that Jack the ripper was active in London at the time. The version we read starts on page 102 of the original script. time.com/5411826/bram-sto…
Today I learned about the inventor of Cosplay, Myrtle R. Douglas, aka Morojo. A Science Fiction fanzine editor, in 1939 she created costumes, based on an H.G. Wells movie, for her and her boyfriend to wear to the first World Science Fiction Convention. Within several years costumes became integral to Worldcon. racked.com/2016/5/9/11451…
Chinese science fiction writer Chen Qiufan published a short story using paragraphs automatically generated by AI, based on his own writing. That story won him a literary prize in a contest moderated by an AI judge, over Nobel laureate Mo Yan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Well-known crime novelist Patricia Cornwell has written two non-fiction books seeking to show that the famed painter Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Johannes Kepler wrote the world's first genuine science fiction in 1609. The novel advanced a Copernican model of the universe, described gravity decades before Newton, envisioned speech synthesis centuries before computers, and presaged space travel three hundred years before the Moon landing. brainpickings.org/2019/12…
Today I learned of Flesh Gordon, a 1974 American science fiction sex comedy film, serving as an erotic spoof of the Flash Gordon serials. The film features production values comparable to the original serial, and frequent use of gratuitous nudity and brief sex scenes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Danny DeVito played a huge part in getting Pulp Fiction made, including shopping the script around to dozens of studios after Tristar passed on it for being "too violent". faroutmagazine.co.uk/pulp…
The video game Berzerk was named after the "Berzerkers" from the eponymous science fiction series by Fred Saberhagen. Also noted as cause of first recorded death from playing a video game, although this cause of death has been disputed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote over 90,000 letters and postcards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
The 1996 movie Mars Attacks! was based on a science fiction-themed trading card series of the same name released in 1962 by Topps wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_A…
Eric Idle, of Monty Python, wrote a science fiction novel about a robot trying to understand human comedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
While recording their Discovery Album, band Daft Punk had an idea for a movie involving "the merging of science fiction with entertainment industry culture". This was pitched to anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, and they turned it into the movie Interstella 5555. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
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…
Writer Isaac Asimov and Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry died with six months of each other. Asimov helped saved Star Trek from cancellation by writing a fan letter to TV Guide saying it was a "fresh and intellectually challenging science fiction television show". His daughter was a fan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
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…
Ursula K. LeGuin quit her membership to the Science Fiction Writers of America and refused a Nebula award nomination in protest after they revoked the honorary membership of Stanislaw Lem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
"Plan 9 From Outer Space," sometimes called "the worst movie of all time," was funded by the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills. The plan was to make a cheap science-fiction movie then invest the profits in a religious film. thedissolve.com/features/…
The guy who figured out the atom bomb was inspired by HG Welles infintely exploding bomb from his science fiction book "The World Set Free" bbc.com/news/magazine-333…
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…
After Pulp Fiction had finished filming, the 1964 Chevy Malibu driven by Vincent Vega (and owned by Quentin Tarantino) was stolen. It was found twenty years later when police discovered kids stripping the car for parts. birthmoviesdeath.com/2015…
The 2006 Saturn Awards [Science Fiction] were dominated by Superman projects. The 1950s Adventures of Superman series won best Retro TV DVD release. Superman Returns won 5/10 awards. S2: The Richard Donner Cut won best Special Edition. Ben Affleck got best supporting actor for Hollywoodland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33r…
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, is credited as having the first piece of dystopian fiction published. However, it is debated among literary critics whether The Last Man can be classed as a dystopian novel as it excludes political themes of repression and totalitarianism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ursula K. Le Guin was a famous science fiction writer and poet. Her father was A. L. Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist, who studied Native Americans in California. One of his most recognized works involved a man that he had named Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
"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/…
The book "Fifty Shades of Grey" originally began as Twilight fan fiction named "Master of the Universe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
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…
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…
In "Pulp Fiction", Fuck is said 265 times. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a non-fiction calling out King Leopold's abuses conandoyleinfo.com/doyles…
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…
The term "does not compute" originated as a catch phrase on the 1964 science fiction sitcom "My Living Doll" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
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…
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…
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…

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