Welcome to day 2 of Sci-Friday. Hey, it’s always Friday somewhere. Or… let’s just go with that.
For we antipodeans, it’s also Pokemon X and Y release day. I had a two hour round trip this morning to pick up my copy of X. And my gosh, it’s so much fun. I can’t decide what to do first. Super training, or battling, or exploring, or collecting, or just getting through as much of the game as soon as possible? Loooooving it.
But that’s neither here nor there. Today we’re celebrating all things modern sci fi. There are stacks of links to different things, some fantastic short fiction (Clarity is completely addicting, be warned), music, art, cocktails, and even a very strange visual novel. While you’re around, be sure to enter the contest to win a bundle of classic sci-fi books, and remember! The future is always one second from now. Reach for it at your leisure.
In the meantime, enjoy.
While I do have a few playlists planned as well, make sure you listen to this particular track first, to make sure your head is firmly in the stars and your feet firmly in the 80s.
You may not have heard of any of the following series, let alone the music produced for them. But there is no better when settling into some cyberpunk/ modern science fiction.
First, the wonderful piece used as giant mech battle drama Neon Genesis: Evangelion’s ending theme, a cover of the Frank Sinatra version: Fly Me to the Moon.
Second, the super suave space opera Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack is some hella catchy jazz.
Lastly, the original soundtrack for the cyberpunk story which brought anime to the West: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.
If you’re still hungry for more, why not try playing Skrillex and Aural Vampire at the same time? Or simply using a drill to remove your earwax.
It’s the end of the world. Society is collapsing in on itself. The sun is about to hit another sun. Everybody you ever loved is dead, and the only thing keeping you from joining them is your desperate, desperate thirst, a pitcher of ice, and unlimited access to a liquor store (don’t mind the broken glass on the floor). What can you do, but party?
Not all of these drinks have apocalyptic names, but I promise, they’re good.
1/8 pint vodka
2 drops grenadine syrup
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:
3/4 oz vodka
1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1/2 oz bourbon whisky
1 oz white creme de menthe
3/4 oz peach liqueur
2 oz hot chocolate
*Note: you can make a tasty non-alcoholic version of this by combining all the alcohol in coffee mug, then tipping it down the sink and enjoying a hot chocolate.
1/2 oz creme de cassis
2 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
3 – 6 oz lemonade
1 tbsp brown sugar
Now it’s time for our grand feature for this evening – the fiction.
Sci fi has come a long way since the Golden Age, with our Cold War fears fading away to be replaced by the seeming fright of our own neighbours, and especially our kids, which ushered in the cyberpunk era. As Robocop brought the punks under control, we looked to our governments, and distrusted them instead.
But even our skepticism of the government has faded over the last decade. It’s not that we like the government any better, not that we trust them; it’s simply that even the most powerful world governments are very rapidly becoming the smaller fish in the pond. The big fish? Why, that would be the corporations, of course. Their weapon? Advertising.
As the list of corporations whose revenue shadows that of countries grows by the year, science fiction, modern and otherwise, threatens to become less fiction, and far more reality.
Building on exactly that is Muad’Libs, with a short but intense jaunt into the very near future – Viral Marketing.
Sparr0ww’s short story could almost be the prequel to Viral Marketing, although it touches on a whole different range of questions – AMB3R.
And prepare yourself to be addicted: Anna Herlihy’s weekly serial promises to be a future classic – Clarity.
Our last feature for today is an interactive novel called Dreamspace. It won’t take you long to go through, but take the time to do it. Dreamspace is part Matrix, part Blood Dragon, part Contra. Navigate the story by clicking. And warning! It’s a little intense.
That’s it from me today. Join us again tomorrow for the last day in the feature, where we’ll be examining the hardened heart of science fiction – that is, hard sci fi. Cue music.
😉 and me today, too;
Posted on October 12, 2013, in Art and tagged android, apocalypse, armageddon, art, blood dragon, bubblegum crisis, cocktail cocktail recipes, cowboy bebop, cyberpunk, cyborg, drinking, evangelion, far cry 3, fiction, fly me to the moon, mech, midori sour, mojito diablo, motor oil, neon genesis, rex power colt, robot, robot cocktail four horsemen cocktail, sci fi, science fiction, serial fiction, short story, writing, yoko kanno. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.