Cool stuff for Friday

Ok folks, here’s a few things I noticed this week, and thought I should pass them along:

Bikini Girls vs. Dinosaurs

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If the video embed isn’t showing up, click the link. Because this trailer is just as silly as the title sounds. From the brilliant mind of Kenneth Barker comes a Sci Fi comedy that puts the fun back into the Cretaceous period! Give the trailer a watch and stay tuned for more on the movie. You can follow Kenneth on twitter, @KennethBarker1, and for updates on the movie: https://www.facebook.com/BGvDmovie

Otherworld

It was free earlier this week (I snagged it right before it went up) and as of this post it is $2.51. I haven’t read any of Jared Wilson’s fiction, but his non fiction is well written material. Give it a chance, I’ll post a review soon enough.

Survival Slingshot

This thing is awesome. Whether you want to survive the zombie apocalypse or just survive in the woods, this thing looks like something straight out of a horror graphic novel.

Check it out here: http://www.coolthings.com/survival-slingshot-archer/

South Pole Sunset

courtesyi.kinja-img.com

Here’s a great pic from io9.com. The article is here:

http://io9.com/heres-what-sunset-looks-like-from-the-south-pole-1547485324

Ocellated Turkey

These things are just cool.

The Science of Fiction

Fiction in general is rampant throughout this world. It is a byproduct of our storied nature; we must tell stories. Everyone tells stories, whether relating a memory, or making something completely from scratch. What I find interesting, is that most stories fit into certain veins, yet they go their own direction once there.

Sci Fi is more like a major artery with veins that go in every direction. There are countless genres and sub-genres as well, making the craft of writing Sci Fi akin to weaving a tapestry, or making up the intricate pattern of a birds plumage.

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(this is the plumage from a Rio Grande turkey I harvested this past winter. The details in these birds feathers is astounding. Great camouflage.)

But what makes it so interesting?

1. All of the sub genres

Sci Fi covers everything from Earth ravaged in war to space ships reaching the far edges of the universe. There’s a lot of space in between, and anything goes. I’m still waiting for a cyberpunk-alien invasion-space opera to be written.

2. The intricacy

Everything within Sci Fi has little nuances that make it what it is. There are usually no trolls in cyberpunk, FTL ships don’t have traffic signals, and steam engines run on steam. These tiny things fit different Sci Fi into a certain niche, making the experience whole.

3. Rules are made to be broken

As in point #1, rules are made to be broken. Replacing a nuance with a glaring anachronism (or something like that) is what makes some Sci Fi great. Like how Back to the Future replaced Victorian England with the California 1980’s. Sometimes blurring lines can make the contrast even sharper.