Science Fiction – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 01:35:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://key-pax.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/key-pax-icon-150x150.png Science Fiction – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ 32 32 10 Sci-Fi Movie Endings So Bad They Ruined The Movie, According To Reddit https://key-pax.com/10-sci-fi-movie-endings-so-bad-they-ruined-the-movie-according-to-reddit/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 01:35:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/10-sci-fi-movie-endings-so-bad-they-ruined-the-movie-according-to-reddit/

Some sci-fi movies like Everything everywhere all at once deserve praise for their overall quality, but other sci-fi movies haven’t quite made the landing. Movie history is littered with great sci-fi movies that dropped the ball when it came to their endings.

Whether it’s big budget remakes like War of the Worlds or epic franchise episodes such as Alien: Alliance, many sci-fi movies had fans on the hook until it was time to wrap things up. While a lot of sci-fi suffers from bad endings, Reddit users have taken to the site to discuss the ending so terrible it ruined the whole movie.

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Lucia (2014)


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In order to enjoy science fiction, viewers must suspend their disbelief to accept certain fantastical concepts. However, user gvondra thought ending a movie took things too far, writing “Lucy. The whole movie requires maximum suspension of disbelief. But the shallow sophomore ending destroys everything.”

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Scarlett Johansson’s vehicle was silly and fun, but many viewers felt the finale was asking too much of the audience when it came to suspending disbelief. Basing the film on the “10% of the brains” mythos meant that things weren’t necessarily going to represent reality, but the film’s supposed transcendence ending belittled the thrilling action the film had provided up to that point.


Star Trek: Generations (1994)


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Make meaningful moves in a beloved franchise like star trek is risky, and Star Trek: Generations presented a turning point in the canon. User Theinspector3000 was downright disgusted with the film, writing of the film, “What he did to Kirk after a respectable bow in… The unknown country makes me despise him”.

Killing the beloved Captain Kirk could have been handled with finesse and gravity appropriate for the character. However, Generations did no such thing and left viewers enraged with its lackluster ending. Although the film was never going to be counted among the best star trek movies of all time, its ending helped solidify it as one of the worst.


War of the Worlds (2005)


While overly cynical endings can often be criticized for being too dark, some movies have endings so sappy they leave a bad taste in the viewer’s mouth. User mattXIX mentioned such a movie when he wrote “War of the Worlds. The movie was enjoyable and even funny at times. The savory ending that brought the characters together completely ruined the movie for me.”

When a film pushes its reach to a global level, it is necessary to make difficult decisions regarding the fate of the characters. When each person in their immediate family survives despite otherwise, the film feels dishonest and removes some of the emotional weight from the film’s events.


Passengers (2016)


Aurora and Jim stand under an arch of the ship in Passengers

Science fiction is generally a bold and ambitious genre, but sometimes the bold choices can alienate audiences as the film progresses. User richterfrollo watched a funny movie fall apart when he said “Passengers was so good in the first third…then the second half started to ruin it and the end put the nail in the coffin.”

Passengers is essentially a good movie spoiled by its third act, but if it hadn’t added its weird ending, it would have had a better reputation. While surprises are good, viewers can feel betrayed when a movie points to one thing and suddenly switches at the end.


Pandora (2009)


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pandora was a flop when it first hit theaters, but has since garnered a cult following for its interesting blend of interstellar horror. Despite this, user Aqualung1 was disappointed with the film, commenting, “Such a complex, multi-layered, visionary sci-fi film ruined by a typical, enjoyable Hollywood ending.”

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Hollywood cinema is all about compromise, and unfortunately for pandora the film’s Lovecraftian sci-fi horror was compromised by its twisted cheesy ending. The film’s final act was obviously written in a corner, but simply making it work at the end wasn’t the twist fans were looking for.

Alien: Pact (2017)


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In the second half of the 2010s, the Extraterrestrial franchise was an embattled shell of what it once was, but Alien: Alliance hoped to change all that. User Lance20000 found much the same thing, however, writing: “The last 20 minutes must have been added by the studio. … It certainly turned a decent alien movie into something I prefer no longer see again”.

the original Extraterrestrial is one of the greatest sci-fi horror movies of all time, and meeting that standard was nearly impossible. Even if the fans did not expect it Commitment to rival its predecessor, the film promised to be a return to the franchise’s roots. Instead, he suffered from much the same issues as Prometheus and his end was tangled with a sequel bait.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)


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Bringing the hugely popular French comic book to life was a tall order, and Valerian has invested a great deal of its resources into the stunning visuals of the world. User Aethelete couldn’t get past the film’s lackluster ending, writing succinctly, “Absolutely gorgeous but the ending killed it.”

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Throughout the film, the clever and interesting world of the story unfolded as a visual spectacle for the audience, but the plot was somewhat lacking. The film’s story weaknesses were easily covered up by its visuals, but the snap’s ending was too hard to ignore. Mirroring the standard action movie endings that viewers were tired of seeing, Valerian wastes its sci-fi set-up with its generic finale.


Mission to Mars (2000)


The late 90s and early 2000s were a defining period in the epic blockbuster world, but Mission to Mars did not leave an impression as did his contemporaries. User mece66 saw the ending as the worst part of an otherwise lackluster movie, saying the movie is “so bad that I couldn’t imagine the ending could still spoil it. But it does.”

In a movie like Mission to Mars, an inspirational twist ending was totally unnecessary. The idea of ​​a space mission to Mars going awry is pretty exciting, and it really didn’t need the punctuation of Martian life seeding the Earth. Had the film focused on delivering an exciting action climax, it might have saved what was an overall forgettable film.

Book of Eli (2010)


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Building a movie around a big reveal can be amazing, or it can be horribly disastrous. CleverZerg user saw book of eli fall into the latter category, saying “I remember being incredibly pleasantly surprised by the book of eli until they revealed what the Book was. … A great movie turned into a disappointment at the end”.

For most of its runtime, the film was a refreshing piece of dystopian sci-fi with a stellar cast and impressive effects for its time. However, the setup required gain and it had to leave the audience divided. Some fans were able to look past the ending and focus on the rest of the movie, but others couldn’t ignore the weird, preachy reveal that reframes the whole movie.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead at 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Originally conceived as an independent film, 10 Cloverfield Lane was slightly modified to make it a quasi-sequel to the 2008 film Cloverfield, which served only a bewildered public. User morehumblethanyou summed up the audience consensus when he wrote: “The ending came out of nowhere and confused me so much at the time. I walked out of the movie thinking it was a joke or something. something like that”.

The beauty of the movie was that it left viewers wondering if it was a sci-fi movie, and that was most likely the intent of the original script. However, the clumsy shoehorn of the Cloverfield the monsters at the end took all the suspense and threw it out the window. What was a subtle and incredibly claustrophobic character drama turned into a bloated monster movie without warning.


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Book review (fiction): ‘The daughter of doctor Moreau’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Books https://key-pax.com/book-review-fiction-the-daughter-of-doctor-moreau-by-silvia-moreno-garcia-books/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/book-review-fiction-the-daughter-of-doctor-moreau-by-silvia-moreno-garcia-books/

By Colleen Abel Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Is there a contemporary writer more chameleon than Silvia Moreno-Garcia? His seminal novel, New York Times bestseller Mexican Gothic, is a gothic horror tale set in 1950s Mexico; Last year’s “Velvet Was the Night” is a film noir from the 1970s.

His previous work skips genres and eras with a similar fluidity. Now, Moreno-Garcia’s thrilling new novel, “Doctor Moreau’s Daughter,” deftly blends 19th-century science fiction with 21st-century sensibility.

Drawing inspiration from HG Wells’ 1896 mad scientist story “The Island of Doctor Moreau”, “Doctor Moreau’s Daughter” makes a number of ingenious adaptations to Wells’ story about a scientist on an island that practices vivisection to create humans. animal hybrids. Moreno-Garcia imagines that this island is actually the Yucatan Peninsula, allowing the book to use a real historical conflict, the Yucatan Caste War, as its backdrop. This further highlights the political ramifications of hybrid otherness.

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At the beginning of the novel, Moreau is looking for a new mayordomo to manage his property, Yaxaktun. He was funded by his patron, Hernando Lizalde, to refine his hybrid research and creation. Moreau tells Lizalde that hybrids are created to become workers and that he needs a butler to take care of day-to-day operations. The only other family he has to help is a brother in France who he barely talks to, and his teenage daughter, Carlota, who only has her distracted father and the hybrids for company.

Moreno-Garcia alternates chapters between the views of Carlota and the butler, Montgomery, who is fleeing his own demons in the form of heartache in England, and who is happy to drown his sorrows in alcohol. The bulk of the action takes place six years after Montgomery’s arrival. Although Yaxaktun was located near rebel territory during the Caste War, they settled into a peaceful existence – until Hernando’s son Lizalde showed up looking for an “Indian raiding party” who he thinks he has passed through Yaxaktun and instead finds the beautiful Carlota and the mysterious Doctor. Moreau.

If you’re the type that doesn’t make them the way you used to and longs for the romance and drama of great 19th-century novels, “Doctor Moreau’s Daughter” is an impeccable cue. But like the best historical fiction, this novel also speaks to the heart of what contemporary readers turn to literature for, as it brings out the colonial and racial implications of Moreau’s “research,” expanding Wells’ own moral message. .

In the end, it’s a good thing that Moreno-Garcia is so prolific: it’s likely we won’t have to wait too long to see where she takes us next.

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Scientists rewrite DNA to cure killer https://key-pax.com/scientists-rewrite-dna-to-cure-killer/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 02:02:18 +0000 https://key-pax.com/scientists-rewrite-dna-to-cure-killer/

An injectable cure for inherited heart muscle diseases that can kill young people in their prime could be available within years, after an international team of researchers were announced as the winners of the Big Beat Challenge of the British Heart Foundation.

The £30million global prize is one of the largest non-commercial grants ever awarded and presents a ‘unique opportunity’ to bring hope to families affected by these killer diseases.

The winning team, CureHeart, will seek to develop the first cures for inherited heart muscle diseases by developing breakthrough, ultra-precise gene therapy technologies that could modify or silence the faulty genes that cause these deadly diseases.

The team, made up of world-renowned scientists from the UK, US and Singapore, was selected by an international advisory committee chaired by Professor Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser.

Inherited diseases of the heart muscle can cause the heart to suddenly stop or cause progressive heart failure in young people. Every week in the UK, 12 people under the age of 35 die of undiagnosed heart disease1, very often caused by one of these inherited diseases of the heart muscle, also called genetic cardiomyopathies. About half of all heart transplants are needed because of cardiomyopathy, and current treatments do not prevent the disease from progressing.

It is estimated that one in 250 people worldwide – around 260,000 people in the UK – are affected by genetic cardiomyopathies, with a 50/50 risk of passing their faulty genes on to each of their children. In many cases, several members of the same family will develop heart failure, need a heart transplant, or die suddenly of cardiac causes at a young age.

Professor BHF Hugh Watkins, from the University of Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine and CureHeart Principal Investigator, said: “This is our unique opportunity to relieve families of the constant worry of sudden death, heart failure and potential needs. for a heart transplant. After 30 years of research, we have discovered many specific genes and genetic defects responsible for different cardiomyopathies, and how they work. We believe we will have a gene therapy ready to be tested in clinical trials within the next five years.

“BHF’s £30 million Big Beat Challenge will give us the platform to accelerate our progress in finding a cure so that the next generation of children diagnosed with genetic cardiomyopathies can live long, happy lives. and productive.”

The team will take CRISPR’s breakthrough gene-editing technology to the next level by deploying ultra-precise techniques, called base and prime editing, in the heart for the first time. These groundbreaking approaches use ingenious molecules that act like tiny pencils to rewrite the unique mutations that are buried in the DNA of heart cells in people with genetic cardiomyopathies.

They will focus this technology on two areas. First, when the faulty gene produces an abnormal protein in the heart’s pumping machinery, the team will aim to correct or silence the faulty gene by rewriting individual misspellings or disabling the entire copy of the faulty gene.

Second, when the defective gene does not produce enough protein for the heart muscle to function as it should, the team plans to increase the production of healthy heart muscle protein by using genetic tools to correct the function of the copy. defective gene or to stimulate the normal copy of the gene.

The team has already proven that these approaches are successful in animals with cardiomyopathies and in human cells. They believe the therapies could be delivered through an injection in the arm that would halt progression and potentially cure those already living with genetic cardiomyopathies. It could also be used to prevent the development of the disease in family members who carry a defective gene but have not yet developed the disease.

Dr Christine Seidman of Harvard University and co-lead of CureHeart, said: “Acting on our mission will be a truly global effort. We have brought in pioneers of the new ultra-precise gene editing and experts with the necessary techniques to ensure that our genetic tools penetrate directly into the heart safely. It is thanks to our leading team on three different continents that our initial dream should come true.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This is a watershed moment for cardiovascular medicine. Not only could CureHeart be the creator of the first cure for inherited heart muscle diseases by tackling killer genes that cross family trees, but it could also usher in a new era of precision cardiology. Once successful, the same gene-editing innovations could be used to treat a range of common heart diseases in which genetic defects play a major role. It would have a transformational impact and offer hope to the thousands of families around the world affected by these devastating diseases.

Sir Patrick Vallance, Chairman of the BHF International Advisory Group and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, said: “CureHeart has been selected in recognition of the boldness of its ambition, the scale of its potential benefits for patients with of genetic diseases of the heart muscle and their families, and the excellence of the international team of participating researchers.

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “With public support, the aim of the Big Beat Challenge was to move beyond incremental progress and take a giant step forward in an important area of ​​patient care. heart patients. Creating the world’s first genetic cure for heart disease would undoubtedly achieve this and could prevent families from losing loved ones without warning to these cruel diseases. However, we need the continued support of our supporters to turn science like this into a reality for the millions of people around the world living with heart disease.

Patient Testimonial – Max Jarmey, 27

Max Jarmey was just 13 when his father Chris died suddenly from cardiac arrest, caused by a condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC, a type of genetic cardiomyopathy).

A few years later, Max was told he had CAAL (which is now known as arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy) following a routine screening appointment. Soon after, her younger brother Tom was also diagnosed. Both had inherited the disease from their father.

Max describes himself as “sports obsessed” growing up and he competed in mountain biking at a high level until he was 18, when his diagnosis forced him to drop out.

He said: “I’m quite robust mentally, but the first six months after my diagnosis were incredibly difficult. It was awful to be told I had a disease like ARVC at the age I was told, and then to have to leave something I loved.

Now 27, Max tries to focus on what he can do rather than what his condition prevents him from doing. He was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which returned his heart to normal rhythm after he went into a life-threatening rhythm – protecting him from cardiac arrest – several times over the years .

Max said: “I think the only way to deal with my ARVC is to accept it and the fact that I can’t control it. If I dwelled on it every day, it would be difficult, but I often think about it.

Professor Watkins diagnosed Max and has been his cardiologist ever since. Max said: “When Hugh told me about CureHeart I knew I wanted to be involved in something so inspiring. When I think about my future, the decision to have children and their future, CureHeart could make that decision easier. My children may never have to suffer like me with this condition. It is completely life changing.

“This project gives me hope. This is what the BHF funds – hope. It’s not just about managing the symptoms. CureHeart could be the cure for genetic cardiomyopathies.

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To request interviews or for more information, please call the BHF press office on 020 7554 0164 or email newsdesk@bhf.org.uk.

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About the British Heart Foundation

Only with public donations can the BHF continue its vital research. Help us turn science fiction into reality. Through public donations, BHF funds groundbreaking research that will bring us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory disease. A world where broken hearts are mended, where millions more people survive heart attacks, where the number of people dying or disabled by strokes is halved. A world where people with heart and circulatory conditions get the support they need. And a world of remedies and treatments that we cannot even imagine today. Find out more at bhf.org.uk

About the Big Beat Challenge reward process

The BHF Big Beat Challenge is a one-time £30 million (approximately €35 million, US$36 million) research funding prize that has been designed to galvanize the international research community to identify a real-world challenge, significant unmet need, or breakthrough innovation opportunity. in cardiovascular medicine. The BHF received 75 entries, featuring team members from 40 countries. A panel of patients and the public gave their views, a special panel of independent researchers and healthcare professionals reviewed the scientific rigor of the proposals, and the final decision was made by the international advisory group composed of international personalities. leaders in science, medicine and beyond.

Find out more at bhf.org.uk/bigbeatchallenge


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REVIEW: Grappling with the Horror of Stranger Things 4 https://key-pax.com/review-grappling-with-the-horror-of-stranger-things-4/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 17:33:21 +0000 https://key-pax.com/review-grappling-with-the-horror-of-stranger-things-4/

Nearly three years after the debut of the previous season, the fourth season of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series “Stranger Things” returned on May 27, but the series abandoned its sci-fi character-focused roots. fiction and opted for gruesome terror in season four which left viewers, and myself, with mixed feelings.

Written and directed by brothers Matt & Ross Duffer, the show has gained notoriety for its unique and spooky plot, stunning scenery, and lovable characters.

While previous seasons of “Stranger Things” inspired ’80s TikToks, retro bikes and Eggo Waffles’ childhood throwback with its lighthearted scenes of best friends Mike, Will, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas and Max cruising together. through their teenage years, “Stranger Things” season four took on a decidedly darker tone.

After the first episode, I didn’t think I could keep watching.

The first episode of season four opens with a particularly gruesome scene depicting bloodied children and adults who have been murdered in Hawkins Lab, ending with an equally grisly scene of high school girl Chrissy Cunningham being killed by the villain of the season, Vecna.

I started season four excited for the fun TikTok trends that would surely come out of it and for the cute scenes of the kids hanging out – but I left the first episode feeling like I’d just watched a movie. gory horror instead of the show I started watching with my mom as a freshman in high school.

A few days later, I attempted to brave episode two, but had to stop 30 minutes after another high school kid fell victim to Vecna ​​in another gruesome scene.

Season four seemed to miss what made me fall in love with the show in the first place – kids being just kids.

Although the sci-fi plot is central to the series, I always felt like I could have done without it. Rather, I just wanted to watch Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas, and Max hang out.

All my friends and family members feel the same way. The characters are each so strong and interesting that we could have enjoyed a spectacle of characters simply trying to get through high school together as nerdy outcasts.

I loved the moments in previous seasons where they had sleepovers, faced dating issues, and lived through the phrase “weird” in high school.

However, this season couldn’t have been the farthest from that.

Instead, we watched the kids deal with death, heartbreak, and complete ostracism.

For most of the season, they fought battles within themselves and against outside forces alone – Eleven and Mike were separated as they both worked to save Hawkins (and their relationship). Will was obviously alone as he watched his best friend neglect him for his girlfriend, Max was trapped in the world of Vecna, and Lucas was cast apart by the basketball team.

I missed when they were all together and when their lives weren’t consumed by evil, but despite my fear, this season was perhaps the most powerful yet.

“The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” (Ep. 7) is one of the most awesome and craziest TV episodes I’ve ever seen. The story of Vecna’s creation was flawless, unexpected, and linked to every detail of the season. I thought about it for days.

I also realized, after my shock and horror wore off, that although they may have been separated, the love and support of the six friends still remained.

I may not have gotten to see them biking through Hawkins and doing typical teenage activities, but I did see them show some compelling acts of friendship throughout the season: Eleven returned to the lab to save her friends despite her trauma, Max fought for her life through her friends’ memories and Nancy, Steve, Robin and Eddie risked their lives upside down to give everyone else a chance to live.

The season was also a reminder of what I and many others have had to go through in our lives.

Since the release of the third season of “Stranger Things”, there has been a pandemic, multiple mass shootings and conflicts. I personally graduated from high school and started college in the midst of the pandemic.

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Like season four, sometimes it seems like I, too, can’t escape all the evil around me. I miss the carefree days of high school with my friends; I hate the constant anxiety the pandemic has left me with and I mourn the senseless deaths around me.

Season four took on a decidedly darker tone than previous seasons, but it seems like the world has too.

Maybe it was harder to watch because I want to take a break from everything and I don’t want to deal with all the bad stuff that’s constantly happening, but I’m sure the kids in ‘Stranger Things’ feel the same thing.

Like them, we no longer have the privilege of being children and have to grow up in a world that constantly encounters obstacles – it’s difficult.

However, while this season didn’t inspire any fun ’80s trends or hang out at the mall, it did inspire a sense of love in a world that seems to be filled with hardship.

What sets One and Eleven apart is that Eleven was able to find love both outside and inside to share with the world.

Despite the constant bullying and torture in the lab, Eleven did not turn evil like One did. She did not let the misery that surrounded her consume her but instead remembered and carried within her the love she had for her family and friends.

This season, while utterly terrifying, reminded me that while it’s so easy to let all the badness consume you, it’s important to remember that love also exists in this world and that love could be the only thing that gets you through life.

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The Nanotech Sci-Fi Trope, Explained https://key-pax.com/the-nanotech-sci-fi-trope-explained/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/the-nanotech-sci-fi-trope-explained/

The scientific aspect of science fiction is what gives the genre its distinct possibilities, but it can also be a burden on its creators. Luckily, those of the genre have found a few catch-all terms to explain anything overly complicated without raising too many questions.

The noble art of explaining sci-fi gibberish with a handful of more digestible sentences has a long history in all media. Writers often need something that can do everything they need within the confines of the story without losing the suspension of disbelief. One of the best all-purpose plot sealing solutions is technology that can do it all, but you don’t see it doing it.

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Nanotechnology is an umbrella term for any form of machinery too small to see with the naked eye. Regularly called nanobots, nanites or nanomachines, these little things seem to be capable of anything. In real life, nanotechnology branches out into most fields of scientific study, from molecular biology to the physics of semiconductor devices. Robots already work as a good way to answer logic questions in sci-fi stories, but shrinking them beyond the human eye makes them even more effective. It’s reminiscent of the old thought experiment that suggests anything could be possible with the specification that it’s too small for a microscope to see. In the history of science fiction, there is almost nothing that cannot be explained by the modern marvel of small technology.


In the star trek franchise, how do the Borg assimilate their prey into the Collective and basically transform their bodies into these iconic cyborgs? They inject “nanoprobes” into the bloodstream. How does the T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day change his appearance to imitate everyone he sees? His “Mimetic Pollyalloy” contains nanites that capture data and reform his shape to the desired aesthetic layout. How do Iron Man, Black Panther and Spider-Man immediately transform into suits when danger strikes without carrying them around all the time? Nanites; T’Challa’s are in his necklace, Tony’s are in the arc reactor in his chest, Peter’s are in a small launch pad that fires from Avengers HQ. There are countless other examples of this trope being used to answer simple questions like these. In fact, each of the works mentioned presents other examples of nanotechnology through their countless entries.


The earliest examples of nanotechnology in fiction predate public knowledge of actual use of the concept. The average person would have little or no knowledge of the concept’s existence until the late 1980s when K. Eric Drexler wrote Creation Engines. Drexler drew on Richard Feynman’s important but largely ignored 1959 speech “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” to introduce the concept to the layman. The concept has about 50 years of history before that in the works of science fiction writers.

Arthur C. Clarke is one of the fathers of the art form, so it stands to reason that he would invent the modern form of the trope. His short story from 1956 The next tenants featured machines that operated on the micrometer scale. This tale featured a self-proclaimed mad scientist who believed that termites were mankind’s finest intellectuals and morals. With this idea as a guiding star, the scientist invents a bunch of new technologies perfectly sized for these insects. The story suggests that the anonymous inventor somehow teaches bugs to use this tiny piece of technology, but it doesn’t matter how it all works. The thrust of the brief narrative is the narrator’s confusion and mixed feelings about the scientist’s beliefs. Even in its first example, the narrative doesn’t feel the need to explain how termites could build a civilization beyond “nanomachines, wires.”


The weirdest thing about nanotechnology in science fiction is that it’s almost never the focus of the works it features in. There are tons of science fiction stories about the human race as a whole dealing with its latest innovation, but nanotechnology is almost always a minor background or detail in the story. Even when nanotechnology is the threat the heroes must fight to save the world, the discipline’s unique traits rarely matter. Most nanomachine stories would work just as well if someone replaced every use of the term with the word magic. The idea of ​​a story in which the specific unique traits of manipulating subatomic matter are always available to any science fiction writer, and could be very interesting.


Nanotechnology can kill or heal anyone, grant overwhelming superhuman powers, cause or solve global crises, and do almost anything in between. They are one of the most variable tropes in the genre, as well as one of the easiest to explain. Science fiction writers have been using nanomachines for decades, it will be interesting to see what they are capable of in future work.

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Heavy Metal Announces ‘Metalverse’ Movies And Shows With Live-Action Trailer https://key-pax.com/heavy-metal-announces-metalverse-movies-and-shows-with-live-action-trailer/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:27:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/heavy-metal-announces-metalverse-movies-and-shows-with-live-action-trailer/

Heavy Metal Entertainment, the long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror publication, announced Heavy Metal Studios and the Metalverse.

Heavy Metal Entertainment, the long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror publication, has announced the Metalverse, an ambitious slate of action and anime TV shows and movies.

Heavy Metal president and studio head Tommy Coriale introduced the sizzle reel during the company’s Forging the Future panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2022. The publisher, who turns 45, is known to be the birthplace of the legendary illustrated heavy metal magazine and the source of the cult classic animated film heavy metal (nineteen eighty one). The sizzle reel featured new live Taarna test footage and inspirational clips that bring to life a whole host of adaptations from Heavy Metal’s extensive IP library, including that of Stephanie Phillips. Taarnaby George C. Romero dead cold warby Matthew Medney dark wingby Blake Northcott Arena ModeMedney and Bruce Edwards’ The Adventures of Adrienne JamesDylan Sprouse and Joe Harris’ sun eater and Brendan Columbus’ wild circus.


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The company develops a range of film and television projects under its Heavy Metal Studios studio division. “As heavy metal magazine changed the way the world looked at comics and how the 1981 animated film heavy metal changed animation forever, Heavy Metal Studios is poised to take the reins of live content and push it far beyond its current stagnation and to new heights,” Coriale said. will never be the same again.”

Attendees at the Heavy Metal panel were also treated to a preview of the upcoming Heavy Metal animated TV series. moon lakee, created by award-winning actor-writer Dan Fogler and based on his anthology graphic novel series. The horror-comedy TV series is currently in development and is being co-produced by Heavy Metal, Fogler, executive producer Daniel Powell and Bardel Entertainment, the animation studio behind hit shows like rick and morty and Teen Titans Go!. Moon Lake is “a thirty-minute animated television show hosted by the man on the moon, a wacky character reminiscent of iconic television anthologies of the past who has been held captive by ‘moon men’ since childhood. He keeps these aliens from to attack Earth by endlessly entertaining them with shocking stories of gruesome horror and hilarity.”


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San Diego Comic-Con attendees can visit Heavy Metal at booth #1529 where the company sells books and merchandise, including convention exclusives like special editions of the magazine’s best-selling issues and comics and new clothes celebrating the publisher’s 45th anniversary this year. Book signings by acclaimed Heavy Metal talents will also take place at Booth #1529 throughout the weekend.

Source: Heavy Metal Entertainment

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The best books released this week https://key-pax.com/the-best-books-released-this-week/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:44:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/the-best-books-released-this-week/

An anthology of original horror stories edited by Bram Stoker Award® winners Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason that features authors from historically excluded backgrounds telling terrifying stories about what it means to be, or simply appear, “other “.

Delivering new stories from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the most promising talent, Other terrors will provide the ultimate reading experience for horror fans who want to examine the fear of “the other”.

Whether they are from a different culture, a different background, a different sexual orientation or gender identity, a different belief system or a different skin color, some people do not simply not part of the majority of the community and are seen as scary. Humans are almost instinctively inclined to fear what is different, and there are multitudes of individuals who have spent far too long looking outward. And the thing about the exterior is… it’s a lot bigger than you think.

In Other terrors, horror writers from a multitude of underrepresented backgrounds have crafted stories of everyday people, places, and things where something changes, striking a deeper, far more primal chord of fear. Are our eyes playing tricks on us, or is there something truly sinister lurking beneath the surface of what we thought we knew? And who among us is really the other, after all?

Contributors include: Tananarive Due, Jennifer McMahon, SA Cosby, Stephen Graham Jones, Alma Katsu, Michael Thomas Ford, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Christina Sng, Denise Dumars, Usman T. Malik, Annie Neugebauer, Gabino Iglesias, Hailey Piper, Nathan Carson , Shanna Heath, Tracy Cross, Linda D. Addison, Maxwell I. Gold, Larissa Glasser, Eugen Bacon, Holly Lyn Walrath, Jonathan Lees, ME Bronstein, Michael H. Hanson.

Reasons to read it: The list of contributors for this one is exceptional. The introduction by the editors examining how damaging the idea of ​​the other can be in society and the role it has played in horror sets up the whole snack so well. From the family horror and shame story of Antananarivo Due to the interesting survival method developed by the Pakistani islanders of Usman T. Malik, horror fans will be hard pressed to find a story they don’t love. not. On the contrary, the stories in this collection will disturb readers long after they have been read. In the best way, of course.

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The Sci-Fi series hopes to emulate the success of Paradise PD https://key-pax.com/the-sci-fi-series-hopes-to-emulate-the-success-of-paradise-pd/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 10:27:05 +0000 https://key-pax.com/the-sci-fi-series-hopes-to-emulate-the-success-of-paradise-pd/

Will the adult comedy series Farzar return for season 2 or has Netflix had enough sci-fi animated adventures?

It’s certainly been a mixed bag for Netflix this week, following the flop of the Resident Evil 2022 series and the rather underwhelming DB Cooper: Where Are You docu-series. However, fans can now go from one ridiculous adventure to another (which at least had to be outrageous all along) with the latest adult animated series from the streaming giants, Farzar.

With enough space toilet humor to last until the next season of Dead Space or Rick and Morty, this animated show is sure to divide fans on social media. Since July 16eFarzar has yet to be publicly renewed for season 2, but what are the chances of the sci-fi series returning for another space adventure on Netflix?

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Farzar: Season 2 Renewal Status

As previously reported, neither the Farzar showrunners nor Netflix have publicly confirmed that season 2 will go into production, but with the series only available for a few days, fans shouldn’t worry too much about the lack of content just yet. new.

The good news is that Farzar’s future remains extremely bright following Netflix’s multi-year deal with series creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black. In January 2021, it was reported via Deadline that the streaming giant had entered into a “multi-year pact” with the duo for more seasons of Paradise PD and new future content, starting with Farzar.

“We couldn’t be happier that Netflix finally ‘put a ring on it.’ It’s an awesome network full of cool people and a great place to work! Now we can finally get those red PT cruisers assorted cherries we’ve had our eyes on.—Black and O’Guin, via Deadline.

It’s unclear if this means O’Guin and Black have the freedom to drop Farzar after just one season for a new IP. However, if the series proves popular enough with fans, it’s safe to assume that the sci-fi series will return for at least one more season in a similar fashion to Paradise PD (which is currently set to release). launch its fourth and final season in December).

Add to that the somewhat open ending of Season 1 Episode 10, and it’s still very likely that Season 2 will be ratings and stream dependent. So how has the series been rated by fans and critics?

How Has Farzar Season 1 Rated So Far?

Farzar received mixed to generally positive reviews from fans and critics; the most favorable responses likely coming from fans of similar comedy titles/styles like Paradise PD and Brickleberry.

Season 1 is currently rated at a disappointing 5.9/10 on IMDB, but that score was only accrued from 117 reviews as the series was only available to stream for a few days on Netflix.

Decider recommends fans “skip” the show, noting how a good show Farzar “could be, but unless you’re a huge fan of cock jokes – and we know you’re in there! – you won’t you’re not going to find much to laugh about with this show.

ReadySteadyCut gave Farzar a 4/5 rating, stating “With jokes in every way, I highly recommend this series if you’re a fan of animations, especially Paradise PD, Brickleberry, Futurama, Rick and Morty and Big Mouth.” LeisureByte also gave the series a 4/5 rating, commenting on how “this chaotic series is here to entertain you with the humor that will sometimes gross you out”.

“The sci-fi theme only looks like dressing as everything else remains the same. Nevertheless, audiences who love this type of content will love it no matter what. Netflix continues to give the fire green on these shows for a reason. However, it becomes clear that at some point the train will stop, and creators will have to find the next big trend to follow.–Nelson Acosta, via FictionHorizon.

Overall, while the critic’s reviews are certainly nothing to shout about, Farzar is the type of series that gains both momentum and longevity as an adult animated series on Netflix. Therefore, streaming numbers will be the key factor in determining renewal, but it seems likely that Farzar will get at least one more season.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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Portrait of a research field: astrocytes in autism | Spectrum https://key-pax.com/portrait-of-a-research-field-astrocytes-in-autism-spectrum/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 11:06:20 +0000 https://key-pax.com/portrait-of-a-research-field-astrocytes-in-autism-spectrum/

Star cells:

In 1895, Hungarian neurohistologist Mihály Lenhossék, aka Michael von Lenhossék, coined the term “astrocytes,” which means “star cells” in Greek, to describe the multi-limbed structures he and others have seen in brain tissue human under the microscope.

Although abundant, astrocytes have escaped the notice of neuroscientists, who instead focused on neurons. “Historically, of course, because neurons are electrically excitable cells,” they were easier to detect and record, says Yongjie Yang, professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Non-neuronal cells, called glial cells, were considered secondary.

Over time, it became clear that astrocytes help maintain homeostasis in the brain. Their appendages, called processes, have “terminal feet” that wrap around blood vessels to prevent molecules from passing through, forming part of the blood-brain barrier. Astrocytes also help to scaffold neurons; scavenge excess neurotransmitters, ions and reactive oxygen species; produce glycogen to feed neurons; and, if there is a brain injury, migrate to the site and surround it with protective scar-like tissue.

Growth Guides: Astrocytes (cytoskeletons shown in magenta and membranes shown in cyan) tell synapses when and how to form, and prune away those that are not needed.

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Scientists have long thought astrocytes were “silent”, says Yang, but now appreciate that they communicate – by altering levels of calcium ions through surface ion channels in conjunction with organelles – in response to stimuli. .

Astrocytes talk in other ways, too: They, or the chemicals they produce, must be there to guide neuronal growth, telling synapses when and how to form, according to a 2005 study, and eliminating those that don’t. are not necessary. Throughout this process,[astrocytes] release different signals, corresponding to developmental time,” says Nicola Allen, associate professor of molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.

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The Untold Truth of Roswell, New Mexico https://key-pax.com/the-untold-truth-of-roswell-new-mexico/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 19:06:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/the-untold-truth-of-roswell-new-mexico/

Liz Ortecho, as she’s written in the books, is a Spanish teenager born to two parents who run the Crashdown Cafe. When the books were adapted for television in the 90s, Liz Ortecho became Liz Parker, erasing the legacy and culture associated with the character. While Liz wasn’t the only one who changed her name with the adaptation, it took away a significant part of who she was.

While “Roswell, New Mexico” gives Liz back her heritage, it’s in a slightly different way, which makes it more politically and socially relevant for the times. The character is Mexican, the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have lived in Roswell for over three decades. Returning the character to her Latina identity was a goal from the start. “There was a line I wrote for the sides of the audition,” creator Carina Adly Mackenzie described to Entertainment Weekly. “A police officer accuses Liz of being combative, and she replies, ‘I’m a Mexican-American woman in 2018. I fight when I wake up in the morning.'”

Although there are some changes to Liz’s story to better reflect current issues involving her culture, the scientific side of Liz’s character remains consistent in both TV adaptations. In “Roswell”, she analyzes some of Max’s saliva, notices his abnormal cells, and confronts him, to find out the truth. In the new series, Liz, already a working scientist, uses DNA from a straw to discover that her cells don’t look like they should.

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