Prometheus Unbound: Speculative Fiction News

By Geoffrey Allan Plauché | Curated science fiction and fantasy-related news of interest to libertarian fans and creators. Visit prometheus-unbound.org for original content: news commentary, reviews, a podcast, and more.

Libertarian short story contest hosted by the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association and Students for Liberty.…

It is our pleasure to announce that we have teamed up with Students For Liberty to hold a contest to find the best libertarian short stories.<p>There is …

On Almost Human, what Facebook knows about you can kill you

Locus Online News » New SF Imprint: Simon451

Simon & Schuster has announced the launch of a new adult SF/F imprint, Simon451. The imprint will publish both print and e-book formats, but will …

First Game of Thrones season 4 trailer shows why Westeros is hell

A scale for the size of the universe, from quarks to quasars

GIF<p>Imagining the smallest of the small and the largest of the large in the universe can be a mind-bendingly difficult task. This awesome interactive …

Announcing the foundation of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association, Writing Group, and Mastermind.…

A few years ago I launched <i>Prometheus Unbound</i>, a webzine providing news and reviews of speculative fiction from a libertarian perspective, in part to …

Watch OmniCorp Unveil Robocop at Its CES Keynote In 2027

Remember OmniCorp, the sinister mega-corporation that built Robocop and his unstable robo-cousins? With the advent of surveillance drones and …

Novels reflect bleak times: Books become gloomier for a decade after a recession | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

From The Daily Mail:<p>It seems you can’t always rely on a good book to cheer you up.<p>A study found that books become decidedly more downbeat a decade …

A Word from Jeffrey Tucker: Bitcoin Is Not a Monetary System

Why Charles Stross Doesn’t Know a Thing about Bitcoin

300 Years of Imaginary Space Ships: 1630-1920 | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

<i>The following is a guest post from Trevor Owens, Special Curator for the Library of Congress Science Literacy Initiative and Digital Archivist in the</i> …

10 Heroic Prophecies That Didn't Turn Out The Way the Heroes Expected

The most comprehensive zombie classification chart we've ever seen

Zombies

The Military Wanted Walt Disney to Build Real-Life Iron Man Suits

In 1965 the American military approached Walt Disney for a very special project. They wanted Disney engineers to build them an exoskeleton—basically …

65 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch out for in 2014

This will be a year of epics. Some of our most ambitious movie-makers are serving up stories of Biblical apocalypses, space voyages and the rise of …

Mark Your Calendars: The Most Exciting Movies, TV, and Books Coming in 2014

There's already talk that 2015 is going to be the year we hit the Nerd Singularity. With movies like <i>The Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> and <i>Star Wars: Episode</i> …

Movies

9 Netflix Original Series to Stream in 2014

Netflix Original Series 2014<p>1. <i>House of Cards</i> (Season 2)<p>The leader of the pack when it comes to Netflix-created series, this political drama starring Kevin Spacey wasn't only a smash hit, but Season 1 was nominated for nine Emmy awards.<p>Part <i>West Wing</i> without the Sorkinese, <i>Scandal</i> with more schmooze, …

This Spacesuit for Exploring Mars Is a Form-Fitting Math Problem

In science fiction, from <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> to <i>Ender's Game</i>, astronauts zip around zero-g environments clad in stylish, skin-tight spacesuits. In …

Freedom of Movement

Geoweaver: A Walking 3D Printer Hexapod

3D Printing

City councilman epically resigns with a letter written in Klingon

Here's how to make your resignation as a city councilman as memorable as possible (non-shameful division): write your whole resignation letter in …

The Most Pirated Movies of 2013 — And Why Piracy Isn't Hurting the Box Office

<i>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</i> finished 2013 – a year where it earned over $300 million domestically at the box office – by being named the no. 1 …

Movies

The Need to Be Open: U.S. Laws Are Killing the Future of Robotics

The next step in transformative technology is already here, and the United States runs the risk of getting left behind.<p>The amount of robotics inventions is steadily on the rise, and the U.S. military is already in on the action. A few years ago, Air Force drones surpassed 1 million combat hours. …

Pirate Bay Uploads Up by 50 Percent in 2013 Despite Raids and Blockades

Authorities and copyright holders all over the world tried their damnedest to kill the Pirate Bay, but as data reported by TorrentFreak proves, the …

A Map of the 124 United States of America That Could Have Been

The fact that we've kept the number of U.S. states relatively static is nothing short a miracle—there have been <i>hundreds</i> of attempts at state …

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' the most pirated film of 2013

Even if it was as middling as it was technically impressive, fans downloaded Peter Jackson's <i>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</i> to make it the most pirated movie of 2013. According to <i>TorrentFreak</i>, the film was downloaded an estimated 8.4 million times. That number, however, trails the 8.72 million …

Movies

Why is time slower in rockets?

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements …

16 Astronomical Events in 2014 and How to Watch Them

Space Events in 2014<p>1. Jan. 2, 3: Quadrantids Meteor Shower<p>The first meteor shower of the year is the Quadrantids, one of the stronger showers of the year with up to 40 meteors per hour at peak. If you want to catch it in person, stake out a spot outside after 11 p.m. through the early hours of the …

The 10 Most-Pirated TV Shows of 2013

Another year comes to a close, and another year of gratuitous television show pirating is in the bag. Who wins the award for the most illicit views? …