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 …

Creative Writing

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

Lauren Davis

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 …

Publishing

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

TV Series

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

Quarks

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 …

Writing

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 …

Robotics

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 …

Writing

Group 3

Group 3

Cryptocurrency

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

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Ancient History

The most comprehensive zombie classification chart we've ever seen

Lauren Davis

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

Science Fiction

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

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> …

9 Netflix Original Series to Stream in 2014

Netflix Original Series 2014<p>1. <i>House of Cards</i> (Season 2)<p>2. <i>Orange Is the New Black</i> (Season 2)<p>3. <i>Turbo F.A.S.T.</i> (Fast Action Stunt Team)<p>4. <i>Sense8</i><p>5. <i>Hemlock</i> …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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?

Trilogies

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 …

Literature

16 Astronomical Events in 2014 and How to Watch Them

Space Events in 2014<p>1. Jan. 2, 3: Quadrantids Meteor Shower<p>2. Jan. 5: Jupiter at Opposition<p>3. April 8: Mars at Opposition<p>4. April 15: Total Lunar …

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? …