Haunted Ink

By Michael Heumann | For fans of Pye Corner Audio, Children of the Stones, modular synths, and science fiction

These Newly Released Demos Offer An Early Glimpse into the Sounds of Twin Peaks

The most important building block of <i>Twin Peaks</i> might be its opening theme. Eerie and wistful, it captures all the contradictory impulses of the show …

Twin Peaks

Frank Herbert's Dune Getting Tabletop RPG and New Board Games

Gale Force 9 has announced they will be making a series of board games and tabletop RPGs based on the world of the classic sci-fi book series <i>Dune</i>.<p>The …

Science Fiction

The Milky Way above the antennas of ALMA

Cosmology

Quatermass: Brexit & A Warning from TV History

With dystopian sci-fi drama Quatermass once again on the screens, Alexei Monroe explores how the late 70s ITV version offers fictional parallels with …

Great Britain

Buchla doing its thing

YouTube

The Unexpected Journey from Tolkien to Titan

Bilbo Baggins journeyed many places in Middle-Earth, but it turns out his quest extends to other planets, too.<p><i>The Lord of the Rings</i> was published in …

Astronomy

Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality

The tech industry is inspired to create our world from linear, scripted science fiction stories.<p><i>S. A. Applin, Ph.D. is an anthropologist whose research explores the domains of human agency, algorithms, AI, and automation in the context of social systems and sociability. You can find more</i> …

Science Fiction

PiL: The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From the Heart) review – how John Lydon bulldozed pop

Like any good rock’n’roll yarn, the story of Public Image Ltd tends to change according to the narrator. Rising from the rubble of the Sex Pistols’ spectacular implosion in 1978, John Lydon’s second band gave him a clean slate for his weirder musical impulses, without the interference of his …

Sound Matters: A History Of Legendary Recording Studios

When <b>The Beatles</b> were photographed in August 1969, striding over a <b>zebra crossing</b> in St John’s Wood, London, for the cover shot of <b>their album Abbey …

Universal Music

Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge

Growing up on the edge of the Atacama desert in northern Chile, Jimena Cruz was often made to feel ashamed of her indigenous identity.<p>On visits to nearby petroglyphs, her father would explain their history, while her mother situated them in legend. “I always had this relationship between the …

Archaeology

Before I Was Old Enough to Fully Understand I Was Trans, a Sex Scene in an Asimov Book Changed My Life

<i>Spark Notes</i> <i>is a recurring series about the lightbulb moments in sexual development.</i><p>My parents were both readers, and they didn’t let us watch that …

Science Fiction

In Ireland, drought and a drone revealed the outline of an ancient henge

A drone flight and a lingering dry spell have exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, forgotten for thousands of years and …

The only good online fandom left is Dune

As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction’s most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.<p>Escapism in the year 2018 is a strange …

Science Fiction

Why Don't We Have a Star Trek Show From the Aliens' Point of View?

Very few <i>Star Trek</i> fans believe that the first seasons of <i>Deep Space Nine</i>—focusing on the unstable relationship between the Bajoran government, its …

Amoeba Music Set to Relocate Its Los Angeles Store, Plans to Seek Dispensary Permit (EXCLUSIVE)

Amoeba Records’ Los Angeles store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset, where it’s been since first opening …

Los Angeles

Best Performances: How Cristin Milioti Became the Hero of USS Callister

<i>USS Callister (Black Mirror)</i> was the most talked about chapter of the dark anthology series' latest arc, and that was in no small part thanks to …

Fans of The Expanse May Have Annoyed Amazon Into Bringing the Show Back

Within hours of Syfy canceling <i>The Expanse</i>, diehard fans of the space opera swarmed the internet to make as much noise as they possibly could about …

New PiL Documentary Reveals How John Lydon Changed His Post-Punk Public Image

Julien Temple’s <i>The Filth And The Fury</i> previously explained why seminal punks <b>Sex Pistols</b> still matter, but now a new, in-depth PiL documentary …

Buchla Music Easel improv 6-2-18

Early Emmy Plea: Black Mirror's Cristin Milioti reinvented sci-fi heroism in 'U.S.S. Callister'

<i>Black Mirror</i> won two Emmys last year for “San Junipero,” a sweetly reality-twisted love story set in a digital ’80s heaven. The Netflix anthology’s …

The 90s: The Decade That Doesn’t Fit?

In <i>A Hard Day’s Night</i>, the exceptional madcap 1964 film 1964 starring <b>The Beatles</b>, a reporter asks <b>Ringo Starr</b>, “Are you a mod or a rocker?” She’s …

It’s official: Amazon has saved The Expanse

Season 4 is coming to Amazon Prime<p>It’s official: <i>The Expanse</i> has been saved. After the Syfy Channel canceled <i>The Expanse</i> earlier this month, Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that Amazon will pick up the show for a fourth season, after after outcry from the show’s fans.<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the …

Denis Villeneuve confirms that his Dune adaptation will be two films

Following on from the critically-acclaimed <b>Arrival</b> and <b>Blade Runner 2049</b>, director Denis Villeneuve is prepping for his next sci-fi offering, an …

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Is Humanity Ignoring Our First Chance For A Mission To An Oort Cloud Object?

In 2003, scientists discovered an object beyond Neptune that was unlike any other: Sedna. While there were larger dwarf planets beyond Neptune, and comets that would travel farther from the Sun, Sedna was unique for how far it always remained from the Sun. It always remained more than twice as …

Astronomy