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The revolution will be televised, but on “mute”

Award-winning sf author Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Problem) has published a think piece in the NY Times Turning Points magazine on the rise of robotic systems and artificial intelligence.  His forecast is not a pretty one: “As A.I. whisks us from place to place … we will look out the windows, as unaware of its …

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From the North Pole to Mordor

Arthur Rankin, Jr., the animator who brought the Christmas holidays to life, died on January 30, 2014.  With his partner, Jules Bass, he founded Rankin/Bass Productions, a studio noted for its stop-action style of animation, which Rankin termed ‘Animagic’.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Jack Frost are all annual visitors to many …

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Why, some of my best friends read Science Fiction …

As pointed out in the current issue of Ansible, the delightful monthly round-up of things and folks speculative produced by author David Langford, the Folio Society is publishing one of their beautifully produced editions of the original three Foundation books by Isaac Asimov. As befits a finely printed piece of Literature, the Society has a celebrity writer …

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