SciFi Tech Talk #000161 – Ex Machina

Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina poster Rating: 7.7/10 (261,150 votes)
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Corey Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 24 Apr 2015
Plot: A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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SciFi Tech Talk #000159 – Ultima

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3.6 rating based on 1,045 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0575116870
ISBN-13: 9780575116870
Goodreads: 20632979

Author(s): Publisher: Gollancz
Published: 11/20/2014

Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA.

In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua - hatches that allowed us to step across light years of space as if we were stepping into another room. The universe opened up to us. Now in ULTIMA the consequences of this new freedom make themselves felt. And we discover that there are minds in the universe that are billions of years old and they have a plan for us. For some of us. But as we learn the true nature of the universe we also discover that we have countless pasts all meeting in this present and that our future is terrifyingly finite. It's time for us to fight to take back control.

This is grand scale, big idea SF of the best possible sort. It is set to build on the massive success of PROXIMA and define Stephen Baxter's work going forward.
 

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SciFi Tech Talk #000158 – The Expanse

Julie, Jeff, and Mike discuss the SyFy series “The Expanse.”

Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized Solar System, police detective Josephus Miller, born in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Meanwhile, James Holden, the first officer of an ice freighter, is witness to an unprovoked attack upon the ship, by attack craft believed to be from Mars (MCRN Federation). As news of the attack spreads throughout the System, the incident’s flow-on threatens to destabilize already tenuous relations between Earth, Mars and The Belt. Far away from the struggles in deep space, on Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala, a powerful United Nations executive & diplomat, works to prevent war between Earth and Mars by any means at her disposal. Soon, the three find out that the missing woman and the ice freighter’s fate are part of a vast covert conspiracy that threatens all humanity. – Written by nano_tech imdb.com

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