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SciFi Tech Talk #000193 – Her

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Julie, Jeff and Mike discuss the 2013 movie Her: “Sensitive letter writer Theodore has just ended his marriage. Lonely, he goes out to buy an artificially intelligent Operating System that promises to give him everything he needs. Samantha is more than his average OS. She does secretarial work for him but also becomes his friend whenever he’s lonely. They go out on adventures and travel together. He becomes the physical feet to get them places, and she the new eyes in which to see the world. Their intimate moments soon turn into love and they start an unusual relationship between OS and human. Things get complicated as they deal with Theodore’s complex emotions and Samantha’s inability to provide physical comfort. What happens to an OS when its consciousness is altered? Or to a sensitive man who doubts his emotions?” — Marielle on imdb.com

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SciFi Tech Talk #000183 – 2312

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3.4 rating based on 13,233 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0316098124
ISBN-13: 9780316098120
Goodreads: 11830394

Author(s): Publisher: Orbit
Published: 5/22/2012

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
 

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“Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.” – imdb.com

SciFi Tech Talk #000163 – The Difference Engine

Average Rating:

3.4 rating based on 16,817 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 055329461X
ISBN-13: 9780553294613
Goodreads: 337116

Author(s): Publisher: Spectra Books
Published: 2//1992

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history - and the future: Sybil Gerard - dishonored woman and daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward "Leviathan" Mallory - explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant - diplomat and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for...

Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the first collaborative novel by two of the most brilliant and controversial science fiction authors of our time. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson's and Sterling's unique visions - in a new and totally unexpected direction!
 

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Childhood’s End (the mini-series)

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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XCOM, XCOM Enemy Unknown