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SciFi Tech Talk #000183 – 2312

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3.4 rating based on 12,887 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.
 

Next episode: The 1968 movie Barbarella

“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

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3.4 rating based on 16,563 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

SciFi Tech Talk #000159 – Ultima

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3.6 rating based on 1,897 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 challenges 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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World of Tomorrow