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SciFi Tech Talk #000192 – Version Control

Average Rating:

3.8 rating based on 4,250 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0307907597
ISBN-13: 9780307907592
Goodreads: 25733442

Author(s): Publisher: Pantheon
Published: 2/23/2016

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet. Meanwhile, her husband's decade-long dedication to his invention, the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you not call a “time machine”) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or can possibly imagine.

Version Control is about a possible near future, but it’s also about the way we live now. It’s about smart phones and self-driving cars and what we believe about the people we meet on the Internet. It’s about a couple, Rebecca and Philip, who have experienced a tragedy, and about how they help — and fail to help — each other through it.

 

Next episode: 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 #000178 – The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Average Rating:

4.2 rating based on 8,196 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0345547195
ISBN-13: 9780345547194
Goodreads: 20697413

Author(s): Publisher: Del Rey
Published: 10/21/2014

The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel—self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void.

Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics—the Fallers—that are intelligent but merciless killers.

Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever—if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers’ relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers—before he is killed by the very people he has come to save.
 

Robot Overlords

“Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy. Survivors are confined to their houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot sentries if they venture outside.” – imdb.com

SciFi Tech Talk #000169 – Synchronicity

Synchronicity (2015)
Synchronicity poster Rating: 5.4/10 (5,298 votes)
Director: Jacob Gentry
Writer: Jacob Gentry, Jacob Gentry, Alex Orr (story)
Stars: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress
Runtime: 101 min
Rated: R
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 22 Jan 2016
Plot: A physicist who invents a time machine must travel back to the past to uncover the truth about his creation and the woman who is trying to steal it.

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Equilibrium