Rudy Rucker has posted his Complete Stories online. He calls it a free sample and you can buy the book if you’re so inclined. It’s been a while since I’ve done Free Story Friday here at Goug’ Blog, so hopefully these will help make up for that misstep.
Month: August 2012
New Metal Gear Solid game (Ground Zeroes) is open world, set for current-gen specs
The thing is, this is not just a tech demo. This is an upcoming, new, open-world Metal Gear Solid game.
“This announcement is a challenge from Kojima Productions to the world,” said Hideo Kojima.
Hideo Kojima is a writer first and a game developer second. In the early days of his career, many programmers resented his presence on the payroll because video games back then didn’t even have stories. Thankfully, Kojima’s one of the guys who changed that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of my favorite experiences of all time. I’ve rarely seen a more satisfying ending in my life, not just in games, but even considering movies, books, and TV.
What do you think about the new MGS? Leave a comment below. Act now and we’ll double the offer!
Grand Theft Auto IV: Hill Valley – [Back to the Future Mod Showcase]
Engaging travel mode just milliseconds before crashing into the police barricade is just about the coolest thing I’ve seen in a mod ever.
Says the uploader:
DISCLAIMER: There is no single “Download Link” for this mod. It’s a HEAVILY CUSTOMIZED PC project from a die-hard BTTF and GTA fan. It took me months to tweak everything and finally get it working right but I couldn’t have done it without the help of some truly great mod makers (credits/links below). Please don’t just start modifying your game without researching and backing things up first. You WILL break it.
Dyson sphere search program: the official website (and Alcubierre drives)
An advanced intelligence wouldn’t even dream of building Alcubierre drives and wormhole generators until they had mastered Dyson spheres. Short of intercepting designed radio signals, detecting this type of civilization is among the best bets we’ve got for discovering E.T. Click here for the official site for the search of Dyson spheres.
Discovery has a summary in plainer English.
Speaking of Alcubierre drives, io9 has a good article for why they just won’t work, but could theoretically make a hell of a weapon.
Do you think an Alcubierre drive would work? Let’s hear what you have to say in the comments below.
Albert Brooks plays a science fiction writer who moves in with his mother
I always liked this movie. One of my favorite parts is when Brooks says something along the lines of, “What, you didn’t like the character with the big hand?” when he faces honest criticism about one of his books. That one hits close to home, I’m afraid to say.
It should be noted that Albert Brooks really has written a science fiction novel (or sorts) called 2030: The Real Story Of What Happens To America. From the official site:
Is this what’s in store?
June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America’s population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward “the olds” and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents’ entitlement programs.
I haven’t read it yet.
Anyway, what did you think about Mother? Leave a comment below, if you want. Don’t cost nothin’.
Curiosity’s descent video digitally enhanced
YouTuber hahahaspam uploaded this enhanced edition of MSL Curiosity’s descent.
The Hammer Of God will bore you to death before it knocks your socks off
If you know me at all, you know I love the works of Arthur C. Clarke. As Woody Allen told Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, love isn’t even a strong enough word. I need an entirely new word for how much I love ACC. Yet, I don’t absolutely love everything he’s written. I’m not so blinded by my fandom that I can’t see the flaws in his method. It sometimes seems there are two ACCs, one who writes what we want and, well, one who almost seems like an impostor. Almost.
The Cabin In The Woods is the best horror film in ages
I remember when Scream came out, everyone was applauding it for turning horror cliches upside down. It was an okay movie. Personally I felt it was too self-congratulatory when it successfully flipped said cliches. I don’t know. I guess it was kind of like the Spaceballs of horror films in the fact it was too silly to be taken seriously. Then again, it was too normal and embarrassingly mainstream to fully embrace its silliness. Hard to explain, really….
Ah, here’s the word I’m looking for: mediocre. That describes the entire series, really. Horror movies aren’t supposed to have a robust cast of returning characters. They’re not supposed to be a fucking soap opera. Wes Craven’s failure to kill Sidney by part four was a major misstep.
Evil Dead. Now there’s a good horror series. Those movies were made for horror fans who were growing tired of the usual tropes. Scream, on the other hand, was seemingly made for non-horror fans who only thought horror fans were too stupid to get the jokes.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Cabin In The Woods expecting your usual Hollywood horror movie “with a twist.” It’s about your typical teens in, uh, a cabin in the woods. Only it isn’t. The poster gives away the fact there’s more going on. So does the trailer. Those who managed to miss those hints would be pretty surprised by the opening seconds of the film. Who the hell are those guys? What is that place? Did I walk into the wrong movie?
And what the hell… freakin’ mermen?
I can’t tell you anything else about the plot because knowing anything about this movie defeats the purpose of watching it in the first place. I will say I love the ending because I love crazy stuff. I was energized by the creativity and lack of restraint. I laughed, I cringed, and then I laughed some more. That’s all they wanted to do: to entertain us while wearing their horror inspirations on their sleeve.
It’s sad, really. We won’t see another American horror movie as original as this one for a very long time. Bring on Paranormal Activity part… what is it now? 4? Jesus Christ.