A team of space cadets making the most out of their time trapped on Earth. Help.
While there have been dozens of great science fiction dramas, sci-fi comedies are inherently harder to pull off. A writer and director have only a couple of hours to introduce a premise like time travel, lay out the rules and demonstrate how they work, and make it accessible enough to a general audience that the jokes actually land. That it isn’t as easy as it looks is evident from the number of mediocre and outright-terrible sci-fi comedies that litter the history of sci-fi film.
Approaching the moon during America’s historic 1969 space mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin could hardly believe their eyes. As they squinted through the windows of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, each of them spotted two unidentified flying objects and what appeared to be a long cylinder hovering above the lunar surface.
The best movies for children involve stories that capture their imaginations. Any science fiction story demands a stretch of the imagination, asking viewers to visualize great expanses of outer space and technology capable of performing a limitless number of fantastic tasks. As a result, there are many sci-fi movies for kids and sci-fi books for kids. Amazing images and action-packed concepts keep young audiences entertained and engaged.
Studies in artificial intelligence started as a US defense project in the 1960s with the goal of understanding how humans process information. This concept would then be simulated and adapted within “logical systems.” Although development slowed a couple of decades later, innovations in technology have propelled advances in artificial intelligence in recent years. These advances are now making our lives easier and safer.
In science fiction, artificial intelligence refers to the idea that scientists might one day create machines that are equally intelligent as (or more intelligent than) humans. The concept has been popularized in movies like AI: Artificial Intelligence, about robotic boy, and Her, about a super-advanced version of Siri that falls in love with an ordinary man.
Most people have been looking up at the stars and wondering about them since they first took a walk outside at night as a child. That childlike curiosity tends to deepen over time as family members and friends point out such fascinating things as the planets and constellations in the nighttime sky. Maybe you too have become intrigued by the stars, and have seen your interest in the exciting hobby of astronomy grow. The only problem is that you don’t know where to start. The best astronomy books for beginners offer a solid and informative introduction to the fascinating world of astronomy.
Herodotus, the “father of history,” lived during the 5th century B.C. He was the first of many to record either legend or theory about the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built in Egypt an estimated 2,000 years before his “history” was written. According to Herodotus:
The line between science fiction and fantasy is a thin one. How are spaceships and super advanced technology capable of shooting fireballs so different from, say, a wizard doing the same? It's not surprising that the two genres have many crossover fans, and it's not too uncommon for movies to cross the two genres as well. You might think the idea of wizards flying around in spaceships and shooting lightning bolts from their hands sounds ridiculous, but there's a movie you've probably heard of that does just that. You know, that little film called Star Wars that perfectly blends fantasy and sci-fi? It has a grand dark wizard who literally shoots lightning from his fingertips and lives in a giant moon castle capable of destroying planets. Sometimes crossing the peanut butter of sci-fi with the chocolate of fantasy can equal an amazing delight of cinema. Here are a few of our favorite sci-fi fantasy movies that form the perfect Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of good, nerdy, cinematic taste.