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Amazing Stories and the History of Science Fiction

Science fiction’s rich tradition in the short story realm is something that can’t be argued. Over the years, countless well-known, best-selling sci-fi authors have gotten their start with publications in pulp magazines like Amazing Stories. First published in March-April 1926, Amazing Stories was the first magazine dedicated fully to science fiction—making it a pioneer for magazines like Analog (1930) and ...

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Loss and Mental Health: The Moving Indie Sci-Fi Film ‘Blank Shores’

  In the award-winning short indie sci-fi film Blank Shores, writer/director Alex Kyrou and producer Clare Shields explore an emotional topic that audiences might not immediately associate with speculative fiction—how the loss of a child impacts parents. But as movies like Arrival, novels like Borne and shorts like Blank Shores prove out, science fiction provides a powerful lens for viewing ...

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Time Traveling through Indie Film Twenty Twenty

A man seeks his destiny in the past, present and future—in the award-winning indie sci-fi film Twenty Twenty by actor, director and producer Dave Sweeney. Awarded “Best Psychedelic Fantasy Short Film” at the Retro Avant Garde Film Festival NYC, Twenty Twenty is the story of Dave Slade—a man who faces a myriad of struggles as he tries to figure out what’s real, ...

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Labor of Love: The Making of Sci-Fi Short Film BLINDSIGHT

Fan art can take a lot of forms — short stories online, a reddit feed, sketches, Etsy crafts. But when you’re a creative director and artist, your ambition gets a bit of a boost and you probably end up doing something bigger. It’s fair to say that was the experience of filmmaker Danil Krivoruchko, whose short film BLINDSIGHT is a ...

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Chatting with Sci-Fi Filmmaker Adam Batchelor

Satori Awakening interview with Adam Batchelor on The Fantasy Network News

Love a good sci-fi film, especially if it’s indie? Then you might want to check out Satori [Awakening]. In this blend of sci-fi, action and adventure set in a near-future earth, humans attempt to harness the power of artificial intelligence to reverse the climate crisis. In completing its task relentlessly, the AI spirals out of our control, covering the planet ...

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Sand in Your Reboot? It Must Be Villeneuve’s DUNE

A look at the 2020 Dune film on The Fantasy Network News

What is it about literary, philosophical science fiction that draws readers in, but drives filmmakers to distraction—challenging the very notion of whether some things are just impossible to adapt into a movie? If you’re asking that question about Dune, then you’re probably creating the right mindset for whatever happens—good, bad, or ugly—when director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the famed sci-fi ...

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Conspiracy Theories and Dark Comedy: Herman Wang’s Illuminagents

Do conspiracy theories ever go out of story writing fashion? Probably not, but these days it’s like they’re more relevant than ever for SFF creators. In this week’s Content Creator Interview, we’re chatting again with writer/director Herman Wang, this time about his new sci-fi web series ILLUMINAGENTS, streaming for free on The Fantasy Network.  In ILLUMINAGENTS, Wang wanted to explore ...

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Indie Film Review: VOLITION

“They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. I wish it were that simple.” With those first words of dialogue begins the intense 92-minute ride that is VOLITION, a mind-bending, cerebral indie science-fiction thriller being released today (July 10, 2020) on Apple TV, Prime Video and other digital platforms. Co-written and co-produced by brothers Ryan W. ...

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Making Movie Magic with GILL Filmmaker Kieran Moreira

When a headstrong scientist, Gill, test pilots a prototype teleportation suit, a disagreement with her overbearing partner who engineered the suit leads to a drastic mistake. The suit malfunctions, and Gill must avoid disaster. That’s the idea behind the character study in director Kieran Moreira’s sci-fi indie short film GILL. Mixing beautiful cinematography from places in North Carolina with detailed ...

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Robots and Humans Face Off in Mark Freiburger’s EXILE

There’s something about androids, isn’t there? Their metallic bodies, cybernetic components and humanoid appearance capture the attention of sci-fi fans, filling screens with the question of what it means to be human, alive, sentient. There’s a rich tradition of androids in sci-fi, from I ROBOT to BLADE RUNNER to EX MACHINA to WESTWORLD. And now the short film EXILE by ...

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