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Star Trek App, Aplicación gratis para #iOS y #Android, para jugar y seguir de cerca la nueva película

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La próxima película Star Trek Into Darkness dirigida por J. J. Abrams y que se estrenará el 17 de Mayo, ya tiene su aplicación móvil para iPhone y Android: Star Trek App. Esa aplicación permite jug...
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5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune

5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune | VI Geek Zone (GZ) | Scoop.it

 

Frank Herbert's Dune saga — a six book series that many consider to be one of the greatest ever written — has completely overshadowed many of his other works. But by the time he died in 1986, Herbert had penned over 26 novels — and not surprisingly, that includes a host of hidden treasures. Here are five novels by Frank Herbert — aside from theDune saga — that you absolutely have to read.

 

Top illustration by John Berkey, who produced cover art for Frank Herbert's novels.

 

1. Destination: Void (1966)

 

Written in 1966 and revised by Herbert in 1978, Destination: Void kicked off a four book series that included The Jesus Incident (1979), The Lazarus Effect (1983), and The Ascension Factor(1988) (the latter books written with Bill Ransom).

This highly underrated series — his most significant outside of the Dune saga — is definitely worth the read, especially the second book, the imaginative and Darwinian-infused Jesus Incident — a novel that features a population of speciated humans who live alongside sentient kelp on a predominantly aquatic world (I guess Herbert grew weary of writing about deserts all the time).

But the book that launched the series, Destination: Void, is a remarkably prescient work — an early attempt to address the containment problem as it applies to greater-than-human artificial intelligence. Set in the near future, it chronicles the travails of a society that recently experienced a catastrophe while working to develop an AI — an effort that resulted in the cataclysmic destruction of the Puget Sound region.

Determined to learn from their mistake — and to keep the development of an AI as far away from Earth as possible — a group of scientists clone themselves and relocate their doppelgangers to an isolated colony on the moon. The clones are misled that they're going to be sent on a mission to Tau Ceti where they are to set up a colony. But in reality, the crew is there to serve the needs of the ship — a spacecraft that's controlled by an uploaded human brain called the Organic Mental Core (OMC). Unexpectedly, the OMC fails, along with its backups, leaving the clones with only one option: They have to develop an AI that will enable the ship to continue, or perish.

 

2. The Eyes of Heisenberg (1966)

 

A precursor to Gattaca, Herbert's The Eyes of Heisenberg explores the struggles of a society that has become deeply stratified along genetic and biotechnological lines. The story takes place 80,000 years from now, and addresses a number of themes familiar to many of today's transhumanists and futurists.

Herbert combines both Orwellian and Huxleyian elements to create a dystopian vision in which humanity finds itself divided into two genetic reproductive classes: the dictatorial and radically enhanced "Optimen," and the subservient "Folk." In this world, all humans must undergo genetic analysis and modification prior to birth. At the same time, the sterile Optimen have attained immortality through the use of special enzymes. Social control is maintained through propaganda, the promise of longer life, and the quasi-religious myth of Optimen superiority. Further, the populace is controlled by a hormone addiction that affects both the Folk and the Optimen.

But things are not as they seem, and the story culminates in the rise of an underground cyborg revolt — the result of an earlier attempt to improve humanity by merging flesh with machines.

 

3. Whipping Star (1969)

 

In what is probably his most conceptual work, Herbert's Whipping Star takes place in the far future after humanity has made contact with several other extraterrestrial civilizations. Together, they form the ConSentiency — a kind of intergalactic government akin to Star Trek's United Federation of Planets. But this system proves to be too efficient for its own good, enacting knee-jerk laws that disregard their own downstream consequences. In turn, a shadow organization is created to disrupt the system and slow it down. The protagonist, Jorj X. McKie, is aSaboteur Extraordinary, an agent of the Bureau of Sabotage who excels at his work — but he eventually becomes involved with the Calebans, a strange and mysterious species.

But as the story develops, the Calebans start to disappear one by one — and each disappearance coincides with the deaths of millions of other sentient beings and the onset of incurable insanity.

A sequel to Whipping Star was released in 1977 called The Dosadi Experiment.

 

4. The God Makers (1972)

 

A cross between Dune and the ConSentiency series,The God Makers is a novel that Herbert pieced together from four short stories he wrote between 1958 and 1960. And indeed, the story contains several elements near and dear to Dune fans, including the practice of "religious engineering" and the conversion of a character into a god-like being. It's not his best work, but it's a must-read for any fan curious to see Herbert's ideas evolve as he progressed towards his ultimate masterpiece, Dune.

 

Similar to how Bene Gesserits proactively embed religious beliefs within a society they're seeking to control, The God Makers involves a government agency that troubleshoots and rehabilitates "lost planets," namely potentially threatening civilizations that are unenlightened and warlike. The main character, Lewis Orne, travels to these planets and "fixes" them so that order can be maintained throughout the galaxy — a galaxy that is still reeling from a devastating war. But as Orne's assignments get increasingly complex, he soon learns that he has extrasensory capacities and is asked to join the company of "gods" — which would require life-threatening rites of passage.

 

5. Hellstrom's Hive (1973)

 

Aside from Dune, this is probably Frank Herbert's most accessible novel. Scifi fans who enjoy dystopian stories about hive minds and totalitarian collectives (like the Borg) will bask in what this novel has to offer.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, a government agency is investigating a curious filmmaker named Nils Hellstrom. Suspecting that he's either a communist or a cult leader, and alarmed that he might be developing a super weapon under the name Project 40, the investigators descend upon his hidden farm. But what they find is beyond horror; Hellstrom has created an underground collective of insectoid-humans. The ant-like colony consists of hundreds of miles of underground tunnels and thousands of workers, each one the product of genetic breeding and modification, chemical injections, and mental conditioning. But the colony runs (disturbingly) smoothly; everyone works for the benefit of the larger group, and there is no social strife or inequity. But as the investigators soon learn, there is indeed a larger plan at work — one that extends beyond the hive.

Herbert was inspired to write the novel after watching David L. Wolper's film, The Hellstrom Chronicle (now available on DVD and Blueray), which features a character of the same name. That said, the story is quite a bit different, one in which human evolution is pitted against the potential for insect domination.


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How to Eat Oreos: Japanese Netizens Weigh in on the Age-Old Debate

How to Eat Oreos: Japanese Netizens Weigh in on the Age-Old Debate | VI Geek Zone (GZ) | Scoop.it
Arguably the world's best-known cookie, Oreos are eaten just about everywhere from the Norwegian fjords to the Great Wall of China.
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Retrofuture - Atompunk Operation of the Minuteman III ICBM

Operation of the Minuteman III ICBM
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Los Juegos más esperados de 2013 para PS3

Los Juegos más esperados de 2013 para PS3 | VI Geek Zone (GZ) | Scoop.it

una lista ordenada según los criterios de nuestro equipo de redacción con los nombres de los juegos creemos marcarán el ritmo de las ventas durante estos 12 meses. 

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Dentro de cada uno de ellos podrás encontrar una breve descripción junto a un trailer, para que os hagáis una idea de lo que os espera.

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Steampunk y otros Retrofuturismos: Pequeño diccionario de términos retrofuturistas I

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queens of B films - Andrea Rau

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daughters_of_darkness - La vestale di Satana (1971)


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queens of the B films - Alexa Vega

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A couple of months back when we first heard that 'Spy Kids' star Alexa Vega has signed up for Robert Rodrguez's latest 'Machete' follow-up 'Machete Kills' and she personally stated that "This was all about owning my ...

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El origen del Joker

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Aparece por primera vez en la primavera de 1940.

 Lo hace en el número 1 de Batman.

Ahora bien… ¿Qué inspiro aBob Kane y sus pares a tomar la imagen de este villano?

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Comentan que la idea surgió cuando Bob junto a uno de sus colaboradores vio la foto de un actor alemán llamadoConrad Veidt.

Este hombre protagonizo una película que se llamo “El hombre que ríe.”

la misma es del año 1928.

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Microsoft unveils universal translator that converts your voice into another language

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Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice.


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Top 10 Sci-fi Movies Badass Weapons

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Top 10 Sci-fi Movies Badass Weapons Modern time’s weaponry is deadly enough as it is, they are fascinating pieces of engineering that divide Nation’s opinions on what is and what’s not morally acceptable.
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Modern time’s weaponry is deadly enough as it is, they are fascinating pieces of engineering that divide Nation’s opinions on what is and what’s not morally acceptable. They always had a fascinating side of power and glory to those that are not on the receiving end of a cutting edge weapon. But even Modern day weapons seem obsolete when compared to any of the following weapons originated from Science Fiction movies.


Click the headline and see the pictures and read the full fascinating article.

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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Star Trek

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Did you know that the famous Vulcan salute was invented by Leonard Nimoy and based on a priestly blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim? Also, if you're looki
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"Dominique" en 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

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Vídeo: El tema que suena una y otra vez en la serie American Horror Story: Asylum data de 1963.
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Rare Interview with Captain Pike Actor Gives New Insights to Star Trek

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Retrofuture - Steampunk The Music Box / Dithyrambalina Live Performance

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Relato on line : ZOMBIES VS HUMANOS

Relato on line : ZOMBIES VS HUMANOS | VI Geek Zone (GZ) | Scoop.it
Aperecio una vacuna contra el sida algo milagroso decian es una bendicion decian hasta que la ciencia fracasa y pasa ...
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Was ‘Frankenstein’ Really About Childbirth?

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The last notes that Wollstonecraft wrote to Godwin are included in the exhibition“Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet,” which began last year at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and has now come to the New York Public Library.

On display are numerous artifacts both personal and literary from the lives of the Shelleys, including manuscript pages from the notebook in which Mary wrote Frankenstein (with editing in the margins by her husband), which have never before been shown publicly in the United States.

But it was Wollstonecraft’s scribbled note, in which she referred to her baby as “the animal”— the same word that the scientist in Frankenstein would use to describe his own notorious creation—that gave me pause.

Could the novel—commonly understood as a fable of masculine reproduction, in which a man creates life asexually—also be a story about pregnancy?


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Zona Fringe - Tu blog sobre Fringe en español: 40 Eventos Insignificantes de Fringe (1 de 4)

Zona Fringe - Tu blog sobre Fringe en español: 40 Eventos Insignificantes de Fringe (1 de 4) | VI Geek Zone (GZ) | Scoop.it
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Durante la segunda y tercera temporada de Fringe aquí en Zona Fringe existió una entrada bastante recurrente llamada los "40 Eventos Insignificantes" la cual era escrita a veces por konggrio o Dica.

Esta contenía algunas curiosidades, detalles, momentos o las imágenes más importantes del episodio en cuestión en un resumen de 40 puntos.

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Vintage Japanese Robots, Monsters & Sci-fi

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50年前の週刊サンデーに掲載された未来のロボットとか凄すぎる。 MEMORANDUM: Vintage Japanese Robots, Monsters & Sci-fi http://t.co/TYZfT2tL...

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