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My First Time – Sex in Sci-Fi

My First Time – Sex in Sci-Fi

On a Saturday night, back in the 80’s, six-year-old me and my much older, much more mature cousin (he was almost eight) sat down in front of the television, he picked up the remote, and turned the channel to KTVT out of Dallas.

OWA Profile: Tessa Morrison

OWA Profile: Tessa Morrison

I'm a social butterfly who loves raving about the fest and connecting people to something they wouldn't otherwise be aware of. It's not about who knew of it first...it's about sharing the experience.

Angry Acidic Aliens Have Attacked Kelsey

Angry Acidic Aliens Have Attacked Kelsey

Scenario Description: An alien Xenomorph has breached the ship's defense and lurks within the many corridors. Over the last year and a half, Kelsey and her crew have hopefully overcome the odds and survived, but most likely the Xenomorph has hunted them down, one by one. Suggested Strategy:

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O’Bannon’s story is one of unabashed creativity and generic infusions, both in terms of hybridization and innovation.  It is with this consideration and ambitions toward new horizons that we introduce the “Dan O’Bannon Other Worlds Austin Filmmaker Grant,” which we hope will allow burgeoning local voices representing the genres of SciFi, horror, and fantasy, an opportunity to bring those voices to fruition.

SciFiHybridity

SciFiHybridity

The definition of science fiction, perhaps more than other genres, involves a high degree of subjective reading. The question: “What is SciFi?” begs a multitude of answers.  SciFi purists might argue that Alien and The Fly are horror films, more specifically monster movies, or hybrid narratives, at best, but not strictly science fiction. Yet, I posit horror and science fiction have been inextricably linked since at least the classic period. Furthermore, I would argue that SciFi has always assumed a hybridized stance.

League of Malevolent Computers

Evil computers have been a staple of SciFi films since NOVAC (Nuclear Operative Variable Automatic Computer) in the film GOG (1954). On Thursday, September 17, Other Worlds Austin will screen the award-winning NIGHTMARE CODE, which features R.O.P.E.R., a top secret behavior recognition program. Definitely evil.

In honor of R.O.P.E.R., we’ve been counting down the most evil movie/TV computers by giving them each a “baseball card” with their vital info. Click here if you’d like tickets or to find out more about NIGHTMARE CODE. Enjoy the countdown and leave us a comment with your thoughts on the list.

Number 10: Mother from ALIEN (1979)

Number 10: Mother from ALIEN (1979)

Number 9: Edgar from ELECTRIC DREAMS (1984)

Number 9: Edgar from ELECTRIC DREAMS (1984)

Number 8: Proteus IV from DEMON SEED (1977)

Number 8: Proteus IV from DEMON SEED (1977)

Number 7: Ultimate Computer from SUPERMAN III (1983)

Number 7: Ultimate Computer from SUPERMAN III (1983)

Number 6: B.O.S.S. from DOCTOR WHO "The Green Death" (1973)

Number 6: B.O.S.S. from DOCTOR WHO "The Green Death" (1973)

Number 5: V.I.K.I. from I, ROBOT (2004)

Number 5: V.I.K.I. from I, ROBOT (2004)

Number 4: M.C.P. from TRON (1982)

Number 4: M.C.P. from TRON (1982)

Number 3: Skynet from TERMINATOR (1984)

Number 3: Skynet from TERMINATOR (1984)

Number 2: NOMAD from Star Trek (TOS) "The Changeling" (1967)

Number 2: NOMAD from Star Trek (TOS) "The Changeling" (1967)

Number 1: HAL from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Number 1: HAL from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

VAMPIRE TROPES IN SCIENCE FICTION

VAMPIRE TROPES IN SCIENCE FICTION

When you think about it, the idea of a sentient “boogy-thing” running around and feeding off of you and your loved ones is so deeply rooted in our collective unconscious to manifest itself in one way or another is actually pretty amazing.

When Slashers Go To Outer Space

When Slashers Go To Outer Space

"And get this—after nine films, they had a new concept: Jason Voorhees… in space... Would horny teenagers played by actors in their late twenties still be punished for exploring their new found hormones in the future? Would Jason find new and inventive ways to use home gardening tools and kitchen utensils in zero gravity?"

The SciFi Timeline: Part 3

The SciFi Timeline: Part 3

"Getting into the last 50 years, it gets much easier to argue which films and books are important, and there are many that don't seem important now, that probably will be."