William Gibson on writing sci-fi as the world takes a dystopian dive

By SUMIT PAUL-CHOUDHURY In the “stub” inhabited by Agency’s protagonist, Americans didn’t vote Trump into office and Brits didn’t vote for Brexit. It’s not without its troubles, though: nuclear tensions in the Middle East are threatening to set off a global conflagration Is ours the darkest timeline? William Gibson thinks it might be. Gibson’s last book, The Peripheral, introduced the “Jackpot”, a cascade of global catastrophes that wipes out much of the human race, along with an ingenious take on time travel that allows digital communication – including telepresence – across alternate timelines. Its central character, Wilf, lives in post-Jackpot London: he becomes … Continue reading William Gibson on writing sci-fi as the world takes a dystopian dive

The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

by Josh Jones An old musician’s joke goes “there are three kinds of drummers in the world—those who can count and those who can’t.” But perhaps there is an even more global divide. Perhaps there are three kinds of people in the world—those who can drum and those who can’t. Perhaps, as the promotional video above from GE suggests, drummers have fundamentally different brains than the rest of us. Today we highlight the scientific research into drummers’ brains, an expanding area of neuroscience and psychology that disproves a host of dumb drummer jokes. “Drummers,” writes Jordan Taylor Sloan at Mic, “can actually be … Continue reading The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

Did Walt Disney Influence Stanley Kubrick’s 2001?

Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) offers some of the most realistic space photography in cinema history. To mention Kubrick’s manic attention to detail to every component of filmmaking is nothing new, but I’ve come across a 1955 TV program that might prove to be the most influential to the look and feel of his sci-fi stunner. It is often noted that the two films that inspired Kubrick during the preproduction of 2001 were the National Film Board of Canada’s 1960 animated documentary Universe (1960) and the 1964 New York World’s Fair movie To the Moon and Beyond. Douglas Trumbull was … Continue reading Did Walt Disney Influence Stanley Kubrick’s 2001?