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Culture, The Exhibitionist Losing Steam: San Francisco Ranks Fourth for Steampunk

Losing Steam: San Francisco Ranks Fourth for Steampunk

San Francisco may be topping some lists -- from being the best at budgeting to being kinky -- yet we seem to be losing a bit of steam in other pointless studies. But you already knew that, right? According…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Calling All Dick-Heads! The Philip K. Dick Festival Is Here

Calling All Dick-Heads! The Philip K. Dick Festival Is Here

San Francisco is no stranger to festivals involving dicks, but those who've grown wary of seeing every Tom's Harry will be delighted to hear that a different dick fest is in town. We speak of the Philip K. Dick Festival,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In 1982, Solid Ideas Collided with Reagan Values and <i>Star Wars</i> for a Great Sci-Fi Run

In 1982, Solid Ideas Collided with Reagan Values and Star Wars for a Great Sci-Fi Run

I recently discovered, through an unscientific process driven by my own dorkdom, that 1982 remains the high point of creative, unusual, and commercially successful science fiction and fantasy film-making. For in that year, a huge run of genre films was…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roger Corman Bought a Third-Rate Russian Sci-Fi Film -- and Turned It Into Three

Roger Corman Bought a Third-Rate Russian Sci-Fi Film -- and Turned It Into Three

When I was choosing a feature for the upcoming SF Sketchfest 2012 Bad Movie Night (Sunday, Jan. 29), I knew we were going to need a doozy of a stinker, a public domain oddity whose quality was obvious from the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist George R.R. Martin Talks About <em>A Dance with Dragons</em>, Chess, and Fandom

George R.R. Martin Talks About A Dance with Dragons, Chess, and Fandom

George R.R. Martin is the author of the epic fantasy novels known collectively as A Song of Ice and Fire. The series began with the 1996 publication of A Game of Thrones, a book that slowly built a devoted readership.…
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Dining, SFoodie

Past Future Predictions: Pneumatic Tube Meals

The Sci-Fi freaks over at io9 have been regularly delighting with their forays into the apparently rich cultural intersection between food and science-fiction. The latest tidbit concerns the possibility of pneumatic tube meals, as predicted in a 1918 letter to…
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News, The Snitch

San Francisco Writer Has Sci-Fi On The Brain

San Francisco veteran Science Fiction writer Nancy Kress -- whose book "Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories" is forthcoming this year from Golden Griffin Press -- was apparently very alarmed by Improv Everywhere's recent Frozen Grand Central…
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Dining, SFoodie io9's Sci-Fi Cooking Gadgets Roundup: I'll Take The Toasty Knife

io9's Sci-Fi Cooking Gadgets Roundup: I'll Take The Toasty Knife

Taking the 1950s notion of the Kitchen of Tomorrow and dragging it through the Sci Fi pop culture muck, i09 rounds up the Best Sci-Fi Cooking Gadgets from your favorite movies and TV shows of recent (an not-so-recent) memory.…
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News, The Snitch Gawker's Latest Conquest: SF-Based Sci-Fi Blog i09

Gawker's Latest Conquest: SF-Based Sci-Fi Blog i09

Meet the newest member of the Gawker Media blog empire: San Francisco-based sci-fi blog io9. When a blog has an entire category dedicated to Doctor Who alongside generics like 'books,' and 'movies,' you know they're not fucking around when…
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