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Mur Lafferty wrote a science fiction story about the DMCA to help EFF’s fair use for vidders campaign
23 May
2:32

Mur Lafferty wrote a science fiction story about the DMCA to help EFF’s fair use for vidders campaign

Every three years, the US Copyright Office asks America about the problems with Section 1201 of the DMCA, which bans breaking DRM even for legal reasons, and America gets to answer with requests for exemptions to this rule. One of EFF’s requests this year is a for an…

Why Star Trek has never topped ‘The Wrath of Khan’
23 May
2:15

Why Star Trek has never topped ‘The Wrath of Khan’

Did Star Trek peak too early? The original series, despite being canceled after a mere three seasons, clearly tapped into something special in our collective psyche. The franchise famously got a second chance in the wake of the phenomenon known as Star Wars, but it had a slight issue. Space…

19 Newly Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer
23 May
2:15

19 Newly Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer

Regardless of whether you’re looking forward to a long vacation on a beach or simply relaxing at home, having a book to read is just as crucial a summer accoutrement as a bottle of sunblock and a cold drink. And this summer, readers will have a lot of choices if…

Mike Hall: ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series finds fan with fantasy
23 May
2:04

Mike Hall: ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series finds fan with fantasy

Mike Hall When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am 50, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things — including the fear of childishness…

Jones Wins Gaylactic Spectrum
23 May
1:11

Jones Wins Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2017 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Gaylaxicon 2018, held at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta GA from May 11-13, 2018: The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards “honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy and horror which include significant positive explorations…

The personal side of science
22 May
10:05

The personal side of science

How do snails, shooting stars and science fiction books all relate to physics? They’re just a few examples of where Fermilab scientists and other guest speakers drew inspiration for a recent edition of The Story Collider. “Stories underlie a lot of what we do as scientists, whether we know it or…

Amazon Prime set to save blockbuster sci-fi show The Expanse from obscurity
22 May
9:08

Amazon Prime set to save blockbuster sci-fi show The Expanse from obscurity

The Expanse has been around for three seasons now and was Syfy’s big push into creating a blockbuster science-fiction TV show.  Big money did mean, however, that the show would have to attract some big viewing figures. Unfortunately for The Expanse fans, a 25% drop in season two and a…

11 Real-Life Inventions Inspired By Science Fiction Novels
22 May
8:19

11 Real-Life Inventions Inspired By Science Fiction Novels

You can roll your eyes all you want at the aliens and spaceships and dimension-hopping shenanigans of classic science fiction. You can deride sci-fi as “genre” writing, and you can choose to read only the realest of “realistic” fiction instead. But if you like listening to podcasts on your phone,…

EFF Presents Mur Lafferty’s Science Fiction Story About Our Fair Use Petition to the Copyright Office
22 May
7:12

EFF Presents Mur Lafferty’s Science Fiction Story About Our Fair Use Petition to the Copyright Office

Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA 1201) makes it illegal to get around any sort of lock that controls access to copyrighted material. Getting exemptions to that prohibitions is a long, complicated process that often results in long, complicated exemptions that are difficult to use. As part…

Zachary Quinto Says ‘Star Trek 4’ Is Coming, Excited To Work Again With Director SJ Clarkson
22 May
7:02

Zachary Quinto Says ‘Star Trek 4’ Is Coming, Excited To Work Again With Director SJ Clarkson

Spock actor Zachary Quinto was a guest last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, but the host, known to be a bit of a nerd himself, wanted to start things off talking about Star Trek. Colbert asked…