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The Future According to Films

by Joey deVilla on September 6, 2011

In the spirit of the first day back to school, here’s the future — as predicted by films (with the occasional TV show) and presented in timeline form by Tremulant Design. Dystopias and shenanigans abound!

A long timeline showing movies and TV shows depicting the future and the years in which they will take place, from 2012 (2012) to 3001988 (Red Dwarf).
Click the timeline to see it at full size.

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for the win

Once again, my friend and former co-worker (I worked at his startup, OpenCola, during “The Bubble”) Cory Doctorow is holding the Canadian launch of his latest novel, For the Win.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb about the book:

In the virtual future, you must organize to survive

At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.

Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In Shenzen, heart of China’s industrial boom, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.

The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power—including blackmail, extortion, infiltration, violence, and even murder. To survive, Big Sister’s people must out-think the system. This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once—a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all.

Imbued with the same lively, subversive spirit and thrilling storytelling that made LITTLE BROTHER an international sensation, FOR THE WIN is a prophetic and inspiring call-to-arms for a new generation.

The event takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Merril Collection of the Lillian H. Smith building (a.k.a. “The Library”) at 239 College Street, just east of Spadina. Perhaps a post-launch visit to Caplansky’s is in order.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Star Trek vs. Street-Talkin’ Dracula

by Joey deVilla on May 8, 2009

There’s a part of me that hopes that the new Star Trek movie premiering today takes its plot from this 1980s Star Trek comic in which the crew of the Enterprise takes on a vampire who sounds like Shaft:

"Holy shit, guys! It's Dracula! He's on the ship!" "Ah-ha-ha-ha! That's right, bitches! The D to the R to the acula!"

(This fine bit of comic Photshoppery was created by Kevin Church.)

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