Jul 03 2015

Powers TV S1 (PS 2015)

Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner.

Powers is an American online streaming series adaptation of the Powers comic book series published by Marvel Comics under their Icon Comics imprint.

The PlayStation Network’s first scripted original programming, the series premiered on March 10, 2015.

The first two episodes of the series were written by Charlie Huston and directed by David Slade.

The first three episodes, (the third directed by David Petrarca), were released on March 10, 2015 on the PlayStation Network. The pilot episode is available for free on YouTube and Crackle.

On May 6, 2015, Powers was renewed for a second season.

Jun 27 2015

Concurs de texte in limba engleza

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In atentia celor ce pot scrie SF & F si in limba engleza:

 

Hey you! Do you like to write science fiction or fantasy stories? Are you an aspiring writer, but not sure if you’re ready for the big time? Then you’re just the kind of writer we’re looking for! The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA for short) is running a writing contest. Prizes include free books, and a grand prize of a free membership to Boskone. More important, though, is that we offer free critiques of your work. Our goal is to help young & aspiring writers to improve their writing, so you can become our new favorite writer! Check out our website for details: http://www.nesfa.org/awards/storycon.html.

Jun 24 2015

Gânduri de miercuri

Actualul scandal Puppygate va produce mari schimbări constituţiei Worldcon. Cea mai importantă propunere care va fi votată în august vizează împiedicarea unui mic grup de votanţi de a domina lista cu nominalizări, cum s-a întâmplat anul acesta. Propunerea se numeşte E Pluribus Hugo (Out of the Many, a Hugo):

The E Pluribus Hugo proposal retains the current system of inputs at the nominations stage from the voter’s perspective. You still get to choose up to five candidates for each category. The difference is that there is a two-stage process. In the first stage, your vote gets split fractionally between your nominees. If you nominate five candidates in a particular category, your have cast 0.2 of a vote for each. If you nominate four, your vote counts for 0.25. If you nominate only one, your vote counts in full.

That is, at the first stage. The proposal then eliminates seriatim all those works which have not got enough support to get on the final ballot, and reallocates their votes as if they had not been nominated. That process continues until there are only enough left to fill the ballot. So if you nominate five books, and three of them are unpopular with other voters, your vote ends up being split with a value of 0.5 each for the other two. What usually happens to me is that I nominate five books, four of which nobody else has heard of, and my vote would then end up completely concentrated on the remaining one. This is obviously too complex to run by hand, so it will need to be done by computer (Hugo voting has anyway been administered by computer for many years).

The envisaged consequence is that if 15% of voters blindly follow the dictates of a slate, and the other 85% smear their votes around a number of other works, the votes of the 85% will end up being concentrated in such a way as to ensure that the slates do not get all five slots. On the other hand, a slate which is supported by 15-20% of voters probably would end up with one or two candidates on the ballot, which is fair enough if they can muster that level of support. They then, as now, have to face the verdict of all other voters, who will also have No Award as an option if they are unimpressed by the ballot as a whole or by individual entries.

O altă propunere este aceea de a se înfiinţa o nouă categorie de ficţiune – Cea mai bună saga, pentru care să fie eligibile seriile care conţin mai mult de 400.000 de cuvinte. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19 2015

The Vagrant de Peter Newman (cititorfantasy.wordpress.com)

23559647In ultima vreme nu mai am multa tragere de inima (si nici timp) sa scriu articole  lungi pentru blog.

Mai degraba mi s-a deschis apetitul pentru platforma Goodreads unde sunt la zi cu volumele citite.

Plus ca e mai usor de urmarit ce volume ti-ar putea place sau nu si cu o parte din prietenii gasiti chiar am schimbat pareri despre cartile parcurse.

Cam ce am cautat eu tot timpul.

Initiatorul blogului Cititorul de Fantasy este unul dintre acestia.

Ultimul articol publicat ii este dedicat unui volum ce mi-a placut foarte mult (i-am si dat 5 stele pe Goodreads), The Vagrant de Peter Newman.

Un debut fantasy genial.

Pe blogul de mai sus mai gasiti articole despre :

Cantecul Sangelui de Anthony Ryan aparuta la editura Trei,

The Incorruptibles de John Hornor Jacobs (un alt fantasy excelent)

The Way of Kings de Brandon Sanderson

sau articole despre volumele din excelenta serie Craft a lui Max Gladstone

plus multe altele.

Lectura placuta!

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 Later edit by Tudor: Pe telefonul meu acum :)

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Jun 19 2015

Jurassic World

O formă drăguţă fără niciun fel de conţinut, la fel de goală ca şi Avengers, Fast & Furious sau Transformers. Este din ce în mai evident faptul că filmele care au un atât de mare succes în toată lumea reprezintă un fel de cel mai mic numitor comun, au o la fel de mare profunzime ca şi un hamburger McDonalds, iar pentru a le viziona nu este nevoie să faci apel la mai mult din creier decât este necesar pentru a consuma fast-food (o caracteristică comună tuturor fiinţelor umane este aceea că ne place mâncarea bogată în lipide şi glucide tocmai pentru că timp de sute de mii de ani acest tip de hrană a fost cel mai greu de găsit).

Citatul de mai jos din Ray Bradbury are mai multă substanţă şi oferă mai multă hrană pentru minte decât toate cele 120 de minute ale lui Jurassic World:

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Jun 18 2015

Ant-Man Tv extended spot

Jun 17 2015

Gânduri de miercuri

O ştire pentru cei care, din fericire, mai au timp de jocuri pe calculator – noul Doom 4, care se va numi simplu Doom, arată excelent. Cei doi John, Romero şi Carmack, cei mai importanţi creatori din istoria jocurilor pentru calculator (Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake), au plecat de la Id Software, care a fost achiziţionată de Bethesda, dar, se pare că moştenirea lor trăieşte.


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Jun 15 2015

Breaking the Chains de Ioana Visan

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Breaking the Chains, the first installment in The Devil You Know series, is out on Amazon.

It’s short story of about 4,000 words, priced at $0.99 (the lowest possible on Amazon) and free via Kindle Unlimited.

All it took was one human to figure out how to lend his guardian angel to another and now Lucifer “Lu” is left to try to fix the situation before it gets out of hand. With his pet human in tow, Lu begins an investigation like no other and sets out to stop the madness before other humans follow suit and interfere with his livelihood.

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Dishonored 2 game trailer by Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios

Jun 10 2015

Hyperion pe micile ecrane!

Hyperion

O astfel de ştire, pe care o aşteptam de mulţi ani, merită un articol separat.

Bradley Cooper, mare fan Hyperion şi cel care deţine drepturile pentru adaptarea cinematografică de mulţi ani, va produce serialul pentru SyFy alături de Graham King (producătorul lui Argo) şi de Todd Phillips (cel care a produs şi regizat The Hangover).

It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences.

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