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Under the Hood

This is cool. Kevin Grazier, JPL scientist and science adviser on Virtuality has penned the latest installment of Codex Futurius, Discover Magazine’s look at the real science behind science fiction. In this edition, Kevin gives the lowdown on the Phaeton’s Orion antimatter drive. It’s a pretty good read, and goes very in depth. You can check it out here.

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The Most Badass Female Space Pilots of All Time

The title says it all. io9’s got the list, and Virtuality’s Sue Parsons has made the cut. She joins other hallmarks of female badassery such as BSG’s Starbuck and Serenity’s River. Check out the full list right here.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Grey’s Anatomy in Space!

ITEM: Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor, the creative talent behind Battlestar Galactica, create Virtuality, a science fiction pilot for FOX which centers around 12 astronauts on a long-term deep space assignment.

ITEM: FOX entertainment President Kevin O’Reilly calls Virtuality, “dense.” Not stupid, but the show has got a lot going on.

ITEM: Sex sells.

ITEM: America likes sex.

ITEM: ABC orders 13 episodes of Defying Gravity, a new show focusing on “eight astronauts from five countries on a mysterious journey through the solar system.” Ron Livingston will play Captain Maddux Donner, while Laura Harris will play a fellow astronaut Chloe, who’s also… Maddux’s old flame.

Virtuality fans may be asking themselves, FTW? But it only gets better, everything the astronauts do is being recorded and sent back to Earth. The show premieres later this month, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. But listen, the minute Jimmi Simpson starts showing up in people’s dreams, I’m going to kill someone.

More at IGN.

VR, from Brave New World to Virtuality

For those of you wondering how all of this nutty virtual reality stuff got started, Sci Fi Wire is running a pretty good piece on its history, from Virtuality all the way back to Aldous Huxley in the 1930s.

1932
Aldous Huxley, in his novel Brave New World, parodies that screwy ballyhoo-y Hollywood, and especially the advent of the talkies, with “the feelies,” multisensory movies you watch by gripping two prongs that zap you with the neural sensations of the characters.

1968
Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is published, in which people use “empathy boxes” to relate to and feel the plight of Mercer, a messianic figure who is pelted with stones as he climbs a mountain.

1987
The great ABC TV show Max Headroom airs, building upon the also-great BBC made-for-TV movie Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future, about an artificial intelligence auto-generated from the noggin of an injured TV newscaster … a show that was better SF than a lot of the Gibson knockoffs published around the same time.

In 1987, I said that mankind’s need for virtual environments would never evolve beyond Max Headroom, and Dennis Miller’s jokes about virtual Claudia Schiffers be damned, I’m sticking to it. Read the full article here.

Good article roundup

5 Things You Should Know About Virtuality (link)

This is coming to us from DVR Playground. Make sure to ignore the last one.

Does Virtuality Have a Future? (link)

Pretty good interview with Michael Taylor posted up at SciFi Wire.

Cast, Creator, On the Future of Virtuality (link)

Just like the title says. The Futon Critic talks to Michael Taylor and the cast about the show.

HitFix also has some good stuff up…

Interview with Gene Farber and Nelson Lee (link)

Interview with Clea DuVall and Erik Jensen (link)

Along with Dan Fien’s review, right here.

Reality TV in a sci-fi setting

Get Ellen Gray’s take over at philly.com.

It’s difficult at this stage to parody “reality” television, which has taught us to accept lying and manipulation as part of the game, but “Virtuality” does its best, losing touch with actual reality only at the moment when an exultant Fallon tells his show’s host, computer scientist Billie Kashmiri (Kerry Bishé) that “Edge” has just set a new ratings record – 5 billion viewers. On Fox.

Now that’s the kind of science fiction you’d think a network would want to get behind.

Vote early, vote often

io9 has a poll going, asking people what summer TV they’re most looking forward to. Right now, Virtuality is coming in second place, behind True Blood and in front of Eureka. Check it out here, and let The Man know what you want to see**!

(**The answer, of course, is Virtuality)


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