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Archive for September 1st, 2009

Wired Magazine’s Favorite Sci-Fi Flicks of All Time

Posted by dorian on September 1, 2009

Here are 10 of my favorites out of Wired Magazine’s list of 20:

Soylent Green (1973)

Edward G. Robinson’s last movie, overpopulation horror, cannibalism, euthanasia, class wars: It’s got a lot going on. —Marty Cortinas

scifi_15a euthanasia, class wars, already here. overpopulation horror, cannibalism, coming up!

Soylent Green is a 1973 dystopian science fiction movie depicting a future in which overpopulation leads to depleted resources, which in turn leads to widespread unemployment and poverty. Real fruit, vegetables and meat are rare, expensive commodities, and much of the population survives on processed food rations, including “soylent green” wafers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic observatory and telecoms hub on Mount Wilson threatened by LA wildfire

Posted by dorian on September 1, 2009


(Sipa Press / Rex Features) The flames have torn through dry brush in the San Gabriel mountains. (Sipa Press / Rex Features)


(Jon Vidar) The blaze, which started last Wednesday, has shrouded Los Angeles in white smoke

Los Angeles firefighters are trying to defend a major communications hub and historic observatory from a massive wildfire that is roaring out of control in the hills above the city.

The fire has already ripped through more than 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of tinder-dry brush across the San Gabriel mountains and forced 100,000 people from their homes since it started last Wednesday.

Two firefighters were killed tackling the blaze on Sunday when their fire truck slid more than 800ft down the side of a hill but so far the emergency services have managed to stop the flames spreading into the densely populated suburbs north east of Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

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