It was ten years since I played Eve Online. I had to stop because it was time consuming, not for any other reason. It’s a very well made online game. You travel between solar systems and space stations, mining asteroids and fighting pirates or just exploring the universe. Instead of watching a sci-fi movies you’re living inside one. So why mentioning this old game? Because it’s still a great game and now it’s also free to play (that’s why I’m playing again). Free accounts have limitations but it will take you a while to experience them. The game has a learning curve too, but it’s worth the time to get to know this virtual universe and there is help to get online or in game.
So what is the game about? That is basically up to you. There will be a bit of mining asteroids but you can buy or sell things or turn into a pirate. If you’re at my age you will probably see the similarities with games like ELITE and Home world. Or maybe not, Eve Online is far more complex.
Link: Eve Online
Learn playing: EVE University UniWiki
For beginners: Brave Collective Wiki
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If you’re a science fiction fan like me you must watch all movies you can find. It doesn’t matter if they’re not very good, you need to give them a chance. In my experience most of them aren’t very good but you simply have to the take the good with the bad. So it made me quite happy to find this site:
Soviet Science Fiction Movies
You have probably already seen Solaris? I mean the original, not the one with George Clooney. I even found one movie by Klushantsev that I spent some time and money to find a couple of years ago. If you can stand the politics, enjoy the movies. Maybe you have also seen Aelita? That movie is not available at the site above but you can find it at Youtube. I found it here:
Open Culture: The first Russian science fiction film: Aelita: Queen of Mars
I’ll end with some Soviet art work: Communist life in Space.
The Guardian: Seven Soviet sci-fi films everyone should see
Pavel Klushantsev: IMDb | Wikipedia
What would first contact with aliens be like? It’s the topic for many movies. But can we have enough contact movies? This year’s movie is called ‘Arrival’. Based on a short novel called ‘Story of your life’ it’s new to me but I hope to see it soon. US premiere November 11.
Gizmodo: Story of Your Life could be one of the year’s most magical films
Hopefully you didn’t miss last year’s documentary / science fiction movie ‘the Visit’. A fictional contact with aliens, what would happen?
Popular Science: The Visit explores what could actually happen
Other great contact movies:
Contact (the best!) | 2001 | Close Encounters of the Third Kind | E.T. | The Day the Earth Stood Still | The Andromeda Strain | Sphere | The War of the Worlds | The Arrival and so on…
IMDb: Arrival | The Visit
Wikipedia: Arrival | The Story of Your Life
This short movie was written by a computer after being fed with science fiction novels. Is this the future of movie making? I don’t know.
Ars Technica: Movie written by algorithm
“Space that never was” is an alternate history site about the space race if it hadn’t ended in the seventies. It’s very cool and well made. I found it mentioned here.
Site: Space that never was
Wikipedia: (the real) Space Race