Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

“[The] copyright infringement claim can live long and prosper if the Axanar works are substantially similar.” (Paramount Pictures Corp. v. Axanar Productions, Inc.)

May 19, 2017

Excerpt:  A jury will be the final frontier for a fledgling production company intent on creating its own Star Trek movie titled “Axanar,” a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Prayer Offered by a Conscious Anthropomorphic Robot

March 13, 2017

“Hello. My name is Max. I have two brothers and two sisters, but… I think I may have lost them forever. I don’t know if you can hear me. Your existence is unproven and seems extremely unlikely. But if you are there… and if you listen to things like me… please help. I don’t even have to see them again. Just keep them safe… and, in return, I will be available to assist you in any way I can… and I’ll try to believe in you.”

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See also Humans (TV series) (“Humans (stylised as HUM∀NS) is a science fiction television series that debuted on 14 June 2015 on Channel 4 and AMC. Written by the British team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans, the series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called `synths.'”)


March 2, 2017

I’m amazed these fans, who were well on the path to creating an entire Star Trek movie, pushed their case as far as they did . . .

The article recounts with some detail the court’s rationale behind its rulings, in many cases citing various factual considerations that even a casual fan of the series would know.


Defendants first argued that Garth and the alien species used—specifically Klingons and Vulcans—are not copyrightable. The Court disagreed…

Second, the Court found that the Axanar Works were substantially similar to the Star Trek works  because “Defendants expressly set out to create an authentic and independent Star Trek film that [stayed] true to the Star Trek canon down to excruciating details.”

…Third, the Court rejected Defendants’ fair use defense, finding all four factors favored Plaintiffs . . .

“Netflix CEO Hastings: In Twenty, Fifty Years, ‘We May Be Entertaining A.I.’”

February 28, 2017

Clever quote, but science fiction.

“[The] Martian atmosphere is so thin, and the mass of dust that it carries is so low, that a dust storm can’t tip over a spaceship.”

November 26, 2016

Below is the interviewer comment, in context, from this National Geographic article:  Ready for Launch: Our New Q&A With Neil deGrasse Tyson – – Join the noted astrophysicist and host of TV’s StarTalk as he speaks geek-to-geek with Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

“For those who might have not seen the film: You have a spaceship that wants to take off, and there’s a dust storm—very common on Mars—whose pressure is so great that it’s tipping the spaceship. But the Martian atmosphere is so thin, and the mass of dust that it carries is so low, that a dust storm can’t tip over a spaceship.”