Peter Gabriel w Deep Forest: While the Earth Sleeps
The song played over the end credits of Strange Days (1995, a curious and uneven sci-fi film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Ralph Fiennes). This song fascinated me. With the help of internet, I can now understand the mysterious lyrics:
(Macedonian) Dali znaesh mila majko shto sum ne srekjna Cel den doma sama sedam Nadvor ne smejam.
(translation) Do you know, mother, How unlucky I am? All day I sit at home, I am not allowed outside
(My nominations and my choice in bold. Just for fun. I haven’t seen yet Hunger Games: Catching Fire, After Earth, Riddick, Her and maybe I missed some titles. )
Best actor in a supporting role: Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Russell Crowe (Man of Steel), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek into Darkness), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Hunger Games II), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man III), Simon Pegg (Stark Trek Into Darkness)
Best actress in a supporting role: Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) , Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness), Antje Traue (Faora, Man of Steel)
Best actor: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man III), Idris Elba (Pacific Rim), Joaquin Phoenix (Her).
Best actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games II), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim)
Best cybernetical enhancement: Iron Man armors (Iron Man III), the Jaegers (Pacific Rim), the exoskeleton (Elysium)
Best setting design: Krypton (Man of Steel), the Tokyo Jaegers base (Pacific Rim), Tower 49 (Oblivion)
Best robot or A.I.: Operating system (Her), Consciousness of Jor-El (Man of Steel), the drones (Oblivion), security and servicebots (Elysium)
Most desolated future Earth (a big theme in 2013): After Earth, Elysium, Hunger Games II, Oblivion,
Best sci-fi film: If I try to be objective, I would say Gravity (overall quality of acting and effects), but Pacific Rim is probably my personal favorite, I should watch all these films a second time to be sure.
You can write comments in the answers. Do you have different choices ? Do you want to give an award in a new category ?
Set to follow the awesome comics written by our favorite Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him). Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hide their son on Earth to grow up. Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents.
“For about two years, I had the coolest job title in NASA: manager of the interstellar propulsion research project.”
Johnson’s team determined that the most practical path to the stars was via solar sails, which required fewer scientific breakthroughs than fusion-powered nuclear engines or exotic propulsion methods like warp drive. Ultra-thin sails would use the faint but constant pressure of sunlight or high-powered lasers to propel them to a few percent of the speed of light. (NASA plans to launch a 124-foot solar sail, called Sunjammer after a sail in an Arthur C. Clarke novel, in 2015, although it will stay well within the bounds of the solar system.) “Sailships are the only way we know to get to velocities that are anywhere close to the speed of light,” Gregory Benford, another physicist/sci-fi author, tells the Starship Congress attendees.
Yet even with this relatively reasonable-sounding technology, the problems are so vast that we won’t be sailing to the stars anytime soon. Johnson says that to propel a craft to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, a solar sail would have to be as big as the state of Alabama, and would need a millennium to travel the 4.3-light-year distance. Change the power source from solar radiation to terawatt-scale lasers and you could cut the travel time to a century. The big drawback? Such a system would require power “equivalent to the total output of humanity today,” Johnson says.
Lubin acted as conference contrarian, frequently asking presenters pointed questions about their proposed technologies. But he also offered up his own sci-fi-sounding project: a planetary defense system that could double as a solar sail’s power source, using beamed energy to propel an unmanned probe to the stars.
The system would collect sunlight with miles-wide solar arrays in Earth orbit and convert it to a beam of energy, similar to a giant laser. Lubin says that over a year, such a beam could completely vaporize a threatening asteroid a third of a mile (1,760 feet) wide at a range of one astronomical unit—the distance from Earth to the sun (93 million miles)—and deflect much larger ones. “It wouldn’t require any miracles, just a lot of hard work,” he says. Such a system could start on a much smaller scale—big enough to zap space debris, perhaps—then be expanded as engineering and funding allow.
If used to propel starships, the energy beam could boost probes to substantial speeds, Lubin says. A 100-kilogram (220-pound) probe with a 100-foot reflector to catch the beam could reach Mars in three days; with a much larger reflector, such a probe could hit three percent of lightspeed—up to 20 million mph—by the time it reached the edge of the solar system in less than a month.