If what we see in ‘Star Trek: Picard’ are the same old ideas we’re fed by thought police, it will be a disappointment and a betrayal to the original series.
To better understand how important ‘Star Trek’ is to reading the TV climate, it’s worth looking at what happened the last time it was so popular.
It’s sort of terrifying to see a robot nurse cradle a baby. The child grows, with no human contact. Daughter smiles at Robot Mother, although she’s never seen a human smile.
Venerable British novelist Ian McEwan’s latest, ‘Machines Like Me,’ imagines an intriguing, but ultimately disappointing, past where Alan Turing never died and humanity is forced to confront advanced artificial intelligence in the 1980s.
The series recaptures one of the greatest virtues of science fiction long gone missing in other genres: a strong, self-sacrificing, masculine hero.
Martin L. Shoemaker’s debut science fiction novel, ‘Today I Am Carey,’ asks if robots will become part of our family in the future and, if so, can androids truly be kind or is the emulation of human feelings enough?
Ben H. Winters’ detective novel ‘Golden State’ tells of a dystopian future where honesty is rigorously policed, and succeeds as thought-provoking entertainment.
‘Bandersnatch’ is a breakthrough experiment in audience interactivity, and driving Internet obsessives to geek out over its endless potential story permutations.
Galactica is literally and figuratively falling apart, while humanity struggles with Cylon integration.
Gaeta and Zarek lead a coup against Roslin and Adama over the proposed alliance with Cylons, plus a host of vendettas.
Which foundational ideas, assumptions, and seemingly-semantic debates mold how we interpret our world in relation to science and faith?
Season Four’s first half climaxes with a battle, a high-stakes stand-off, and a brutal plot twist.
Humans and rebel Cylons form an alliance to find Earth, but events immediately conspire to destroy it.
The Cylons plunge into civil war while Tyrol, Tigh, and Tory process the revelation they too are Cylons, with a fatal consequence.
Season Four begins in a space battle between humans and Cylons, but the real drama comes from conflicts of faith within both camps.
As the series approaches the Season Three finale, Starbuck and Apollo take dramatic turns.
Tim Powers’ latest novel, ‘Alternate Routes,’ is both a thrilling mash-up of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and a work of startling moral sophistication.
When ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ was on TV, almost the only Emmys that ever went their way, despite the good acting and writing, were for makeup.
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