Mechanical by Bruno Flexer

Mechanical by Bruno Flexer
Mechanical by Bruno Flexer

Thursday, January 30, 2014

That evil alien monster - Superman!

Well, not what you were expecting, isn't it? But let's look at things the way they really are. Let's take a hard long look at that Kryptonian living inside the pages of DC Comics, Superman.

We all know that he is an alien, don't we? Came to us 33 years ago from the planet Krypton according to the Man Of Steel movie , he has lived in our midst for all his life. But still, he is an alien and not a human being.
Keep this in mind.

Now, is he really evil? Let's come back to this in a moment.

Is he a monster?
"A monster is any creature, usually found in legends or horror fiction, that is often hideous and may produce fear or physical harm by its appearance and/or its actions. The word "monster" derives from Latin monstrum, an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong within the natural order." From Wikipedia.

Okay. So Superman is really a monster. Although not hideous, he MAY produce fear AND physical harm by his actions. He really is an aberrant biological occurrence considering his alien origin. And nothing of Earth's natural order applies to him.

Lets consider the most important thing. Is he evil?
On the surface, no. He rescues kittens stuck on trees, fights off super villains and is referred to as the "big blue boy scout."

But consider this. According to the Superman myth, he started discovering his powers in his teens and as a young adult he as come into his full strength. Even since then he has fought the good fight. Now, think about this. If you would have received invulnerability, super strength, x ray vision, heat vision, flight and god only knows how many other less famous powers (super hearing, super speed and the list goes on and on ...) what would you have done?

Peeked into the ladies bathrooms? Threatened a girl who refused to go out with him? Intimidated an evil high school teacher who gave you a low mark? Paid back that obnoxious bank teller who always puts you down? Earned a LITTLE money by using your super strength and flight to haul precious cargo from one end of the country to the other faster than a speeding bullet? Became a TV star? Earned some money by being a celeb bodyguard? Used your heat vision to burn a picture of yourself on the surface of the moon? Take over the world? At least one country? A middle sized town?

Would you have done at least ONE of the above? Probably more. Anyone would. I know I would.

The point is, as far as I know he did none of this. Nothing. Nada.

Are you scared yet? You should be. Superman's not human. You cannot understand how he thinks. You cannot understand why he does the things you do.

Which means you cannot predict what he'll do in the future.

Evil Superman

הכל על סדר בחדר, בארון בבית ולמעבר דירה

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Kingdom for a Good Villain!

Seen I, Frankenstein the other day. Not a bad movie, far from it. It was a little weird seeing Aaron Eckhart play an action movie hero, though a little more complex than most, but Bill Nighy's performance is outstanding, as ever.

Actually, the only bone I have to pick is with the screenwriters since they committed an all too common error.

They take a villain, someone who is hundreds of years old who has carefully planned for centuries, taking into account every contingency but alas, the villains nefarious plan is laid to waste by a few well placed punches from our hero, in this case Aaron Echhart.

Come on, people. This happened in Transformers, in Starwars and in more movies and books I would like to count. The greatest villains' plans thwarted by dim witted heroes who have taken a few boxing lessons.

My kingdom for a good villain with a good plan who would not be pulled down by a right jab and left uppercut.

I fact, the only movie I remember where a really good villain was not thwarted by the heroes punches was the Watchmen.  

The heroes arrive at the villain Ozymandias stronghold but he tells them his evil plan was put into action half an hour ago and was not to be thwarted by a fist fight. Which he won, by the way.

THIS is my kind of villain, the kind I put into my books, the only kind that makes sense.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Science Fiction in Real Life - Google Glass

So, it has come to that. A man has been interrogated for going to a movie with Google Glass. Horrible? Invasion of Privacy? Violation of his Basic Human Rights?

Every person has right to use what is essentially a smartphone, with all the capabilities of a smartphone, and people have been using smartphones for years.

Actually, this is a glimpse of things to come and how little are we prepared for them. We are only now starting to understand the threats wearable (implanted ?!?) Internet connected devises pose to us, our security and our privacy.

That's right. The security and privacy of those who DON'T use such devices.

Think about it. The person you are talking to, who is also connected to the Internet by a device such as Google Glass, can take a photo of you, run a facial recognition program and find out who and what you are, where you're living and what's your credit status without you even knowing it.

The person using Google Glass can upload photos or videos of you without you ever knowing it.

The person using Google Glass can learn what are your hobbies, habits, family members and even what sites you frequent, just by running an ID scan on your photo and accessing online Google data, for instance. And they KNOW what sites you frequent ...

What can we do about it? What are the dangers?

This has yet to be explored. For know, just knowing about it is a good start.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - The Movie Of The Force Fields

by Bruno Flexer, Author of:
Dragon Over Washington for Kindle,  Dragon Over Washington Paperback

The Fire At The Gates
Automatic Rebellion
UK Amazon: Bruno Flexer's Works

Just watched The Hunger Games - Catching Fire, which is a moving movie, no doubt. Since this IS a blog about science fiction, I would like to talk a little about that and won't mention the changing number of arrows Katniss has in every scene, or the way Peeta just walked away from being dead for a few minutes or the way Johanna just dug out Katniss's tracker from her arm.

Of course, I have to admit I haven't read the book so all I've got is the movie, which is not bad. What is of interest to this blog is the force fields.

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - The Movie Of The Force Fields
The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - The Movie Of The Force Fields

Force fields have several applications in the movie, from covering the dome of the games to protecting the lounge in the training area to creating things such as baboons, much like the dogs in the first movie.

More on this later ...