Trailer for The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald

Paul Raven @ 02-10-2010

We like it when our Futurismic fiction writers go on to greater successes, and we’re proud that many of them do. Here’s an example: Sandra McDonald, author of the fabulous “Tupac Shakur and the End of the World” (possibly the most popular story we’ve published this year, if we’re going by page-views and comments), has a new paperback coming out, so she made herself a trailer for it:

Congratulations, Sandra! Hope The Stars Blue Yonder does well. 🙂


Ray Kurzweil: the Movie

Paul Raven @ 25-02-2009

Via George Dvorsky, here’s the trailer for Transcendent Man, the forthcoming film about the life and work of Ray Kurzweil:

I’m pretty convinced that Kurzweil actually believes what he says, though only time will tell whether he’s right or not. However, this trailer doesn’t do much to disrupt Kurzweil’s image as a kind of pseudo-religious techno-prophet; disengaging from the subject matter and looking purely at the language and framing, it seems to set him up as a misunderstood Messiah, and that tends to fire up my instinctive BS detector much more than speculations on the developmental curve of technology.

What’s your take on Kurweil – deluded crank or visionary genius? Or something in between?