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Enterprise culture: Star Trek Into Darkness

Into the future: director J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness.

To boldly go … that's the maxim of the Star Trek universe. But even the late Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), the creator of this iconic sci-fi series, might've been surprised by J.J. Abrams' 2009 cinematic reboot - and not just for its pulsating action and successful recasting of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:29pm

Movie review: Oblivion

Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion stars Tom Cruise (right), Olga Kurylenko (left), Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough.

SPOILER ALERT: In Oblivion, Tom Cruise plays drone mechanic Jack Harper in the post-apocalyptic world.

15 Apr 2013 - 1:39pm 1 comment

Alone at world's end

Tom Cruise in Oblivion

Eight years ago, Joseph Kosinski was just one of the many young people who left their hometowns for Los Angeles in a bid to break into the movie business.

7 Apr 2013 - 3:37pm

Film review: Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

Hollywood generally might be obsessed with teen audiences, but as the Baby Boomer generation ages, an increasing number of films are also made about golden ponds and bucket lists. The latest attempt to explore a country for old men is the nominally sci-fi drama, Robot & Frank. Set in a future that could be Apple's next product launch, Frank Langella plays a retired cat burglar with a crabby demeanour and a diminishing memory.


31 Jan 2013 - 5:45am

Film review: Cloud Atlas

Film review: Cloud Atlas

With six different plot threads twined together, Cloud Atlas is as lofty-minded as the title suggests. Based on another so-called unfilmable novel - this one by British author David Mitchell even used a different literary style for each subplot - the book and movie both tackle big spiritual ideas. But the film's grand conceit in the clouds is not quite supported by the Atlas weight of its interwoven stories.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Short Science, December 23, 2012

The science fictions of Arthur C. Clarke will go electronic.

Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre said they may be able to definitively announce in March that they have discovered the elusive Higgs boson.

23 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Playing it cool

'Is there anybody here who is NOT an alien?' - Agent J (played by Will Smith) in Men in Black

Who is Jay?

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm


Neuromancer by William Gibson (read by Jeff Harding) Audible (audiobook)

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Monster sci-fi franchise reborn

It all began with a giant elephant-like creature more than 30 years ago. Dubbed 'the Space Jockey', it appeared seated in a pod-like device in the original Alien film. The creature - featured in books and comics - has not been referenced in any other film in the series. Until now, in the prequel, Prometheus.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Enjoyable, if unoriginal, return

It's been 15 years since the original Men in Black sci-fi comedy, and a decade since the sequel, but Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) are still the best part of the hit franchise. That's even when you consider the addition of Josh Brolin as the younger Agent K for the third instalment.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Distrust that Particular Flavor

Distrust that Particular Flavor by William Gibson G.P. Putnam's Sons (e-book)

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cowboys and Aliens (Film)

The problem with Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens is that it tries to be a bit of everything - and ends up being nothing much at all.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto Director: Rupert Wyatt Category: IIA

In the original Planet of the Apes, the chimpanzee intellectuals pronounced human civilisation stupid because it destroyed itself with an atomic bomb. The chimps might have come to the same conclusion if they'd watched this prequel to their own story.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Embassytown by China Mieville Picador (e-book)

China Mieville is the novelist many believe will take science fiction into the mainstream. His early books, Perdido Street Station and The Scar, were extraordinary combinations of fantasy, history, epic and purple prose that helped create the genre known as Steampunk.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Bogged down in reality

A Man of Parts by David Lodge Harvill Secker, HK$247

8 May 2011 - 12:00am