Nexus 6 (10-10-12)

It's been a little while since my last Nexus 6. It is well overdue time to check out what I've been reading on the internet science fiction, fantasy and horror scene.

1) The Most Ingenious Worlds Ever Invented By Science Fiction

I love building worlds. Science fiction gives me great opportunities to do so and on a huge scale. Of course, world building is worth little without engaging characters and a sizzling plot. If you have those in science fiction and fantasy, however, I think you owe it to your reader not to cop out of the setting. Here's Cracked with some observations on some of the worlds created in science fiction film and fiction.

2) Cloud Atlas

This is the trailer for a film called 'Cloud Atlas', which is based upon one of my favourite literary novels by David Mitchell. It's a beautifully constructed story with one tale sitting Russian doll style within another. Several of these stories reach into the future and the far future. Check out the generous trailer below.

3) Top 100 Best Science Fiction Novels

Esteemed science fiction editor David Pringle picks out his one hundred best science fiction novels at 'Worlds Without End'. Pringle was the founder and editor of Interzone Magazine for many years and knows his stuff. His list makes interesting reading for the science fiction reader. Do you agree with the books he has included and his ranking of his favourites? Check the list out here.

4) Horus Heresy on the Tabletop

The Horus Heresy Book One - Betrayal is out. It is a supplement for Warhammer 40,000 dealing with war and battle in the dark age of the Horus Heresy. I know people have been looking forward to bringin the Horus Heresy to the tabletop for a long time. This book contains extensive background information on the Imperium as it stood at the end of the Great Crusade. Also detailed are the histories of the four Legions who took part: the Sons of Horus, Emperor's Children, World Eaters and Death Guard and an extensive campaign system. And don't forget all the beautiful pictures!

This book also contains a complete Space Marine Legion Crusade Army list as well as games rules for the Primarchs of the four Legions, super-heavy vehicles and special characters featured in the story. Got mine already. It really is a handsome book. Check it out here.

5) Does a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

More from i09 here. An interesting article in which economist and futurist Robin Hanson from George Mason University, and philosopher Nick Bostrom from Oxford University examine humanity's chances of survival in a crowded galaxy. I'd like to think that largely being the aggressive, mindless thug of a race that we are, that our chances are fair! Read more here.

6) Predator


Blitzspear said...

I'll have to give that list a look see one lunch time, another very intresting nexus.

Bellarius said...

An interesting number of articles especially io9's points upon the possibilities and difficulties behind expanding to a large scale civilisation.

I am surprised you out cracked's article so high on your list though, considering they had standards low enough to put James Cameron's planet of painfully obvious plagiarism on that list.