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2001: A Space Odyssey

Strange Stars: A Must-Read For Sci-Fi and Pop Music Fans

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Long, long ago, in a movie theater far, far away, a young lad named David Robert Jones watched a London screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 lost-in-space tale had a life-shaking effect on the person who would become David Bowie. At the time, Bowie was just a skinny singer with a dream, and a penchant for science fiction. After identifying with Robert Heinlein’s novel Starman Jones, about an Ozark farm boy who wants to go to space, Bowie devoured Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov and all that the Golden Age of sci-fi could provide. Some of his earliest songs were abbreviated science fiction plots of strange worlds, strange creatures, stranger things. And in 1969, five days…

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When the printed word inspired Best Visual Effects Oscars

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The act of reading, it’s been said, is like a vivid and continuous dream. As the reader’s eyes scan the page (or the computer screen), the words disappear, and the imagination constructs the world being conveyed by the author. Wondrous settings, fantastic beings and acts that are impossible to achieve in the real world unfold before the mind’s eye. How, then, are these flights of fancy recreated on the movie screen? For generations, that task has fallen to motion picture visual effects artists. These artisans and technicians, working in concert with directors, have been responsible for bringing that which can only be imagined to life. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been handing out Oscars for Best…

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