Goulburn Comics Event

On Saturday 18 March Goulburn is holding their own version of a Comic Con event.
The event will include “cosplay competitions, over 20 pop culture market stalls, a live Quidditch match, superhero rock and roll wrestling, comic art workshops, pop art makeup demonstrations, a mobile gaming theatre, a Star Wars vs Star Trek debate and more, plus special guests Thor of Oz and Rae Johnston”.
Pre-registration is available for cosplay entrants and workshop participants.
For more information, contact Goulburn Mulwaree Library (02) 4823 4435 or check the Goulburn Comic Con page.
Venue: Veolia Arena, 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Time: 11am – 5pm, 18 March
Admission: free
(The CSFS has no association to this event.)

Outlander on SBS

The science fantasy tv series ‘Outlander’ is to be broadcast on SBS starting this Thursday night (20 October) at 9.30pm.

Based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows the adventures of a woman who finds herself transported from the late 1940s to 1743 in Scotland.

The series was filmed on location in Scotland with a lot of attention to detailed costuming and good acting.

Definitely worth a watch

Replicants and RUSes and flying elephants

As a part of their Cult Classics movie series, Dendy is screening two very different ’80s classic movies.

9 May will be the day for “The Princess Bride” and rodents of unusual size and on 15 May “Blade Runner” will be screening.

While on the other side of town, Limelight is screening classic Disney animated fantasy movies starting with “Dumbo”.

Back to the Future Arrival

Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.

Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?

I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.

The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

To  celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.

This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm

Movie Review – Elysium

Elysium is an action science fiction movie set in the mid-twenty second century, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp who also gave us the movie District 9.

Earth has become a polluted, over-populated mess. Rather than attempting to fix the problem, the Earth’s wealthiest people instead moved to a space station called Elysium. Elysium is the ultimate ‘gated community’ where the rich live in opulence with near-miraculous medical care, a clean environment and pristine homes and gardens.

Elysium is so huge that it’s visible in the daytime sky. And reaching the space station is the daydream of most of Earth’s inhabitants.

The story follows Max, played by Matt Damon, who dreams of getting to the space station someday, until fate changes his priorities from dreams to action.

Elysium is a well-written science fiction movie with a believable plot, plenty of internal consistency and an array of characters from different cultures and background. A few science nitpicks could be made about some things but frankly they’re minor compared with the overall success of the story as a science fiction tale.

The acting is excellent with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura and Sharlto Copley all being extremely believable in the main roles. I barely recognised Sharlto Copley who plays a hard-bitten military character, Kruger, so different from the submissive public servant Wilkus he played in District 9.

Very highly recommended, especially for fans of action SF with a message.

Reviewed by Katrina

National Science Week – August 10 to 18.

There are many, many Nationa Science Week events being held across Australia. In the ACT we are being indulged with events before, during and after the week.

Here is a selection of a few items of interest. Check out the National Science Week website for more events.

Get your geek on with Questacon’s SciNight, a geeky night for grown-ups.
Friday, August 9 (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) at Questacon in Parkes.
$10, tickets available at the door.
This 18+ event will include interactive demonstrations, live music and entertainment. SciNight also gives visitors the opportunity to explore Questacon’s eight galleries after dark and get hands on with over 200 interactive exhibits—without kids!

Mars Invades! Cocktails and sci-fi at the Martian Embassy
A $55 a head fancy dress cocktail party at The Shine Dome (Australian Academy of Science).
Come dressed as your favourite 60s sci-fi character or movie artefact, enjoy sci-fi style catering and groove along to our DJ’s sci-fi-inspired tunes.
Friday, August 9 (7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) Bookings required

DANscienCE Festival: where dance and science meet
Free festival hosted by the Canberra Dance Theatre (CDT) in association with Ausdance, QL2 Dance, CSIRO Discovery Centre and DanceKids. The week-long festival will bring together Canberra leaders in the fields of artistic and scientific research.
Saturday, August 10 2013 till Sunday, August 18 2013. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. , CSIRO Discovery Centre in Acton.

Interactive Science Trail
A hands-on self guided trail investigating the science behind the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ plants.
Saturday, August 10, till Sunday, August 18 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Above and Beyond
In a joint presentation as part of a special National Science Week international guest tour, Dr Valerie Neal and Dr Tom Crouch will explore multiple revolutions in aeronautics that have led to the present day, concluding with their perspectives on the future of aviation and space flight.
Free lecture. Wednesday, August 14 2013. 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Duffield Theatre, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Weston Creek.

ANSTO: Fact or Fiction
Is there fact in your favourite science fiction film? Is it possible to fight the dark side with the light side? Could you make yourself disappear with an invisibility cloak? Join in the conversation with scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.
Free discussion at Questacon. Multiple sessions – Thursday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, August 16 2013. 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Booking for free tickets essential and available online.

The Rise of Cyborgs and Post Human Beings
How far would you go to for that competitive advantage? Stronger arms, faster legs, sharper brain, or maybe just overcoming a disability – join a top-flight panel where we’ll explore the future of humanity, and what happens when biology meets technology.
Free event. Sunday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at John Curtin School Medical Research, Australian National University. Bookings required for this free session.

Future Energy Science Show (for adults/seniors)
In conjunction with U3A, discover the future of energy in this enlightening show.
Free event, bookings required. Tuesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.
Volunteers will race solar powered cars, spin lung-powered wind turbines and get some practice at energy-saving things they can do like recycling as each topic is brought to life in exciting, interactive and fun ways – this is not your average talk.
This show will be tailored especially for adults and seniors allowing us to explore ideas in detail and have time for discussion and questions afterwards about the future of energy for coming generations.
A different version of the show for families/children will run on Saturday 3 August.

Man of Steel movie review

Superman returns to the cinema in yet another reboot in the movie Man of Steel.

This movie tells a visually stunning account of the last days of Krypton, a detailed story of young Clark Kent’s childhood, and the dramatic battles both physical and mental when Clark’s past catches up with him. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way all humour disappeared from Krypton and Earth leaving us with a rather dry story.

Man of Steel is visually clever and is much better acted and scripted than the last couple of Superman movies before it. But I found it unengaging and some of the characters, in particular Lois Lane, less interesting than I’d hoped. Apparently everyone in Metropolis is always deadly serious about everything.

Recommended for Superman fans and anyone who enjoys clever visual effects.

Reviewed by Katrina

Pacific Rim movie review

When aliens invade it’s not from space but from a trans-dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean. Creatures the size of Godzilla appear out of the rift and attack cities. In an effort to stop the creatures the Jaeger war machine program (giant robots) is created.

This is the opening premise of Pacific Rim, an action movie directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Pacific Rim is an amusing romp with a story very strongly inspired by Japanese anime (animated tv shows) especially Neon Evangelion, Robotech, and Full Metal Panic. The story follows the fortunes and battles of the Jaeger war machines and one pilot in particular.

Pacific Rim is not deep and meaningful drama. But if you enjoy anime, Transformers, slightly camp science fiction action, or del Toro’s movie Hellboy then this is a Saturday matinee movie for you.

For Australian fans, there are even a couple of ocker Jaeger pilots who would be at home in the rougher parts of the crowd at a V8 Supercars race or Summernats; I was disappointed that they didn’t have fluffy dice and Holden or Ford stickers in their giant robot.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys giant robots fighting or wants to watch some slightly silly SF action.

Reviewed by Katrina