This is the time of year when most people start reflecting on their accomplishments and failures--the Ghost Diaries reflects on horror movies. We look back on the year with nostalgic fondness, running a slow motion highlight reel of brutal murders, screaming faces, demonic possession, and pools of blood spreading across new laminate floorboards. 2013 is probably not going to be looked back upon as a watershed moment for horror cinema, but there were still plenty of gems.
The rise of the Corporatocracy uses all tools at its disposal, including Hollywood, which has long been a mouthpiece for both the military industrial complex as well as capitalism itself. How do drones and military robotics figure into this and why is Robocop the perfect example of a new breed of Hollywood propaganda?
George Romero casts aspersions on the most popular zombie franchise in television history. Is he justified?
Barring a mass extinction of the human race--which, of course, is completely plausible--our technological progress will likely continue to grow exponentially, making the chances of a technological Singularity quite good. However, the energy requirements of this will necessitate the construction of a Dyson sphere.
An account for some very disturbing depictions of viruses in recent movies and television...oh, and the plague
For anyone who's dreamed of going to Disney World and never leaving, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003) is the book for you. Cory Doctorow's increasingly relevant novel is a precious literary artifact, functioning as a potent science fiction missive, as a challenge to copyright laws, and as a prophecy of the coming age of reputation currency.