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Science Fiction Stories

“All Our Wrong Todays” – why don’t we live like The Jetsons?

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai is a Sci-Fi novel that explains why we don’t live like the Jetsons. Let’s face it, by this time we were supposed to have flying cars, world peace, Moon Colonies and teleportation machines. What happened to the future that the 1964 World’s Fair promised the Baby Boomers?

What happened to the future The Jetsons promised us?

What happened to the future The Jetsons promised us?

Tom Barren, the hero of All Our Wrong Todays is the man who ruined the future for all of us. It turns out that the utopian future really did happen.  Things were going smoothly right up to the point where time travel was invented. That’s when Tom travels to the past, and in a matter of seconds, unintentionally changes human history. When Tom returns to the “present” he finds it has become the messed up  world we live in today. Oh, by the way, his actions also destroyed the time machine, so there is no way he can go back and undo the damage he created.

The 1964 World's Fair promised us a perfect future

The 1964 World’s Fair promised us a perfect future

There have been many time-travel novels, but All Our Wrong Today’s is one of the best. Instead of getting hung up on technical jargon, Elan Mastai delves more into the psychological and ethical issues of experimenting with technology of unlimited power.

When Tom comes back from the past into our “wrong today”, at first all he sees is how technologically backward we are. Then he begins to realize that his  own life has improved. He has merged with the person he is in this new time line.

What really happened when the World's Fair ended

What really happened when the World’s Fair ended

In his own time, Tom was a screw-up only child. In our world, he is a rich and famous architect, with a wonderful sister. Tom also meets a woman and falls in love. Tom realizes   that the technology of his world had muted the senses of people. Our world may be harsh and often terrible, but it also allows people to truly feel every experience.  But is it right for Tom to continue in this false world that was created by accident? Shouldn’t he try to change time back? Is there any way he can get the best of both worlds and merge the two realities?

Elan Mastai author of All Our Wrong Todays

Elan Mastai author of All Our Wrong Todays

We don’t want to reveal too much of the plot for fear of ruining the exciting twists and turns of All Our Wrong Todays. Suffice it to say that Elan Mastai is a brilliant writer who brings all the characters of these fictional time-lines to life. We look forward to reading more by this gifted author.

I Origins – Movie Review

I Origins is a science fiction movie about the  most controversial of all  topics- Religion. Most science fiction movies go out of their way to avoid any religions overtones at all. The big exception, or course is Star Wars with its mysterious and all powerful “Force”.

Unlike Star Wars, however, I Origins takes place in current times, and looks at one particular aspect of religious debate- Evolution.

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Michael Pitt stars as scientist Ian Grey, who is out to prove once and for all that evolution exists. He intends to do this  by tracking the evolution of the human eye.  As part of his research he has a database of millions of eye photographs. Like fingerprints no two human eyes are alike.

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However, along the way he makes a startling discovery. Instead of finding out about evolution he seems to come across scientific proof of reincarnation. Being a complete atheist himself, he fights his own discovery, but soon becomes obsessed with it.

Anyone who doubts that the eyes are the window to the soul has only to look into the eyes of Shabat Gula. She, of course, was the Afghan girl who was on one of the most famous covers of National Geographic of all time.  With her eyes alone, she was able to express the anger, defiance, courage and beauty of the Afghan people.

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Brit Marling stars as his research assistant Karen. Btit Marling, was also the star and co-author of Another Earth, one of the most moving Sci-Fi movies ever made.

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Astrid Berges Frisbey is Sofi, the wife of Dr. Grey. After her tragic death her exact eyes appear in a photograph from India. If eyes are as distinct as fingerprints how is it possible for this to be?

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I Origins is a great movie which is both moving and fascinating. It address the problem that all scientists face. Despite all our modern scientific tests and instruments and theories, we still cannot answer the basic questions that human beings have asked since the beginning of time.

  • Who Are we?
  • Where did we come from?
  • Where are we going?

I Origins does not claim to answer any of these mysteries  of life. However, unlike most Sci-Fi films I Origins has the courage to at least ask the questions.

Another Earth – movie review

Another Earthwas released in 2011 and is listed as a science fiction movie. However it is really a psychological drama. It is the story of a brilliant and beautiful  young high school senior, who has just been accepted into MIT as an astrophysics major.

On the day she learns about her acceptance to MIT two things happen. The first is that astronomers discover  there is a planet the exact duplicate of Earth which is close enough  to be reached by  spaceship. The second is a sudden tragic event that intertwines her life with that of an accomplished music composer (played by William Mapother).

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The story is not about the science fiction aspects, and it has no special effects. It is about the capriciousness of life and the choices we make. Does a duplicate Earth mean there is a chance to correct past mistakes? Is there really such a thing as redemption for past sins, and if there is do we deserve such redemption?

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To tell you any more of the plot would be to give away too much. I will say that this is a beautiful and moving story.

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The high school girl is played by Brit Marling who also co-wrote the story with the director Mike Cahill.  It is brilliantly written and directed and it has our highest recommendation. Please let us know if you enjoy it as much as we did.

We give this movie our highest rating of Five Stars *****