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Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY

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  • Started 5 years ago by SHamm
  • Latest reply from Mark Pontin

  1. SHamm
    Member

    Holy umbilicus, Batman. Check out the trade reviews from the Venice Film Festival:

    Variety

    Hollywood Reporter

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Finally watched "Gravity." Realistic? Seriously? Bullshit. Loud, manipulative, and breathless it is -- realistic it definitely is NOT. Feh.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. Mark Pontin
    Member

    If you know any orbital mechanics or, frankly, basic physics, sure -- Cuaron's movie is ridiculous.

    Compared to ARMAGEDDON or DEEP IMPACT, on the other hand, it's good. Low bar to clear, I know.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Actually, starting with the fact that it's the Chinese not the Russians who are the likely culprits to weaponize a bunch of space junk -- since they already did back in 2007, but Hollywood wasn't about to lose the Chinese market by spelling that out in Cuaron's flick --the real-life implications of a Kessler Syndrome scenario are a whole lot more interesting than the movie.

    Lots of SFnal story material there, if anybody's interested.

    To start with, such a syndrome isn't going to be a sudden thing like in the movie unless some radical WWWIII-style event breaks out (if it happens, WWWIII will begin in orbit as each side tries to take out the other's satellite networks first, since these provide connectivity and oversight). Rather, it's an incremental process that will happen over thirty years or so.

    Bad news is, it's already begun, according to the maths.Good new is, there's lots we can do technologically: "laser brooms," electrodynamic tethers, nanosatellites, solar sails, space grapples, and tugs.

    Here's a longish thing I did for ARS TECHNICA after the Cuaron movie came out --

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/beyond-gravity-the-complex-quest-to-take-out-our-orbital-trash/

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Also --

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetes

    'Planetes (プラネテス Puranetesu, Ancient Greek: Πλανήτες Planētes, "Planets"; literally "Wanderers") is a Japanese hard science fiction manga written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura ... adapted into a 26-episode anime television series by Sunrise ...
    'The story revolves around the crew of the debris collection craft, Toy Box, in the year 2075.

    '...Both the manga and anime received the Seiun Award for best science fiction series.'

    Posted 3 months ago #

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