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Friday Nite Videos | December 31, 2021

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Bernie Sanders Eviscerates Elon Musk. Come As You Are (Nirvana) | Playing for Change. The Year in Jordan Klepper 2021. Don't Look Up | Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence. 2021, in 6 Minutes.

The Man Who Finally Made a ‘Dune’ That Fans Will Love

How Denis Villeneuve broke the curse. New York Times
Villeneuve’s hugely anticipated, pandemic-delayed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is an environmental fable, a parable of the oil economy, a critique of colonialism, a warning against putting your faith in charismatic leaders.

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What Draws Us to the Reactionary Darkness of Dune?

Chris DIte Jacobin
The latest film adaptation of Dune, Frank Herbert’s cult sci-fi novel series, is out next month. With its often-reactionary mix of political cynicism, ecological catastrophism, and lurid orientalism, it remains oddly attractive to left-wing audiences

How Sci-Fi Shaped Socialism

Nick Hubble Tribune Magazine
From William Morris to Ursula K. Le Guin and Iain M. Banks, science fiction has provided an outlet for socialist thinkers – offering a break from a bleak political reality and allowing them to imagine a vastly different world.

Imagining the End of Capitalism With Kim Stanley Robinson

Interview by Derrick O'Keefe Jacobin
Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of more than twenty books, including New York 2140. He talked to Jacobin about his latest work, his vision of socialism, and why we must fight to imagine the end of capitalism rather than the end of the world.

Friday Nite Videos | April 24, 2020

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The Writers and Directors Who Saw Coronavirus Coming. The Liar Tweets Tonight | Roy Zimmerman. Unorthodox Trailer | Netflix. Anti-Lockdown Protesters Harass COVID-19 Nurses. Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Broken System In U.S. Nursing Homes

The Centenary of Isaac Asimov, Dreamer and Explainer

David Leslie Nature
The indefatigably curious chemist and science-fiction icon championed rationality for the common good, explained science to the public and blazed new paths in science fiction in more than 500 books that he wrote or edited

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A Postcard from Ursula LeGuin

John Crowley Boston Review
An homage to the then recently deceased, superlative science fiction writer who encouraged the author, an apprentice novelist adrift in the publishing world, to be a better reader as well as an accomplished scribbler of exemplary fiction.
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