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(Syfy)   Where does the term "blade runner" come from anyway?   ( syfy.com) divider line
    More: Strange, blade runner, blade runners, William S. Burroughs, screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Alan E. Nourse, co-writer David Peoples, deep dive, fascinating deep dive  
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2017-10-05 01:16:01 AM  
6 votes:
I'm man enough to admit I didn't know that prior to reading TFA.

And geek enough that I was glad to learn it.
2017-10-05 07:55:39 AM  
5 votes:
FTFA:

"In a fascinating deep dive into the term's origin story over at The Verge."

Remember when Fark would link to the source? Heck, modmins would even correct the links per callouts in the thread. It was a part of what made Fark better than the other aggregator sites. I hope the payolla is worth it for the loss in quality.

/welcome to (nu)fark
2017-10-04 08:24:26 PM  
5 votes:

Wanebo: Christ! How geek am I that I knew all of that before reading TFA?


...and that's why SyFy is trying to appropriate SF fandom, after having given up on destroying SF by inventing what I like to call "BroSF". SyFy's losing viewers to streaming channels and to folks like the BBC, so they're trying something new - actually showing old SF & pushing their SF fandom efforts hard.

Fark SyFy. Fark NBCUniversal.
2017-10-05 02:22:29 AM  
4 votes:

All Intensive Purposes: Wait, I thought Deckard was a replicant


Can we please not go there, just this once?
2017-10-05 03:33:53 AM  
3 votes:
I had my own theory. Deckard's replicant chasing was akin to running on the edge of the knife. You had to tread lightly else you'd get hurt, and you couldn't tell which side he'd fall on (human/replicant) when it came time to stop.

/stupid
2017-10-04 07:20:47 PM  
3 votes:
Christ! How geek am I that I knew all of that before reading TFA?
2017-10-05 08:57:46 AM  
2 votes:

Glitchwerks: All I know is that the soundtrack was released as well as the new Carbon Based Lifeforms album, so I know what I will be listening to for the rest of the day.


That Vangelis bladerunner sound...
Youtube Fne0oIEv-WI


You can make your own Blade Runner soundtrack with any decent analogue synth.
2017-10-05 07:58:30 AM  
2 votes:
A William S Burroughs story. It even thanks him in the credits.
2017-10-05 06:40:55 AM  
2 votes:

Mad_Radhu: You know SyFy has actually been showing some good sci-fi lately, right?

Depends on your definition of "good", I guess, but I can't pass judgement on shows I haven't watched.

But I do have a sort of policy that if you lose business because you screwed up, you deserve a chance to win it back.  If you lose business because you openly loathed and actively tried to destroy what you bought, then why should I ever believe you'd do any more than the bare minimum to keep the lights on?
2017-10-05 03:00:22 AM  
2 votes:
Screw SyFy. They never enable subtitles, and I cannot lip-read.

Why do they hate deaf people?
2017-10-05 02:14:54 AM  
2 votes:

optikeye: William S Burroughs also was responsible for the naming of the band "Steely Dan"
Which was the nick name of a steam powered dildo in the novel "The Naked Lunch"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steely_Dan


And two other groups, The Soft Machine and Insect Trust. And he kinda got the term "heavy metal" out there.
2017-10-05 02:14:30 AM  
2 votes:

spamdog: That was actually cool


Yeah, good read.

Thanks subs.
2017-10-05 01:33:06 AM  
2 votes:

FormlessOne: Wanebo: Christ! How geek am I that I knew all of that before reading TFA?

...and that's why SyFy is trying to appropriate SF fandom, after having given up on destroying SF by inventing what I like to call "BroSF". SyFy's losing viewers to streaming channels and to folks like the BBC, so they're trying something new - actually showing old SF & pushing their SF fandom efforts hard.

Fark SyFy. Fark NBCUniversal.


You know SyFy has actually been showing some good sci-fi lately, right? The Expanse and 12 Monkeys have both been really great series. Add in the The Magicians, which has been solid fantasy adaptation, and they seem to be getting back on track.

Sure, The Magicians technically shouldn't be on a channel called SyFy, but the genres are spiritual brothers with authors like GRRM ans Pratchett jumping back and forth between the genres that I'm not going to get too pedantic about it.
2017-10-04 08:01:34 PM  
2 votes:
William S Burroughs also was responsible for the naming of the band "Steely Dan"
Which was the nick name of a steam powered dildo in the novel "The Naked Lunch"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steely_Dan
2017-10-05 11:26:38 AM  
1 vote:

NobleHam: Mad_Radhu: Sure, The Magicians technically shouldn't be on a channel called SyFy,

They changed the name to SyFy from Sci-Fi specifically to address that issue, so they could expand to areas that aren't quite science fiction.


I think it was more if a "we can trademark 'SyFy' but not 'sci-fi'" thing.
2017-10-05 04:59:16 AM  
1 vote:

sinko swimo: gaslight: I recall reading Blade Runner one summer in my grandmother's basement.

as a ute i used to hide in our basement and read. it was a double headed escape from the biatching, moaning and yelling of my parents upstairs.


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2017-10-05 03:07:46 AM  
1 vote:

Mad_Radhu: FormlessOne: Wanebo: Christ! How geek am I that I knew all of that before reading TFA?

...and that's why SyFy is trying to appropriate SF fandom, after having given up on destroying SF by inventing what I like to call "BroSF". SyFy's losing viewers to streaming channels and to folks like the BBC, so they're trying something new - actually showing old SF & pushing their SF fandom efforts hard.

Fark SyFy. Fark NBCUniversal.

You know SyFy has actually been showing some good sci-fi lately, right? The Expanse and 12 Monkeys have both been really great series. Add in the The Magicians, which has been solid fantasy adaptation, and they seem to be getting back on track.

Sure, The Magicians technically shouldn't be on a channel called SyFy, but the genres are spiritual brothers with authors like GRRM ans Pratchett jumping back and forth between the genres that I'm not going to get too pedantic about it.


I will admit, being on Syfy was a strike against The Expanse for me at first, so I put off watching it for a while. And I didn't totally love the first two episodes, but around the third and fourth one I was hooked. If anyone is still leery of watching it because it's on the syfy channel give it a try, and watch the first 3 episodes with the knowledge it takes some time to gel character-wise and plot wise.

Anyway. FTFA: "Nourse, a doctor who wrote sci-fi novels on the side, imagined a dystopian future America where healthcare is regulated to the point that sick people are sterilized if they want to get care, because the government's belief is that if they're sick they shouldn't be allowed to reproduce."

Dude. NOBODY tell Republicans about this, I'm serious. Let's not give them any more ideas.
2017-10-05 01:39:27 AM  
1 vote:
I'm almost positive this is a repeat from another source, but damned if I can find it.


Mad_Radhu: FormlessOne: Wanebo: Christ! How geek am I that I knew all of that before reading TFA?

...and that's why SyFy is trying to appropriate SF fandom, after having given up on destroying SF by inventing what I like to call "BroSF". SyFy's losing viewers to streaming channels and to folks like the BBC, so they're trying something new - actually showing old SF & pushing their SF fandom efforts hard.

Fark SyFy. Fark NBCUniversal.

You know SyFy has actually been showing some good sci-fi lately, right? The Expanse and 12 Monkeys have both been really great series. Add in the The Magicians, which has been solid fantasy adaptation, and they seem to be getting back on track.

Sure, The Magicians technically shouldn't be on a channel called SyFy, but the genres are spiritual brothers with authors like GRRM ans Pratchett jumping back and forth between the genres that I'm not going to get too pedantic about it.


I'm still bummed they canceled Dark Matter. I would have prefered two more seasons of that over Killjoys. Though I enjoy that one, too.
2017-10-05 01:35:49 AM  
1 vote:
Wait, I thought Deckard was a replicant (since he dreamed of the unicorn), so how's he still alive in the future? I see there are a bunch of articles on this on the googles, but I guess I'll just let the movie tell me. Except I'll have to wait to rent it because last weekend we went to see It and farking aholes were talking through the entire thing and cell phones were everywhere and we vowed never to go to the theater again. Plus we got a sweet La-Z-Boy sofa with power recliners and lumbar support. Cool story bro!
2017-10-04 10:49:54 PM  
1 vote:
An incredibly overrated movie from 1982?
 
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