Science Fiction Inspired Song: Van der Graaf Generator’s ‘Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End’ (1976)

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Van der Graaf Generator is one of my favorite prog-rock bands active in the late 60s and 70s.  Although this isn’t one of their best songs, ‘Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End’ from the album Still Life (1976) perfectly fits the theme of this sci-fi inspired song series.  The song is directly inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal novel Childhood’s End (1953) which postulates a future where aliens usher in the next stage of human « Read the rest of this entry »

Science Fiction Inspired Song: Nektar’s ‘Astronauts Nightmare’ (1972)

May 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

Nektar, an English band founded in Germany, is another virtually forgotten group restricted mostly to the more esoteric of psychedelic music circles.  Their debut album, Journey to the Center of the Eye (1972), is sci-fi themed throughout (I’ll post more songs over the coming weeks).  ‘Astronauts Nightmare’ is my favorite of the « Read the rest of this entry »

Science Fiction Inspired Song: The Rolling Stones’ ’2000 Light Years From Home’ (1967)

April 19, 2011 § 8 Comments

I’d completely forgotten about The Rolling Stones’ interesting (if somewhat underrated) psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) and its few noteworthy tracks until one popped up on my pandora station.  The sci-fi and LCD inspired ’2000 Light Years From Home’ « Read the rest of this entry »

Science Fiction Inspired Song: Hawkwind’s ‘Damnation Alley’ (1977)

March 29, 2011 § 4 Comments

Hawkwind’s ‘Damnation Alley’ from the album Quark, Strangeness and Charm (1977) was inspired by Roger Zelazny’s novel Damnation Alley (1967) — which chronicles a suicidal voyage (in an armored vehicle) across post-apocalyptic America « Read the rest of this entry »

A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

February 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

8/10 (Very Good)

Atomic Cafe (1982) is a scathing documentary on the atomic age created from archival film from the 40s-early 60s.  The scope of the material is extensive: military training films (often the most morbidly hilarious and poorly acted of the bunch), television news, various other government-produced propaganda films « Read the rest of this entry »

A Short Story Review: ‘The Preserving Machine’ Philip K. Dick, (1953)

July 5, 2010 § 5 Comments

THE PRESERVING MACHINE

5/5 Brilliant

What an odd and profoundly moving (and disturbing) little gem.

A man visits Dr. Labyrinth who, in the past, had « Read the rest of this entry »

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