H.G. Wells

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This month’s issue of “Wired” magazine features a very lengthy, in-depth article by Stephen Levy in which the author interviews Google’s Larry Page. It covers all of the massive projects the company is undertaking, from a car that drives itself to the Google Books project, which still aims to scan every book in existence and create a repository of human knowledge that is indexed, searchable, and portable. But as benevolent as that may seem on surface value, Ben Lewis’s Google and the World Brain takes a hard look at the Books project itself, the ideas behind it, and the proponents and opponents the company faces in the battle over digitalization of the printed world. The “World Brain” part of the title comes from a collection of essays H.G. Wells wrote in the late 1930s where he described a World Encyclopedia that would be free to everyone and full of all information.

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Is this the human race of the future? If so, why do they keep getting tricked into an underground cavern to be eaten by other humanoids? H.G. Wells’s classic tale about traveling into the past and future gets a powerful adaptation, and that adaptation gets a deep-throatedly narrated trailer. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:

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Hopefully 2009 prepared you for brilliant science fiction. Back in 1936, it’s Christmas in Everytown, and there’s talk of war coming to their doorsteps.

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