5 Great Sci-Fi movies you may have missed

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Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Synopsis: In late 1990’s Los Angeles, Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is the owner of a multi-billion dollar computer enterprise and the inventor of a newly completed virtual reality simulation (VR) of 1937 Los Angeles…

Why you may have missed it: The title screams “horror flick” but it’s nothing of the sort. It’s actually great, stylish, expensive looking sci-fi. It also sported some of the best scenic CGI of its day and its aging very well.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtYdZkPmFoU

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Upside Down (2012)

Synopsis: Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he loved once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach…

Why you may have missed it: Again, the title doesn’t do a lot for the movie unless you know what’s about. This is fantasy sci-fi, with some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen – and great acting by all involved.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtixqUXid9A

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Strange Days (1995)

Synopsis: A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in 1999 Los Angeles.

Why you may have missed it: By its movie poster, I don’t get a clue as to what it’s about. A “strange” movie that builds around a neurological gadget, with a superb cast and a riveting story, written by James Cameron.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yaXPx6xWEQ

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Dark City (1998)

Synopsis: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Why you may have missed it: Trailer looks a tad weird. Dystopian in nature, with several memorable settings and a surprising ending. A young(er) Jennifer Connolly in a charming role.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt9HkO-cGGo

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Moon (2009)

Synopsis: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.

Why you may have missed it: Its movie poster seems evocative of the 1970s but doesn’t do a lot for this great solo movie. One of the best actors of his generation, Sam Rockwell, stars in a character-driven story on the moon surface. Some of the best FX until “Gravity”.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twuScTcDP_

Future Man – A new novel explores the potential of the technological advances imagined in science fiction classics

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Are we forfeiting the future?

A new novel from author Bruno de Marques explores the potential of the technological advances imagined in science fiction classics

What happened to the future? We live in 2015 and yet we have little to show for it – no flying cars, no humanoid robots, no manned space exploration. When did those dreams die?

Future Man, the new novel from author Bruno de Marques, seeks to revive that once-promising vision of the future. The tightly wound plot follows Vincent, an average, middle-aged man from Delaware, who is disillusioned by the unfulfilled promises of the science fiction of his youth.

Determined to usher in a new era of technological advances, Vincent searches the world for scientists who can help turn his vision to reality. What follows is an adventurous journey across the globe – and the Cosmos – as Vincent seeks to develop the technology that will create more interesting and fulfilling lives for people all over the world.

Source: excerpt from the novel’s US Press release

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Kirkus Reviews describes Future Man as “Highly imaginative” … “Action packed book” … “This wildly creative work certainly takes readers to many unexpected places.”

“A tribute to classic Sci-Fi writers, their concepts and their expectations for the future.”

About Future Man

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Availability

Hardcover, softcover and e-book editions are available in Amazon (all stores) | Apple iBooks | Google | Barnes & Noble | Ingram | Baker & Taylor | Bowker | Kobo | Scribd

Link to Amazon US (Worldwide)

Link to Amazon UK (Europe)

“If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America.” Stephen Hawking 25-09-2015

If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.” Stephen Hawking 25-09-2015

Full article: http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/09/25/inenglish/1443171082_956639.html

That’s exactly what our previous post The Next Great World War advocates.

Analysis | German Expedition to Antarctica 1938/39 – Part 2

In the four previous posts of this series, we have established that there’s a reasonable chance that there was – and may still be – a III Reich facility of some kind in Antarctica. Either energy or research related. But WHERE could it be?

BOOK ANALYSIS / “Die Deutsche Antarktische expedition 1938/39 – Volume II: Erster Band | Bilder | Und Kartenteil”, by Alfred Ritscher

Introduction

In this last post of the series III Reich in Antarctica: The key to unlocking ‘the Future’?, we’re going to formulate a hypothesis as to where the III Reich facility may be. The sort you see in movies and books that could justify a full-fledged expedition by an interested party.

Disclaimer Before you read any further, bear in mind that Antarctica is probably the most dangerous region in the world. So dangerous that even your own sweat can kill you. As you’ve seen, even military expeditions had to retreat in a hurry duo to harsh climate changes – and they went in during the Austral Summer, the supposedly “milder” season. Not to mention that if, in fact, you were to find a III Reich base there, there’s no reason to believe they’d be “friendly”. Quite the contrary. For these and several other reasons, I do not recommend individuals, even with Artic or Antarctic experience, to embark in such an endeavor by themselves. I hereby decline any responsibility in such actions. Proceed at your own risk.

“X” doesn’t mark the spot

Does the “X marks the spot”? Unfortunately, no. But, quoting Indiana Jones, it hardly ever does. Still, you’ll surely notice that this will be a very short post, when compared to previous ones and that is because, well how can I put it? – There’s not a lot to say.

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About this book

There’s a few things you should know about this book:

  • This second book (or “volume II”) is actually some sort of “Images and Maps” appendix for the main volume, addressed and analyzed in the second post of this series.
  • It has come to my attention that the US Government might not know of the existence of this “volume II” or appendix.
  • It would be easy to mistake the appendix for the main book as the cover is nearly identical, both with the Schwabenland (the ship) in the background, expect for the footer (Fig. 1 and 1.a. below) Still, this book is a lot slimmer than volume I.

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  • Rainer Daehnhardt bought the two books at an auction, in the 1990s. The auction was for items ceased by the III Reich during WW2, that once belonged to Jewish families, but to which the original owners could not be located. The proceedings from the auction would go to a Jewish organization helping victims from the holocaust.

Additionally, Rainer also told me that:

  1. He had been looking for these books for decades and never expected to find them in such an auction;
  2. Unexpectedly, he had to bid and pay a small fortune to get the two books;
  3. Before shipping the books, the auction house tried to void the sale, saying that the items had vanished and willing to return more money than he had paid – But Rainer insisted, “pulled some strings” and, eventually, finally got them. Why all this trouble? “Speculation time” anyone?

The Azores

The Azores were one of the most important ports of call to the German expedition to Antarctica in 1938 (the main book showed plenty of evidence, although I’m not sure I’ve shown pictures of it as it’s not very relevant. Still …). There’re many stories regarding secret operations in Azores by the III Reich during and after WW2, involving submarines, underwater bases and even German “UFO” sightings – most of these even got published in local newspapers. And then there’s the permanent American base there. “Base das Lajes” it’s called. A story of in-and-out black suits and underwater explosions at sea is popular among the personnel stationed there. Some like to link that event to the demolition of an abandoned III Reich submarine base. A few boats got to approach the blast site and found floating debris, described as very light metal (probably aluminum). Huge chunks of it could be lifted up easily by a single person.

There’s also an odd story about ancient Jewish scrolls found hidden in a beach cave in Azores. This one story is actually true – Rainer got to examine a sample of these scrolls – But how did they get there? The local Jewish community couldn’t explain their existence or why they were hidden in a beach cave.

Speculation time: The “Nazis in Antartica” lore

Those who follow the “Nazis in Antarctica” lore – those who did not need these posts and the evidence they contain to believe in the existence of a III Reich facility in Antarctica – will surely be aware of the rumors that:

  • In November 1944, the III Reich research base in Antarctica severed all bonds with Nazi Germany;
  • The reason why German submarines started “popping up” pretty much everywhere in 1945 was because they were serviced and refueled but denied entrance in Neu-Schwabenland (the German “state” in Antarctica);
  • The reason why part of the German surface fleet and several U-boats never turned up was because there was a confrontation over the latter;
  • The reason Wernher von Braun – the scientist whose research and oversight would put mankind on the moon 24 years later – stayed behind and did not board the submarines headed to Antarctica was because he had broken his arm and would have trouble moving around the submarine and probably wouldn’t survive the trip and/or the cold. And – get this – because he was a “lesser mind” and was not worth the hassle.

To ludicrous to believe, huh? Here are some pictures of Von Braun and part of his rocket team when they turned themselves over to the Americans in Reutte, Austria on 3 May 1945.

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Back to analyzing the book: German Expedition to Antarctica, “volume II” (or the “Images and Maps” appendix from Volume I)

Would you believe if I was to say that you would not need to know a word of German to reasonably formulate a hypothesis where the German base in Antarctica could be? It looks like something out of a movie, right? But it’s the truth.

Answer: what would be your conclusion if:

  • In the only recorded German expedition to Antarctica, that took place in 1939, the same year WW2 started
  • Where the German claimed an area of more than 250,000 km2 which they named Neu-Schwabenland
  • In the “Images and Maps” appendix of the expedition logs …
  • There was a recurring region that kept coming up, in the form of maps and pictures? (Fig. 3 to 7)

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It’s called the Wohlthat Massiv, about 80 miles inland.

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Do you want to know what it looks like, if you were standing right next to it? Here it is:

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What if …

  • Disappointed at the reality of the “future”—the 21st century is nothing like classic sci-fi writers had foreseen—and fed up with the world around him, someone decides to go there?
  • Against all odds, he finds a forgotten Jewish community composed of elite, scientific thinkers?
  • Knowing that a handful of the so-called “lesser minds” in the German III Reich were responsible for putting us on the moon, what awe-inspiring wonders could be accomplished with most of its “greatest minds”?

What do you think would happen?

Something wonderful,

 Future Man.

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What you’ve seen in this 5-post series is evidence based in documents that have been, at some point, declassified. You probably noticed the wooden floor over which these pictures were taken. It’s the floor of an embassy’s library. There were many other documents, to which I wasn’t aloud to take pictures – for my own safety – but from which, at the time, I took extensive notes. Namely interviews to captured German Scientists and reports about their lives during the 40s, up until the 70s. Surprisingly enough, some of them are Jewish or half-Jewish (mostly), revealing the technology being developed at the time. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. Let’s leave it at that.

In a few weeks, an “extra” post will come out for this series. It will show, beyond the shadow of doubt, the kind of tech research the “brightest minds” of the III Reich were up to – no speculation – an actual myth-shattering document.

Since most of this information remains classified to this day, although romanticized in Future Man, there’s truth behind every claim, behind every aspect of their technology.

After reviewing the existing material extensively, I strongly believe that whatever is left in Antarctica is not a “Nazi base” but rather a scientific research facility. When you check the origins of those who might be involved, it’s very easy to reach the conclusion – or, at least, formulate an hypothesis – that its members (today) would be Jewish and half-Jewish scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, astronomers ... and their families.

Future Man is what I expected to find there, what I hoped to find, had I gone to Antarctica in the late 1990s/early 2000s – an idea I entertained for at least 5 years, before getting married. Although slightly better than winning the lottery, the odds of actually finding anything would be slim and, let’s face it: it’s a one way ticket.

But “history” only accounts for about a quarter of Future Man. This novel is about a man’s struggle, Vincent De Marcos, in bringing the “Future” – as it was once envisioned by 20th century classic sci-fi authors – to fruition. A future, he believes, where everybody would have a chance at a different kind of life.

Are you ready for Future Man?

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Hardcover, softcover and e-book editions of Future Man are available in Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google | Barnes & Noble | Ingram | Baker & Taylor | Bowker | Kobo | Scribd

Amazon / Hardcover edition http://www.amazon.com/Future-Man-Bruno-Marques/dp/1480818151/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441813743&sr=8-1&keywords=future+man+bruno

Amazon / Softcover and Kindle editions http://www.amazon.com/Future-Man-Bruno-Marques/dp/1480818143/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1441813743&sr=8-2&keywords=future+man+bruno

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Previous posts on the subject:

Thank you.

Bruno De Marques

#thefutureneedsyou #futureman

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Future Man | Novel launching September 15th

“The future needs you.” And, apparently, it’s in a hurry!

Thanks to the good people of Archway Publishing | Simon & Schuster, Future Man will be released September 15th, nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Bruno De Marques.

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Hardcover, softcover and e-book editions of Future Man will be available in Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google | Barnes & Noble | Ingram | Baker & Taylor | Bowker | Kobo | Scribd

Future Man | Ready for something ‘different’?

Got the author proof for “Future Man” hardcover edition today. It’ll be out October 15th.

“A furious book with a soul and purpose of its own.” You guys ready for something different?

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As Vincent De Marcos watches a barge carry off a supersonic airliner to a museum in November 2003, he can’t help but think: The old boat still has a place in the world, but the Concorde apparently does not. For the first time in the history of transportation, distances have become longer, and it feels like a funeral—only they are burying the future instead of a person

No one seems to care, but sixteen years later Vincent still can’t help thinking about what the world has lost. To him, we still live in the past, and smartphones and tablets, as amazing as they are, will never change that. He struggles to focus on work at the Rigor Insurance building and looks forward to sometimes flirting with his friend, the beautiful Nuria Guzman. It’s only by chance that he sees a presentation about the supposed existence of a forgotten Jewish community composed of elite, scientific thinkers that have been hiding in Antarctica since World War II.

Throwing caution to the wind, he decides to search for the community, even though it means risking his life. If he finds it, he’ll be forced to decide whether or not the scientists can be trusted to help the world live up to its promise in Future Man.

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Inspired by the findings of historical researcher Rainer Daehnhardt who, in 2005, was awarded “Top One Hundred Scientist 2005” by Cambridge, for his historical scientific research, namely his findings on the activities in Antarctica by the German of the III Reich in the 1930/40s and the secret operations, led by allied forces – especially the U.S. – to find them, long after WWII was over. He has published 80 books and over 600 scientific articles.