A look into VanderMeer’s trilogy, the film adaptation based on the first novel, and the genre that investigates the unknowable mysteries of the universe.

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As soon as I saw the trailer for Annihilation, an upcoming new science-fiction film, I immediately knew I’d be a fan. The tone, style, genre and themes it seemed to explore have always been fascinating to me. A branch of science-fiction in which things can’t quite be explained, described or understood by the fictional world’s inhabitants or the reader alike. As the stories unfold and we try to understand what’s going on, it’s quickly apparent that it can’t be done. Like trying to teach ants to learn algebra.

The film is based on the Southern Reach trilogy of books by…


A retro trip back into the design of old video games and how it inspires the artists of today.

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I had a SNES growing up. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. Remember those big cartridges? Remember that classic controller design? Remember the pixels? The music? Good times.

I loved that that legendary console. I remember playing Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario Kart, F-Zero, Street Fighter II, Yoshi’s Island, and I would just play these over and over again on repeat. As time went on, so did the advance in technology, allowing graphics and the ambitions of video game…

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