Monday, August 31, 2015

Supervolcanoes






Today on Far Future Horizons we will focus our attention on perhaps the least understood and the most destructive natural phenomena on Earth – Supervolcanoes.

Map of all Known Supervolcanoes

Only a handful exist in the world but, when one erupts it will be unlike any volcano we have ever witnessed. The explosion will be heard around the world. The sky will darken, black rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent of a nuclear winter.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)



WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH


"He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother" ~ George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four (1984)

With all the news wires abuzz over the past year and a half about the revelations concerning domestic spying in the United Kingdom and the United States  by Edward Snowden, the former technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) we at Far Future Horizons thought it only fitting that we present the most recent film adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). The novel and film  illustrate the full magnitude of how our civil rights as citizens may eventually become eroded.

Snowden leaked details of top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs such as PRISM to the press. Has the Orwellian vision of the surveillance society become a reality?


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our Greatest Adventure

The Hermes Spacecraft from the film "The Martian".

Today on Far Future Horizons we present "Our Greatest Adventure" hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.



This is  an excellent viral movie campaign for the motion picture "The Martian" starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Horizon - We Are the Aliens




Today on Far Future Horizons we look at the exciting possibility that terrestrial life may have had an extraterrestrial origin and that the Earth in its infancy was seeded by microbes from outer space through a process known as Panspermia.


Clouds of alien life forms are sweeping through outer space and infecting planets with life – it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds and may explain the origin of life on Earth if not the origin of life itself. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The New Time Lords




Is time travel possible? And if it were what will this reveal to us about the fundamental nature of reality? Will our forays into the fourth dimension reveal to us that all of cosmic existence is in fact virtual and that we are nothing more than mere virtual players in a highly advanced computer simulation? Will our attempts at becoming the New Time Lords only reveal to us that in fact we are mere pawns in a highly sophisticated arcade game?


According to the BBC documentary Horizon-“Time Trip” such possibilities are very real.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stargazing - A Graphic Guide to the Heavens Part 1



Today on Far Future Horizons we are introducing a new documentary series about Astronomy which is sure to delight both experts and novices alike entitled “Stargazing - A Graphic Guide to the Heavens”.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Operation Crossbow



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the true story behind Operation Crossbow, the secret Anglo-American intelligence operation against Adolf Hitler’s development and deployment of his Vergeltungswaffen or V-Weapons namely the V 1 flying bomb and the V 2 rocket. We also explore the role of Britain’s ultimate fighting flying machine –the Spitfire as a spy plane.




The successful outcome of Operation Crossbow came at a crucial time for it insured the successful outcome of Operation Overlord – The D-Day allied invasion of Nazi occupied Europe.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Krakatoa


Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the forces which shaped our planet with the highly acclaimed History Channel documentary series “How the Earth Was Made”. In the third episode of this series examine the unique geological conditions that make Krakatoa and it's successor, Anak Krakatau, extraordinarily explosive and dangerous.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Deepest Place on Earth





Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the forces which shaped our planet in the second episode of the highly acclaimed History Channel documentary series “How the Earth Was Made”.


In this installment we are going to embark on a voyage into the Abyss. The deepest place on Earth – the Marianas Trench.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2001: The Making of a Myth (2001)




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the first television documentary about the greatest science fiction epic ever made - Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Monday, August 17, 2015

San Andreas Fault






Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the forces which shaped our planet with the highly praised History Channel documentary series “How the Earth Was Made”.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running





Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present the Science Fiction Classic “Silent Running” (1972) directed by Douglas Trumbull.

The loner crew member of a spaceship harboring Earths last nature reserves goes renegade when he is instructed to jettison his beloved forests and return home. Accompanied only by three robots, he ponders the fate of his last pocket of nature and the murders of his fellow crew members in this far-looking speculative film.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Operation Pedestal ~ Malta’s Miracle of August 15, 1942

Operation Pedestal: Depicted, Tanker Ohio being attacked by Savoia Marchetti SM79's and Ju 88's The Cruiser is HMS Charybdis.



Today marks the seventy-third anniversary of Operation Pedestal, a British operation to get desperately needed supplies to the island of Malta in August 1942, during the Second World War. Malta was the base from which surface ships, submarines and aircraft attacked Axis convoys carrying essential supplies to the Italian and German armies in North Africa. In 1941–42, Malta was effectively under siege, blockaded by Axis air and naval forces. To sustain Malta, the United Kingdom had to get convoys through at all costs. Despite serious losses, just enough supplies were delivered for Malta to survive, although it ceased to be an effective offensive base for much of 1942. The most crucial supply was fuel delivered by the SS Ohio, an American-built tanker with a British crew. The operation started on August 9th, 1942, when the convoy sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar.


Sci-Fi Science – Shape shifting Transformer




Today on Far Future Horizons we join Dr Michio Kaku for another exciting installment of Sci Fi Science. According to Hollywood, evil robots are all around us, disguised as cars and trucks. But what the movies don't explain is what kind of mechanical power allows a Chevrolet Camaro to stand up and move around like a human. Dr. Michio Kaku is on a quest to build a real life shape shifting Transformer robot.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Is It Real? ~ "Lake Monsters (Monsters of the Deep)"



Today on Far Future Horizons we go in search of Monsters of the Deep with another exciting episode of the acclaimed National Geographic documentary series – Is It Real?

Could remnants of prehistoric sea creatures still be lurking in the deep waters of lakes and oceans around the world?

In this installment we investigate the numerous reports of sightings of sea monsters in the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Scotland’s Lake Loch Ness, and British Columbia’s Lake Okanagan.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cheating with Michio Kaku - Mysteries of The Universe




Today Far Future Horizons we will be Cheating with Michio Kaku.

Suppose you are out with a group of friends gazing at the night sky and someone says, did you know that they just found a black hole at the center of our galaxy and someone else mentions dark matter or the whole universe was smaller then an atom the instant before the big bang.. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Prehistoric New York


Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to embark on a voyage into the past and visit a very different and utterly alien Manhattan Island.


We are going to visit a prehistoric and wild city that never sleeps - Prehistoric New York.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This Island Earth (1955)



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the SciFi Classic “This Island Earth” (1955).

This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Batman Unmasked




Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the history of the Cape Crusader and discover how a kid scarred by a life changing traumatic event turns into the only symbol of hope for the City of Gotham.

In today’s documentary feature we delve into the mind of perhaps the most iconic crime fighter in comic book history, the Dark Knight himself – Batman.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The War of the Worlds (1953)



Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present George Pals' film adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel of the Martian invasion of Earth - The War of the Worlds (1953).


This film version of the H.G. Wells classic still remains my all time favorite. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Sixth Finger


"Where are we going? Life, the timeless, mysterious gift, is still evolving. What wonders, or terrors, does evolution hold in store for us in the next ten thousand years? In a million? In six million? Perhaps the answer lies in this old house in this old and misty valley ..."

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a SciFi classic from the hit 1960s TV series “The Outer Limits. Today we present the episode “The Sixth Finger” starring the Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s David McCallum as Gwyllm Griffiths




This is one of my most favorite story of the entire series. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Living in Parallel Universes



Today on Far Future Horizons we once again explore the possible existence of universes parallel to our own.

Parallel universes are strange hidden worlds, where an alternative reality exists and have been the subject of many a science fiction novel for decades.

Parallel universes sound like a myth and downright fantasy, but a surprising number of leading scientists believe they are real.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

X-Day: The Plan to Invade Japan



Today on Far Future Horizons we mark the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by taking another foray through an Alternate History of the Second World War with “X-Day: The Plan to Invade Japan”.

Let us suppose that the Trinity Test at Alamogordo, New Mexico had gone very badly and the Manhattan project, that involved the efforts of 130,000 people and cost nearly US$ 2 billion ($ 22 billion in present day value), rather than detonating the world’s first atomic bomb, had in fact produce a dud.




Captain Nemo And The Underwater City (1969)



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the SciFi classic Captain Nemo and the Underwater City.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Starlost - Voyage of Discovery





Today on Far Future Horizons we embark on the ultimate human diaspora with the first episode of “The Starlost - Voyage of Discovery”.

"The Starlost" is a Canadian-produced science fiction television series devised by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and syndicated to local stations in the United States. 

The show's setting is a huge generational colony spacecraft called The Ark, which has gone off-course. Many of the descendants of the original crew and colonists are unaware, however, that they are aboard a ship. 

The series experienced a number of production difficulties, and Ellison ended up disowning it before the first episode even aired.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

James Burke on the Moon





Today on Far Future Horizons we continue to commemorate the forty-sixth anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with two retrospective documentaries presented by BBC veteran science journalist and science historian James Burke ten years after the event.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World: The Journey Begins






Today on Far Future Enterprise we present a television classic from the 1980s -"Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World".


"Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Worldwas a thirteen part British television series looking at unexplained phenomena from around the world. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network and first broadcast in September 1980.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Earth II (1971)





Welcome to the first independent nation in Earth Orbit. Welcome to Earth II.


Today on Far Future Horizons it gives me great pleasure to present the TV motion picture Earth II starring Gary Lockwood of “2001: A Space Odyssey” fame. 

I saw this motion picture when it first aired on NBC Channel 4 in New York City. I was ten years old at the time. This is the very first motion picture I ever saw that depicted the concept of an orbital space colony. Later made famous by Gerald K. O’Neill.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Towards 3001 and Beyond with Arthur C Clarke – Master of the Infinite



Arthur C Clarke departed our world and went on his own personal and final odyssey into the infinite on March 19th, 2008. Through his creative brilliance in the genres of science fiction and popular science, both in the printed word and the mass media of television and motion pictures, Clarke more than any other futurist of his generation has taught three generations of men and women that our exploratory endeavors into the depths of unknown and the inevitable discoveries and terrors that await us could also be the greatest moments of transcendence in human history.