Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time’s Arrow

It controls the rhythm of our lives like a Metronome ticking away and measuring the pace and tempo of our existence. Time is an enduring mystery. And, along with time’s arrow we are taking an inexorable voyage into an unknown future.


Many of us today, the world over, will be counting the seconds as Midnight approaches and a New Year dawns. All of us during some moment of our lives have wondered about the fundamental nature of time. But, while it dominates our lives and all of us are bound up in its inexorable passage, few of us can give a precise definition of what Time with a capital “T” precisely is.


Today being the last day of 2016 AD we at Far Future Horizons are going on a Time Odyssey in search of the nature of time to explore it in all its majesty, wonder and mystery with the three part BBC documentary series "Time Machine".

From the creation of the highest mountains to the opening of  flowers petals, time controls the world around us. To understand this super-powerful force on Earth, we must wrench control of time ourselves - compressing, expanding, stopping and dissecting it, to reveal the passing of time and how it shapes our world and our lives.

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Boxing Day with Robbie the Robot




Today dear readers we celebrate Boxing Day with two film classics from the 1950s staring the one and only Robbie the Robot.





Robby the Robot is a fictional character who has made a number of appearances in science fiction movies and television programs after his first appearance in the 1956 MGM science fiction film Forbidden Planet. 


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Star of Wonder




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the final installment of “The Universe Ancient Mysteries Solved”.   

What was the astronomical reality behind the star that, according to the Gospel of Matthew, guided the Magi to the young Jesus? This episode examines almost twenty centuries of  theories and speculation concerning the Star of Bethlehem.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Searching for the Star of Bethlehem



O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Today on Far Future Horizons we go in search of the Star of Bethlehem.

Astronomers, theologians, sceptics and believers have pondered the story of Christ’s birth and the star of Bethlehem. 

Over two thousand years ago, a bright star showed three Magi the path to the newborn Jesus. What was that star? Was it a star or was it something else?

In the deepest sense it scarcely matters, for what is most significant about the Star of Bethlehem is not whether it existed or what it was, but what it symbolizes. For those of us who grew up in the Christian tradition it represents a message of hope and the dawning of a new ethical philosophy by which we choose to conduct our lives.

For me personally the story of Jesus' birth and the Adoration of the Magi symbolises hope.


On behalf of all of us here on Far Future Horizons I would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous  New Year.


May We All Find Peace and Prosperity here on our planetary home - The Good Earth.



Friday, December 23, 2016

In Search of the Real Santa Claus




To commemorate this holiday season we would like to extend our heartfelt and warmest wishes to our readers the world over and to each of you a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of happiness and good fortune.


Today on Far Future Horizons  we go in search of the real Santa Claus with today’s video feature. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Christmas Truce of 1914






The Great War (First World War) of 1914-1918 saw a new world order of violence that spawned the hallmarks of Twentieth Century conflict - machine guns, tanks, air raids; and gas.

The Great War transformed the common soldier into a unit of sacrifice, to be processed and exterminated on an industrial scale.

The war machine was born, a machine that ran on men. In the course of four years, it would get through 20 million soldiers of all nationalities. 

Today on Far Future Horizons we focus our attention on one miraculous day when the war machine faltered. A day when men who were meant to operate as killing machines stopped. A day when they put down their guns, shook hands, exchanged gifts and discovered they had more in common with each other than with their leaders, kings or governments. Enemies became friends, and for a brief time the world was at peace. It was Christmas Day, 1914.

Christmas Day 2016 marks the hundred and second anniversary of that truce. 

We would like to wish all our dear readers a blessed and joyous holiday season and for the coming New Year we would like to bestow upon all of you this heartfelt wish:


As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.

Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God’s name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.

Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.

May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The New Twilight Zone: The Star





Today on Far Future Horizons we present "The Star" which was the third and final segment of the thirteenth episode from the first season (1985-1986) of the television series The New Twilight Zone which first aired on December 20, 1985. This episode was based on the short story "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Earth - Venus's Evil Twin



Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode from the acclaimed series How the Universe Works.

This installment takes a close look at Earth’s evil twin the planet Venus.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After


Today on Far Future Horizons we present the critically acclaimed documentary Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After.

This documentary special offers an in depth look at the critical 24 hour period following the news of Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 reaching President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Mars ~ Pressure Drop




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the third instalment of the National Geographic Channel’s Mars.





In 2033, the Daedalus crew struggles to find permanent shelter. Currently, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos partner to launch an orbiter.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Can We All Become Geniuses?



Today on Far Future Horizons we present another episode of the acclaimed documentary series “Through the Wormhole hosted by veteran actor Morgan Freeman.

This instalment looks at the possibility of boosting human intelligence.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Delivery from Earth



Today on Far Future Horizons we present “Delivery from Earth” short yet very beautiful and inspiring film as our Thanksgiving Holiday offering.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

One of Carl Sagan's Most Pertinent Messages for Humanity




"Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours. In every one of them, there's a succession of incidence, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidity we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the  Italian Renaissance. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the stars." Carl Sagan explains the immensity of space and time. This clip is from Carl Sagan's Cosmos episode 8, "Journeys in Space and Time."

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Carl Sagan’s Last Interview




Today on Far Future Horizons we present Carl Sagan's final interview with Charlie Rose shortly before his untimely death on December 20th, 1996.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Carl Sagan - A Cosmic Celebrity




Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the eighty-second birthday of Carl Sagan and are proud to present a biographical documentary concerning his life.

Carl Sagan was the rarest of all creatures - the celebrity scientist. While some accused him of being a grandstander, none can deny that his approach to science helped introduce millions of people to the great wonders of the universe that fascinated him all his life.

He played many different roles - professor, working scientist, bestselling author and TV personality. In his classic television series Cosmos, he brought science to the masses in an accessible, entertaining format. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Knocking on Heaven's Door

Monument To Yuri Gagarin 


Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary Knocking on Heaven's Door”.



Yuri Gagarin


April 12th 2011 was the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, hailed by the Soviet Union as a triumph for socialist science over capitalism. But the true story is much stranger.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Before Mars




Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present "Before MARS"  the dramatic backstory of Hana & Joon Seung, principal characters in the upcoming series "MARS" on the National Geographic Channel.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Universe - The Day The Moon Was Gone





Today on Far Future Horizons we present another episode of the acclaimed documentary series The Universe.
How The Moon Was Made



Without the moon, Earth would be a very different and desolate place today--four hours of sunlight with pitch-black nights, steady 100-mph winds spawning giant hurricanes that last for months, and virtually no complex life forms, much less humans. Safe to say, we probably owe our very existence to the moon. But what if it suddenly disappeared?


Monday, October 31, 2016

Boris Karloff's Frankenstein



Today on Far Future Horizons we present two Halloween feature videos, the 1931 horror film classic Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff and a 1957 interview with the legendary actor himself on the television series ‘This is your Life’.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Orson the Alien! The Untold Story Behind The War of the Worlds


Today on Far Future Horizons we continue to commemorate the 78th Anniversary of Orson Welles. War of the Worlds radio broadcast with the SciFi Channel’s Seeing Ear Theatre production of Orson the Alien! The Untold Story Behind The War of the Worlds starring Star Trek’s Walter Koenig (Chekov). This radio play was originally webcasted live from New York's Museum of TV & Radio on October 30th, 1998. The script was written by Terry Bisson, Brian Smith and George Zarr.



Invaders from Mars and Beyond




The Martians are Coming!!! The Martians are Coming!!!

Today marks the seventy-eighth anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 Radio broadcast that panicked America. In order to commemorate this anniversary, and wish our dear readers a Happy Halloween, we would like to offer you a very unique triple treat of panic and mayhem.

Our first treat for you today the movie titled "The Night That Panicked America" an American made-for-television movie that was originally broadcast on the ABC network on October 31, 1975. The movie dramatizes events surrounding Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast (based on the novel of the same name by English author H.G. Wells) of October 30, 1938, which had led some people to believe that an invasion of Martians was actually happening in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.


Our second and third video features for today are two documentaries that recently aired which take a scientific look at the possible motivations behind an alien invasion of our world and how humanity may hope to defend itself.

The Night America Trembled



The Martians Are Coming!!!! The Martians Are Coming!!!!


Today marks the seventy-eighth anniversary of Orson Welles' Infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast.


Welles' name will forever be linked to the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast of October 30th, 1938 that panicked America.  In order to commemorate the occasion of Orson Welles' birthday we at Far Future Horizons would like to offer our dear readers a very special Wellsian treat with the following triple feature:


The American Experience ~ War of the Worlds



The Martians are Coming!!! The Martians are coming!!!

Today on Far Future Horizons we will commemorate the seventy-eighth anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast.   



The Martians Invade New York City on October 30, 1938



Today’s video feature is The American Experience Documentary – War of the Worlds.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Real Dracula




Today on Far Future Horizons we would like to wish our dear readers all over the world a Happy Halloween and a delightful night of terror.


For our ghoulish holiday offering we come face to face with the real Count Dracula in a wonderful documentaries feature and two classic horror motion pictures Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi in the title role.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Evacuate Earth ~ Flooded Earth



Today on Far Future Horizons we look at the terrifying consequences that flash floods and rising sea levels could have on the global population.





Sunday, October 23, 2016

Evacuate Earth ~ Monster Storm



Today on Far Future Horizon we present another horrific scenario. Imagine an immediate runaway greenhouse effect due to an explosive outgassing of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the ocean floor. 

This will drastically alter the climate of our planet.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Evacuate Earth ~ Frozen Earth



Today on Far Future Horizons we explore another catastrophic scenario with dire consequence for humanity.

In this instalment of Evacuate Earth find out what may happen if a strange force pulls Earth from its orbit around the sun and sends us drifting out into the cold frigid darkness of outer space.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Evacuate Earth ~ Micro Monsters




Today on Far Future Horizons we begin  showcasing a new documentary series from the National Geographic Channel titled “Evacuate Earth”.




In this series premier we explore the question, do breakthroughs in technology bring new dangers to humanity?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Search for a Second Earth




Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series “How the Universe Works”.



In this installment we go in search of a new home for humanity out amongst the stars – a Second Earth.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NOVA - The Great Math Mystery




Today on Far Future Horizons we join NOVA on a mathematical mystery tour—a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Eyes in the Sky






Today on Far Future Horizons we celebrate the fifty-ninth anniversary of the Space Age. 


On October 4th, 1957 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched and humanity entered the Space Age. 


To mark the occasion we will focus our attention on those ever present orbital sentinels and eyes in the sky that have become the indispensable tools of our technological civilization – the artificial satellite. Earth observation satellites continually monitor our world’s weather, environment and human activity (both civilian and military). Telecommunication satellites are the nerve cells of the twenty-first century’s telecommunications network.



Since October 4th, 1957, with the launching of Sputnik I, satellites have transformed our world into a global village. As we enter the second phase of the Space Age we can expect satellites to play an ever increasing role in serving and maintaining human civilization in the areas of long term weather forecasting, global surveillance and perhaps even in controlling the world’s weather and climate.



To explore the role of the artificial satellite in our modern world we look back in time to the dawn of the space age with two very informative documentaries: Disney's Eyes in Outer Space (1959) and NOVA's Sputnik Declassified.




The entire collection of Walt Disney Treasures - Tomorrow Land: Disney in Space and Beyond is available on DVD from Amazon.com.



NOVA's Sputnik Declassified can be purchased on DVD from PBS Home video.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mankind, The Story of All of Us - Iron Men



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of an epic documentary series about a unique species -Mankind, the Story of All of Us.  This series presents the story of humankind and how we became the most dominant organism on planet Earth.



In the second instalment we meet a mysterious band of pirates plunders the Mediterranean coast leaving death and destruction in their wake.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mankind, the Story of All of Us – Empires





Today on Far Future Horizons we present the third  episode of the epic documentary series Mankind: the Story of All of Us – Empires.


In the city of Jerusalem, a man is crucified--Jesus of Nazareth. His death gives birth to a global religion. But Christianity may never have happened without the Roman Empire. A vast network of roads and shipping lanes, it allows goods and ideas to flow across three continents. Jesus' message transforms Mankind. Today one in three people on the planet are Christians.

Mankind, the Story of All of Us - Inventors


Today on Far Future Horizons we present an epic documentary series about a unique species -Mankind, the Story of All of Us.  This series presents the story of humankind and how we became the most dominant organism on planet Earth.