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Avenue 5 (2020) is a sci-fi comedy from HBO available on Disney+Hotstar in India. It is about a spacecraft that’s travelling around planets in the solar system carrying thousands of holiday-goers on an 8-week cruise. As imaginable, something bad happens and they are stuck in space for the next three to four years before they can return to earth. Adding to the mix, the ship is piloted by an incompetent crew and an eccentric & stupid billionaire. Watching the first episode, I was expecting a science fiction but what I got was some non-sensical science and dark comedy. I thought,…

What a book this was! I was blown away by the breadth and depth of imagination of the author. Written in 1965 by the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, “The Cyberiad” is a collection of stories that happen in a distant future, when space travel between galaxies is a simple affair. The book chronicles the adventures of two master-engineers, called constructors, named Trurl & Klapaucius, who could build anything that they set their mind to. The constructors create civilizations, thinking machines, dreaming machines, philosophical machines, machines that can create machines, move around planets, create dragons, then dragon-hunting machines, mind-altering machines…

Frequencies (2013) is a British science-fiction film with an interesting plot. In a world where everyone emits a specific frequency, reminding us of a social score, which determines every aspect of their life – love, education, career, wait-time for a train and everything else. For nearly an hour the film proceeds slow, with repetitions of important scenes, making it tiring, but the last ten minutes go bustling. The low-frequency “Zak” is attracted to a privileged high-frequency “Marie”, but every time they come near for more than a minute, bad things happen in their surroundings. But Zak doesn’t give up, he…

Moon (2009) is a Sci-Fi directed by Duncan Jones: this is his directorial debut, later he went on to make movies like Source Code (2011), a movie I liked. The story is about the experiences of Sam Bell, an onsite engineer staying alone in the moon managing the heavy equipment used to extract and ship Helium-3 to earth. The film was a good watch, and the fans of this genre (Science Fiction) will like it but not others. Near the end of his 3-year contract with the company, with just weeks to go for his scheduled return to home, Sam Bell…

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a typical time travel film with an unoriginal plot but was super successful. Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are boneheaded high school students, one day when they are struggling with their history report, a person from the future comes and gives them a time travel machine (what else, but a phone booth). They travel around the world to bring back various historical figures with them from the past to present on stage. In the climax, we are shown a lame excuse on why the people from the future want to help them. The…