Tuesday, November 25, 2014

''The 5th Land'' is a ''cli fi'' game set for release in 2015 - another #CliFi Cultural Prism concept!

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...it's the year 2099.
The polar ice caps melted 10 years ago, resulting in a rapid increase in the world's sea level.
Cities drowned, the world's plains turned into lakes, mountains became islands.
Whole populations were wiped out.
The food shortage brought the wars...
Now we are all divided into 6 main alliances, where each one fights for the last remaining pieces of land.
Each one struggles to reach the pivotal point and control... The 5th Land
The board can be setup to show 11.664 different map formations,
assuring a different world every time you play and always the need for a new strategy.
In The5thLand, each player represents one of the 6 main alliances whose aim is to occupy 5 lands, by controling the worlds resources, bankrupting their enemies and ultimately by war.
In the beginning each player starts with 2 Lands, 2 Army units and a Supply Center with 5 of each resources and 75 Million Credits.
Each Round consists of 4 main Phases where the players have the opportunity to:
  • Extract the resources from the territories they occupy.
  • Build additional Military units (Land/Air/Navy).
  • Trade on the world markets, Resources and Military units.
  • Move military units around the globe to achieve a strategic advantage and Attack when the time is right...

The players may act or not in each Phase (clockwise direction) and when all have played, they move on the next Phase.
When at least one player occupies five Lands, the game finishes at the end of that Round.
If two or more players have at least five lands, then the player with the most lands wins.
If there is still a tie, then the player with the most money, minus any loans, wins the game.
The world has come together to form six main alliances, each one having a unique advantage iF the game:
  • Demeter Federation: an Eco-friendly society, whose efforts have resulted in an abundance of food resources.
  • Gaia Alliance: the land power of the game, their motto: 'The more Tanks, the more justice'.
  • Dionysus Coalition: the scavengers of the world, rumor has it that they can smell Oil from a mile away.
  • Plouton Syndicate: made from the ashes of the old financial powers, their motto: 'Money never goes out of style'.
  • Hephaestus League: the steampunk nation, with a special affinity for Gold.
  • Poseidon Empire: the sea power of the game, their motto: 'In a world of water, Ships are gods'.

''CLI FI'' news report in LE MONDE by Louise Couvelaire, reporter in Paris


Move over Sci-Fi: There's a new genre in town: 'Cli-Fi.'
Cli-Fi  Rising: A New Genre Term for Readers and Filmgoers
(from Le Monde, France, ecrit par Louise Couvelaire)
"Today, the range of apocalyptic fiction is expanding to accommodate a new literary and cinema genre that is all the rage: Cli-Fi, also known as 'climatic fiction.' Americans, however, are among the most ardent climate-change skeptics on the planet. This movement, though, is losing momentum. The city of Miami is threatened by rising sea levels, fires increasingly ravage California, Texas is struck by drought, Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast two years ago - the weather is finally changing attitudes - and is boosting the production of works featuring near-future ecological disaster."
By Louise Couvelaire
Translated By Martyn Fogg
November 25, 2014
Floods, hurricanes, drought … climatic change is inspiring American writers and movie makers. A new genre, "Cli-Fi,"  is raising public awareness about environmental issues.
In the United States, apocalyptic fiction has long been a winning formula. Nuclear war, nuclear winter, the Bible-inspred Last Judgment, deadly bird flu epidemics, the possibiolity of destructive asteroids hitting the Earth, the so-called Biblical ''Armageddon'', zombie attacks or extra-terrestrial invasions - the End of the World is a booming literary niche with infinite potential, most often  seen in the format of a pulp fiction novel or Hollywood schlock movie.
Today, however, the range is expanding to accommodate a new  genre that is all the rage: Cli-Fi, also known as "climatic fiction." Americans, however, are among the most ardent climate-change skeptics on the planet. This movement, though, is losing momentum. The city of Miami is threatened by rising sea levels, fires increasingly ravage California, Texas is struck by drought, SuperStorm Sandy devastated the East Coast 2 years ago - the weather is finally changing attitudes - and is boosting the production of works featuring near-future ecological disaster.
Posted By Worldmeets.US
A Veritable Deluge of Movies and Novels
A click on Amazon’s Web site opens onto a flood of titles classified as "climate fiction" and "cli fi". The Canadian website Clifibooks, recently renamed EcoFiction, lists most of many novels in the cli fi genre. 
The first of these ecology-catastrophist works, The Four Apocalypses by the late British novelist JG Ballard, dates back to the 1960s. Every book in this series is devoted to a different disaster rooted in the destruction of human civilization: floods in The Drowned World; storms in The Wind from Nowhere; a heat wave in The Drought; fossilization in The Crystal Forest.
In the 2000s, sci fi novelist Kim Stanley Robinson brought the climactic apocalypse up to current tastes with a new trilogy: Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below and Sixty Days After. Since then there has been a wave.
 Among other writers of the genre: Paolo Bacigalupi with The Windup Girl (2012) and The Water Knife (2014);
Saci Lloyd with The Carbon Diaries 2015 (2012) and The Carbon Diaries 2017 - diary entries of a young girl of 16 who lives at a time when the United Kingdom imposes quotas on CO2 production;
and the celebrated Margaret Atwood with The Year of the Flood (2012).
Even successful authors are investing in this niche genre, such as Barbara Kingsolver with Flight Behavior  or Ian McEwan with Solar, a kind of comic farce based on melting ice, the end of oil and green energy.
Academia, and Hollywood, go 'cli fi '
A number of U.S. colleges and universities, including those in Oregon and Wisconsin, are equally taken with the phenomenon, using the study of these novels to raise student awareness about environmental issues. That is the hope of these authors and activists because scientists and their reports have failed to move the crowd: by touching the conscience of readers as well as movie goers, cinema is closely following the lead of literature.
Ten years after Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, the big screen is now seeing a string of cli fi productions such as Noah (released in France in 2014) and Interstellar (released on November 5 in France), in which the main character, played by Matthew McConaughey, is an astronaut charged with exploring other solar systems in order to save a humanity on the brink of extinction. Climate change and global warming were the main reasons why the NASA crew went looking for a new planet in which to continue the existence of the human species, although the movie by Christopher Nolan did not dwell much on the reasons.
It is hard to say whether the “Cli-Fi” genre term will stick or whether it is just a current buzzword that has gained traction due mostly to the efforts of an American PR maven. What was science fiction a few years ago is now close to becoming reality -- to the point that when it comes to ecologically catastrophic scenarios, some are now even calling this literary niche as “social realism.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

A major #CliFi Moment on HBO's "THE NEWSROOM" (dialog transcript below)

Aaron Sorkin's HBO series "THE NEWSROOM" with Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Ms. Pill (of ''SNOWPIERCER'' movie fame) the recent Season 3 Part 3 episode was a major #CliFi moment, the kind of cli fi as cultural prism that activist Scott Thill talks about in his very good ''Cli Fi is Real" essay on the Huffington Post the other day.

 In the episode I saw last night on HBO-TV here in Taiwan, the news anchor of the fictional TV news show which is THE NEWSROOM's heart and soul -- Will, played by Jeff Daniels -- begins an interview with a character named Richard Westbrook from the EPA. (And in fact the actor portraying Mr Westbrook is actually the Paul Lieberstein, the executive producer of the HBO series).

Westbrook, for the TV role, is the deputy assistant administrator of the EPA in Washington and he is being interviwed "live" on air in the 'News Night' studio. He starts off by telling the news anchor point blank to his face, on air, live, some devastating the facts about the CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Like we've reached the 400 ppm level of CO2 in the atmosphere now and it looks bad for the future of humankind.

Westbrook goes on to shock everyone watching the show at home and in in the mock TV studio by basically saying that the levels current 400 ppm levels represent an insurmountable problem. There is no way to reverse the effects of levels this high, and he uses a few different examples and scenarios to prove his point.

However, anchor Will keeps trying to re-phrase the problem to sound hopeful, so that viewers at home won't freak out, but every time he does, Westbrook shoots him down and basically declares this the beginning of the end. Like: it's curtains, we're doomed, we're doomed, and it's too late to do anything about it.

 This is perhaps the most powerful #CliFi moment on American television ever ever, as the transcript of the dialogue below will show. Could this happen one day in real life, or this just Aaron Sorkin and his team of TV writers ranting?

 The potentially ''juicy'' EPA story, which was supposed to be a ratings boost and a highlight of the week for the female producer who brought in the interview, goes completely off the rails when Mr Westbrook goes off the deep end during his live, on-air interview with Will.

He essentially posits that it's too late for mankind, we're all doomed, and there's nothing that can be done to save the day.

It's a spectacular trainwreck of an interview, but the twist leaves a sour taste. With Sorkin taking pains to mention in the episode titled "Run" that no one in America is paying attention to environmental news, by sort of turning Maggie's scoop into a comic relief, he muddles his intention to perhaps treat the issues of climate change and AGW more seriously here. But at least he got the dialog into the show and the show aired worldwide now.

 A huge #CliFi as ''cultural prism'' moment!

Is the world is ending? The HBO show broaches the subject.

 In the show's script and transcript, the anchor of the fictional show -- full name in the credits, Will McAvoy -- is seen interviewing a U.S. government official, Richard Westbrook, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the EPA, who proclaims that not only is the world ''doomed'' -- doomed! -- due to global warming but there is absolutely nothing we Americans or other nations can do about it.

This is the final season of the popular HBO series, ''The Newsroom,'' and I watched last night's show with notebook in hand, as I had heard there was going to be a brief but powerful -- and headline grabbing brouhaha on both the right and the left (and me in the center) -- #CliFi moment in the one-hour show.

Said one pundit on the right: "It appears that the creator of the HBO series, Aaron Sorkin not only wants to end the show with a bang but take down the entire world with it.

 Here is the transcript I recorded last night and transcribed this morning:

 WILL McAVOY: Mr. Westbrook, you've spent most of your professional career as a climate scientist in the public sector.

 RICHARD WESTBROOK: Yes, 10 years as a supervisory management analyst in the Office of Environmental Information. And before that, I was a program specialist in the EPA's Resource Management Division.

 McAVOY: And you have a PhD in climate science from Stanford.

 WESTBROOK: Yes, and another in chemistry with a masters in biology.

 McAVOY: Okay. Tell us about the findings in the report that was just released.

 WESTBROOK: The latest measurements taken at Mauna Loa in Hawaii indicate a CO2 level of 400 parts per million.

 McAVOY: Just so we know what we're talking about, if you were a doctor and we were the patient, what's your prognosis? 1000 years? 2000 years?

 WESTBROOK: A person has already been born who will die due to catastrophic failure of the planet. McAVOY: Okay, can you expand on that?

 WESTBROOK: Sure. The last time there was this much CO2 in the air, the oceans were 80 feet higher than they are now. Two things you should know Half the world's population lives within 120 miles of an ocean.
 McAVOY: And the other?
 WESTBROOK: Humans can't breathe under water. 
McAVOY: You're saying the situation's dire?
 WESTBROOK: Not exactly. Your house is burning to the ground, the situation's dire. Your house has already burned to the ground, the situation's over. 
McAVOY: So what can we do to reverse this?
 WESTBROOK: There's a lot we could do.
 McAVOY: Good.
 WESTBROOK: If it were 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. But now No.
 McAVOY: Can you make an analogy that might help us understand?
 WESTBROOK: Sure. It's as if you're sitting in your car in your garage with the engine running and the door closed and you've slipped into unconsciousness. And that's it.
 McAVOY: What if someone comes and opens the door? WESTBROOK: You're already dead. McAVOY: What if the person got there in time? WESTBROOK: You'd be saved. McAVOY: Okay. So now what's the CO2 equivalent of the getting there on time?
 WESTBROOK: Shutting off the car 20 years ago. 
McAVOY: You sound like you're saying it's hopeless.

 WESTBROOK: Yeah. McAVOY: Is that the administration's position or yours? WESTBROOK: There isn't a position on this any more than there's a position on the temperature at which water boils. McAVOY: The administration...clean coal, nuclear power, raising fuel economy standards and building a more efficient electrical grid. WESTBROOK: Yes. McAVOY: And? WESTBROOK: That would have been great. McAVOY: Let's see if we can't find a better spin. People are starting their weekends. The report says we can release without the effects being calamitous. WESTBROOK: It says we can only release 565 gigatons. McAVOY: So, what if we only release 564? WESTBROOK: Well, then we would have a reasonable shot at some form of dystopian, post-apocalyptic life. But the carbon dioxide in the oil that we've already leased is 2,795 gigatons. So... McAVOY: What would all this look like? WESTBROOK: Well, mass migrations, food and water shortages, spread of deadly disease, endless wildfires. Way too many to keep under control. Storms that have the power to level cities, blacken out the sky, and create permanent darkness. McAVOY: Are you gonna get in trouble for saying this publicly?
 WESTBROOK: Who cares?
 McAVOY: Mr. Westbrook, we want to inform people, but we don't want to alarm them. Can you give us a reason to be optimistic?
 WESTBROOK: Well, that's the thing, Will. Americans are optimistic by nature. And if we face this problem head on, if we listen to our best scientists, and act decisively and passionately, I still don't see any way we can survive. McAVOY: Okay, Richard Westbrook, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the EPA. Thank you for joining us. WESTBROOK: Thanks for having me. McAVOY: This is News Night. We'll be back right after this.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

French magazine LE MONDE discusses rise of 'cli fi' in French text (translation here)

Le cataclysme fait

 couler de l'encre

[The climate cataclysm has ended up spilling some ink]

by Louise Couvelaire, for LE MONDE magazine, 
le 21 novembre 2014



Floods, hurricanes, superstorms, drought ... Climate change issues are inspiring writers and film directors around the world, from North America to Europe to Africa and India and Asia. A new genre,  dubbed ''cli-fi'', is educating readers and movie-goers and inspiring activists and political leaders about environmental issues. And it's catching on!

In Hollywood, there's "Noah," by Darren Aronofsky, released in France in April 2014.

In the US and Canada and the UK, apocalyptic fiction has a long history. Nuclear war, the Biblical last judgment, killer epidemics,  destructive asteroids, Armageddon  zombie attacks or alien invasions ... the end of the world is a promising literary niche that is always ready to be mined by fine writers and movie directors.

Today, the range is expanding to accommodate a new genre that  is all the rage: --  cli-fi, a shortened form modelled after the sci fi term and using the "climate fiction" phrase as in CLI-mate FI-ction to make it cli fi for short. But Americans are among the most ardent climate denialists in the world. But this rightwing climate skeptics movement is losing momentum. The city of Miami, Florida, is threatened by rising sea levels, fires ravage more every year California, drought befell Texas, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast of the country there  two years ago ... the weather is  finally changing attitudes. And as a result, we are seeing the rise of works -- short stories, novels and movies -- featuring  ecological disaster in the near future.

A click on the Amazon site leads to many novels of the genre, almost 250. And Goodreads, too. [And there are many sites about cli fi now from Paul Collins' FB page to Dan Bloom's Cli Fi Movie Awards site to other sitse focusing on nature writing and poetry and short story contests.] [And many media stories from the New York Times to the Winnipeg Free Press to TIME magagzine to the Guardian and the Financial Times also talk about cli fi. In France, we are listening, too. In Germany and Norway and Finland, too.]

First of these eco-doom books, The Four Apocalypses, the British J.G. Ballard, back to the 1960s. each part of this series is devoted to a different disaster, causing the destruction of human civilization: the flood engulfed in the world; The Wind in the storms of nowhere; Drought in the heat; fossilization in The Crystal World.

In the 2000s, Kim Stanley Robinson, star of science fiction, presented the Climate Apocalypse up to date with his new trilogy The 40 Signs of the rain, 50 degrees below zero and 60 Days and after.

Since, it's the wave.

Among other feathers like: Paolo Bacigalupi with The Windup Girl (Au Diable Vauvert, 2012) and The Water Knife (untranslated, 2014);

Saci Lloyd with Carbon Diaries 2015 (Pocket Jeunesse, 2012) Carbon Diaries 2017 logs a girl of 16 who lives at a time when the UK has imposed quotas on CO2 production;

and the famous Margaret Atwood with the flood of Time (Robert Laffont, 2012).

Even successful writers investing niche like Barbara Kingsolver with In Light (Shores, 2013) or with Solar Ian McEwan (Gallimard, 2011), a kind of joke on melting ice background, end of oil and energy green.

Some US universities including ASU and the University of Oregon and The University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), also captured the phenomenon, using the study of these novels to sensitize students to environmental issues.

Because that is what these authors and film directors  and activists are hoping for, to raise the alarm, a cri de coeur as we say in French, a cry of alarm, shouting from the rooftops. Meanwhile, als, scientists and their reports have not been able to move people, boring boring boring statistics.

So to touch the conscience of readers ... as well as spectators i the cinema, cli fi is here!

 Ten years after the Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, the big screen now connects the catastrophic blockbusters, like Noah (2014) or Interstellar (released November 5), whose main character, played by Matthew McConaughey, is charged with an astronaut explore other solar systems to save humanity to the brink of extinction.


Déluges, ouragans, sécheresses... Le changement climatique inspire les écrivains américains. Un nouveau genre, le cli-fi, sensibilise les lecteurs aux questions environnementales.

Le cinéma décline le cli-fi, climate fiction : ci-dessus,  "Noé", de Darren Aronofsky, sorti en France en avril 2014.

Aux Etats-Unis, la fiction apocalyptique fait depuis longtemps recette. Guerre nucléaire, jugement dernier, épidémie tueuse, astéroïde destructeur, Armageddon, attaque de zombies ou invasion extraterrestre... La fin du monde est un créneau littéraire porteur qui se décline à l'infini, le plus souvent en version roman de gare.

Aujourd'hui, la palette s'étoffe pour accueillir un nouveau sous-genre de la science-fiction qui fait fureur : le cli-fi, comprenez « climate fiction », les romans d'apocalypse climatique. Les Américains figurent pourtant parmi les plus ardents climato-sceptiques de la planète.

Mais ce mouvement est en perte de vitesse. La ville de Miami, en Floride, est menacée par l'élévation du niveau des océans, les incendies ravagent chaque année davantage la Californie, les sécheresses s'abattent sur le Texas, l'ouragan Sandy a dévasté la Côte est du pays il y a deux ans... La météo finit par faire évoluer les mentalités. Et dope la production de ces œuvres mettant en scène le désastre écologique dans un avenir très proche.]


Un clic sur le site Amazon débouche sur un déluge de titres catalogués « climate fiction ». Le site britannique recense la plupart des romans du genre, soit près de 250.

Premiers de ces ouvrages écolo-catastrophistes, Les Quatre Apocalypses, du Britannique J. G. Ballard, remontent aux années 1960. Chaque volet de cette série est consacrée à un désastre différent, à l'origine de la destruction de la civilisation humaine : l'inondation dans Le Monde englouti ; les tempêtes dans Le Vent de nulle part ; la canicule dans Sécheresse ; la fossilisation dans La Forêt de cristal.

Dans les années 2000, Kim Stanley Robinson, star de la science-fiction, a remis l'apocalypse climatique au goût du jour avec sa nouvelle trilogie Les 40 Signes de la pluie50o au-dessous de zéro et 60 Jours et après. Depuis, c'est la déferlante.

Entre autres plumes du genre : Paolo Bacigalupi, avec La Fille automate (Au Diable Vauvert, 2012) et The Water Knife (non traduit, 2014) ; Saci Lloyd avec Carbon Diaries 2015 (Pocket Jeunesse, 2012) etCarbon Diaries 2017, journaux de bord d'une jeune fille de 16 ans qui vit à une époque où le Royaume-Uni a imposé des quotas sur la production de CO2 ; et la célèbre Margaret Atwood avec Le Temps du déluge (Robert Laffont, 2012).

Même des auteurs à succès investissent le créneau, tels Barbara Kingsolver avec Dans la lumière (Rivages, 2013) ou Ian McEwan avec Solaire (Gallimard, 2011), sorte de farce sur fond de fonte des glaces, de fin du pétrole et d'énergies vertes.


Certaines universités américaines, dont celles de l'Oregon et du Wisconsin (Milwaukee), se sont également emparées du phénomène, utilisant l'étude de ces romans pour sensibiliser les étudiants aux questions environnementales.

Car c'est bien ce qu'espèrent ces auteurs et les militants, alors que les scientifiques et leurs rapports n'ont pas réussi à remuer les foules : toucher la conscience des lecteurs... ainsi que des spectateurs, le cinéma emboîtant le pas à la littérature.

Dix ans après le blockbuster hollywoodien Le Jour d'après, le grand écran enchaîne désormais les superproductions catastrophiques, comme Noé (2014) ou Interstellar (sorti le 5 novembre), dont le personnage principal, interprété par Matthew McConaughey, est un astronaute chargé d'explorer d'autres systèmes solaires pour sauver une humanité à deux doigts de l'extinction.
Pas sûr, cependant, que le phénomène garde longtemps son nom de « cli-fi ». Ce qui passait il y a quelques années encore pour de la science-fiction se rapproche désormais de la réalité. Au point que certains osent mêmeparler de « réalisme social » au sujet de ces scénarios de catastrophe écologique.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Interstellar is not about Jesus or the 12 apostles, PLEASE! NYT opedder David Brooks was over-reaching!

UPDATE! THERE WERE JUST FOUR  (4) ASTRONAUTS IN THE CREW OF THE ENDEAVOR -- and  not ''12 apostles'' as David Brooks says in his own words top of his column, then refers to unfactchecked religious nuts at reddit............ THIS IS ENTIRE DAVID BROOKS NYT ''JESUS'' INTERSTELLAR  MEME IS inaccurate AND DAVID BROOKS SHOULD APOLOGIZE IN PRINT or at least issue a correction. Maybe Margaret Sullivan at Public Editor gig will look into this? And get response from David, who I like and respect at a writer?

David Brooks wrote, his own words NOT quoting anyone else here:

''In the movie, 12 apostles go out alone into space to look for habitable planets. They are sacrificing their lives so that canisters of frozen embryos can be born again in some place far away.'' 

Now some fundamentalist Christians and antisemitic JUDAS ''canards'' re Matt Damon as JUDAS are coming out of the blogger woodwork, inflamed by David Brooks of the NYT and some reddit posts and blogs by people saying that yes INTERSTELLaR is a Christian allegory because there were 12 original astronauts sent out into spac before COOP and gang and representing the alleged and imaginary ''12 apostles'' who never existed of course, as Jesus himself never existed as son of any god, nor was he a long awaited Jewish messiah of some imaginary god, but these die hard nuts are now even saying that one of the 12 astronauts, Dr Mann, who is really Michael Mann of UPenn who is in fact Jewish, that this Dr Mann character (representing the perfidious betrayer Jew ''Judas'' - who also never existed in fact except in the fevered minds of the anti-Jewish writers of the fake Christian propaganda Gospels, written primarily as propaganda against the Jews to recruit more souls for the fake Jesus cult which still apparently exists today!) who betrays Cooper forcing him to die in a black hole and get reborn so he can save humanity. Cooper also spends decades wandering desolate environments. "Lazarus".

EDITOR NOTE:  one reader told me this: 

''It is just a movie, but one that you must not have watched very closely. 

There were 12 Lazarus astronauts launched ahead of Cooper to search out habitable planets. Cooper’s name is Joseph Cooper. [ ****NOT: see Okay, a weird theory but Cooper may actually refer to Christ. That's why he didn't have a first name at all. Since, JC would be too on the nose for a Nolan movie. Hear me out here - http://ghantaguy.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/interstellar-the-symbology-of-interstellar-and-the-things-you-might-have-missed/?preview_id=142528597 ]***

BUT - http://interstellarfilm.wikia.com/wiki/Joseph_Cooper
''Joseph A. Cooper was his full name in the original movie SCRIPT not in the final cut of the movie, and also in the original script from 2008, the station at the end was called Space Station Jospeh A. Cooper''. FACTCHECK?

The Endurance had the ability to repopulate a planet through the fertilized embryos stored on-board. 

And one of the most well-loved of the Lazarus astronauts, turns and seeks only his own well-being. 

Now, you may or may not read religious symbolism into these details… but these details, in fact, occurred in the film.

 I tend to think that Nolan is a skilled enough storyteller to know that others would read religious themes into these details but it is also possible that those who do are overreaching.''.

I replied to TIM: ''Yes, there were 12
astronauts who went out earlier in the backstory to the movie, but
they were never called apostles in the movie and in the NYT oped by
David Brooks, he referred to these 12 astronauts as "12 apostles" in
his first reference, without telling readers why he was calling them
apostles or where he got the idea from. Turns out, as yu say so well,
he was over-reaching and later in his oped he revealed that he got the
idea of the astronauts as Christian apostles from the New Testament
story from online blogs and forums such as reddit. So yes, there is a
very nice religious and spiritual element to the movie, I felt it
also, but it was not specific to any one religion and certainly not to
Christianity or Judaism. So yes, Brooks, who is Jewish himself, i
might add, was over-reaching in his oped. But to report the news of
the way some online forums were reacting to the movie, that is legit,
and sure it's good to know how some religious people are seeing the
movie. But Brooks should have not called the astronauts as "apostles'
at the top of his column, that made it sound to readers as if HE was
calling them really as apostles. He needed to be more clear and also
to factcheck the reddit forums and others online now. They aer
spreading like wildfire. All over-reaching to serve a propaganda
recruitment purpose. Better not to over-reach and stay grounded, no?
That is all i am saying. ''

These bloggers and reddit peeps say things like this:


Even the New York Times columnist David Brooks, rightwing conservative, who is himself Jewish, writes:

''Bloggers have noticed the religious symbols in the movie. There are those 12 apostles, and there’s a Noah’s ark. There is a fallen angel named Dr. Mann who turns satanic in an inverse Garden of Eden. The space project is named Lazarus. The heroine saves the world at age 33. There’s an infinitely greater and incorporeal intelligence offering merciful salvation.'' 

And others are saying now that Cooper's first name in the movie  is Joseph, the alleged father of the alleged Christ child Joshua Ben Joseph and NEVER called Jesus in his lifetime, and COOP's  initials are therefore JC for ''Jesus Christ'', can you believe this? Was Joseph name ever mentioned on screen? I never heard it. Where and which part of the movie. I might be wrong, so please enLIGHTen me. smile

Brooks again in NYT oped: ''I suspect “Interstellar” will leave many people with a radical openness to strange truth just below and above the realm of the everyday. That makes it something of a cultural event.''

And Brooks adds: ''But this isn’t an explicitly religious movie. “Interstellar” is important because amid all the culture wars between science and faith and science and the humanities, the movie illustrates the real symbiosis between these realms.''

And the NYT really prints this: ''Bloggers have noticed the religious symbols in the movie. There are those 12 apostles, and there’s a Noah’s ark. There is a fallen angel named Dr. Mann who turns satanic in an inverse Garden of Eden. The space project is named Lazarus. The heroine saves the world at age 33. There’s an infinitely greater and incorporeal intelligence offering merciful salvation."


Interstellar Christian Symbolism
-There are 12 original astronauts representing apostles. One of them (representing the perfidious Jew named JEWdas) who betrays Cooper forcing him to die in a black hole and get reborn so he can save humanity. Cooper also spends decades wandering desolate environments. "Lazarus".

-Basically, Cooper is Jesus. And we have an otherworldly unknown powerful presence who created the wormhole and tessaract that guide the events of the film.

-Also Holy Spirit/Ghost motif reaching out to touch or help people (including hand shake scene white light)

-And just like Jesus after his resurrection, he came back (albeit 3 days vs. 70-something years) then left again after a very short period of time.

- Noahs Ark with at end with Cooper space station and embryos for Plan B.

-And the entity that created the wormhole/tessaract have basically interfered with and guided Coop throughout his life going as far as to construct a tesseract for one particular moment in time. And what's the common positive Christian theme these days? God is love. God isn't the angry, vengeful God of past interpretations. Although not all Christian denominations follow the "God is love" theme but I think it's pretty common.

Mind blow 

Also don't forget about:

- Church organ music throught

- Adam and Eve metaphor ending with coop and anne hathaway starting new race on planet


Okay, a weird theory but Cooper may actually refer to Christ. That's why he didn't have a first name at all. Since, JC would be too on the nose for a Nolan movie. Hear me out here - http://ghantaguy.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/interstellar-the-symbology-of-interstellar-and-the-things-you-might-have-missed/?preview_id=142528597

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We are all cli-fiers now

I am a cli-fier. What does this mean, and are you perhaps a cli-fier, too?

First of all, cli-fi. A genre, a meme, a motif, a cultural prism, a critical prism, cli-fi. Are you on board?

Wikipedia defines it this way:

Cli fi (or "cli-fi") is an abbreviation which describes movies or novels about climate change and global warming issues. Climate change themes are also found in some science fiction and other speculative fiction. Such films and novels may be set in either the present or the near or distant future, but they may also be set in the past. Some movies and novels raise awareness about the major threats that climate change and global warming present to life on Earth, although not all of them have that kind of impact and are released or published merely as entertainments.

The phrase was originally abbreviated in 2008 in a movie-themed blog post, and it was also used separately and independently of that usage in two Wired movie reviews in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Bernie Bulkin, writing for the Huffington Post also explored fiction with climate themes in November 2013 in an article titled: "'Cli-fi: One answer to a climate problem'."

So yes, I am a cli-fier. I support cli-fi in all of its recent iterations. It's been cli-fied and cli-blogged and cli-lighted, PR'd and media prompted, New York Times'd and Financial Times'd overseas, too -- and AP'd on the wires and NPR'd on the radio and Eco-shock'd in Canada, too. It's all over the Web now. And once the cat is out the bag, as it is, there's no stopping cli fi now.

I think you know.

Cli-fi is about the future. Our future, your future. The future of your descendants 30 generations down the line. It's a cri de coeur, a shout from the rooftops, a man in a Carhartt jacket talking not about Detroit but about Michael Mann, and no, that was not Michael Mann in the guise of Dr, Mann in Christopher Nolan's spaceboy movie "Intersteller." What some are calling "Intershtellar," with maybe Mel Brooks primed to produce. It's that kind of a meme. A memetric, a suma cum laude blessing on all that we are and do now in the first light of the 21st Century. A clue, yes, about where we're headed.

Anyone can be a cli-fier, and anyone can be cli-fied. Cli-fried? I hope not!

What does it take to be a cli-fier? It takes independence and courage and a fearlessness about standing out from the crowd. not being afraid to go it alone when need be and to stick to your principles, to your vision, to your path. You have a path, we all do. Follow it.

Cli-fiers come in all stripes and colors, and nationalities, too. They speak a Babel of languages, not just English. Yes, cli-fiers also speak German and Japanese, French and Chinese, Taiwanese and Hakka, Hebrew and Arabic, Norwegian and Finnish, Hindi and Swahili, too. Click! Click! Click!

They speak in all the languages of this Earth and they live and work in every nation on Earth. You surely have cli-fiers as neighbors, housemates, significant others and room-mates, co-workers and colleagues, partners, spouses. Cli-fiers are everywhere now.

But it's true, yes, you can't always see them or hear them.

Are you a cli-fier? I bet you are! [Or you're not one yet, you probably know someone who is, right?]

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Paolo Bacigalupi on 'cli fi' - "I don't think of myself as writing 'cli-fi' but I'll take the label."

Paolo Bacigalupi on 'cli fi' - "I don't think of myself as writing
'cli-fi' but I'll take the label." 


The rise of 'cli fi': When climate-themed literature takes on global warming and devastating droughts

"The more you pay attention, the more horrifying the world is," says writer Paolo Bacigalupi