If nothing else, maybe the studio would've had a better idea how to market the film in the post-Guardians of the Galaxy landscape. The fact that Fox couldn't figure out who to push Titan A.E. and sent mixed messages re: whether it was for kids or grown-ups (or both) was what really killed that film. » 1/23/15 12:47pm Friday 12:47pm

Increased granularity in time was vital for transoceanic navigation. While the positions of stars can be used to determine latitude, longitude is nigh-impossible to determine without accurate chronometers. The development of increasingly-precise clocks was one of the crucial things that made European colonialism… » 1/22/15 12:35pm Thursday 12:35pm

You know, a century from now one of these "aliens built the pyramids" cranks is going to use the fact that an epoxy humans couldn't produce until the 21st Century CE is found on a 14th Century BCE Egyptian burial relic as proof positive that Egypt was in frequent contact with highly advanced extraterrestrial… » 1/22/15 8:27am Thursday 8:27am

I haven't read the Amazon reviews, but VALIS is a kind of black comedy; it's also, yes, a self-referential rendering of a paranoid schizophrenic viewpoint. But those aren't incompatible: the key to VALIS, I think, is that Dick presents a fictionalized version of himself as a highly-unreliable narrator and uses it to… » 1/16/15 12:54pm 1/16/15 12:54pm

He did, the problem is he's said lots of things over the years. At one point, he said he thought it could be an open-ended franchise like the James Bond films. Another time, he said it would be three trilogies. And then just the one. And then just the two (and that it had "always" been his plan to do six films). » 1/14/15 11:02am 1/14/15 11:02am