We really dig translated science fiction, and fortunately, it seems as though there’s a whole bunch of new books being translated into English for the first time this year. SF Signal has a great roundup of books coming in from Russia, Cuba, Japan and China.
The internet is a big place. There’s so much to read and watch and listen to that it can be overwhelming. We all have those stories that we start, get distracted for one reason or another, and promise ourselves we’ll finish later. Well, if any of those stories were on Paleofuture, here’s your second chance!
With the United States beginning to ease restrictions against Cuba earlier this year, we’re poised to get a new peek into Cuba. One such opening is through a pair of translated science fiction novels, set to be published next week from Restless Books.
In the 1970s, cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov was given a couple of crocodiles by Fidel Castro. The pair (named Castro and Hillary) spent time in Moscow before ending up at Stockholm’s Skansen Zoo. This week, ten young descendants of the original crocs returned to Cuba, where they’ll be released back into the wild.
Meet former stray Vladimir, one of six dogs “employed” by the Old Havana Museum of Metalwork. His canine crew is one of several that have been taken in by Cuban state institutions, who offer medical care, housing, and protection from the dogcatcher to previously homeless animals.
In the year 2000, scientists officially confirmed that sand from Santa Teresa in Cuba could be used to create a new physical phenomenon known as a "revolving river." See a demonstration, and learn about the mystery of Cuban sand.
Kissinger Smash! A new book reveals the former secretary of state Hulked out after Cuba sent troops to Angola in 1975. The "apoplectic" Kissinger told President Ford, "I think we are going to have to smash Castro," and drafted secret plans to launch airstrikes. The plans were shelved after Carter won the 1976 election.
The First Science Fiction Movie Made in Cuba. Omega 3, now in postproduction, is an "anti-utopian" film, set in a post-apocalyptic late 21st century, which director Eduardo del Llano says has an aesthetic similar to The Matrix and Blade Runner.
In 1926, Cuba saw the construction of the Presidio Modelo, a prison based on the Panopticon building design. The idea was that a guard could stand in the central tower and watch all of the prisoners in the surrounding cells.
A snake living near the Cuiabá region of Brazil was recently found with an unusually large distended belly. The locals who discovered it did the logical thing — they cut it open to see what was inside. A warning to dog (and snake lovers), this video is quite graphic.
Years before the phrase "clever girl" even entered the pop cultural lexicon, the Cuban government conscripted inmates to build over 200 weirdo concrete dinosaur sculptures at the Baconao Park outside of Santiago de Cuba.
At the core of the 9/11 Truther movement is the idea that the government staged the attacks to drum up support for a war. So much Truther evidence is laughable that it's easy to dismiss the idea, but there exists a chilling reminder that the U.S. military was once all-too-willing to deceive and attack its own citizens…