There are basically two major types of Doctor Who stories: 1) The Doctor protects the status quo from some outside disruption. 2) The Doctor finds a terrible status quo, and overturns it. But then there are outliers, where the “status quo” is in itself a lot more complicated.
A replica of the 1970s Mothership will be displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It'll be located at museum's Musical Crossroads gallery and displayed with music and concert footage of the Mothership on stage. As if we needed more of a reason to go to D.C.'s museums.
Afrofuturism, the movement that puts people of African descent at the center of futuristic and science-fictional ideals, has gotten a new avatar in the form of singer Janelle Monae. But there's also a new book coming out, two new art shows, an Octavia Butler graphic novel, and much, much more.
Science fiction changed music. And music saved science fiction. Most of our favorite flights of fancy and epic adventures are bound up in our minds with amazing musical scores, or epic theme songs. But some of the greatest pieces of music ever created were also inspired by science fiction and fantasy.
Few musicians have been as science fictional, for as long, as William "Bootsy" Collins. He's been the cartoon character at the heart of George Clinton's UFO-inspired Mothership. He's helped Buckethead construct a giant robot. He's kept it weird for decades.
Hey, it's Friday! And if you're like me, you're heading out to the Karaoke to guzzle $1 PBRs and holler into a super-echoey mic at a crowd of people who (hopefully) are even drunker than you are. But being an enlightened, forward-looking person, what you really want is to bellow a science fiction song into the mic.…
Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) was known for its science fiction storylines and spacey music. One of the crucial ingredients in the P-Funk stew was musical genius Junie Morrison. He also jazzed up the early Ohio Players albums (which featured this alien-looking bald woman as their cover model.) And his own solo albums…