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Andromeda Strain, The (1971)

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Old Feb 18, 2001, 06:17 AM   #1
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Question Re: a glimps of the future?

What is NASA up to today?
There is an actual mission(s) to retrieve space partials and return them to earth...
I guess the NASA brass don't watch many sci-fi flicks.
NASA wants to bring back a mars sample and a comet sample too. (posted in sky & telescope magazine's)

The movie's use of "laser's" was better in tuned with the future, than the books "dart gun" for core defense...

over all, I really liked the movie... (some parts were slow, but, so is the real government in action)
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Old Jun 28, 2001, 09:52 PM   #2
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NASA was definately up to something while I lived next to Vandenberg AFB. Quarterly rocket launches were of the norm, and usually of the secret type. Look up their homepage and make your own mind concerning the possibility of a modern day Scoop mission..........."time now 2153 conclusive."
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Old Mar 11, 2002, 09:36 PM   #3
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Re: a glimps of the future?

Any idea what they were up to? - That's always been my favorite primis, the govenment doing fishy stuff, and a rgular guy finds out, and trys to blow the whistle, so the men in black chase em' down...
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Old Mar 13, 2002, 05:29 PM   #4
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Re: a glimps of the future?

Well I guess that happened all the time in the 60's or so my social studies teacher who wasn't even alive until 1976 says. Some normal person finds out, government knows who. Then they either shoot him or make him join them....
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Old Mar 14, 2002, 09:19 PM   #5
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The government controls all. Plain and simple. As to the movie, I loved every minute of it. The book was slightly better, but I think the movie conveyed the horror of stellar contamination.
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Old Jan 11, 2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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The movie's use of "laser's" was better in tuned with the future, than the books "dart gun" for core defense...

errr... as Crichton is an SF writer with emphasis on Science, it is absolutely correct to have the dart guns as core defense. First of all, it's non-lethal. And secondly, a laser does not make much of a weapon in our real world. The "Laser Gun" is an invention of the SF industry for lack of a better futuristic weapon.

Nonetheless I do like a good laser blast as a special effect in the movies (YEAH BABY), so ignoring your physics lessons is quite allright when it comes to visual presentation, but it would have not been Crichton to have these unrealistic things in his books...
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 12:42 AM   #7
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Re: a glimps of the future?

How can you say lasers are an unrealistic premise?

I find that very...sad, no uh...disturbing.....no I got it, CONFUSING.
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 09:35 AM   #8
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How can you say lasers are an unrealistic premise?

Laser as a WEAPON is unrealistic. As far as I know, lasers are "just" coherent light, and a laser does not have the power to burn through things a shown in various movies. The most common application for lasers is in measuring things (mainly distance and speed) or (eye)surgery. And last but not least, you can't see laserlight without smoke or something. That's the reason why lasersights on guns don't project a beam.
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 01:32 PM   #9
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Yes all very valid points.

But the only way we would need to have lasers to work is to have some way to actually "heat up" or make the lasers hot. So then you are shooting "hot light" at someone or something. Kind of confusing at first, but think about it and you will understand.
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 08:19 PM   #10
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Re: a glimps of the future?

as I said before, I don't have problems with laser weapons of any kind in SF movies, but it's not like Crichton to have that stuff in his novels.

One of the best laser effects were that of Babylon 5, they really kicked butt.
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Old Jan 17, 2003, 11:22 PM   #11
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Re: a glimps of the future?

What about Star Wars and Predator? They all had very good special effects as far as lasers and plasma goes.
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Old Jan 18, 2003, 07:51 AM   #12
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In Bab 5 the lasers cut large chunks out of enemy ships, not this blast and explosion thing. After all a laser is more like a ray of light than a "packet" that travels slower than lightspeed.
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Old Jan 18, 2003, 10:12 PM   #13
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Re: a glimps of the future?

I know. But whats the difference?

I mean Star Wars and Predator had FAR BETTER lasers then Babylon 5. Far better. That isnt even up for debate.

But if this movie were made today, what effects would be in it?
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Old Jul 26, 2003, 06:43 AM   #14
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Re: a glimps of the future?

Um... A focused Laser can indeed burn holes through metal and people. Alot of factories use them for metal cutting, along with the interesting "hydro-laser" (uses super pressurized water fired at sufficient power to cut sheet metal like butter at the higher settings. Though apparently theres a version lower powered that will cut stuff like styrofoam but not skin...) Military has been demonstrating laser weapons for a good while now and they are meing used more and more in surgery for some cases where bleeding could be a problem (The laser cauterizes blood vessels so bleeding is minimal) Lasers have also been used to successfully shoot missles out of the air in tests.

Hope that helps clear up that lasers are now no-longer Sci-Fi toys

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Laser as a WEAPON is unrealistic. As far as I know, lasers are "just" coherent light, and a laser does not have the power to burn through things a shown in various movies. The most common application for lasers is in measuring things (mainly distance and speed) or (eye)surgery. And last but not least, you can't see laserlight without smoke or something. That's the reason why lasersights on guns don't project a beam.
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Old Jul 26, 2003, 06:46 AM   #15
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Re: a glimps of the future?

Those are "plasma" guns. and other SF tricks when its a "packet" type effect. Also Ball lightning effects that are plasma travel at about those speeds.

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In Bab 5 the lasers cut large chunks out of enemy ships, not this blast and explosion thing. After all a laser is more like a ray of light than a "packet" that travels slower than lightspeed.
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