Sci-Fi Shorts

A few things of interest. The Lead asked whether robots could ever replace clergy. It’s science fiction now, but will it always be?

Some Turks took offense at what they perceived to be a patterning of a LEGO version of Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople). It was, they suggested, an insult aimed at Islam, even though the Hagia Sophia’s origin is as a church.

Here’s a mash-up imagining what the trailer for the original Star Wars movies might have looked and sounded like if J. J. Abrams had made them. I don’t buy it. I didn’t see a single lens flare! But it is still worth looking at.

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