Silicon Valley owes Hollywood a big thank-you for the state's lack of non-compete evilness.

Noncompetes Are Lame — Let’s Set the Creators Free | Wired Design | Wired.com
Technically, the current robot boom in Massachusetts should not be happening. Over the past half decade, five new robotics companies have launched—each founded by a former employee of Bedford-based iR…

This seems rather an odd topic as most SF fans I know are female.

"Men! They won’t play with pink and purple Easy-Bake ovens and they won’t read books if they’re written by women. Or so publishers of science-fiction and fantasy books tell The Wall Street Journal."

Sci-Fi Authors Use Male Pseudonyms So Nerds Don’t Feel ‘Excluded’
Still?

Looking back at one of the most-perplexing SF movies made in the mid-1970s.

Sunday-night suggestion: Dark Star, a silly sci-fi film from the 70s, by John Carpenter | Montreal Gazette
On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, the Film Society will present Dark Star, a John Carpenter film from 1974. I haven’t seen this one before. If I had, I’m sure that I would have remembered doing so, since it …

Ooo… Me likey:

"Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands."

First Trailer for Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Film ‘Oblivion’
Check out the first trailer for Joseph Kosinski’s apocalyptic sci-fi film ‘Oblivion,’ starring Tom Cruise.

So long science fiction and gaming-centric content on G4.

The station is being re-branded as Bravo for Straight Men.

"Some of the new programming — which will focus on such genres as cooking, travel and fashion — already is in production as the rebrand is expected to take place during the first half of 2013, according to sources. True to the decade-old network's heritage, there will be gaming fare as well."

"The news comes nearly a year after NBCU cable entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer hired longtime NBC marketing executive Adam Stotsky to take the helm as general manager at G4. Earlier this fall, his team canceled the network's Attack of the Show! and X-Play, a move that followed press reports of the net's desire to include more than simply geek TV."

Blech.

NBCUniversal, Hearst Corp. Close Deal to Rebrand G4 as Esquire Channel
In its bid for the largely untapped metrosexual viewership, NBCUniversal is set to rebrand G4 channel as the Esquire channel.