The crew of Planet Books looked back at what they thought were the coolest books of 2010. Not necessarily the best (as everybody does those lists. Why should we add another?) and certainly some are not the most important. Treat this as those that best stuck in the mind. And be warned, there are two Star Wars books.
8 Albums Enjoyed By Planet Music Staff in 2010
I asked the crew in Planet Music what are their favourite albums of last year and, to give them a challenge, say just five words about each one.
Trance-inducing crash-bang tribalism
Cobweb-draped junky drone synths
Tropical squelches & humid, psychedelic dub
Desert ballads, swirling delay & bones
Chiming daydream, hazy circular movement
Deep lagoon beats, love songs
Robotic syncopation, gleaming chromium mist
Velveteen shimmer & lush orchestration
A History of Robot Design in Film
"The Automation" from The Master Mystery, 1920. Perhaps the first robot on film even though it turns out to be a madman in a suit. Starred Harry Houdini.
(Above) The Phantom Empire, 1935.
(Right) The Undersea Kingdom, 1936.
The Phantom Creeps, 1939. Like the two above, Phantom Creeps was a serial of twelve weekly chapters. Bela Lugosi controlled his robot by way of a remote strapped to his arm. Mad scientist liked heavy handed robots and audiences too so the robot from Undersea became a bigger smash when it reappeard in The Mysterious Dr Satan, 1940.
The Robot Monster from Robot Monster, 1953. Yes, it's a gorilla suit with a TV for a head.
Tobor from Tobor the Great, 1954, had a way with kids.
But Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet, 1956, had a way with the ladies.
And Robbie remains the quintessential movie robot to this day. Say bye Robbie.
(End of Part One)
Things to Come (1930)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
This Island Earth (1955)
Logan's Run (1976)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
The Fifth Element (1997)
A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
"In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show."
"There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third."
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
"My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out."
"Think for yourself and question authority."