Five Things #31

The Time Traveler’s Advice to the Lovelorn by Adam-Troy Castro is a gentle, sf inflected reworking of the three wishes trope.

“There is a small but very influential group of politicians and commentators who approach a nexus of issues in the same way be it Brexit, coronavirus, climate change, immigration, sexual harassment or any number of other things. It’s always the same people, and always the same blokey, angry, resentful, constantly triggered but can’t-you-take-a-joke-snowflake, sneeringly superior yet self-pitying victimhood schtick.” Chris Grey examines the connections between Brexit and responses to the coronavirus crisis.

I was slightly surprised to learn that Charles Band is still releasing films. I was a lot less surprised to discover that his latest film is Corona Zombies. Chris Coffel at Film School Rejects takes the opportunity to provide a brief history of exploitation films.

Robbert Dijkgraaf remembers the Unstoppable Freeman Dyson. Physicist, mathematician, writer and idea factory, he died on February 28th at the age of 96, but his influence lives on.

In The Real Lord of the Flies, Rutger Bregman discovers what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months.