In the late 19th and early 20th century, a new genre of literature emerged from eventually realized fears that the world was vulnerable to massive global conflict sparked by foreign invasions. This "invasion literature" was a phenomenon that explored these conflicts through a terrestrial lens, exploring scenarios where France invaded England, or Prussia got randy with Germany; it wasn't until 1897 that one such story looked beyond Earth for the next generation of fictionalized threat. That was the year H.G. Wells serialized War of the Worlds in Pearson's Magazine and invented the alien invasion, arguably the single most influential concept in the history of science fiction. The press campaign for Apple TV's new series Invasion frequently invoked War of the Worlds as a source of inspiration and tonal match for the project. On it surface they are similar -- belligerent aliens from another planet attack the earth with weapons so superior they bring nations to their knees within weeks -- but while War of the Worlds is primarily concerned with the invasion's effect on England, Invasion follows six individuals in different countries to show the devastation from a variety of political, social, and emotional lenses.
To say Apple TV's Foundation diverges from its source material would be a bit of an understatement. An adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction novels, Foundation is less interested in following its source material to the letter than it is in creating a story within Asimov's universe that would make good TV. The basic plot remains the same: mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) foretells the fall of the Galactic Empire thanks to his theory of psychohistory. Knowing the fall is inevitable, he establishes the Foundation in order to preserve knowledge and, hopefully, civilization in the years to come. Foundation takes this story and tweaks it in some pretty big ways, which makes sense when considering the scale of Asimov's work.
Apple offered a brief glimpse of the Tom Hanks-led Finch at its recent iPhone 13 launch event, and now you can watch the first full trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film. The clip sets the stage for the story that follows. A solar flare knocked out most of the technology on Earth and left much of the US a desolate wasteland. Hanks' character, the titular Finch, survives in an underground shelter with his only companion, a dog named Goodyear, until he builds a new Android companion. The three of them eventually leave their home when it becomes threatened by the sandstorms that dominate the world of the movie.
Ahead of the show's Apple TV premiere on September 24th, Apple has offered another look at its latest sci-fi saga, Foundation. The latest trailer doesn't reveal too much about the story, but it has some impressive visuals. The clip features a elevator that, according to showrunner David S. Goyer, stretches around 26 miles into space. There's also a floating visualization of a supercomputer that takes design cues from a Möbius strip. Goyer told IGN that he challenged his production team to find a look that didn't remind viewers of Star Wars or Star Trek, perhaps the two biggest linchpins of science fiction.
Fans of dystopian science fiction might want to take note of this one. Based on the short stories, then novels, released in the '40s and '50s by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov, Apple TV series Foundation follows a group of exiles aiming to rebuild after the fall of the Galactic Empire. And judging by this new trailer, the second look we've seen, it's going to be a pretty ambitious series. As Mashable's Chris Taylor writes, "The Foundation Trilogy is a grand galactic epic. Think: science fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings. Indeed (and to Asimov's surprise), it once beat out Tolkien's trilogy, in a one-time Hugo Award contest for best speculative fiction series of all time. George Lucas was clearly inspired by Asimov's Galactic Empire."
Apple has revealed when you'll get to watch Foundation, its adaptation of Issac Asimov's series of sci-fi novels. The show will debut on Apple TV on September 24th, with additional installments of the first ten-episode season dropping each week. The company also revealed another teaser trailer for Foundation, which stars Jared Harris as the leader of a group of exiles who predicts the end of the Galactic Empire. The group embarks on a journey to restore civilization by establishing The Foundation. Lee Pace also stars in the show, whose showrunner is David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel). Apple is reducing the free TV trial it offers to customers who buy its devices from a year to three months.
Would you buy an Apple TV/HomePod Frankenstein device? According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has one in the works. "The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters." Read more: Who do I pay to get the'phone' removed from my iPhone? Never one to underestimate Apple's ability to take an idea that, on the face of it, seems stupid and irrational and turn it into a multibillion-dollar craze, but this feels a bit weird even for Apple.