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November 12, 2009

Avatar & the death of “Star Trek aliens”

Filed under: science fiction — Razib @ 2:52 pm

Since readers of this weblog tend toward nerdishness I’m assuming they’re following the buzz around Avatar: The Movie. I only got interested in it last night trying to figure out the references in yesterday’s South Park episode, Dances with Smurfs. Check out the tailer below. Obviously actors in regular films aren’t going to be replaced by CGI in the next few years, but, looks like we’re on the cusp of a the shift when it comes to a human being necessary to portray humanoid aliens. The “uncanny valley” is to some extent an upside in sci-fi, excluding the problems that will generate when it comes to the sticky issue of hybridization.

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