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  • Jodie Whittaker’s debut was a step back rather than ‘feminist triumph.' [Dr. Who] [tr ed]

    10/08/2018 5:51:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 7, 2018 | Jim Shelley
    Doctor Who failed to regenerate successfully enough to mark the start of its brave new world. In fact it still seemed to be having real problems moving with the times. Which is ironic, considering it’s about an immortal whose escapades have included travelling back to 13.75 billion BC (for the Big Bang) and 100 trillion years into the future (to the end of the universe).
  • Robert Heinlein’s “The Long Watch” – Full Text

    10/03/2018 6:44:08 AM PDT · by vannrox · 28 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 3oct18 | Editorial staff
    There are often things that inspire us. This is most especially true when you are young and looking for direction. In my case, I was greatly influenced by the books that I read. My favorites were short-length science fiction “pulps”. These were often paperback books that I could shove in the rear pocket of my bluejeans. I would read them, and often reread them. The authors of these stories varied, but my favorites included Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein. Here is one such story. This story illustrates that sometimes, it take one person to take a necessary action. Often that...
  • Kathleen Kennedy Extends Lucasfilm Deal Through 2021

    09/28/2018 6:19:43 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Variety ^ | September 28, 2018 | Matt Donnelly
    The force is strong with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy — for another three years, to be precise. The veteran producer and chief of the Disney content giant behind “Star Wars” has renewed her deal through 2021, an individual familiar with the negotiations told Variety, following a tumultuous year for the label under her control.
  • SFWA Stands For The Doxxing Of Children

    09/25/2018 2:52:44 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 09/25/2018 | Jon Del Arroz
    From the blog of Jon Del Arroz, conservative Hispanic scifi author A year ago, my children were doxxed. I was facing immense pressure because an author, who happens to be the SFWA president, was running a campaign to smear and slander me, which began with her calling this blog “egregious stupidity” on a public forum when I’d never had contact with her in my life.
  • Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954)

    09/24/2018 4:35:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Public Domain | 1954 | Fredric Brown
    Answer, by Fredric Brown, is a science fiction short story first published in 1954. Since the complete text appears on the Internet in several places, I'm assuming that it's in the public domain. Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing. He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch  that would connect, all at once, all of...
  • Disney CEO confirms a 'slowdown' of Star Wars output after disappointing Solo returns [tr]

    09/20/2018 12:41:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 20, 2018 | Ross McDonough
    There might be a couple of extra parsecs between future Star Wars films. Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed there will be a 'slowdown' of its Star Wars output, following disappointing returns on the Solo standalone. 'I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast,' he admitted to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"

    09/19/2018 10:57:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 19, 2018 | Avery Thompson
    Star Trek’s Spock comes from the planet Vulcan, which of course doesn’t exist. But new research might give us the next best thing—an exoplanet orbiting the real-life star that Vulcan is said to be orbiting in the Star Trek universe. In 1991, Gene Roddenberry wrote a letter to Sky & Telescope about what kind of star the planet Vulcan was likely to orbit. In that letter, he specifically picks out one such star, 40 Eridani. Later, 40 Eridani became the canon Vulcan star system featured in a handful of episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • For William Shatner, Early 'Star Trek' Was Far From Glamorous

    09/16/2018 9:58:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 116 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 16, 2018 | Chelsea Gohd, Space.com Staff Writer
    NEW YORK — The original "Star Trek" series is one of the most popular sci-fi series of all time. But for years, it was a flop that left William Shatner performing out of the back of his truck. "Star Trek" broke countless boundaries, solidified science fiction in popular culture, and sparked a relationship with fans for 50 years and counting, and it remains one of the most beloved television shows in history. But it wasn't always this way.  On Sept. 5, Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the series, joined the podcast "The James Altucher Show" on stage...
  • Red Engines by Kris Schnee

    09/16/2018 12:03:53 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 7 replies
    Deviant Art blog ^ | 08/24/2018 | Kris Schnee
    This story by Kris Schnee was removed from a published book for offending a Muslim. I thought I'd share it here.
  • The Alt-Hero conservative comic series

    09/04/2018 7:11:31 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    The Alt-Hero series by Vox Day and assorted other conservative authors is a push back to the SJW invasion of comics. In chapter 1, we meet Dominique, a model with super-powers seized from her home and given a choice - join the superpowered team and obey orders - or else give up her freedoms, living under close supervision and with an implanted transponder. In chapter 2, we see the super heroes rounding up evil dissidents guilty of hate speech. How dare you criticize Muslim migration, the EU is for everyone! Challenge the unelected government bureaucrats! You're a dangerous, divisive person....
  • 'UFO' Movie Delves into Math of Universe Navigation

    09/03/2018 7:58:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    In a new clip from the upcoming movie "UFO," releasing digitally and on DVD Sept. 4, characters discuss how aliens could use physical constants to navigate across space. ...Gillian Anderson.... stars as a mathematics professor, ... Alex Sharp as a college student investigating UFO sightings near U.S. airports with his girlfriend ..., as an FBI agent ... pursues them. The film's science advisor...was Space.com columnist Paul Sutter. The fine structure constant relates to the strength of the electromagnetic force between elementary particles. Research has at times suggested that this constant might vary across the universe — so space travelers could...
  • 'Screaming nightmare': William Shatner boldly goes into VR

    08/31/2018 3:52:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 31, 2018
    As Captain Kirk in Star Trek, William Shatner took us to places “where no man has gone before”, with stories that foreshadowed the invention of the mobile phone and tablet computers. Now, in real life, the actor is exploring virtual reality – but he wants the entertainment industry to be aware of its potential detrimental impact on vulnerable minds. Shatner told the Guardian: “The use of technology to affect our minds is so powerful now that we need to be on guard in the future.” He is involved with Ziva Dynamics, a VR company, through which he has experienced “nightmarish...
  • Plutonian craters to be named after Star Trek characters

    08/31/2018 11:33:46 PM PDT · by vannrox · 29 replies
    astrobites ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Ruth Angus
    n July of this year (2015), NASA’s New Horizons mission will fly past Pluto and its moons. It will map the surface of the Plutonian system in unprecedented detail, revealing craters and other surface features for the first time. In preparation for the deluge of newly discovered craters, mountains, crevasses and other surface features, Mamajek et al. discuss a naming system for Pluto and its moons. Pluto is one of the last large planetesimals in the Solar system to have its surface imaged in detail. Pluto’s surface features will reveal the history of its life in the alien conditions at...
  • 2018 Hugo Award Winners

    08/22/2018 10:40:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 19, 2018
    2018 Hugo Award Winners
  • Remember the show "V" from '09? Someone on FR posted "O" w/Obama lizard photo. Where can I find?

    07/29/2018 10:25:20 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 31 replies
    Self ^ | 7/29/18 | Self
    Back in 2009, the Sci-Fi series "V" had a re-boot on ABC-TV, which only lasted a year. It starred Morena Baccarin and Scott Wolf. Someone on FR posted a clever photo of promo ad for "V" with the letter "O" in the form of the letter "V" of the show, in dramatic red, and then a photo of a half-Obama, half-lizard with the NYC skyline in the background. I've been trying to find this photo for a few months, but cannot locate it through archives. Also, please tag any FR member related to Sci-Fi Ping Lists. Thanks very much! -Silvie-
  • 1st Comic-Con of the MeToo era grapples with harassment

    07/17/2018 2:38:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    https://apnews.com/ ^ | 7/16/18 | LINDSEY BAHR
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues during the event which kicks off Wednesday night in San Diego. The convention has always been a home for comic book and genre enthusiasts, and a refuge for like-minded fans to mingle, but it’s also been...
  • Segregation at Comic Con: No Straight, White Males Allowed at Parties

    03/04/2018 8:29:35 AM PST · by rktman · 66 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/2/2018 | Megan Fox
    The comics industry seems to be doubling down on their policy of completely excluding anyone who is straight, white, male, or conservative. This year's Emerald City Comic Con released its schedule of events on its app recently. Anyone who is male, white and identifies as heterosexual found himself excluded from industry mixers and professional mixers.
  • Supergirl to feature TV’s first transgender superhero

    07/22/2018 8:05:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 44 replies
    NME ^ | 07/20/18 | Elizabeth Aubrey
    Nicole Maines is to become the first-ever transgender superhero in TV series Supergirl. Maines, who is an activist and is transgender herself, has been cast as Nia Nal/Dreamer in the series and will be introduced in the fourth series. The series is based on the DC Comics character. Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego, Maines said: “It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to.” Maines told Variety: “I want fans to take away an understanding of trans people. We can be anybody, we can be who we want, we can be...
  • Fantastic Beasts panel gets political at Comic-Con: 'Impeach Trump!'

    07/21/2018 2:32:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 78 replies
    Ew ^ | 7/21/18 | J Hibberd
    ....When the cast of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter prequel was asked what they would do if they had magic in real life, costar Zoe Kravitz (who plays Leta Lestrange) shot back: “Impeach Trump!” That was met with plenty of cheers in the room....
  • New spiky-skulled dinosaur lived on a lost continent

    07/20/2018 11:05:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | July 19, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia
    Researchers have unearthed a new armored dinosaur in Utah, a new species of ankylosaur, known as Akainacephalus johnsoni. The catch? It lived on the lost continent known as Laramidia. A. johnsoni, a member of the ankylosaurid family, lived 76 million years ago in what is now southern Utah, but was once a land mass known as Laramidia, an island continent that split North America in two. Eventually, the sea shrank and the two parts combined to form what is now known as North America. ..." Measuring between 13 and 16 feet in length and 3.5 feet tall, Akainacephalus jonhnsoni is...