We’ve seen SF you people wouldn’t believe. To Read stacks teetering off the side of the bookshelf. We watched WorldCon attendees glitter in the dark near the dealers’ room. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to quit….
This blog has been tottering along for five years now, but lately it’s suffered from shifting priorities and lack of time. It’s probably time to pack it in, so this, our 1,445th post, will be the last.
Thanks to all of the visitors who’ve stopped by to read or comment.
The title of George Lucas’ first movie is usually alluded to in all of his other films. What was its title?
Where was the HAL 9000 computer developed, according to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey?
A) University of Illinois-Urbana
B) Virginia Polytechnic Institute
C) University of California-Los Angeles
D) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E) Steve Jobs’ garage
The laissez-faire capitalist bad guy in The Fifth Element, played by Gary Oldman, is Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Who?
A For Andromeda was a collaboration between John Elliot and this controversial British astronomer.
Who coined the term “robot,” based on the Czech word “robotnik,” slave?
In one of his short stories Isaac Asimov described a world surrounded by 6 stars. With so many stars, one of them is almost always in the sky, and night comes but once in a thousand years. What would a people do, upon their first sighting of thousands of points of light in the sky? In which 1941 story did Asimov attempt to answer this question?
Who was the pilot of Fireball XL5?
The couplet “They ride the sky-train SHENSHI from Azul to Santa Beth. The driver’s name is Silver and the fireman’s name is Death” starts the first book of what unusual series?
Brian Aldiss’ short story “Super Toys Last All Summer Long” was the inspiration for what Kubrick/Spielberg film?
In Star Wars, which character was originally going to be a “huge green-skinned guy with no nose and large gills”?
The BBCAmerica’s Anglophenia blog is running a series of “how to dress like the [X]th Doctor” posts, offering guidelines for dressing like the various incarnations of Doctor Who. So far the First Doctor and Second Doctor are up, with the Third and subsequent coming soon.
The suggestions are rather general–along the lines of “find a white shirt” rather than “here’s the exact brand of shirt you’ll need”–so serious cosplayers might be disappointed, but for casual hall costume or Halloween party wear, they’ll be just fine.
I’ll be curious to see what they suggest as a substitute for Tom Baker’s scarf.
Posted in Movies & TV July 8th, 2011 by Chip Comments Off
Man, do I love me some Ray Harryhausen. I’ve seen occasional comments–largely from people too young to remember what movie special effects looked like before the advent of CGI–that his creatures look rather clunky, and they are admittedly not as smooth as today’s computer animations. What makes his work so amazing, though, is not only the technical artistry (you guys, stop-motion animation is hard) but also how memorable his characters were. The bit in Jason and the Argonauts when the skeletal Children of the Hydra attack (around 3:25 in this clip) haunted my childhood.
Some kind soul has compiled a collection of all of Harryhausen’s stop-motion work in chronological order, from harpies to giant walruses. They are just splendid.