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So Long….

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.

So long, and…well, you know the rest.

Posted in Ephemera July 15th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. The title of George Lucas’ first movie is usually alluded to in all of his other films. What was its title?
  2. 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
  3. The laissez-faire capitalist bad guy in The Fifth Element, played by Gary Oldman, is Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Who?
  4. A For Andromeda was a collaboration between John Elliot and this controversial British astronomer.
  5. Who coined the term “robot,” based on the Czech word “robotnik,” slave?
  6. 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?
  7. Who was the pilot of Fireball XL5?
  8. 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?
  9. Brian Aldiss’ short story “Super Toys Last All Summer Long” was the inspiration for what Kubrick/Spielberg film?
  10. In Star Wars, which character was originally going to be a “huge green-skinned guy with no nose and large gills”?

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Posted in Ephemera July 14th, 2011 by Chip
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Link Dump

Transformers Producers Secure Rights to Space Invaders – I think this line from the article sums it up: “The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that the pair are trying to find a suitable writer to create a script, which we simply cannot fathom.”

Alien Facehugger Pillow Set – Tutorial for making plush xenomorphs. Not bad for a human.

SF Furniture – A roundup. The H.R. Giger chairs are kind of awesome.

Space Shuttle Discovery – A 360-degree view of the Discovery’s flight deck. This is just gorgeous.

Dalek Dress – Instructions for making a cute Dalek-inspired cocktail dress.

Cathedral with Star Destroyer – What can’t star destroyers improve?

First and Last Shuttle Launch – Chris Bray and his father were at both the first and the last space shuttle launch and they took photos at both. More at Reddit.

Posted in Ephemera July 13th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. What SF author has played onstage with Pink Floyd?
    A) Neil Gaiman
    B) Terry Pratchett
    C) Douglas Adams
    D) China Mieville
    E) Pat Cadigan
  2. In which planetary system did Luke take his Jedi training with Yoda?
  3. Boris Karloff has portrayed Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, and Dr. Fu Manchu. What other screen star–who also had a part in the Star Wars cycle–has also played those three roles?
  4. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger wrote science fiction under what pseudonym?
  5. In Memory Yet Green is the first volume of what author’s autobiography?
  6. What were the leaders of the “dark city” called in the futuristic movie Dark City?
    A) The Humanoids
    B) The Strangers
    C) The Decepticons
    D) The Visitors
    E) The Greys
  7. This planet is home of the Time Lords.
  8. In Ringworld, a Falan is a measurement of time equal to 10 rotations. How long is that in days?
  9. Woody Woodpecker is alluded to, or can be seen, in almost every post-1950 film made by what noted producer of SF classics?
  10. Which author coined the term “worm” to describe a type of computer virus:
    A) John Brunner
    B) Neal Stephenson
    C) Bruce Sterling
    D) Vernor Vinge
    E) William Gibson

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Posted in Ephemera July 7th, 2011 by Chip
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I Think “Dalek Schroeder” is My Favorite

Peanuts Who

Artist Larry Wentzel decided that after the 11th Doctor was trapped in the Pandorica, “the villains broke out into a little celebratory dance.” It probably looked exactly like this.

(via The Daily What, where they suggest that Wentzel’s next piece should be entitled, “You’re a Good Man (Going to War), Charlie Brown.”)

Posted in Ephemera July 1st, 2011 by Chip
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Wasteland Weekend

Wasteland WeekendI find it weirdly hilarious that not only do Mad Max reenactors exist, there are enough of them to support a three-day “post apocalypse” festival every year.

Wasteland Weekend is an adults-only campout in the California desert, with Industrial DJs, post-apocalyptic vehicles, staged combats, and a vendor area called “Bartertown.” The event aims to create “a 360° post-apocalyptic environment,” so costumes are required and themed vehicles and campsites are strongly encouraged.

Their site proclaims, “Live for three days in a world pulled straight out of the Mad Max movies, beyond the grip of so-called civilization,” which I honestly have to say is not quite as tempting a proposition as the organizers seem to think it is.

This year’s event is September 23-25, so there’s plenty of time to dig up some spikes and cultivate your mohawk.

Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness

Posted in Ephemera June 29th, 2011 by Chip
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Random Link #5

Due to unavoidable out-of-townedness, there will be no new posts this week. Instead, please to enjoy a selection of random links.

Totally Awesome Space Colonies

Posted in Ephemera June 24th, 2011 by Chip
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Random Link #4

Due to unavoidable out-of-townedness, there will be no new posts this week. Instead, please to enjoy a selection of random links.

Gaiman Secrets

Posted in Ephemera June 23rd, 2011 by Chip
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Random Link #3

Due to unavoidable out-of-townedness, there will be no new posts this week. Instead, please to enjoy a selection of random links.

The Padawan’s Guide

Posted in Ephemera June 22nd, 2011 by Chip
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Random Link #2

Due to unavoidable out-of-townedness, there will be no new posts this week. Instead, please to enjoy a selection of random links.

Encyclopedia Astronautica

Posted in Ephemera June 21st, 2011 by Chip
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