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ISS 10th Anniversary

via twitter.com/NASA ISS 10th anniversary programming on NASA TV throughout the day http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Posted in News October 28th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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Trivia Thursday

  1. This author seems to have an October fixation, giving us such books as The Halloween Tree, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The October Country. Name him.
  2. In this Star Trek episode written by Robert Bloch, the Enterprise encounters aliens Korob and Sylvia, who menance the crew with the trappings of Earth’s Halloween.
  3. In this dark fantasy by Fritz Leiber, Norman Saylor strains the limits of conjugal love when he learns that his own wife is a practicing sorceress.
  4. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein can be viewed as the progenitor of modern SF. But “Frankenstein” is the name of the doctor. What was the name of the monster?
  5. In Stephen King’s The Stand, a U.S. military facility accidentally releases a deadly mutation of what illness?
  6. This Song of Kali author’s penchant for horror shows up in his SF as well, giving us dark visions such as the Shrike. Name him!
  7. This 1997 movie starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill tells of an experimental spaceship which has literally gone to Hell and back.
  8. Which of these creatures is not one of H.P. Lovecraft’s creations?
    A) Tsathoggua
    B) Mi-Go
    C) Nyarlathotep
    D) Yog-Sothoth
    E) Sotsugyou
  9. This collection of short stories was inspired by a filk song of the same name. Whose ghost is haunting Space Station Three?
  10. This prolific SF writer gave us such works as Venus Plus X (not to mention an important literary Law), but also wrote Some of Your Blood, a nicely horrific vampire novel.

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Posted in Ephemera October 28th, 2010 by Chip
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Steampunk is…

KeyKeeper, by James Ng

Steampunk is many things to many people. It is a literary style. An aesthetic movement. A way of life to some. It was with all this in mind I decided to ask more than a dozen people what they thought Steampunk is. I told them all a sentence would suffice as I wanted an off-the-cuff reaction, but many went much longer. The answers run the gamut from textbook to a bit silly, which seems about right.
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Posted in Books & Authors October 28th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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