Coolest interviewee EVER!

Most of our interviews are done on the phone. As such, visualize the guest sitting near his or her computer, perhaps at a desk, or maybe even on their porch watching the sunset. We weren't quite ready for how Kim Bannerman (she'll be on in a week or so) idled her time away with us: […]

Chupacabra vs. Scooby Doo


I know what I'm watching on October 25th!. As reported by Animation Insider:

Monday, Oct. 25 - Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico, - The Scooby gang goes south of the border to enjoy the Day of the Dead festivities, but the celebration comes to a screeching halt when they encounter Mexico's version of Bigfoot, El Chupacabra, and the young snoops smell a conspiracy.

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Pirate sighting


Drunk and naked. It's a pirate's life for me!   [Read more...]

Coffe, tea or zero gee?

By the end of the decade, Virgin Galactic LLC - the most exciting development in the story of modern space history - is planning to make it possible for almost anyone to visit the final frontier at an affordable price.

That's the line they're pitching at Virgin Galactic, a very real and very serious company with serious monetary backing. Maybe I'll retire off-world in five years? They're taking pre-registrations now...   [Read more...]

LotR - RotK DVD

Just in time for Xmas: 250 minutes (4.17 hours) of Return of The King

A new version of the final installment in the epic trilogy! The Academy-Award? winning film now has 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film for this highly-anticipated video release:

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One-sided sword fight

Folks in Corpus Christi might be surprised to know that the term "sword fight" implies two or more fighters armed with swords:

A sword fight has claimed the life of a 42-year-old man and injured an elderly woman, according to authorities who are holding a teenager following the attack.

The fight broke out about 1 a.m. Thursday when Martinez was drinking beer with his neighbor... at a trailer park. [Police] said Martinez, who had taken the 2-foot-long sword from his residence earlier in the evening to show it to his neighbor, allegedly stabbed [his neighbor] multiple times.

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She's not a fan of classic sci fi


The SciFi Rant Girl was less-than impressed with the classic War of the Worlds
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So I finally watched War of the Worlds and I hated it. It wasn't that it was old, black and white. It wasn't even the cheesy special effects. I thought those were cute. What bugged me was the religious undertone in the movie. I'm not really into mixing SCIENCE fiction and religion. There are thin lines there. I'm more of the sci fi viewer that's into aliens, ray guns:), space ships, space battles, silver or leather clothing and technobabble. I guess the movie took me by surprise because I didn't expect religion to be such a major part of the plot.

The ending SUCKED. I was rather annoyed that GERMS killed the aliens. ::rolls eyes::

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Star Wars Memories

John over at SFSignal remindes us of this classic mini-movie of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and some Star Wars geeks.   [Read more...]

Trading in The Shield for stone

Let's hope Michael Chiklis' costume looks as good on the screen as it does in this airbrushed glamour shot. More photos and news at SuperHeroHype.com   [Read more...]

And I get shit for voting for Nader?

John Kerry is getting a boost from an unlikely source in Oregon: [A] poll, conducted [during] the DVD release of the Star Trek fan documentary Trekkies 2... may spell trouble for President George W. Bush. The incumbent has staked his campaign on the war on terror. But those who speak the language of the Trek […]

The Karmic Catwoman

This kinda stuff never happens in America. As reported in the Leicester Mercury (UK):

The catsuit-wearing mystery woman made her first appearance at Leicester General Hospital on Thursday, September 9.

Dressed in her distinctive mask and cape, she handed out bunches of flowers.

The next day, she stunned shoppers and staff at Asda in Oadby, by appearing at the checkouts and paying for people's shopping.

Again wearing a superhero outfit to conceal her identity, she spent about ?300 paying off grocery bills for several lucky customers.

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Better sites for news

As I thought might happen, it seems I'm the only one with the inclination to post anything on this site. Not that it's hard you understand, just that others can't seem to find the time either.

So since I can practically guarantee my inability to post on a regular basis and am unsure of others willingness to spend a couple of minutes when they see something of interest, here are a couple of sites that do a better job:

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Body Painting!

Mark Greenwalt (FutureClassX) is doing a live body painting demo. This is his PG-rated version, the all-adult version happens later on this evening. Full body stuff, which you can find plenty of samples of on his website.

Rumor has it, he's "donating" this representation of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern series. Now to get this model (Jill) on our website...

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501st

The boys from The 501st Storm Troopers dropped by, as usual. These boys do it right, and impress the heck out of my kid!

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Rabid fans

Here's a fun thing about cons. Some fans fixate on a particular author. Right now, I'm listening to some trucker talk with a game designer (RPG, not computer) about strategies and previous battles, complete with blow-by-blow of the night in question, which probably never happened or have been significantly embellished.

But like all of us in this genre, we remain affable, encouraging and enthusiastic about their stories. After all... this is our demo!

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Role of Fiction in Society


I just sat in on a panel with several authors shown above. From left to right (as that's how we read in this country): Adam Niswander, Don Markstein, Bennie Grezlik, Michelle Welch, C. F. Yankovich, Evo Terra (that's me!) and Michael Stackpole.

An interesting conversation. I've sat on panels of this name before, but this one turned rather dark. It centered around the responsibility and accountability authors should take for their work, even if and perhaps especially if that work is fiction.

If an author hears of some unspeakable act committed by a deranged reader of his work, should he feel some sort of responsibility? If not, what if that same author receives a letter of thanks from another reader, who used emulated the actions of another character in the book to achieve something good? If no responsibility was taken for the former, then the latter should be dismissed as well, logically.

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