WorldCon blogging

Cory Doctorow is blogging about WorldCon, happening right now. He's also posted some cool pics of the Hugos and his Sunburst award.   [Read more...]

Gamers and camcorders don't mix

Some things never to do:

  1. Tug on Superman's cape
  2. Play leapfrog with a unicorn
  3. Video yourself having sex or playing D&D

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Stoopid Okies...

OK, OK... make your jokes now. Yes, I'm orginally from the same state as this dumb ass.

Policeman Jon Arnetts was just doing a good turn when he pulled over a car to alert the driver there was a black bag on top of the vehicle. Then he found out what was in the bag.

It contained a handgun, baggies with a small amount of white Crystal and marijuana, a smoking pipe and several pills.

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The ultimate sci-fi badass challenge

There can be only one! In the spirit of Alien vs. Predator, the sickos at Defective Yeti have posted a fit-for-office-pooling bracket system for all the meanies of sci-fi. Quite comical. Wonder who's gonna win?   [Read more...]

Science Fiction Film Canon

Got a flick you think is the best? John Scalzi is looking for it. Leave the fantasy crap at home (sorry Mike and Tee), and submit to John the best sci-fi film you know of.

We'll see if we can't get him on Live Fire sometime soon to discuss the list. He's got a shitpot full of suggestions already...   [Read more...]

SETI recieves signal - no, wait... pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

They're heeeeerree.... An unexplained radio signal from deep space could -- just might be -- contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday.

But just as quickly, the BBC reports

But researchers connected with the project told BBC News Online on Thursday that no contact with extraterrestrials had been made.

"It's all hype and noise," said its chief scientist, Dr Dan Wertheimer. "We have nothing that is unusual. It's all out of proportion."

And Dr Paul Horowitz, of Harvard University, who specialises in hunting for possible alien contacts added: "It's not much of anything at all. We're not investigating it further."

This is why I don't trust anyone. Ever.   [Read more...]

Pentecostals on UFOs

Proving once again that little green men belong in sci-fi books and not the media:

Three weeks ago, Zach Stanfield, 16, videotaped a shadowy disc-shaped object hovering in the sky above his home. The Southeast Missourian newspaper ran a front page photo of the disc, taken from the video, with a story about an unidentified flying object hovering over Jackson.

But there were no little green men inside it.

The UFO actually was a mylar disc that had been purchased for children attending vacation Bible school at Calvary United Pentecostal Church. In an effort to make it fly, Edward Moore, the husband of a church member said he put too much helium inside a mylar disc and it floated away.

Doesn't southeast Missouri contain one of our affiliate stations? And don't you people learn?   [Read more...]

Everyone buy this book

Horror isn't a stretch for us, as we've had several authors in this genre of speculative fiction on our show. So do the good samaratain thing and buy a copy of Small Bites

... edited by Keith Gouveia and Garrett Peck--is a prestigous collection of short short tales from 106 authors who have come together to raise money for Charles Grant, a legend in the world of horror writing. His books and stories have brought thrills and chills to many. As a thank you for your tireless work of bringing readers from around the world to live with the dark and secret things that go bump in the night, this is our gift to you, Charles. Thank you. We hope that the Net proceeds from this book will bring you home and back into our reading chairs.

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Superhero sighting #1

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A 6-foot-tall, 275-pound bearded man crashed a children's birthday party in Oak Forest, identified himself as "vengeance," then helped himself to a piece of cake, police said.

When the owner of the home asked the man who he was, the intruder replied, "I am vengeance. I am the knight. I am Batman." Then the man went into the kitchen, cut a piece of birthday cake, took it into the living room and ate it.

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Bad idea

Feel free to make up your own ending to this story

Giuseppe Cannella had a big surprise for his mother-in-law when he put a jet engine on the back of her wheelchair.

Seriously. I can't make shit like this up...   [Read more...]

Witness needed: UFO from 1896

Just in case you're 107 years old and originally from Texas, this guy wants to talk to you:

The author of Solving the 1897 Airship Mystery is seeking the help of Central Texans in his quest to answer the lingering questions about the Victorian-era UFO sightings.

His quest may include the accounts of residents of West from that time.

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What will life be like...

in the year 2000? Check out some predictions from 1961. Choice entries include:

It will be the age of press-button transportation. Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways. There will be moving plastic-covered pavements, individual hoppicopters, and 200 m.p.h. monorail trains operating in all large cities.

The family car will be soundless, vibrationless and self-propelled thermostatically. The engine will be smaller than a typewriter. Cars will travel overland on an 18 inch air cushion.

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Space Elevator conference

Damn. We missed the Space Elevator conference.   [Read more...]

Sci-fi anagrams

OK, either I'm a total moron, or this little time waster is harder than it should be:

Sci fi wordgame   [Read more...]

Brass knuckles, swords and phasers, OH MY!

The staple of most SFF conventions, the weapons vendor, isn't welcome in Canda:

Nine different types of illegal weapons were seized and six people arrested after police raided a sales booth at the Canadian Comic Expo in downtown Toronto...

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I'm not even supposed to be here today

Kevin Smith has reportedly turned in his directors chair for the upcoming Green Hornet (of which he wrote the screen play) to take on Clerks 2. Dante and Randal made it to their 30's?   [Read more...]