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The inimitable Ricardo Montalban has died at the age of 88.

Ricardo Montalban, Actor, Dies at 88 – Obituary Obit – NYTimes.com

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YouTube – Asteroid Impact HD

The song is “The Great Gig in the Sky” by Pink Floyd.

via Ace of Spades

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I’m sorry to hear that Arthur C. Clark has died at age 90. As Bruce Webster notes, he was the last of the “big three” writers who created the foundation for modern science fiction. The other two giants of 20th century SF were Issac Asimov, who died back in 1992, and Robert A. Heinlein, who died in 1988.

via Instapundit.

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Gary Gygax, the man behind Dungeons & Dragons, has died. I’m not much of a D&D player, to be honest, but game was a masterpiece.

D&D Basic Set

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I am:

E.E. "Doc" Smith

The inventor of space opera.  His purple space war tales remain well-read generations later.

Which science fiction writer are you?

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My wife sent me this video. She knows me too well.



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There’s a reliable rumor that the original un-messed-with Star Wars trilogy is finally coming to DVD:

Our very best industry sources have been checking in over the last couple of days – independently, I might add – with word that Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are finally going to be releasing the original theatrical versions of the Star Wars films on DVD… good old regular DVD… sometime in the second half of this year.

This is great news. The re-releases had their moments, and it was nice to see them on the big screen again after so many years. But I was very disappointed to hear that the original versions were never going to be made available.

via Digg

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Yes, it’s Captain Kirk’s birthday! William Shatner turns 75 today, though his hair is much younger.

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Via Dean, some geek humor.  🙂

But, you know, it’s sort of true. Once upon a time every alien, robot, or monster had a guy inside, usually a nameless stunt man. Guys like Rick Baker made a career of being unrecognizable, running around in elaborate makeup and rubber suits. Now they’re being replaced by computer animation which is often more realistic and certainly much more flexible than any monster costume could ever be. And a heck of a lot cheaper.

It won’t be too much longer before flesh and blood actors are also expendible. CGI isn’t quite to the point where it can create believable human beings but it’s getting closer all the time. I suspect that in my lifetime I’ll see the last generation of flesh-and-blood TV and movie performers. At that point human actors will be as antiquated as silent film stars were when talkies first hit the theaters

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You scored as Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix). You can change the world around you. You have a strong will and a high technical aptitude. Is it possible you are the one? Now if only Agent Smith would quit beating up your friends.

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Moya (Farscape)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Serenity (Firefly)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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