Archive for the ‘SF Fandom’ Category

SF Writers Who Served

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This year for Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take the time to recognize some of SF’s writers who served in the Armed Forces. Although mainly looking at U.S. writers, I’ll also be recognizing some of the British Commonwealth writers as well. Robert A. Heinlein, one of SF’s Three Grand Masters, ...

A Brief History of Klingon Fandom Part 1

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Introduction Earlier this year I was on a panel on Klingon Fandom at MarsCon (the one in Minnesota) with several of my fellow KAG members. I was the proverbial dinosaur on the panel. No, not the oldest member, just the one who had been doing Klingon the longest, since the ...

Review: Fool Moon

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few years back I read Stormfront, the first book in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. Although I liked the story, I didn’t like the main character harry Dresden, nor did I like the number one supporting character Detective Karrin Murphy. I thought Harry Dresden was a class-A jerk, and ...

Who’s The Doctor?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, and the “Net is abuzz with speculations and thoughts on who will become the 12th Doctor. Not wanting to be outdone, I thought I would chime in on my own recommendation. In my highly respected opinion, I believe the best choice to be the ...

Starship Troopers Revamp

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Over on io9, they have an article on upcoming SF movie reboots (and “why they might not suck”, their words, not mine). There are a couple of films listed that I definitely want to talk about. The first is the badly needed redo of RAH’s Starship Troopers. For those who ...

Ray Bradbury, Gone At 91

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Ray Bradbury passed away last night. He was 91, a little more than two months shy of his 92nd birthday. Bradbury, as most anyone reading this article will know, is best known for three major works: Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Martian Chronicles. Bradbury was a ...

AER MarsCon2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MarsCon 2011 has come and gone. To start off with, a good time was had by all (and if you didn't have fun, that's your own fault, not mine!). Alexis Cruz, the Media Guest of Honor, was a cordial guest who was very personable and hung out in the party ...

Dalek Christmas Carol

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I couldn't resist. Merry Christmas.

Road Warrior Weekend

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From the realm of "man, that sounds like fun", I received a message on the MacDude list about an event called "Road Warrior Weekend". Costumes, cars and gyrocopters, all in the post-apocalyptic style made popular by the Mad Max movies. The brainchild of Scarlot Harlot, according to the LA Weekly, ...

Charles N. Brown of Locus Magazine Passed Away

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Charles N. Brown, publisher and editor-in-chief of Locus Magazine passed away on July 12th, 2009. Locus is the major journal of SF news, and has been in publication since 1968, and is published from his home in the Oakland hills. His contributions to promoting and supporting the genre are numerous, ...

Onion Does Trek Movie

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Onion knocked one out of a park with a spoof of what they think Trek fans reaction to the new Star Trek movie will be like. The video is a real hoot, so check it out. Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable' Tags: Star Trek the Onion

Philip Jose Farmer

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I just read that SF writer Philip Jose Farmer has passed away. There is some info on his website. He was 91.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry Moves to Sto-Vo-Kor

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Gene Roddenberry, passed away yesterday. The news is proliferating around the 'net. Majel Barrett was best known for her role as Nurse Chapel on the original Star Trek series, and later as Lwaxana Troi, beginning with The Next Generation. She is the only actor to have ...

Take On DnD 4th Edition

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

If you are wondering what a look at the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons and politics have in common, then sit tight and we'll get to it. I've been playing DandD for way too many years. I still have every DandD book I have ever purchased, starting with the original ...

Convergence 2008 Report

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Convergence 2008 was a wild, fun, and, at times exasperating time. Most of the time it was a very up convention, but they did run into some problems, some of which can be attributed to growing pains. Not surprising as the Con grew by about 400 attendees over last year. ...

Back From Convergence

Monday, July 7th, 2008

We're finally back from Convergence. It was a wild, and at many times, frustrating event this year. Here is the first video clip from the con that I have been able to process for the heckuvit. It's me, Sqotty MacKlingon, with the two guys dressed up as Captain Kirk (Earl ...

Sto-vo-kor on My Mini City

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I ran across something new called My Mini city. It is a game in which you create a virtual city and then get people to come visit it by clicking a link in order to build up the population. As the population builds, various other aspects are introduced to develop ...

Steampunk Laptop

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I spotted this over on Walter Hunt's blog and thought it was just too cool for words. It's a Steampunk Laptop. For those of you who do not know what Steampunk is, it is a subgenre of Science Fiction. The Difference Engine is one of the early examples of Steampunk. ...

MarsCon 2008 Videos Online Now

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Finally, after getting past the audio syncing problem with one of the clips, I have completed the videos and uploaded them to YouTube. Faces of British troops have been digitized. MarsCon 2008 Part 1 [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STb536Lot5Y] MarsCon 2008 Part 2 [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gva82d5ntww] Enjoy

MarsCon Video Editing

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

I've been trying to get my video from MarsCon 2008 and ran into a problem with one of the clips having the audio becoming progressively out of sync with the video. It turns out that the problem was caused by an occasional dropped frame in the video throwing the audio ...