Archive for the ‘SF Fandom’ Category

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 ...

Forrest J. Ackerman Has Moved to Sto-Vo-Kor

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Usually one of the groups I am in is pretty good about posting important events like this. Sadly, this one was missed. Forrest J. Ackerman passed away last week. This LA Times piece has a lot to say about the man who brought so much to the genres of science ...

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] MarsCon 2008 Part 2 [flash] 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 ...

Arthur C. Clarke – He Will Be Greatly Missed

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, author of many great SF novels and stories, including Childhood's End and Rendezvous With Rama, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel, has passed away in Sri Lanka. From

MarsCon 2008 and the British Invasion

Friday, March 7th, 2008

MarsCon 2008 took place over the Leap Year Weekend of February 29th through March 2nd at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, MN. MarsCon is mid-sized event with an attendance of about 850, which is up a bit from last year, and does not include the spontaneous British Invasion ...

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is an interesting discourse on politics and revolution. Heinlein paints an interesting saga of a revolt on the moon against the Terran authorities who control all aspects of the lives of those living on the lunar colonies. It won the Hugo Award for Best ...

A Klingon Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

A Klingon Christmas Carol, produced by the Comedia Beauregard, with support from several members of the IKV Rakehell (Klingon Assault Group), was an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic into Klingon, and told from the Klingon point of view. SQuja' (Scrooge), is a conniving money lender who has a bodyguard/strongman, QachIt ...

Starship Troopers vs. Forever War

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

This year being the Centennial marking the birth of Robert A. Heinlein, a lot of renewed interest in his works has been sparked. While attending Convergence (this was opposite the Heinlein Centennial Celebration taking place in St. Louis) there was a discussion on his works and Starship Troopers was brought ...

Klingons Invade a Holiday Classic

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Commedia Beauregard was on Fox 9 News here in Minnesota with a preview of what is in store this Saturday for the Klingon Christmas Carol that several members o the IKV Rakehell had a hand in. They've put in a lot of effort and it looks like it is going to ...

Convergence 2007 Report

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Convergence 2007 was, once again, a convention that should not be missed. The Klingons of KAG were in full force with elements of the Cold Death Quadrant in attendance included the crews of the IKV Rakehell, IKV Black Thunder, and the IKV Warhammer. The Rakehell arrived the day before the ...

Centenial of Robert A. Heinlein’s Birth

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Like many longtime SF fans my age, I grew up on the writings of Robert A. Heinlein. Saturday marks the Centennial Anniversary of Heinlein's birth. A lot of people I know will be at one or another SF Convention (I'll be at convergence) taking place this weekend, including ...

Star Wars 30th Anniversary

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the premier of the movie Star Wars. It's hard to believe that it's been that long already. Some six months prior to its release, I ran across the novelization by George Lucas (actually, it was written by Alan Dean Foster) in a bookstore, thought ...

Tunnel In The Sky, by Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

This year is the Centennial of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein. As such, I have been going through a phase of reading and rereading a number of his works, so I thought I would share some of them with you. Tunnel In The Sky is the story of survival ...