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1  General Category / Off Topic / So who in the Marvel Universe is really alive and who is really dead?
 on: Jul 9th, 2018, 8:32pm 
Started by Adrienne_Ray | Post by Adrienne_Ray
I grew up with the Avengers and the Fantastic Four and when they started making movies with Marvel characters, I was glad that Stan Lee lived to see their success.
But this is getting tiresome.
I'm sorry but I'm the kind of person that reads the last page of the book to make sure the hero doesn't die at the end of the novel. Life is too short to waste time watching sad movies.
How come Aunt May is outliving half the Marvel Universe?
Is this some kind of lame crap like they're going to wake up and it's all a dream? Or all happening in an alternate universe?
I haven't seen the last two or three films. I have only heard through the grapevine who lives and who dies and I think my kids are messing with me because why would Marvel kill all these people off?
I think we need a rewrite.

2  General Category / General Board / test
 on: May 15th, 2018, 5:46am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
testing testing

3  General Category / General Board / Happy (Alien...) Easter 2018...
 on: Mar 30th, 2018, 3:46am 
Started by ente per ente | Post by ente per ente
Happy  Easter -Buona  Pasqua 2018 -  
from  Sergio "ente per ente" PALUMBO

Funny (Alien) Easter Eggs  



4  General Category / General Board / Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018!!!
 on: Dec 20th, 2017, 9:56am 
Started by ente per ente | Post by ente per ente
Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018 to you all!!!

With a funny Star Wars Christmas tree...eh,eh



5  General Category / General Board / Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92
 on: Aug 27th, 2017, 9:11am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92

The prolific writer behind more than 80 books and editor of 40 anthologies died at his Oxford home after celebrating his birthday

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/21/science-fiction-author-brian-aldis...  - More here

6  General Category / General Board / Two Minute Reviews
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 9:31pm 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
  I spent this weekend binge watching the Hulu serialization of Stephen King's 11/22/63. I did so with some trepidation because Hollywood frequently botches King's work (Cujo; Christine; and--most recently and unforgivably--The Gunslinger). My trepidation persisted as the lengthy serial progressed and screen writers--infinitely less talented than King--apparently made changes to one of the Master's best stories.

  Now, before I go on, I must say that I think 11/22/63 King's 2nd best, stand-alone, long work. It trails only The Stand and that by less than a whisker. It is one of the few--the very few--stories that have moved me to tears. I've read the text often, listened to the audio book three times, and, now, have watched the broadcast on DVD. My verdict: despite the differences, good bordering on very good.

  Anyone who's read the book will spot the differences almost at once. Several subplots have been altered and a few jettisoned entirely. Many of the subtle touches that King uses to humanize his characters and touchstone his episodes have vanished. I'm sure that much of that meddling stemmed from the need to keep length manageable. I would have preferred it if the producers had used trilogy, Lord of the Rings treatment for this piece, but the serialization approach was, I guess, more cost effective.

  I grouse and wish it were different, but when I consider the piece without direct comparison to the book, I must give it fairly high marks. James Franco is likable and convincing as Jake Epping/Amberson. Sarah Gadon brings her fresh beauty and surprising acting chops to her turn as Jake's beloved Sadie. George MacKay performance is strong--if totally non-book--as Bill Turcotte and Daniel Webber is appropriately creepy and surprisingly sympathetic in his role of Lee Harvey Oswald. Supporting players are more than adequate and, despite several unexplained holes in the screenplay, the piece plays well. It holds the viewer's attention throughout its several hour length and rarely fails to engage.

  The book's better--much better--but this serialization ain't bad. It certainly surpasses the cinematic crud of The Tommyknockers or (G_d forbid) Maximum Overdrive. If you've read the book, watch this with an open mind. For that approach, I rate it 2 1/2 smiles Smiley Smiley :-. If you haven't read the book, watch this first. For that approach, I give it 3  :-) Smiley Smiley.

Gary A. Markette

7  General Category / Front Page Stories / Re: The Change by Chris Dean
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 9:29pm 
Started by ahmedakhan | Post by Webbie
He sure can pick them. Smiley

8  General Category / General Board / Escape Velocity
 on: Jun 2nd, 2017, 2:08pm 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Sounds like it might be fun:

Annual sci-fi convention Escape Velocity!

•      What is this convention? Escape Velocity is a 3-day event that's a mix of comic con and science festival, with science fiction as a common thread. We’ll have cutting edge tech on the exhibit floor, hands-on science and art activities for kids, and panel on literature, video gaming, pop culture, and hard science. We’ll also have a film festival and custom sci-fi escape rooms. In addition to Cas Anvar, we’ve already announced author Joe Haldeman and musician Thomas Dolby as special guests.
•      Dates? September 1-3, 2017, Labor Day weekend.
•      Where is the Museum of Science Fiction? Right now we are virtual, currently in the process of scoping out a location in the DC metro area where we can establish a permanent facility. In the meantime, we participate in a number of community events and host the Escape Velocity convention.
•      How big is this convention? Last year, we had over 2500 attendees, which we thought was great considering it was our first year and it was July 4th weekend! This year, we expect upwards of 4000.
•      Where is the convention? It will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on the Red line near Dupont Circle and the National Zoo.
•      What’s the cost? A regular 3 day pass is $50 for adults, without the promo code. There are discounted rates for youth 11-16 and kids 10 and under are free. We do have some specialty items, like a Cas Anvar Experience ticket and the sci-fi escape rooms, that do have additional costs.
•      Promo Code: You can give the promo code METRO20 to your followers as an added benefit of supporting your business. It's good for 20% off standard entry to the convention, but does not include specialty tickets. If you continue to share the Museum’s posts about Escape Velocity, keep sharing the promo code as well. We’ll do the same for you – if you’ve got something special you’d like us to boost, just reach out via facebook message – we have almost 16,000 followers.
•      Are you still accepting vendors? Yes! Please message or email for more information.
•      Do you have flyers or a poster I can put up in my shop? Yes, we do! We can mail some out or drop them by, please send us your address.
•      Websites: escapevelocity.events, and museumofsciencefiction.org
•      What if I have more questions? You can reach out to us on facebook or by email at tickets@museumofsciencefiction.org.
•      What if I want to become a member? You can join as Ground Crew for as little as $100, which is also tax deductible! You can also donate memorabilia. The more donations we can get, the faster we can get the museum built! Please check out our members page to join: http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/join/

9  General Category / General Board / Better writing? It's free...
 on: May 18th, 2017, 4:32am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
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10  General Category / Front Page Stories / The Change by Chris Dean
 on: Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:23pm 
Started by ahmedakhan | Post by ahmedakhan
Gary has another winner here. Hard SF, good characters and good, minimalistic writing.