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OPINION: Why Marvel Knocked Avengers Out of the Park and Why Warner Bros. Will Ruin Justice League

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The Avengers is currently the third highest grossing film of all time behind Gone With the Wind at #1 and Avatar at #2. It should also be noted that Avatar's and Gone's numbers include DVD and television revenue (and in Gone's case that includes more than 70 years of revenue), so a good case can be made for Avengers being the most successful film of all time. Of course, it didn't take too much longer after Avengers hit the ONE BILLION dollar mark that Warner Bros. started talking about resurrecting the Justice League movie that was aborted back in 2007 or 2008. But why was Avengers so successful and can Warners possibly replicate this success?

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Just Like Rock And Roll, SF Films Are Best When They're A Little Bit Crappy

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A half hour ago, a total stranger asked me to recommend some SF films. She said she liked SF, but most films in the genre simply aren't very good (It's true), and she was hoping I could point her at some of the better stuff.

I said I'd do what I could, but for me, SF is at its best when it's a *little bit* crappy, kind of like rock. Make it too slick, and it loses some of its charms. Do you like The Ramones, or do you like Yes? The truth is: I like both quite a bit, but there's an energy to the less polished stuff that the virtuosity of the better stuff can't touch.

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OPINION:What Green Lantern Taught Me About American Exceptionalism

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While watching Green Lantern:First Flight the other day, with intent to review (That sounds almost like a crime: "Watching with intent to review")(in some cases, it may actually BE a crime), something kept distracting me. Not that it's a bad movie- that's not it at all- it was a very good movie that has something to say about the American condition.

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What Should We Do With Self-Published Novels? I'd Like Your Feedback.

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We have kind of a quandry, and I'd like you folks' opinion on how we should handle it in the future.

Here's the deal:

Some time ago a guy (No names) gave me a self-published SF novel to review for the site. I said "Sure, happy to do it," because we've done one or two prior self-published books, and it's generally gone well. Plenty of unsung talent out there. I assumed this book would be likewise. Alas...

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We need your opinion: Should Republibot be *MORE* Political?

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Something's come my way lately, and I'd like you guys opinion on it.

I'm pretty happy with the little community we've put together here. We're not the biggest blog in the blogosphere, but we're pretty big. We've got a lot of interesting regulars, good comments, good feedback, and a very, very low signal to noise ratio, by which I mean we all tend to talk to each other, and discuss stuff. There's no name calling, a good deal of respect and we can literally go months without a troll.

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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What Do People Think Science Fiction Is?

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What is Science Fiction? Oh, sure, we all know it when we see it, more or less, but what *is* it? How would you define it? Like planets and continents, It’s a vast and slippery beast without a solid definition. Well, ok, Planets have a definition now, but it’s a stupid and disingenuous one, and there’s still not a solidly agreed-upon definition for continents or subcontinents. That’s just not good enough for earthy young snobs like ourselves, now is it? If you can define it, you own it on some basic mental level.

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Is Star Trek Liberal or Conservative?

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We rag on Trek a lot here at the ‘Bot…

[Pause for uncomfortable comedic effect]

You probably expected a “But” to follow that statement. Something like “We rag on it a lot, but it’s only because we love it so” or “…but only because we want it to rise above its shortcomings” or simply “…but we don’t really mean it.” So let’s try that again, shall we?

“We rag on Trek a lot here at the ‘Bot.”

[Another uncomfortable pause]

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