Happy New Year, everyone!
I trust everyone had a good night, either binge drinking, blowing stuff up, in Prayer vigils, or any combination of the three (Assuming our readers are Southern). I likewise trust that we’ve all got big plans for the new year, plans which entail telling all your friends about this shiny new website, yes? If anyone is interested (And I can’t imagine any reason why you would be), the first song I heard this year was “Raisins” by the Bare Naked Ladies.
Anyway, all kinds of interesting Science-Fiction-related links under the jump!
Links of Note:
- Holy crap! Harlan Ellison wrote a script for Land of the Lost! It didn’t get produced, but you can read it online here: http://personal.linkline.com/enik1138/html/gotp.html
- For a generation, we were told the Cold War could only end one way: endless fields of glow-in-the-dark rubble and the extinction of humanity, but the pundits got it completely wrong. Instead, the cold war ended with the Soviet Red Army Choir backing a novelty band and covering Skynyrd tunes. You know, whenever I’m feeling glum and despairing that life is too mundane and predictable, I stumble against transcendental weirdness like this that simply could not have been predicted even 5 years before it was filmed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UuFJoexdlU and I’m just gleefully bouncing off the walls for days afterwards. Special thanks to Ronald Reagan (God rest him) and Aki Kaurismaki for making it all possible.
- Superhero of the week: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Agrippa%2C_Roman_God_of_the_Aqueduct Yeah, I know Superheroes ain’t really SF, but then again they ain’t really not SF either, are they?
- Once upon a time, 30 years ago, I was watching the local Saturday morning “Creature Feature” show and saw this weird fantasy movie where the first man on the moon bumps into literary characters who’ve visited the moon before him – Cyrano, Munchausen, and Verne’s Trio – who mistake him for a ‘moon man’, and then Munchausen takes him to earth to subject him to living out all the typical utter lies that the Baron liked to spin. It was a weird, disjointed, bizarre, obviously foreign film that I’ve wondered about for a Generation. I’ve finally managed to track the damn film down once and for all. It’s called “Baron Prasil” and here’s the first six minutes of it on Youtube. Even in crappy Youtube flash format, it looks pretty remarkable, don’t you think? http://youtube.com/watch?v=Oz56r4fOXHQ Here’s some info on the movie itself http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1049173 and a bit more http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Aw-Be/Baron-Prasil.html What’s that you say? You’re unfamiliar w/ Baron Munchausen, despite his stories having been made into a movie at least five times? For shame. Well, here’s his original book, with some nice illustrations online http://bulfinch.englishatheist.org/baron/Baron.html
- Ok, that was distressingly cerebral, I apologize. Here’s something tawdry to get the foul taste of culture out of your mouth. Chicks in chainmail! http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/amara.htm (Entirely Safe For Work, but really more “Fantasy” than “Science Fiction.”)
- Remember “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?” Probably not. Ever dream of taking the controls of “The Flying Sub?” Probably not. Why would you? Why would any rational adult, its just stupid when you think about it. But anyway, now you can, in crappy CGI form! http://youtube.com/watch?v=hVtW4CP5YW8 and here’s a shorter one http://youtube.com/watch?v=KGGhYkIG2Sc (Caution, the volume is WAY TOO LOUD!)
- RETURN TO THE CURSED EARTH! So back in ’78, Judge Dredd ran its first extended storyline, “The Cursed Earth” saga. For many of us, it was the first Judge Dredd we ever read, and it was reprinted a bajillion times in the US. However, it turns out that the version we read was a bowdlerized, censored version! There were two fast-food related storylines in the saga that massively violated international copyrights (Specifically, McDonalds and the Jolly Green Giant), which resulted in massive lawsuits, and the authors agreed to print a retraction and never run the stories again. Here, then, are some sizeable excerpts from the long-lost Burger Wars storyline: http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Temple/1810/dreddban.htm
- So if you’re a smelly ignorant hippie who reflexively hates anything technological, you might wanna’ re-think your stance on Nuclear Power. The founder of Greenpeace has, and openly admits he was wrong: http://www.news.com/From-ecowarrior-to-nuclear-champion/2008-13840_3-622...
Last Movie I Saw:
- “Earth Vs. The Spider” (1958). Actually, I watched a full episode of MST3k (“Experiment # 313: Earth Vs. The Spider”). I’m not sure if that counts or not.
“Life is full of mysteries, like ‘Why do clowns make us laugh?’ and ‘Why do we love puppy dogs?’ and ‘Why do midgets hit me with fish?’”
---The Tick in “The Tick Vs. Protoclown”