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August 27: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Birthday wishes today go out to producer Dean Devlin.  In his line of work, he was responsible for bringing to life the Stargate franchise when, back in 1994, he and his partners premiered the Kurt Russell / James Spader original movie.  He's also…

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August 26: On This Day In Science Fiction History

One could debate the strengths and weaknesses of the JJ Abrams' Star Trek films for, quite probably, the length of an entire film.  God knows fans have, and God knows they'll continue to do so in the days, months, and years ahead of us.  One point I've always tried to make is that, despite what…

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August 25: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I've written of my fondness for The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) many times, and, no doubt, I will again.  In fact, I will any chance I get.  As a young one, it was one of the first truly spectacular science fiction films I can remember watching on television, and I always loved…

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August 24: On This Day In Science Fiction History

I hate to sound crass, but I'd be perfectly alright if some scientists wanted to shrink the lovely Raquel Welch to miniscule size and inject her inside me.  No problem at all!  That's part and parcel of the premise at work in Fantastic Voyage, which…

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August 23: On This Day In Science Fiction History

When it came to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Ray Park had a tough job.  He was cast to play the (sadly) one-off villain, Darth Maul, against Jedi veteran Qui Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson).  Fortunately, he at least got to kill…

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August 22: On This Day In Science Fiction History

If you've never read anything by Ray Bradbury, well ... then ... for starters ... shame on you!  Stop what you're doing right now, and get out to your local bookstore or library.  At the very least, every science fiction fan should read "The Martian Chronicles."  (I recently got after my…

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August 21: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Kim Cattrall did a pretty impressive job stepping into the Trek franchise as Valeris, a Spock protege who served as his 'foil' in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  Fans embraced the character, likening her back to The…

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August 20: On This Day In Science Fiction History

John Noble did a terrific turn in the world of sci fi when he took the role of Dr. Walter Bishop in JJ Abrams' Fringe for Fox TV.  As the sometimes whacked out mad scientist hell bent on saving the world, Noble certainly played as the intellect…

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August 19: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Need I say anything more than simply providing a picture?  Without this man, we wouldn't have the franchise that we all know and love so well.  Gene Roddenberry was born on this day back in 1921.  Though he's no longer with us, his legacy…

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August 18: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Sorry, but I really can't tell you much about the short-lived, apocalyptic series called Jeremiah.  The only thing I can tell you with any certainty is that (A) it was J. Michael Straczynski's idea; (B) it starred Luke Perry: and (C) it also starred The Cosby show veteran…

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August 17: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day back in 1960, legendary director George Pal launched The Time Machine in theatres, the first big budget adaptation of the H.G. Wells' novel of the same name.  Rod Taylor took a trip through time, and -- yowza! -- he found the lovely…

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August 16: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Buck Rogers was finally delivered into the 25th century on this day back in 1979 when the pilot movie -- dubbed "Awakening" for its TV broadcast -- aired to respectable ratings.  Viewers were introduced to Gil Gerard as the titular space hero, and fanboys first fell in love with Erin Gray as…

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August 15: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Most folks know her as Katniss Everdeen, but, to the rest of us, she's regular ol' Jennifer Lawrence, actress headlining the popular Hunger Games trilogy.  Plus, she's done a terrific turn as Mystique in the X-Men: First…

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August 14: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Part mockumentary & part story, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 captivated audiences when it premiered on this day back in 2009.  At its heart, the film told the story of a government official caught between doing his job and doing what's best for…

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August 13: On This Day In Science Fiction History

On this day back in 2004, the Alien and the Predator franchises had their first and most ballyhooed crossover when AvP: Aliens vs Predator premiered theatrically.  Fans weren't exactly won over -- most found this PG-rated…

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August 12: On This Day In Science Fiction History

In the original Star Trek (the television series), the character of Christopher Pike was basically reduced to that of a legend without all of the accompanying gravitas: bound to a high-tech wheelchair and only legitimately appearing in TAS's only two-parter ("The Menagerie"), Pike was…

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August 11: On This Day In Science Fiction History

For a generation of filmgoers, the face of Ian McDiarmid is the face of ultimate evil.  And why shouldn't he be?  It was he, after all, who manipulated the Dark Lord of the Sith -- Darth Vader -- and seduced him to the Dark Side of the Force.  Under his machinations, Vader rose to power,…

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August 10: On This Day In Science Fiction History

If you haven't seen GRABBERS (2012), then get yourself to a video store right now or, better yet, just buy yourself the DVD.  Methinks you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you get in this sci-fi-lite comedy that's very much in…

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August 9: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Full disclosure: I never much cared for James Cameron's The Abyss when it premiered in theatres on this day back in 1989.  Still don't.  It could be that I thought the ending was a bit rushed (and more than a bit convoluted), though I've been told that…

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August 8: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Kids of the 1970's rejoice!  Actor Richard Anderson (show above, right, with Lee Majors) played "Oscar Goldman."  He was the boss to Steve Austin, better known as The Six Million Dollar Man.  This was one of the high points to…

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