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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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August 7: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Li'l Jake Sisko (not so li'l anymore) had a pretty sweet gig (well, until the Dominion War came along as part of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's epic storyline).  He got to grow up on a space station on the edge of the galactic frontier.  His dad was…

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August 6: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The problem I have with most people who want to endlessly gripe about Fox Television constantly cancelling science fiction programs is that they typically ignore the reality of the situation: most shows that get shut down suffer that fate because they simply didn't catch fire in the here and now.  Generally,…

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August 5: On This Day In Science Fiction History

All things considered, 2011's Green Lantern movie was pretty awful for a lot of small reasons, but -- as can happen -- when enough of those small things get added up it ends up creating a pretty big stink.  From what I've read, it seems like a lot of young children seemed to like…

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August 4: On This Day In Science Fiction History

The late Don S. Davis had a presence that practically screamed "authority figure."  I can remember first being attuned to what he could do in a role in the much revered cult TV series, Twin Peaks, in the 90's, but perhaps Davis was best known for coming into his own with…

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August 3: On This Day In Science Fiction History

It isn't that 2012's version of Total Recall -- which premiered on this day back then -- was a bad film necessarily.  It had plenty going for it.  I think the only real reason it didn't find a bigger audience is that the original really wasn't all…

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August 2: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Modern-day science fiction owes an awful lot to Sam Worthington.  A virtual unknown when he began acting in 2000, Worthington's work quickly drew the attention of some pretty big names in the entertainment business.  It wasn't long before he was cast as a brand-new make of Terminator…

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