Tag Archives: Science fiction

H.P. Lovecraft (1890)


H.P. Lovecraft (1890)

A master of Gothic horror, fantasy, and science fiction, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer particularly noted for his many nightmarish short stories, most of which originally appeared in Weird Tales and other pulp magazines. Some of his best-known tales are part of the Cthulhu Mythos series, in which he invents an entire mythology of earthly origins, gods, and hideous otherworldly creatures. Many of Lovecraft’s stories mention the Necronomicon, which is what? More… Discuss

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quotation: If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H.G. Wells


If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

today’s Image: Jules Verne (Image ArtToday)



Jules Verne

French author Jules Verne, born on February 8, 1828, is considered the father of science fiction. Many of his 19th-century works forecast amazing scientific feats–feats that were actually carried out in the 20th century–with uncanny accuracy. Verne’s 1865 book From the Earth to the Moon told the story of a space ship that is launched from Florida to the moon and that returns to Earth by landing in the ocean. An illustration from the original version of the book is shown above. Something of a scientist and traveler himself, Verne’s 1870 work about a submarine, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days also foretold technological advances that seemed fantastic at the time. Jules Verne died in 1905.

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Special Effects


Special Effects

Often relied upon heavily in the science fiction and action genres, special effects are techniques used in film and television to portray scenes that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as space travel. Common examples are the use of rear-screen projections, in which previously photographed material is projected behind the actors; the filming of miniature objects in such a way as to make them look larger; and the use of animation. What are “live” special effects? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Isaac Asimov (1920)


Isaac Asimov (1920)

Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-American author who achieved great success with his science-fiction and popular science books. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction authors of his era. Though best known for his scientific works, Asimov wrote on a diverse range of subjects, including the Bible and Shakespeare, penning more than 400 volumes in all. What robot-related term did he coin in the course of his writings? More… Discuss

Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum


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Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
On July 6, 2014 in San Francisco a forum was held titled
Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education.
Speakers included
Kathleen Carroll, fired Commission On Teacher Credentialing, attorney & whistleblower
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Rick Baum, member of CCSF AFT Local 2121;
George Wright, retired Professor AFT 1493;
Gray Brechin, UCB Geography Department, author of “Imperial San Francisco”
Sharon Higgins, researcher/expert on privatization of Oakland, CA schools and the Gulen charter chain.
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot…
Billionaires from the Walton Walmart family to the Gates
Foundation, the Fisher GAP KIPP operation and the Broad
Foundation are spending fortunes pushing charters to loot
public education. The “Common Core” and testing schemes
profiting Pearson Inc. are part of the drive to totally privatize
public education. UC Regent Richard Blum and others with ties
to politicians are also benefiting financially from this transformation.
Politicians in California and nationally are actively supporting
privatization, the “Common Core” and charters to eliminate and
re-segregate our public schools.
At the same time in San Francisco privatizers are seeking to revoke
accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in order to
destroy the unions and privatize the largest community college
in California. This forum looks at how this privatization agenda
is being implemented and what our unions and the labor
movement need to do to fight it.
For further information by Kathy Carroll on this issue:
When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “TURN” Against Collective Bargaining Rights?
http://www.dailycensored.com/when-did…
Full video of UPWA Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
For more video from Kathy Carroll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SWb4…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLa6YC…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ux7F7…
For more information
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org

 

today’s birthday: John Jacob Astor (1864)


John Jacob Astor (1864)

Astor was a financier and inventor. A man of many talents, he made a fortune in real estate, built the Astoria Hotel, invented a bicycle brake and a turbine engine, and wrote the science-fiction novel A Journey in Other Worlds about life on the planets Saturn and Jupiter. His second marriage to the much younger Madeleine Talmage Force caused a scandal, and the two took an extended honeymoon abroad to wait out the controversy. On their return trip, Astor was killed in what disaster? More… Discuss

John Blow: Chaconne in G



L’Harmonie des Saisons
Eric Milnes, director

 

SPACE WARFARE


Space Warfare

Though it may seem limited to science fiction, space warfare was a real concern in the 1960s as space was becoming more accessible to humans during the height of the Cold War. While the Soviet and American space programs were competing to launch satellites and make lunar landings, they were also pursuing other projects—Almaz and Blue Gemini, respectively—to prepare for battle beyond the atmospheric confines of Earth. What weapon did the Soviet Union reportedly test fire in space?More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: H. G. Wells (1866)


H. G. Wells (1866)

Wells was an English author whose early books exemplify the political and social beliefs of his time. Full of fantasy and fascinating pseudoscientific speculations, they include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker who worked for many progressive causes. What novels did he write after he abandoned science fiction? More… Discuss