An extended Star Trek: Picard
trailer debuted today at San Diego Comic-Con during the “Star Trek: Universe”
panel in Hall H.
Joining Patrick Stewart as Picard, and the show’s new cast
members, were other familiar faces.
Brent Spiner’s Data appears — his familiar face neatly stored in a drawer (?!). I’m glad to say he shows up by the end in one piece. Jeri Ryan’s 7 of 9 has lines. There’s even a split-second view of a Borg cube.
Also, Star Trek: Discovery season two favorites Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romijn
(Number One) announced that they, along with Captain Christopher Pike, played
by Anson Mount, will be returning to the Star Trek franchise with three
U.S.S. Enterprise-focused Star Trek: Short Treks.
The new Picard trailer is already being dissected for hints about the directions the story will take:
M. Barkley: Meeting
Neil Armstrong was one of the most memorable moments in my life.
the fall of 1974 through the spring of 1975, I was employed as a server at the
University of Cincinnati Faculty Club. It was my freshman year there and I
enrolled thinking I was going to major in broadcasting. I needed a part time
job to supplement my comic book habit so I looked for something immediately after
classes started. Since my previous job had been as a dishwasher in a local
restaurant, when the club advertised for a server, I figured (wrongly, as it
turned out) that this was probably be a promotion.
my schedule had a huge gap between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., I drew duty tending to
the buffet for the professors in the basement of the club.
fine spring afternoon, while tending a huge pot of turtle soup, I saw a lone
figure descending the stairs and walking towards me. He was slight in build and
surprising shorter than me. As he approached he was instantly recognizable to
me, the most famous and celebrated man on planet Earth at that time.
heard that he was teaching a course on aeronautical engineering on campus (and
did so between 1971-1979) but I had not seen him before now. Thinking quickly,
I had read that he was loath to have people geeking out on him so I
decided to play it totally cool and treat him like any other faculty member.
Armstong walked up and politely requested a bowl of soup. He looked around at
the sparsely populated dining area as I ladled soup into his bowl.
much going on around here today, eh?” he said with a slight grin.
not much,” I replied. “Is there anything else I can get for you today?”
welcome. Have a nice day.”
with that he proceeded to help himself to the salad bar and sat alone in a
corner table for the rest of the hour.
Armstrong. Polite. Reserved. Courteous. Living as quietly as possible in
shadows, ever so wary of the glaring limelight of fame.
never saw him again.
we are still connected, albeit in a sad way.
Armstrong died on my birthday in 2012.
everyone who was alive on July 20, 1969, should know this date, what happened
that day and where it happened.
Michael Collins was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air in
1988, he described the Apollo 11 mission as a delicate daisy chain of events;
if one or more things went terribly wrong, things could have quickly taken a
lethally tragic turn.
that Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, I was in my parent’s living
room, glued to the television for a good portion of the day, watching Walter
Cronkite and the CBS news team’s coverage of the Apollo 11.
hour and sixteen minutes earlier, the lunar excursion module carrying Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin separated from the command module piloted by Michael Collins.
At 4:04 pm, the LEM was 50,000 feet from the surface. A minute later, the main
engine fired up for a powered descent.
I was an incredible space geek at the age of twelve, I had no idea what the
astronauts and Houston were talking about most of the time. I relied on the
studio commentators for that information. So when things went south and
everyone went silent in light of the historic occasion, all of the trouble that
occurred went right over my head.
the LEM descended towards the surface, the radar system completely failed. It
was quickly rebooted by opening and closing the circuit breaker on the LEM. A
glitch in the guidance computer handling radar data was triggered four times
along with another alarm, but ground controllers easily provided quick fixes.
the biggest problems were two fold; the LEM’s automated guidance system
had overshot the original landing area by approximately five miles and was
heading towards a stadium sized crater and a field of car sized boulders. And
they were running out of fuel. Reacting quickly, Armstrong took over manually
and steered the LEM over the crater to a clearing beyond it.
obvious to all of this; very few in the audience watching had any idea what was
happening beyond hearing “alarm” several times over the live audio. The landing
itself was rendered by an elaborate NASA animation that played over all of the
finally found a relatively level surface with less than 30 seconds of fuel
left. Aldrin called out the altitude until he spoke the first words heard
broadcast from the surface of the Moon:
102:45:40 Adrin: Contact
l102:45:43 Armstrong (onboard): Shutdown
102:45:44 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
102:45:45 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
102:45:46 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
102:45:47 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine
Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
102:45:57 Duke: (Reporting that Houston has received
telemetry confirming engine shutdown and that they have heard Buzz’s
transmission regarding address 413) We copy you down, Eagle.
102:45:58 Armstrong (onboard): Engine arm is off. (Pause)
(Now on voice-activated comm) Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has
102:46:06 Duke: (Responding to Neil’s transmission but
momentarily tongue-tied) Roger, Twan…(correcting himself) Tranquility. We
copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re
breathing again. Thanks a lot.
102:46:16 Aldrin: Thank you.
image I remember most vividly that afternoon was that of Walter Cronkite right
after the confirmation of the Eagle’s landing Profusely sweating, slightly
flustered, his kindly face looked relieved and happy at the same time. He knew
exactly what had just happened and that a disaster had been barely averted. And
his assertion of giddiness mirrored what everyone else watching was feeling; we
were on THE MOON!
10:55 p.m., my mother, Alice Elder Barkley and I were watching Neil Armstrong
climb down the LEM ladder, live on my grandmother’s vintage 1950’s hand-me-down
Philco black and white television set. Everyone else in the house was asleep.
Armstrong stepped off the vehicle and spoke those words that we know so well,
we said nothing. Our two generations had just witnessed one of the most
historic events in our brief existence on this planet. What could we say? It
was quite profound.
a while my mother went to bed. I stayed up and heard President Nixon’s call and
the rest of the lunar excursion. Afterwards, I stepped out into our backyard
and marveled at the spectacle of seeing the moon overhead that night.
human race was up there. And since then twelve others have walked and explored
there. And some day in the near future, we will return.
I was going to write this column in conjunction with the October 2018 release
of First Man, a film based on the 2005 autobiography of Neil Armstrong
by James Hansen. While I was very enthusiastic about it, I found myself
strangely blocked. Only as the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing approached
did I slowly realize that I was just waiting for the right time to express
my feelings about it and my connection to Neil Armstrong.
partner Juli and I went to the opening night screening and I was disappointed
to see that it was sparsely attended. Of the twenty or so people there, most
were in the 50’s and 60’s like us. After it was all over, most of us lingered
for the credits and magnificent closing score by Justin Hurwitz.
First Man was released with great fanfare among film critics and is generally regarded as a great cinematic triumph but a box off failure, only grossing an estimated $107million on a budget of $50 million. I think if the Universal, Dreamworks and Amblin, the producers of the film, should have rolled the dice and released First Man much closer to the actual date, it might have done much better at the box office. Then again, considering that it might have been competing against Spider-Man, Far from Home, The Lion King and a host of other summer movies might have been a contributing faction.
Damien Chazelle and screenwriter Josh
Singer had actually started working on an adaption of First Man before
Chazelle had begun work on his multiple Academy Award winning breakout film,
La La Land.
covers the life of Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his then wife Joan (Claire Foy)
and two sons Rick and Mark, his struggles as a civilian test pilot, his
application and selection as a NASA astronaut to his Gemini and Apollo
was handed to him on a silver platter; he suffered through the cancerous brain
tumor that claimed his young daughter Karen’s life, problems connecting
emotionally with his wife and children and the sudden and incredibly tragic
deaths of his fellow test pilots and astronauts.
certain liberties were taken with the chronology, Chazelle and Singer managed
to accurately convey the essence of Neil Armstong’s life realistically, with
all of his flaws and emotional struggles. Gosling portrays him brilliantly; a
somewhat doting dad one moment and a repressed, withdrawn and almost too self-centered
engineer in many others.
Foy matches him scene for scene as his wife Janet, a woman whose love and
compassion for her family runs deep and is unafraid to confront Neil or any
other authority when something threatens it.
screenplay makes it clear that while Armstrong is driven and ambitious, he’s
very wary of seeking out fame and undue influence that comes with it. This is
illustrated in a very telling scene when Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler), the
chief of the Astronaut’s Office informs him that he has been selected to be the
commander of Apollo 11, he stoically accepts the assignment but as he looks in
the restroom mirror afterwards, you can almost feel the range of emotions
raging inside him as he contemplates what he just agreed to do.
joins an elite group of films (Destination: Moon, Marooned, 2001: A Space
Odyssey and Apollo 13) that shows exemplemary care in the depiction of
space flight. The visual effects, designed and executed by Paul Lambert, Ian
Hunter, Tristan Myles, J.D. Scwalm, deservedly won an Academy Award for Best
Visual Effects. Not only did they recreate a realistic and harrowing descent of
the Eagle to the Moon, they also made space flight personal by mostly using
Armstrong’s point of view during the flight sequences and engages the audience
in an intimate way.
prominent film critics listed First Man in their Top Ten lists of 2018.
I am very hopeful that its reputation will become even more burnished as time
passes and will lead the more curious to James Hansen’s book and other
adventures in science.
tonight, if you can, look up and gaze at the moon. Remember those who had the
training, skill, luck and privilege of orbiting and exploring it over a half a
century ago. And never forget the supporting cast of 400,000 people who made it
Journey Planet 45 marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Editors, Chris Garcia and James Bacon welcomed Steven H Silver as guest editor on this special issue. Download the 144-page fanzine here.
contributions from Regina Kanyu Wang, Allen M. Steele, Gregory Benford, John
Scalzi, Patty Wells and Jack Clemons, there is a wide variety of subjects
covered -all connected with the Moon Landing.
“Walter, Frank, Jules, My Grandfather and Me” by David M. Stein
“Apollo 11 and the Volvo” by Jack Clemons, Images courtesy Jack Clemons
“Moon Shots—Words and Pictures” by John Scalzi
“The Hasselblad and the Space Program” by Richard Man
“The First Time All Over Again” by Alma Alexander
“Waiting for Someone From China… or Maybe California” by Allen M. Steele
“Apollo 11 Reminiscences” by Bryan A. Palaszewski
The Apollo Art of David Hardy
“Church and Space” by Nancy Jane Moore
“Coolock is Full of Spacers” by Pádraig Ó Méalóid
“Passing the Torch” by Brenda W. Clough
“Knowing Buzz” by Gregory Benford
The issue includes art and cartoons by Ed Hengeveld, Kurt Erichsen, Tim Gagnon, and Teddy Harvia.
on the fanzine began last year, and it is notable that co-editor James Bacon,
after making much mention of his pleasure at meeting Nasa Astronauts, said “I
will hope that Norah Patten, Ireland’s astronaut scientist, achieves her
dreams, and gains entry into the elusive and exclusive club of people who
have travelled into space, and I wish that she gets to watch the silent
stars go by” — perhaps he will say that in person at Dublin 2019.
the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2019 in a ceremony held July 19.
Best Short Story
“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and
Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot
Peter Parker: The Spectacular
#310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)
Best Continuing Series
Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and
Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
Best Limited Series
Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
Best New Series
Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea
Best Publication for Early
Readers (up to age 8)
Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream
James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)
Best Publication for Kids (ages
The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First
Best Publication for Teens (ages
The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)
Best Humor Publication
Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and
Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree
Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)
Best Reality-Based Work
Is This Guy For Real? The
Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)
Best Graphic Album—New
My Heroes Have Always Been
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel
Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)
Best Adaptation from Another
“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley,
in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito,
translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)
Best U.S. Edition of
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked
the World, by
Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
Best U.S. Edition of
Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)
Star Wars: Classic Newspaper
3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of
Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and
Moon Knights… And Assassins… Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Tom King, Batman, Mister
Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
Jen Wang, The Prince and the
Dressmaker (First Second)
Best Penciller/Inker or
Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
Best Cover Artist (for multiple
Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image);
Matt Wilson, Black Cloud,
Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways
Todd Klein— Black Hammer: Age
of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White
Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)
…At least one major publisher, Simon & Schuster, has already deemed the program illegal. In a statement released by a spokesperson, S&S said: “We have informed Audible that we consider its Captions program to be an unauthorized and brazen infringement of the rights of authors and publishers, and a clear violation of our terms of sale. We have therefore insisted that Audible not include in Captions any titles for which Simon & Schuster holds audio or text rights.”
The Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild issued statements that also said Audible’s contracts do not give the company the right to create a text product. “Existing ACX and Audible agreements do not grant Audible the right to create text versions of audiobooks, whether delivered as a full book or in segments,” the Guild statement noted. “The Captions program appears to be outright, willful copyright infringement.”
(2) DOODLE. The July 18 Google Doodle is a 4-minute
animation of the Apollo 11 mission narrated by astronaut Michael Collins.
50 years ago, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission changed our world and ideas of what is possible by successfully landing humans on the surface of the moon?—and bringing them home safely?—for the first time in history. Today’s video Doodle celebrates this moment of human achievement by taking us through the journey to the moon and back, narrated by someone with firsthand knowledge of the epic event: former astronaut and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Gahan’s gofundme. The response was amazing. We have stopped taking donations. We think that we have raised enough to take care of Gahan. Negotiations have begun again with the State and we believe that in a few months time, he could be back on State aid. Gahan is doing well. He retains his sense of humor and he is well cared for with constant support from his family. This is, and continues to be, a hard road. I’m sure there are many of you out there who have gone through this (or, are going through it). Again, Gahan’s family thanks all of you for helping. We will keep the campaign up (without taking more donations) so that we can continue putting up the updates.
Evanier started his comic book career way back in 1969, and over the years has written issues of Blackhawk, Groo the Wanderer, DNAgents, and (like me) Welcome Back, Kotter. He worked as Jack Kirby’s production assistant, which eventually resulted in his award-winning book Kirby: King of Comics. He’s won multiple Will Eisner Awards, as well an an Inkpot Award and a Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.
Our meal took place at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, resulting in a sense of terroir greater than any other episode. As you’ll hear, he’s eaten there with both Jack Kirby and Stan Lee over the years — though not together — and he has plenty to say about both of them.
He’s also celebrating this milestone by introducing a new icon, one which better represents what the show’s all about.
By the way, those 100 episodes have featured 165
guests in 173 hours and 19 minutes of ear candy.
If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it. One of the most compelling things about NASA is its approach to failure. Failure is not penalized in its culture; it is valued for the things that it can teach to save lives or resources in the future. As Bobak Ferdowsi, a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has said, “our best mistakes are the ones we can learn from.”
What are the lessons to be learned from NASA’s failure to fly women during the Apollo era?
The most recent lesson emerged in April, when NASA had scheduled a spacewalk that was, quite by accident, staffed by two female astronauts. The agency had to restaff the spacewalk because it had only one spacesuit that was the correct size for both women.
This is not an indictment of NASA in 2019. But it does demonstrate a causal chain that begins with the Apollo program and leads through to present-day staffing choices.
Explore five iconic spacesuits in 3-D and more than 50 years of spaceflight in a dialogue between The Washington Post’s space industry reporter Christian Davenport and fashion critic Robin Givhan.
…Christian: Unlike mission patches for other flights, the Apollo 11 patch did not have the names of the crew members. Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins felt their names should be left out because the flight represented all of humankind and the 400,000 people involved in the Apollo program.
…Robin: I love that there was so much attention paid to the idea that we are doing this for peace, for exploration and for scientific discovery. Despite how big and potentially intimidating this suit could be, it is not, it looks like a happy uniform. And the patches are so Boy Scout.
(8) TODAY IN HISTORY.
July 19, 1972 — The Thing With Two Heads starring Rosie Greer and Ray Milland stalked into theaters.
(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born July 19, 1883 — Max Fleischer. Animator, film director and producer. He brought such animated characters as Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman to the screen and was responsible for a number of technological innovations including the Rotoscope and Stereoptical Processes. (Died 1972.)
Born July 19, 1927 — Richard E. Geis. I’m reasonably sure I met him at least once when I was living out there. Interesting person. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer twice; and whose science fiction fanzine Science Fiction Review won Hugo Awards for Best Fanzine four times. His The Alien Critic won the Best Fanzine Hugo once in a tie with Algol), and once in sole first place. And yes, I enjoyed reading the Science Fiction Review. I’ve not any of his handful of genre novels, and certainly haven’t encountered his soft core porn of which there’s a lot. (Died 2013.)
Born July 19, 1937 — Richard Jordan. Actor who was in Dune as Duncan Idaho, Logan’s Run as Francis, and the Queen of Air and Darkness help him, Solarbabies as Grock. He also the lead in Raise the Titanic as Dirk Pitt, a perfectly awful film as well. Not to mention he was Col. Taylor In Timebomb, a film that got a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 33%. (Died 1993.)
Born July 19, 1947 — Colin Duriez, 72. Yes, an academic, this time devoted to Lewis and Tolkien. Author of such works as J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, The C. S. Lewis Chronicles: The Indispensable Biography of the Creator of Narnia Full of Little-Known Facts, Events and Miscellany and, errr, Field Guide to Harry Potter. Well money is nice, isn’t it?
Born July 19, 1950 — Richard Pini, 69. Husband of husband-and-wife team responsible for creating the well-known Elfquest series. I’d say more but there’s nought information to be had on him.
Born July 19, 1957 — John Pelan, 62. Committed (more or less) the act of opening serial small publishing houses in succession with the first being Axolotl Press in the mid-Eighties where he published the likes of de Lint and Powers (before selling it to Pulphouse Publishing) followed by Darkside Press, Silver Salamander Press and finally co-founding Midnight House. All have been inactive for quite awhile now and he’s been editing such anthologies as Tales of Terror and Torment: Stories from the Pulps, Volume 1 for other presses though even that has happened for some years.
Born July 19, 1963 — Garth Richard Nix, 56. Writer of children’s and young adult fantasy novels, to wit the Keys to the Kingdom, Old Kingdom, and Seventh Tower series. The Ragwitch which I read quite some time ago is quite excellent and being a one-off can give you a good taste of him without committing to a series.
Born July 19, 1969 — Kelly Link, 50. First, let me note that along with Ellen Datlow, she and her husband Gavin Grant were responsible for the last five volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. They all did a magnificent job. All of collections, Pretty Monsters, Magic for Beginners and Get in Trouble are astonishingly good. And she’s much honoured having won a Hugo Award, three Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award and received a MacArthur Genius Grant.
Born July 19, 1976 — Benedict Cumberbatch, 43. Confession time: I really didn’t care for him in the Sherlock Holmes series, nor did I think his Khan In Star Trek Into Darkness was all that interesting but his Stephen Strange In Doctor Strange was excellent. He did do an superb job of voicing Smaug inThe Hobbit and his Grinch voicing in that film was also superb. I understand he’s the voice of Satan in Good Omens…
(10) COMICS SECTION.
Free Range reveals the head of the alien invasion force.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, the U.S. Postal Service is pleased to reveal two stamp designs commemorating that historic milestone. Additional details are coming about the date, time and location for the first-day-of issue ceremony.
One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon. The image was taken by astronaut Neil Armstrong. The other stamp, a photograph of the moon taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera of Huntsville, AL, shows the landing site of the lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot. The selvage includes an image of the lunar module.
(12) ROBOTECH REBOOT. Titan Comics announced at SDCC 2019 plans to publish Robotech Remix #1 – a radical reimagining of the sf mecha anime classic.
A new Robotech saga starts now! Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Marvel Mangaverse) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before
First airing in the USA in 1985, Robotech was the gateway to anime for many fans – capturing their imagination with its epic generational storyline involving war, romance, and, of course, the transforming Veritech fighters that defend the Earth against extra-terrestrial attacks.
Produced by Harmony Gold USA, the original 85-episode series delved into humanity’s struggle against a series of alien invasions, from the gigantic Zentraedi to the mysterious Invid, battling for control of advanced alien technology that crash-landed on Earth.
Thank you for joining this month’s edition of Galactoscope, where we plow through all the books that came out this most recent month of June/July 1964! Don’t thank us; it’s all part of the job…
Time Travel has been a staple of the genre since before the genre had been formalized. H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine is still a classic, and it was written last century. In the Journey’s short tenure, we have encountered at least a dozen tales involving chronological trips, with notable books including John Brunner’s Times without Number and Wallace West’s River of Time, not to mention the stand-out tales, All you Zombies!, by Robert Heinlein (and his less stand-out tale, By His Bootstraps) and The Deaths of Ben Baxter, by Robert Sheckley.
This month, we have two variations on the theme, both invoking time in their title:
… A few days before that fateful day in 1988, he had been visiting his sister-in-law’s farm when he saw something that got his heartstrings tugging and his wheels turning: a two-year-old goose who had been born with no feet, struggling to follow his fellow geese across a gravel road.
“Because I’m a Shriner,” Gene later told People magazine, “my natural instinct was to help him.” First, he tried making a fowl-sized skateboard, figuring the goose the could push along with one stump while balancing on the other, but no dice. The goose was patient, though, and Gene soon hit on a solution: a pair of patent leather baby shoes, size 0 and stuffed with foam rubber. By the time Jessica got home from school, the goose was running pell-mell around the yard, tugging at the other end of the leash. Soon, they were calling him Andy.
… Twelve-year-old Jessica may have been over Andy, but Gene’s friend at the Hastings Tribune, Gary Johansson, saw the goose’s potential. He wrote up a few lines, and almost overnight, Andy went 1980s-viral. “We had newspapers from all over the world contacting us and wanting to do stories,” says Jessica. He got on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he shared billing with Isabella Rossellini and Martin Short. Reader’s Digest did a profile, and Peoplesplurged on a photo spread. When Nike learned that Andy preferred their brand of baby shoes, they sent him a crate, making him almost certainly the first goose to get a major sponsorship deal.
…But it couldn’t last. On October 19, 1991, Gene and Nadine got the kind of phone call every goose owner dreads. “Is Andy OK?” asked an anxious voice on the other end. A couple of Hastings residents had been out metal detecting in a local park, and had found a dead goose sporting telltale sneakers. The Flemings rushed out to the hutch. There were fresh footprints in the dirt, much bigger than size 0. Andy and his mate Paulie were nowhere to be found…
All around the world, there are conspiracy theorists who believe the Earth is flat. And their community seems to be growing, judging by attendance at flat Earth conferences and events.
Flat Earthers say YouTube was key in helping them spread their message. One researcher found that of attendees at a flat Earth conference, nearly all said they first came to the idea through the video-sharing platform.
The Google-owned company says it’s taking action to prevent conspiracy videos from reaching large numbers of people.
So how – and why – did YouTube enable the flat Earth community to grow?
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Hampus
Eckerman, Daniel Dern, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Terry Hunt,
Scott Edelman, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories.
Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Robert Whitaker
The prize celebrates the very best in crime fiction — UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 were eligible.
legal thriller,is scheduled for release in the U.S. in August by Flatiron
It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.
The award was presented
at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, an event co-founded
in 2003 by Val McDermid, agent Jane Gregory, and arts charity Harrogate
Taylor Swift, whose cat Bombalurina is shown reclining and enjoying Catnip in the footage, announced the trailer had dropped Thursday — a day before it was scheduled to be released.
“I’m a cat now and somehow that was everything #Catsmovie” Swift tweeted.
Directed by Tom Hooper, the first trailer introduces a major cast which includes Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Idris Elba as Macavity and James Corden as Bustopher Jones.
The ceremony inducting Batman into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame — the first fictional character to be awarded the honor — was the crowning moment of “The Gathering,” a special celebration that doubled as a preview of The Batman Experience, a pop-up exhibit in the Balboa Park location that will eventually become the physical home of the Comic-Con Museum running during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and a fundraiser for the Museum.
Both “The Gathering” and The Batman Experience are part of DC and Warner Bros.’ wider celebration of the 80th anniversary of the release of Detective Comics No. 27, which introduced Batman to the world, a yearlong event that has already included events at South by Southwest and a USO tour featuring DC’s Lee and Batman comic book writer Tom King.
(6) PITTING HIMSELF AGAINST THE CHALLENGE. The second Ad
Astra trailer has dropped. Comes to theaters September 20.
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
What other authors wrote books with thematic similarities to the books of Andre Norton? Too bad that no one has ever asked me that question. Let’s pretend that someone has asked. Here are five suggestions.
“One of the main things that stands out about Kyoto Animation is the quality of the animation itself,” said Ian Wolf, an anime critic for Anime UK News. “It’s very viewer-friendly.”
The distinctive visual style and level of polish leads to a look that is instantly recognisable, Wolf said.
“The studio makes very little in the way that is controversial… little that is violent or sexual. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to attack it.”
(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born July 18, 1911 — Hume Cronyn. Way back in the Forties, his first genre role was as Gerard in The Phantom of The Opera. Since then he’s appeared in such well-known films as Cocoon, Cocoon Returns and BatteriesNot Included along with the more obscure outing of Richard Burton’s Hamlet. (Died 2003.)
Born July 18, 1933 — Sydney Jay Mead. Industrial designer and concept artist, best known for his designs for Aliens, Blade Runner and Tron. Mead once said in Borrowing an idea from Los Angeles (NYT 20 July 2011) that “I’ve called science fiction ‘reality ahead of schedule.’” An eight-minute film on him, “2019: A Future Imagined” can be seen here.
Born July 18, 1938 — Paul Verhoeven, 81. Direction, screenwriter and producer. Responsible for RoboCop , Total Recall, Starship Troopers and the creepy Hollow Man. Mind this is the man who also did Basic Instinct and Showgirls.
Born July 18, 1943 — Charles Waugh,76. Anthologist and author, whose anthology work up to 2013 numbered over two hundred titles (!), mostly done with Martin H. Greenberg but a handful done with other co-editors as Greenberg died in 2011. Name a subject and there’s likely an anthology on that subject that he had a hand in. I have not read, nor do I have the very least desire, to read his two novels with Deepak Chopra.
Born July 18, 1952 — Deborah Teramis Christian, 67. She’s an author and game designer. has designed and edited role-playing game materials for Dungeons & Dragons such as Tales of the Outer Planes, Bestiary of Dragons and Giants, Dragon Dawn, and Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms. She also writes fiction under the name Deborah Teramis Christian with genre novel such as The Truthsayer’s Apprentice and her latest, Splintegrate.
Born July 18, 1967 — Paul Cornell, 52. Author of the Shadow Police series which is quite excellent as well as writing a lot of television scripts for Doctor Who, Primieval and Robin Hood. He was part of the regular panel of the SF Squeecast podcast which won two Hugo Awards for best fancast.
Born July 18, 1967 — Vin Diesel, 52. His first genre role was as the delightful voice of The Iron Giant. He next shows playing Riddick in Pitch Black, the first in The Chronicles of Riddick franchise. He’s Hugo Cornelius Toorop in Babylon A.D. and he’s the fascinating if enigmatic voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and other MCU films. He’s apparently in the next two Avatar films but I don’t see his role determined.
Born July 18, 1980 — Kristen Bell, 39. Veronica Mars. Genre, well not really, but a lot of y’all watch it. She also voiced Jade Wilson in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies which I highly recommend as it’s highly meta.
Born July 18, 1982 — Priyanka Chopra, 37. As Alex Parrish in Quantico, becoming the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. Is it genre? Maybe, maybe not, though it could fit into a Strossian Dark State. Some of her work in her native India such as The Legend of Drona and Love Story 2050 is genre.
(10) COMICS SECTION.
Non Sequitur gets a good laugh by combining a UFO and a cave painter.
The audience got an early look at the new trailer, which debuted online Thursday morning. The presentation, taking place on Comic-Con’s preview night, is dubbed ScareDiego and is held off the San Diego Convention Center grounds, and unofficially kicks off the Con in terms of movie panels. The event, now in its third year, is growing and this year was held at the Spreckels Theatre with comedian and late night show host Conan O’Brien serving as moderator.
…Collins was the Command Module Pilot. While the Lunar Lander descended to the Moon’s surface, it was Collins’ task to remain with the Command Module in Lunar orbit….
Rather than making any attempt at a dispassionate, neutral history of the Apollo Program, Collins provides a very personal account, a Collins-eye view of the American path to the moon. It’s not a short process, which is why it takes 360 pages before Collins and his more well-known companions find themselves strapped into the largest, most powerful man-rated rocket to have been launched as of that date. Before that…
Starting on July 24, Oscar Mayer’s iconic 27-foot-long Wienermobile is available to book overnight on Airbnb. Seriously. This is not a drill.
True hot dog fans know that the Wienermobile has pretty much travelled all across the country, spreading positive vibes and love for, well, wieners. And until now, no one has been able to spend more than a few hours in the famous Oscar Mayer vehicle, which makes this overnight camp-out option kind of a big deal.
Per their press release, the hot dog distributer has confirmed that its Wienermobile will be available to those staying in the Chicago area between August 1-4. Just in time for Lollapalooza!
As if drones weren’t frightening enough, now they can be equipped with fire-spitting flamethrowers? Oh gawd.
Throwflame’s TF-19 WASP drone attachment is capable of shooting targets with flames from 25 feet away. Every gallon of fuel capacity will get you 100 seconds of firing time.
According to Throwflame, the TF-19 WASP is made from carbon fiber and designed for drones with a five-pound payload capacity or more. In the video above, the flamethrower is shown mounted to a DJI S1000 drone.
[Thanks to James Davis Nicoll, Cat Eldridge, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Lis Riba, Martin Morse Wooster, Mike Kennedy, Chip Hitchcock, Daniel Dern, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]
John Hertz: Spikecon was held on July 4-7, 2019, at Layton,
Utah, combining Westercon LXXII (yearly; regional), the 13th NASFiC (North
America Science Fiction Convention, held when the Worldcon is not in North
America), Manticon 2019 (yearly; fans of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series and its Royal Manticoran Navy, i.e. Space
navy), 1632 Minicon (yearly; fans of
Eric Flint’s 1632 series).
Attendance about 800. Art Show sales about $20,000 by about 60
Art Show director, Bruce Miller. Judges, Peri Charlifu, Ctein, and me.
There was also a People’s Choice
Ctein felt strongly that judges
who also happened to be exhibiting should not be considered for awards. Brother Charlifu and I went along with this.
Best of Show, also People’s Choice
Devon Dorrity, “Queen of the Sea”; bronze
1st: Jessica Douglas, “Ghost Leviathan”;
3rd: Theresa Mather, “White Tiger
Angel”; acrylic on feather with onyx, tanzanite, sapphires
1st: Mark Roland, “Persistence of
2nd: Elizabeth Fellows, “Always”;
3rd: Bjo Trimble, “Aslan”; stone
1st: Elizabeth Berrien, “Cloud
2nd: Vincent Villafranca, “Bane
of Thieves”; bronze
3rd: Melanie Unruh, “Nebula”; ceramic
Dragon Dronet, “Enemy Mine Skull”
Jacob & Wayne Fowler, “Grey
Ghost”; wood scroll-saw
Kat Trimble, “Mariposa”; zinc
is pronounced “k’TINE”; that’s his full name; not “Mr. Ctein” or “Ctein Jones”
or “Bill Ctein”, just Ctein. There
should be a circumflex over the “j” in “Bjo”, an Esperantism indicating
(1) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Christopher
J. Garcia and Chuck Serface are co-editing an issue of The Drink Tank
dedicated to science-fiction comics of the 1950s and 1960s! Any critical
articles, fanfic, personal remembrances, artwork, and any media we can publish
in a fanzine are welcome.
Chuck Serface says, “Consideration of materials from any comic publisher of the time is fair game: Atlas/Marvel, DC, Gold Key, Charlton, Warren, EC, ones I’m forgetting at the moment — all of them.”
The deadline’s October 14, 2019. They’ll have it out
by the end of the calendar year. Send submissions to email@example.com.
(2) COLSON WHITEHEAD Q&A. His new book is not sff, but some of his answers are about genre in “Powell’s Interview: Colson Whitehead, Author of ‘The Nickel Boys’”.
Rhianna: You’ve mentioned in other interviews being an avid reader of horror, and your novel Zone One is a zombie horror story. You’re very skilled at depicting violence. I was wondering if the horror genre has stylistically influenced the way that you depict historical atrocities, like those in The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys.
Whitehead: Again, I think the story determines how you tell it. The violence in Zone One is gorier. It’s more flamboyant than some of the stuff in The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys. In those two books, I think the horrific brutality that they experience speaks for itself. They don’t have to be dramatized.
This kind of language, I borrowed from reading the slave narratives. You don’t have to dramatize or sell to the listener or the reader how terrible everything is that is happening because it speaks for itself. If the violence is speaking for itself, I can concentrate more on the characters and what they’re feeling.
San Diego’s Comic-Con International starts Wednesday night, which makes this the perfect time to talk about Bad Weekend, a noir set against the backdrop of a fictionalized version of the now famous comics convention.
Writer Ed Brubaker described the graphic novel — with art by Brubaker’s longtime collaborator Sean Phillips and colors by Phillips’ son Jacob — as a weird love letter to comics, being a fan, and the strangeness of the comic book industry.
…Bad Weekend is the product of filing away stories he’s heard around the comic book industry for the past 20 to 30 years, according to Brubaker — stories of who screwed over whom, of success not bringing happiness, and of comic companies getting rich off their work with movies and TV shows without the creators sharing in that wealth.
(4) OP-EDS. [Item by Olav Rokne.] If, like me, you’ve been enjoying the New
York Times’ series of science fictional op-eds, they’ve just created a landing
page with all the articles in the series now organized in one place: “Op-Eds
From the Future”
It’s worth checking back every second Monday to
see the latest installment, as they’ve been excellent so far.
(5) FILER NAMED FGOH. Chris Barkley shared on
Facebook: “I am pleased to
report that I was asked and accepted to be the Fan GoH at the 2021 Astronomicon
in Rochester, NY along with my good friend (and Identical twin) Robert
I have taken this past week to ponder a response to Neil Clarke and Taiyo Fujii’s objections to the viability of a Hugo Award category for Best Translated Novel. And frankly, their objections puzzle me.
I ask this of Mr. Fujii and to Mr. Clarke; if the three Hugos awarded to translated works are the awakening of fandom to translated literature, why haven’t more of those works been nominated in their wake? In the past three years of nominations; only 2017’s Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, has been included in the Best Novel category, all of the other nominees in the category have all been decidedly anglocentric.
The truth of the matter we think that the Worldcon and the Hugo Awards have been overwhelmingly perceived for quite a while as an English speakers only party since a majority of the conventions have been held in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Mr. Clarke and Mr. Fujii may see the proposed award as either unnecessary, pandering or condescending to authors and fans but all Ms. Cordasco, my co-sponsors and I only want to do is shine a spotlight to fervently call attention to and honor authors and their translators. Speaking for myself, had there been three, four or five nominees on the final ballot since those historic awards, I would not have contemplated initiating and offering this proposal for an open debate…
Horizon still could have gotten the case to trial, but it then needed to show an inference of copying through the similarity of the works. Specifically, Horizon argued the two works were “strikingly similar,” with reliance on an expert report discussing anatomical structures, faces and heads, and camera views.
The judge responds that the expert report is “equivocating” on some of the noteworthy similarities by addressing features on careful viewing and not going quite so far to rule out any reasonable possibility of independent creation. Plus, the judge adds, “there remain enough differences between the two works,” nodding to Marvel’s pointing out differences in pose, differing placement of blue lights, and significantly different overall coloring.
(8) SEE READERCON 30. Ellen Datlow has posted 89 photos
taken at ReaderCon 30 in a Flickr
A nationally representative sample of 2,200 adults carried out between July 8 and 10 revealed that, when it comes to genre properties, Marvel is far and away the most successful, with 63 percent of those surveyed considering themselves fans. The next most popular property was Marvel’s Disney sibling, Star Wars, with a 60 percent fandom, and DC followed with 59 percent.
(10) TODAY IN HISTORY.
July 17, 1955 — Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California.
July 17, 1987 — Robocop premiered on this day.
(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born July 17, 1858 — Florence Balcombe Stoker. She was the wife and literary executor of Bram Stoker. She’s best remembered for her extended legal dispute with the makers of Nosferatu, an unauthorized film blatantly based on her husband’s novel Dracula. (Died 1937.)
Born July 17, 1889 — Erle Stanley Gardner. Though best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, he did write a handful of SF stories, all of which are collected in The Human Zero: The Science Fiction Stories of Erle Stanley Gardner. (Died 1970.)
Born July 17, 1944 — Thomas A. Easton, 75. SF critic and author who wrote the book review column in Analog from 1979 – 2009. His Organic Future series is quite entertaining and I’m reasonably certain I read Sparrowhawk when it was serialized in Analog.
Born July 17, 1952 — Robert R. McCammon, 67. Horror writer whose Michael Gallatin books, The Wolf’s Hour and The Hunter from the Woods, Alllied WWII werewolf agent and his adventures, I strongly recommend. His “Nightcrawlers” short story was adapted into an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Born July 17, 1954 — J. Michael Straczynski, 65. Best known rather obviously for creating and writing most of Babylon 5 and its short-lived sequel Crusade. He’s also responsible for as well as the Jeremiah and Sense8 series. On the commit sides, he’s written The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor and Fantastic Four. Over at DC, he did the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels, and has also written Superman, Wonder Woman, and Before Watchmen titles.
Born July 17, 1967 — Kelly Robson, 52. I just got done reading her brilliant “Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach”. Right now, it appears only this plus “A Human Stain” and “Waters of Versailles” are available on iBooks and Kindle for reading as she has no collection out yet. And no novel as far as I can tell.
Born July 17, 1971 — Cory Doctorow, 48. I’ll admit that I’ve mixed feelings about his work. I enjoyed Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, his first novel, and thought The Rapture of the Nerds had potential but really failed to live to that potential to great. Everything else is ‘Meh’. His activism is oft times that of an overeager puppy trying to get attention for himself.
Born July 17, 1976 — Brian K. Vaughan, 43. Wow. Author of Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad, Runaways, Saga, Y: The Last Man, and his newest affair, Paper Girls. And yes, he’s won Hugo Awards. You could spend an entire summer just reading those series. In his spare time, he was a writer, story editor and producer of the television series Lost during seasons three through five. And was the showrunner and executive producer of the Under the Dome series.
From its inception, Comic-Con had intergalactic ambitions.
The initial show, then called San Diego’ Golden State Comic Con, featured science fiction writers Ray Bradbury and A.E. Van Vogt; Jack Kirby, creator of Captain America, X-Men and other iconic superheroes; vintage films; an art auction; and dozens of dealers peddling mountains of new and used comics.
An unforgettable event — for the 300 attendees. Few others noticed and even they dismissed this as a juvenile jamboree. For instance:
On the show’s first day, Aug. 1, 1970, the author of “Fahrenheit 451″ and “The Martian Chronicles” granted an interview to The San Diego Union. Yet Bradbury’s spirited defense of comics was buried on page B-11, under articles about a flower show, the repainting of the White House East Room and a medical brief with the headline “Fat Men More Tipsy.”
… Neil Kendricks is a writer, filmmaker and teacher who recently led a San Diego State course on comics and sequential art. In the early 1980s, though, he was a high school student at his first Comic-Con. In the dealer’s room, he bumped into a white-haired gentleman flipping through the cardboard boxes full of used comics.
“Mr. Bradbury,” he stammered, “will you be here for awhile?”
When Ray Bradbury nodded yes, Kendricks dashed out of Golden Hall and ran the half-mile to Wahrenbrock’s Book House.
“I went upstairs to the science fiction section and bought as many of his books and I could find. Then I ran all the way back and he signed them. That,” Kendricks said, “could never happen now.”
…At a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences, hastily announced via Twitter and beginning a half hour late, Musk presented the first product from his company Neuralink. It’s a tiny computer chip attached to ultrafine, electrode-studded wires, stitched into living brains by a clever robot. And depending on which part of the two-hour presentation you caught, it’s either a state-of-the-art tool for understanding the brain, a clinical advance for people with neurological disorders, or the next step in human evolution.
The chip is custom-built to receive and process the electrical action potentials—“spikes”—that signal activity in the interconnected neurons that make up the brain. The wires embed into brain tissue and receive those spikes. And the robotic sewing machine places those wires with enviable precision, a “neural lace” straight out of science fiction that dodges the delicate blood vessels spreading across the brain’s surface like ivy.
…And, sure, there’s more. A public records request from WIRED in April 2019 found that Neuralink is licensed to have hundreds of rats and mice in its research facilities. In a seemingly unplanned moment at the Cal Academy, Musk also acknowledged that Neuralink’s research had progressed beyond rodents to non-human primates. It’s only because of a records request filed by Gizmodo that Neuralink’s affiliation with the primate research center at UC Davis is public knowledge. That affiliation has apparently progressed: “A monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain, just FYI,” Musk said during the Q and A after the presentation.
His team seemed as surprised and discombobulated by the announcement as the audience. “I didn’t know we were running that result today, but there it goes,” said Max Hodak, president of the company, on stage next to Musk. (Monkeys have controlled computers via BCIs before, though presumably this would be the first time one used Neuralink.)
One small holograph for man, one giant holograph for the Washington Monument.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a life-size projection of the Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Saturn V rocket is now iconic for carrying the Apollo 11 crew to the moon in 1969. The projection-mapping artwork will occupy 363 of the monument’s 555 vertical feet.
As the 17th century’s most famous Italian astronomer surveyed the heavens, he likely never dreamed a rocket shooting fire would one day power people up among the stars he eyed through his telescope, or that his work would help guide a ship to the moon.
But Galileo Galilei’s observations would become a key link in the chain of scientific research and discovery fundamental to our understanding of the universe and our drive to explore it.
That scientific continuum is at the heart of a new Houghton Library exhibit connecting early celestial calculations to the Apollo 11 mission that put two American astronauts on the lunar surface 50 years ago this July. “Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 at Fifty” features gems from Harvard’s collection of rare books and manuscripts as well as NASA artifacts from an anonymous lender and Harvard alumnus, many of which were aboard the spaceship that left Earth’s orbit in 1969.
Not all of the equipment carried into space was cutting edge and expensive. Some of the more humble odds and ends even prevented disaster.
…25: Length of duct tape rolls carried to the Moon, in feet
If there’s one saviour time and again of American space missions over the past 50 years, it’s a roll of duct tape. During Apollo missions, it was used for everything from taping down switches and attaching equipment inside the spacecraft, to fixing a tear on a spacesuit and, during Apollo 17, a fender on the lunar rover.
…Esquire was not expecting much from Neil Armstrong.
“While the space program is poised on the brink of a truly epoch-making triumph of engineering, it is also headed for a rhetorical train wreck,” the story said.
“The principal danger is not that we will lose the life of an astronaut on the Moon, but that the astronauts will murder English up there . . . . That they are likely to litter the intergalactic void with gibberish and twaddle.”
The smugness is rather remarkable, because despite the talent of the people it enlisted, Esquire got not a single decent line from any of them.
It got, in fact, a lot of gibberish and twaddle.
…With that as your benchmark, here’s a sampling of what Esquire’s best and brightest came up with:
John Kenneth Galbraith, the Harvard economist: “We will hafta pave the damn thing.”
Ayn Rand, libertarian thinker and novelist: “What hath man wrought!”
…Leonard Nimoy, the actor, then in his third season as Spock on the new TV series Star Trek: “I’d say to Earth, from here you are a peaceful, beautiful ball and I only wish everyone could see it with that perspective and unity.”
(17) A KING WILL BE CROWNED. Looper fills us in
about The Most Anticipated Sci
Fi Movies Of 2020.
2020 might feel far away, but Hollywood’s major studios are already planning ahead with some legit super hits on the horizon. And if you’re a fan of sci-fi flicks, then 2020’s looking like an especially good year for you. These are just a few of the most anticipated sci-fi blockbusters on their way to a big screen near you. Film fans will finally get the answer to an age-old question in 2020, when Godzilla and King Kong face off on the big screen. Director Adam Wingard has already assured fans that his take on the two monsters will crown a definitive winner, unlike the 1962 film that first pit the two characters against each other. This will be the fourth entry in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, first established in 2014’s Godzilla and further explored in Kong: Skull Island.
[Thanks to Olav Rokne, Mike Kennedy, Cat Eldridge, JJ, Chip
Hitchcock, Martin Morse Wooster, Michael Toman, John King Tarpinian, Carl
Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to
File 770 contributing editor of the day Jack Lint.]