Pixel Scroll 10/5/18 The Curious Incident Of The Scroll In The Night-Time

(1) LOOKING BACK ON HORROR. From Rocket Stack Rank, here’s a new (perhaps the first annual) selection of “Outstanding SF/F Horror” of 2016-2017.

Although horror isn’t our focus, we do review horror stories that turn up in our regular magazines, so in honor of Halloween, here are 26 outstanding science fiction & fantasy horror stories from 2016-2017 that were either finalists for major SF/F awards, included in “year’s best” SF/F anthologies, or recommended by prolific reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A).

Observations:

(2) WRITING PROCESS. Jonathan LaForce notes it would be a waste to take the popular phrase literally — “Killing off the Darlings” at Mad Genius Club.

Perhaps “killing our darlings” is too much the wrong verbiage.  Let us say, instead, “putting them on ice.”  That’s really all we’re doing- setting them aside till we can use them again later.  In this age of incredible digital technology, why worry about where you’ll save those scenes, those stories, those parts and pieces?  Anybody take a look at how much space is available to use on cloud servers?  My goodness!

(3) VENOM. NPR’s Chris Klimek reports “Tom Hardy Gets His Teeth Into ‘Venom,’ Though The Film Lacks Bite”.

Eddie’s struggles to find a new gig while oily tentacles are shooting out of his body in response to even minor discomforts are the most diverting section part of the film, if only because Hardy is fully committed in a way no other actor here is. Had this thing been greenlit at the 1990s apex of Venom’s popularity as a comic book character, it almost certainly would’ve starred Jim Carrey. So we all dodged a bullet there.

(4) SOUND NUTRITION. While in San Jose, Scott Edelman nibbled naan with K. Tempest Bradford and recorded the results for Episode 78 of Eating the Fantastic.

K. Tempest Bradford

…I also went out to dinner with K. Tempest Bradford for one of the best meals of that extended weekend in the Santana Row neighborhood at Amber India.

K. Tempest Bradford’s short stories have been published in such magazines as Abyss & Apex, Sybil’s Garage, Electric Velocipede, and Farthing, and anthologies like Clockwork Cairo, Diverse Energies, Federations, and Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Stories of a Post 9/11 World. Her non-fiction has appeared at NPR, io9, xoJane, plus the Angry Black Woman blog, sometimes — as you’ll hear us discuss — going viral. Along with Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, she teaches the Writing the Other workshop, and is on the board of the Carl Brandon Society. She also happens to be one of the funniest people I know. Whenever I’m with Tempest, I can be assured there will be laughter.

We discussed how her Egyptian Afro-retro-futurism idea grew from a short story into a series of novels, the way she used crowdfunding to complete the research she needed, why her discovery of my Science Fiction Age magazine means I bear the responsibility for all she’s done since, how an online writing community gave her the confidence to be a writer, the advice from Samuel R. Delany she embraces the most, why she set aside her goal of becoming an opera singer and decided to become a writer instead, the reason there are so many female monsters in Greek mythology, how she blew up the Internet with her “Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year” challenge, her extremely strong opinions about Steven Moffat’s version of Doctor Who, and much more.

(5) NOT RAINBOWLED OVER. Bowlestrek snarks about that Doctor Who costume, asking which is worse, the 6th Doctor Who costume or the 13th Doctor Who costume?

—  “Hipster, Wesley Crusher, Rainbow Brite, Mork & Mindy thrown into a blender abomination.”

—  “Like somebody was trolling Doctor Who fans.”

—  “I’ve shown this picture to people who are fashion conscious and the response almost across the board has been, “What the hell is that?”

—  “What’s with the earrings, the suspenders, the rainbow shirt, what appears to be Tardis socks, and the old man pants?”

— “She looks like an elf.”

(The references to Wesley Crusher and Mork and Mindy are about the rainbow across the shirt.)

(6) FIRST, THE BAD NEWS. This just in from James Davis Nicoll – “Sorry to Crush Your Dreams, But We’re Not Colonizing Space Anytime Soon”.

Perhaps because some of the early space hype was unconvincing when regarded with any attitude other than fanboy enthusiasm. And perhaps because there weren’t any compelling reasons (political, economic, scientific) for significant human presence beyond low Earth Orbit. We don’t need to send up squishy frail humans when we can send probes and remote-controlled vehicles .

Some readers might even now be making squinchy faces, maybe even pondering which unflattering cartoon of me to post in protest.

(7) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and JJ.]

  • Born October 5, 1862 – Edward Stratemeyer, Writer and Publisher. Creator of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which pioneered the book-packaging technique of producing a consistent, long-running series of books using a team of freelance writers, which sold millions of copies, some series of which are still in publication today. He himself wrote more than 1,300 juvenile novels, including the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Bobbsey Twins series, Tom Swift being the main character of a series of more than a hundred juvenile science fiction and adventure novels.
  • Born October 5, 1917 – Allen Ludden, Actor who became well-known for decades of hosting TV game shows, but who surprisingly had a part in an episode of Adam West’s Batman, played Perry White in the TV movie It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!, and had a cameo – as a game show host – in Hugo finalist Futureworld.
  • Born October 5, 1919 – Donald Pleasence, Actor and Writer who famously played the doctor in the Halloween movies and the President in Escape from New York. He also had a plethora of parts in other genre properties, a few of which include the main role in the Hugo finalist movie Fantastic Voyage which was novelized by Isaac Asimov, roles in episodes of the The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and The Ray Bradbury Theater, a part in George Lucas’ first foray into filmmaking, THX 1138, John Carpenter’s The Prince of Darkness, and the role of Merlin in the TV movie Guinivere.
  • Born October 5, 1949 – Peter Ackroyd, 69, Writer, Biographer, and Critic known for his interest in the history and culture of London. His best-known genre work is likely the Whitbread Award-winning Hawksmoor, the story of an 18th-century London architect building a church interwoven with the narrative of a contemporary detective investigating horrific murders involving that church, and is highly recommended. His novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem was recently made into a movie, and he produced a TV miniseries documentary entitled Peter Ackroyd’s London.
  • Born October 5, 1951 – Karen Allen, 67, Actor and Director known to genre fans as Marion in the Hugo finalist Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as roles in Starman, Ghost in the Machine, and Scrooged. She also played Christa McAuliffe in the TV movie Challenger.
  • Born October 5, 1952 – Clive Barker, 66, Writer, Director, Artist and Videogame Designer, famous for his horror novels. His series include Hellraiser, Book of the Art, and Books of Blood, as well as The Abarat Quintet which is quite superb. Though not recent, The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction, published some twenty years ago, contains more than seventy excerpts from novels and plays and four full-length short stories. His Imaginer series collects his decidedly strange art. My personal favorite work by him is the Weaveworld novel. His works have received many World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Stoker, Locus and International Horror Guild Award nominations and wins, and have been made into movies, videogames, and comic books. He was the Toastmaster at the 1988 World Fantasy Convention, and Guest of Honor at Albacon III in 1986 and FantasyCon 2006.
  • Born October 5, 1952 – Duncan Regehr, 66, Actor from Canada probably best known to genre fans for his recurring role as a Bajoran resistance leader on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but who also had guest roles on The Greatest American Hero, Star Trek: The Next Generation, V, and appeared in the film Timemaster.
  • Born October 5, 1958 – Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 60, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, and Writer whose nonfiction work Reflections on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is considered genre. He has had cameos in several genre TV shows and films, including Stargate: Atlantis, Ice Age: Collision Course, Bojack Horseman, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory. Tyson is known for tweeting about inconsistencies and bad science in science fiction films, and Andy Weir famously posted “Someday, Neil deGrasse Tyson is going to either read The Martian or see the film adaptation of it. When he does, he’s going to immediately know that the sandstorm part at the beginning isn’t accurate to physics. He’ll point out that the inertia of a Martian storm isn’t enough to do damage to anything… The knowledge that this is going to happen haunts me.”
  • Born October 5, 1959 – Rich Horton, 59, Writer, Critic, and Editor. He is best known as an anthology editor – and a damn superb one at that – who has been putting out Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies since 2006, as well as one-off anthologies Space Opera, Robots: The Recent A. I., and War & Space: Recent Combat. He started out writing reviews for SF Site in the late 90s, and has been reviewing books and short fiction for Locus Magazine since 2002.
  • Born October 5, 1967 – Guy Pearce, 51, Actor and Director from Australia who is known for genre works Memento, the remake of The Time Machine, Prometheus, and the Hugo finalist Iron Man 3.
  • Born October 5, 1974 – Colin Meloy, 44, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, and Writer. Front man of the indie folk rock band The Decemberists, and author of the juvenile fantasy novels The Wildwood Chronicles.
  • Born October 5, 1975 – Carson Ellis, 43, Writer, Artist, and Illustrator whose work graces genre works The Wildwood Chronicles written by her husband Colin Meloy, The Mysterious Benedict Society series, a Lemony Snicket book, and The Decemberists albums. Birthday celebrations must be an intimate affair.
  • Born October 5, 1975 – Kate Winslet, 43, Actor from England whose genre credits include the TV series Dark Season and the films A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, the Hugo finalist Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Contagion, the Divergent series, and the upcoming Avatar 2.
  • Born October 5, 1975 – Parminder Nagra, 43, Actor from England who appeared in Ella Enchanted, had a recurring role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a guest part on TRON Uprising, and a voice part in Batman: Gotham Knight.
  • Born October 5 – Paul Weimer, Writer, Reviewer, and Podcaster, also known as @PrinceJvstin. An ex-pat New Yorker living in Minnesota, he has been reading science fiction and fantasy for over 30 years and exploring the world of roleplaying games for more than 25 years. An avid blogger, he also contributes to the Hugo-nominated fancast The Skiffy and Fanty Show and the SFF Audio podcast. He was the 2017 Down Under Fan Fund delegate to the Australia and New Zealand National Conventions, and his e-book DUFF trip report, consisting of more than 300 pages of travel stories and stunning photographs, is still available here.

(8) WAY OUT WEST. LiveScience passes the word from the USAF — “US Air Force: Don’t Worry About Those Weird Lights and Booms Sunday, It’s Just a Space Ship”.

Sunday (October 7) SpaceX will try (for the first time) to land a Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast.

If you’re in the vicinity of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday evening (Oct. 7), you might hear some strange booming and see some weird lights in the sky. But the Air Force would like you to know that there’s no need to worry; something entirely normal is going on — a rocket that heaved its way up into space will be falling back to Earth, correcting its trajectory with “multiple engine burns,” and then (if all goes well) settling comfortably back on its landing struts in the vicinity of its launch site.

(9) OVERSERVED. These avians have found a natural high: “Minnesota Residents Call Police On Rowdy Drunk Birds”.

Life lately in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Gilbert has resembled a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock film. Birds, lots of birds, have been “flying into windows, cars and acting confused,” according to the city police department, which has been fielding reports from anxious residents.

But these birds aren’t out for human blood. They’ve just had a few too many — a few too many overripe berries, that is.

“Certain berries we have in our area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost, which in turn has expedited the fermenting process,” Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar explained in a statement. “It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal.”

Yes, having a boozy lark is nothing abnormal among the feathered set.

(10) CASTALIA HOUSE CHANGING STRATEGY. Vox Day will be pulling most of his imprint’s books from Kindle Unlimited, and will reduce the number of new fiction authors he publishes — “Why KU is killing ebooks” [Internet Archive link]

I did an analysis of our ebook sales and was surprised to discover that with 7 exceptions, Kindle Unlimited is simply not worth it even without taking potential non-Amazon sales into account. So, we’re going to be removing most of our books from KU and returning them to the Castalia House store over the next three months. By the start of the new year, most of our books will be available from all the major ebook platforms as well as our online store.

Remember, every dollar in the KU pool represents about THREE dollars removed from the ebook sales pool. And because the overall market is not growing, it is a zero-sum game.

We’re also going to reduce the number of new fiction authors we publish. Because repeated experiments have demonstrated that even the very best-selling KU novelists don’t sell very well in print, and because the success of KU puts us in a catch-22 situation with them regardless of whether they sell well through us or not, we are going to focus our efforts on strategic properties that we create, own and develop rather than those that we merely publish.

Because non-fiction a) sells well in print and b) is not popular on KU, our non-fiction publishing will continue without any change in focus or strategy.

(11) NOT THAT VOX, THE OTHER VOX. At Vox, Todd VanDerWerff asks why this had such an impact: “Russian trolls used Star Wars to sow discord online. The fact that it worked is telling.”

Maybe the Russian bots that Bay identified are all extra-governmental, built by trolls with spare time on their hands and a grudge against Lucasfilm. Or maybe Bay’s findings are yet another example of how thoroughly Russian intelligence has zeroed in on the idea that white nationalism is central to driving a wedge into American society.

If the latter is true, then what’s most unnerving about Russia’s intelligence strategy and its connection to Star Wars isn’t what that strategy says about Russia, but what it says about us.

Whomever you believe is behind movements like Gamergate and the pushback against The Last Jedi, what they reveal about America in the 2010s feels a little hard to swallow at first: At this point in history, a lot of us — and especially a lot of young, white men — are centering their identities and their senses of right and wrong on pop culture artifacts, sometimes with a near-religious zealotry. Call it “fandamentalism.”

(12) CREEPY PHONE. In this BBC video, “Feely finger phone crawls across desk”.

A touch-sensitive robotic finger that can be attached to smartphones has been developed by a researcher in France.

The MobiLimb finger can crawl across the desk, waggle for attention when messages arrive and be used as an interface to control apps and games.

It can also stroke its owner on the hand, which developer Marc Teyssier said could create more personal connections.

He told the BBC people generally found the finger creepy or weird because it was so unusual, but hoped it would be “accepted” in time.

(13) KEEPING IT OFF THE TIP OF THEIR TONGUE. French language body urges alternative phrase for “fake news”. Somehow information fallacieuse doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi; the Commission offers “infox” among the alternatives, possibly not knowing how “Fox” is Frenched in the US.

Or if that is too long-winded, CELF suggested the abbreviation “infox”, formed from the words “information” and “intoxication”.

“The Anglo-Saxon expression ‘fake news’, which refers to a range of behaviour contributing to the misinformation of the public, has rapidly prospered in French,” the commission rued.

“This is an occasion to draw on the resources of the language to find French equivalents.”

(14) DRAWN THAT WAY. Comic artist Alex Ross appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers promoting his latest book, Marvelocity.

Comic book writer and artist Alex Ross talks about his artistic process, what drew him to the idea of drawing realistic versions of superheroes and explains why he doesn’t have an email.

 

(15) SIGN UP FOR THE ZONE. Rod Serling pitches The Twilight Zone to advertisers back in the day.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Eric Wong, JJ, Alan Baumler, Chip Hitchcock, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, James Davis Nicoll, Scott Edelman, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Edd Vick.]

31 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 10/5/18 The Curious Incident Of The Scroll In The Night-Time

  1. (5) Not sure why it’s bad that Doctor Who (any iteration) should not be a fashion icon, or should look a bit like an elf.

    (6) Don’t care. Want humans in space. Robots first makes sense, of course.

  2. @11 – Or The Last Jedi just was not as popular and audiences did not like it very much. Ticket sales were significantly down from the previous movie in the series – especially considering inflation.

    Trying to blame audience reaction on “the Russians” lacks validity compared to ticket sales and audience reaction.

    Rogue One was a fun movie. It made a lot of money even though it lacked any of the stars from the first three movies. The “critics” did not like it as much as The Last Jedi according to the review aggregation websites – but the audience liked it a lot more according to Rotten Tomatoes.

  3. @5 All of the Doctors looked dorky. It’s kind of their thing. I’m looking forward to seeing this one in action on Sunday.

    @avery, I think something is wrong with your popularity argument, but I haven’t the energy to go look it up at the moment.

    Good night!

  4. All of the Doctors looked dorky

    #9 dressed like a biker. #10 dressed like a businessman. #12 so deemphasized his outfit, I don’t even remember what it looked like.

  5. 12) I need one.

    Avery, I was not a fan of The Last Jedi either, but that was mostly because of the plot, not because of any issues with diversity.

  6. I find this Doctor’s outfit to be interesting and fun. I’ve always thought that 6’s rainbow coat was just ugly.

    @Carl Slaughter: 12 started out with a black jacket with a red silk lining and a fairly dapper look overall. But this fairly quickly evolved into a more casual style, with plaid paints appearing a number of times. I suspect that for 13 also, what we’ve seen so far will be just a starting point.

  7. Funny how the minute we have a female doctor, fashion becomes a big issue. What’s next? Critiques of her cooking and housecleaning?

  8. @Xtifr I have already heard several ‘LOL she can’t drive the TARDIS’ comments, alas.

    (Which is ludicrous. The Doctor’s driving has always been erratic at best. I expect Thirteen to be neither better nor worse.)

  9. @Xtifr: the Doctor’s style choices have often been eccentric, and comments have been made before… a lot of them about number 6 and his deliberately God-awful outfit, or number 7 and his obsessive question marks.

    Thinking about it…. The First Doctor dressed reasonably normally for a man of his age in the early 1960s; the Second was described as a “cosmic hobo”, largely on the basis of an old-fashioned frock-coat outfit with offbeat accessories; the Third had a sort of Edwardian-dandy thing going on, lots of velvet smoking jackets, frilly shirts and the occasional cape; Tom Baker’s Doctor is mostly memorable for the scarf, but the overall ensemble (long coat, loose shirt, hat, waistcoat) had a certain Bohemian style about it – the season 18 all-maroon look was not an improvement in my opinion; the Fifth Doctor was basically a fawn coat over cricket whites; the less said about the Sixth the better; the Seventh had that bumbling geography-teacher look with question marks all over his jumper; we didn’t see enough of the Eighth to get a good picture; the Ninth Doctor was leather-jacket casual and looked fairly ordinary, really; the Tenth Doctor went in for that business-suit-and-trainers combination; the Eleventh looked ordinary enough apart from the bow tie; the Twelfth couldn’t make up his mind, sometimes he looked like William Hartnell and sometimes he wore a hoodie and sunglasses.

    So, basically, Jodie Whittaker seems to be carrying on the fine old tradition of “that outfit’s a mess”. OK by me, I think.

  10. @Steve

    The fifth Doctor inherited the question mark shirt from the fourth Doctor. Also the trousers were striped – and I can find no evidence that cricketers wore those as part of playing the sport. However striped ‘bags’ were worn in the Edwardian age in very informal circumstances.

    I would also say that the first Doctor was more Edwardian in style. I am not sure that most at the time would describe it is relatively normal, there would consider it pretty old-fashioned.

  11. (5) Are they unfamiliar with Doctor Who?

    (10) Has Teddy considered the possibility that his books don’t sell because they’re not very good?

  12. 10) As of February 2017, the U.S. version of Kindle Unlimited includes over 1.5 million titles. How does he think anyone is going to even know his handful of appallingly bad titles exist? What does he do to promote their existence on KU?

  13. Hi everyone. My trip had taken me to Montreal and Scintillation, which aside from the virus I got from my virus, went well. Thanks for mentioning it as a scroll item

  14. @avery abernathy: “Rogue One was a fun movie.”

    Did we see the same movie? It was very good–the best of the Star Wars movies I’ve seen. (I skipped III and haven’t gotten to VII and VIII.) But I would’t call a movie in which raqf jvgu rirelbar qrnq “fun”. It was exciting and enjoyable and rewarding. But fun it was not. More like sobering, or maybe just heavy.

    Your main point about Russian amplification of American social trends is a bit off. I too would be skeptical of the idea that Russians caused people to dislike The Last Jedi. I’m not at all skeptical that they identified a dislike for it among a group they’d targeted to influence, then tried to amplify and shape that dislike.

    That last is more what the linked article says, using this particular conflict to discuss larger issues. I’m thinking about art and religion lately myself, so “Art and religion swim in the same pool, to be sure, but they practice different strokes,” is music to my ears. And this;

    This approach seems to have found quite a bit more success on the right, which is more prone to authoritarian or fundamentalist movements. But it’s not as if the left is completely immune, not when the slightly more diverse casting of a major franchise movie is treated as an act of tremendous moral weight on the part of the corporations who make that decision.

    is not exactly calculated to win friends and influence people. Im fact, I imagine someone will step up to explain why that’s wrong. We’ll see how that goes.

  15. 2) “Fridge Your Darlings”

    Still having to type in name and everything each time, but I think I’ve found where notifications were turned off in my WP subscriptions, so maybe I’ll be more present.

    scroll title: Three frogs, croaking out “Pix!” “El.” “Scroll”

  16. Meredith Moments: Timothy Zahn’s Dragon & Thief and Ben Bova’s Mars are both $1.99.

  17. That Twilight Zone sizzle reel was very entertaining! Now I have to goto the store and buy some products!

    Parminder Nagra is currently on Elementary.

  18. The Last Jedi made a huge amount of money. This chart https://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=starwars.htm show that it made the 2nd highest domestic gross for all SW movies – and adjusted for inflation it only dropped to sixth (lower than the original trilogy movies, but higher than Rogue One, Solo, or two of the three prequels) (the worldwide grosses are only in unadjusted dollars, so direct comparison is difficult – but 1.3 billion dollars is an impressive number in any era).

  19. The Last Jedi made a huge amount of money.

    I’d guess its drop from The Force Awakens is because the phenomenon of being the first Star Wars film in over 30 years to be set after the original trilogy was unrepeatable. Its box office relative to Rogue One’s status as a spinoff is healthy.

    (I also think that Solo’s relatively poor box office had a fair bit to do with its inability to star a Harrison Ford retrieved from a time portal leading to the early 70s.)

  20. @Hampus said: “Avery, I was not a fan of The Last Jedi either, but that was mostly because of the plot, not because of any issues with diversity.”

    Me too. Kelly Tran’s character was one of the few bright spots. Laura Dern’s character was horrible.

  21. I have criticisms of all the Star Wars movies–even Empire. But I absolutely do not fathom why people single out Last Jedi. Yes, it was flawed, but it was still better than 2/3 of the movies Lucas made! In fact, all the Disney SW movies have been! And I think Last Jedi was the second-best of the Disney movies. (My brother thought it wasn’t as good as The Force Awakens, but I thought it was better. We both agree that Rogue One was better than both, though.)

    Steve Wright on October 6, 2018 at 2:15 am said:

    @Xtifr: the Doctor’s style choices have often been eccentric, and comments have been made before…

    Yes, but the key word there is eccentric. When a guy does it, it’s a sign of charming quirkiness, worthy of some mild snarking at worst. When a woman does it, it’s a crime against fashion, and it generates outrage because she’s not trying to maximize her sexiness. It’s almost like she’s not just there to be an object for our lustful thoughts! How dare she!? :rolleyes:

  22. I like the new Doctor’s outfit. I used to wear gaucho pants myself and they’re comfy. They’ve also been showing up all over runways this year, only they’re called culottes now. Culottes were something else when I was young, and when French aristos wearing them sparked revolutionary sans-culottes, but I digress. The important thing is that the Doctor’s pants are very much in fashion, but she should stay out of Revoltionary France. And I love the boots. Mostly I’m just glad she isn’t wearing stiletto heels and a bustier. Or a fez. Nothing wrong with a fez, but Matt Smith’s bow tie and fez with high-water pants made him look like a wind-up monkey toy. All he needed was the cymbals..

  23. Eric and I have enjoyed all of the new Star Wars movies (even “Solo”) more than any of the older ones, with the exception of the first two. (“Star Wars,” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”)

    I’d agree with Avery that “Rogue One” was a fun movie up until everyone died.

    “Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

  24. My only real quibble with Rogue One is that V jbhyq unir yvxrq ng yrnfg BAR bs ure fpenccl onaq bs ibyhagrref gb or srznyr. Bhg bs n qbmra be fb uhznaf be nyvraf, gung qbrfa’g frrz gb zr gb or gbb zhpu gb nfx….

    Still, I thought it was well done. Solo was also fine, but a considerable amount of tension was removed from the plot by the simple fact that we knew that Han, Chewie, and Lando all live through it more-or-less unscathed, to star in more movies set years later. Not a bad caper movie, though.

  25. My only real quibble with Rogue One is that V jbhyq unir yvxrq ng yrnfg BAR bs ure fpenccl onaq bs ibyhagrref gb or srznyr. Bhg bs n qbmra be fb uhznaf be nyvraf, gung qbrfa’g frrz gb zr gb or gbb zhpu gb nfx….

    Yes, this. It would also have been nice, if ng yrnfg bar bs gurz unq fheivirq cnfg gur raq bs gur svyz. Ab pbasyvpg jvgu gur bevtvany gevybtl rvgure, gur fheivivat punenpgre pbhyq unir orra bss ba n zvffvba ryfrjurer.

  26. “That wasn’t nice you moron! That was art! Art isn’t nice!” (Mack the Knife’s response to his gang’s reaction to “Pirate Jenny”.) Not that Rogue One was exactly Art either….

  27. @Chip Hitchcock: I might not’ve been a pre-teen the first time my cousin played me “The Black Freighter” (how I know “Pirate Jenny”). When she did, I gained many heroes.

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