Introduction by Hampus Eckerman: My mother wrote an opinion piece
for one of our Swedish newspapers about her bout with the corona virus.
I’m getting kind of scared for all older fans out there, in Sweden
there’s a lot of older people still going outside, shopping as usual, because
they feel so healthy, so this article hopefully could scare some people to be
People of My Generation – Beware The Corona Virus Like The Plague!
First published as an opinion piece in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, March 29, 2020.
By Ingrid Eckerman: “I’m not scared – I’m healthy!”, say people from my generation and continues to socialize.
also healthy, but I got the corona anyway. I didn’t die. I didn’t have to stay
in intensive care for two months. I haven’t even had a high fever. Thus, a
rather mild infection.
ten days, the temperature has fluctuated around 38 degrees Celsius (100F). I
have slept around 20 hours a day. I pull myself up on the bedside, waiting for
the world to stop. Need support to be able to get up, taking hold in the
furniture. I walk like a cripple – the hip part of my body seems to have
crumpled. After a few steps comes the breathlessness, perhaps a bout of
coughing. My body has aged 20 years.
is for me a great effort that requires an immediate return to bed. With pepping
and prepping, I get my body to accept some basic food, a fruit, some ice cream,
for pure survival purpose.
has become heavy. The laptop must be carried with two hands. How should I be
able to water the flowers? Getting up from the chair requires extra effort.
Hair falls off in tufts.
on the twelfth day I begin to see the light in the tunnel. The temperature
drops slowly, I’m not as deathly tired. I have felt hunger. Managed to get
through both a shower and changing the bed sheets.
dare not take out anything in advance. It feels like there has been a war in my
body, and the battle is not over yet. There is some small virus behind the
sternum waiting for a weakness in my immune system. There is a risk of
comes the convalescence, the recovery, built up during quarantine to be safe
and infection-free before I meet others.
have not been this sick since I as a child had the potentially deadly diseases
measles, mumps and whooping cough. Being home 1-2 weeks extra from school was a
matter of course.
meant rest and nutritious food. Today, careful rehabilitation is being added.
Successfully increasing physical activity, from walking in the apartment to
walking in the garden. Return to regular sleeping and meal times.
freedom of fever, I expect at least two weeks for recovery. This means a total
disease period of at least one month. It is too early to say if I am getting
any residual symptoms.
corona at 70+ does not mean a few days of fever and then return to healthy as
usual. Even if you do not become seriously ill, the illness will take a heavy
toll on your body. We have weakened immune systems compared to younger people –
we cannot count on a mild illness.
you who believe that you are so old that it does not matter if you die you have
to think carefully. You must make it clear to relatives and healthcare that you
do not want to receive anything but home care – that you refrain from intensive
care that allows you to survive for yet some time.
Eckerman, 78, MD, retired General Practitioneer in Stockholm, Sweden.
from Ingrid regarding the piece:
No, I was never tested. As I didn’t get any breathing difficulties while lying
down at rest, I was recommended by the ambulance staff to stay at home. Only
those who have to stay in hospitals are tested in Sweden, as the capacity isn’t
high enough to test the population as a whole. But I find it hard to imagine
any more likely diagnoses.
know nothing about whether I get immunity. Normally, there is flu and cold viruses
around us in society, and we get a boost to our resistance every now and then.
It helps us to maintain immunity. But this is a new virus that my body does not
recognize at all. Maybe I need to get infected several times before I have a
Some months ago I participated in the #AuthorsForFireys projects on Twitter and managed to bid for Narelle M. Harris’ book Kitty Cadaver. This week I got it and Sir Scrittles and Nevyn were mightily interested.
Photos of other cats (or whatever
you’ve got!) resting on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer (at) cs
… “I’ve seen loads of fan art, which I always love,” she says. “But it’s never been that great for me to immerse myself in noise that you can’t control, good or bad. I think both are a rabbit hole that you shouldn’t necessarily go down. We know that we work really hard for the show to be the best it can be in this moment. Once it’s out in the ether, how people feel, in a way, is kind of irrelevant.”
But Whittaker isn’t going anywhere. The length of time an actor has played the Doctor has varied over the years — back in the ’70s and ’80s, Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor piloted the TARDIS for seven seasons; in the aughts, Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor survived just one. So, will Whittaker return for a third run of shows? “Yes, I’m doing another season,” she confirms. “That might be a massive exclusive that I’m not supposed to say, but it’s unhelpful for me to say [I don’t know] because it would be a massive lie! [Laughs] I absolutely adore it. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”
(2) GUINAN. Patrick Stewart, while appearing on The View,
extended an invitation to host Whoopi Goldberg to appear in Picard’s second
season. See 4-minutue video here.
Stewart said —
“I’m here with a formal invitation, and it’s for you, Whoopi. Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of Star Trek: Picard, and all his colleagues, of which I am one, want to invite you into the second season.”
The crowd delivered a standing ovation as Goldberg and Stewart hugged, and Goldberg replied, “Yes, yes, yes!”
“Star Trek: Picard” is beaming to a subway station near you.
For three weeks starting Thursday, when the show premieres on CBS All Access, the series will be promoted on special MetroCards available at six MTA stations in Manhattan.
In the drama, Sir Patrick Stewart, 79, reprises his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” role of Jean-Luc Picard, the retired Starfleet admiral and former captain of the Starship Enterprise who is living out his latter days on his family’s vineyard in France. Fittingly, the subway promotion will showcase two different cards — one featuring Picard on the front and his family’s sweeping vineyard on the back, the other with Picard’s dog, No. 1, on the front and several planets on the flip side.
…At the crux of the Picard premiere is a devastating monologue Stewart delivers recounting a catastrophic event that happened years before, triggering a refugee crisis and driving Picard to quit his position in the Starfleet, disgusted by what the organization and the Federation now stood for.
A supernova blast threatened the planet Romulus. Despite their antagonistic relationship, the Federation agreed to rescue the Romulan people. But in the midst of the rescue mission, synthetic lifeforms like Data, who helped Picard pilot his ship, went rogue and destroyed the Federation’s base on Mars, killing over 90,000 people. In the wake of the incident, synthetic lifeforms were banned, a decision that appalled Picard and caused him to quit before he carried out his Romulan rescue mission.
“It has always been part of the content of Star Trek that it will be attempting to create a better future with the certain belief that a better future is possible if the right kind of work and the right kind of people are engaged in that,” Stewart told reporters. “And my feeling was, as I look all around our world today, there has never been a more important moment when entertainment and show business can address some of the issues that are potentially damaging our world today.”
(5) CLONE WARS TRAILER. The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars starts streaming Feb. 21 on DisneyPlus.
One of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the Star Wars saga will be returning for its epic conclusion with twelve all-new episodes on Disney+ beginning Friday, February 21. From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of “The Mandalorian,” the new Clone Wars episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
…The SLS [Space Launch System] is intended to be the primary launch vehicle of NASA’s deep space. By manufacturing as many of the engine’s parts as possible (like the fuel injectors, turbo pumps, valves, and main injectors) with 3D printing, NASA can significantly reduce time and money spent.
“NASA is on track to reduce the number of individual parts by an order of magnitude — from hundreds to tens — and reduce the cost of the entire engine by 30% and later by 50%, and the build time by 50%,” John explains.
Dern notes, “This is the 3rd or 4th NASA-related article I’ve gotten to do over the past six months. I had a lot of fun researching and writing this, and hope find more assignments on this stuff over the coming year.”
Beginning in 1932, Conrad H. Ruppert reshaped the world of fan publications with the printing press he bought with money saved by working in his father’s bakery. He printed issues of the most prominent fanzines of the period, including The Time Traveller, Science Fiction Digest, and Charles D. Hornig’s The Fantasy Fan. It’s not unreasonable to assert that the professional appearance of Hornig’s leaflet-sized ‘zine contributed to his ascension to the editorship of Wonder Stories at the age of 17….
Tim Heiderich of Have You Seen This took the time to talk to us about the creative perils of fandom. Fandom can be fun, but it can also turn ugly too, or it can keep us so busy focusing on someone else’s work that we fail to develop our own talents.
This was a huge conversation, so we split it into two parts. In the first installment, we talk about toxic fandom, simulacra, and the siren song of nostalgia.
…Lowrey has been attending these conventions since 1975 and loves it. He said he loves how the conventions are filled with interesting, intelligent people. The interaction of science fiction fans overseas is awesome as well he said. “I got people I consider good friends that I never met before,” he said. He actually met the woman whom he would spend his life with and marry, C.K. “Cicatrice” Hinchliffe of Bertram, Iowa, at the local Milwaukee science fiction convention in 1981. Lowrey graduated from Chester County High School in 1971 and earned a magna cum laude degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to his job with the State of Wisconsin, he’s been working as a writer and editor since 1984. He is also a bookseller, serves as a local president and state executive board member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and acts as a volunteer administrator for Wikipedia. He has had book reviews published and also Dungeon and Dragon articles published in Dragon magazine.
(11) KARLEN OBIT. John Karlen , the actor who played
multiple roles (Willie Loomis, Carl Collins, William H. Loomis, Desmond
Collins, Alex Jenkins and Kendrick Young) on the ABC serial Dark Shadows
died January 22 at the age of 86.
(12) TODAY IN HISTORY.
January 23, 1954 — Killers From Space made it to your local drive-in. It was produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, brother of Billy Wilder. It has a cast of Peter Graves, Barbara Bestar and James Seay. We should note that Killers From Space came about as a commissioned screenplay from Wilder’s son Myles Wilder and their regular collaborator William Raynor. How was it received? Not well. There was, in the opinion of critics, way too much too talk, too little action, poor production values… you get the idea. Though they liked Graves. Who doesn’t? Reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes give it a decidedly unfavourable rating of just 24%.
January 23, 1974 — The Questor Tapes first aired on NBC. Created and written by Roddenberry himself with Gene L Coon as co-writer, it was by Richard Colla. It starred Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell and John Vernon. (Fontana’s novelisation would be dedicated to Coon who died before it aired.) though it was intended to be a pilot fir a series, conflict between Roddenberry and the network doomed the series. It would place fifth in the final Hugo balloting the following year at Aussiecon One with Young Frankenstein being the Hugo winner.
January 23, 1985 — The Rankin-Bass version of ThunderCats premiered in syndication. Leonard Starr was the primary writer with the animation contracted to the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as the production manager. It would run for four years and one and thirty episodes. Need we note that a vast media empire of future series, films, comics, t-shirts, statues, action figures and so forth have developed since then?
(13) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born January 23, 1923 — Walter M. Miller Jr. He’s best remembered for A Canticle for Leibowitz, the only novel he published in his lifetime. Terry Bisson would finish off the completed draft that he left of Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, a sequel of sorts to the first novel. He did a fair amount of short fiction as well. He’s poorly represented both digitally and in the dead tree sense as well beyond A Canticle for Leibowitz. (Died 1996.)
Born January 23, 1932 — Bart LaRue. He was the voice of The Guardian of Forever in the “City on the Edge of Forever” episode of Trek as well as doing voice roles in “Bread and Circuses” (on-screen too) “The Gamesters of Triskelion” as Provider 1 (uncredited) “Patterns of Force” as an Ekosian newscaster (Both voice and on-screen) and “The Savage Curtain” as Yarnek. He did similar work for Time Tunnel, Mission Impossible, Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea, The Andromeda Strain, Wild Wild West, Land of Giants and Lost in Space. (Died 1990.)
Born January 23, 1939 — Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Greg’s aged eighty one years, and Tim passed in 2006. I’d say best known for their very popular and ubiquitous Lord of the Rings calendar illustrations, also for illustrating comics for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. They also did a lot of genre covers so I went to ISFDB and checked to see if I recognized any. I certainly did. There was Zelazny’s cover of My Name is Legion, Tolkien’s Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham and Poul Anderson’s A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows. Nice.
Born January 23, 1942 — Brian Coucher, 78. He appeared in three genre series — first the second actor to portray Travis in Blake’s 7 and also as Borg in the Fourth Doctor story, “The Robots of Death”. Finally genre wise he appeared in a Doctor Who spin-off that I’ve never heard existed, Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans. No Who characters appeared though Sophie Alfred played someone other than Ace here.
Born January 23, 1943 — Gil Gerard, 77. Captain William “Buck” Rogers in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which I fondly remember as a really a truly great SF series even if it really wasn’t that great. He also shows up in the very short lived E.A.R.T.H. Force as Dr. John Harding, and he’s General Morgenstern in Reptisaurus, a movie title that proves someone had a serious lack of imagination regarding titles that day. In Bone Eater, a monster film that Bruce Boxleitner also shows up in as Sheriff Steve Evans, he plays Big Jim Burns, the Big Bad. Lastly I’d like to note that he got to play Admiral Sheehan in the “Kitumba” episode of fan created Star Trek: New Voyages.
Born January 23, 1950 — Richard Dean Anderson, 70. Unless you count MacGyver as genre which I can say is open to debate, his main and rather enduring SF role was as Jack O’Neill in the many Stargate Universe series. Well Stargate SG-1 really as he only briefly showed up on Stargate Universe and Stargate Atlantis whereas he did one hundred and seventy-three episodes of SG-1. Wow. Now his only other SF role lasted, err, twelve episodes in which he played Enerst Pratt alias Nicodemus Legend in the most excellent Legend co-starring John de Lancie. Yeah, I really liked it. And damn it should’ve caught on.
Born January 23, 1976 — Tiffani Thiessen, 44. Better known by far by me at least her role as Elizabeth Burke on the White Collar series which might be genre adjacent, she did end up in three films of genre interest: From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (a parade of the Friday the 13th films) and Cyborg Soldier. They’re average rating at Rotten Tomatoes among reviewers is fifteen percent in case you were wondering how good they were.
Born January 23, 1973 — Lanei Chapman, 47. She’s most remembered as Lt. Vanessa Damphousse on Space: Above and Beyond, a series that ended well before it should’ve ended. She made her genre debut on Next Gen as Ensign Sariel Rager, a recurring character who was a conn officer.
Born January 23, 1977 — Sonita Henry, 43. Her very first was as President’s Aide on Fifth Element. She was a Kelvin Doctor in the rebooted Star Trek film, and she’s Colonel Meme I the Eleventh Doctor story, “The Time of The Doctor”. Her latest is playing Raika on Krypton.
… In a shocking move, Planters, the Kraft-Heinz-owned snack brand, has killed off its iconic mascot in a teaser for its Big Game spot. Mr. Peanut’s untimely demise began with a Nutmobile crash, followed by falling off a cliff and ending in an explosion.
… And when will the classic mascot be memorialized? During Super Bowl 2020, naturally.
…The loss of Mr. Peanut is a major moment for the brand. Planters first introduced Mr. Peanut to audiences in 1916, meaning that the mascot has been around since the midst of World War I, making him of the longest-standing brand mascots of all time.
The spot, which will air during the third quarter of the Big Game on Feb. 2, was produced by VaynerMedia. Planters also has several promotions and activations to honor Mr. Peanut’s life, including commemorative pins for fans who spot the Nutmobile on the streets and a hashtag, #RIPeanut, for fans to share their sympathies.
India’s space agency has unveiled a robot that will travel to space later this year as part of an unmanned mission
Scientists hope that it will be able to later assist astronauts in a manned space mission called Gaganyaan, which is scheduled for December 2021.
Isro will conduct two unmanned missions – one in December this year and another in June 2021 – before the Gaganyaan mission.
The robot, which has been named Vyom Mitra (which translates from the Sanskrit to friend in space) is designed to perform a number of functions including responding to astronaut’s questions and performing life support operations.
For over a decade, Robert Downey Jr. played MCU pillar Tony Stark, a billionaire superhero who would almost certainly consider Dolittle’s abysmal opening weekend earnings to be little more than pocket change.
Despite opening on a holiday weekend, RDJ’s Dolittle made just $29.5 million over the four-day period, and only an additional $17 million internationally. Dolittle cost a jaw-dropping $175 million to make, so those box office numbers are kind of catastrophic, with Universal expected to lose $100 million on the movie, according to The Wrap. Universal, it should be noted, also took a bath last month when the furry fever dream that is Cats flopped, but at least Cats only cost $90 million to make, so the loss isn’t quite as terrible.
The only slim hope for Dolittle’s prospects is a higher than expected haul in the international markets where it hasn’t opened yet—including China—but maybe don’t hold your breath.
It took the strain of wielding all six Infinity Stones to kill him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Robert Downey Jr. will probably survive Dolittle’s bomb. Still… yikes.
(22) VIDEO OF THE DAY. In “Model Citizen” on YouTube, David James Armsby
portrays what seems to be the perfect nuclear family–but why is it controlled
by evil robots?
[Thanks to Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge,
Hampus Eckerman, Chip Hitchcock, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Contrarius, and Andrew
Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing
editor of the day Anthony.]
(1) LE GUIN FELLOWSHIP. Shelley Streeby is the 2019 winner of the Le
Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship sponsored by UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University
Archives at the University of Oregon. [Via Locus Online.]
The intention of the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. The UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the papers of authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sally Miller Gearhart, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Salmonson, along with Damon Knight…
This award supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in SCUA. These short-term research fellowships are open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in feminist science fiction. In 2019, $2,000 will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.
Just in case you missed it, all of Trader Joe’s Halloween and pumpkin products have officially hit shelves for 2019, so autumn is finally in full delicious swing. Joining all of our spooky favorites in this year’s lineup is the Trader Joe’s Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit, a crowd-pleaser and returner from last year that will tide you over until gingerbread house season finally arrives. (Although this is arguably much better — what gingerbread house can also boast that it’s haunted?)
As usual, Joe is nothing if not prepared — the kit comes ready with everything your spooky little HGTV-loving heart desires. It contains six different chocolate cookie pieces to make up the house, plus an extra cookie ghost for spooky ambiance.
…Just as he did with Aron [Eisenberg] and Bob [O’Reilly], at the conclusion of the convention, Mr. Silber looked me straight in the eye and handed me a bad check that he not only failed to write a number that agreed with the alphabetical amount but he post dated it for nearly a week in the future. He knew what he was doing! I didn’t notice because I trusted him. Bob trusted him. Aron trusted him. Mike Friedman trusted him. Garrett Wang, Max Grodenchik, Chris Abbott trusted him. All were handed bad checks. All were stiffed at the end of the weekend during which we all gave 110% of our ability to entertain and inspire the fans of Star Trek. Aron gave perhaps a little more…like 150%…but he always did. It’s not the money….it’s the betrayal of trust and then the dishonesty. Because I live in New York state, it was fairly simple for me to sue Mr. Silber in small claims court to make good on his check. The judge listened to both sides of the issue and found in my favor in approximately 5 minutes. A judgement was made against Mr. Silber that would follow him about for 20 years or until paid. In two days, it was paid. Somehow he found the money! That was great for me but there were my friends and colleagues who were still left with nothing….
(4) SUPERSTINKERS. James Davis Nicoll makes it sound like
you want to be careful not to create any gaps in your urban ecology, because
who knows what will move into it: “The
Care and Feeding of Supervillains” at Tor.com.
…After all, it’s a lot easier to track down people in bright, garish costumes whose mental quirks compel them to leave riddles, jokes, maps, and large billboards hinting at crimes to come. This is the moment where our roof-runner should stop and think.
Mishandling these eccentrics means the difference between living somewhere like the Silver Age Central City, where rogues were willing to follow rules of engagement, or living somewhere more like the Punisher’s New York, where every encounter is going to end with a corpse….
(5) TODAY IN HISTORY.
September 24, 1956 — The world’s first transatlantic telephone cable, from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to Oban, Scotland, began operation.
September 24, 1995 — Space: Above and Beyond with debut the first two episodes, “Pilot” and “Omega Squadron” airing as a single film. It would last a single season.
September 24, 2007 — The Journeyman seriesdebuted. Marketed as a “time travel science fiction romance” series, NBC didn’t renew it after the run of its first thirteen episodes was done.
Septembr 24, 2009 — FlashForward first aired. Adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, it was based on the novel Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer. It lasted for one season.
September 24, 2013 — Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. first aired on the ABC Network. Six seasons later, it’s still going strong.
(6) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born September 24, 1922 — Bert Gordon, 97. Film director most famous for such science fiction and horror films as The Amazing Colossal Man, Village of the Giants and The Food of the Gods (based of course on the H.G. Wells’ novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth). His nickname “Mister B.I.G.” was a reference both to his initials and to his preference for directing movies featuring super-sized creatures.
Born September 24, 1930 — Jack Gaughan. Artist and illustrator who won the Hugo several times including once for Best Professional Artist and Best Fan Artist in the same year. Most of his from 1970 onward was for Ace and DAW. He illustrated the covers and hand-lettered title pages for the unauthorized first paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings which Ace released in 1965. (Died 1985.)
Born September 24, 1934 — John Brunner. Favorite works? The Shockwave Rider, the Hugo Award winning Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up. That was easy. What’s your favorite works by him? (Died 1995.)
Born September 24, 1936 — Jim Henson. As much as I love The Muppet Show, I think The Storyteller is his best work. That’s not to overlook Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal which are also excellent. (Died 1990.)
Born September 24, 1945 — Ian Stewart, 74. Mathematician and writer. He makes the Birthday Honors for the four volumes in The Science of Discworld series he wrote with Jack Cohen and Terry Pratchett. Each segment of the book alternates between the usually absurd Discworld story and serious scientific exposition. He did write two novels with Jack Cohen, Wheelers and Heaven
Born September 24, 1951 — David Banks, 68. During the Eighties, he was the Cyberleader on Doctor Who in all stories featuring the Cybermen — Earthshock, The Five Doctors, Attack of the Cybermen and Silver Nemesis. In 1989, he played the part of Karl the Mercenary in the Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure stage play. There were two performances where he appeared as The Doctor as he replaced Jon Pertwee who had fallen ill.
Born September 24, 1957 — Brad Bird, 62. Animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and occasionally even a voice actor whom I’m going praise directing for The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Incredibles 2 and Tomorrowland. He’s the voice of Edna Mode in both the Incredibles films.
Born September 24, 1965 — Richard K. Morgan, 54. The Takeshi Kovacs novels are an awesome series which is why I haven’t watch the video series. His fantasy series, A Land Fit For Heroes, is on my TBR, well, my To Be Listened To pile now.
Born September 24, 1979 — Justin Bruening, 40. Seriously who really thought did we needed a reboot of the Knight Rider series? I know it was one where he played Mike Traceur, the son of character Michael Knight, but still… it lasted a pilot film plus eighteen episodes. He went one to to cast as Benjamin Price in Ravenswood, a supernatural drama that got cancelled after one season. And intriguingly he was cast as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, a never-broadcast television pilot.
The Flying McCoys matches up Bigfoot with another well-known reference and winds up with a pretty funny cartoon.
(8) SCI-FI STANDBY. Titan Comics is reissuing the first two years of adventures from the iconic, British classic Dan Dare written and drawn by David Motton and Keith Watson — reprinted for the first time ever.
(9) HARD-WORKING BIDDER. Hampus Eckerman was amazed at what
he received from the Glasgow in 2024 bid chair: “They’re sending out handwritten letters and pins!!”
… An autistic “Sesame Street” Muppet is caught in a conflict between the most prominent autism organization in the United States advocating for early intervention, and autistic adults who see the condition as a difference, not a disease needing to be cured….
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), an organization run by and for autistic people, announced it had cut ties with “Sesame Street” after the children’s program partnered with Autism Speaks to make the Muppet the face of a public service campaign encouraging early screening and diagnosis of autism. ASAN has accused Autism Speaks of using “language of acceptance and understanding to push resources that further stigmatize and treat autistic people as burdens on our families.” It contends that resource materials from Autism Speaks encourage parents “to view autism as a terrible disease from which their child can ‘get better.’ ”
Russia has said it knows what caused the air leak on board the International Space Station in 2018 but intends to keep it a secret, with its space agency head Dmitry Rogozin stating: “We won’t tell you anything.”
The leak, which caused a drop in pressure, took place on 29 August, 2018. After investigating the cause, the crew found a small hole—0.07 inches in diameter—and fixed it using heat-resistant tape. It was in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the ISS and it posed no threat to any of the astronauts on board.
Scientists say one of the US space agency’s (Nasa) new Earth observers is going to have a transformative impact in an unexpected area.
The IceSat-2 laser mission was launched a year ago to measure the shape of Antarctica and Greenland, and to track the thickness of Arctic sea-ice.
But early results show a remarkable capability also to sense water depths.
IceSat’s laser light penetrates up to 40m in the clearest conditions, opening up a raft of new applications.
“As much as people think all areas on Earth have been reasonably well mapped, it’s really not true when you start looking at shallow water areas,” said Dr Christopher Parrish from Oregon State University.
“We’ve got huge data voids from the shoreline out to about 5m water depth.
“This hinders our ability to study things like inundation, the effects of major storms, and the changes to coral reef habitat.”
A project has already started to map the seafloor around low-lying Pacific islands and atolls, which will assist tsunami preparedness for example.
The capability should also enable scientists to work out the volumes of inland water bodies to help quantify Earth’s global freshwater reserves.
…Snopes began as a forum for sharing and investigating urban legends and cool folklore.
But in a world where “fake news” dominates, where disinformation is a part of the political sphere and misinformation touches every single corner of the internet, what is it about this online encyclopaedia which has made it become the go-to bible for many fact-checkers?
And how is it evolving to deal with the current landscape?
…David Mikkelson, the co-founder of Snopes, says: “People come to look up things they’ve encountered on the internet and find out whether they are true or not.
…”The standards we use for fact-checking are about going after what most people are questioning or asking about.
“We don’t make any judgments about what’s too silly or obvious or frivolous or not important enough.”
However he added that sometimes he found it disconcerting what the audience considered to be important and how it was sometimes very different to what his team would consider reporting.
“There may be rumours of a chemical attack against civilians in Syria and all sorts of rumours about whether that happened and who was involved. There are questions around did the government do it; was it an outside force etc and that doesn’t get much interest.
“But then you might have a ridiculous story about something like a woman giving birth in an elevator and it gets millions of views.”
…My neighbors at the parking lot-slash-campsite were a punk band called Foreign Life Form. They weren’t part of the planned music lineup, one Life Form explained as he ate Chef Boyardee room-temperature from a can, but when they heard about Alienstock, it seemed like fate.
My other neighbor, an erudite, joint-smoking history podcaster from Oregon, wore a T-shirt that said “Take me to your dealer”. He and his son had had the shirts custom-made; the Life Forms were disappointed they couldn’t buy some….
One man’s 12-ton, 16-foot-tall fighting robot is another man’s treasure.
Eagle Prime, the crown jewel of MegaBots Inc.’s fleet of sci-fi-inspired piloted robots, is being sold on eBay with bids starting at a single dollar. Founded by Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein and Andrew Stroup, the company is shuttering operations amid money trouble. Their latest high jinks, a futuristic bot battle between the US and Canada, drew thin crowds online.
“It was meant to be monster trucks meets UFC with a hint of WWE,” Oehrlein tells The Post. “The goal was to build a multibillion-dollar sports league of robots fighting in stadiums.”
(17) GETTING IN THE MOOD FOR HALLOWEEN. The Valley Relic
Museum in Los Angeles has lined up a scary panel event.
“For the last twenty years, I have been fascinated with the ghost stories of Los Angeles. One of my favorite pastimes is to explore historical and haunted locations in the area. This past year I’ve turned my hobby into a podcast and I have been interviewing people about their personal ghost stories as well as exploring haunted locations in Los Angeles and beyond for my podcast Ghost Magnet, from the Playboy Mansion to the house on Cielo Drive (associated with the Sharon Tate Murder) there is no shortage of ghost stories or paranormal activity,” says Bridget Marquardt.
[Thanks to Hampus Eckerman, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster,
John King Tarpinian, JJ, bill, James Davis Nicoll, Cat Eldridge, Chip
Hitchcock, mlex, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes
to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]
By Hampus Eckerman: On the second day of the Dublin 2019 Worldcon, I went to a panel
with the promising name of “With fans like these, who needs enemies?” I hadn’t
really read the description, instead going by the idea that it might have
something to do with fans sucking the energy out of convention organizers,
whether caused by anger, entitlement or a sincere wish to help. Instead it was
about how fans made life miserable for creators with George Lucas and Star
Wars fandom as the prime example. Most of the panel was about the big media
phenomena in SFF, Star Wars, Star Trek and GoT, but there was
also an interesting discussion on why Doctor Who fandom hadn’t reached
the same levels of toxicity.
And it made me think. Think of my own reactions to
changes. To the anger. Resentment. And how I both could understand and be
aghast over reactions from fans.
My first understanding of my own potential for toxicity was with the infamous Spider-Man storyline “One More Day”. For you that have never heard of it, the basic plot is as follows: Spider-Man married Mary Jane in 1987. This changed the dynamics of the comic. There was no longer the possibility to add soap elements of romance to the story, Spider-Man being too much of Goody Two-Shoes to be unfaithful. Killing Mary Jane would have caused an outrage, a divorce would still have left the dynamic. And that was not the only problem. Spider-Man had given up his secret identity in the Civil War-storyline, thus even more limiting the possibilities for writing a traditional story. So the decision was made in 2007, some 20 years later, to make a drastic change: Mephisto would for some flimsy reason magic Spider-Man so he wasn’t married, his identity had never been revealed, and a lot of stuff was retconned for no apparent reason, such as Harry Osbourne being alive again.
I remember the enormous *anger* I felt at the
time. It felt like they were spitting in my face. And that is where I
understood how much of my love for Spider-Man was connected to the accumulation
of knowledge. The true nerdhood, to spend an enormous amount of time and money
to build up expertise in an obscure subject that most people would most likely
have a more casual relationship to. I had read all the Spider-Man that had been
published in Sweden. Many American comics too. I had bought all the old comics
that were published before I was born. I knew my Spider-Man. Storylines.
Villains. I didn’t only have favourite comics, I had favourite panels.
And suddenly, this knowledge and time investment was
rendered obsolete. It no longer mattered. Things I had painstakingly learned
over time no longer had happened. People suddenly lived again with no
explanation and there would never be an explanation. I had no longer any idea
of how much of my knowledge that was useless or how much was still in play. It
was *worse* than any reboot in DC, because then I knew everything
started from the beginning (except for Batman, because he was too popular). Now
I just had no idea.
This was when Twitter was still in its early
childhood, before artists and creators had become accessible. I think I would
have been one of those sending angry and outraged tweets at Marvel or artists
otherwise. Because I felt disrespected. Slapped in the face. I tried to read
Spider-Man afterwards, but the joy was out of it. Some 3-4 issues later I quit
entirely. And with quitting Spider-Man, I also started to quit other Marvel
comics. And DC. In a way, it changed my whole relationship to comics.
* * *
Afterwards, I can see that most of it was a healthy
reaction. I quit reading. I didn’t continue, becoming more and more discontent,
feeling more sidelined or out of step with the Marvel universe. Instead I found
other things to read. Other books. Graphic Novels. Took a step away from
superheroes. Thank god I had never been one of those comic book readers that
was totally focused on Marvel or DC. My main interest had always been in the
broader comic world.
But still remembering that feeling of righteous anger,
I have an understanding of what other comic fans feel when they feel slighted
or disrespected. And while I think most peoples’ reactions will be somewhat
like mine, a quick anger that then passes to something else, there will of
course always be the small minority with less control of their feelings and
frustrations that will take everything a step further.
But that was of course not my only insight in toxicity
with regards to myself. I remember a flatmate inviting her friend to a visit.
The flatmate was also a comic nerd, so I remember starting to talk about
comics, trying to see what we had in common, what likes we both shared, on what
level we could discuss. Until she asked if I was interrogating her. And that
was a clear wake-up call. What I was doing was in practice seen as if I was
trying to find out if she was a “fake geek girl”, that toxic concept where only
women are questioned about their statuses as geeks or nerds. I stopped at once.
I can’t remember if I apologized or grumbled something, but I didn’t dare to
talk more about comics then. We did talk about other nerdy things afterwards,
but then I was much more careful to not spout out questions, instead trying to
A third insight was only this year while watching
first Captain Marvel and then Avengers: End Game. The sudden
understanding that I didn’t really get any pleasure out of these movies. I was
never that much of a fan of action movies and that is much of what the Marvel
movies are. I wasn’t watching them as much out of enjoyment as I was out of
addiction. I was watching them as a completionist, wanting to learn all the
details, again building up an expertise. But building up that expertise also
forced me to spend time on things that I didn’t really like. Often sitting
there bored while Captain Marvel was having another uninteresting fight,
waiting for it to stop to at least get a bit of plot or dialogue.
Reading articles about fans making petitions, starting
online campaigns, attacking and harassing creators, making demands on how
comics should be made, I think I’ve started to understand where these fans are
coming from. And I think it is something that is not only connected to fandom,
to the works we love, but to a whole slew of other things. Thinking of nerds as
addicts puts things in a different perspective. Not only as addicts but as
persons who come to identify themselves as, let’s use a grandiose expression,
Keepers of Knowledge. People who have for 10-20 years built up a knowledge
about a subject, are addicted to add to this knowledge, but suddenly recognize
that they don’t enjoy it anymore. And the frustration of needing to do things *they
don’t like* just to feed the addiction. Not only that. People fearing
change because it is possible that they will not like this new thing and what
is their patiently learned knowledge worth then?
* * *
Myself, I walked away from Spider-Man and Marvel. They
didn’t fit my needs anymore and I moved on. Toxicity, I feel, is for those that
can’t move on. But I feel it is good to admit that I myself have these
feelings, because that makes it possible for me to recognize them before I grow
angry enough. Recognize the pattern in myself and thus being able to also see
the flaws it is built on. So when I get my *get of my lawn!*-moments, I
can hopefully moderate my reactions a bit.
Perhaps that is my best advice to myself. When I and
my friends aren’t the youngest in the park anymore and the lousy kids haven’t
got the simple decency to play Motörhead, Slayer or AC/DC on their boom boxes
anymore, instead listening to K-pop and talking about their last posting on
Booktube – then I do not really have to complain about them not getting off my
lawn. Because it is a public park. And Motörhead still plays louder than
By Hampus Eckerman: The times and places for the
filer meetings at Worldcon in Dublin 2019 have now been finalized.
First Filers Almost Sleeping at SFF Meetup
Day: Thursday, 15:th of August
Place: Dublin Convention Center, Third Floor
We’ll meet in the Bar Area near the lifts and the Mobi
Parking. Please be on time for this meeting as I don’t know how long people
will stay. This is mostly to get to know each other’s faces so we recognize each
other when we meet during the convention. Possibly to decide a waiting/meeting
place if someone has time over and wants to see if that goes for other filers
too. There is a map of the are in Progress Report 5.
East is an Asian Fusion Restaurant by a Cocktail Bar, a few
minutes walking distance, or one bus stop, from the Convention Center. It
is a more quiet alternative than the pubs we looked at and was more flexible in
accommodating for an unknown number of guests. We said 20-30 persons as a
likely number of guests.
If someone has time over before the convention and wants to
meetup for dinner or something else, please mention it in the comment section.
…Mascarenhas has said of her novel that time travel “[makes] you constantly think of what stories people leave behind”. Every time we recover a female author, scientist, doctor, activist, every time we affirm that black people lived in medieval Europe, that queer people have always existed and often led happy lives, we change history – not the past, crucially, but history, our story about the past, our narratives and paradigms. And as we change history, we change the future. I’d worried that our book wouldn’t be relevant – it turns out all of us were right on time.
(2) WORLDCON DINING. Now is when this massive project pays
off – Dublin 2019 Eats – compiled by Guest of Honour Diane Duane and Peter Morwood.
…For a lot of years now, SFF conventions have often had local restaurant guides to help their attendees find out what the local food options were. With this concept in mind, and as a way of assisting our thousands of convention visitors in finding their way around the Dublin food scene, in 2018 we came up with the concept of this casual online guide to food that’s either in the immediate area of the Dublin Convention Centre, the Worldcon’s main venue, or accessible from that area via public transport. Your two site managers — locally-based science fiction and fantasy novelists and screenwriters Peter Morwood and Diane Duane — have between them some seventy years of experience at the fine art of tracking down and enjoying great Dublin food.
For the purposes of this guide, our attention is focused mostly on food located near the city’s fabulous Luas tram system — mainly the Red Line that serves the DCC, but also the Luas Green Line that connects to it.
We have a focus on affordable food — because we, like a lot of our Worldcon guests, have often had to spend enough just getting to the venue to make the cost of eating an issue.
…The result is a show suffused with anxiety. When discussing Years and Years, I’ve found that people tend to reference its big dramatic moments, such as the ending of episode 1, in which an air raid siren alerts the gathered family to the fact that the US has dropped an atomic bomb on a Chinese military base (Davies doesn’t try too hard to ground his predictions in carefully-reasoned reality, but his speculation that Donald Trump would do something like this on his final day in office is scarily plausible). Or that of episode 4, in which Daniel and Viktor board an overloaded inflatable raft in a desperate attempt to cross the handful of miles separating Calais from England. But I think the scene that will hit a lot of viewers where they live is actually the end of episode 2, in which Stephen and Celeste race to their bank to try to retrieve even some of their money, and find themselves in a crowd of people hoping to do the same, all equally doomed. The first two are things that you can imagine happening, but maybe not to you. The second feels like exactly the sort of calamity that the comfortably middle class people the show has been aimed at are most likely to experience in the coming decades….
Renowned for his beloved and acclaimed children’s books, Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) was also an avid music and opera lover. In the late 1970s, he embarked on a successful second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage. Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet will be the first museum exhibition dedicated to this aspect of his career. It will include storyboards, preparatory sketches, costume studies, luminous watercolors, and meticulous dioramas from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Janá?ek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and an opera based on Sendak’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are.
The exhibition will include nearly 150 objects drawn primarily from the artist’s bequest to the Morgan of over 900 drawings. Sendak borrowed gleefully from a personal pantheon of artists, some of whom he encountered firsthand at the Morgan. Several such works, by William Blake, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Domenico and Giambattista Tiepolo, will be displayed alongside his designs. Although less well known than his book illustrations, Sendak’s drawings for the stage embody his singular hand, fantastical mode of storytelling, keen—sometimes bawdy—sense of humor, and profound love of music and art history.
…The emotional dynamism of Delany’s sentences has been perhaps less acknowledged than his world-building, or the sweep of his vision. But when asked to speak about writing as a practice, Delany himself often turns to the art ofsentences, and of how to imbue words with such “ekphrastic force” that they summon the material presence of an imagined world. When Korga and Marq return to themselves they are awe-struck, struggling to narrate the intensity of their own transformative experience. It is impossible not to hear in that a metatextual echo of the obsession of Delany’s practice: that of creating the most immersive possible aesthetic experience for us, his readers and devoted enthusiasts….
…Not long ago I was reading a collection of essays by Hilaire Belloc titled One Thing and Another, and, as is sometimes the case when I read other people’s essays, I got the idea of writing this one. The “idea,” such as it was, had nothing to do with the subject matter of any of the forty essays contained in Belloc’s book; what struck me was that the pages smelled as if they had been soaked in gasoline. I remembered abruptly that it had smelled that way when I’d bought it, and although it has sat on the shelf in my study for twenty years, waiting to be read, the odor hasn’t diminished. It could be fatal to light a match anywhere near it.
This olfactory discovery sent me off in a nostalgic search for my copy of Philip K. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney, which Phil gave to me in 1975. My wife, Viki, and I took off on a road trip a few days later in our old Volkswagen Bug, and I brought the book along. It mysteriously disappeared early one rainy morning in central Canada, and I didn’t find it again until a year later, after the car’s battery died. The VW’s battery was under the back seat, and when I pulled out the seat to get at the battery, there was Dr. Bloodmoney, its cover partly eaten by battery acid. I was monumentally happy to find it. The book is inscribed to “Jim Blaylock, a hell of a neat dude,” the only existing written evidence of that allegation….
Built in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel in haunted Tonopah has many spirits supposedly roaming its halls, including Rose, a prostitute murdered by a jealous gambler. Guests report items that mysteriously move and an old elevator whose doors randomly open and close.
…Also, I’ve only ever seen one scene from the entire movie, when a hooded figure wielding a hook stabs a dude in the stomach and blood starts coming out of that man’s mouth. I have watched hundreds of horror films since, but stop me in the street and ask me: What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? and I will unwaveringly answer “I Know What You Did Last Summer, because I was a seven-year-old wuss who had never seen a grown man run through with a sheep hook in a gas station lot before.”
What I’m saying is, “scary” is a silly metric by which to measure a horror movie’s quality, especially if it’s the only one you use. Not to get all “I own a thesaurus” on you, but there are distinct differences between something that’s scary, spooky, threatening, shocking, dreadful, et cetera. The new big horror release, Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark, for example, writes a check the movie needs to cash. It’s right there in the title…
(9) TODAY’S DAY. [Item by Hampus Eckerman.] Moomin Day today:
But not everyone is happy. Here are demonstrators from
last weeks manifestation against the placement of a new Moomin theme park in
the Swedish city of Karlstad. Anti-Moonin feelings are running high. The
picture says it all: “Flera
hinder för Mumin”
(10) TODAY IN HISTORY.
August 9, 1930 — Betty Boop debuted in the animated film Dizzy Dishes.
August 9, 1989 — James Cameron’s The Abyss premiered on this day.
(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born August 9, 1899 — P.L. Travers. Yes, she’s genre. A flying nanny is certainly fantasy. Did you know there are total of eight books? I’m sure I’ve seen the film but it’s been so long that I remember ‘nought about it. Anyone here seen the new film? (Died 1996.)
Born August 9, 1920 — Jack Speer. He is without doubt was one of the founders of fandom and perhaps the first true fan historian having Up to Now: A History of Science Fiction Fandom covering up to 1939 as well as the first Fancyclopedia in 1944. Fannish song-writing (before the term “filk” was coined) and costume parties are also widely credited to him as well. Mike has a proper remembrance here. (Died 2008.)
Born August 9, 1927 — Daniel Keyes. Flowers for Algernon was a novel that I read in my teens. Two of the teachers decided that SF was to be the assigned texts for that school year and that was one of them. I don’t now remember if I liked it or not (A Clockwork Orange was another text they assigned and that I remember) nor have I ever seen Charly. I see he has three other genre novels, none that I’ve heard of. (Died 2014.)
Born August 9, 1944 — Sam Elliott, 75. Weirdly the source for this Birthday thought he’d only been in one genre role, General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross in the 2003 Hulk film, but he’s got many other roles as well. His first was Duke in Westworld followed by being Luke Peck in Time Bandits, Flik Whistler in The Thing and Lock in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. He’s the Phantom Rider in Ghost Rider and Lee Scoresby in The Golden Compass. His latest genre is as the lead in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot as The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.
Born August 9, 1947 — John Varley, 72. One of those authors that I’ve been meaning to read more of. I read both The Ophiuchi Hotline and Titan, the first novels respectively in his Eight Worlds and the Gaea Trilogy series, but didn’t go further. (See books, too many to read.) If you’ve read beyond the first novels, how are they as series? Worth pursuing now?
Born August 9, 1949 — Jonathan Kellerman, 70. Author of two novels in the Jacob Lev series (co-authored with Jesse Kellerman), The Golem of Hollywood and The Golem of Paris. I’ve read the first — it was quite excellent with superb characters and an original premise. Not for the squeamish mind you.
Born August 9, 1968 — Gillian Anderson, 51. The ever-skeptical, well most of the time, Special Agent Dana Scully on X-Files. Currently playing Media on American Gods. And she played Kate Flynn in Robot Overlords. Did you know she’s co-authored a X-File-ish trilogy, The EarthEnd Saga, with Jeff Rovin?
Without two Cleveland kids from Glenville High School, Superman never would’ve taken flight.
Those two kids, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, fought for decades to get the recognition they deserved for creating the Man of Steel, which became a huge moneymaker for DC Comics- but not for them.
Now their story of financial hardship is the subject of a graphic novel, told specifically from the point of view of the artist in “The Joe Shuster Story” by writer Julian Voloj and illustrator Thomas Campi….
…In Queen of Crows, author Myke Cole explores the burning question: Now what? A blow for freedom has been struck, yes, but the Sacred Throne, and in particular, the Inquisition-like Order is not going to take this lying down. Heloise may well be a saintly figure, possibly even a holy Palatinate, but her actions are not an unalloyed good. The Empire will, indeed, Strike Back, and it is only a question of time before overwhelming force is brought to bear on Heloise and the people she has sworn to protect. This leads to Heloise and her people going on the road, meeting others who have not done well under the Empire’s tyranny, and asking hard questions about oppression, revolt, tyranny, resistance, prejudice, and at the same time providing solid medieval fantastic action….
(14) SILENCE OF THE TWEETS. Jon Del Arroz is in Twitter jail again.
(15) AT GEN CON. Brian’s “Pop Up Gen Con!” report for Nerds of a
Feather begins with an intriguing summary of “We’re
a game where the world is ending and the governments of the world (each
government is a player) need to jointly construct a rocket ship.”
(16) CHOW QUEST. In “Military
Logistics for Fantasy Writers” at the SFWA Blog, Mollie M.
Madden, holder of a Ph.D. in medieval history, challenges authors to explain how
the big armies of their imaginations avoid starving to death.
We all know ‘an army marches on its stomach,’ but it’s not like Napoleon discovered something new. Vegetius (De re militari) and Sun Tzu (The Art of War) were well aware of this concept, as was Alexander the Great (Engels, Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army, 1980). And it wasn’t news to them, either. Pre-modern military commanders knew this; they planned for this. They paid attention to logistics.
A U.S. court has ruled that Facebook users in Illinois can sue the company over face recognition technology, meaning a class action can move forward.
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling on Thursday. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, it’s the first decision by a U.S. appellate court to directly address privacy concerns posed by facial recognition technology.
“This decision is a strong recognition of the dangers of unfettered use of face surveillance technology,” Nathan Freed Wessler, an attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement. “The capability to instantaneously identify and track people based on their faces raises chilling potential for privacy violations at an unprecedented scale.”
Facebook told NPR that the company plans to ask the full circuit court to review the decision of the three-judge panel. “We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time,” said Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman. Information about its facial recognition technology is available in the company policy online.
The case concerns Facebook users in Illinois who accused the social media giant of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Facebook argued that the users had experienced no concrete harm. But the 9th Circuit panel noted that intangible injuries can still be concrete, and it noted the Supreme Court has said advances in technology can lead to more personal privacy intrusions.
The appeals panel decided that Facebook’s technology “invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests.”
…On one level, this constant release of tension from individual incidents is quite nice – no need to worry about Chekov’s gun on the mantlepiece, in this universe it’s going to stay right where it is. However, it also means that the link between individual incidents and the emotional arc of the novella – as the characters grapple with their place in the universe, without a link to Earth calling them back – is either subtle or non-existent, depending on how generous one feels….
A £5m footbridge to a dramatic, wind-battered headland that is at the heart of Arthurian legend will this weekend finally open to the public.
The bridge, one of the most ambitious, complicated and at times controversial heritage projects seen in the UK in recent years, will, says English Heritage, restore the lost crossing of Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall.
Sugary cereal, toys inside the box, Disney characters—does it get any more nostalgic than this? FunkO has announced the latest additions to its cereal portfolio, and my inner child is pumped.
Disney fanatics will want to get their hands on the Ursula (from The Little Mermaid) cereal, a purple version of the FunkO multigrain O’s. Tim Burton devotees and former mall goths will obviously need to try the Oogie Boogie—of The Nightmare Before Christmas fame—version, a green take on the breakfast treat. Insider reports that both cereals will come with Pocket Pop! versions of the characters’ figurines. Considering that FunkO’s Pop! figures are established as cool collectibles, these cute minis are a pretty great prize to get in your cereal box.
[Thanks to Hampus Eckerman, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Cat Eldridge,
Chip Hitchcock, Top Elf, PhilRM, Martin Morse Wooster, Mike Kennedy, Michael J.
Walsh, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title
credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]
By Hampus Eckerman: Now that the Dublin 2019 Worldcon Program has arrived, I have tried to compile all schedule with all appearances of Filers. I might have missed some, especially when I can’t remember what names they have apart from the nick, so there might be gaps. Please enter a comment here if I have missed you.
I also added the main events that I expect a lot of Filers
will be at, and thus not good for meetups (Opening Ceremonies, Business
Meeting, Masquerade, Hugos, Closing Ceremony).
After having reviewed these schedules, my proposal for
Filer meetups are the following:
First Filers Almost Sleeping on SFF Meetup
Thursday 15:th of August, 18:00
I will try to find out the best place for the meetup,
somewhere in the convention center (or extremely close nearby). This should be
a good place to meet to go to the Opening Ceremonies together for those that
haven’t already made arrangement with other fans. Or go and have a snack
Filer Live Action Pixel Scroll Meetup
Saturday 17:th of August, 17:30 – 19:30
There will still be a collision with some filer panels
here, but it is a hard time to find a gap where no one is occupied. I will try
to book something as close as possible to the convention center. We can
do a meetup in the convention center and walk together.
Thursday 15th of August
10:00 – 10:50 Fanzines Now! Greg Hullender
11:00 – 11:50 Is it about a bicycle? The influences of a comedic genius Nicholas Whyte, Nigel Quinlan
11:00 – 11:50 Crime and punishment in the age of superheroes Chris M. Barkley
11:30 – 12:20 Introduction to working with leather Ingvar Mattsson
12:00 – 12:50 A musical history of swedish fandom Karl-Johan Norén
13:00 – 13:50 Non-English language SFF television Cora Buhlert
13:00 – 13:50 Reading Jo Walton
13:00 – 13:50 Evolution of Fanzines Jerry Kaufman
13:30 – 14:20 Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Liz Bourke
14:00 – 14:50 Sports in science fiction and fantasy Chris M. Barkley
14:00 – 14:50 Dragons and debutantes: fantasy set in the Regency Heather Rose Jones