Pixel Scroll 12/11/19 Electronic Sheep May Safely Graze, Thanks To Grounding Footware

(1) A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR’S CAST MEMBER. Ed Green, fandom’s working actor, has made another commercial! This time Ed advertises Rebate Key. He’s the fellow in the blue shirt.

(2) BABY YODA GRAFFITI. Reddit says this street art is in the south of France. (Near Remulac?)

(3) MIKE RESNICK GOFUNDME. Mike Resnick, beset by new medical problems, has more bills to pay and his GoFundMe target has been raised to $50,000: “Help Mike Resnick pay off a near-death experience”.

UPDATE on 12/11/2019: Mike is now battling cancer on top of his previous major surgery, for which this fundraiser was created. The doctors are very optimistic and say he is responding to treatment incredibly well, but because of new surgery, radiation and chemo bills, he is in need of this fundraiser more than ever. As you can imagine, he is literally bleeding money at he moment. Every dollar helps. Thank you, again, for all the support you have given Mike! <3

(4) BLUEPRINTS. “How To Structure a Cozy Mystery” by Sarah A. Hoyt at Mad Genius Club – I found her exploration of a popular formula completely fascinating.

3- For some reason your character has special knowledge.

This could be as inside-baseball as knowing it was the wrong tropical fish (I know NOTHING about tropical fish, btw) or how fanatic tropical fish collectors get.  Or it could be as “generic” as she saw something she can’t tell the police, either because it’s not clear or because she wouldn’t want to rope in a person she’s sure is innocent.

So, she’s going to investigate.

BTW by now we should have already seen or heard of the murderer. No, you shouldn’t make it obvious. But it’s important, to avoid the elephant from the ceiling feeling.  If not, we should see her or meet her early in the investigation phase. (Yes, it can be a him too, do I need to tell you that?)

At this point it might become obvious to everyone but your protag that love interest is interested.

(5) GREAT EXPECTATIONS. [Item by Olav Rokne,] Prominent cultural critic Dave Itzkoff writing in The Gray Lady delves into the creative turmoil surrounding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and J.J. Abrams’ attempts to live up to the mantle of the franchise. “A New Hype” is filled with interesting tidbits and observations about the creative process. It’s an example of why I think so highly of Itzkoff as a journalist. 

As [Abrams] slyly acknowledged, “Any great ending is a new beginning on some level.” But what the future of “Star Wars” might look like without its foundational narrative is something Abrams — who struck a lucrative overall deal with WarnerMedia in September — was in no hurry to envision. “I didn’t design that, so I don’t know,” he said.

(6) PICARD ALREADY IN REAR VIEW MIRROR. “Michael Chabon’s ‘Adventures of Kavalier and Clay’ Series Coming to Showtime”. The Hollywood Reporter says Chabon will exit Picard in 2020 to work with his wife on the series:

…The author, who serves as showrunner on the studio’s forthcoming Star Trek: Picard for CBS All Access, has, alongside his writer wife, Ayelet Waldman, signed an overall deal with the studio. Under the pact, Chabon and Waldman will adapt the former’s 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay as a limited series for CBS TV Studios’ corporate sibling Showtime.

The series, which earned Chabon the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, will be written and exec produced by the husband and wife duo and has received a series commitment from the premium cable network. Chabon and Waldman will serve as showrunners on Kavalier and Clay. Chabon will transition to the new series, an epic tale of love, war and the birth of America’s comic book superhero obsession in big band-era New York, in 2020 and exit Picard. The series is a co-production with Paramount Television, which controlled the rights to the book.

(7) LONG STRING OF SHOWS. Amazingly, after 56 years LA’s Bob Baker Marionette Theater still exists. The New York Times tells how that happened, with lots of pictures, in “Marionettes at Play”.

…But starting back in 2013, a series of calamities almost derailed these time-honored traditions. That was when Baker — a man who bubbled over with creativity, but when it came to business, was a car wreck — was forced to sell the building, and the troupe became tenants in their longtime home. When Baker died the following year at the age of 90, the company members dedicated themselves to preserving his legacy.

“At the end of the day, we’d still be doing shows, and there’d be a hundred happy kids,” said Alex Evans, a scruffy-bearded 34-year-old who arrived at the theater in 2006 from New York after Googling “Los Angeles” and “puppets.” He is now the theater’s executive director and head puppeteer. “So it was easy to look around and highlight this as a beautiful moment.”

After Baker’s death, the group learned the landlord intended to raze the theater and replace it with a mixed-use development, which would include a spot for them to perform. “Then we looked at the plan and it was like, ‘We are essentially going to be squeezed into a space otherwise allocated to a Starbucks,” Evans said. “We were, like, ‘This won’t work. We can’t do that.’ ”

They visited dozens of places before finding the two-story former Pyong Kang First Congregational Church on a bustling, tree-lined street, across from a children’s park. Not only was it bigger than their original home — at 10,000 square feet compared to about 5600 — it was also zoned for assembly. “We could just open the doors and just go,” Evans said.

(8) SHORT TREKS. SYFY Wire points the way as CBS All Access previews two new animated installments in the Short Treks series which will debut this week: “Star Trek shares whimsical peek at two new Short Treks animated tales”.

  • Star Trek: Short Treks | Ephraim & Dot Trailer

Ephraim, a humble tardigrade, is flying through the mycelial network when an unexpected encounter takes her on a bewildering adventure through space.

  • Star Trek: Short Treks | The Girl Who Made the Stars Trailer

When a lightning storm in space scares a young Michael Burnham, her father aims to ease her fears with a mythical story about a brave little girl who faced her own fears head on.

(9) CONSPIRATORS’ TOOLKIT. “‘The Illuminatus! Trilogy’: Hivemind & Brian Taylor Conspire On TV Adaptation” says Deadline. If only Sam Konkin III had lived to see this day!

The Illuminatus! Trilogy is coming to television and Hivemind is in on the conspiracy. Hivemind, the production company behind The Expanse and Witcher, is partnering with writer-director Brian Taylor (Crank, Happy!) and the European production company Kallisti to adapt The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the off-kilter bookshelf series by authors Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea.

Originally published in the 1970s, The Illuminatus! Trilogy defies simple descriptions but the surreal and satirical milestone introduced “the Illuminati” lore to a global audience and sparked much of the contemporary American fascination with conspiracy theories and their modern rhythms.


  • December 11, 1929 — The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says that “Fandom begins in New York with the first meeting of the Scienceers, 1929.” Timebinders has a history of that Club here as it appeared in Joe Christoff’s Sphere fanzine.
  • December 11, 1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. Junk films are a great deal of fun (sometimes). Timerider is certainly junky. It’s directed by William Dear and starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The film was scored, produced and co-written (with Dear) by Michael Nesmith of Monkees fame. There’s rating at Rotten Tomatoes but Amazon reviews really liked it as did some critics.
  • December 11, 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection premiered. Directed by Frakes who was widely praised for doing so, it starred the Next Gen cast. It did very well at the box office and critics mostly liked it. The story was by Rick Berman and Michael Piller. It currently has a rating of 44% by viewers over at Rotten Tomatoes where an amazing 62,772 have registered their opinion. 


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born December 11, 1922 —  Maila Syrjäniemi. She was Vampira, the first tv horror host as she hosted her own series, The Vampira Show, from 1954–55 in the LA market.  After it was canceled, she showed up on Plan 9 from Outer Space in one of the starring roles. (Died 2008.)
  • Born December 11, 1926 Dick Tufeld. His best known role, or at least best recognized, Is as the voice of the Robot on Lost in Space, a role he reprised for the feature film. The first words heard on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea are spoken by him: “This is the Seaview, the most extraordinary submarine in all the seven seas.” He’s been the opening announcer on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Woman, Thundarr the Barbarian, Fantastic Four and the Time Tunnel. (Died 2012.)
  • Born December 11, 1937 Marshal Tymn, 82. Academic whose books I’ve actually read. (I find most of these sorts of works really boring, errr, too dry.) He’s written two works that I’ve enjoyed, one with Neil Barron, Fantasy and Horror, is a guide to those genres up to mid Nineties, and Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines with Mike Ashley as his co-writer is a fascinating read indeed. A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction is the only work by him available in a digital form.
  • Born December 11, 1954 Katherine Lawrence. Short story writer and script writer for a number of animated SF series including Reboot, Stargate Infinity and Conan the Adventurer to which she contributed quite a number of stories. (Died 2004.)
  • Born December 11, 1957 William Joyce, 62. Author of the YA series Guardians of Childhood which is currently at twelve books and growing. Joyce and Guillermo del Toro turned them into in a rather splendid Rise of the Guardians film which I enjoyed quite a bit. The antagonist in it reminds me somewhat of a villain later on In Willingham’s Fables series called Mr. Dark. Michael Toman in an email says that “I’ve been watching for his books since reading Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo back in 1988.”
  • Born December 11, 1959 M. Rickert, 60. Short story writer par excellence. She’s got three collections to date, Map of Dreams, Holiday and You Have Never Been Here. I’ve not read her novel, The Memory Garden, and would like your opinions on it. The latter and You Have Never Been Here are her only works available digitally. 
  • Born December 11, 1962 Ben Browder, 57. Actor best known, of course, for his roles as John Crichton in Farscape and Cameron Mitchell in Stargate SG-1.  One of my favorite roles by him was his voicing of  Bartholomew Aloysius “Bat” Lash in Justice League Unlimited “The Once and Future Thing, Part 1” episode.  He’d have an appearance in Doctor Who in “A town Called Mercy”,  a Weird Western of sorts. 
  • Born December 11, 1979 Rider Strong, 40. Making Birthday Honors for his voice work Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles as Pvt. Carl Jenkins. If you’ve not seen this series, go watch it. He’s done a lot of voice work including for Star vs. the Forces of Evil and his live work is mostly horror. 

(12) END OF MISSION. TMZ, in “William Shatner Files for Divorce, Prenup In The Stars”, reports that Shatner, 88, is divorcing from his fourth wife, Elizabeth, 61.

William Shatner wants Scotty the judge to beam him up and out of his marriage, ’cause he’s calling it quits after 18 years … TMZ has learned.

The ‘Star Trek’ actor just filed for divorce against his wife, Elizabeth, whom he got hitched with back in 2001. Sources familiar with the matter tell us Bill and Liz’s split should move along relatively smoothly, as we’re told the couple has a prenup.

…Elizabeth is Will’s fourth wife — he was previously married to Nerine Kidd, Marcy Lafferty and Gloria Rand … and only had children with Rand. It’s Elizabeth’s second go-around … she was married to Michael Glenn Martin before William. He’s 88 … she’s 61.

… According to William’s divorce docs — obtained by TMZ — he lists their date of separation as Feb. 1, 2019.

(13) LOOSED LIPS. “Vault of the Wordmonger” on The Dark Mountain Project is a short story by Nick Hunt about a future where words have become imprisoned and are only gradually being freed.

Our father bought words once a week. He was a big man in our town and fresh words gave him status. He paid for them in animal parts from the farm our family owned and sometimes in mineral parts from the mine beyond the hill. He did not own the mine but he had interests there. The animal parts and mineral parts he carried there in his hands and the words he carried back in his mouth. That is the way to carry words….

(14) NO FLIES ON THEM. One of the reasons for “The truth behind why zebras have stripes”.

Rudyard Kipling playfully wrote that zebras stripes were due to “the slippery-slidy shadows of the trees” falling on its body but are scientists getting closer to the truth?

In February 2019, at a horse livery yard in the UK, a fascinating experiment took place. A team of evolutionary biologists from the University of California, Davis, and their UK collaborators, investigated why zebras have stripes. In the name of science, they dressed several domestic horses at Hill Livery in zebra-striped coats, and studied them alongside actual zebras.

Owner Terri Hill keeps a herd of zebras which she has acquired from zoos across the UK – a collection which stems from Hill’s passion for the conservation of wild equids. Maintaining the herd, which live on a two acre paddock complete with sand pit and herb garden, is a way of maintaining breeding stock for zoos, and so helping to protect the animals against future extinction.

For Tim Caro, an ecologist from the University of St Andrews who has been studying zebra stripes for almost two decades, the livery yard’s relatively tame zebras provided a rare opportunity to stand within metres of them and observe them. “People have been talking about zebra stripes for over a hundred years, but it’s just a matter of really doing experiments and thinking clearly about the issue to understand it better,” he says.

How and why zebras evolved to sport black and white stripes are questions that have tested scientists for over a century. Scientists have put forward at least 18 reasons why, from camouflage or warning colours, to more creative explanations like unique markers that help to identify individuals like a human fingerprint. But, for a long time new theories were introduced without rigorous tests.

(15) LET US TELL YOU WHERE TO GO. BBC reports “Google: The most searched for questions and phrases of 2019 revealed”.

Game of Thrones, Caitlyn Jenner, the Rugby World Cup, what is Area 51, how to eat a pineapple and what is a dead ting?

These are some of the top phrases and questions you searched for on Google in 2019.

The Rugby World Cup – which South Africa won after beating England in the final – topped the list of overall trending searches in the UK, according to the search engine.

“What is Area 51?” and “How to pronounce psalm” were among the top questions you had this year.

(16) SCARECROW. “Bangalore: Dummies in police uniforms ‘control’ city traffic”.

One of India’s most gridlocked cities has come up with an unconventional solution to rein in errant drivers.

Mannequins dressed up as traffic police have been placed on roads in the southern city of Bangalore.

Dressed in police caps, white shirts and brown trousers, and wearing sunglasses, the mannequins are now on duty at congested junctions.

It’s hoped drivers will mistake them for real police and think twice about breaking the rules of the road.

Home to India’s IT industry, Bangalore has eight million registered vehicles on its streets. This number is expected to grow to more than 10 million by 2022.

At 18.7 km/h (11.61 mph) traffic speeds in the city are the second slowest in the country after Mumbai (18.5 km/h), according to a study by an office commute platform, MovinSync Technology Solutions. Cameras at traffic junctions have recorded more than 20,000 traffic violations every day.

But commuters have mixed feelings on whether mannequins can actually step in to help their real police counterparts.

(17) WORD OF THE YEAR. “Merriam-Webster Singles Out Nonbinary ‘They’ For Word Of The Year Honors”NPR has the story.

There are plenty of flashpoints for controversy littered among the grand pantheon of four-letter words. Plenty of examples probably come to mind immediately — from the relatively tame (“heck,” anyone?) to the kind of graphic profanity that may warrant an uncomfortable call from our ombudsman.

Still, one four-letter word has elicited more heated debate than most among grammarians lately. And it happens to be one that we’re free to print right here: they.

Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that the personal pronoun was its 2019 Word of the Year, noting that the tiny, unassuming word had undergone a rather radical transformation in usage in recent years — and found itself at the heart of some wide-ranging cultural conversations in the process.

“English famously lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun to correspond neatly with singular pronouns like everyone or someone, and as a consequence they has been used for this purpose for over 600 years,” the dictionary publisher explained in a statement.

“More recently, though, they has also been used to refer to one person whose gender identity is nonbinary, a sense that is increasingly common in published, edited text, as well as social media and in daily personal interactions between English speakers.”

(18) THINKING OUTSIDE THE CAN. Delish thinks these will be irresistible — “Pringles Is Making A Pickle Rick Flavor For ‘Rick And Morty’ Fans” – but I’ll give you share!

Do you ever just shove your hand all the way into the bottom of the Pringles can to get the just-out-of-reach last chip? Because same. And now I’ll be doing that even more willingly because Pringles is bringing back its Pickle Rick flavor.

The flavor is obviously an ode to Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim cartoon series with a super cult following. In a now-famous episode of the show, a scientist turns into a pickle to avoid going to family therapy…as one does? Thus, “Pickle Rick” was born.

(19) A BOUNTY FOR YOUR TABLE. N sent the link to Binging with Babish: Bone Broth from The Mandalorian with the recommendation, “Unconventional, but I’m watching this right now and everything he’s making with the broth is just too tasty looking.”

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Michael Tolan, Martin Morse Wooster, Chip Hitchcock, Cat Eldridge, N., Andrew Porter, Mike Kennedy, and JJ for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

30 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 12/11/19 Electronic Sheep May Safely Graze, Thanks To Grounding Footware

  1. (8) How do you have lightning storms in space? Particle storms, okay, but lightning isn’t the same thing.

  2. (6) It could be that Chabon is leaving the Picard series because it’s intended to run for just one season, various hints to the contrary notwithstanding.

  3. (4) I wish “the love interest” hadn’t become a given in cozy mysteries. [This is not remotely Amanda Green’s fault: the link just reminded me of it.]

    (signed, a Miss Marple fan who isn’t looking for genre romance)

  4. Chip Hitchcock says cultural misappropriation? The creator of Thanos is alternately unhappy and amused that Trump identifies with the mass murderer.

    Being some hours after I watched the Stephen Colbert riff on this, I don’t remember the details, but do look up his response to this on YouTube. It’s got Trump’s face imposed on additional characters with some rather pointed commentary, ie. Vader is one,

  5. gottacook says It could be that Chabon is leaving the Picard series because it’s intended to run for just one season, various hints to the contrary notwithstanding.

    I don’t honk it has anything it all to with Picard. He was given the opportunity to develop his own material into a series and took it. Unless you’ve got insider information that Picard was intended for just one season, that’s one of the sillier ideas that I’ve heard given how often the Trek series always run as long as possible!

  6. 4)
    The most amusing part of this is the one thread in the comments which quickly deteriorated into the usual gate-keeping big publishing complaints and a new conspiracy theory of publishing being used to funnel large advances to preferred politicians.

  7. Harold Osler says The most amusing part of this is the one thread in the comments which quickly deteriorated into the usual gate-keeping big publishing complaints and a new conspiracy theory of publishing being used to funnel large advances to preferred politicians.

    Well there was a decided right leaning bent in those comments including her comment that the Post is failing. And the idea that the Mackenzie is now the owner of that paper is hoot. She’s now the single largest stockholder in Amazon other that Jeff is. So she owns the paper a piece of the paper, a minority piece though. Jeff still makes the decisions here.

  8. @NickPheas – thanks! Worth buying my own copies of that – the first book was worth the read.

    Just finished A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine.
    If you haven’t read this, go read it. Yeah, it got a lot of critical buzz, but I think it’s worth it.
    The back matter does a good job of summarizing it without spoiling it. Here, I’ll steal:

    Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

    Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

    But it’s so much more than that. There’s the technology of Mahit’s home station (Lsel Station), that is culturally repugnant to the Teixcalaani that offers continuity between lives (but not immorality), but there’s also friendship, intrigue, tragedy, grief, poetry, and so much more. I’m going to steal from Ms. Martine herself for something that runs throughout this book: “assimilation and language and the seduction and horror of empire.”
    That last bit? It runs through this book like blood through your veins. Mahit is constantly straddling the desire to be in and among the Teixcalaani and it’s a tribute to Ms. Martine’s ability as writer that she can communicate that feeling with the description of the Teixcalaani capital, Imperial court, language, food and people.
    And Three Seagrass and Twelve Azalea help make this book. Without them it would be much emptier.
    Anyway, if you’re expecting space battles, you won’t get them here. You’ll get intrigue, snubs, poison And at the end, riot and chaos. Teixcalaan is very Byzantine (in both senses of that word) with a credible overlay of Mexica/Aztec culture. A Memory Called Empire proves yet again “History is the trade secret of science fiction.” (Ken MacLeod) And does it with style.
    Again: Go. Get this book – either buy it or borrow it from your library. You won’t regret it.

  9. BravoLimaPoppa says of A Memory Called Empire: Again: Go. Get this book – either buy it or borrow it from your library. You won’t regret it.

    I concur, it was the best novel I experienced this year. The sequel, A Desolation Called Peace, is due out this year and I’m very much looking forward to it. Amazingly it keeps the two women characters together who are the center of this novel at the center of that novel even though it shifts the story elsewhere than the heart of Empire.

  10. re: A Memory Called Empire–does this count as a Meredith Moment? I just went to buy a copy, based on the recommendations here, and it’s currently on special for $2.99 at Amazon . . .

  11. @Cat: Agreed. Previously it was Gamechanger, but A Memory Called Empire pulled out in front of it. BTW, do check out Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett. The e-book may be a bit pricey, but a good read.

  12. Cat: Well, both could be true. Chabon could be enticed to a new project under Paramount who has the rights to his novel, and also Picard could be a limited series.

  13. @NickPheas

    It is Tim Pratt’s birthday and so Angry Robot are offering his Stars trilogy at 99p an ebook.

    Thanks very much. Your recommendation caused me to check out their website.

    Angry Robot also publishes James A. Moore. His Seven Forges series was impressive. Turns out he has a new series; The Tides of War. And they can be purchased direct from Angry Robot, DRM free, for less than what they are getting on Amazon.

    A quick pass suggested that most of their books are similarly priced via their website.

    The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. – Margaret Atwood

  14. I will fifth the recommendation for A Memory Called Empire. Definitely one of the best of the ~38 SFF novels published in 2019 I’ve read*. It’s a lot like The Goblin Emperor, only with more violence and intrigue.

    *my other strong recommendations are:
    Edges by Linda Nagata
    Finder by Suzanne Palmer
    The Last Astronaut by David Wellington
    Atlas Alone by Emma Newman
    The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
    The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

  15. JJ on December 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm said:

    I will fifth the recommendation for A Memory Called Empire. Definitely one of the best of the ~38 SFF novels published in 2019 I’ve read*. It’s a lot like The Goblin Emperor, only with more violence and intrigue.

    *my other strong recommendations are:
    Edges by Linda Nagata

    BTW, Silver is out. It’s a pretty good at least as good as Edges and much better than Memory in my opinion.

    Poking thorough my notes on new books I’ve read this year, my best list is:
    A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
    Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett
    Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    Edges and Silver by Linda Nagata
    Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
    Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

    Maybe I’ll read some more new works before the end of the year, but I’ve noticed I’m reading a lot of old good stuff. Might be time to pick up Godstalk again. Or maybe a Civil Campaign.

  16. A Memory Called Empire was excellent indeed! Some very charming and entertaining twists on classic Space Opera tropes.

    Currently reading Stealing Worlds by Karl Schroeder. I’ll probably post more on the recommended-reading thread soon, because I’m definitely enjoying it so far. It’s a lot more down-to-earth (both figuratively and literally) than his Virga series, but it’s one of the most interesting explorations of cyberpunkish turf I’ve read in quite a while.

    (9) Huh. I am far from convinced that Illuminatus! can be successfully adapted to some other medium. I am definitely curious to see what the results of the attempt will be, though. (Robert Anton Wilson is my ex-step-father-out-law.)


    Binging with Babish is a great channel. Lots of food from films and television, sometimes transformed into actually nice versions if the original is less than appetising.

  18. Oh, I also picked up (though I have not started) Ivory Apples, which is the latest by Lisa Goldstein. I’m definitely not making any final decisions on my best-of-2019 list until I get a chance to finish the Schroeder and this!

  19. (8) P J Evans on December 11, 2019 at 8:26 pm said: How do you have lightning storms in space?

    I think this was the term used in the 2009 Star Trek movie, something Kirk had heard about the Romulan ship which killed his father appearing, which tipped him off that they were back.

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