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"what we are destined for"

Happy birthday to arkhamdenizen, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

And Rest In Peace, Majel Barrett Roddenberry. This loss truly marks the end of an era. From the first television pilot to the forthcoming film, she was (and is, and always will be remembered as) the face and voice of Star Trek as well as one of the genre's most beloved ambassadors. I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to see her in person and hear her give a talk. Like the Great Bird, she will not be forgotten.

In other news...

* Benjamin Kunkel offers an interesting, if not altogether persuasive, take on dystopias: "Dystopia and the End of Politics."

* io9 recalls the many ways in which "Science Fiction Solves the Mystery of Jack the Ripper."

Man must be in space - that is what we are destined for. There is nothing else that we can do.
- Majel Barrett Roddenberry


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Dec. 19th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Traveller, the SF RPG, has a scenario where a Vargr (wolf-like alien) is transported back to late 19th-century London.
Dec. 20th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Technically the Vargr were Earth wolves that had been genetically altered by the Ancients.

Now Hivers were aliens in the truest sense of the word.
Dec. 19th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how the mystery of Jack the Ripper has fueled so many imaginative stories. I can think of about six off the top of my head and I'm sure I am aware of more that are just not leaping to mind plus who knows how many I haven't heard of. I'll check out that i09 later on, that should be interesting.
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how the mystery of Jack the Ripper has fueled so many imaginative stories.

Isn't it, though? There's something about that unsolved mystery that grabs each generation. It fascinates me how many different directions authors/artists/filmmakers seem to take the story, too.
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
I was saddened to hear about Majel Barrett, but pleased to read in the article you linked to that she will be the computer's voice in the upcoming ST movie.
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
she will be the computer's voice in the upcoming ST movie

Yes, I'm so glad they were able to get her parts recorded for the film! I just can't imagine Trek without her; it will be incredibly poignant to hear her voice again. And it will be terrific continuity for the movie, as well, to connect with past Trek incarnations through her.
Dec. 20th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Anno Dracula is excellent btw, even if you are leery of vampire fiction because of Anne Rice and her legions of pallid fans.
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I really need to read this book! Thanks for your recommendation.
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
It does employ the guilt-ridden vampire cliche too. But it's well-written and, my favorite part, has cameos from a bunch of Victorian literary figures, horror and otherwise. I'm sure you will recognize if not all of most of them.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
cameos from a bunch of Victorian literary figures

Yes, I definitely need to read this!
Dec. 24th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
OMG... I'm speechless. She was an incredible woman. Yeah, talk about the end of an era... :::cries:::
Dec. 24th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
What you said.

::cries with you::
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