"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

15 August 2013


Birthdays
Jennifer Lawrence b. 1990 (The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class)
Ben Affleck b. 1972 (Daredevil)
Matthew Wood b. 1972 (voice of General Grevious)
Anthony Anderson b. 1970 (Transformers)

The Cute Girl = Picture Slot rule is used fairly regularly on this blog, but today I would argue Ms. Lawrence deserves the picture more than the other three because her best known role is in a genre movie. Mr. Wood is a voice actor and his face is not well known, and Affleck and Anderson both have long successful careers with very few roles in sci-fi or fantasy.

Many happy returns to them all.


Prediction: By 1965 it was no longer possible for an ordinary young man to get a living as a minister of any church.

Predictor: H.G. Wells in The Shape of Things to Come, published in 1933

Reality: This is not the first or the last prediction in speculative fiction that religion was on the way out. We've already had a similar prediction from James Blish, though he wrote his in the 1950s and assumed religion's expiration date would be in the 21st Century.

I am a little confused by the phrase "ordinary young man" here. Could "extraordinary young men" get jobs as ministers? Did you need to have webbed fingers or a lovely singing voice? Wells does not make this clear.

Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE!

An exact date from 2000 predicted in a movie from 1998.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
  

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Traveler! Have you news... FROM THE FUTURE?