Saturday, September 7, 2013
7 Septmber 2013
Evan Rachel Wood b.1987 (True Blood)
Alex Kurtzman b. 1973(writer, Transformers, Star Trek)
Toby Jones b. 1967 (Harry Potter)
Mira Furlan b. 1955 (Lost, Babylon 5)
Michael Emerson b. 1954 (Lost)
John Phillip Law b. 1937 died 13 May 2008 (Barbarella, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
Given my age and interests, I think of Mira Furlan as the best known name on this list in terms of genre, but Babylon 5 has been off the air so long, it's becoming famous for being obscure. Younger fans will likely think of Michael Emerson from Lost as being the most recognizable person here. For outright pretty, you can't go wrong with Even Rachel Wood, who sits in the Picture Slot, but if I'm going to check my male heterosexual privilege, John Phillip Law was incredibly pretty in his heyday. He made his best known films after he was 30 and film makers did everything they could to make sure he took his shirt off.
Many happy returns to the living.
Prediction: Aliens called "Vulcanids" have monitored the Earth for millenia, occasionally capturing people and meddling in human affairs, to the extent of building the pyramids. On September 7, 1973, the human race is destroyed, along with most other life, by the premature detonation of Professor Vogel's thorium bomb.
Predictor: World in Eclipse by William Dexter, published 1955
Reality: It's bad enough destroying humanity and most life on Earth, but by premature detonation? That's gotta be embarrassing.
So far, all the predictions I have used from the fictional nuclear holocausts found in the extensive research done by Professor Paul Brians have been on exact dates. Soon enough, his work will get a day of the week of its own, probably Saturdays. A problem with this is if he has Saturdays and Bradbury's Martian Chronicles has Sundays, the weekends are going to be incredibly depressing. Regular readers will be waiting in hope of Mondays for Popular Mechanics or OMNI Future Almanac.
Thank Odin, Vishnu and the little baby Jebus I have predictions from the 1890s and T. Baron Russell in 1905 just to keep things optimistic.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Once again, it's Ray Bradbury's turn to tell us about the early encounters of Earthlings and Martians. If you haven't read the book, here's a general spoiler: Things don't go well.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!