Monday, November 18, 2013
18 November 2013
Noah Ringer b. 1997 (The Last Airbender, Cowboys & Aliens)
Jake Abel b. 1987 (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, I Am Number Four, Supernatural)
Robert Kazinsky b. 1983 (True Blood, Pacific Rim)
Peta Wilson b. 1970 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Superman Returns)
Owen Wilson b. 1968 (Night at the Museum)
Tim Guinee b. 1962 (Brave New World, Blade, Strange World, Stargate SG-1, Iron Man, Revolution)
Alan Moore b. 1953 (author, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell)
Michael Swanwick b. 1950 (won 1992 Nebula for Stations of the Tide)
Eric Pierpont b. 1950 (Alien Nation, Star Trek, Babylon 5)
Alan Dean Foster b. 1946 (novelizations of Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, Alien Nation and many more)
David Hemmings b. 1941 died 3 December 2003 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
Margaret Atwood b. 1939 (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake)
Alan Shepard b. 1923 died 21 July 1998
On today's list, the people born before 1960 are predominantly writers, including Margaret Atwood in the Picture Slot, and all the people born after 1960 are actors. Next year, I'll probably be making a decision between the writer Alan Moore and the astronaut Alan Shepard.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 released 2011
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released, 2005
Star Trek: Generations released 1994
Cherry 2000 released 1988
Prediction: 2017: Female robots called gynoids are perfect replacements for wives.
Predictor: Cherry 2000 released 1988
Reality: The most common complaint about living in the present that should be "the future" by now is no flying cars or jetpacks, but sex robots are a pretty common idea in sci-fi, regardless of the sexist content. (Besides the orgasmatron in Woody Allen's Sleeper which worked for males and females, there are only a few sci-fi plots that included sexual satisfaction machines designed for women, and several are mentioned bu my ever alert readers in the comment section.) And unlike Blade Runner, where there was about a two out of three chance the sex robot would try to kill you, they seemed to have worked that bug out of the system in Cherry 2000, the machine in question played by the lovely Pamela Gidley.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The 68th anniversary of the most influential unfulfilled prediction of modern times.
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