Sunday, November 24, 2013
24 November 2013
Colin Hanks b. 1977 (King Kong)
Shirley Henderson b. 1965 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Doctor Who)
Conleth Hill b. 1964 (Game of Thrones)
Garret Dillahunt b. 1964 (Looper, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The 4400, The X Files)
Alain Chabat b. 1958 (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Denise Crosby b. 1957 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Pet Sematary, The X Files, Lois & Clark)
Spider Robinson b. 1948 (Callahan, Mindkiller, Stardance)
Dwight Schultz b. 1947 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5)
Michael Edwards b. 1944 (Terminator 2:Judgment Day)
Billy Connolly b. 1942 (The Hobbit, The X Files: I Want to Believe, Brave, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Forrest J. Ackerman b. 1916 died 4 December 2008 (Famous Monsters of Filmland, Perry Rhodan, Northwest Smith, Scientifilm Marquee)
Howard Duff b. 1913 died 8 July 1990 (Twilight Zone, Batman)
I flipped a mental coin whether to use Tasha Yar or Lord Varys in the Picture Slot today and Game of Thrones won. I have to say Varys is scarier in the books, though I love Hill's interpretation. My favorite performers on the list are Shirley Henderson followed closely by Billy Connolly and the most important name in the genre is likely fanboy supreme Forrest J. Ackerman.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list.
Predictor: Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles, published in 1950
Prediction: In April 2003, boys run and play in the ruins of a great Martian city, the winner of a foot race getting to be The Musician, the one who gets to desecrate the bones of a dead Martian, playing the skeleton as though it were a xylophone.
Reality: I am not the first to point it out, but Bradbury's most common and powerful emotional appeal is nostalgic, an odd choice for someone who wrote so often abut the future.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Tomorrow, it's another dip into The OMNI Future Almanac, making their predictions about prices and salaries in 2010.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!