Sunday, December 15, 2013
15 December 2013
Camilla Luddington b. 1983 (True Blood)
Charlie Cox b. 1982 (Stardust)
Stuart Townsend b. 1972 (Queen of the Damned, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
Michael Shanks b. 1970 (Stargate, Elysium, Smallville, Supernatural, Eureka, Andromeda)
Ralph Ineson b. 1969 (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Garrett Wang b. 1968 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Robert Charles Wilson b. 1953 (won the 2006 Hugo for Spin)
Don Johnson b. 1949 (A Boy and his Dog)
Jack Gwillim b. 1909 died 2 July 2001 (A for Andromeda, Jason and the Argonauts, The Avengers[TV], Clash of the Titans, The Monster Squad)
Several of the actors on the list today only have one role in genre, including Picture Slot winner Garrett Wang, who played Harry Kim on Voyager. It might be fairer to give the picture to Michael Shanks, who has been on a lot of sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, but not ones that I've watched very much. The person with the most name recognition is Don Johnson, but for me, the next choice for Picture Slot is likely Jack Gwillim from Jason and the Argonauts, who casts the Hydra's teeth on the ground, which gives rise to the skeleton squadron.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to Jack Gwillim, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles, published 1950
Prediction: In June 2003, all the African Americans in the South get on rockets and leave for Mars.
Reality: This chapter takes place on Earth and there is no follow-up about what life is like for all these travelers on Mars once they arrive. It follows the pattern of other Bradbury stories about race relations I've read, where black folks suffer in relative silence, most white folks are equally inactive, but a few are blatant racists and nobody tells them to shut the hell up.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Monday is OMNI Future Almanac day, but more than that, there are a couple Big Damn Deal birthdays to celebrate.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!