Monday, February 3, 2014
3 February 2014
Terry Chen b. 1975 (Elysium, Continuum, Arrow, Battlestar Galactica, Cabin in the Woods, V . I, Robot, The Chronicles of Riddick, Smallville, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1)
Warwick Davis b. 1970 (Doctor Who, Jack the Giant Slayer, Harry Potter, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars: Episode I, Leprechaun, Willow, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi)
Frederic Lehne b. 1959 (American Horror Story, The Dark Knight Rises, Supernatural, Lost, The X-Files, Sliders, Babylon 5)
Susanne Benton b. 1948 (A Boy and his Dog)
Stephen McHattie b. 1947 (2012, Fringe, Watchmen, The 4400, Star Trek: Enterprise, Lexx, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Quantum Leap, Beauty and the Beast)
Paul Auster b. 1947 (author, Travels in the Scriptorium, Moon Palace)
Marshall Efron b. 1938 (THX 1138)
Victor Buono b. 1938 died 1 January 1982 (Man From Atlantis, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
John Fiedler b. 1925 died 2005 (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Star Trek, Bewitched, Twilight Zone)
James Michener b. 1907 died 16 October 1997 (author, Space)
For my money, the main choices for the Picture Slot on a given February 3 is a three way contest between Warwick Davis, Victor Buono and quintessential Oh That Guy John Fiedler. Davis was in the slot last year and Buono as King Tut is staring out at us today. I think that makes next year's choice relatively easy.
Beyond that, I should mention that Paul Auster and James Michener, our two authors on today's list, are usually not thought of as genre writers, but both their names are up on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database and if I know a name on that list, it usually makes the cut.
Many happy returns of the day to all the living, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Dale Brown in Shadow Command, published 2008
Prediction: February 2009: A Russian missile downs an American satellite and U.S. president Joseph Gardner cancels the space program
Reality: Here is the first of many predictions with dates from techno-thriller writer Dale Brown. Almost all the predictions can be classified as "At some date in the near future, some very bad thing happens and the solution is bomber pilot Patrick McLanahan." As of yet, no very bad thing Dale Brown has thought of has actually come to pass.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Ray Kurzweil is back. The odds are good that he will be wrong about the progress of technology by 2009 and I will mock him for it.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!