Sunday, June 15, 2014
15 June 2014
Ray Santiago b. 1984 (Touch, In Time)
Elizabeth Reaser b. 1975 (Twilight)
Neil Patrick Harris b. 1973 (Beastly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Starship Troopers, Quantum Leap, Purple People Eater)
Greg Vaughan (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Charmed, Buffy)
Jake Busey b. 1971 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Charmed, Jeremiah, Starship Troopers, Contact, The Frighteners)
Courtney Cox b. 1964 (Bedtime Stories, Zoom, Cocoon: The Return, Misfits of Science, Masters of the Universe)
Helen Hunt b. 1963 (Trancers, Project X, The Bionic Woman, Ark II)
Jim Belushi b. 1954 (The Tick, Retroactive, Last Action Hero, Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe, Little Shop of Horrors)
Neal Adams b. 1941 (artist)
William Newman b. 1934 (The Tick, Angel, VR.5, The Stand, The Craft, Leprechaun, Eerie, Indiana, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Silver Bullet)
Victor Lundin b. 1930 died 29 June 2013 (Babylon 5, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Star Trek, Robinson Crusoe on Mars)
Given how big a Whedonverse geek I am, NPH as Dr. Horrible is a very easy choice for the Picture Slot. In future, I might use Jake Busey or the Oh That Guy William Newman, but I'd say second choice is more likely to be some artwork by Neal Adams, still one of my favorite comic book artists of all time. The only person on the list who is dead is Victor Lundin, who used to bill himself at Trek conventions as "the first Klingon." This is a bit of a stretch. While he is in the cast of Errand of Mercy, the first episode where Klingons are shown, his character is named Lieutenant, which shows how much care went into the writing. The Klingon commander in the episode is John Colicos and he's the guy who deserves the title more.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to Victor Lundin, you glory stealing old ham, thanks for all the memories.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer released 2007
Batman Begins released 2005
Prediction: After an accidental nuclear holocaust devastated the Earth in 1993 (an explosion occurring during an attempt at disarmament was misinterpreted as an attack), the Russian Mars colony and the American lunar colony joined forces. Two hundred years later, a Martian exile finds that much of Earth is dominated by the American Catholic Eclectic Church, which fanatically enforces the "Eleventh Commandment": "Be fruitful and multiply." Although the planet is safe from the danger of nuclear weapons, since they are banned, it is grossly overpopulated. In the end the protagonist sees that such wild breeding is necessary so that the gene pool damaged by the earlier holocaust will recover, and a new, stronger race can emerge.
Reality: As is often the case, the description of the plot of the stories involving nukes is nicked from Paul Brian's great website. Fear of nukes is born in the 1940s, but it continued as a strong cultural terror for decades afterwards. Besides the Cuban Missile Crisis, there were about 70 nuclear bombs tested in 1962 and 170 in 1963. The fear of the inevitability of nuclear war someday was a rational a thought as assuming a big quake in California or a terrible hurricane in Florida. It just felt like a matter of time.
Next year will be the 70th anniversary of the last atomic bombs dropped in a war, and while I don't want to jinx it, nuclear confrontation no longer seems inevitable. As for overpopulation, numbers that everyone feared like 5 billion and 6 billion and 7 billion were passed without causing an immediate die-off or wars fought over scarcity of resources. As usual, reality is a more subtle writer than most humans. We may be headed for trouble, but the size, shape and source of that trouble is not what the sci-fi novels were afraid of for the most part.
Oh, and by the way, happy Father's Day to all you indiscriminate breeders out there. ;^)
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