Hey, here’s a project for our August workshop meeting! CPL
On the eve of the release of Star Wars Episode VII Youtube user and perennial prop recreator “Sufficiently Advanced,” a.k.a. Allen Pan posted a video of his homemade saber lighting a cigarette and burning through balloons and paper with its fiery, sputtering, Kylo-Ren-like blade.
(And having way too much fun, IMO. To learn more about its inner workings, click here. )
The stories in the 1940 anthology are all eligible for the retro Hugo to be awarded at the 2016 World Con in Kansas.
Available in an Amazon Kindle edition for $2.99.
Featuring a kicking cover by Robert Fuqua, illustrating Eando Binder’s Adam Link Fights a War. (Adam Link was featured in not one, but TWO Outer Limits episodes and, historically interesting, is the first robot character to appear under the title I, Robot. (Ike’s publisher’s would borrow that title a few years later for a small collection of short stories….), The Best of Amazing Stories, The 1940 Anthology brings you four short stories, five novelettes and a novella.
The contents are: Don Wilcox – “The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years”; David Wright O’Brien – “Truth is a Plague”; Ralph Milne Farley – “The Living Mist”; A. W. Bernal – “Paul Revere and the Time Machine”; Malcolm Jameson – “Monster Out of Space”; Nelson S. Bond – “Sons of the Deluge”; Ed Earl Repp – “The Day Time Stopped Moving”; Ross Rocklynne – “The Mathematical Kid”; Richard O. Lewis – “The Strange Voyage of Dr. Penwing”; Donald Bern – “The Three Wise Men of Space”; with interior illustrations by Frank R. Paul, Julian S. Krupa and H. R. Hammond.
Read more: The Best of Amazing Stories: The 1940 Anthology
News from the west coast:
A little late, but here is the December issue of the newsletter promoting VCON 41. This issue focuses on Godzilla Fan Guest of Honour Stan G. Hyde, and also has a look back at the first VCON by one of its Co-Chairs Mike Bailey.
Note that the early bird special rates end December 31st!
Before CGI was a practical tool, George Lucas and his team at ILM created some of the most amazing moments in cinema using models and miniatures. Here is a gallery of over 100 photos to highlight their efforts and contributions to the art of effects.
After several days of pent-up quiet, big sunspot AR2473 erupted on Dec. 28th (12:49 UT), producing a slow but powerful M1.9-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast’s extreme ultraviolet glow:
For more than an hour, UV radiation from the flare bathed the top of Earth’s atmosphere, ionizing atoms and molecules. This, in turn, disrupted the normal propagation of shortwave radio signals on the dayside of our planet. A NOAA blackout map shows the affected area. Ham radio operators, mariners and aviators in South America, Africa and the south Atlantic Ocean may have noticed fades and blackouts of transmissions below 20 MHz.
The slow explosion also produced a coronal mass ejection (CME). Images from the Solar and Heliospheric Obseratory (SOHO) show a ragged, full-halo CME heading almost directly toward Earth.
The storm cloud will likely reach our planet on Dec. 31st, possibly triggering the first geomagnetic storm of the New Year. NOAA analysts are modelling this CME now; stay tuned for refined forecasts later today when they release their storm track.
Sunspot AR2374 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that could explode again in the hours ahead. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of additional M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-flares on Dec. 28th.
Published on Dec 19, 2015
This IS the rebel light show you have been looking for ☺ I replaced all the old technology to individually controlled pixels throughout the display at my new home (I used to live in Newark)! If you’re in the area of Tracy, CA, come see it in person! If you do and consider yourself blessed this season, feel free to bring some cash for the donation box (I am using the light show to raise money for our local homeless shelter, the McHenry House).
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