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Behold Octavia Butler’s Motivational Notes to Self

Handwritten notes on the inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988 I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining. —Octavia E. Butler Like many authors, the late Octavia E. Butler took up writing at a young age. At 11, she was churning out tales about horses and romance. At 12, she saw Devil Girl from Mars, and figured (c...
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How ‘Valley of the Dolls’ found new life as a camp classic

The big-screen adaptation of “Valley of the Dolls,” Jacqueline Susann’s epic tale of love, fame and pills, was plagued with drama, some of it eerily reminiscent of the themes in the author’s work. “Even the casting is weird and meta,” says Stephen Rebello, author of “Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!: Deep Inside Valley of the Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time,” published this month through Penguin Books. “It’s a fascinating hall of mirrors to me.” A hotly anticipated project based on a ...
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Octavia Butler’s sci-fi and speculative fiction moves toward screen adaptations

By HILLEL ITALIE Novelist N.K. Jemisin was a teenager the first time she read Octavia Butler, and nothing had prepared her for it. It was the 1980s, and the book was called “Dawn,” the story of a black woman who awakens 250 years after a nuclear holocaust. “I remember just kind of being stunned that a black woman existed in the future, because science fiction had not done that before,” says Jemisin, whose “The City We Became” is currently a bestseller. “There was just this conspicuous absence wh...
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ReAnimus Press new releases [2020]

Introducing, from ReAnimus Press: CREATING SHORT FICTION by Damon Knight https://ReAnimus.com/1548 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9JGSYU The classic guide to writing short fiction -- Revised & Expanded 3rd ed. "What Knight doesn't know about writing the short story cannot be put into expository prose anyway." --Algis Budrys "Damon Knight is one of the preeminent teachers of writing in this country. Creating Short Fiction should be considered essential for all beginning w...
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Reading Isaac Asimov at 100

In his recently published book “Astounding,” the author Alec Nevala-Lee brings American science fiction’s Golden Age back into focus by following four key figures: John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard — and Isaac Asimov, who officially turned 100 today (his exact birth date was unknown). Nevala-Lee’s warts-and-all portrait paints Asimov — known to his fans as the Good Doctor — far more sympathetically than the genre’s other founding fathers. He’s charming and self-deprecating, ge...
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The Internet Archive Makes 2,500 More Classic MS-DOS Video Games Free to Play Online: Alone in the Dark, Doom, Microsoft Adventure, and Others

Back in 2015 we let you know that the Internet Archive made 2,400 computer games from the era of MS-DOS free to play online: titles like Commander Keen, Scorched Earth, and Prince of Persia may have brought back fond 1990s gaming memories, as well as promised hours of more such enjoyment here in the 21st century. That set of games included Id Software's Wolfenstein 3D, which created the genre of the first-person shooter as we know it, but the Internet Archive's latest DOS-game upload — a...
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Shorties (Liz Phair's Forthcoming Memoir, An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Comic, and more)

Liz Phair's memoir Horror Stories will be published in October. Popmatters reviewed the new comic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis?. May's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: Stories by Harlan Ellison The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy Pitchfork interviewed singer-songwriter Bill Callahan. Good Housekeeping recommended the best books of 2019 (so far). L7's Donita Sparks discussed the band's new...
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Punkography

This article is by by Cathy, the Overprepared GM, PsychoJuliet, Jaren J. Petty, and Cryssalia Noire, and is presented by Worldbuilding Magazine. Punk The mid-seventies saw the birth of a new artform, punk. It was a style, an ideology, and a way of life. It was a reaction to the peaceful acceptance of the hippie culture, the bombastic glamour of disco, and the calculated, slick production of corporate rock. It was aggressively rude and unapologetically raw. Punk wove together the pared down si...
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50 years ago today: The TV show "Turn-On!" premiered and was taken off the air in the middle of episode 1.

According to Wikipedia:The show was created by Ed Friendly and George Schlatter, the producers of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Bristol-Myers contracted with them to develop the show, and provided it to ABC for a projected 13-week run after NBC and CBS rejected it. A CBS official confessed, "It was so fast with the cuts and chops that some of our people actually got physically disturbed by it." Production executive Digby Wolfe described it as a "visual, comedic, sensory assault involving animation,...
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Howie, Frank and Tessa

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Howie Mandel for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Howie talked at length about his passion for TV's Candid Camera growing up and his ongoing battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. An open and touching conversation. Howie started out as a frenetic standup comedian, landed roles in movies and TV, including St. Elsewhere, and now is back on TV in the new Deal or No Deal ...
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32 Days of Halloween XI, Day 19: The 27th Day!

Time for some more sci-fi tonight…but that of course put me in the mind for some of the 1980s Twilight Zone, which has been much maligned but I really enjoyed. First we have a very young Bruce Willis (well…he has hair, anyway) in a Harlan Ellison story directed by Wes Craven! This was the first segment of the new TZ that aired. Next, a hilarious short piece starring Sherman Helmsley and…yes, that is Ron Glass of Firefly fame wearing the horns. That brings us to The 27th Day from 1957. A...
Tags: Halloween, Television, Movies, 32 Days of Halloween, Sci-fi, Twilight Zone, Bruce Willis, Harlan Ellison, Wes Craven, Ron Glass, Sherman Helmsley


New Breeders video: Spacewoman

Video: The Breeders – “Spacewoman” Directed by Richard Ayoade. From All Nerve, out now on 4AD. Kim Deal calls it “a sci-fi thriller with the soul of Harlan Ellison.” But it looks a lot like a lady walking through the woods in a hazmat suit. We got a beachball in the stadium Everybody’s havin’ fun … Continue reading New Breeders video: Spacewoman → Read more at Glorious Noise...
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Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #3 - Alex Nino art

Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction v1 #3, 1975 - The famous science fiction story by Harlan Ellison is adapted here for the first time in comic book form. Alex Nino is tasked with the artwork, delivering a work of abundant detail and complexity. While known for this approach in other magazines, some of Nino's pages border on chaos. Ironically, his best page is the quiet opening splash, [Author: Ted Ignacio]
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‘Solo’ Novelization Reveals What Happened to L3 After She Was Uploaded to the Falcon

Remember Solo: A Star Wars Story? While the latest Star Wars spin-off film underwhelmed the box office, it was (mostly) fun and breezy. But there was one particular plot-point featured in the film that was a bit disturbing: the fate of droid L3-37. The upcoming Solo novelization delves into this, and tries to put a positive spin on it all. But let’s be honest: it’s still kind of horrifying. I liked Solo for the most part, but there was one thing that really bugged me: the treatment of L3, th...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Lucasfilm, Falcon, Lando, Harlan Ellison, Kessel, Star-Wars, Phoebe Waller, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Mur Laffert


Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies

LOS ANGELES — Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, hailed as one of the greatest food writers of his generation, died Saturday, July 22 of pancreatic cancer at age 57. Gold’s wife, Los Angeles Times arts and entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa, told the paper Gold died at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early July. The son of a probation officer and a high school librarian, Gold studied art and music at UCLA...
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Ted White remembers Harlan Ellison for his local newspaper

Remembering Harlan Ellison and His Place in My Life By Ted White Falls Church News-Press July 12, 2018 , p. 16 https://fcnp.com/2018/07/12/remembering-harlan-ellison-place-life/ [Author: Mike Rhode]
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Employee Picks: A Wacky Sex Comedy, Deranged Italian Horror, and Psychedelic ’70s Sci-fi

(Welcome to Employee Picks, a series where Jacob Knight uses his day job expertise as a video store manager to recommend unique and often overlooked alternative options to the big movies hitting theaters and home video.) Hello and welcome back to Employee Picks! In case you missed the rules in the first and second editions of the column:  for every big-name motion picture on the horizon, I suggest something from the archives to watch in its place that’s either thematically, spiritually, or...
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Goodbye Gangster Squad: Lindo Giacopuzzi, last of LAPD legends, dies at 102

The old guy eyeballed Sean Penn, and the actor didn’t fare too well. Penn was in Hollywood for the opening of the 2013 film “Gangster Squad” which was inspired by the at-times lawless antics of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1940s and ’50s. In the movie, Penn was playing gangster Mickey Cohen. “Mickey Cohen was much better looking than that guy,” said Lindo “Jaco” Giacopuzzi, a real-life gangster squad cop from yesteryear. Jaco’s son, John, laughed as he told that story. John Giacopuzz...
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Harlan Ellison Wrote One of the Best Daredevil Stories Ever (io9)

The first place I fell in love with the late, beloved science fiction author Harlan Ellison was in comics. Specifically, it was in Daredevil #208, a comic I obsessively read over and over again when I was a kid. After re-reading it last night, I can definitely state that it holds up extremely well.Read more... [Author: Evan Narcisse]
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RIP Harlan Ellison, the Legendary Scifi Author Behind One of Star Trek's Greatest Episodes (io9)

Harlan Ellison, the iconic yet controversial writer behind dozens of beloved speculative fiction and scifi works, has passed. He was 84.Read more... [Author: James Whitbrook]
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"He said that he lost his job with the Walt Disney Company — on the first day — when he stood up in its commissary (with company executives watching) and..."

"... described how he wanted to make an animated pornographic film starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse."Just one sentence in the NYT obituary for Harlan Ellison.The headline calls him a "science fiction writer" even though it contains the quote from him, "Call me a science fiction writer... I’ll come to your house and I’ll nail your pet’s head to a coffee table. I’ll hit you so hard your ancestors will die."I had a tag for Harlan Ellison. It was because of one post (written in 2013):"We need more h...
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Harlan Ellison Wrote One of the Best Daredevil Stories Ever

The first place I fell in love with the late, beloved science fiction author Harlan Ellison was in comics. Specifically, it was in Daredevil #208, a comic I obsessively read over and over again when I was a kid. After re-reading it last night, I can definitely state that it holds up extremely well.Read more...
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Harlan Ellison, Intensely Prolific Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 84

Mr. Ellison’s body of popular literary work — novels, short stories, scripts and much more — was as outsize as his fast-talking, polymathic personality.
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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

"I almost died and it's all your fault!" Harlan Ellison's phone calls are legendary. For a brief period, I received them on a regular basis. Some went well, some, like the one the quote above came from, went not-so-well. But they were always interesting. Harlan died yesterday at the age of 84. There will never be another Harlan phone call. I never knew him well enough to call him a friend, but I think he might allow me to claim acquaintanceship. There are a lot of strong opinions about the man h...
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Harlan Ellison, Science Fiction Master, Dies at Age 84

Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of "A Boy and His Dog," and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous scenarios, has died.
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What’s streaming on Amazon in July

Most of us probably won’t be able to win a Tour de France, but we’d be more than happy to try to eat like a winner. You can explore part of it in Amazon Prime’s “Eat.Race.Win.” In the series, viewers follow Chef Hannah Grant as she sources performance food for Australia’s pro cycling team during the Tour de France. You can even try some of the recipes from the show, as Grant has published “The Grand Tour Cookbook” (Musette Publishing). Another new series streaming in July, “Comicstaan,” aims to ...
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Science Fiction Writer Harlan Ellison Dies At 84

Slashdot readers chill and mrflash818 have shared the news of Harlan Ellison's passing. Variety reports: Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including "The Outer Limits," "Star Trek" and "Babylon 5" and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in a similar suit over "The Terminator," has died. He was 84. Christine Valada tweeted that Ellison's wife, Susan, had asked her t...
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Remembering Writer Harlan Ellison

The famous, and famously cantankerous, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has died. Over a 6-decade career, he won multiple awards for his fiction and television writing.
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Award-Winning Speculative Fiction Harlan Ellison Dies

The prolific but cantankerous author famously penned the "Star Trek" episode "City on the Edge of Forever."
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Harlan ellison dead at 84

Click Quote: Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including “The Outer Limits,” “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5” and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in a similar suit over “The Terminator,” has died. He was 84. Christine Valada tweeted that Ellison’s wife, Susan, had asked her to announce that he died in his sleep Thursday. ...
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