A Little Knight Cap
Sir Patrick Stewart is unaccountably overcome by the ordeal of wearing a talking Christmas hat. To paraphrase Chekov in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: “They put things on our heads to control our minds!” [Thanks to Martin Morse … Continue reading →

Snapshots 146 BC Carthago delenda est
Here are 11 developments of interest to fans. (1) “Two thousand million or so years ago two galaxies were colliding; or, rather, were passing through each other.” So began the first sf novel I ever read, E. E. “Doc” Smith‘s … Continue reading →

Toyland Traditions
James H. Burns asks, “Is it possible for a classic to be overlooked? Laurel and Hardy’s Babes in Toyland (aka March of the Wooden Soldiers) may be remembered as a fun romp for the comedy legends, but it might also … Continue reading →

New Mexico Journalists Cover GRRM’s Showing of “The Interview”
Security measures were in effect at George R.R. Martin’s theater for the Christmas Day opening of The Interview – no backpacks or purses allowed inside. There were even some threats received, theater manager Melania Frazier told the Albuquerque Journal — … Continue reading →

Alex Film Society Showing World’s Greatest Cartoons 12/27
This Saturday, December 27, animator-director Frank Gladstone and animation historian Jerry Beck will present the latest installment of the Alex Film Society’s “The Greatest Cartoons Ever!” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The duo will introduce classics from Disney, Warner … Continue reading →

We Interrupt This Christmas
As I touch down at home at the end of Christmas Day, ballasted by pumpkin pie and carrying a stack of gifts, I can offer File 770 readers two more digital souvenirs of the holiday. First is Gahan Wilson’s F&SF cover for Harlan … Continue reading →

The Morning and the Evening Star
By James H. Burns: If prognostication holds sway, come a future Chanukah or Christmas, or Thanksgiving (of course), some folks might be cooking a turkey in the acidic atmosphere of VENUS… A NASA research group is suggesting a manned mission … Continue reading →

The Planet: One Last Landing
The delightfully inconclusive debate here on the topic of whether the Scienceers or the Eastbay Science Correspondence Club was the first sf club led to a discovery I am happy to share with you. From Guy H. Lillian’s The Zine … Continue reading →

Will GRRM Get To Screen “The Interview”?
Sony is making The Interview available at a limited number of theaters on Christmas Day. The studio initially cancelled plans for its release after hacker attacks and other threats to public safety caused major theater chains to refuse to show it. … Continue reading →

Defining the Relationship
The upheavals in the WisCon committee have prompted the Tiptree Award administrators to issue a statement clarifying that “as a registered 501(c)(3) corporation with its own ‘motherboard,’ the Tiptree Award does not have any official relationship to WisCon or SF3.” … Continue reading →

Preview of Next Spongebob Movie
Animation blogger Jerry Beck reported the 4-minute sneak peek from the Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water that aired on Nickelodeon the other day has been posted to YouTube. The movie due is for release February 15…always assuming Poseidon or somebody doesn’t … Continue reading →

Sasquan Hugo Base Competition
The 2015 Worldcon has announced its Hugo base competition – more details here.

A Star Wars Christmas
Check out this Star Wars-themed Christmas light display in Newark, CA, rocking the neighborhood with nine tunes from the movies. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living … Continue reading →

Billie Whitelaw Has Passed
Actress Billie Whitelaw, CBE, died December 21 at the age of 82. Famous as Samuel Beckett’s “muse” – he wrote many of his more experimental plays specifically for her – she also appeared in such genre productions as The Omen, … Continue reading →

This Day In History 12/21
December 21, 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was the first animated feature-length film with sound and color. The Carthay Circle Theater hosted the premieres of many major films, … Continue reading →

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