We were saddened to learn about Dixie’s sudden death yesterday. She suffered an apparent heart attack while at home by herself.
Dixie joined the Xenite.Org community in April 1997 when she volunteered to assist with the Xena Online Resources directory. Within a few months she had earned a place as team leader for the XOR volunteer editors and took on full administrative duties for all of Xenite by that fall.
Dixie assisted in developing numerous Web projects for the Xenite.Org community, although her largest contribution by far was to build and design the SF-Fandom forums and to recruit the first team of moderators. Without Dixie’s guidance and dedication SF-Fandom.com would never have happened.
If you had the chance to meet her in person, or even to talk on the phone, you would know what I mean when I say she was both sweet and full of fire. I have seldom met a more passionate person in my life. She lived full throttle.
Dixie was a great friend and mentor to many people. She was a mother, a US military veteran, and wife to Kim. Over the past decade they enjoyed riding their motorcycles on the highways and traveling.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Kim and the rest of her family.
Rest in peace, Dixie, and may God speed you on your way to your next great adventure. We hope to meet you again one day.
This Saturday, August 31, 2013, I will be joining several other people on a “Middle-earth and Harry Potter” fan track at Dragon*Con 2013 in Atlanta (the Website has been down several times for me so I apologize if it’s not working for you).
This marks the first year I will be returning to Dragon*Con as an “Attending Pro” in over 6 years. I was pleased to be invited to participate on a Tolkien fan panel. Of course, I started the Tolkien and Middle-earth fan track at Dragon*Con many years ago but as I moved farther away from Atlanta and depended on TheOneRing.Net more and more for support, it just made sense to ask them to take over management of the track.
To science fiction fans, the idea of one day owning a self-driving car is pretty fascinating. And if you haven’t seen all the hoohah in the news yet, Google has developed a driverless car that has been accepted by several states and the District of Columbia for experimental development. That means it is now legal to license and operate an automated vehicle on the roads of states like Nevada and Florida.
I personally find these legislative actions quite alarming. You have to ask if Google’s driverless car can be weaponized — and I suspect very strongly that the answer, in the context of today’s legal requirements for these vehicles, is a resounding “YES”.
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Tagged al qaeda, driverless car, drones, edward snowden, forbes, google, isaac asimov, new york times, privacy, robots, surveillance, terrorism, us military, will smith
Science fiction fandom is becoming more mainstream these days. I’m not sure I fully agree with how the transformation is happening because it seems to be driven mostly by commercial interests. For example, we’ve had King of the Nerds and Beauty and the Geek as reality TV shows, both of which have made references to science fiction and/or fantasy topics; and now we have Heroes of Cosplay, which is all about the drama behind the costumes.
If you haven’t seen “Iron Man 3″ yet — if you’re in doubt about whether to go see the movie at all while it is in the theater — then you just may want to check out the SF Fandom forum discussion “Iron Man 3 – My Take” or SciFi Guy’s review of “Iron Man 3″ on Communizine.