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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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.
Ground-breaking if I do say so myself.
Today I am pleased to announced that I have just published everything that is known about the Brighton manuscript over on my Middle-earth blog.
Check it out!
“What Is the Brighton Manuscript?”
Due to extensive influenza January was a really bad month for me. I have unfortunately been slow to react to a few science fiction fandom activities and have had to neglect most of my Web activity.
Nonetheless, I wanted to note that Legend of the Seeker fans will celebrate Bridget Regan’s birthday this Sunday, February 3. Of course, that is Super Bowl day and we know millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl.