Legend of the Seeker Fans Appeal to Sam Raimi Directly

I can’t go into all the politics behind the scenes of the fan-run campaign to bring back Legend of the Seeker — mostly because I don’t know all the details — but I can say happily that the campaign continues and just a few days ago I became aware of a new initiative.

Legend of the Seeker was a syndicated television show based (loosely) upon Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels. Goodkind always supported the show and the show’s fans, which I felt was remarkable for an author. Most authors cringe at the thought of allowing any film or TV production company near their work (at least during their lifetimes) because there are inevitably always changes.
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WordPress.com Makes It Near Impossible to Update These Blogs

I rarely have a complaint about the quality of service from WordPress.com (it is, after all, a FREE blogging platform) but lately it seems like the good folks at Automattic have jumped the shark, lost touch with the mothership, gone off the deep end, and otherwise invested themselves in a forest of bad platform decisions best described by cheesy metaphors.

This silly fascination with infinite scroll is driving me nuts. Worse, it’s overheating my computer. I mean LITERALLY overheating it.
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SF Fandom Co-founder Dixie Has Passed Away

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.
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Some Reactions to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

I have published my review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on Xenite.Org. I was not very pleased with the movie.

We have a forum discussion where you can share your thoughts about “Desolation of Smaug” on SF-Fandom.
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Tolkien and Harry Potter at Dragon*Con

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.
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Google’s Driverless Car Threatens to Unleash New Waves of Terrorism

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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