Category Archives: SciFi News and Events

Articles about news and events occurring in science fiction and fantasy.

A Quick Update for November 2015

I posted an update on the #AllSeekersEve Twitterfest/Tweetstorm from Halloween.  It was, in my opinion, a big success.  Could it have been larger?  Sure.  Maybe with more advanced planning I could have gotten more people involved.  But it was great to see so many fans come out with their contributions.  Legend of the Seeker was a great television show and I miss it.  A lot of other people do, too.  But my science fiction month has been a little busier than that.

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And the Star Wars Crowd Goes Wild …

LucasFilm (now a part of the Disney Co.) finally released a decent promotional clip for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” a few days ago.  You have probably watched it by now but here it is anyway.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Pays Tribute to Andre Norton

Ten years ago Andre Norton passed away. It was a very sad day for those of us who had met her, a terribly empty day for those who knew her well, and the closing of a massive era in the history of genre fiction. Hardly a top-rated author in the science fiction and fantasy field can claim to have NOT been influenced by Andre Norton. She was many a writer’s first favorite author.
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Happenings on SF Fandom and Elsewhere

Robert MelletteWe’re in the process of interviewing Robert Mellette, who was known as Xenastaff to many fans of Xena: Warrior Princess. He has a book coming out in a few days. We have not yet decided whether to publish the interview on Xenite.Org or but I will share an update here when we get things sorted out.
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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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