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  HBO Harry Potter reboot
Posted by: badlands - 8 hours ago - Forum: Harry Potter - No Replies


Why? The original one is so good. Don’t ruin it.?

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  The Fall of Gil-Gilad
Posted by: badlands - Yesterday, 05:53 PM - Forum: J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth - Replies (1)


I hope you liked it.

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  Godzilla vs King Kong trailer
Posted by: badlands - January 25th, 2021, 01:18 PM - Forum: General Movies - No Replies

What do you think about it?


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  Live action version of The wind in the willows
Posted by: badlands - January 25th, 2021, 01:26 AM - Forum: Disney and Pixar Movies - No Replies

Is this part of reboot line up?

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  Actors that need a comeback
Posted by: badlands - January 25th, 2021, 01:23 AM - Forum: Actors - No Replies

Which actors would like to see have a comeback and those who wish would disappear? 
I would like to see Eddie Murphy have a comeback. He could do a live action version of Disney The wind in the willows as Winky. Or, maybe Dr. Facilliar from a live action version of the Princess and the frog?

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  Video: Math Professor Fixes Projector Screen
Posted by: Michael - January 24th, 2021, 01:34 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

You may have seen this already - it's gotten 93 million views so far since it was uploaded in 2017.

It's got a great science fiction tie-in.

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  Searching for the mournful doll
Posted by: Ragnar_Zahab - January 22nd, 2021, 05:49 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Hi, Guys,

Hope somebody can help me out with my search.

I read a long time ago a fictional story about human astronauts that discover the deserted remains of a long dead civilization.

Among those remains they find a doll that when heated by holding it in ones hand would emit a mournful lament like the complaint of a long ago murdered civilization.

Does it ring any bell?

Would love to remember the author or the book but can’t.

Thanks and all the best.

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  Mira Furlan passed away
Posted by: Michael - January 22nd, 2021, 02:54 AM - Forum: Actors - No Replies

Variety reported yesterday that the actress - best known to science fiction fans for her role as Delenn on Babylon-5 - passed away. She was 65 years old.

Mira Furlan Dead: 'Babylon 5,' 'Lost' Actress Dies at 65 - Variety

From the article:

Quote:While a cause of death has yet not been revealed, Straczynski said the cast and crew of "Babylon 5" had "known for some time now that Mira's health was fading." "We kept hoping that she would improve," he wrote. "In a group email sent to the cast a while back, I heard that she might be improving."

However, Straczynski said he later got the call from "Babylon 5" co-star Peter Jurasik that Furlan’s husband, director Goran Gajić, was "bringing her home."

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  January 2021 Update to SF-Worlds.Com
Posted by: Michael - January 22nd, 2021, 01:51 AM - Forum: Xenite.Org Network - No Replies

Xenite.Org and SF-Worlds.Com have a little sister site, SF-Worlds.Com. In fact, I registered SF-Worlds.Com before we registered SF-Fandom.Com.

The original concept for SF-Worlds.Com was for it to be an RSS feed aggregator. In the late 1990s, RSS stood for Rich Site Summary and there were Websites that published Javascript widgets built from RSS feeds. In other words, a news site would publish its most recent stories in an RSS feed and another site, like StartPage, would set up a Javascript widget that displayed the headlines from that RSS feed in a little box.

Netscape - which developed the RSS format - called these widgets "channels". And you could embed them on your own site.

SF-Worlds.Com was a science fiction and fantasy (primarily) and entertainment news aggregator. Unfortunately, the dot-com meltdown of 2000 drove so many companies out of business that the RSS channels industry collapsed.

I had to scramble to find other content to publish on the site and it has kind of languished ever since. I really haven't developed it like I should have.

Still, through the years I've updated the site's design. It's mobile-friendly and hosts a few dozen articles I wrote years ago. Over the holidays I decided to redo the blog section, which was originally used for announcements. The last few announcements were way out of date, so I've removed them.

Here are the recent blog posts I wrote for the site. I'll do my best to add more throughout the coming months.

Science Fiction Worlds are Not What They Used to Be

J.R.R. Tolkien to Publish New Book in 2021 – The Nature of Middle-earth

Directors Who Evolved Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies

The Fantasy Worlds of Orlando Bloom

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  Edgar Rice Burroughs books in the Public Domain
Posted by: Michael - January 22nd, 2021, 12:30 AM - Forum: Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter - No Replies

I don't have the energy to discuss the full history of copyright and trademark and the ERB estate's efforts to retain control over his properties.

That said, we're coming up on the first year (2023) in a long time when one of ERB's books will slip into the public domain. Current copyright law allows estates to retain copyrights for 95 years after the creators' deaths. Edgar Rice Burroughs died on March 19, 1950.

LibriVox allows you to download audio files of the ERB books that are already in the public domain. There are quite a few:


You can download text file versions of the books from Project Gutenberg.

Books: edgar rice burroughs (sorted by popularity) - Project Gutenberg

They now include Kindle versions of the books, including some versions with images.

I suspect that ERB fandom continues to decline in part because his writing style is so different from the styles of contemporary authors. He doesn't write gritty, dystopian, apocalyptic fiction.

Young readers who are curious about what early science fiction and fantasy was like should check out these resources. You don't have to spend any money to read the books that several generations of fans loved and kept in print.

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