Sunday, September 17, 2006

Getting back to the future can't buy happiness

a piece by robot doomsday guru DANIEL H. WILSON as featured in New York Newsday... real interesting..

September 13, 2006

The future was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free utopia - a place where a grown man could wear a spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the servant robots, the flying cars and the hover boards we expected?

Oh, and that reminds me, where's my flippin' jet pack? Visionaries such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells long ago spun wild tales of space flight and underwater adventure. In 1926, Hugo Gernsback introduced the first science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, with the motto: "Extravagant Fiction Today: Cold Fact Tomorrow."

By the 1960s and '70s, the Apollo moon missions made a lunar landing look like a trip to the beach. And don't even get me started on "Star Trek" (celebrating its 40th anniversary) with its tantalizing holodecks, transporters and universal translators.

Every pulp sci-fi tale was a promise of a better tomorrow, yet today zeppelins the size of ocean liners do not hover over fully enclosed skyscraper cities. Despite every World's Fair prediction, every futuristic ride at Disneyland and the advertisements on the last page of every comic book, we are not living in a techno-utopia. Or are we? (click Here)

Monday, September 04, 2006


It's been a minute, but you see the treats...

1. if you don't know the latest installment of the Legacy of the Force series is out. It's called Bloodlines and is written by Karen Traviss (check the interview here). it focuses on Boba Fett and Mandolares during this crisis. It should be dope.

2. Speaking of Boba Fett, there is an e novella written by Travis that takes place during the Yuuzhan Vong wars. you can go here for it...

3. Star Wars Legacy 4 preview aqui...

Post Clone War questions....(part I)

1.What ever happened to Kar Vastor?

Kar Vastor was a Korrunai that Mace Windu encountered on his home planet. He was a powerful force sensitive who was not actually a dark sider but used the force for selfish reasons. I use selfish loosely because Vastor was a product of his environment. He saw his family murdered by off worlders and was left in the harsh jungles of Haruun Kal. In this situation no one lives but Vastor was able to survive for one year. He was very strong in the force and actually beat Mace Windu in combat. He is also like Mace Windu, one of the last survivors of the ghosh Windu. He was captured by Windu and arrested. He was taken to Coruscant to await trial. That is the last we heard from him.

2.Nick Rostu

Nick Rostu was another force sensitive Korrunai that Mace encountered on his mission to his home planet. He was a guide for Mace Windu into the jungles of Haruun Kal. Windu inducted him into the Grand Army of the Republic. I liked his character. He was spunky and very useful in a fight. He was severely wounded but survived. Mace later mentioned him in his archives and stated he was on Coruscant in a medical facility.

I hope someone brings them back.