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May 13, 2016

L.A. 2017





Just a year away from seeing if Steven Spielberg nailed his predictions from 1971, the year he made this show, L.A. 2017. Seeing elderly hippes still performing some fifty years after the Summer of Love, and knowing the Rolling Stones still go on tours, I think Spielberg might have been on to something!

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 13, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Television, Science Fiction, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's,

April 4, 2016

The Solarnauts



More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 04, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Television, Science Fiction, 1960's,

February 24, 2016

The Republic of New Africa

As a science fiction writer, I love alternate history novels, about timelines where things happened differently from what we know. Here's a scenario I had been unaware of, which is particularly timely today, in light of many controversies, sharing many parallels.

A factual account of the possible historical turning point is appended below.

Someone did fictionalize it, and you can read the first 58 pages here.



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Source of text.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 24, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Government, Racism, Science Fiction, 1960's,

January 25, 2016

Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 25, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars,

July 31, 2015

The Apple



Explanation here--insofar as is possible.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Science Fiction, 1980's,

July 5, 2015

Follies of the Madmen #253

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If only Hollywood had made John Carter of Mars in 1979, with Cher as Dejah Thoris, they would have had a surefire hit!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 05, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Hollywood, Movies, Music, Advertising, Science Fiction, 1970's,

May 31, 2015

Captain Z-Ro



Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 31, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Television, Children, Science Fiction, 1950's,

May 25, 2015

El Santo vs. la Invasion de los Marcianos



I regret that I cannot find English-language versions for you. But the visuals are everything.

Complete film below. Wikipedia page for Santo.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 25, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Wrestling, Foreign Customs, Science Fiction, 1960's,

March 9, 2015

Jet-Propelled Papa



Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 09, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Technology, Science Fiction, 1940's,

January 21, 2015

Glow



This is an exceedingly weird and wonderful novel, sure to be enjoyed by any card-carrying WU-vie who is a fan of odd fiction.

Read my full review here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 21, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Science Fiction,

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