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OPINION:Batman dies; Obama shakes Spider-Man's hand...

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Last week in the comics, Batman was murdered by evil itself and Spider-Man got to meet Barack Obama. So, three guesses as to what gets all the attention: Batman’s smoking corpse (yeah, they have a body. Yes, it’s really Bruce Wayne. Yes, he is quite dead by comic book standards) or Peter Parker’s brush with His Majesty, the most beneficent King Barack the First?

If you have to ask, you haven’t been hanging out here long enough.

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Science Fiction Music Review #2: "Oh, Perilous World!" by Rasputina

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“Rasputina” is a deliberately odd, Cello-driven rock group out of Brooklyn, New York. They have five studio albums so far, and are evidently at work on a sixth, but for our purposes today we’ll be talking about their most recent one, “Oh Perilous World.” (2007). Ordinarily the band wanders from art rock to string-driven 90s alterna-music, to deliberately old timey songs, with a hint of vintage ELO thrown in here and there.

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Roundtable Discussion #1: So what is Science Fiction, anyway?

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Theoretically, the Republibot website is all about asking questions, and following them through to the answers, whether we like the ones we get or not. Sometimes the questions are big and lofty like “What is the nature of the good?” and sometimes of less abstract value, like “Are The Flintstones a ripoff of The Honeymooners?” Either way, though, the truth will win out in the end. For this reason – and also because it’s really easy to do, and fills up a lot of space quickly – we here at REPUBLIBOT present: The Roundtable!

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