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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Confessions and Lamentations” (Season 2, Episode 18)

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Remember how last week was lame? Really lame? Like “Deep Space 9” lame? Well, as lame as that one was, this one promises to be even lamer, starting off as it does with ‘Generic Star Trek Peril Plot #7: Plauge On The Ship.” However, just to drive home how really, really badly Trek had been doing it in the ‘90s, B5 takes that inauspicious, overused, boring ol’ trope, and turns it into something magnificent. Really!

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HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION: Are Planets Islands Or Continents?

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Last week I ruminated pointlessly about good names for fictional planets and/or countries, as opposed to the lame ones we've all come across from time to time ("The United Federal People's Democratic Republic of Arcticstan," etc). That got me to thinking of another SF convention that's kinda' odd.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The License” (Episode 4)

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Maybe it’s just the week I’m having (Spent most of the last 2 days in the hospital) or maybe it’s just that I’ve also been watching “Running Wilde,” a similarly dead-before-it-hit-the-air, which inevitably and unfairly makes me compare these 13-and-done series, but I find I’m getting bored by The Tick all over again. Seriously: despite not being SF at all, if you have the choice between watching two dead series you don’t give a crap about, go with Running Wilde.

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The Naming of Names: Who thought up that crappy name for a planet or fake country, anyway?

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So there's a lot of made up country and planet names in SF. Actually, there's a lot of made up country names in literature as a whole (Ruritania, Stresslau, Islandia, Karain, Erewhon, Oz, Ix, etc) and of course there's a whole lot of planet names.

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Don't Vote For Romney

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I want to make it *VERY* clear before we begin that Barak Hussein Obama is a *terrible* president, and what I’m about to say here is in no way an endorsement of him, nor of the Democratic party, either as a whole or in part. Rather, what I’m going to discuss represents, I think, a very serious problem within our party itself.

Here’s the problem as I see it:
1) We’re going to lose
2) We have no viable candidates
3) We’ve taken no steps to develop any viable candidates in the previous four years.

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