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TV Is My Home Town

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Recently, I was thinking about Warren Stevens, who played "Doc Ostrow" in "Forbidden Planet," and was in a zillion other genre credits as well including Star Trek TOS and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He passed away last January, and was in his 90s. Honestly, I hadn't realized he was still alive until he died. His passing made me sad in an oddly personal way, despite my never having met him, my never having been specifically overwhelmingly impressed by a performance he gave, and whom I'd already assumed was dead.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Last Colony” by John Scalzi (2007)

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I’ve read five of John Scalzi’s novels now, and there hasn’t been a one of ’em I didn’t like. Granted the previous book in this series - “The Ghost Bigades,” reviewed here http://www.republibot.com/content/book-review-%E2%80%9C-ghost-brigades%E...
- was probably the weakest of the bunch, but he’s still batting above .750, and he hasn’t struck out yet. He’s earned my faith.

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EFFORTLESSLY INTERESTING: A Time Lapse Animation Of Ocean Currents

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Welcome to "Effortlessly Interesting," the feature in which we've got space to fill, but we're clearly not trying too hard. I mean, come on, it's three days 'til New Years, right? We're busy. Anyway...

This time out all we've got for you is this link, which leads to a fascinating model of the earth's ocean currents, as observed from the ISS, weather satellites, and assorted orbital bric-a-brac. Yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't sound all that interesting, but it is, in fact, pretty cool, and it does, in fact, look something like a Van Gogh painting, as the article itself suggests.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Sloe Eyes" by Republibot 3.0

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“She sure is ugly!” The orderly said.
She was just standing there like a manequin. The girl was possessed of looks that at first seemed modely and desirable: tall, thin, leggy, curvey, blank expression, short, but very thick tussled hair, pouting mouth, and most striking of all, large, dark, almond-shaped eyes. Then the eye settled in a bit, and started noticing details missed on the first pass: she was too tall, and too thin, her head was a little bit too big, her mouth was a bit too small, her hair appeared to be painted on and her eyes, her unblinking eyes, were far, far, far too large.

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