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Darth Vader: Evil Incarnate, or the trivialization of a legitimate psychological disease?

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One aspect of Science Fiction Fandom is that we’re never above belaboring any point, no matter how trivial, in our mad quest to find social acceptance and relevance. It could be that we geeks are a deeply needy people based on our ghetto-ized standing in artistic circles, or it could just be that we hope it’ll get people to stop punching us in the face. Whatever the reason, here’s yet another immediately-tedious example:

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Sometimes just writing the letter is enough

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I'm generally not the smartest guy in the room, and if by some happenstance I am, I'm very uncomfortable with it. I am, however, fairly intellectually adventurous. I'll explore nearly any thought or concept to see where it leads, and I occasionally change my opinions and behavior based on new facts or realizations.

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Why are some bad endings good, while other bad endings are bad?

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The other day, one of my blogerly aquaintences asked me why I was so worried about the Lost finale before the fact. He said that a show is more than its ending, and even if it sucked, why would that make me feel like an idiot for all the enjoyment it gave me over the previous six years?

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Why does Superman hate the South?

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In a storyline that launches today with the historic Superman #700 (by J. Michael Stracynzki); Superman, feeling that he has lost touch with America, decides to walk across America to reconnect with his adopted home after a couple of years of cosmic hoopla. I really like this idea, in some ways it serves as a sequel/companion to the famous "Hard Travelling Heroes" storyline. To help promote this story, DC Comics has launched a contest. The contest is simple- write an essay as to why Superman should visit your town, and your town will be featured in a future story during this series.

I like this idea. I think it's a good idea, until you get to the execution. The contest is limited to towns within 50 miles of Superman's planned itinerary...

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Why Do People Vote Democrat Anyway? I Mean, Seriously, What Are They Thinking?

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an interesting little article written by a self-described liberal atheist democrat that I actually found quite interesting. The author was Jonathan Haidt, a professor of Psychology at Virginia University. In essence he was asking the question “Why do some people vote Republican when everyone knows that’s stupid? Are they insane? Inbred? Insanely inbred? Is this something to do with their crazy belief in God? Is it cultural? Do they just not know any better?” For comedy purposes, I’m overstating that pretty ludicrously.

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The Top-Ten Worst Science Fiction TV Series of All Time

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This is an entirely subjective list, but I’ve tried to be fair: I’ve excluded children’s shows such as “Jason of Star Command” and sitcoms such as “Mork and Mindy,” which, though terrible, weren’t even *trying* to reach the bar. Also, I’ve decided to take the series individually, and not take “Star Trek” or “Stargate” as a whole, since the quality frankly differs quite a bit from installment to installment.

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I Believe in Man

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I believe in God. This isn’t a religious site, and I’m not trying to foist my faith off on anyone. If you don’t believe, or believe differently, that’s between you and Whomever it is you do or do not believe in; it’s not worth either of us arguing about. I mention my own faith just as a way of getting at a larger point. There are many on the Left - and some on the Right - who would say that belief in God is simpleminded and weak, that it’s a crutch for the intellectually feeble, that to believe in God is to diminish Man.

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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Why Are There So Many Shows About Boring White People In Space?

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People occasionally ask me why I don’t go out of my way to antagonize Liberals on the site here, why I’m not all aggressive and antagonistic and knee-jerky like most other conservative sites.

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