Perhaps PKD, Michael Moorcock, and DC Comics were all right…
| Stranger that fiction: parallel universes beguile science
by Annie Hautefeuille Sun Dec 30, 5:58 PM ET
PARIS (AFP) – Is the universe — correction: "our" universe — no more than a speck of cosmic dust amid an infinite number of parallel worlds?
…at the very least in some alternate universe.
Never get caught off guard again! Cylon Safety Information Sheet #8, issued by QMx on behalf of the Colonial Ministry of Information, contains 10 tips that can save your life and the lives of your fellow Colonials, so heed them well:
★Do they ask questions about classified subjects?
★Do they seem unusually strong, smart or self-assured?
★Do they say God instead of Gods?
★Have you seen them before, but you know it’s not the same person?
★Do you see them hanging around secured or restricted areas?
★Do they seem to hear music that no one else can hear?
★Do they seem unusually fearless, as if death has no meaning for them?
★Do they exhibit sociopathic behavior around other humans, especially defenseless children?
★Are they unusually adept, almost empathic, with machines?
★Does their spine glow red when they get… excited?
Remember, the Cylons look like us now. Be aware. Be vigilant. And report unusual persons immediately!
So the next time refers to you in a negative fashion about being a geek, tell them, "Well yeah, but at I’m not like these guys." We’re all second in our geekdom to them.
|The Force must be strong with these geeks. (It would have to be.) This is an actual, working Star Wars X-Wing, built by the San Diego Tripoli Rocket Association. Of course, in this context "actual" means it exists and "working" means it’s able to get off the ground. At 23 feet long, it’s impressive but not the kind of craft you’d want to take into battle against a Death Star. Sure, the R2-D2 beeps, but the laser cannons don’t work.
The article comes complete with a video of the event!
This list from ToyFare of the top 50 fictional weapons is, as expected, very comic book, (recent) film, and video game oriented. How else could you explain #18 Excalibur finishing higher than Dagger of Time (from Prince of Persia #17), Sword of Omens (from Thundercats #11), and He-Man’s Power Sword(#2!!!). Missing weapons that were apparently too cool for a list that put He-Man’s sword at #2(!) and Mr. Freeze’s Gun at #12 include:
Nautilus– Captain Nemo‘s legendary Victorian era nuclear submarine from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island. Nemo and his sub recently returned to geek prominence in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman graphic novels.
Bolo– Artificially intelligent super-heavy tank from the Keith Laumer novels of the same name
Wonder Woman’s Magic Lasso– This is a no brainer. Not all weapons need to blow things up or draw blood.
Smart Bomb– The ultimate weapon that destroys everything on your video game screen, made its first appearance in the classic Defender. Shouldn’t the ultimate weapon be on a list touting itself as the Ultimate Weapon list?
Oxygen Destroyer– As any geek worth his/her salt will tell you, Godzilla died at the end of the original 1954 film. The Oxygen Destroyer completely dissolved the future "King of the Monsters."
The Necronomicon– The legendary book, created by H. P. Lovecraft, holds the key to other dimensions and can grant a knowledgeable necromancer immense power for the mere price of their immortal soul. (I wrote a piece a few years back about this non-existent book)
I’m sure there are plenty of others. What do you have?