Archive for November, 2013

posted by admin on Nov 30

1976 – Fritz Rasp, actor, d @ 85 (Metropolis)

1981 – Robert H Harris, actor, d @ 72 (Tales of Tomorrow, How to Make a Monster, Science Fiction Theatre, The Invisible Boy, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Invaders, Land of the Giants, The Six Million Dollar Man)

1956 – The Man without a Body released

1995 – William Roerick, actor, d @ 83 (Not of This Earth , Wasp Woman, Day of the Dolphin)

1916 – Michael Gwynn, actor (The Revenge of Frankenstein)

1918 – Efren Zimbalist Jr, actor (Babylon 5, The Visitor)

1926 – Richard Crenna, actor (Intruders, Marooned, Leviathan)

1931 – Jack Ging, actor (Men Into Space, Twilight Zone, Project U.F.O., The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Galatica 1980)

1931 – Jack Sheldon, actor (Project U.F.O., Star Trek: TNG

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, actor (Yentl, Alien Nation)

1955 – Kevin Conroy, actor (Island City)

1950 – Kathryn Witt, actress (Looker)

1951 – June Chadwick, actress (Forbidden World, V)

1978 – Gael Garcia Bernal, actor (Blindness)

1969 – Marc Forster, director (World War Z)

1957 – Nancy Everhard, actress (DeepStar Six, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk)

1947 – Stuart Baird, director (Star Trek:Nemesis)

1937 – Ridley Scott, director (Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus)

1928 – Rex Reason, actor (This Island Earth, The Creature Walks Among Us)


posted by admin on Nov 29

1898 – C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], sci-fi author (Silver Chair)

1918 – Madeleine L’Engle, [Franklin], US, sci-fi author (Ilsa, Love Letters, A Wrinkle in Time)

1967 – Theo Marcuse, actor, d @ 47 (Lights Out, Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, The Invaders, Star Trek)

1991 – Ralph Bellamy, actor, d @ 87 (The Invaders, The Immortal, The Clone Master, The Twilight Zone, Amazon Women on the Moon)

1992 – Robert F Simon, actor, d @ 83 (Tales of Tomorrow, Twilight Zone, Science Fiction Theatre, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Reluctant Astronaut, The Six Million Dollar Man)

1992 – Robert Shayne, actor, d @ 92 (Invaders from Mars, The Neanderthal Man , Adventures of Superman, Space Patrol, Tobor the Great, Indestructible Man, Kronos, The Giant Claw, Land of the Giants)

1986 – Herb Vigran, actor, d @ 76 (World Without End, Adventures of Superman, One Step Beyond, The Reluctant Astronaut, Galactica 1980, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, Amazon Women on the Moon)

1906 – Luis Van Rooten, actor (Tales of Tomorrow, One Step Beyond, Curse of the Faceless Man)

1981 – Natalie Wood, actress, d @ 43 (Meteor, Brainstorm)

1987 – Irene Handl, actress, d @ 85 (H.G.Wells’ Invisible Man)

1916 – Fran Ryan, actress (Salvage 1, Manimal, Quantum Leap)

1950 – Kevin O’Donnell Jr, sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)

1962 – Andrew McCarthy, actor (The Twilight Zone)

1964 – Don Cheadle, actor (Mission to Mars)

1964 – Kris Kamm, actor (Quantum Leap)

1972 – Brian Baumgartner, actor (Astronaut: The Last Push)

1972 – Larry Joe Campbell, actor (Pacific Rim)

2004 – John Drew Barrymore, actor, d @ 72(The Clones)

1932 – Diane Ladd, actress (Embryo)

1961 – Kim Delaney, actress (Mission to Mars, Project: Metalbeast, Something is Out There)

2005 – Wendie Jo Sperber, actress, d @ 47 (Back to the Future I, II, III)

1982 – Lucas Black, actor (The X-Files)

1961 – Tom Sizemore, actor (The Relic, Red Planet)


posted by admin on Nov 28

11/28 1977 – Trevor Bardette, actor, d @ 75 (The Monolith Monsters, Adventures of Superman, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian), d @ 75

11/28 1978 – Andre Morell, actor, d @ 69 (Doctor Who, Quatermass and the Pit, The Giant Behemoth, H.G.Wells’ Invisible Man)

11/28 1983 – Christopher George, actor, d @ 54 (Day of the Animals, Project X, The Immortal)

11/28 1992 – Bill Kearns, actor, d @ 69 (Mutant)

11/28 1964 – Charles Meredith, actor, d @ 70 (Adventures of Superman, Them!, Rocky Jones: Space Ranger, Science Fiction Theatre)

11/28 1969 – Roy Barcroft, actor, d @ 67 (Radar Men from the Moon, Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, Destination Inner Space )

11/28 1990 – Tamara De Treaux, actress, d @ 31 (ET)

11/28 1896 – Lilia Skala, actress (Tales of Tomorrow)

11/28 1923 – Gloria Grahame, actress (The Outer Limits)

11/28 1925 – Virginia Hewitt, actress (Space Patrol, The Flying Saucer, The Guardians)

11/28 1950 – Ed Harris, actor (The Abyss, Coma, The Stand, Gravity, The Aliens Are Coming)

11/28 1952 – Jeff Fahey, actor (The Lawnmower Man, Planet Terror, The Eden Formula, Scorpius Gigantus, Absolute Zero, Locusts: The 8th Plague, Johnny 2.0, Perversions of Science, Under the Dome)

11/28 1955 – Jeffrey Byron, actor (Bionic Ever After?, Star Trek (reboot), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, The Fantastic Journey, Twilight Zone)

11/28 1959 – Judd Nelson, actor (The Day the Earth Stopped, The Black Hole, Cybermutt, The Outer Limits)

11/28 1961 – Martin Clunes, actor (Doctor Who)

11/28 2010 – Leslie Nielsen, actor, d @ 84 (Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Travesty, The Reluctant Astronaut, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Tales of Tommorow, Lights Out, Out There)

11/28 1952 – S Epatha Merkerson, actress (Terminator 2)

11/28 1961 – Jane Sibbett, actress (Star Trek: TNG)

11/28 1984 – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress (The Thing (2011))

11/28 1988 – Scarlett Pomers, actress (Star Trek: Voyager)

11/28 1983 – Emun Elliott, actor (Prometheus)

11/28 1975 – Maurissa Tancharoen, actress (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dollhouse)

11/28 1946 – Joe Dante, director (Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, Innerspace)


posted by admin on Nov 27

1907 – L[yon] Sprague de Camp, sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei, A Gun For Dinosaur, Conan, Gavagan’s Bar, Viagens Interplanetarias)

1965 – Harry Harvey Sr, actor, d @ 64 (Day the Earth Stood Still, Lost in Space)

1988 – John Carradine, actor, d @ 82 (Lights Out, Twilight Zone, The Unearthly, The Incredible Petrified World, Half Human, The Cosmic Man, Invisible Invaders, Invasion of the Animal People, The Wizard of Mars, The Astro-Zombies, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, Horror of the Blood Monsters, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Moodchild, Young Frankenstein, Stowaway to the Moon, Shock Waves, Young Frankenstein, Monster,The Ice Pirates, The Twilight Zone, Monster in the Closet, Evil Spawn)

1990 – David White, actor, d @ 74 (Lights Out, One Step Beyond, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping)

1988 – Angela Aames, actress, d @ 32 (Mork and Mindy, Automan)

2005 – Jocelyn Brando, actress, d @ 86 (One Step Beyond, Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land)

1940 – John Alderton, actor (Zardoz)

1956 – William Fichtner, actor (Armageddon, Contact, Elysium, Invasion, Equilibrium, Virtuosity)

1963 – Fisher Stevens, actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit, Lost)

1925 – Marshall Thompson, actor (Bog, Science Fiction Theatre, Fiend Without a Face, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, First Man Into Space, World of Giants, Men Into Space, Ark II)

1925 – Michael Tolan, actor (The Outer Limits, The Invaders, Journey to the Unknown)

1945 – Barbara Anderson, actress (Star Trek, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Invisible Man)

1954 – Patricia McPherson, actress (Star Trek: TNG, Aftershock, Warehouse 13)

1954 – Kimmy Robertson, actress (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)

1973 – Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium, Europa Report)

1973 – Tadanobu Asano (Battleship)

1969 – Chin Han (Arrow, Contagion, 2012, Blindness)

1949 – Gerrit Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, C.H.U.D. II)


posted by admin on Nov 26

1966 – Kristin Bauer van Straten, actress (Star Trek:Enterprise, Galaxis)

1945 – Daniel Davis, actor (Star Trek: TNG)

1919 – Frederick Pohl, sci-fi author (1977 Nebula for Man Plus, 1978 Hugo and Nebula for Gateway, Bipohl)

1986 – Star Trek IV released

1927 – John Carter, actor (Murder in Space, My Science Project, The Andromeda Strain, Marooned, Earth II, The Invaders)

1894 – Norbert Wiener, sci-fi author (The Machine Age)

1954 – Collier’s magazine begins serializing Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers, which will eventually be filmed four times over the next five decades, usually as Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

1982 – Dan Tobin, actor, d @ 73 (Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian)

1990 – David White, actor, d @ 74 (Lights Out, One Step Beyond, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping)

1991 – Dehl Berti, actor, d @ 70 (Operation Neptune, One Step Beyond, The Six Million Dollar Man)

1922 – Adele Jergens, actress (Day the World Ended)

1929 – Betta St John, actress (H.G.Wells’ Invisible Man)

1980 – Rachael Roberts, actress, d @ 53 (Out of the Unknown)

1955 – Tracy [Raye] Hickman, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)

1945 – Daniel Davis, actor (Star Trek: TNG)


posted by admin on Nov 25

11/25 1920 – Ricardo Montalban, actor (Star Trek, Star Trek II)

11/25 1926 – Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Star Trek)

11/25 1997 – Charles Hallahan, actor, d @ 54 (The Thing, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Roswell, The Visitor)

11/25 1920 – Noel Neill, actress (Adventures of Superman, Superman, Atom Man vs. Superman, Invasion U.S.A. , Superboy, Superman Returns)

11/25 1926 – Poul [William] Anderson, sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Mirkheim)

11/25 1942 – Tracey Walter, actor (Independence Day, Star Trek: TNG, Not of This World, Alien Nation, Timestalkers, Repo Man, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann)

11/25 1973 – Stefanie von Pfetten, actress (Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda)

11/25 1926 – Poul Anderson, sci-fi author (The Technic History series, Hoka, Tales of Known Space)

11/25 1920 – Shelagh Fraser, actress (Star Wars)


posted by admin on Nov 24

11/24 1916 – Forrest J Ackerman, invented the term “sci-fi” (Famous Monsters of Filmland, Perry Rhodan, Northwest Smith, Scientifilm Marquee)

11/24 1977 – Richard Carlson, actor, d @ 65 (The Magnetic Monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, Riders to the Stars, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)

11/24 1888 – Rudolf Klein-Rogge, actor (Metropolis)

11/24 1913 – Howard Duff, actor (Spaceways, Science Fiction Theatre, Twilight Zone, Monster in the Closet)

11/24 1948 – Spider Robinson, sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Callahan’s Secret)

11/24 1964 – Garret Dillahunt, actor (The X-Files, Alphas, Millennium, Seven Days, The 4400, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Looper)

11/24 1947 – Dwight Schultz, actor (Star Trek: TNG, Weird Science, The Outer Limits, Star Trek: First Contact, Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager)

11/24 1957 – Denise Crosby, actress (Star Trek: TNG, Mutant Species, The X-Files, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, Invasion Roswell, Deep Impact)

11/24 1960 – Amanda Wyss, actress (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)

11/24 1963 – Lisa Howard, actress (Earth: Final Conflict, First Wave, Replikator, Robocop)

11/24 1965 – Shirley Henderson, actress (Doctor Who)

11/24 1948 – Spider Robinson, actor (Mindkiller, Stardance)

11/24 1944 – Michael Edwards, actor (Terminator 2)

11/24 1942 – Billy Connolly, actor (The X Files: I Want to Believe)


posted by admin on Nov 23

11/23 1914 – [Arthur] Wilson “Bob” Tucker, US, sci-fi author (Time Masters)

11/23 1991 – Klaus Kinski d @ 74 (Android, Timestalkers)

11/23 2010 – Ingrid Pitt, actress, d @ 63, (Doctor Who)

11/23 1914 – Roger Avon, actor (Out of this World, Doctor Who, Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. , Quatermass and the Pit)

11/23 1915 – John Dehner, actor (The Flying Missile , Twilight Zone, The Day of the Dolphin, The Immortal, Creator, Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Boys from Brazil)

11/23 1917 – George O’Hanlon, actor (The Jetsons, Kronos)

11/23 1973 – Paul Newlan, actor, d @ 70 (Twilight Zone)

11/23 1973 – Robert Ellis, actor, d @ 40 (Space Master X-7 )

11/23 1963 – Doctor Who, British sci-fi series debuts

11/23 1955 – Steven Brust, [Karl Zoltan], sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg)

11/23 2012 – Larry Hagman, actor, d @ 81 (Fail-Safe, Beware! the Blob, Superman)

11/23 1924 – Paul Richards, actor (Men Into Space, Way Out, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Space Patrol, The Unknown Terror)

11/23 1930 – Robert Easton, actor (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Stingray, Lost in Space, The Bionic Woman, Star Trek VI)

11/23 1941 – Franco Nero, actor (The War of the Planets, The Visitor, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2

11/23 1951 – David Rappaport, actor (Time Bandits)

11/23 1924 – Paula Raymond, actress (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Flight That Disappeared)

11/23 1970 – Oded Fehr, actor (V)

11/23 1935 – Tom Neyman, actor (Manos: The Hands of Fate)

11/23 1916 – Michael Gough, actor (Doctor Who, They Came From Beyond Space)

11/23 1887 – Boris Karloff, actor (Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Ray, The Man Who Lived Again, Son of Frankenstein, The Man They Could Not Hang, The Man with Nine Lives, Before I Hang, The Devil Commands, House of Frankenstein, Lights Out, Tales of Tomorrow, Frankenstein – 1970, Monster of Terror, Alien Terror)


posted by admin on Nov 22

1983 – Michael Conrad, actor d @ 58 (Way Out, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian,

The Incredible Hulk, Lost In Space, The Imortal, The 6 Milllion Dollar Man)

1996 – Mark Lenard, actor d @ 72 (Way Out, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk,

Star Trek, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)

1971 – Walter Sande, actor, d @ 65 (Red Planet Mars, The War of the Worlds,

Invaders from Mars, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space,

The Navy vs. the Night Monsters)

1976 – Rupert Davies, actor, d @ 60 (Quatermass II, H.G.Wells’ Invisible Man)
1983 – Michael Conrad, actor, d @ 58 (Way Out, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian,

Lost in Space, The Immortal, Planet of the Apes, The Six Million Dollar Man,

The Incredible Hulk)

1932 – Robert Vaughn, actor (Men Into Space, Demon Seed, Starship Invasions,

The Lucifer Complex, Doctor Franken, Hanger 18, Battle Beyond the Stars,

The Ray Bradbury Theatre, C.H.U.D. II, Visions)

1935 – Michael Callan, actor (Journey to the Unknown, The Bionic Woman,

Swamp Thing)

1992 – Gene O’Donnell, actor, d @ 81 (Planet of the Apes, The Devil Bat)
1992 – Sterling Holloway, actor, d @ 87 (Twilight Zone)
1993 – Bill Bixby, actor, d @ 59 (Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian,

The Incredible Hulk)

1995 – Joan Frances, actress, d @ 75 (Fahrenheit 451)
1997 – Joanna Moore, actress, d @ 63 (Monster on the Campus, Countdown)
1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis (Virus)
1940 – Terry Gilliam, ( Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys)
1996 – Star Trek: First Contact released
1989 – Back to the Future II released

posted by admin on Nov 19

When I first started writing I noticed that labels get tossed around describing and categorizing books. Some will use the term supernatural and that was certainly the case, but it would be better if it was labeled romantic supernatural because the romantic theme was primary and the supernatural elements were weaved into the primary story.

I find the same issues with the label Christian sci-fi and I think it is more confusing for those with no beliefs and those who are ambivalent about religion. You have the Left Behind series that tells stories from the premillennial perspective (I”m a partial preterist myself) and other stories that follow the Ark story of finding a new world for humankind or rediscovering religion after a period of darkness where it wasn’t practiced.

I rather the term sci-fi from a Christian perspective.  The stories can deal with a myriad of topics and scenarios, but the protagonist(s) actions are governed by their faith. Profanity is not used and sex is nonexistent or not described in detail in the story, although some authors feel that other characters in the story can engage in that behavior. I disagree with that view.

Sci-fi books from a Christian perspective are interesting, compelling stories every bit as good as regular sci-fi without the profanity and sex that permeates other works. It can be read by young and old alike.

What do you think?