Thursday, October 19, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or they follow the lead of Ozymandias. Neal Stephenson’s epic and ...

**WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Secret Empire storyline. Proceed at your own risk** Captain America, Marvel Comics’ stalwart sentinel of liberty, has been at the center of controversy since he was revealed to have been a lifelong agent of the terrorist organization Hydra on the final page of ...

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

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  • Talk From Superheroes on Marvel’s Inhumans (x)
    Talk From Superheroes on Marvel’s Inhumans (x) ... Read more...
    Source: Texts from SuperheroesPublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin review – moving story of a child migrant
    The team behind the graphic novel versions of Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series change direction with this very real and affecting taleWriters Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrator Giovanni Rigano created the graphic novel adaptations of Colfer’s classic fantasy action series, Artemis Fowl. With Illegal, they turn to the here and now and have created a deeply affecting and thought=provoking account of the 21st-century refugee experience.A kind of documentary fiction, the book weaves real stories ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: ComicsPublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By Sarah Donaldson
  • Factory Entertainment Extends Discount on 1966 BATCAVE
    Here’s a bit of a public service for you… For the complete FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT 1966 BATCAVE Index of stories: Click here. — Hey, folks: As you probably know, we’ve spent a lot of time covering the evolution of Factory Entertainment’s 1966 Batcave sculpture due out this winter. (Click here.) The company planned to cut pre-orders off at the end of September but they’ve passed along word that they’re extending their discount window ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
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  • Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
    Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed. Young stars start out with a massive disk of gas and ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of ‘Girls’ Rocketry Challenge’ in Japan
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 Lockheed Martin has launched the second cycle of its 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' program, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative designed to enable female high school students in Japan engage in real-life experiments that will further pique their curiosity and potential interest in STEM and related careers. In partnership with the Japan Association of Rocketry ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Saturn’s A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
    (UPI) Oct 17, 2017 Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. The orbital resonances of the seven moons, new research shows, prevents the A ring from diffusing into nothingness. Without the seven moons, the ring's material wo ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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