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BRIAN DOHERTY is a senior editor of Reason magazine and the author of "Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement."THE science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was born in Missouri, and his fiction was mostly set in the future and on distant planets. But there's no question that Heinlein — born 100 years ago this week — was one of Southern California's...
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Zap2It.comABC is cleaning out its programming closet, giving summertime runs to a pair of projects that were initially scheduled to run last season. The game show "Set for Life," which way back when was slated to air in the fall, will finally premiere on Friday,...
REWRITING a famous story from a different character's point of view has become common enough that the results constitute a genre of their own. John Gardner saw "Beowulf" through the monster's eyes in "Grendel"; Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea" excavated the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterArthur C. Clarke, who peered into the heavens with a homemade telescope as a boy and grew up to become a visionary titan of science-fiction writing and collaborated with director Stanley Kubrick on the landmark film "2001: A Space Odyssey," has died. He...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSEATTLE -- For all of Neal Stephenson's achievements, his most impressive may be his ability to attract a following equal parts hacker and literati. His popularity is all the more anomalous because his books are always long and often difficult. His last...
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Astral Weeks Pop Quiz: Name the piece of music responsible for these flights of fancy: Example one: "About fifteen minutes [in] . . . I have entered a different reality and am in a strange part of the universe where you can sit on the tail of a flaming...
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Cornelia Wallace Former first lady of Ala. Cornelia Wallace, 69, who as first lady of Alabama threw herself over Gov. George C. Wallace after he was shot in an assassination attempt during the 1972 presidential campaign, died Thursday of cancer in...
Zap2It.comAlthough George Takei is an actor, he really does have a connection with outer space. The "Star Trek" and "Heroes" actor has had an asteroid named in his honor, report news sources. The asteroid, situated between Mars and Jupiter, was previously named...
Zap2It.comRod Serling would be proud. The writer-producer pioneered fantasy-themed television anthologies with "The Twilight Zone," so he'd likely support "Masters of Science Fiction," a four-part ABC series airing Saturdays starting Aug. 4. With noted physicist...
Right about then, the Age of Aquarius seemed to be reaching an apocalyptic conclusion: Amid campus riots, a contentious war and political assassinations, it was hard not to feel fatalistic. And Robert Silverberg, a New York writer who'd recently...
Zap2It.comA handful of ABC stars will be pulling double duty on the network this season, having signed on to an impressive roster of actors for the anthology series "Masters of Science Fiction." The six-episode series, which is likely to air at midseason, will...
Forest Park is one of the largest patches of urban wilderness in the United States, and the Victorian homes and gardens nearby create an air of Tolkienesque enchantment. Right around here in fact, one of Tolkien's heirs labors in a century-old house....
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