IN AND OUT: IBT, the International Business Times, reports that the Thanos character will not appear in the Guardians of the Galaxy motion picture sequel according Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. However, Cosmo the telepathic Soviet dog may have a bigger role in the next film according to Vulture.
UNEXPECTEDLY: David Gerrold has taken to Facebook to defend a film accused of ripping off Star Trek. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Axanar Productions has raised over a million dollars in crowdfunded money through Indiegogo and Kickstarter to make an unlicensed Star Trek movie. In response, Paramount and CBS have objected to the use of their intellectual property in a complaint filed in federal court. There is no word at this time as to whether or not the Axanar movie is intended to feature Robert A. Heinlein's flat cats.
SPEED DATING: Comic book fans, gamers, and other geeks will be partying on New Year's Eve at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, from 3pm until 2am on New Year's Eve and from 10am until 5pm on New Year's Day. The New Year's Party Con will host two Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions, one for each day of the con.
Robots and robotic systems are common elements in science fiction predictions of a technologically advanced future, but in the real world technology is not the sole driver of automation. Increasingly, the development of robotics may result from troubled economic conditions and as unintended consequences of poor and unrealistic government.
FREE COMICON: The one-day Raleigh Comic Book Convention runs through 4pm today (Sunday) at the Hilton Garden Inn in Crabtree Valley. Admission is free.
However, note that he didn't explicitly promise not to make Frankenstein's monsters.
THE SJWS WERE RIGHT!: I4U News reports that "when two males stay together and make a direct contact, they change into female..." At least, if they're snails they do. Or more specifically, if they're slipper snails they do. I4U quotes researcher Rachel Collins as saying, “I was blown away by this result.”
SCIFI BECOMES SCI: The New York Post reports Laura Jacques and Richard Remde brought their dead dog back to life (at least genetically) thanks to a cloning procedure succesfully performed by South Korean lab Sooam. Using tissue from a biopsy taken 12 days after the death of their canine companion, Dylan, the Sooam biotech laboratory was able to create a puupy clone, appropriately named Chance. Now that the cloning has succeeded, the couple is making plans to remove Dylan from their freezer.
TCBS: The next one-day Toronto Comic Book Show is at the Toronto Ontario Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue, this Sunday December 27, 2015. Kids under 12 get in to the comic book convention free.
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