Author: Old School Science Fiction

John W. Campbell, a chief architect of science…

John W. Campbell, a chief architect of science fiction’s Golden Age, was as brilliant as he was problematic:

An examination of a great but flawed giant of the Pulp Science Fiction Era.

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Gene Roddenberry had the bold vision of a future in which mankind had abandoned bigotry, war, oppression, and dressing like a grown-up. You want an enlightened, space-faring, post-scarcity utopia? Then shut up and put on this technicolor bodysuit a three year old would say was beneath his dignity.

There have been numerous hints throughout the …

There have been numerous hints throughout the CW’s five year run of “The Flash” that the series takes place in a shared multiverse with the original 1990-91 CBS series of the same name.

Now, finally, John Wesley Shipp is back, not as Barry’s dad Henry Allen, not as Earth-3′s Jay Garrick/Flash, but as Barry Allen/Flash from the continuity of the series from 28 years ago, a reality dubbed Earth-90.

You may remember him as Leroy in the Doctor Wh…

You may remember him as Leroy in the Doctor Who’s “The War Games” and Calib in “The Face of Evil”. But you almost certainly recall him as the Imperial officer – Moradmin Bast, if you didn’t know the name – who tried to persuade Grand Moff Tarkin to evacuate the Death Star before the destruction of same in “Star Wars” (1977).

Happy birthday to actor Leslie Schofield.

Not a bad sci fi résumé: Space: 1999, Superman…

Not a bad sci fi résumé: Space: 1999, Superman I and II, V: The Final Battle, Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, CW’s Supergirl, and voice work for both Doctor Who: The Adventure Games and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Happy birthday to Sarah Douglas.

A New Hope?

A New Hope?

Bob Hope and Mark Hamill on “The Bob Hope All Star Christmas Comedy Special” (1977).

Happy birthday to Teri Garr, who played Robert…

Happy birthday to Teri Garr, who played Roberta Lincoln in the Star Trek TOS episode “Assignment: Earth” and Inga in “Young Frankenstein” (1974).

He was the narrator on “Space Patrol,” but you…

He was the narrator on “Space Patrol,” but you remember his distinctive voice as that of the B9 Environmental Control Robot on “Lost in Space”.

Happy birthday to the late, great Dick Tufeld.

She was the original TV horror host, a proto-G…

She was the original TV horror host, a proto-Goth culture pioneer, a cult movie actress, an antique store proprietor, a creator of handmade clothing and jewelry, and so much more.

Happy birthday to the late, great Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, better known as Maila Nurmi and even more well known as Vampira, geek culture’s queen of both camp and the macabre.

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December 11, 1972 – Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan checks out the lunar rover at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. (NASA)