Sci-Fi Legend Ray Bradbury Creates a Visionary Plan to Redesign Los Angeles

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Most of Ray Bradbury’s fans think of him first as a science-fiction writer, but I think of him as a fellow Angeleno. Though born in Waukegan, Illinois, the man who would write The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 moved with his family to Los Angeles as a teenager in 1934.

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Leonard Nimoy Recites Famous Soliloquy from Hamlet in Yiddish: “To Be or Not To Be”

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Leonard Nimoy’s death yesteday at the age of 83 is an enormous loss to fans across the world who loved and respected the actor.

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Leonard Nimoy Reads Ray Bradbury Stories From The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man (1975-76)

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Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice; the now departed Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, also contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice.

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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts in 2001 What the World Will Look By December 31, 2100

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When you want a vision of the future, I very much doubt you turn to Reader’s Digest for it. But Arthur C. Clarke did once appear in its small-format pages to provide just that, and when Arthur C. Clarke talks about the future, you’d do well to listen.

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Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Gets Turned Into “The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made” by Jack Kirby

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Sure, we all enjoyed the adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey presented on the Howard Johnson’s children’s menu from 1968 that we featured last May.

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Neil Gaiman Reads “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

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Neil Gaiman sent Ray Bradbury a gift for what turned out to be his last birthday, his 91st. It was a story called “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury.” And when Bradbury’s editor read it to the bed-ridden author, he reportedly took great pleasure in it.
What could have been better? I guess only hearing Neil Gaiman read the story himself.

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Isaac Asimov Wrote “Gross” Limericks — Lots of Them

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Isaac Asimov — he’s best known for his masterful works of science fiction.  He was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. A committed humanist. And someone who enjoyed writing lots of dirty limericks.

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Kurt Vonnegut Reveals “Why My Dog Is Not a Humanist” in His Humanist of the Year Award Speech (1992)

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Note: Vonnegut starts talking at around the 3:40 mark.
This is humanism, as explained by biochemist, science fiction author and former president of the American Humanist Association Isaac Asimov:
Humanists believe that human beings produced the progressive advance of human society and also the ills that plague it.

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Watch the Opening of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with the Original, Unused Score

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How does a movie become a “classic”? Explanations, never less than utterly subjective, will vary from cinephile to cinephile, but I would submit that classic-film status, as traditionally understood, requires that all elements of the production work in at least near-perfect harmony: the cinematography, the casting, the editing, the d

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Blade Runner Spoofed in Three Japanese Commercials (and Generally Loved in Japan)

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Blade Runner‘s vision of a thoroughly Japanified Los Angeles in the year 2019 reflects the western economic anxieties of the early 1980s.

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