Sunday Summary – November 22nd, 2015

So what did you miss this week? This week we flew with Super Girl, went on Mysterious Geographical Explorations, danced at the Time Travelers’ Ball, got spooky with Doctor Who, hung with the Agents of Shield, and then some . . .

Wheelworks: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen – Chapter 5: Glacier

Wheelworks by KT Sebastian Part one: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen Episode 5 – Glacier Cover art by Debra Weiss  

November 22nd, 1869 – The Cutty Sark

The clipper Cutty Sark was launched in Dumbarton, Scotland on November 22nd, 1869; it was the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.

Symposium Vendor – Frank & Steele

Frank and Steele . . . purveyors of unique incidentals, artificers of wondrous makings, mad … er, differently thinking scientists. Herein do we create finely crafted fanciful adorments for Steampunk wear. From gears to buckles to medals and so much more.

Pluto in Fiction

Pluto is everyone’s favorite dispossessed planet, but has it only been that way since the controversy? Hardly–given the amount of science fiction that’s chosen the mysteriously cold and distant solar system body as a setting. Here are some of the more famous examples of Pluto in science fiction. Feel free to mention your own in […]

November 21st, 1783 – First Untethered Hot Air Balloon Flight

In Paris, on November 21st, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

So Few Agents, So Little Time

Season three of Agents of Shield is just chugging on with more revelations than you can shake a stick at. Our friendly neighborhood shrink, Andrew, is none other than the heart breaking (and removing) inhuman Lash. Phil has fallen for the stoic and snarky head of the ATCU, or has he? Fitz and Simmons and […]

What’s on the Menu in Speculative Fiction?

In elementary school children learn that the basic needs are air, water, food, and shelter in that order of importance. The need for other things, like love, security, and meaning, are lower on the level of significance. Anthropologists study the eating habits of a society in both basic forms and elaborate ritual purposes in order to gain cultural insights. The acts of obtaining, preparing, distribution, and eating of food are a fundamental part of a culture’s infrastructure. Is it any wonder, then, that food plays a principal role in the world-building of fiction realms and that some of the most famous and successful speculative fiction authors like Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins devote a extraordinary amount of narrative time to the central questions of how, why, and where their characters eat?

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