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    So an impossible to destroy human wearing a goalie mask is not your idea of engaging? ;)

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    Have you heard about Guillermo del Toro's SciFi / monster pic "Pacific Rim?"
    Summary: Giant aliens rise from the sea and humankind must build machines piloted by people to stop them.

    I like the casting in this one. Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman (both) from "Sons of Anarchy" and Idris Elba from "Thor."

    Scrernplay by Travis Beacham.

    Planned cinematic release June 2013.


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    Maybe if Jane Austen had written such, it might be, lol.

    Maybe that will be the next book trend, following on vampires melded with classics.
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    This may be of interest. The Merril Collection is a large store of science fiction / fantasy media administered by the Toronto Public Library.

    http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/merril/


    I've been sorting through the entries and it's quite stunning. In Ontario, Canada, some of the municipal and regional libraries are networked, enabling them to cross loan
    books, DVDs, CDs, etc., to patrons so long as they have a valid library membership and don't owe any fines.

    I'm going to apply through the Ottawa Public Library for a loan from this collection in Toronto. Will let you know how it goes.

    Does anyone else live in a jurisdiction with this level of collaboration?

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    I've actually visited the branch library where this collection is housed. When I was in Toronto for the World Science Fiction Convention in 2003 I got to tour the stacks which are not normally open to the public. The collection contains many old and rare works of science fiction. There is a large collection of pulp magazines,newspaper comic strips,manuscripts,etc..
    The collection is non-circulating but there is an excellent reading room. The collection is housed in a specially built climate controlled area.
    http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/merril/

    http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB137&R=LIB137
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    You are fortunate. I wasn't aware it was non circulating. I'm on vacation next week. Toronto is a 5 hour drive from where I sm. May have to spring for a tank of gas.

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    OK, then. I will. One of the reasons 2001 has remained my all time favorite book is that it's concepts were years ahead of it's time, and remain so.

    The idea of working together for the good of all mankind was a brave step in 1968 as the Cold War lumbered on, and we still have to realize Arthur's dreams.

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    Do you agree that wars are fought for excitement? I think that might be true of some naive untried soldiers or wannabes, but I would hope that anyone with maturity and sense wouldn't look to the bloodshed and destruction of war for thrills. And I'd think that anyone who'd lived through war would never want to see it again. Even hearing about war from my parents and grandparents, I learned how dehumanizing warfare can be, even for the victors. I think wars are fought for power or presumed self-preservation, more so than excitement.
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    For myself, no. I don't find warfare exciting at all, and hope that we can one day learn to live without conflict.

    I found the quote from the book. Seems it was not quite so hopeful as I remembered it.

    [quote="Arthur C Clarke]

    Any man who had ever worked in a hardened missile site would have felt at home in Clavius. Here on the Moon were the same arts and hardware of underground living, and of protection against a hostile environment; but here they had been turned to the purposes of peace. After ten thousand years, man had at last found something as exciting as war.
    Unfortunately, not all nations had yet realized that fact.[/quote]

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    Disheartening quote, yes.

    I think we'll always have conflict, simply because individuals and countries will continue to have differences and power will always be sought. Conflict can take many forms, though. I hope that bloodshed and destruction will eventually disappear, but I'm not optimistic about that. We (humankind) are still so primitive.
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    Exploration and discovery is certainly preferrable to violence. Sadly the scientific and technological advances that enable us to better the human condition also make waging war more efficient and sanitary. But a real soldier, when not under political duress, I believe will always chose peace over war.

    One thing is certain. A planetary objective like reaching for the stars, or improving the world we have, would be so consuming, there'd be no time or resources to wage war.

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    Yes, I'm of like mind. I think we're far off from that, though, because I think poverty and ignorance fuel war, and we still have so much of that around the world.

    I also worry that the struggle for resources will only intensify in coming decades, because of the increasing shortage of water around the world, which drives food shortages, for instance.
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    I'm reviewing an on-line site called "Daily Science
    Fiction." Intriguing at first glance. There's a theme directory with archived stories.

    If you get a moment - check it out. I'd like to compare notes.

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    I just found this while looking through my Star Trek collection.

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    Fascinating. ;)

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    Seven of Nine was a good character.
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    Robert Picardo was brilliant as the Holo Doc.

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    In 1994, a limited edition series of Star Trek themed Oreo Cookies was produced. There were special boxes with one of five different punch out spacecraft on the back as well as spacecraft designs incorporated into the cookies themselves.

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    How are you preserving that cookie?

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    The box was just sitting on a shelf and I didn't even realize they there were any cookies still in it when I decided to photograph it and took it down. I wouldn't want to eat it though.
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