Book Review: Midnight’s Mask by Paul S. Kemp

June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am | Posted in Books, Regular Feature, Reviews | Leave a comment
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As an ongoing part of our reviews of non-Star Wars books by Star Wars authors, I’ve reviewed the final book in the Erevis Cale Trilogy (though not the last book in the ongoing series) Midnight’s Mask by Paul S. Kemp. This story wraps up the hero’s quest to stop the Sojourner and his dark, mysterious plot to harness untold amounts of magical power. As the characters continue their transformations, they face even more difficult challenges and foes. Click here to read my full review.

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Space Station Disaster

June 30, 2011 at 8:23 am | Posted in Humor, Science News | Leave a comment

This week for Sci Fi Thursday I give you the inner workings of a truly disturbed mind. Mine. I read yesterday that the crew of the International Space Station found themselves in jeopardy when a piece of space trash (yes the kind I always make a fuss about) almost hit the station. It was big enough and close enough to cause the crew to board their escape vehicles. The following video is in no way a representation of what actually happened to those brave men and women. It is merely what went through this science fiction addict’s muddled mind as he read the story. I now share my daydream with all of you.

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Tranformers: Dark of the Moon Review

June 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous, Movies, Reviews | 3 Comments
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in typical Transformers fashion, is jammed with action-packed robot fighting and in-your-face comedy.  Though definitely a step up from the over-done second installment in the Michael Bay directed trilogy, the film fails to live up to the first Transformers movie.  That isn’t to say that it is a bad movie – it is not by any means. Continue Reading Tranformers: Dark of the Moon Review…

Databurst From the 501st

June 29, 2011 at 10:41 am | Posted in 501st, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Regular Feature, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Latest Databurst From the 501st covering event news from June 29-July 6th. With the Fourth of July coming up there’s a lot of parade events so take a look to see if your local garrison will be in a parade near you.

June 30th

Star Wars Galaxies Shutting Down and a Petition to Save It

June 29, 2011 at 8:48 am | Posted in Star Wars News, Video Games | Leave a comment
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You’ve probably heard that Lucasfilm and Sony will be shutting down the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies on December 15th. With Star Wars The Old Republic in the pipeline, it makes sense to streamline the marketplace and cut back on costs. However, dedicated fans created a petition to keep the game alive. The petition requests that Sony convert the game from pay-to-play to free-to-play, further suggesting that they could downsize the game to a smaller amount of servers to reduce operations costs, and profits could still be made off the sale of virtual items in the game. The idea itself has merit. According to venturebeat.com, games like Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online have been very successful in tremendously increasing their game base by changing their models to free-to-play.

Yet there are also accusations that Sony is trying to silence the petition by banning players and locking forums topics involving the petition. Sony even commented on the issue: “Promoting an online petition causes disruption within the community and does not provide gameplay feedback that our development team can use.” So whether or not Star Wars Galaxies can be saved remains very much up in the air, but there is one glimmer of hope gamers can cling on to. According to G4tv.com the Star Wars Galaxies Emulator will still be available on its own private server for those who wish to game on.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot. For us R.I.P. will be Game Over.

Choices of One: Back Cover Revealed

June 29, 2011 at 7:32 am | Posted in Art, Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars author Timothy Zahn revealed the back cover of his upcoming book Choices of One on his Facebook page today. Choices of One will be out July 19, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. Enjoy the cover!

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New Cover for Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

June 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Red Harvest will not be the only Star Wars book getting a facelift as StarWars.com reveals the new cover for Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. Written by Michael Reaves, the re-release will include a new Darth Maul short story written by James Luceno and is scheduled to come out on December 27th. Check out the new cover…

Posted By: Skuldren

Smile Earth – You’re On Candid Camera

June 28, 2011 at 5:00 am | Posted in Science News | Leave a comment
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If only Alan Funt were alive to see this. This week for Science Tuesday I give you UrtheCast. By spring of 2012, the entirety of planet Earth will be available for viewing by a pair of cameras mounted to the International Space Station that has been described by it’s creators as “Google Earth on steroids.”

An article in Popular Science (www.popsci.com) by Rebecca Boyle states:

A Canadian company called UrtheCast (don’t ask us why it’s spelled this way) arranged a deal with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to bring two cameras to the International Space Station sometime later this year, where they will be mounted on the exterior. The video will be downlinked to Earth and broadcast online.

One camera will shoot in high-definition, with a frame rate of 3.25 fps, and another will broadcast in lower resolution, offering a three-color image. It will provide the first high-definition continuous video footage of Earth, according to Scott Larson, co-founder and president of UrtheCast, in a promotional video.

The system will work as a sort of mashup between Google Earth and YouTube, Larson says, connecting live footage with maps and other capabilities. Users will be able to pause, rewind and zoom, and view specific times and locations — so long as the ISS was passing overhead at the time.

Continue Reading Smile Earth – You’re On Candid Camera…

Star Wars eBooks Released Today

June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Today the entire catalog of Star Wars books will finally be available in electronic format. From Bantam to Del Rey, from the novelization of Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi written by James Kahn to Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller. A grand total of 151 Star Wars eBooks will be at the reader’s disposal, so if there’s a particular book you haven’t read yet, and you’ve been wanting to try out your new eReaders, now’s the time to jump in. For the seasoned fans who’ve read every book out there, you might be interested in replacing one of your worn out copies of I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole, Traitor by Matthew Stover, or The Last Command by Timothy Zahn with a nice digital version. You can see the full lineup at Random House’s website.

UPDATE:

Star Wars Books posted a video for the eBook releases today on their Facebook page. You can watch it here.

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Review: Falling Skies Episode 3 – Prisoner of War

June 27, 2011 at 9:09 am | Posted in Reviews, Sci-Fi, Television | 1 Comment
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Continuing our coverage of the sci-fi television show Falling Skies, last night’s episode Prisoner of War was good but a little slow. The big theme in the episode was the harnesses (the alien technology that renders children into slave laborers) and the new doctor who can hopefully remove them from the kids without killing them. Dr. Michael Harris is played by actor Steven Weber who you might recognize from the old tv show Wings or from the classic Vietnam war movie Hamburger Hill. I really liked Weber’s performance in Hamburger Hill, unfortunately his character Dr. Harris isn’t the most likable sort. He’s a pessimist and as a doctor he doesn’t show the most care and concern for his patients. Regardless he did well with the part and it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the character in future episodes. Continue Reading Review: Falling Skies Episode 3 – Prisoner of War…

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