Archive | April, 2011

Labyrinth in Aqua

The Molinari Society session on Gary Chartier’s book will run from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 23 April 2011, in San Diego’s Hilton Bayfront. For anyone planning to attend, I can now announce the room: Aqua 300.

The Hilton Bayfront’s floors are identified by shades of blue – Indigo, Aqua, Sapphire – rather than by numbers (though they are not actually painted the shades they are named after), but the Aqua level is essentially the 3rd floor. Finding room 300 is non-obvious, since it’s not near most of the other meeting rooms and the signage is unhelpfulage; but once you get off the escalator on Aqua, head straight ahead toward the windows. When you see a UPS store to the right, turn right, going past the UPS store (keeping it on your left), then turn left and head all the way back.

Or you can just look at the following map of the Aqua level. Aqua 300’s at the lower left. (Click for increased hugeness.)

Hilton Bayfront, Aqua level

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen

Sadly, longtime Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen has died. She played Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most popular of the Doctor’s companions (and the most popular prior to the 2005 revival). Debuting in 1973 as 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee’s last companion, she went on to play 4th Doctor Tom Baker’s first, and would return to guest-star on the revived version of the show alongside David Tennant in 2006. Since 2007, she has starred in the spinoff series Sarah Jane Adventures, making a success of a fairly unusual project by mainstream media standards: a science-fiction series whose principal character is a woman in her 60s. The show was halfway through filming its fifth season at the time of her death.

Elisabeth Sladen, 1970sElisabeth Sladen, 2000s

But In An Alternate Universe, China Is Much Freer

shows you won't see in China

The Chinese government is banning tv shows about time travel because they treat “serious history in a frivolous way.&#148

But wait, there’s more. The powers that be are also training their sights on shows featuring “fantasy,” “mythical stories,” “bizarre plots,” “absurd techniques,” “feudal superstitions,” “fatalism,” “reincarnation,” “ambiguous moral lessons,” and “lack of positive thinking.”

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