Sunday, April 15, 2018
From Fox News Copyright 2018.
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.
"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."
A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps and age 17 and spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical advisor in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.
But Ermey didn't get his big break until nine years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam.
An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views.
"I've had a very fruitful career. I've done over 70 feature films," he said. "I've done over 200 episodes of ['GunnyTime']... and then [Hollywood] found out that I'm a Conservative."
Actually, he corrected, "I'm an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president's administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed."
Ermey, who was an NRA board member, said at the time that his association with the organization and his disapproval of President Obama cost him acting jobs.
"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood ... that's why I live up in the desert on a dirt road ... I don't have to put up with their crap."
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Art Bell Passes Away at 72
Art Bell, founder and former host of Coast to Coast AM, passed away Friday, April 13. He was 72-years-old. The Nye County Sheriff's Office reports Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. An official cause of death has not yet been determined. Stay tuned for more information.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Garfield's creator, Jim Davis is interviewed on The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology website. Interesting look at imagination and appealing to the masses
Monday, April 9, 2018
SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT by Randy Henderson
Finn Graymare is back in the final installment of Randy Henderson's Familia Arcana series, Smells Like Finn Spirit.
Finn's re-adaptation to the human world is not going so well. He's got a great girlfriend, and is figuring out how things like the internet work, but he is still carrying the disembodied personality of Alynon, Prince of the Silver Demesne, the fae who had occupied his body during his imprisonment. And he's not getting along at all with his older brother. And oh, by the way, his dead grandfather is still trying to possess him in order to bring about Armageddon.
“Finn Fancy is urban fantasy with a pop culture sweet tooth...rollicking and charming as Finn Fancy Necromancy.”—NPR
“Quite a bit of fun.” —Buzzfeed
“A hold-on-tight romp through all things weird and fantastical.” —School Library Journal on Finn Fancy Necromancy
“Absolutely marvelous. A funny, quirky, and compelling tale full of fantastic twists and dire conspiracies.”—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series
“A fast-paced fantasy mystery.... The quick turns of the mystery plot make this a speedy and enjoyable read.”—Kirkus Reviews
RANDY HENDERSON, author of Finn Fancy Necromancy, and Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, is the grand prize winner of Writers of the Future Award, a Clarion West graduate, and member of SFWA and Codex. His fiction has appeared in Penumbra, Escape Pod, and Realms of Fantasy, and has been included in anthologies.
On Sale April 24, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765392664. $18.99 USD.
Check out the first two books in The Familia Arcana series, Finn Fancy Necromancy and Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series.
Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth.
Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. There's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.
“A tribute to the power of science fiction, evoking a giddy sense of wonder and adventure about space exploration, technology, and human ingenuity.” —NPR
"This is a classic...adventurous...with retro SF twists that nod to Heinlein’s oeuvre." —Booklist
"This easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."—Kirkus
"The whole story is great fun. Your Heinlein itch will be scratched in a 21st-century way" —RT Book Reviews
"Exciting, entertaining."—The Irresponsible Reader
"A refreshing mix of teen drama and science."—Elitist Book Reviews
CARRIE VAUGHN is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and the post-apocalyptic murder mysteries Bannerless and The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.
On Sale April 24, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765382214. $15.99 USD.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele
Our solar system needs a hero and it's about to get one in an old-fashioned, SF pulp adventure with modern sensibility. Allen Steele, author of Arkwright, gives us a thrilling piece of science fiction pulp with Avengers of the Moon.
Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There's only one way to uncover the evil mastermind—Curt must become Captain Future.
With the permission of the Edmond Hamilton estate, Allen Steele revives the exciting adventures of Captain Future.
“A rollicking tribute to Edmond Hamilton's classic Captain Future stories.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Steele combines the charm of those classic swashbuckling space adventures many of us grew up on with questions about artificial intelligence and space colonization that we face today.” —Amazing Stories
"An authentic, heartfelt and evocative novel....Blending melodrama with restraint, mixing tragedy and comedy, and hewing to tradition while simultaneously honoring contemporary tastes, this book deserves to find a big audience amongst old and young readers alike."—Locus
ALLEN STEELE worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a prolific science fiction writer. He has garnered multiple Hugo Awards for his novellas and novelettes, and his novel Obital Decay won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award in recognition of his fiction promoting space exploration.
On Sale April 17, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765382191. $16.99 USD.