For what it's worth, OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET was assigned reading in a "Science Fiction" course I took in college back in the early eighties, along with THE SPACE MERCHANTS, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, STAND ON ZANZIBAR, etc. I remember liking it.

And I'm mortified to admit that I only got a "B" in that course. » 2/24/15 2:46pm Tuesday 2:46pm

Find the selfie. Save the world.

Despite everything, I'm crossing my fingers that SH escapes the horseman's ax. Last night's episode had me laughing out loud at times, and my jaw dropped when Ben Franklin lost his head. Didn't see that coming!

Granted, I was also practically screaming at Abbie to remember her cellphone.… » 2/24/15 1:13pm Tuesday 1:13pm

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Having Magneto be responsible for putting Xavier in the wheelchair is infinitely better than the original comic-book version, in which a forgettable alien invader named Lucifer was responsible.

SPIDER-MAN: Yep, having Uncle Ben be killed by a carjacker outside the wrestling match is a hundred times… » 2/23/15 5:11pm Monday 5:11pm

Yep. Each episode of CLIFFHANGERS featured new installments in THREE ongoing serials: a "Perils of Pauline" thing called "Saving Susan Williams," a cowboys vs. lost underground civilization story, and "The Curse of Dracula," with Dracula alive and well and posing as suave college professor in modern-day Los Angeles. » 2/20/15 12:04pm 2/20/15 12:04pm

Anybody else remember POOR DEVIL, a 1973 TV pilot starring Sammy Davis Jr. as a minor demon reporting directly to Lucifer, played by Christopher Lee? The premise was that Davis was supposed to be out there tricking people out of their souls, but he had a soft spot for humans and couldn't quite bring himself to damn… » 2/19/15 1:00pm 2/19/15 1:00pm

That's not quite right. Catwoman was running around in costume, and calling herself "Catwoman," for decades before the TV show. She had got a fresh burst of popularity from Julie Newmar and all, but she was all over Golden Age BATMAN comics.

Just looked it up. Catwoman adopted her trademark costume as early as 1946. » 2/18/15 6:03pm 2/18/15 6:03pm