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Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles TimesSuperheroes were never in Jeff Lemire’s plans. The Canadian cartoonist read DC and Marvel comics as a boy, but when ......
Hero Complex - movies, comics, fanboy fare - latimes.comAccording to ancient Jewish mysticism, there are 36 people, called lamed-vavniks, who are divinely chosen to save the world. This ......
Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds." But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized. They called...
Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesWhile Mortals Sleep Unpublished Short Fiction Kurt Vonnegut, foreword by Dave Eggers Delacorte: 272 pp., $27 It was in the 1950s that Kurt Vonnegut, then in his early 30s, quit his job as a publicity man for the research department of General Electric...
Glenn Shadix Character actor worked with Tim Burton Glenn Shadix, 58, a character actor best remembered for his portrayal of the portly, pretentious interior designer Otho in director Tim Burton's 1988 ghost comedy "Beetlejuice," died Tuesday at his...
Special to the Los Angeles Times"I am submitting the enclosed short story 'LIFE-LINE' for either 'Astounding' or 'Unknown,'" Robert A. Heinlein wrote to editor John Campbell in 1939, "because I am not sure which policy it fits the better." The former magazine published science fiction,...
Half a century ago, a middle-aged newspaperman with a few obscure books to his name sat down to pursue a pet obsession based on a story that had never sold. The ensuing 1965 novel -- in which his agent had no confidence -- sagged at first. But within a...
In science fiction, there's dystopia and there's utopia. There are the dark wizards of apocalypse, terrifying us with visions of humanity's grim comeuppance. And the starry-eyed fantasists, insisting how much better the future will be than the messy,...
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The Hero ComplexHere it is, 2010, and I still don't have my flying car. When I was a youngster I was certain that the 21st century would live up to its bookshelf hype and that I would be visiting domed cities on......
'Android Karenina' writer says Tolstoy might not like remake: 'He seems to have taken himself very seriously.'The Hero ComplexFIVE QUESTIONS: BEN H. WINTERS Ben H. Winters shares the author credit on his new book with literary lion Leo Tolstoy, who died 100 years ago this November. The book is called "Android Karenina" and, yes, that's right, it reimagines......
Jacket CopyAre your characters as snazzy as James Bond? Are your sentences lyrical as those in "Lolita"? Pop a few paragraphs into the website I Write Like to find out if you write like Ian Fleming or Vladimir Nabokov. You might......
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