Monday, January 30, 2017

Some of Chris Kohler's Artwork for Sentinels 8: The Dark Crusade


For the consideration of those nominating the 2017 Pulp Factory Awards, here are Chris Kohler's interior illustrations from SENTINELS (vol 8): THE DARK CRUSADE:


The book is available here:


Monday, January 02, 2017

My Top 50 Favorite Movies of All Time, as of Jan 1 2017

My annual (Jan 1) completely revised and updated Top Fifty Favorite Movies list, as of January 1, 2017. (I have removed all James Bond films and given them their own rankings list elsewhere. Soon I will do the same with Marvel movies from this list, but for now they are still included.) Just a little movement from last year's list, but a change at the top. 1. Star Wars 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 3. The Avengers 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 5. The 13th Warrior 6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 7. Last of the Mohicans 8. Ice Station Zebra 9. Serenity 10. Casablanca 11. Kingdom of Heaven 12. Gandhi 13. Babe 14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (US) 15. Star Trek: The Motion Picture 16. Ocean's 11 (2001) 17. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 18. Lawrence of Arabia 19. Dead Again 20. Payback 21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 22. Henry V (1989) 23. The Crow 24. North by Northwest 25. Die Hard 26. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 27. A Bridge Too Far 28. Captain America: Civil War 29. V for Vendetta 30. Captain America: Winter Soldier 31. The Outlaw Josey Wales 32. Avengers: Age of Ultron 33. Iron Man 34. Tombstone 35. Thor 36. John Carter 37. Where Eagles Dare 38. 2010 39. Blade Runner 40. Highlander 41. The Big Red One 42. The Guns of Navarone 43. The Lincoln Lawyer 44. The Revenant 45. The Name of the Rose 46. Predator 47. King Rat 48. Hero 49. White 50. Aliens

Hear my cohosts, guests and me discuss these and other great movies and other pop culture topics on the White Rocket Entertainment Network:
http://whiterocket.podbean.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Popular Vote for President of the United States




Highest Popular Votes by Year
(All years with total exceeding 100 million votes; numbers rounded off to nearest 1,000)

2016) 136,297,000

2008) 131,314,000

2012) 129,085,000

2004) 122,295,000

2000) 105,405,000

1992) 104,427,000



Popular Vote Totals by Candidates, Ranked
(Numbers rounded off to nearest 1,000)

69,499,000  ...(2008) Barack Obama

65,916,000  ...(2012) Barack Obama

65,747,000 ...(2016) Hillary Clinton

62,905,000 ...(2016) Donald Trump

62,041,000 ...(2004) George W Bush

60,934,000  ...(2012) Mitt Romney

59,948,000  ...(2008) John McCain

59,028,000  ...(2004) John Kerry

54,455,000 ...(1984) Ronald Reagan

51,000,000 ...(2000) Al Gore

50,456,000 ...(2000) George W Bush

48,886,000 ...(1988) George H W Bush

47,402,000 ...(1996) Bill Clinton

46,740,000 ...(1972) Richard Nixon

44,910,000 ...(1992) Bill Clinton

43,643,000 ...(1980) Ronald Reagan

42,825,000 ...(1964) Lyndon Johnson

41,809,000 ...(1988) Michael Dukakis

40,826,000 ...(1976) Jimmy Carter

39,199,000 ...(1996) Bob Dole

39,148,000 ...(1976) Gerald Ford

39,105,000 ...(1992) George H W Bush

37,577,000 ...(1984) Walter Mondale

35,590,000 ...(1956) Dwight Eisenhower

35,481,000 ...(1980) Jimmy Carter

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sentinels Collectible Card Game - Full List of Cards



SENTINELS CCG Card List
Here is a complete list of the first full set of Sentinels Collectible Card Game cards.
If you spot an error or know of a card I have somehow missed, please let me know.
(And if you purchased a set and did not receive all the cards you expected, please let me know!)
I will post this to the Sentinels web site at White Rocket in the next couple of days.

More information and links to order the cards here.


Battle Cards

Alien Invasion
Cosmic Crisis
Government Conspiracy
HQ Takeover
Mutant Crisis
Robot Attack
SpaceTime Warp
Tech Nightmare
Villains in Disguise

Hero Cards

Devenn
Esro Brachis
Mondrian
Pulsar
Shiva
Star Knight
Ultraa
Vanadium

Villain Cards

Black Terror
Blue Skull
Centurion 1
Distraxion
Field Marshal
Francisco
Metalgod
Vanguard
Warlord
Xorex

Neutral Cards

Anna Maldini
Francisco
Heavyweight
Mr. Jameson
Kabaraak
Wolf

Instant Cards

Alien Interference
Brought Before Galactic Council
Captured by Aliens
Cutting Loose
Defensive Force Field
Dimensional Transporter
Entity in the Box
Epic Save
Flying Monkey Robot
Francisco's Judgment
Grounded
High Tech Blackmail
High Tech Rescue
Identity Revealed
Inspirational Mutant Heroics
Last Ditch Defense
Last Stand
Mutant Sneak Attack
Mystery Villain
No Mercy
Plea for Help
Power Boost
Space Gods Intervene
Spider Robots
Sword of Alatair
Teamwork
Undetectable
Verthrun Incursion
Verthrun Triumphant
Villainous Horde
Villains on the Run
Warlord Triumphant

Rare Cards

Black Terror Supreme
Brachis Empowered
Captain Mondrian
Centurion 2
Cosmic Power Overload
Devenn the Guardian
Pulsar Rising
Reward for Heroism
Shiva Energized
Stellarax
The Star Knights
Ultraa Reborn
Vanadium Unleashed
Victory Celebration
Warlord in Red
Wolf Empowered
Worldmind Sphere
Xorex Empowered

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Tentative 2016 DragonCon Schedule for Me

Tentative 2016 DragonCon Schedule for Van Allen Plexico

Below are events I am officially listed as hosting or participating in.
If you are looking for me during times not listed below, I will likely be at panels and events on the Sci Fi Literature track, American Sci Fi Classics track, and/or Military SF Media track.
Or in the Green Room. Or at Robot Battles. Or eating. Or asleep.

Does not include Comics and Popular Arts Conference programming.

THURSDAY
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ESO Network Hosts Meet and Greet
Thurs 10:00 pm Location: Hyatt Bar
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FRIDAY
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History of SciFi
Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt
Lee Martindale, Chris A Jackson, Van Allen Plexico

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Babylon 5 or Deep Space 9? (I'm not listed but am on it)
Fri 2:30 pm Location: Merchandise Mart 2, Room  204-B
Jamie Poff, Robert Lehnen, JoAnne Goetz, Van Allen Plexico

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Everything Old is New Again (I'm not listed but am on it)
Fri 4:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (presumably)
Chris Jackson, Van Allen Plexico

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Marvel/DC Jeopardy
Fri 7:00 pm Location: Merchandise Mart 2, Room 204-A
Van Allen Plexico

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Cleopatra 2525 and Jack of All Trades: Action Hour Salute
Fri 08:30 pm Location: M103-M105 - Marriott

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Bookclub-Ready Player One!
Fri 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt
Van Allen Plexico, Bethany Kesler, John Hudgens
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SATURDAY
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Reading: Van Allen Plexico
I will do dramatic performances from my two or three latest SF books (and possibly from one of my Auburn books).
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Edgewood - Hyatt

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Autograph Session: Van Allen Plexico
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: International Hall South - Marriott

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SF Jeopardy
Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt
Moderator / MC for panel

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Auburn vs Clemson - DragonCon Watch Party
Sat 09:00 pm Location: High Velocity - Marriott
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SUNDAY
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Classic Sci-Fi Roll-A-Panel: The 80s
Sun 10:00 am Location: M103-M105 - Marriott
Michael Falkner, Van Allen Plexico

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Hugo and Nebula Awards Minus Fifty
We look back half a century at the works that won the Hugos and Nebula awards in 1966.
Sun 01:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Van Allen Plexico, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Bill Fawcett, Wendy S Delmater

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Starship Showdown
The best starships of literature face off to find out which is the best.
Sun 05:30 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

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Highlander: There Can Be Only One 30th Anniversary
What to expect: A roomful of people singing Queen's "Princes of the Universe."
Sun 07:00 pm Location: M103-M105 - Marriott
(Tentative Panelists: Michael Falkner, Dr. Scott ViguiƩ, Van Allen Plexico)

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MONDAY
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Daredevil - The Vigilante Returns  (I'm not listed but am on it)
Mon 10:00 am Location Marriott M301-303
Eric Asher, Bethany Kesler, Gary Mitchel, Van Allen Plexico





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

White Rocket Podcast Episodes List - Updated July 2016

UPDATED JULY 12, 2016:
A chronological list of some of the more popular topics we have covered on the White Rocket Podcast so far.
All are easily available at http://whiterocket.podbean.comand http://www.whiterocketbooks.com and the most recent episodes are on iTunes.
My eternal thanks to all of my guests and co-hosts on these episodes.
(Co-hosts in parentheses).
The last few may not have posted yet as I am still compiling the anniversary 100th episode.

001 Prometheus (movie review) (Mark Bousquet)
002 Stephen King's The Dark Tower (David Wright)
003 Bobby Politte on Superhero Novels
004 James Bond in all media (David Medinnus)
005 Jeff Deischer on Superhero Novels
006 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Jim Yelton)
007 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Jim Yelton)
008 Richard Stark's Parker novels & films (Mark Finn)
009 Movies of 2012 (Bobby Politte)
010 Movies of 2012 (Bobby Politte)
011 A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (John Ringer)
012 Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander novels & film (Bryan Crowson)
013 10 Favorite Movies Countdown (John Ringer)
014 James Clavell's Asian Saga (Shogun, etc) novels & films (Rick Lai)
015 Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels & films (James Hickson)
016 Legion I: Lords of Fire (audiobook sample)
017 Awards Season (Bobby Politte)
018 Babylon 5: 20th Anniversary (Bobby Politte)
019 War/Action Films of Alistair MacLean (Navarone/Ice Station Zebra etc) (Mark Bousquet)
020 Ian Healy Interview on Superhero Novels
021 Justified (tv series) (Bobby Nash)
022 The Book Cave team interviews Van
023 DragonCon Memories with Keith RA DeCandido
024 Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming (audiobook sample)
025 Alabama Phoenix Festival
026 Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness (Jim Yelton)
027 Warhammer 40,000 & Horus Heresy (Josh Reynolds) 
028 Warhammer 40,000 & Horus Heresy (Josh Reynolds)
029 Creating Audiobooks (Chris Barnes)
030 Jack "King" Kirby (John Quiring)
031 Jim Beard interview
032 Space: 1999 (Anthony Taylor)
033 Barry Reese interview
034 Hawk: Hand of the Machine (audiobook sample)
035 Larry Niven interview
036 Movies of 2013 review (Bobby Politte)
037 Star Trek Original Movies (Jim Yelton)
038 Star Trek Original Movies (Jim Yelton)
039 Ready Player One (John Ringer)
040 Downton Abbey (Mike Gordon)
041 Windy City Pulp Con Interviews
042 Novel Writing
043 Novel Writing
044 The Cosmic Marvel Universe (Jim Yelton)
045 Animated Superhero Shows (Ethan Ringer)
046 Guardians of the Galaxy movie review (Ralph Angelo and James Hickson)
047 Battlestar Galactica (original series) (Jim Yelton)
048 Andrew Gaska interview (Space: 1999 graphic novels)
049 The X-Men Movies (Percival Constantine)
050 Anniversary Show
051 Marvel Cinematic Universe  - Phase 3 (Jim Yelton)
052 David Wright interview
053 Frank Herbert's Dune novels & films  (John Ringer)
054 Avengers Assemble! (David Wright and Kell Carpenter)
055 Sean Connery & George Lazenby Bond Films  (John Ringer)
056 Sean Connery & George Lazenby Bond Films  (John Ringer)
057 Legion II: Sons of Terra (audiobook sample)
058 Roger Moore & Timothy Dalton Bond Films  (John Ringer)
059 Roger Moore & Timothy Dalton Bond Films  (John Ringer)
060 Graham McNeill interview
061 Conan the Barbarian films (Jim Yelton)
062 Krull & The 13th Warrior (Jim Yelton)
063 Pierce Brosnan Bond Films (John Ringer)
064 Daniel Craig Bond Films  (John Ringer)
065 Hugo Awards Controversy (James Palmer)
066 Bond Villains  (John Ringer)
067 Avengers: Age of Ultron (movie review)
068 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 1 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
069 Bruce Boxleitner & Mira Furlan interview at DragonCon
070 Superhero Smackdown
071 Parsec Awards Submission Show
072 Sci Fi Literature Jeopardy
073 Game of Thrones Season 5 review  (John Ringer)
074 Legion III: Kings of Oblivion (audiobook sample)
075 DragonCon Classic SF Track (Gary Mitchel)
076 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 2 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
077 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 3 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
078 Peter F Hamilton interview at DragonCon 2015
079 Conventions
080 Thundarr the Barbarian Panel at DragonCon 2015
081 Roger Zelazny Memorial Panel
082 Harlan Ellison at Archon 2015
083 SPECTRE (movie review)
084 The Star Wars Phenomenon (John Ringer)
085 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (movie review)  (John Ringer)
086 Daredevil (DragonCon panel)
087 & 088 Questions for Van About Everything
089 What are we Reading (John Ringer)
090 James Bond Opening Action Sequences Ranked, Part 1 (John Ringer)
091 James Bond Opening Action Sequences Ranked, Part 2 (John Ringer)
092 Where Do We Get Our Inspirations and Ideas? (Windy City Con)
093 Captain America: Civil War Instant Reaction
094 Captain America: Civil War Full Discussion (David Wright)
095 Civil War and Beyond (Bobby Politte)
096 Game of Thrones Season 6 So Far (John Ringer)
097 Game of Thrones Season 6 Part 2 (John Ringer)
098 Bond, Batman, Superman and More with Bruce Scivally
099 Game of Thrones Season 6 Final Discussion (John Ringer)
100 Anniversary Show
101 Amber Coming to TV? Special Episode
102 Ranking the James Bond Theme Songs, Part 1 (John Ringer)
103 Ranking the James Bond Theme Songs, Part 2 (John Ringer)
104 Led Zeppelin, Part 1

105 Led Zeppelin, Part 2

All are easily available at http://whiterocket.podbean.comand http://www.whiterocketbooks.com and the most recent episodes are on iTunes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What will become of the Republican Party?

I'm curious to see what becomes of the Republican Party after this election season.

All this talk of the party being "destroyed" is hyperbole and nonsense. It will change, but I'm not sure how or how much. (I suspect very little and mainly in terms of primaries/caucus rules. In other words, the bare minimum. I mean, how much did they change after Romney lost in 2012, even after the party leaders all loudly and boldly proclaimed that they HAD to change to compete in today's America? Almost not at all.

So what does history tell us about it?

The Democratic Party split during and after the Civil Rights Movement era, with many of its longtime supporters becoming Republicans because that party was willing to accept and even endorse their extreme views (the "Southern Strategy" of Nixon realized in full during Reagan years). So those people had a place to go when the Democratic Party no longer suited them.

But who will leave the GOP if it splits this fall--the Trump crowd or the Establishment crowd-- and where will they go?

The GOP was ideally situated to take in all those disaffected conservative former Dems in the 1960s-80s. But there's no obvious destination like that available for either half of the current GOP. Will one side or the other form a third party? Or will they both keep trying to control the party and put it into perpetual civil war, like the northern vs southern Dems prior to the actual Civil War?

I'm betting on the latter, because (as these endorsements of Trump and Cruz by Establishment Republicans is showing us) the alternative is to willingly forfeit power to the other party, and that is the one thing they will never ever do. Even at the cost of their own integrity.