Science Fiction: November 2005 Archives

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Stuart Taylor examines the claim that Judge Alito is outside the mainstream, concluding that he's well within both the general American mainstream and the legal/judicial mainstream. [Hat tip: SCOTUSBlog]

William Wainwright has updated his Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Jonathan Edwards, originally authored in 2002. Most Edwards fans don't look at his philosophy as much as other aspects of his work, so I very much appreciate when a philosopher takes an interest in the first great American philosopher. Wainwright has done a lot to motivate thinking of Edwards as up there with the great early moderns, and I have to agree. Edwards and G.W. Leibniz are by far my favorite early modern philosophers. Edwards anticipated both Berkeley and Hume in interesting ways.

Brooksilver at The Lord of the Blog Rings has a nice post about Christian parables within The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I'm beginning to realize how little I remember from those books. I must have been 10 or so when I read them. I highly recommend his blog as a whole, by the way. I discovered it during his recent hiatus when he wasn't posting anything, but he's been a good friend for years, and I intend to read everything he posts now that he's back to blogging.

Two more pictures of the kids: Isaiah prim and proper and Sophia's underwear hat

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Blogs4God has President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.

More Ethan pictures: Sam took him outside to play with the fallen leaves.

Proto-Kaw (the band Kerry Livgren of Kansas has reformed based on an earlier incarnation of Kansas that never released anything until this decade) has a new album coming out in February, called The Wait of Glory. We had the pleasure of seeing them and meeting them all this summer, and it was one of the highlights of the last decade for me. The lyrics for the Wait of Glory are up now. I can't wait to hear it. Everything I've heard is that it's even better than their last album Before Became After, which was one of Livgren's best works.

For some really perverse fun, see A Night at the Roddenberry. [Hat tip: The Gnu]

Speaking of the Gnu, he has a response to a few of Scott Adams's comments on Intelligent Design (see Abednego's post). I think his point about Crick and Watson is particularly interesting.

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Christian Carnival XCVI is at Jordan's View.

Have you heard about the 18-year-old elected mayor as a write-in candidate? [Hat tip: Mark Olson]

Ben Witherington reviews Anne Rice's new novel about Jesus' childhood. I can't help but mention that he also gives Firefly and Serenity a thumbs up.

Here's Ethan a few years ago looking like his ducky (that's old ducky, which his mean aunties lost at the store 723 days ago; the new one has a much bigger bill, which I hope his mouth never looks like).

Michael Piller (1948-2005)

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Ron Moore has written a tribute to Michael Piller, head writer of Star Trek: The Next Generation in its latter (and best) years. Piller died November 1 of a long battle with cancer. It gives an interesting picture of what it was like landing a job writing for that show and how writing for that show worked behind the scenes.

Piller didn't actually write many scripts, but many of the ones he did write were some of the best. His best known work might well be the two-parter "The Best of Both Worlds", in which Captain Picard gets assimilated by the Borg and then leads an attack against the Federation. He also got a story credit on "Unification", the two-part episode that featured Ambassador Spock and his work trying to reunify Vulcans and Romulans. He created Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which I think was the best Trek show, and he wrote a number of early episodes of that show, particularly a number of key episodes early in the show. He left (before it got really good) to create Voyager, which he worked with for a few years, but he mostly wrote scripts based on other people's stories for that show. One key story he did write fully was "Basics", one of my favorites of the whole series, in which the Kazon manage to take over the ship, stranding the crew all on a planet, and the holographic Doctor and Ensign Lon Suder have to retake the ship. Suder was a crew member turned murderer played by Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Brother Edward of Bablyon 5's "Passing Through Gethsemane", the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play movies, and if those roles aren't disturbing enough check him out in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). It was Piller's last Trek episode. He left Voyager to work on his final Star Trek script, the ninth film Star Trek: Insurrection.

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