THE BIG SICK engrossing film

My lady friend and I watched The Big Sick this weekend. She suggested it, I was mildly interested. But as I watched it I became really engrossed in the story and the people in it.

There are no beautiful people saving the world from horrible villains or events. No big events, in fact, beyond the main event, which is the main character’s love getting so sick her doctors induce a coma to let her body better fight it. Just ordinary people dealing with several related problems.

The main character, for instance, is a citizen whose family left Pakistan decades ago for a better life. They feel what’s best for the MC is to arrange a marriage with a Paki woman. His love’s parents are horrified to discover she was in love with a foreigner, even though having only known life in the US his values and tastes are wholly American. How he and she and the two families cope with the situations are what make the story. It’s a small story, but I suspect you will have as good a time experiencing it as I did.

The Big Sick is still in theaters but is now available as a disc to rent or buy or stream.

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WONDER WOMAN Blu-ray disc available & news

Wonder Woman director Parry Jenkins has been signed to direct the sequel (for a Dec 13th 2019 release). According to the Hollywood Reporter story she gets oodles of money upfront & box office gross (better than BO net, which with studio accounting can be zero).

In related news the Wonder Woman Blu-ray & DVD discs are available starting today, Tuesday the 19th, in outlets such as Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. According to a review in Batman-news the disc has lots of extras.

To publicize the disc availability Warner Bros. had a 300-drone display light up the Los Angeles early night sky with Wonder Woman images. See the following for the show.

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MACKEY CHANDLER just joined my favorite authors

Mackey Chandler just joined my list of favorite authors. This because of a book and the series it’s in (which I’ve just finished reading). I suggest you download a sample of the first book, Family Law. Click the image to read the first few chapters.

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Here’s the first draft of an interior illustration for my Shapechanger book, The Super Olympian: Mystic Warrior. In it my heroine is asked to help an old friend who’s been captured by terrorists. The baddies are hiding in a jungle, so she changes her skin to blend in with the greenery and dons green clothing and selects a rifle with a camouflage stock.

Why is she showing so much skin? Isn’t that something I’ve knocked comics about? Because I came up a good reason for when bare skin is not silly after all. She has skin which is as hard as rubber when struck by a knife or pistol bullet. Still has to avoid rifle and machine-gun bullets, partly by stealth and partly by having supersenses and super-accurate return fire.

Click the image for an expanded view, and more of my superheroine images, including Katy Perry as superheroine Snow White.


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Latest PENRIC novella by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric’s Fox is the fifth and latest Penric novella. It is the third chronologically, showing Penric early in his career handling a problem that is much bigger than it at first seems.

Click the image to read a Look Inside preview.

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Two interesting FEM TV COMEDY SHOWS

I like books with women main characters more than those with men MCs. Not sure why. Neither of the likely reasons apply. I like being tall, big, male; I’ve no desire to change genders. I am also strictly straight; men’s bodies don’t appeal to me. So there’s no wish-fulfillment working; women’s stories just interest me more.

I suspect it has something to do with the three fems I’ve known and lost: a very dear childhood friend, my infant daughter with a heart problem, and my wife who had cancer. In stories I can find them again.

There are two TV shows I’m enjoying now which you might also enjoy. Both have appealing characters with interesting problems. Both are extraordinarily beautiful in their city exteriors and the interiors and the fashions they inhabit.

In the first episode of Younger 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) attempts to get a job in the field of her dreams: publishing, but has to start at the bottom, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. During her hunt, she meets Josh (Nico Tortorella), a 26-year-old tattoo artist who thinks that they are about the same age. Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza’s best friend, comes up with the idea of giving Liza a makeover in order to pass her off as a 26-year-old. Now she just has to make sure no one discovers her secret. Also stars Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, and Peter Hermann.

The Bold Type is centered around three friends – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. The show explores their outrageous lives in New York City as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.

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GIANT ROCKETS – a new generation

Space exploration and exploitation is now big business, no longer the private playpen of governments. As witness the several new launch vehicles being used and in the works, an example being the Falcon Heavy which SpaceX is expected to launch this year, to take over some of the duties of its workhorse Falcon 9.

A recent report in the LA Times gives details. To read the article click the following image.

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New ERIC FLINT book available – The Alexander Inheritance

I’ve bought this. As I autobuy all of Eric Flint’s alt-history books. His first book was 1632, which has developed into an entire series of books. Lately he’s branched out into books based on the cosmic cataclysm at the root of the 1632 series.

From Baen Books: “Twice before, mysterious cosmic catastrophes have sent portions of the Earth across space and back in time—first, with the Grantville Disaster in West Virginia, and then again with a maximum security prison in southern Illinois.

Now, the planet is struck with yet another such cataclysm, whose direct impact falls upon the Queen of the Sea, a cruise ship in the Caribbean. When the convulsions subside, the crew and passengers of the ship discover that they have arrived in a new and frightening world.

They are in the Mediterranean now, not the Caribbean. Still worse, they discover that the disaster has sent them more than two thousand years back in time. Following the advice of an historian among the passengers, Marie Easley, they sail to Egypt—or, at least, where they hope Egypt will be.”

Click the image to read the first few chapters of each book. Click the list Baen supplied for The Alexander Inheritance to find your bookstore.

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WORLD’S LARGEST AIRCRAFT to launch spacecraft

Remember all those suggestions for two-stage-to-orbit space vehicles where the first stage was reusable?

One suggestion was for the first stage to be a rocket which returned and landed by backing down a rocket exhaust. Elon Musk’s SpaceX made that real with their Reusable Launch System.

Another suggestion was for the first stage to be an aircraft of some kind. Now that too is real with Stratolaunch SystemsSystem Carrier made for them by Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites company. Each of the two approaches have advantages over the other. Time will tell whether we see both used, which is what I’d guess.

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X-37B MINI SPACE SHUTTLE drone lands

This last May another X-37B mini spaceplane landed after almost two years in orbit. It did so under remote and mostly autopilot control. During the time in orbit it performed a number of experiments and jobs, some of them classified.

There are currently two of these spaceplanes, each of which has done two long-term space missions. A larger variant which could carry humans into orbit has been proposed but so far only conceptual studies have been done.

Click the image for more info on the mission and its ending. There is also a useful X-37 Wikipedia entry.

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