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Michael Hopcroft

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Michael Hopcroft last won the day on October 24 2019

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  1. I consider one o the qualifiers of my current body of work such as it is) is being invited to go on panels at SF/Fantasy conventions aimed at readers and 2writers. I'm worried that some of the small, fan run cons are going to go away under two years waiting in vain for the vaccine/cure to bring down the death rate. Events like Orycon and GameStorm are the highlights of my year. O fear they may go away completely after the pandemic. I will miss them so bloody much, but I must keep the faith and keep t the keyboard.
  2. Q: You must like this Druidia import, then, and there's plenty more where that came from! A: If you have tio ask what the cost of living is on Babylon Five, you can't afford it.
  3. You mean Phil Spector, Convicted Murderer and all-around Rat.
  4. That severely limits his powers. He should not be limited to Vader (a part he supposedly loathed to the point that he convinced George Lucas to remove his name from the credits of the first two films (eventually it was replced in later releases of the films). There are scores of films he was in that awe so inspired (Field of Dreams comes to mind as a writer whose spirit is rekindled by the baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield). He also a prolific stage actor I can sat "Thank God this isn't an obituary".
  5. The Browns accomplished a lot, a lot more than probably anuyone expected of them,. The new generation of quarterbacjks is finally playing to its potential. Barring injury,mis-management, or the siren call of the free agend, Naker Mayb=field could be leading the Browns ofr a long time, Kyler Murray was closer to being in the playoffs than you might think, and of course we all know about the new Master Chief. With probper management of contracts and free agency, Cleveland has the chance to be very good for a long time. Now if the Old Guard would finally realize they cant5 go on forev
  6. Midway is a strange film. Some of the decisions the producer made were mind-boggling. Like hiring Toshiro Mifune to play Yamamoto and then having Paul Frees overdub his voice (like all of the Japanese characters) into English. The n the combination of new and wartime film was sometimes hard to fathom. They must have put a lot of money into sound effects and mixing to take advantage of the Surround Sound fad. John Dykstra could have worked wonders for this film were he available. It also had the misfortune of being released a year after Saigon fell and the American claim of invincibility was sh
  7. Sting has always been siurprised about how people interpret his best songs. "Every Breath You Take", for example, was meant to be terrifying -- not romantic. And what he said was a "simple song of people making love in barley fields" turned oput to be something of such exquisite beauty that is a true trasure.
  8. some offices have so much power over so many people that only a megalomaniac would want that degree of power. Doctor Doom is almost a perfect fictional example -- his skill is such that his obsessions have not run Latveria into the ground. Juist the opposite.
  9. Other than having a white American playing the lead (which is about as offensive as you can get), how was it? I have not seen a Charlie Chan film in decades.
  10. Q: You wanted to take a cold shower, so why are you so scalded like that! A: If you don't like all the shows on tour TV set, grab an Amiga and go make your own?
  11. I read an excerpt from Injustice online, which showed the Kyle Rsynor version of Green Lantern murdered by Sinestro by using his control of yeller energy constructs to but off his finger in hard vacuum. A very unpleasant way to die, and a rather unpleasant thing to read. And it occurred to me that if you have a yellow energy ring like Sinestro' s,, it's absurdly easy to kill any Green Lantern you want anytime you want in this very manner. How Hal Jordan lived beyond his first encounter with Sinestro I have no idea. I might follow through with this on another thread.
  12. Q: You have an Imaginary Girlfriend? Don't you know that never work's? A: This new cereal is causing a lot of kids to awaken their metagenes and turned them into supers prematurely!
  13. Daffy was banned for life from Disneyland. Donald Duck provoked him into a fistfight (ducks have fists?) and lost. In case anyone objects to my last post, I must say that absurdist humor is one of my main coping strategies.
  14. Who is this man? What sort of devil is he? To have me caught in a trap And choose to let me go free? It was his hour at last To put a seal on my fate, Wipe out the past, And wash me clean off the slate. All it would take was a flick of his knife. Vengeance was his and he gave me back my life! Damned if I'll live in the debt of a thief Damned if I'll yield at the end of the chase I am the Law and the Law is not mocked I'll spit his pity right back in his face There is nothing on earth that we share It is either Valjean or Javert! How can I now all
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