Heroes Contests and Heinlein Centennial

So, Heroes is on hiatus for the summer, but NBC has got some online goodies to keep Heroes fans tided over until September 24th rolls back around. NBC is running two contests connected with Comic-Con in San Diego—One where viewers create their own Heroes graphic novel, and another where viewers make their own Heroes music video using clips of video, audio, and images from the series—or their own uploaded content.
Here’s the contest’s main homepage: http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/comiccon/

The contests run until July 18, and the winning entries in each will be presented at the show.

Thanks again, Shankar!

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The Heinlein Centennial
Friday May 18th 2007

A MISSOURI NATIVE SON AT HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

KANSAS CITY, MO: From the classic rocketship design to the consciousness revolution, Robert Heinlein predicted and inspired major changes of the twentieth century through his writing. To science fiction readers around the world, he remains the undisputed master of the field nineteen years after his death. This July, his life and legacy will be celebrated in a unique convention in Kansas City that has attracted some unusually high profile guests.

“Heinlein constantly redefined the field of science fiction and was so popular as to cross into the mainstream,” says his biographer, Bill Patterson. “The word ‘grok’ came from Heinlein; he even invented the waterbed. He wrote for the Saturday Evening Post and was with Walter Cronkite when men landed on the Moon.”

“Since so many space businesspeople are in this field because of Heinlein, most of them are attending our convention,” says Tim Kyger, convention chair. “We have Dr. Peter Diamandis, who just flew Stephen Hawking in free-fall, Brian Binnie, the astronaut who won the X Prize, and the CEOs of half a dozen of the cutting edge companies that are in the process of revolutionizing how we get into space. NASA’s boss Mike Griffin and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin will be there to provide the viewpoint of the people that have done the most in space.”

Part science fiction convention, part rocket jockey Woodstock, the three-day Heinlein Centennial will be as unique as the man it honors. Authors inspired by Heinlein who will attend include Spider Robinson (Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon), David Gerrold (When Harlie was One), and John Scalzi (Old Man’s War). Sir Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles) will appear via teleconference.

“We’ll have about a hundred presentations and panels where people can participate in everything from debates about whether Starship Troopers glorified war to learning about the latest in laser-launched spacecraft,” says James Gifford, convention secretary. “Plus we’ll have art displays, a sales area, a video room, and a gala dinner. And we’re only a short distance from Butler, where you can still see Heinlein’s birthplace.”

For more information, go to http://www.heinleincentennial.com/.

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Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
Robert A. Heinlein

4 thoughts on “Heroes Contests and Heinlein Centennial”

  1. I’m glad NBC has something to keep us interested in over the summer. I loved how they ended the show (even though it made me sad) and I can’t wait for the next season to start.

  2. How exciting about the Heinlein event. I wish I lived near Kansas City. I’m sure my husband would love to go. 🙂 I especially like Heinlein’s quote.

  3. I hope to be able to go to the Heinlein event in July, especially considering I live in the KC area. As much as I like Robert Heinlein, and I do, I am really wanting to go to see John Scalzi.

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