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The history of Science Fiction

A look at the history of the future Read more >>

In the modern era, the future (and where it will take us) has become a fixation. From Jules Verne and H. G. Wells to Rod Serling and George Lucas, looking into what we will become has been portrayed through novels and movies. Here are some of the people who have helped us imagine the possible future. << Read less

1956 Forbidden Planet movie promotional with Anne Francis. Forbidden Planet starred Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, and Walter Pidgeon and was nominated for an Academy Award. Anne Loyd Francis ( September 16th, 1930 - January 2nd, 2011) was a popular actress who was best known for her roles in Forbidden Planet and the tv show Honey West.
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Anne Lloyd Francis
Sep 16, 1930 - Jan 2, 2011
Santa Barbara, CA
A photo of Stan Lee, the Hulk, and Spiderman. Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City to Romanian Jewish parents Celia Solomon Lieber and Jack Lieber. His brother is Larry Lieber and is 9 years his junior. As a child, Lee was influenced by heroic books and movies. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1939 at 16 ½ years old. Afterward ,he joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project. In 1939, he became an assistant in the Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic-book publisher Martin Goodman’s company. Timely Comics would later evolve into Marvel comics. He made his comic book debut in 1941 with “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” where he used the pseudonym Stan Lee. (Hoping to save his given name for a career as a novelist.) In 1942, Lee joined the United States Army and served in the Signal Corps where he wrote slogans, manuals and training films; occasionally cartooning. Playwright was his military classification. He married Joan Clayton Boocock on December 5, 1947. They had two children in the 1950’s: Joan and Jan, though only Joan survived. By the 1950’s, Martin Goodman’s company was known as Atlas Comics. Here, Lee was in charge of creating a new superhero team apart from the Justice League of America. He introduced complex , somewhat flawed characters (previously,superheroes were "perfect" people). The first superhero character group Lee and Jack Kirby created was the Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four consists of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Touch and the Thing. Other characters Lee created include the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and Spider Man. Stan Lee would go on to become the figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics - which would eventually lead Stan Lee to "Comic Book Legend" status. In 1981, he left New York and moved to California to develop Marvel’s TV and movie properties. In 1998, Peter Paul and Lee began internet based production and marketing company, Stan Lee Media. In 2001, Stan Lee Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It was dismissed from bankruptcy in 2006. In the 2000s, Lee began working with DC superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern. In 2001, Lee and two others (Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman) formed Purveyors of Wonder Entertainment, known colloquially as POW!, to develop film, tv and video game properties. Lee was an official guest of the San Diego Comic-Con hosted in 1975, 1986,1995, and 2010. The 1995 Comic Con Chicago (now Wizard World Chicago) featured a Stan Lee roast. In 2007 & 2008, Stan Lee was a Notable guest at the New York Comic Con. In 2007, Marvel Legends introduced a Stan Lee action figure at the Comic-Con International. In 2008, Stan Lee was awarded the inaugural new York Comics Legend Award during the New York Comic Con. He returned again as a guest in NYCC in 2010. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Presented by POW! Entertainment launched in September 2012. Happening two months after the San Diego Comic-Con International, it still sold out 125,000 tickets online in less than 2 hours. In 2010 he partnered with Guardian Media Entertainment on the Guardian Project to create superhero mascots of the National Hockey League. He founded a non-profit organization, the Stan Lee Foundation, to focus on literacy, education, and the arts in 2010. The city of Long Beach and County of Los Angeles declared Stan Lee Day to be October 2, 2009. Stan Lee is the one and only comic book legend.
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Stan Lee
Dec 28, 1922 - Nov 12, 2018
Photo: Steven Spielberg directing a young Henry Thomas on the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial movie set. The movie was filmed mainly at Culver Studios in Culver City, CA. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was the 4th film Spielberg (co)produced and 21st he directed. E.T. was the 3rd movie in Thomas’ acting career. The movie premiered at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival after first previewed in Houston, Texas. It was released in the United States on June 11, 1982. The film opened at number one and stayed there for a month and a half. It grossed $11 million dollars. In 1983, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial superseded Star Wars as the highest grossing film of all time. The film was so popular it was rereleased three years later in 1985 and then again in 2002 to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary.
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Henry Leonard Thomas
Born: Sep 9, 1971
Photo: Director Terrence Shank and Playwright Ray Bradbury viewing a model of the set Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 was performed in 1979 at the Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, California. Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Moberg Bradbury in Waukegan, Illinois. They briefly lived in Tucson, Arizona before settling in Los Angeles, CA in 1934. He married Marguerite McClure on September 27, 1947 and subsequently had four daughters: Susan Bradbury (1949), Ramona Bradbury (1951), Bettina F. Bradbury (1955), and Alexandra Bradbury (1958). Bradbury was a an American science fiction, fantasy and horror writer. He claimed that only Fahrenheit 451 was a science fiction novel, all others are fantasy. He wrote more than 27 novels and 600 short stories. His best known writings are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes and the Illustrated Man. In addition to his literary contributions, he also contributed to Disney’s Spaceship Earth at EPCOT and the Orbitron at the Disneyland Parks in Anaheim and Paris. He also provided the concept and script for the U.S. Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Bradbury died at the age of 91 on June 5, 2012.
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Ray Douglas Bradbury
Born: Aug 22, 1920
This is a photo of Alec Guinness (actor, "Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi") and George Lucas (movie producer, screenwriter, director and entrepreneur). George Lucas founded Lucasfilm Ltd, a company best known for producing the Star Wars films. The first Star Wars film, "A New Hope" opened to 32 locations on Wednesday, May 25, 1977. Two days later, an additional 11 locations were added across the United States due to the instantaneous popularity. The movie was distributed in wide release on July 15, 1977. May 25, 1977 however,is immortalized in the minds of fans as the birthday of Star Wars. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) won 6 Oscars: Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound, Score, Visual Effects and received a special achievement award for Sound Effects.
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Sir Alec Guinness De Cuffe
Born: Apr 2, 1914
"The Air Ship" is a 1898 musical farce comedy written by J. M. Gaites about life in the future. This production was popular, with one review from the January 18th, 1899 Fort Wayne News describing "The Air Ship" as having "One of the most realistic stage scenes ever presented will be the flight of a real air ship with fifteen passengers on a Klondike expedition".
Hollywood publicity photo of a very young William Shatner. Born March 22nd, 1931, William Shatner is an actor, musician, and author who is probably best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek which lasted from 1966 to 1969,
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Photo of the 1968 Planet of the Apes Cast, Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter.
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John Charles Carter
Born: Oct 4, 1923
Leonard Nimoy, most known for his role as Spock in the orignal Star Trek television series.
Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek television series, dressed as Mr. Spock. Live long and prosper!
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Ian McKellen, known for his roles in Shakespearean theater, as well as movies such as The Lord of the Rings and X-Men.
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Ian McKellen
Born: May 25, 1939
Leonard Nimoy, born March 26, 1931, is a famous actor who made a name for himself playing the character Spock in the original television series Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy played the Spock character from 1966 through 1969 and in a number of Star Trek movies. He is a popular voice actor and has acted in a number of other films including the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
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Leonard Simon Nimoy
Mar 26, 1931 - Feb 27, 2015
The original Star Wars cast - out of costume. I'm sure that you recognize Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher but do you know who the other characters are? This is a quiz! ;)
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Thomas Stewart Baker or Tom Baker, in one of his most famous roles as the fourth doctor in the British television show Doctor Who. Tom Baker played the Doctor for 172 episodes which lasted from 1974 through 1981.
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Thomas Stewart Baker
Born: Jan 20, 1934
Charles William "Bill" Mumy, Jr was born on February 1st, 1954 and is probably best known for his role in the 1960's Lost in Space television show. Bill Mumy's career includes staring on multiple hit tv shows including the original Twilight Zone series, Bewitched, The Fugitive, Star Trek, and Babylon 5.
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Jane Fonda posing as Barbarella in the 1968 science fiction motion picture Barbarella.
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Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda
Born: Dec 21, 1937
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