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Wearing Orange?


Parkland, of course. If you know the significance of the Harlan Ellison and van Vogt story collab, leave a comment. Winner gets a prize.


“We Did It!”

News: Kim Jong-un launches new #VideoGame "Fear Leader." Actually, the people of #NorthKorea don't have access to American TV or media, so his message is mostly for them: that they are strong and must resist American aggression. They all smile, like there's a secret joke. But it hides a cruel reality. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped—but Shin Dong-hyuk did. In "Escape from Camp 14," acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and, through the lens of Shin’s life, unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence: he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden’s harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival. #TowerReview.com 📲 iPhone and Android or iPod downloads

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June 1 is Ray Bradbury Day

Ray Bradbury Day

Ray Bradbury Day: June 1. It’s Official. Spread his words.


Dianetics and Robin Williams

Future Crimes

In an interview with science fiction author Harlan Ellison (talking to Robin Williams) Harlan says he was in the room when L Ron Hubbard was told by scifi author Lester del Rey that “the best way to make money is to start a religion.” Hubbard was complaining about his royalties from writing science fiction himself. Ron took notes, and began writing Dianetics, which became the textbook for Scientology. When you move up the ladder far enough by giving the equivalent of a single family home, you learn that Hubbard is trillions of years old, and wandered the universe for eons in former lives. Evil creatures (demons) traveled in spaceships (UFOs) and were called Thetans. They sometimes went into the ocean. (Hubbard’s ocean fleet is called Sea Org.) Thetans were blown up in a volcano by a Hydrogen bomb, and now travel around seeking to inhabit souls. An “audit” is conducted by Scientologists using an “E-Meter” (proven bogus) to control the minions donating (to “move up”) by seeing how much of the Thetan influence can be removed (costing more $ each time.) Hubbard’s replacement has been known to beat women and punch out anyone who questions his authority. His wife disappeared after challenging him. No one has ever seen her again. He recruited Tom Cruise, his chief asset. They couldn’t control his wife, who left him. Anyone who is ousted from Scientology is ex-communicated. Friends are told to abandon them or be ousted themselves.