|Vintage Pulp||Jan 12 2012|
Curt Siodmak’s sci-fi classic Donovan’s Brain, first published in 1942, is a story of scientific experimentation gone terribly wrong: body dies, brain lives, scientist communicates with brain, brain takes control of scientist and makes him do horrible things. You already know this tale because it’s been recycled everywhere from Star Trek to The Man with Two Brains, but the German-born Siodmak’s first swipe at the theme is still tops. Highly recommended. The paperback version you see above appeared from Bantam in 1950 with uncredited, but very effective cover art.
|Femmes Fatales||May 17 2010|
Publicity shot of American actress Yvonne Craig as Marta the slave girl from the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”, demonstrating a primitive human dance called the Vogue. Craig turned seventy-two yesterday.
|Hollywoodland||Feb 1 2010|
Promo photo of William Shatner on the set of the seminal television series Star Trek, 1967.
|Intl. Notebook||Aug 1 2009|
Science fiction always gets the future wrong. Or at least, it always gets the dates wrong. 2001: A Space Odyssey—sorry, haven’t seen a spinning bicycle wheel space station yet. Space 1999—we’re ten years past due on that sprawling moon base. And don’t even get us started on George Orwell’s 1984—we’re so far away from being a constantly monitored culture of brainwashed warmongers it’s positively laughable… Um, anyway, the original Star Trek series was set in like the twenty-third century or something, so its predictions still have a shot at coming true. Above and below are assorted matte paintings showing what that future will look like. Beam us up.
|Femmes Fatales||Apr 10 2009|
Anjelique Pettyjohn as Shahna, in the Star Trek episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” 1968. Pettyjohn went on to star in several x-rated films.
|Hollywoodland||Dec 18 2008|
Majel Barrett as Nurse Christine Chapel, on television’s Star Trek, circa 1967. She died today aged 76.