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A Brief History The following are some of the more notable films set in or about outer space. Digging Deeper Film name Year Language Comments 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 English Classic directed by Stanley Kubrick 2010: The Year We Make Contact 1985 English Sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 1953 English Comedy/Sci-Fi Ad Astra 2019 English Directed by James Gray The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984 English Cult classic, Comedy/Sci-Fi The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 English Comedy/Sci-Fi Aelita 1924 Silent The first Soviet sci-fi film After Earth 2013 English Comedy/Sci-Fi…

A Brief History A healing factor is the ability of some characters in fiction to recover from bodily injuries or disease at a superhuman rate. Since the introduction of Wolverine by Marvel Comics in 1974 and inspired by the immense popularity of the character, superhuman healing has become a fairly common power featured in comic books, novels, television, film, and other media. The overall efficiency of a character’s healing factor often fluctuates due to various writers applying a very broad degree of artistic license. Weapon X has been established, on multiple accounts for having the fastest healing factor over all mutants, with the exception of external factors. As a result, especially concerning characters depicted in comic books,…

A Brief History On June 13, 1990, Del Rey published a mass market paperback version of The Diamond Throne, the first book in The Elenium series of fantasy novels by David Eddings (1931–2009). Digging Deeper Below is a list of fictional characters appearing in The Elenium and The Tamuli, fantasy series written by David Eddings. Protagonists Sparhawk Sparhawk is the main character in the Elenium and Tamuli series. He is a Pandion Knight and Champion of Queen Ehlana. He marries Queen Ehlana and they have a child called Danae, who is the child goddess Aphrael in human form. Sephrenia Sephrenia is the Styric instructor of the spells of Styricum, also known as…

A Brief History On September 17, 1978, Battlestar Galactica, an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise debuted on television.  The Battlestar Galactica, the namesake of the series, is an example of a large, fictional, capital military spacecraft. Frequently called space battleships and space cruisers, these spacefaring warships most often found in science fiction play similar roles to contemporary warships, although real spacecraft are used for military purposes.1 They may fight slow-paced battles across vast distances with long range guided weapons, never attaining visual contact,2 or fast-paced, relatively close range combat with unguided weapons and combat maneuvering.3 Smaller “space fighters” are fictional spacecraft analogous to fighter aircraft. Space fighters…

A Brief History On June 20, 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, was first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.  This article provides a list of cultural references in Wilde’s novel. Digging Deeper Individual persons referred in the novel The number of each chapter of The Picture of Dorian Gray in which an individual person is referred is in parentheses alongside his or her name. The chapter numbers are specific to the revised edition of the novel, first published in April 1891. Fictitious (created by Oscar Wilde) Seventy-one fictional characters, named in the novel, are Oscar Wilde’s creations, and…

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