Films Added to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress has announced twenty-five films it has added to the National Film Registry. The Registry was established by the National Film Preservation Act and seeks to identify films that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, to be preserved for all time. The genre films added to the list this year include the following films.

  • Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Exorcist

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Indian Rocket Explodes

An Indian GSLV F06 rocket exploded moments after launch on Saturday, December 25. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists poured over the flight data trying to figure out what caused a failure in the communication system that was supposed to carry commands to the rocket. The rocket veered off course within 47 seconds of launch and caught fire within another 16 seconds at which time a self-destruct command was successfully relayed to the rocket. The rocket had a communications satellite payload.

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Rosenberg Legal Defense Fundraiser

A dinner to raise money for the Joel Rosenberg Legal Defense Fund will be held on Sunday, January 2 at 6:30 at the AmericInn Chanhassen in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The dinner is limited to 40 attendees, but donations can be made by those not attending as well. Rosenberg was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse and contempt of court.

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Obituary: Adrienne Roy

Colorist Adrienne Roy (b.1953) died of ovarian cancer on December 14. Roy was a long-time staple at DC Comics, working on Batman for 189 issues and Detective Comics for 202 issues over 18 years. Roy also spent 14 years coloring The New Teen Titans.

TAFF Race Underway

TAFF Administrators Steve Green and Brian & Anne Gray have announced this year’s slate of four candidates vying for the westbound trip from Europe to North America. The winner will attend Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon in Reno, Nevada. Anyone active in fandom may vote through March 12, 2011.

  • Graham Charnock, nominated by Harry Bell, Sandra Bond, Rich Coad, Mike Meara, and Robert Lichtman;
  • John Coxon, nominated by James Bacon, Claire Brialey, Chris Garcia, Dave Langford, and Steve
  • Liam Proven, nominated by Bridget Bradshaw, Lillian Edwards, Nic Farey, Lloyd Penney, and James Shields; and
  • Paul Treadway, nominated by Vincent Docherty, Fran Dowd, Mike Glyer, Tim Illingworth, and Maureen Kincaid Speller.

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2001 Footage Found

Seventeen minutes of edited footage from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey were recently discovered stored in a film archive in Kansas. The footage, which is in pristine condition, was cut from the film by director Stanley Kubrick shortly after the film was first released.

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Frazetta Feud Renewed

Frank Frazetta, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against his three siblings claiming they violated the terms of the settlement by failing to pay him the 25-percent share of the estate his father intended him to have and failed to provide an accurate accounting of the business dealings involving his father’s art and have not involved him in their decisions as agreed. Shortly before Frank Frazetta’s death, Frank Frazetta, Jr. had broken into his father’s museum with a backhoe as part of a squabble with his father.

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Wizard’s Tower Adds New Publisher

E-book vendor Wizard’s Tower, which was set up as a general e-book vendor, has added its first additional publisher, Lethe Press. Set up earlier this year, Wizard’s Tower has so far sold their own works and e-zines Dark Spires and Salon Futura, but with the plan to offer books by various other publishers. With the addition of four books by Lethe Press, a small press specializing in books written by members of the LGBT community, Wizard’s Tower begins its product expansion. Clarkesworld Magazine is also available through Wizard’s Tower.

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Atomic Weight Change

Ten elements on the Periodic Table of Elements are undergoing revision as scientists revise the way their atomic weights are represented. hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, chlorine, and thallium will no longer be shown as having a single atomic weight, but rather a range of weights. The new table more accurately reflects fluctuation in the atomic weight of those elements.

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Obituary: Takeshi Watabe

Japanese voice actor Takeshi Watabe (b.1936) died on December 13 of pneumonia. Watabe provided voice work for several anime series, including Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He also wrote a book on voice acting.