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RIP Ursula le Guin

Ursula K. le Guin, one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Her writing career spans six decades, from 1959 right up until ...
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RIP: Adam West, star of Batman

Adam West, star of the 1960 Batman TV series has passed away at the age of 88. A well-recognised actor who struggled to find regular employment after Batman, West never allowed his shortcomings as an ...
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RIP Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer, passed away September 8th, at the age of 84. He has a long list of science fiction novels, and he has his own tag here on SFF: jerry-...
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Alberto Uderzo RIP: fantasy (Getafix and his magic potion) and laughter were his gifts

I read in the news today that at the age of 92, Alberto Uderzo passed away from a heart attack. He and René Goscinny brought us Astérix and Obélix, those zany and funny Gauls, and a variety of Roman ...
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What's next for chat

The Story So Far (tm): The main chat for Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mos Eisley, has been slowly creeping out of line with the standard expected of all Stack Exchange chat rooms. This has meant that it has ...
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RIP Terry Jones

Terry Jones - actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, and director - has died just short of his 78th birthday. He was of course most famous for his work as part of Monty Python, starring in roles such ...
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Please avoid trivial edits during Winter Bash

We all love the hats,* and we covet the fashionable scarf of the Timey Wimey hat. But please, make edits that you would be proud of during the rest of the year. Edits should be, as always, either ...
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RIP, Grant Imahara

Unfortunately, this is not a myth to be busted, Grant Imahara has passed away today at 49 years old (reportedly from a brain aneurysm). Grant was best known for his role on the Discovery Channel's ...
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Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on ST:DS9, died today at age 50

Aron Eisenberg, known to SFF fans for his recurring role as the Ferengi Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 50. The cause of death has not been revealed. I personally loved ...
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RIP Rutger Hauer, actor for Roy Batty

Variety reports that Rutger Hauer, actor in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood, and other sci-fi and horror films, has died at 75. He will perhaps be best remembered for his role in Blade Runner as ...
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RIP Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who left us today. With no backing, he climbed the success stairs based on raw talent. From a memorable supporting role in the Indian fantasy series Chandrakanta to a ...
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some exceptional users

First off let me say that I am aware that this post is quite late coming but we can all blame our resident moderator Rand al'Thor for that; he has taken longer to get to 100k than I thought. Anyway ...
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RIP Gene Wolfe, 1931–2019

The prolific science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe is dead at 87. He is probably best known for the "dying Earth" tetralogy The Book of the New Sun and the rest of the Solar Cycle, but his ...
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Why was this flag (about a post containing religious slurs and anti-semitic content) declined by a moderator?

I spotted this gem of an answer to the question 'What do the symbols on the mummy's face mean?' Highlights include; Looks like the heretical language of Enochian (which has zero to do with ...
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RIP Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

Comics artist Steve Ditko has sadly passed away. He began work as a comic inker in 1953 alongside Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and worked for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics before retiring from ...
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Retiring as room owner

I am writing this post to announce that I am retiring as a room owner of our SFF chat room. The reason is simple: I haven't been active in chat for the last 10 months or so. As some of you know, ...
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RIP Verne Troyer, star of Austin Powers

Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49. In addition to his iconic role, he also portrayed the original Griphook in Harry Potter and the ...
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Resigning as Mos Eisley room owner

Well, it'll always be Mos Eisley to me, seeing as I chatted there from 2012 to 2017. Old habits are hard to break! I am resigning as Room Owner of the current SFF chatroom -- it's just not the same. ...
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Futurama Week + Q&A Event on July 11th!

SciFi.SE has partnered with Comedy Central to promote Futurama's upcoming season. We're declaring Futurama the topic of the week for the next week and, after that, we're launching a special Futurama ...
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Scifi Stack Exchange is now “Science Fiction & Fantasy”

ANNOUNCEMENT: This site has been officially renamed "Science Fiction and Fantasy". While both subjects were generally considered on topic, the fantasy genre is now explicitly integrated into this ...
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RIP Unshô Ishizuka, Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak, Jet Black, and Joseph Joestar

Unshô Ishizuka passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a prolific Japanese voice actor who voiced many popular characters in anime such as Professor Oak (Pokémon), Jet Black (Cowboy Beebop), and Joseph ...
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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some user milestones

Not too long ago I made a couple of posts congratulating some of our highest reputation users hitting some of the big milestones. Recently I've noticed a handful of users have reached some lower but ...
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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In Memoriam: Len Wein (1948-2017)

September 10th was marked by the passing of Len Wein, the comic book writer known for his work on Swamp Thing and Wolverine (the two he co-created with various artists), and other things. Although I ...
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Fill the empty tag excerpts

Tag excerpts are very useful. They provide a brief “elevator pitch” for a tag, explaining the meaning for those unfamiliar with a series. At least as important, excerpts and wikis can also help ...
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D.C Fontana, famed Star Trek writer, passed away on December 2nd

Star Trek wouldn't be Star Trek without her. She wrote many of the best episodes, helped develop the universe and gave us that series that we have loved for decades now. More information on Startrek....
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Gorilla vs. Shark - a Longer Explanation

An issues that has come up recently, that seems to recur every so often, is the question of what constitutes a "Gorilla vs. Shark" question on SF&F. We know such questions are off-topic, but what ...
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RIP Terry Goodkind

Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed his passing to Tor Books and Tor.com. Quoted from Tor Books website ...
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RIP Dennis “Denny” O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil, an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his ...
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RIP Margot Kidder, Superman Actress

Margot Kidder, whose most famous role was Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve series of Superman movies, has died at the age of 69. In addition to her on-screen work she was also famous for her ...
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RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Noted character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he starred in a number of hit science-fiction and fantasy films including Alien, The ...
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RIP George A. Romero

George A Romero, best known for his seminal Night of the Living Dead film series has died after a brief battle with lung cancer. His work has had an incalculable influence on modern movie-making and ...
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Are you interested in writing for the Blog?

You have to go back 13 entries on the blog to find something that wasn't written by me. I'd really like to see more participation from users submitting stuff for the blog. Some ideas (but not limited ...
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Why was this question closed as “General reference”?

This question was closed - by a unilateral moderator vote - as "General Reference". https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12900/what-is-the-origin-and-scope-of-term-legendarium Question ...
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RIP Richard Hatch

I am sad to report that Richard Hatch, most famous for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, Tom Zarek in the rebooted series (as well as co-authoring a highly successful series ...
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How much does the Winter Bash skew SF&F Site stats?

It seems the Winter Bash encourages frivolous activities on a site that is serious, or fairly serious for the rest of the year. How do Winter Bash statistics compare to and impact the SF&F years ...
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2018: a year in moderation

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost ...
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Can we change the text of the generic NaA comment in the Low Quality Posts review?

The text, as it stands, is as follows: This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post; instead, provide answers that ...
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RIP Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars

Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz has died at the age of 78. In addition to helping to convince the studio to fund Star Wars in the first place, he was also producer and second-unit director for Star Wars:...
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Martin Landau: RIP

Sadly, I wish to mark the passing of Martin Landau with extremely fond memories of Commander Koenig. Whilst he has provided many enjoyable performances over his 89 years, his contribution to sci-fi ...
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Clean up old Meta posts

Our Meta site has many old posts on topics that go back to the earliest days of the site in beta. Since then, many of the topics those old posts discuss have been discussed again. They're often ...
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Answer the Unanswered Questions

Science Fiction and Fantasy's answer rate is at 95% (as shown here) which may sound high, but that ranks us 45th out of 81 sites. Come on! We can do better than that! I propose that from February 1st ...
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Norm Spencer: voice of Cyclops has passed away

Norm Spencer, Voice of Cyclops in X-Men: The Animated Series, Has Died: The X-Men community around the globe suffered a sad loss this week, as news broke that actor Norm Spencer had passed away. ...
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And the Best New User of 2019 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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RIP Gahan Wilson

I just learned of the passing last Thursday of cartoonist and author Gahan Wilson. Although most of us know of him from his macabre cartoons (the New Yorker posted a retrospective of them in his ...
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RIP Al Matthews, star of Aliens

Al Matthews, best known for his depiction of Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the film Aliens, has passed away at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role he also appeared in a range of other science ...
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Should we authorize question/answer about leaked content

With the recent HBO hack and subsequent leaks, I think the question should be asked. What is the policy to adopt toward question/answer based on leaked material ? Several ways to see this problem ...
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RIP Robert Hardy, Actor for Cornelius Fudge

Robert Hardy, best known for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies has died at the age of 92. Older viewers will also know him as Chancellor ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...