Subscriptions Now Open For Two New ‘Doctor Who’ Comics!

On July 23, Titan Comics will release two new Doctor Who comics series in U.S., Canada, Australia & New Zealand: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor.

Print subscriptions are now available for each series — and they’re on sale — so…ALLONS-Y!

According to Tennant News:

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor comic series: 

U.S. Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Tenth Doctor Titan figure! To subscribe click here!

Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. To subscribe click here!

New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!). To subscribe click here!

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor comic series: Early Bird Offer

U.S. Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Eleventh Doctor Titan figure! To subscribe click here!

Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. To subscribe click here!

New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!). To subscribe click here!

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Psychics Of 1975 Predict Today’s World

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During a recent trip to Hay-on-Wye — a magical small town with around 30 new and used bookshops — I picked up two 1970s books by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace, the kings of trivia lists.

The two volumes of The People’s Alamanac are billed as “the first reference book ever prepared to be read for pleasure” and at around a million words each, will like be bathroom reading in my house for many years to come. While they cover everything from the US Navy allegedly using suicide dolphins to a list of “famous gays” (it was the 1970s, remember), it was the opening section of each book that caught my eye.

The authors asked a range of “present-day psychics” to make their predictions for the next 25 years, many of which included tech- and science-related topics. They also asked contemporary scientists to make predictions based on their knowledge and researches.

The results were, to be incredibly generous, of mixed success. Many suggestions are comical in hindsight and even those who got things right were often vastly overambitious on the timescale. Today we’ll look at some of the more noteworthy predictions by the psychics and Monday we’ll see how the scientists got on.

Malcolm Bessent: [Between 1975-1980] New York will be uninhabitable. The water levels will rise and eventually flood the city out of existence.

David Bubar: During the last part of the 1980s, Americans will become involved in a mass physical fitness program. Social drinking will virtually come to an end.

The chemicals and antibiotics consumed by present-day peoples will cause generations of the 1980s to be grotesquely tall. This added height will weaken the personality and body.

Printing will be done electronically without ink, plates and other equipment. More parts of newspapers and magazines will be 3-dimensional, somewhat like silent movies.

A “Thought-Action Deed” machine (TAD) will appear in 1986. Using the machine, scientists will be able to tune into past, present or future events based on a computer analysis of the pattern of history. In 1996, TADs will be released for mass production. Before that, they will not be used by the public.

Criswell: By 1980, do-it-yourself face lifts will be on the market. New York City will be under water.

From March 30, 1980 to May 11, 1988, the Aphrodisiacal Era will flourish. Clouds of aphro-fragrance will float over the US. An aphrodisiac will also be put in water and heating systems. Sexual craziness will overcome the populace. Sex will be performed in the streets of Hollywood, and Florida will become a huge nudist camp. The Secretary of State will be caught in acts of perversion. The invention of an antidote will end the era.

[In the 1990s] Buses will be driven by atomic power.

Tenny Hale: [By 2000] Magazines and books which utilize paper will be nonexistent in tomorrow’s world. We’ll no longer have the wood or the chemicals needed to process it.

Olof Jonsson: By 1980 the internal combustion engine will be banned in all major American cities.

[In the 1990s] All major cities will ban private cars. Only medical and law enforcement personnel will be allowed to use cars, and those will be compact and electrically powered.

[By 2000] We will no longer be dependent on plants and animals for food and energy. Instead, we will get food and energy directly from the sun.

Kebrena Kincade: [By 2000] Solar cars will be perfected and affordable to the masses.

It will be determined that cancer is a virus and a vaccine will be found to cure it.

Jandolin Marks: [By 2000] Repeat traffic violators will be required to drive specially marked cars to enable other drivers to spot them and protect themselves. Dangerous drivers will be reported over telephone “hot lines.”

Dr N: By 1987, clinics will test people for cancer every 6 months. They will use a cold sore virus to induce a lesion, which will be tested with a serum to see if any cancerous sores are present.

Kathy Sotka: [By 2000] Weapons of the future will be entirely different. Guns as we presently know them will be replaced by hand weapons that stun or kill by emitting an electrical charge instead of bullets.

John Reeves: A breakthrough in developing a cure for cancer will occur in 1977-1978. However, there will be no actual cure available until sometime between 1986 and 1991.

Shawn Robbins: In 1977, cancer will be controlled by “R Waves” or  “radium waves.”

Alan Vaughan: [By 1980] A new form of rocket propulsion will be introduced, increasing the speed of spaceships 10 to 100 times. It will take only one month to reach Mars.

Dragon Con Volunteers Are Real-Life ‘Superheroes’

Every year, Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the famous — and largest — sci-fi/fantasy/gaming/comic convention in the South sponsors at least one charity — last year, it was three – and holds a massive blood drive during the 5-day convention.

It only makes sense, then, that the organization has formed a community service program to bring some nerdy heroism to the metro Atlanta area.

Called Dragon Con Superheroes, over 75 volunteers of all ages came out for the inaugural event on March 8. In partnership with the Georgia Conservancy, “the group installed trail map kiosks, cleaned the visitor center and picnic shelters, and maintained 9 miles of trail and 6 miles of river” at Sweetwater Creek State Park. They also collected 20 bags worth of garbage along the trail.

(Photo by Dave Nelson)

(Photo by Dave Nelson)

Next Saturday, April 26, the Superheroes will participate in the Walk to End Lupus and on May 24, they “will sort and pack food items for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Dragon Con’s official charity for 2014.”

For every project, every volunteer receives a t-shirt and will be part of a special celebration at this year’s convention.

One more Superheroes project will be organized shortly before Dragon Con 2014, allowing for those not in Georgia to participate.

[via MNN]

Report: Amazon to Reveal New Smartphone

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First the Kindle brand, then the new Kindle Fire TV, and now…a smartphone!

Amazon is rumored to be releasing a new smartphone by the end of June. Seattle and San Francisco have reportedly been shown demo versions by the company.

Features include a screen that appears to be three-dimensional without special eyeglasses, similar to a hologram. The phones could begin shipping by the end of September.

According to BGR, there will at least be two different smartphones by Amazon, with one “featur[ing] lower-end specs and a very competitive retail price.”

The website also revealed further details:

According to details from multiple sources, Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it will also include 2GB of RAM. It will run a heavily customized version of Google’s Android operating system similar to the version that powers Amazon’s tablets.

Our sources state that the phone’s display will measure 4.7 inches diagonally, making the handset’s screen a bit smaller than recent flagship offerings from Samsung and HTC. The handset also have comparatively low pixel density, featuring 720p HD resolution compared to 1080p HD resolution on many rival devices.

The photo from BGR below shows the higher-end phone and “is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent people without authorization from seeing the physical design of the phone.”

So, what do YOU think: Will this phone change the industry or it too soon to tell?

[via BGRAtlanta Journal-Constitution]