| May 12, 2012
| 9:10 PM
Fans of fantasy and science fiction will have their plates full this weekend. While Ebensburg is hosting the first ever science fiction convention on Saturday, Windber will be home to Draculacon IV.
Windber filmaker and author Blair Murphy's...
| May 12, 2012
| 9:15 PM
The Sci-Fi in the Valley Con — after a venue move from Johnstown to Ebensburg's North Central Recreation Center — will start on Friday with a nearly full house of games, guests and vendors.
Organizer Casey Bassett, 23, of South Fork, said his...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 1:05 AM
It's pretty hard to be taken seriously in any debate if, geographically, you are located on the Left Coast, have elected a person known nationally as Governor Moonbeam to statewide office five times and are home to an industry, movie-making, built...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:54 PM
As Lucy Kobbs turned the final page of the seventh and last book in the "Harry Potter" series, she took a pencil to the wall beside her bed and memorialized the end of an era: 7/22/07, 3:20 a.m.
"It's one of those books that will stick with me for life,"...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 10:28 AM
Ray Bradbury died, and you've got to wonder if they're going to cremate him, and if so whether the temperature at which a human burns is the same at which a book burns: Fahrenheit 451.
Bradbury was very old, and had become an old fashioned irascible...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 9:45 PM
The news filtered through the great publishing companies, the fan clubs, the writers' guilds. Through the staffs of the few sci-fi pulps and fantasy magazines left. Through the minds of old readers who were once young and still couldn't escape his spell....
| Jul 10, 2012
| 1:40 PM
"Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness, Viking, 577 pages, $28.95.
I have been eagerly awaiting this book for months. It is the follow-up to "A Discovery of Witches," one of my favorite books of all time. You should read them in order to follow what is...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 12:46 PM
It feels like it has taken longer to get to Super Tuesday than it took to get through seven books of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Republicans are using descriptors like "slow-burning" and "water torture" to describe their 2012 Republican...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:19 PM
"Liesl & Po" by Lauren Oliver
"Liesl and Po" is about a girl, a boy, a ghost, and a ghost pet. Will (the boy), confuses a box containing ashes of Henry Morbower, who is Liesl's father, with the most powerful magic in the world. Liesl is locked in the...
| Jul 23, 2012
Some have asked Zoe Kazan why “Ruby Sparks,” a comedy/drama about a male author who considers if and how to change a character he writes and then comes to life as his real girlfriend, doesn’t feature a female writer controlling a man....
| Jul 23, 2012
Yes, Paul Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan deliberately wrote certain things for him in “Ruby Sparks,” in which the real-life couple plays a couple. The movie is not about them, though.
“When I read scenes, it was like,...
| Jul 29, 2012
I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who once commented that, “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”
As I watched the events in Aurora, Colo., unfold in the early morning hours following a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight...