When a BART subway car arrives at its destination, with twenty-four passengers all dead, Kate Dawson must find out what killed them and who is responsible for their deaths. Her investigation takes her from the treacherous back streets of Chinatown to a luxurious Chateau nestled in the Northern California hills, and from a lavish horse race track to a perilous underground lair. She is pitted against a young rival who covets her job, a twisted but wealthy brother and sister duo who deal in illegal arms and drugs, and a deadly group of U.S. Army deserters, known as Task Force Red. The story twists and turns its way through the streets of San Francisco to a thrilling climax.
Everything I Know About Life I Learned From James Bond by John Flynn and Bob Blackwood is a light-hearted but thoroughly researched look into the world of James Bond. This book provides witty and insightful aphorisms about everyday things, ranging from girls to food and drink, cars to clothing and style, and life lessons to fun facts about culture and civilization, as reflected through the prism of James Bond, the worlds most stylish and cultured secret agent.
Someone has a fetish for murder. Homicide detective Kate Dawson is willing to go undercover to catch a serial killer. But this time, undercover may be exactly what the killer wants. When a rich, politically connected CEO dies in his private dungeon on a foggy night, beaten and castrated by a mysterious sex worker, Kate Dawson and her partner are assigned the case. Their only lead is a provocative email from Crystal Rose and an Ip address at the University of San Francisco. Before long, Kate's on the trail of a serial killer who uses the seedy underworld of porn shops, Internet sex sites, and S&M clubs to target victims. She knows the only way to catch the killer is to become part of that world.
When Inspector Kate Dawson is awakened in the wee hours of the morning to investigate a homicide, little did she know what would be waiting for her on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport. Air Force One has landed with a corpse in the lavatory. Madame President and the First Man were on board with a slew of reporters and other personnel. It seems someone enjoyed kinky foreplay, like having their oxygen supply limited, a gasper. It just went too far, or did it?
Life on the planet Jupiter? Former Senator Mitchell Ryan had always been told the violent, storm-tossed world was devoid of life. He had dismissed rumors of a strange life form living in the energy rich atmosphere as mere fantasy. In a solar system gone mad with civil war, the last thing he needed was an unknown factor to complicate his mission to supply critical energy resources to Earth and its fracturing colonial empire. But he soon discovers the Jovians are the least of his worries. Confronted with several mysterious deaths, sabotage, and similar acts of terrorism - possibly perpetrated by wealthy politicians who profit from the current crisis of fear - Ryan faces a dilemma that will change his life and determine the fate of the solar system forever.
What is your favorite science fiction film? At the start of the new millennium, fans who attended science fiction conventions persuaded Flynn and Blackwood to conduct a survey of the Top Ten Science Films of the 20th Century. They then embarked on a ten-year odyssey to gather thousands of fan votes. The result: a list of science fiction films that probably contains at least one of your favorites. Each film was considered from its inception, to the pre-production period, through production and finally reviews and critical responses. Includes interviews with directors, producers and stars of the movies.
After Inspector Kate Dawson is called to investigate a mass murder, she discovers certain parents have been directed to put their children to death. They believe they are the Chosen Ones, destined by God to inherit the Earth. The charismatic leader of End Times Ministries, whose grand plan includes stoking the fires of Armageddon, has ordered parishioners to close ranks and prepare for a holy war. With a stolen nuke, Kate Dawson realizes they plan to start a global jihad! "Nearly a million people live in the San Francisco Bay area," Senator Santiago said. "A lot of lives would be lost, but nowhere near the hundreds of millions of lives lost in a global war, and the starvation, and sickness, and disease that follows." "So, you are saying, the Doomsday clock is ticking?" Kate asked, already sensing the answer. "It is five minutes to midnight. "
Mention The Phantom of the Opera at a dinner party, and each guest will have his or her own vivid, almost visceral, recollection of the tale of a disfigured musical genius and his unrequited love for a beautiful, young singer. Someone will undoubtedly pantomime the famous unmasking scene from the Lon Chaney silent. Another guest is likely to burst into a song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original story contains so many richly textured scenes that each of us, at one time or another, has been seduced by the Phantom, and embraced his dark side. Read about the 50 various productions.
From what begins as the simple murder of a sex worker, Inspector Kate Dawson follows the clues to human trafficking and ultimately the Asian sex trade. Then, as the date of the G-20 Summit in San Francisco draws closer, Dawson struggles to connect the lives of five Asian women, who have presumably disappeared in Chinatown, with that of a mad North Korean Generals master plan of bringing about economic chaos in the West and his nuclear submarine playing hide-and-go-seek with fishermen in the Bay. With time running out, Dawson must prevent terror from breaking out at the G-20.
When 2001: A Space Odyssey opened on April 3, 1968, science fiction films were not very well regarded by critics; in fact, most considered them to be juvenile with little intellectual or artistic value. The critics hated Stanley Kubrick's epic space adventure, in part, because he defied their expectations by daring to produce a literate work of SF. Ironically, their reviews didn't stop moviegoers from lining up at the box office. Few understood what Kubrick was trying to do; some just dropped acid and enjoyed the light show. Today, audiences have come to regard it as a masterpiece of cinema.
They were like Gods. Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Phantom of the Opera, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon formed a modern-pay pantheon that ruled the mythical kingdom of Hollywood. They dwelt at Universal, their Olympian-like home in the hills of northern Los Angeles. Their stories were the stuff of legend in the most successful horror films ever made. 12 years after the last Universal monster film, Hammer Films, a small British production company, started creating its own pantheon of Gods with the The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). By remaking Universal's black-and-white monster films in vivid, blood-curdling color, Hammer established itself as the preeminent producer of horror films. Both studios ruled the box office at different times with their iconic monsters.
Cinematic Vampires: The Living Dead on Film and Television is an authoritative reference work which provides a complete look at 372 vampire films, from Georges Melies The Devil's Castle (1896), a two-minute short that predated Bram Stoker's classic novel by a year, to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Each entry gives the year of release, production credits, actors, and a synopsis of the film and its importance. Includes alternate titles and original titles of non-English films.
Earth invaded by Mars! Millions incinerated by heat ray! Panic grips nation as Martian tripods advance on Washington! Remember the headlines? They said it wouldn't happen here, and then, wave after wave, the Martians attacked the Earth with a vengeance. H.G. Wells' great novel, The War of the Worlds, chronicled the first wave. Then Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast, followed by George Pal's 1953 movie. The Martians kept coming! War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg is a tribute to Wells and those radio, television, comic book, and film adaptations that have been inspired by it. Dissecting Aliens chronicles a different kind of alien invasion; those movies, spin-offs and rip-offs inspired by Alien (1978) and Aliens (1986), including Predator (1987) and the Alien Versus Predator films.
Strange, haunting, bizarre, cosmic, transcendent...all of these words describe this collection of short stories by three-time Hugo nominee John L. Flynn, Ph.D. Journey into his wondrous imagination...to the last great library where a robot librarian awaits the return of its human patrons...to the planet Jupiter where strange lifeforms halt the progress of a mining platform...to a ravaged wasteland where the last survivors practice a strange ritual...to a warm, tropical beach where a vampire stalks its prey...to a bizarre crime scene that even stumps the great Sherlock Holmes...and to other shadow worlds.
Since the debut of Superman in 1938, superheroes have been a ubiquitous part of our popular culture. They have dominated American comic books for nearly 70 years, and their stories have crossed over into other media. They have been featured in daily comic strips, filled the pages of pulp magazines, figured in radio dramas, appeared on television, and headlined cinema marquees around the world. In many ways, their legendary tales of courage and derring-do form a modern mythology that has deep roots in our culture, our moral and spiritual beliefs, and our whole way of life. Like comic book superheroes, Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has played a number of heroes (and at least one villain) in the movies. The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger documents his rise as a cinematic hero for the modern era, and discusses each film in depth with the unlikely star.
Future Threads, costume design for the science fiction world, evolved from a series of articles John had written for Starlog, Enterprise Incidents, Enterprise and other sci-fi magazines in the 1980s into a "How-to" book for fans wishing to cosplay costumes from Star Trek, V, and Star Wars at science fiction conventions. Dr. Flynn is a Master-Class Costumer. In 1985, Robert Fletcher, the costume designer for Shogun (1980) and the Star Trek films, was so impressed with Flynn's portfolio he offered John the opportunity to work for him at Western Costume, just off the Paramount Lot.
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