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Author: Orson Scott Card

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything: June 7, 2019

If you work crossword puzzles, you get used to certain words that get used over and over because they combine well with the words that intersect with them.  For instance, the word “ape.”  Now, there’s nothing wrong with “ape” when you define it as “Chimp, e.g.” or “Orang or Gibbon.”

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything: June 6, 2019

Biopics — biographical movies — are devilishly hard to do well. Especially when everybody knows the subject of the movie.Then, if you really want to practically guarantee a botched job, you do a biopic of a singer.  Then your lead actor not only has to nail the appearance and manner of the subject, he also has to singlike him.  (Or you try to lip-sync the recordings you have of the real person, which always looks kind of awful.)

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything: May 22, 2019

Here’s why screenwriters should do whatever they can to work in television instead of movies.The movie Booksmartlooks like a great high school comedy. Filthy language, lots of sexual innuendo and teasing, probably, because that’s where things are going in that genre, especially when it’s about empowering women, but it’s still a movie that I plan to see.

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Forgive Me?, Jeopardy!, New Start

I’m sad to see my 16-year run as a weekly columnist in the Rhino Times come to an end. I haven’t missed a week – though mostly because our fearless editors have been remarkably patient with my absolutely last-minute delivery in many weeks over the past 16 years.  John Hammer, you created one of the best papers in America – as a free weekly, no less! – with a powerful and generally positive attitude and high-quality reporting. How did I get so lucky as to be part of it?

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Names, Dinosaurs, Truman, Sampling

I was never one of those kids who go crazy about dinosaurs. But since the California public schools in the 1950s were crazy about dinosaurs, we got taught about them and tested on them. So from those days on, I could identify a tyrannosaur and a brontosaur, triceratops and stegosaurus at a glance.

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Uncle Orson: Nov. 1, 2018

There are certain staples of fantasy writing that must certainly have been done to death by constant repetition, and dragons must certainly be among them. Yet just as you think dragon books have become too passé to be worth reading, something comes along to change your mind

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Killing TV Characters, The Rookie, FBI

So at the beginning of season 3 of the Michael Weatherly series Bull, a show that has steadily become both more and less believable (hard to pull off), there was a storyline that put an end to the life of an interesting and well-acted character, a computer expert named Cable McCrory, played by Annabelle Attanasio.

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Who’s On the Ballot and Light Bar

In the blood feud between the Insane Far Left and the Lunatic Far Right, each of them a ridiculously small portion of the body politic, it’s easy to lose track of what is actually at stake in the current election.

As we watch Democrats encourage acts of violence and intimidation against Trump administration officials and continue to assert that Trump is impeachable because of fake evidence of collusion with Russia (a nation we are not at war with), it is easy to think that our choice this election is between Trump on one side and the Democrats on the other.

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