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Gaming

African American Pioneers in Gaming

Modern gaming would not be what it is today without the contributions of Jerry Lawson and Mike Pondsmith, whose innovations revolutionized both computer and tabletop gaming.

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Comics DC Marvel

Origins of Black Superheroes

While superhero comics were born with Superman in 1938, it would be several years before black characters began to appear even in supporting roles, and more than three decades before a black superhero would headline a comic of his own. More and more black heroes would appear in the ensuing decades.

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Star Trek

Star Trek and the Civil Rights Movement

The year 1966 was a turbulent time in American history. The civil rights movement, which began in earnest in 1954, continued more than a decade later. U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War continued to escalate, as President Lyndon Johnson authorized additional troops, bringing the total from 180,000 to more than 250,000, as well as the […]

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Entertainment Fandom

This Week in Geek (6/15-6/21)

On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation, first issued in January 1863, was read in Texas, the most remote of the U.S. states that had rebelled in the American Civil War. The date, which has come to be known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, and other names, is celebrated as the end of slavery in the […]

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Entertainment

Diseases in Science Fiction

Humanity has been fighting against disease throughout history, from the common cold to the Bubonic Plague, and most recently, COVID-19. Humanity continues this fight in fiction, to varying degrees of success.

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Comics DC Entertainment Gaming Marvel

Superhero RPG Round-Up

When it comes to superheroes, gamers are spoiled for choice in the realm of roleplaying games. Dozens of games provide unique variations on the theme.

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Comics

Rise of the Public Domain Superheroes

Almost immediately after Superman first appeared in 1938’s Action Comics #1, other publishers took note of the character’s instant popularity, and rushed to produce similar characters of their own, giving rise to both the term “superhero” and to an entirely new genre of speculative fiction. Many of these publishers went out of business. Others failed […]

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Star Trek

Starfleet Uniforms: 2140s to 2160s

Starfleet has fielded many uniforms over the course of its existence. In this series, we will take a look at each, from the beginning of the Earth Starfleet in the 2140s through those worn in 2399 and beyond.

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Entertainment

This Week in Geek (6/8-6/14)

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Star Trek

The Bloody Road to Star Trek’s Future

The future of the human race in Star Trek is a bright one. Humanity had struggled with war, disease, and hunger, but had “pretty much wiped ‘em out,” by the mid-twenty-second century, as Charles “Trip” Tucker bragged in the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. But, as the theme song to the series made clear, […]