Petra Mayer http://www.kunc.org en We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric http://www.kunc.org/post/we-can-be-heroes-some-glue-and-little-fabric The San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing — celebrating not just comics, but movies, TV, books, video games and really cool costumes. It's called cosplay: the art and science of dressing up like your favorite character.<p>I've got a confession to make. I'm a cosplayer myself, though without any sewing skills, my costumes are a little hacked together. Luckily for me, there are some truly fantastic sights out on the convention floor, like zombie Teletubbies or an army of Daenerys Targaryens (Daenerii?). And so many <em>Frozen</em> princesses I can't keep track. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 59097 at http://www.kunc.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel http://www.kunc.org/post/watch-out-butterfly-lure-literary-time-travel Where would you go, if you had a time machine? Ancient Egypt? Tang Dynasty China? The Globe Theater, in 1599? Or maybe to the 25th century, because who knows, Buck Rogers might actually be there.<p>Sadly, no one's likely to invent a working time machine any time soon. But that hasn't stopped the legions of writers who've been exploring time travel ever since H. G. Wells described his first Morlock. Slips and drops and nets and projections and paradoxes — writers have thought up a hundred ways to travel backwards and forwards in time. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 58938 at http://www.kunc.org Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time http://www.kunc.org/post/traveling-pants-author-tries-traveling-time Author Ann Brashares became a young adult superstar more than a decade ago with the <em>Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em>, a feel-good series of books about the adventures of four best friends and a really great pair of jeans. It was eventually made into a couple of movies.<p>Brashares' new book, <em>The Here and Now</em>, ventures into unfamiliar territory for her: a dystopian future of "blood plagues" and time travel. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:14:15 +0000 Petra Mayer 55614 at http://www.kunc.org 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years http://www.kunc.org/post/allons-y-why-weve-been-traveling-doctor-who-50-years This afternoon, millions of fez-wearing fans around the world will tune in to a very special episode of <em>Doctor Who</em>. The venerable British sci-fi series turns 50 today — though the time traveling alien Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1,000.<p>From scrappy, low-budget beginnings (bubble-wrap monsters, anyone?), <em>Doctor Who</em> has become a global phenomenon. Only soap operas can match it for longevity and popularity. So what's the secret to the Doctor's appeal?<p>Well, let's start with a ringtone — mine, to be exact. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 52233 at http://www.kunc.org Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction http://www.kunc.org/post/fans-are-friends-reigning-queen-womens-fiction Go to your nearest paperback rack, and odds are, you'll see two or three, or four, or — well, a lot of books by Debbie Macomber, an author <em>The Sacramento Bee</em> has dubbed "the reigning queen of women's fiction."<p>Macomber has 170 million books in print; the newest, <em>Rose Harbor in Bloom</em>, has just been released. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 48500 at http://www.kunc.org Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction