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HAPPY EASTER

  • On 2 Apr | '2021

Greetings Loyal, Airmen, you are reading this on Good Friday of Holy Week. It is our prayer that all of you have a truly wonderful and blessed Easter, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Valerie and the Air Chief are in the process of packing up for our first trip in over a year. Since the pandemic, obviously travel was impossible. Now, both of us have had all our shots and looking to get away to sunny Florida for a week of rest and relaxation. Long overdue.

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But before heading out, we’re happy to announce the latest Airship 27 pulp novel release. “Killing Shadows” is by writer Teel James Glenn and features his character, Jon Shadows. He’s a private bodyguard and investigator who always finds a way to get into trouble. In this story, an old love returns claiming her life is in danger from a husband who would rather see her dead than grant her a divorce. The action throughout is fast and furious with plenty of twists along the way. As ever the book is available from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We hope you check it out.

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And just as we were announcing Glenn’s latest book, lo and behold this year’s Pulp Factory Awards were announced and he won for Best Pulp Novel of 2020 for “A Cowboy in Carpathia” from Pro Se Press. See cover above. The book is available at Amazon. We had the great fun of reading and review it and know it truly deserved this honor. Other winners this year were John L. French for a Zorro short story, Editor Rose Shababy for the Stormgate anthology PULP REALITY # 1, cover artist for that same anthology and finally, our own Ed Catto for his interior illustrations for “Ravenwood – Stepson of Mystery Vol 4.” Our sincerest congratulations to wall the winners. New Pulp is alive and well, Loyal Airmen.

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At long last Moonstone’s first Double Shot book is available on their website. Features my I.V. Frost story, The Ghost Train. (http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1240)

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Today is Good Friday. And on this day Our Lord Jesus Christ died on a cross for all of us. Had he been just a man, His story would have ended it there. But He was not just a man, He was God, the Savior and two days later, He conquered death. The empty tomb was actually the true beginning of the Salvation story. We want to wish all our Loyal Airmen a truly blessed HAPPY EASTER…HE IS RISEN!!! Alleluia.

Ron – Over & Out!

MASKED RIDER Vol Three

  • On 26 Mar | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are happy to shout that Spring has sprung!!  And hopefully all of you will be the benefactors are warmer days ahead, flowers and green grass in your future. To day the past winter has been rough would be an understatement. Both the Air Chief and Valerie have had both their Covid shots and are actually packing to take a vacation trip after a year long confinement. Oh yeah, this will be heavenly. We’re looking at mid-April for one week getaway. Long over due.

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Meanwhile work continues at Airship 27 Productions as we’ve just released our latest title, MASKED RIDER – Tales of the Wild West Vol 3. This one features two Masked Rider adventures. A short story by Kevin Findley and a longer novella by Gordon Dymowski. There’s also a Wyatt Earp & Doc Holiday story by western scribe and good friend, Thomas McNulty. Artist Jason Wren provided the 12 interior illustrations and Australian artist Shane Evans the colorful cover above. As ever it is available now at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We hope you’ll check it out and of course, continued thanks for your wonderful support.

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And pretty much all we have for this week. The Air Chief has been busy of late with his book reviews and if any of you would like to see what pulp titles we’ve been recommending for folks, simply writing PULP FICTION REVIEWS BLOG in your search engine. One of recent books was really fun updating of the old Six Million Dollar Man TV series. It’s called EVOLUTION MAN and was written by Charles Millhouse. You can find it on Amazon. Tell them the Air Chief sent yah.

Ron – Over & Out!

THE BLIZZARD OF 2021

  • On 19 Mar | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen.  Well seems like Mother Nature decided to give Colorado another winter kiss over the weekend.

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Over the weekend a brutal winter blizzard hit the entire state of Colorado starting Saturday. Above is our front yard on Sunday morning (to left) and the aftermath on Monday morning (to right). Here in Fort Collins we got two feet of the heavy white stuff. This, Loyal Airmen, is what we left New England in the first place. Ha. Spring can’t come soon enough. Clean up crews will be working for several weeks before all the streets are free, clear and safe again.

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On a real fun note, we received Radio Archives CD audio recording of Airship 27 Production’s “Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Vol 4 the other day. Here’s our beautiful granddaughter, Cora, holding up one of the sets. Stuart Gauffi is the narrator and he is brilliant on this set. His voice is perfect for a western adventure yarn. We do hope you’ll check it out at their site on-line. You won’t be disappointed.

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One of the things we’ve always loved about pulps is how they often mixed genres together. Recently writer Fred Adams Jr. sent us a new novel that simply blew us away. It deals with pirates who just happen to be vampires. Oh yeah, the second we heard that pitch, we were on board. The novel is called “Fangs of the Sea” and our Art Director Rob Davis is doing the the interior illustrations at present along with designing the book’s title logo above. When done, artist Adam Shaw will provide the cover. As ever we’ll keep you posted this. This one is creepy good.

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Finally, after a full year of not traveling, Valerie and the Air Chief are planning their first getaway trip for the second week of April. One that is long-long overdue. A little R & R is always a good thing. April will also the start of the new baseball season and our beloved Red Sox are really a totally different team this year having traded away many of their top-notch players over the winter months. One can only hope with Manager Alex Cora back in the dug-out, we’ll get some eager young rookies willing to work hard and show the Fenway fans what they’ve got. Going to be so wonderful to hear the umpires yell out, “PLAY BALL.”

Ron Over & Out!

 

103 PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • On 12 Mar | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as many of you know, the Air Chief has currently been working with artist Mike Belcher to produce a brand new graphic novel starring the classic pulp hero, the Black Bat.

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Inspired by the pulp novel “Brand of the Black Bat” written by Norma Daniels and published in 1939. Mike and the Air Chief had hoped to take that origin story and adapted it to a comic story. Unfortunately Daniels story, though much fun, is a pretzel of twists and turns that simply doesn’t work in comic format which relies on a more straight line narrative. That being the case, we soon realized we would have to create something new from something old. In the end, it will be our readers who decide if we succeeded…or not. And so it begins.  Above to the left is the first appearance of the character in the magazine Black Book Detective. On the right the credit page and sketches of Tony Quinn in his civilian disguise as blind lawyer Tony Quinn, then with the hood on as the vigilante Black Bat, below them, Quinn’s right-hand man and valet, Silk Kirby and his secretary, girl-Friday, Carol Baldwin. The only member of the Black Bat’s team not present is ex-boxer Butch O’Leary, though trust us, he will be in the book along with a brand new member Mike and the Air Chief are very eager to debut. Still tight Loyal Airmen, as time goes by, we will be sharing lots of artwork as the progress starts to take shape.

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Well, Loyal Airmen, it’s that time of year again when the members of the Pulp Factory Group vote for the best New Pulp fiction and artwork from the previous year. Above are pictures of three of the five awards handed out last year. Sadly due to the pandemic, they had to be mailed to the winners and such will also be the case this year. On March 7th the nomination phase of the process concluded and now the Awards Committee is tabulating all those nominations. The biggest vote getters in each category will be put on the official ballot and then announced to the public at large to vote on. The Air Chief and artist Rob Davis will be doing a special 15 You Tube video to make this announcement. Whereas the venue at which these awards are presented, the Windy City Paper & Pulp Convention, isn’t until in Sept this year (again due to the pandemic) ergo the awards will once again be mailed out to the winners. Hopefully come 2022, we’ll all be on track and we can have both that convention once again in the Spring and thus do the presentation there as we have in the past. That’s it. Stay tuned. We’ll happily share more as it develops.

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And finally for those of you Loyal Airmen who enjoy audio books, as of this morning Radio Archives is offering BASS REEVES Frontier Marshal Vol 4 as an audio book you can buy either as a streaming download or CD set. Radio Archives always does such a great job with these.

And that’s our Flight Log for this week. Thanks always for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

A SHORT RADIO PLAY

  • On 5 Mar | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we are thrilled to bring you all up to speed on a short little radio play we wrote several years ago called – NIGHT ARMY.

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This is the story of ON ANOTHER WAVELENGTH audio anthology series coming soon from Evcol Entertainment’s productions.  Adam Dechanel and his co-producer/director Simon, began working on a 20 episode audio anthology project at the end of 2019. The idea was to create a sort of ‘Audio Twilight Zone’ if you like, with original audio dramas that have a running time of 5 – 20 minutes. They began recording but then the COVID 19 outbreak happened and it almost put a dampener on the entire project. However, they managed to get around the social-distancing issue with actors recording their individual lines in their home studios, which were then sent to their soundscape editor [the amazing Zachary Elliott-Hatton], who spliced each line into place and then added them to the individual soundscapes that he was creating. A painstaking task to say the least.
They have now completed 11 of the first 20 productions. One of which is NIGHT ARMY, written by the Air Chief and tells story of a dream we had over 53 yrs ago and still haunts us to this day. Having heard the finished production (it last a little over 7 minutes) we were simply astounded. Simon and Adam are now going to start recording the final 9 of the first series and then all will be available on the evcol.com website — though some will be uploaded to YouTube for promotional purposes. Of course we will keep you all posted and once they are available for public download, we’ll let all you Loyal Airmen know.
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Now for a little film fun. Obviously all you Loyal Airmen know how much we love airships and have always been fascinated by early Hollywood films that depicted. Over the years we had learned of an early Cecil B. DeMille movie released in 1930 called “Madam Satan” and described pretty much as a musical comedy. It tells the story of a high society married couple having problems. The lovely Kay Johnson is afraid her husband, Reginald Denny, has become bored with her and is quickly becoming enamored of the young brunette entertainer Trixie, played by Lillian Roth. Eventually the wife confronts the younger girl who confesses she has been seeing her husband. Shen then accuses the wife of having becoming boring and that is why she is losing her husband’s attention. Upon hearing this, the wife vows to win her husband back any way she can.
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When she learns her husband will be attending a gala masquerade dance aboard a giant airship, she whips up a rather risque, sexy outfit and arrives at the event as the Mysterious Madam Satan. Her husband, as well as all the other men at the affair, are immediately mesmerized by her and all vie for her attention. Hubby wins and begins to woo her, never realizing he’s romancing his own wife.
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When a sudden electrical storm suddenly appears, it shakes the giant airship off its moorings and it slowly begins to break up. The crew hurriedly begin hustling all the passengers into parachutes to make their escapes. The scenes of people in costume scrambling around to don their shutes and get thrown out of the gondola by the air crew has to be seen. Really wild. Meanwhile, wife takes off her mask, reveals her identity and hubby realizes what a fool he’s been. He, like everyone else, makes it off the shop and the flick ends with them back in their luxury apartment with him vowing to never stray again, while she also promises to be more carefree and recapture the fun they had while courting.
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All in all “Madam Satan” is a madcap, screwball comedy that Hollywood was so fond of making in the 30s and still holds up quite well to this. We finally managed to pick up a copy from Amazon and enjoyed watching it a great deal. And that airship…WOW.
And that’s our Flight Log for this week.  As ever, thanks for stopping by.
Ron – Over & Out!

TRIBUTE MEMORIALS AT LAST

  • On 26 Feb | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are sure you will recall how we were shaken last year upon hearing of the passing of our friend, fantasy adventure writer Charles Saunders. His passing had come and gone without some much as a ripple among the residents of St. John’s in Nova Scotia. And ultimately he was buried in an unmarked grave. When the news finally did reach the writing community, it was received with much grief and shock. Charles was truly an amazing soul and his death was a true loss to the world, especially of black writers. Eventually a group of his friends, to include Milton Davis, Derrick Ferguson and others set up a Kickstarter campaign to have a tombstone and memorial made up.

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Last week both were delivered and placed over his final resting place. Seeing the photos above was so heartening. We remember our friend in our daily prayers and God willing, we’ll one day make a trip to his grave to pay our final respects. Rest in peace, my old friend.

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As many of you know, “Satin’s Ways” is a comic project we’ve tried to get off the ground for a long…long…time. We even had an 8 pg completed and published with the first artist to ever draw her, Gonzalo Martinez of Chile. Since then several other artists have stepped in and offered to illustrate the 48 pg script we wrote way back when. For one reason or another, they never completed more than a few pages and then disappeared on us. Well, we’ve got as yet a new artist willing to take a stab at doing this comic, Richard Jun. This past week he sent along a few rough sketches of Satin and other characters to show us and Silverline Comics publisher Roland Mann. We like what we’re seeing. Fingers crossed, Richard is going to be the hero who brings us across the finish line at long last.

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On another very welcomed piece of news. Back in 2019 the Air Chief wrapped up his fourth “How to Write Comics” at the Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins. As we’d done with the first three classes, we then set about getting a comic book made with stories from our four students, pairing them with talented professionals. Well things seemed to drag in regards to find a fourth and final artist and then Covid 19 happened and everything seemed to get pushed back further and further. Still we pushed on, regularly posting to our writers that the book would get down, come hell or high water. Well as of yesterday, the book is FINISHED. All the stories have been completely illustrated and artist Howard Simpson turned in beautiful finished cover. All that remains now is for Rob Davis, Editor of Redbud Studio, to put the files up at Ka-Blam’s printers.  Volume Four of Front Range Tales features “Space Monkey” by Nathanael Vidaurri as illustrated by Olivia DeGaine. “There Goes The Van Gogh” by Vincent A. Vidaurri (he’s Nathan’s dad) as drawn by Luis Rivera. “Real Zizzle Reel” by Stephen Beer as illustrated by Gary Kato and finally “Jake the Bandit” by Donna Braginetz as drawn by Howard Simpson. Honestly, we couldn’t be happier. Of course there was no class in 2020, and it is doubtful there will one this year. It is our hope, come 2022, that we’ll be able to once again offer this eight week course. We have so much teaching it. For now, our four writers only have a few more weeks before they get to hold their first ever published comic stories in their hands. Now that’s cause for celebration.

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By far the best writer of Sherlock Holmes stories today is none other than I.A. Watson of England. Fittingly with a name like Watson, you’d figure he was predestined for such. I.A. has had a story in every each of Airship 27 Production’s bestselling series, Sherlock Holmes – Consulting. Now we are about to publish a new collection of I.A.’s stories that have appeared in other publications over the years. Above is a sneak peek of the back cover. The book is currently being proof-read and we hope to have it out within a week, two tops. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen. This is one you don’t want to me.

Finally, yesterday Valerie and the Air Chief received our second Covid 19 vaccine shots. We pray all you Loyal Airmen have either received yours or are enrolled to do so soon. It’s time to protect all of us and our loved ones and get the world back to normal, God willing. Amen.

Ron – Over & Out!

COMIC PROJECTS

  • On 19 Feb | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’re going to start this week off with some artwork from several comic projects the Air Chief is involved with.

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We’ve mentioned JIN & TONIK often in the past year. Created by artist Cesar Feliciano and further developed by yours truly, it is the story of two unique assassins, one Chinese and the other Russian. Above is Cesar’s most recent drawing of Darya Tonikova. Guess which one she is. Chuckle. Kidding aside, Cesar is such an amazing artist and working with him is a joy.

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On other fronts Chief Engineer Rob Davis and the Air Chief recorded Episode # 72 of the Airship 27 Podcast a few days ago and it’s up at You Tube…at this link.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Xw29s60rU&feature=youtu.be) We hope you’ll check it out.

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About a month ago, artist Mike Belcher drew the above colored pin-up of classic pulp heroes Domino Lady and the Black Bat, the piece being colored by his super talented son, Aiden. Well shortly after he’d completed that, he suggested we do a new Black Bat comic book together. All of which evolved into us doing a full out Black Bat graphic novel. Mike will pencil, ink and letter and Aiden will color. Once completed it will be self-published via Ka-Blam and sold on their retail site, Indy Planet.com – The Air Chief couldn’t be happier.

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In discussing the project, we decided we’d use to graphic novel to retell the characters origin story as it appeared back in Black Book Detective dated Sept. 1938 – Written by Norman Daniels under the house name of Wayman Jones, it tells of how crusading District Attorney is blinded in court by criminals he’s attempting to convict. Long after he’s accepted his fate, a mysterious young lady shows up and offers him a chance to regain his sight. Tony jumps at it. A special operation not only returns his sight, but it also allows him to see clearly in pitch black darkness.

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Tony decided to keep the fact that he can see a secret and use his new found abilities to fight crime as the masked the avenger, the Black Bat. He’s aided not only by Carol, ex-prize fighter Butch O’Leary and reformed con-artist Silk Kirby. Now initially our thought was to adapt Daniel’s story word for word, scene for scene. But upon reading, it simply isn’t the right approach. The story takes more twist and turns than a pretzel and Mike and the Air Chief wanted to present a straight narrative with a beginning, middle and ending, filled with drama and action. So our version will be that, an adaptation for the graphic media. When will it be available? You’re guess is as good as ours. We’ve started writing the script and hope to have it wrapped up in March. Then its off to Mike to work his magic. Wish us luck, keep your fingers crossed and we’ll keep you posted along the way.

Finally this past week Christians around the world celebrated the beginning of Lent, the 40 days period of prayers and fasting before Easter. It is a time of reflection, of setting one’s house in order and being aware God loves us despite our sins and failings. To all of you on this journey, know we are fellow travelers and every day of this Lent the Air Chief will be praying for you, that you reach Easter with a heart full of hope and love. Amen.

Ron – Over & Out!

EN GARDE!!

  • On 12 Feb | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’ve got a new pulp book to announce this week. And if, like the Air Chief, you’re a fan of those old swashbuckling movies, then you will love this one.

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“The Musketeers – New Adventures Vol One” is a collection of three brand new adventures starring Alexandre Dumas classic swordsmen, Athos, Aramis, Porthos and the you D’Artagnan. Paul Beale and Alan J. Porter provide two short stories and Joel Jenkins a full length novella. Ed Catto did all the wonderful black and white interiors and Adam Shaw painted the gorgeous cover you see above. Now available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. En Garde!!  Pulp fans.

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As most of you Loyal Airmen are aware, the Air Chief writes a review blog devoted to all things pulp, both old and new. Recently we reviewed the first issue of a new title “MEN’S ADVENTURE Quarterly” produced by friend Bill Cunningham and Bob Deis. It is a tribute to all those Men’s Adventure Magazines (MAMS) that filled the newstands between the 1950s and 70s. This premier issue is devoted to westerns and filled with reprints of both fiction and factual articles. All of which are wonderfully done. It is a truly beautiful package and we recommend it highly. It’s available from Amazon.

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Earlier in the year we wrote a new I.V. Frost story that will be published soon by Moonstone Books. In our story, a massive train engine disappears in the woods of Vermont and Frost and his comely assistant, Jean Moray are called in to help the police. In writing the story, we had to have our detective pair travel the railroad line where the train engine disappeared from. Immediately we reached out to the train authority in our family, our oldest son, Scott. Scott grew up loving trains. We lost count of how many he now has and how many sets he’s constructed over the years. We wanted to know the name of those little train mobiles that inspectors used when checking out rails. Scott immediately replied, “Speeders.” Our next step was to find several images on-line of these vehicles and then pass them on to the publisher. He turned passed them to the artist doing the illustration for the story. It’s above to the right. He did a great job and of course, thanks Scott. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And that’s all for this week, Loyal Airmen.  As ever thanks for dropping by and we’ll see you here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

MY COPIES ARRIVE

  • On 5 Feb | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well even though Airship 27 presents ALL STAR PULP COMICS Vol 6 is out, it has yet to arrive at the retail on-line site, Indy Planet. Trust that when it does the Air Chief will let all of you know and share that link.

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Meanwhile our copies arrived in the mail this week. These are being put away for when we are back to conventions. Got to love that amazing Mike Belcher cover.

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On the writing front, earlier this week the Air Chief finished his newest story, “The Last Trail.” It is our fictionalize telling of famed Oklahoma Lawman Bass Reeves’ final case. After thirty-two years of traveling through the Territories, and bringing in over 3,000 outlaws, Reeves learned that his oldest son, Benjamin, had in a fit of rage shot and murdered his own wife. Whereas none of the other Deputy Marshals wanted to go after him, Reeves personally demanded the warrant from Muskogee Marshal Leo Bennett and rode after Bennie. “The Last Trail” tells that heart-wrenching story. It is being to submitted to Pre So Production, owned and operated by Tommy Hancock. If accepted and published, we’ll be sure to let you know where and when. This was our third Bass Reeves tale.

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Another piece of good news we want to share. This week, both Valerie and the Air Chief received their first Covid 19 vaccine shot here in Fort Collins. We have to wait 21 days before we can get the second, which will be the 25th of the month. Needless to say we drove home from the hospital very happy and feeling a whole lot safer. It’s our wish that all you Loyal Airmen will be vaccinated and eventually we can all start socializing again. Thank God.

Ron – Over & Out!

FRANK HEBERT’S DUNE

  • On 29 Jan | '2021

Greetings Loyal airmen. The Air Chief first discovered science fiction literature while in high school. During our senior year, Analog magazine serialized a new novel by Frank Hebert called DUNE. We were enamored by the scope of its tale that when the actual book came out, we immediately bought a copy. Eventually DUNE was brought to movies by director David Lynch in 1984.

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Though not considered a critical hit, the reaction among sci-fi fans was missed. Whereas we loved it. Of course that was not the end as in 2000, director John Harrison did his own version which aired as a min-series on the Science Fiction Channel. It was somewhat different from Lynch’s version, but the same story staying true to Hebert’s tale. When this arrived on DVD, you guessed it, we wasted no time buying a copy.

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Years later, while browsing in a book store, we discovered a wonderful, illustrated version of the book and had to own it. Immediately upon getting home, we sat down and re-read it. And amazingly the book again amazed us with its complexities, fully realized worlds and characters. It has obviously become the Air Chief’s favorite sci-fi book. Then back in 2019 rumors surfaced that as yet another film adaptation was in the works to be directed by one Denis Villeneuve. Stills from the production began to pop up on the internet and we were thrilled. All ready to see this one too. But then 2020 rolled around, Covid hit and the movie was put on hold. As of today, it is scheduled for an Oct 2021 release date. All fingers.

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Whereas the marketing people behind this new version could not predict the pandemic, their plans to create merchandising went ahead full tilt even to producing action figures of the lead characters. Imagine our surprise when we learned of this. We wasted no time and ordering the above figure of the book’s hero, Duke Paul Atreides as played this time by actor Timothee Chalomet. We posed it in front of that much read illustrated volume above. Here’s fingers crossed the new DUNE will arrive in October and wow us again.

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And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Looks like Jan 2021 is almost done. Time just keeping whipping by at hyper speed.  Be well and stay safe. See you back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!