April 19: This Day In Sci-Fi History

Today is Hayden Christiansen’s birthday. Christiansen portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the fourth, fifth and sixth Star Wars sequels (or … prequels, disasters, masterpieces, whatever you’re calling Episodes 1-3).  Today also happens to be National Garlic Day. Best we can tell, the two things are (so far) unrelated. 

Little bit of a stretch for a Wednesday, but on this day in 1770, Captain Cook first set eyes on Australia. We’ve gone on and on about Mad Max here before, but have we really considered the contribution that Australia has made to science fiction?  Let’s start with “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute. It’s not a peppy science fiction read about the end of the world, but nonetheless a fine and classic science fiction staple. Let’s not also forget one of the arguably weirdest and greatest television shows ever: Farscape. Look it up, tell your friends. Give it a watch: It had muppets.

If you’re looking for something a little more current, let’s remember that Australia gave us Hugh Jackman, who keeps being in Wolverine movies. 

 

Tomorrow: Any volunteers, Mr. Sulu?

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