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Prince Was One of the Greatest Fantasy Storytellers of All Time

“Prince está muerto. Prince is dead.” A female voice announces these words in a sing-song, matter-of-fact tone during The Gold Experience, Prince’s 1995 album. Prince hadn’t actually died, of course—he had changed his name to a symbol and created a brand new identity. He reinvented himself, as he did so many times…

RIP Alan Rickman, Who Gave Us Villains to Root For

Alan Rickman, who just passed away at the age of 69, leaves behind so many iconic performances that it’s impossible to pick out a favorite. Snape in Harry Potter, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest—everyone’s done an impression of at least one of his roles. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of…

Godspeed, Bill Dana, legendary test pilot and aerospace pioneer

The guy in the white flight suit is Bill Dana—a true American hero. Bill Dana was a legendary test pilot, a historic pioneer, a man whose fearless work made the airplanes and spaceships we fly today possible—one of those very few guys made of the right stuff from an era that is now completely gone. He died at age 83…

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