Secrets of Astrology
Secrets of Astrology, released in 2000, is the fifth album, but the fourth studio recorded album, by symphonic rock vocalist, Lana Lane. Though this album is Lane's fifth album release in the US, it is her eighth in Japan; the album was recorded in the Netherlands and in Los Angeles and mixed in the Netherlands by Oscar Holleman. Mastering was executed at Abbey Road Studios in London; the album contains 13 songs. In the North American and Japanese releases of Secrets of Astrology, the bonus track is a song entitled, "Romeo and Juliet", a song Lane had recorded during the recording sessions for this album. In the European release of Secrets of Astrology, the bonus track is a song entitled, "Rhapsody", a song that Lane had recorded during the recording sessions for her 1998 album, Queen of the Ocean. All tracks written except where indicated. Lana Lane - vocals Erik Norlander - keyboards, organ, producer, mixing, mastering Tony Franklin - bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals Arjen Anthony Lucassen - guitars, acoustic guitar, mellotron on track 8 David Victor - guitars Mark McCrite - acoustic guitar, mellotron on track 1 Robert Soeterboek - harmony vocals Ed Warby - drums Istvan Szeker - violin Novi Novog - viola Cameron Stone - cello Oscar Holleman - engineer, mixing Stephen van Haestregt - engineer
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction dealing with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, extraterrestrials in fiction. Science fiction explores the potential consequences of scientific other various innovations, has been called a "literature of ideas." "Science fiction" is difficult to define as it includes a wide range of concepts and themes. James Blish wrote: "Wells used the term to cover what we would today call'hard' science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to known facts was the substrate on which the story was to be built, if the story was to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them."Isaac Asimov said: "Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology." According to Robert A. Heinlein, "A handy short definition of all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world and present, on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method."Lester del Rey wrote, "Even the devoted aficionado or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is," and that the reason for there not being a "full satisfactory definition" is that "there are no delineated limits to science fiction."
Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying "science fiction is what we point to when we say it." Mark C. Glassy described the definition of science fiction as U. S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart did with the definition of pornography: "I know it when I see it." Science fiction had its beginnings in a time when the line between myth and fact was arguably more blurred than the present day. Written in the 2nd century CE by the satirist Lucian, A True Story contains many themes and tropes that are characteristic of contemporary science fiction, including travel to other worlds, extraterrestrial lifeforms, interplanetary warfare, artificial life; some consider it the first science-fiction novel. Some of the stories from The Arabian Nights, along with the 10th-century The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and Ibn al-Nafis's 13th-century Theologus Autodidactus contain elements of science fiction. Products of the Age of Reason and the development of modern science itself, Johannes Kepler's Somnium, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, Cyrano de Bergerac's Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon and The States and Empires of the Sun, Margaret Cavendish's "The Blazing World", Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Ludvig Holberg's Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum and Voltaire's Micromégas are regarded as some of the first true science-fantasy works.
Indeed, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan considered Somnium the first science-fiction story. Following the 18th-century development of the novel as a literary form, Mary Shelley's books Frankenstein and The Last Man helped define the form of the science-fiction novel. Brian Aldiss has argued. Edgar Allan Poe wrote several stories considered science fiction, including "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall" which featured a trip to the Moon. Jules Verne was noted for his attention to detail and scientific accuracy Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which predicted the contemporary nuclear submarine. In 1887, the novel El anacronópete by Spanish author Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau introduced the first time machine. Many critics consider H. G. Wells one of science fiction's most important authors, or "the Shakespeare of science fiction." His notable science-fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds. His science fiction imagined alien invasion, biological engineering and time travel.
In his non-fiction futurologist works he predicted the advent of airplanes, military tanks, nuclear weapons, satellite television, space travel, something resembling the World Wide Web. In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars, the first of his three-decade-long planetary romance series of Barsoom novels, set on Mars and featuring John Carter as the hero. In 1926, Hugo Gernsback published the first American science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in which he wrote: By'scientifiction' I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision... Not only do these amazing tales make tremendously interesting reading—they are always instructive, they supply knowledge... in a palatable form... New adventures pictured for us in the scientifiction of today are not at all impossible of realization tomorrow... Many great science stories destined to be of historical interest are still to be written...
Posterity will point to them as having blazed a new trail, not only in literature and fiction, but progress as well. In 1928, E. E. "Doc" Smith's first published work, The Skylark of Space, written in collaboration with Lee Hawkins Garby, appeared in Amazing Stories. It is called the first great space opera; the same year, Philip Francis Nowlan's original Buck Rogers story, Armageddon 2419 appeared in Amazing Stories. This was followed by the first serious science-fiction comic. In 1937, John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding Science Fiction, an event, sometimes conside
Placerville is the county seat of El Dorado County, California. The population was 10,389 at the 2010 census, up from 9,610 at the 2000 census, it is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. After the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in nearby Coloma, California, by James W. Marshall in 1848 sparked the California Gold Rush, the small town now known as Placerville was known as Dry Diggin's after the manner in which the miners moved cartloads of dry soil to run water to separate the gold from the soil. In 1849, the town earned its most common historical name, "Hangtown", because of the numerous hangings that had occurred there. According to the museum guide at the Fountain & Tallman Museum, there were only three hangings that occurred after three men on horseback came into town with guns ablaze; the name stuck after that. By about 1850, the temperance league and a few local churches had begun to request that a more friendly name be bestowed upon the town; the name was not changed until 1854.
At its incorporation, Placerville was the third largest town in California. In 1857 the county seat was moved from Coloma to Placerville, where it remains today. Placerville was a central hub for the Mother Lode region's mining operations; the town had many services, including transportation, lodging and had a market and general store. The history of hard-rock mining is evidenced by an open and accessible Gold Bug Park & Mine, now a museum with tours and books; the Southern Pacific Railroad once had a branch line. The track was abandoned in the 1980s; the Camino and Lake Tahoe Railroad operated an 8-mile shortline that operated between Camino and Placerville until June 17, 1986. As of March 29, 2007, 52 miles of the right-of-way have been purchased by the city of Folsom, 18 miles of track have been restored. Plans are in motion for a tourist train along the route by 2015; the town's first post office opened in 1850. Placerville is now registered as California Historical Landmark #701. Located on the corner of Main and Sacramento Street is the site of the Pony Express where 80 riders including William, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, relayed mail by horseback between Missouri and Sacramento.
The Pony Express ran from April 1860 through June 1861. The Cary House Hotel is located at 300 Main Street and was built in 1857; the three-story hotel was built out of brick to help prevent the devastation, served upon several local hotels that were destroyed during the fires that destroyed a large portion of Placerville in 1857. The Cary House was the hub of the Wells Fargo stage lines. It's estimated that more than $900 million of gold and silver passed through the doors of the Cary House during the transfer between the Mother Lode and the Nevada Comstock. In 1908, John Augustus Raffetto bought the Cary House. In 1915, he demolished and rebuilt it with three stories that had fifty-four rooms, coffee shop, dining room, his oldest son, Lloyd Raffetto, renamed it the Raffles Hotel. When the Raffettos sold it, the new owners brought back the name "Cary House." Historical figures known to have stayed at the hotel include Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and John Studebaker. Hollywood figures, such as actress Bette Davis, have graced the hotel.
Most Brooke Shields and Lou Diamond Phillips filmed a movie at the hotel. California State Historic Landmark #141 indicates the site of the Hangman's Tree located at 305 Main Street; the 1849 hanging of robbers and murderers inspired "Hangtown" one of the town's early names. The Masonic lodge is located at 419 Main Street; the three-story brick building was constructed in 1893. This is the only still standing building, erected with three stories within the Placerville city limits. Prior to the building of the Masonic Lodge, the site was the home of the Nebraska Saloon and an undertaking business. Placerville Hardware is located at 441 Main Street and is the oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi; the Bell Tower located near the center of Main Street was erected in 1865 to alert the fire fighters and townsmen in the event of a fire. The Fountain and Tallman Soda Works is located at 542 Main Street and is constructed of brick and stone survived the fire of 1856. Spring water obtained from a fresh water spring behind the building was sold to miners.
John Studebaker's Shop was located at 543 Main Street. The former automobile maker, used to build wheelbarrows on Main Street Placerville; the wheelbarrows were used by miners during the California Gold Rush. The building no longer exists, but the City of Placerville pays homage to this historic figure by holding a wheelbarrow race during the annual El Dorado County Fair; the United States Department of the Interior placed the John Pearson Soda Works on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. This property located at 594 Main Street was purchased in 1859 by John Pearson; the property included a mine. Pearson built a stone building around the mine taking advantage of cool temperature of the mine tunnel to store the ice. Pearson sold many other items including cream soda and syrups. After his death, Pearson's sons added the second story in 1897 to use as a bottling factory for the burgeoning soda business; the sons sold the business in 1904 and the new owners renamed the business Placerville Soda Works.
Corner of Main and Cedar Ravine The
Wolfgang Hohlbein is a German writer of science fiction and horror fiction who lives near Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia. His wife, Heike Hohlbein, is a writer and works with her husband. With more than 200 published books and more than 43 million sold copies he is considered among the most successful German writers in the fantasy genre. Wolfgang Hohlbein was born on 15 August 1953 in Bezirk Erfurt; when he finished school, he took an apprenticeship as industrial clerk. After the apprenticeship he worked in this profession in the following years. To bolster his income, he worked as night watchman, it was during this time when he started to pass the time faster. In 1971 he met his wife Heike Hohlbein. Together they raised six children. In 1977 their daughter Rebecca Hohlbein was born. In 1982 he quit his job to work as a full-time author. Shortly after he and his family moved to Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, where they live until today. In 2014 the German TV channel RTL II launched a reality show called Die Hohlbeins – Eine total fantastische Familie, which aimed to show the life of the Hohlbein family in the a docusoap format.
The show garnered about 910.000 viewers during the first episode, but after a fast drop-off in viewers and negative criticism of being too trivial and boring it was cancelled soon after. Writing short stories since young age, Hohlbein was first recognized as an author after sending in a manuscript he and his wife had written at a fantasy and science fiction writing contest in 1982, they won and their book, Märchenmond, was published by Ueberreuter Verlag, soon becoming a bestseller and winning several awards. In the following years the Hohlbein's wrote two sequels to the book; the trilogy sold more than 2 million copies. He's a writer of pulp fiction, including the series Der Hexer, which he conceived in 1984 for the magazine Gespenster-Krimi published by Bastei Lübbe based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, of which he wrote the majority of novels under the collective pen name of Robert Craven; the series was reedited and republished as paperbacks, which collected the stories of several pulp magazines, including a prequel, as e-books both under Hohlbein's own name.
Hohlbein writes in the genre of fantasy and historical fiction. Since the success of Märchenmond Hohlbein had published more than 200 books, he sometimes cooperates with other authors like his daughter Rebecca Hohlbein. His most important source of inspiration is his wife Heike Hohlbein, credited as co-author on more than 30 of his books. In his early days, Hohlbein wrote a lot of paperback stories for various magazines and often used a pseudonym, he focused more on stand-alone novels as well as some long-running book series, like the Enwor saga or the still not finished Chronik des Unsterblichen. Apart from his own creations, Hohlbein wrote various movie tie-in books, like in the Indiana Jones, Stargate or Pirates of the Caribbean universe. Wolfgang Hohlbein is among the most prolific German fantasy authors, he has sold more than 43 million issues throughout his career. Many of his books are translated and published internationally in various European countries as well as outside of Europe in countries such as South Korea.
For many years none of his works had been translated into English, not the eight Indiana Jones novels he wrote. His only works to be translated into English were his three Märchenmond novels, which were published by Tokyopop from 2006 onwards, now titled Magic Moon. Hohlbein's books have been adapted into other media such as radioplays, his work Märchenmond was translated into a theatre play, presented in places like the Westfälisches Landestheater or the Theater für Niedersachsen. The German progressive metal band, Vanden Plas and consecutively released two full-length albums, Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld in 2014 and Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II in 2015, that were adapted from Blutnacht, a theater production based off the author's Die Chronik der Unsterblichen. Throughout the years, various propositions have been made to turn some of his works into film, for example for Das Druidentor or Azrael, but none of these projects were realized. In September 2016 however, Constantin Film announced they will create a feature film based on his book Hagen von Tronje.
Literature by and about Wolfgang Hohlbein in the German National Library catalogue Wolfgang Hohlbein at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Official website
Once and Future King Part I
Once and Future King Part I is the fourth studio album released by Gary Hughes. All songs written by Gary Hughes. "Excalibur" – 6:22 "Dragon Island Cathedral" – 6:03 "At the End of Day" – 4:30 "The Reason Why" – 4:36 "Shapeshifter" – 4:45 "King for a Day" – 4:47 "Avalon" – 4:00 "Sinner" – 5:01 "In Flames" – 5:03 "Lies" – 5:31 Damian Wilson – Gary Hughes – King Arthur Lana Lane – Queen Guinevere Danny Vaughn – Lancelot Irene Jansen – Morgana Bob Catley – Merlin Sean Harris – Sir Galahad Gary Hughes – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and programming Chris Francis – guitars John Halliwell – guitars Steve McKenna – Bass guitars Greg Morgan – drums and percussion Arjen Lucassen – keyboards Paul Hodson – piano and keyboards Graham Woodcock – keyboards Jason Thanos – backing vocals Damian Wilson – backing vocals Mixing – Pete Coleman Engineer – Gary Hughes Additional Engineering – Pete Coleman, Audu Obaje, Arjen Lucassen, Erik Norlander, Billy Churchill and Jason Thanos Heavy Harmonies page
Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter. Whilst the genre emerged towards the late-1980s, it was not until the 1990s that progressive metal achieved commercial success. Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Shadow Gallery and Fates Warning are a few examples of progressive metal bands who achieved commercial success. Progressive metal, as a distinct musical style, was advanced by members of the American heavy/power metal scene of the mid-1980s Queensrÿche, Fates Warning and Dream Theater; these bands form the so-called triad, the "Big Three" of prog metal, or the most important and influential groups of the traditional scene. The origins of the genre date back to the beginning of heavy metal/hard rock and progressive rock, as some bands began to merge the two different approaches. 1960s pioneers like King Crimson maintained their musical innovation while incorporating a harder approach, using dissonance and experimental tones, yet maintaining a relationship to the power chords of hard rock.
At the same time, metal/doom stalwarts such as Black Sabbath began to integrate accentuated progressive influences into pioneering records such as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage. Canadian trio Rush are recognised as bridging the gap between the hard rock period, English prog and the purely heavy metal genre. Influenced by Led Zeppelin, they evolved to combine established progressive rock technique with blues-based power chords. Records such as 2112, A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres showcased technical expertise while utilizing a more direct approach than the established English prog rockers. Other heavy metal bands of the era contributing to the genre include England's Iron Maiden and the Danish Mercyful Fate.1984 brought full length debut albums from American bands Queensrÿche, from Washington, Fates Warning, from Connecticut. Taking inspiration from established metal acts like Iron Maiden, each expanded their music to include more progressive elements – some through sound experimentation and compositional refinement, others through complex structures and atypical riffs – up to the two seminal works in 1986: Rage for Order and Awaken the Guardian.
In the following years the two bands, while following different paths – more basic and simple the first, more articulate and complex the latter - explore and expand the technical refinement and sonic finesse of their music, continuing to lay the foundations of the genre with important works such as Operation: Mindcrime by Queensrÿche, No Exit and Perfect Symmetry by Fates Warning. Other important groups of 1980s prog-metal included Crimson Glory, Heir Apparent and Canadian innovators Voivod. Progressive metal found a home in the burgeoning U. S. speed metal movement, influencing thrashers Megadeth. "Math-metal" pioneers Watchtower, from Texas, took the concept of time-changes to a new level, combining thrash metal and prog in their albums Energetic Disassembly and Control and Resistance, giving rise to an technical approach based on the rhythmic deconstruction typical of jazz fusion. This same type of prog metal will be integrated into death metal by American bands such as Atheist and Cynic.
Among the other pioneering thrash metal bands, one of the most important is the Canadian Voivod, with their complex and experimental style, full of psychedelic dissonances. The major second wave US bands that contribute to further delineating and developing the genre are Psychotic Waltz and Dream Theater; the former, with an approach halfway between Watchtower and Fates Warning, produced A Social Grace, melding their signature sound with the psychedelic Into the Everflow, while the latter explored the legacy of the bands that preceded them while advancing their personal style with When Dream and Day Unite. Both albums focused on keyboards and band members' virtuoso instrumental skills, their efforts resulted in two fundamental albums, that institutionalize classic progressive metal and a certain way of conceiving it - Images and Words and Awake; as for Europe, among the pioneers are the Germans Sieges Even, starting from the techno thrash of Watchtower, explore the more technical and angular side of progressive metal with Steps, followed the following year by the more melodic A Sense of Change.
Among other important groups that have distinguished themselves for the peculiarity of the proposal: in the US, for the melodic and/or power side Shadow Gallery, the neoclassical Symphony X, Redemption, O. S. I. with Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos.