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By EW Staff
Updated November 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Mail from our readers

Tickle a fan, does he not laugh? Prick him, does he not bleed? Incite him with something like our Sci-Fi 100 cover story (#454, Oct. 16), and does he not rage? ”I nearly choked to death when I saw Independence Day on your list,” says William Angus of Lodi, N.J. ”According to you, it ‘rekindled Hollywood’s romance with the genre.’ The only thing it ‘rekindled’ in me was a steady stream of bile.” Other readers were just thrilled, like Mark Gifford of Lincoln, Neb.: ”Hooray for science fiction!” And some…well, some were a little frightened. ”All right! I’ve read, seen, or listened to 86 of your Sci-Fi 100,” admits Patrick F. Bodayle of Bridgewater, N.J. ”Oh, my God! I have to get out more.” C’mon, Patrick, let your fan flag fly. We did. Set your phaser on ”I’m okay, You’re okay.”

Alien Nation

It’s about time a good magazine gave sci-fi a respectable review and Top 100 list. And thanks for putting Star Wars at the top. The trilogy (and surely the prequel trilogy) will thrive forever.
Jeff Snodgrass

Kudos for including comic books in your Sci-Fi Top 100. It’s good to see that someone recognizes their contribution to this genre (as well as others). Every action and sci-fi movie that is made today is a ”comic book” movie.
Michael Arnold

Great job on your Top 100 Sci-Fi Issue. But how could you forget Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game?
Edward Tan
Los Angeles

Starship Troopers?
Paul Yates
Stamford, Conn.

The Last Starfighter?
Brandon Eytcheson
River Falls, Wis.

Dark City?
Nick C. Barracato
Staten Island, N.Y.

The Blob?
Nicole Jones
San Antonio

The Black Hole?
Shane Detert
Mishawaka, Ind.

The Invisible Man?
Samuel L. Tucker
Southhampton, Pa.

Quantum Leap?
James Ferazzi
Hoboken, N.J.

Credit Debit

In reference to your piece ”Brawl Over Beloved” (Biz), what code of ethics allows you to sensationalize an issue that had absolutely nothing to do with racism? I refer to the titillating subhead that said, ”In the bitter fight over who deserves credit for Beloved‘s screenplay, an unknown writer has leveled charges of racism — and ignited a war of wordsmiths.” I have never asserted that I was the victim of racism; I merely found the situation ironic. I believe that whoever empathizes with and can clearly convey a story is qualified to tell it — no matter the color of their skin. This is not about race; this is about receiving credit for my work.
Akosua Busia
Beloved Screenwriter
Los Angeles

Editor’s Note: We accurately reported Ms. Busia’s statements. We stand by our story.

What’s the Skinny?

At 5’6” and 95 pounds, I fall into the same lightweight league as Calista Flockhart. Reading yet another sniping article (News & Notes) about her weight left me wondering why we’re all supposed to accept the overweight for who they are while us tiny folks are fair game for ridicule. Skinny happens!
Suzanne Moynihan
Henderson, Nev.

How many broken bodies have to pile up before Hollywood declares war on the ideal weight? Whether Calista Flockhart has an eating disorder or not, there are thousands of girls and women out there who do and are in danger of taking their last bites; figures show that 10 percent of anorexics die from their disorder. Anorexia is caused by a combination of factors, but Hollywood pressure certainly doesn’t help.
Angie Engles
Columbia, Md.

Corrections: In Soylent Green, Edward G. Robinson commits suicide while listening to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. Superman cocreator Joe Shuster was born in Canada but moved to Cleveland as a youngster. The Female Man was written by Joanna Russ (Sci-Fi’s Top 100). The Washington Post‘s online crossword puzzle can be accessed at (Multimedia). Scarlett O’Hara and Melanie Wilkes are sisters-in-law, not cousins (Video).

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