August 31 in Sci-Fi History: Cameras. Really, tho.

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Aug 31, 2017, 12:14 PM EDT (Updated)

We watch a lot of sci-fi movies around here. And you probably do as well. You know what made a lot of that possible? Thomas Edison.

Yup. It was on this day in 1897 that Thomas Alva Edison patented the film camera.

You really have to wrap your head about how far back that goes. Because about 90 years later, in 1979, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, and David Warner starred in the adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel Time After Time.

Oh, also Chris Tucker was born on this day in 1972. So wish him a happy birthday here and thank him for this moment in sci-fi history:

But you know who was born in 1958 and is greater than all of us combined? Julie Brown, team. Yes, she was in Earth Girls Are Easy. But her bizarre surrealist nonsense show on MTV was what made America love and fear her.

And finally: today is also the birthday of G. Willow Wilson, co-creator of Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel). Get excited about this and send her a quick note of thanks for all her badassery on Twitter, will you?

Tomorrow: Star Maidens and Lily Munster.

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