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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 30, 2006

A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been cast as Lyra Belacqua, the central character in Philip Pullman's best-selling children's trilogy "His Dark Materials" which is being adapted into a big-budget film series.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.