Archive for December, 2008

Top 8 Time Travel Television Episodes (1 – 3)

(See Part 1 for 4 – 8)

But to recap, so far we have:

  • Futurama – “Roswell That Ends Well”
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine – “Trials and Tribble-ations”
  • The X-Files – “Triangle”
  • Justice League – “Hereafter”
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – “Yesterday’s Enterprise”

And now, on with the countdown…

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The Top 8 Time Travel Television Episodes (4 – 8)

New Year’s Eve is typically the day when we reflect on the year just passed and look forward to the year that is to come; time is on our minds. It’s also a day (well, night) of countdowns, just ask Dick Clark. So what better day to countdown the best TV Time Travel episodes than today?

Time travel is a staple of science fiction, but recently it’s been showing up on TV as an integral part of shows: The under-appreciated Journeyman, Life on Mars both the BBC and American version and the here then gone again Daybreak. Each uses time travel in a slightly different way, but they did/do bring time travel to the forefront for audiences. But time travel has been around for a long time on TV (think Time Tunnel so, in honor of New Year’s , I’m going to countdown my top 8 time travel television episodes.

One caveat before starting: These are only the best of the episodes I’ve seen. I can’t rightly rate those I haven’t.

(Update: It seems that the original post was too long for Movable Type’s liking, so it ate the last two entries. I have decided to split the original post into two parts.)

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Public Memorial Service for Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Sean Rossall from BWR Public Relation asked us to relay the following to our readers:

JANUARY 4, 2009

Public Memorial Service for the Late “First Lady of Star Trek” Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Cast Members and Fans Come Out to Celebrate and Remember Roddenberry’s Life

WHO:

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Gene & Majel Roddenberry and CEO of Roddenberry Productions, will host cast members, family, friends and fans to celebrate the life of his late mother. Fans are invited to come and pay their respects with the family and share their fondest memories of the late Trek icon.

WHAT:

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry will hold a public memorial service for his late mother. Family, cast members, friends and fans will have an opportunity to remember the legendary “First Lady of Star Trek.” Fans are encouraged to share their favorite memory of Majel from her numerous roles in Star Trek. Expected to attend include members of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and many others.

WHERE:

Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills

6300 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90068

WHEN:

Sunday, January 4, 2009

9:00 a.m. Press Check-in

10:00 a.m. Memorial to start

CONTACT:

Sean Rossall

BWR Public Relations

310.210.7586

srossall@bwr-la.com

SF Tidbits for 12/31/08

Have a Happy New Year everyone! :)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A great deconstruction of the superhero mythos.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A group of aging superheroes are called out of retirement when their former colleagues start turning up dead.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Excellent world-building; superior storytelling; realistic characterizations.

CONS: I could have done without the parallel fiction-within-the-fiction story of Tales of the Black Freighter. Nitpicky, I admit.

BOTTOM LINE: Totally engrossing and realistic.

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The good folks over at Snowbooks have posted a free short story from George Mann called “The Shattered Teacup”. It’s subtitled “A Maurice Newbury Investigation” which means it’s set in the Steampunk/Doctor/Who world of his awesome novel The Affinity Bridge.

Snowbooks has made the story available in both PDF and audio formats for your choice of reading and/or listening enjoyment. So, go forth and download and get a taste of why I’m going to name The Affinity Bridge as one of my best reads of 2008.

Tube Bits for 12/30/2008

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  • In case you didn’t know, there is a Star Trek MMO currently in development by Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes). They recently released an info sheet covering the first starship for the game, the NX-91001. I must

    say it looks really sweet. In fact, their starship wallpaper I liked so much it’s now in my background rotation. If the game approaches the coolness of this ship, it could be really good.

  • The New York Times has a nice article detailing how several shows are using ‘webisodes’ to bridge the time gap between fall and winter episodes. Included are Galactica and Heroes and it looks like NBC is using the web full-on in support of its shows. Too bad that isn’t translating into ratings success.
  • NewTek once upon a time brought video FX to the masses with the Amiga-based Video Toaster. Now they are at it again, this time putting a full fledged TV studio into a $4000 box, perfect for amateur producers to make their own home made TV networks. The Tricaster sounds incredibly awesome and I can see how it could open up a whole new realm of vidcasts or even internet only TV stations made by the ‘people’. Of course, most would look like cable access TV, but hey, you can’t buy talent for $4k…
  • Way back in the mists of antiquity, a little show called Babylon 5 defied all odds and actually made it through its five year storyline. After each season, John Hudgens was commissioned to create a music videos covering the just completed episodes. Until now, the only way to see any of them was to attend various B5 cons. Until now. The Joe Store on CafePress has posted all eight videos along with two video tributes to Andreas Katsulas and Richard Biggs. Andreas’ video is particularly moving, especially if you are familiar with his character, G’Kar. [H/T Sci-Fi Storm]
  • LOST-mas (Jan. 21st) is slowly approaching, but that gives ABC plenty of time to inundate us with new teaser trailers for season 5. Like this one!

SF Tidbits for 12/30/08

REVIEW SUMMARY: A tightly-plotted, intelligent time travel thriller.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A man travels back in time one hour and, for his own survival, must ensure that events are not changed.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Mind-bending treatment of time travel; some tense moments.

CONS: Because it deals with time loops, it’s somewhat predictable at times.

BOTTOM LINE: A well-handled exploration of time loops, causality and paradox.

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TOC: Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, January 2009

Here is the table of contents for the January 2009 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine:

NOVELETTES

  • “The Minutemen’s Witch” by Charles Coleman Finlay
  • “Seafarer’s Blood” by Albert E. Cowdrey
  • “Changeling” by Dean Whitlock

SHORT STORIES

  • “The Perfect Infestation” by Carol Emshwiller
  • “All in Fun” by Jerry Oltion
  • “The Monopoly Man” by Barry B. Longyear
  • “The Boy Who Sang for Others” by Michael Meddor
  • “An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity” by Jim Aikin

CLASSIC REPRINT: “Rising Waters” by Patricia FerraraDEPARTMENTS

  • Books to Look For by Charles de Lint
  • Books by Chris Moriarty
  • Film: “Pride Goeth Before The Fall” by Kathi Maio
  • Coming Attractions
  • Curiosities by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

Books Received: December 29, 2008

Here’s a list of the stuff we received this past week.

What was that I said about publishers slowing down over the holidays? :)

RIP: Edd Cartier

Tor’s Art Director, Irene Gallo, is reporting that American pulp magazine illustrator Edd Cartier has passed away.

Cartier’s work has been gracing books and magazines since 1939, including The Shadow and John W. Campbell’s Astounding Stories, Doc Savage Magazine, Unknown, and Planet Stories.

See also:

Sunday Cinema: Howard the Duck

to SciFi Scanner, I mis-categorized A Boy And His Dog as bad. On the off chance I can’t detect a bomb when I see one, I offer Howard the Duck, whose plot is described by Hulu as: “A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his home world to Earth where he must stop an alien invader.”

This has 1980’s written all over it.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Death Race on DVD

The winners of the Death Race on DVD giveaway are:

  • Jeff H. of Fairfax, VA.
  • Fred C. of Carle Place, NY.

Congratulations!


SF Tidbits for 12/28/08

  • GalleyCat interviews Tachyon Publications’ Jacob Weisman. An interesting excerpt: “And then there’s an anthology, edited by James Patrick Kelly, and John Kessel, [initiated] from a Jonathan Lethem essay called “The Squandered Promise of Science Fiction,” which basically postulates that the genre could’ve gained mainstream respectability if Thomas Pynchon had won the Hugo for Gravity’s Rainbow 35 years ago. Weisman explained that Kelly and Kessel will be compiling science fiction stories by “literary” authors, along with stories of a literary bent by authors generally regarded as strictly genre, from that 1973 date up to 2008, when Michael Chabon was embraced by sci-fan fans and writers.” [via Locus Online]
  • Locus Online has a Vernor Vinge interview excerpt from Locus magazine.
  • Free Fiction [courtesy of QuasarDragon]
  • At the NYT: Bargain Hunting for Books, and Feeling Sheepish About It: “Book publishers and booksellers are faltering. But don’t blame the recession — it’s all the fault of the Internet used books market.”
  • Rich Horton continues his summaries of 2008 short fiction venues with his reviews of Subterranean, Clarkesworld, Cosmos, and Postscripts
  • Fantasy Book Critic continues their autor 2008 review/2009 preview with Jeff Somers (The Eternal Prison).
  • SpoutBlog lists 8 Free Classic SciFi Movies To Ring Out The Old Year.

If We Had No Moon

Patrick Stewart narrates the 1999 documentary If We Had No Moon.

See also: “If We Had No Moon“, an essay by Bernard Foing in Astrobiology Magazine.

RIP: Leo Frankowski

The official website of Leo Frankowski is reporting that Frankowski has passed away.

Frankowski was the author of the Adventures of Conrad Stargard series of science fiction novels.

[via James Nicoll whose readers seem to be of dual opinion on the matter]

See also: Leo Frankowski books in the Baen Free Library.

Horror film legend Christopher Lee reads director Tim Burton’s original poem “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

[via Irene Gallo @ Tor.com]

RIP: Eartha Kitt

Sad news…Eartha Kitt has passed away.

Ms. Kitt was well-known to genre fans as Catwoman from the 1960’s Batman television series.

SF Tidbits for 12/26/08

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