(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…
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.)
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
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.
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.
Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Sunday, January 4, 2009
9:00 a.m. Press Check-in
10:00 a.m. Memorial to start
BWR Public Relations
Have a Happy New Year everyone!
REVIEW SUMMARY: A great deconstruction of the superhero mythos.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A group of aging superheroes are called out of retirement when their former colleagues start turning up dead.
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.
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.
REVIEW SUMMARY: A tightly-plotted, intelligent time travel thriller.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A man travels back in time one hour and, for his own survival, must ensure that events are not changed.
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.
Here is the table of contents for the January 2009 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine:
- “The Minutemen’s Witch” by Charles Coleman Finlay
- “Seafarer’s Blood” by Albert E. Cowdrey
- “Changeling” by Dean Whitlock
- “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
Here’s a list of the stuff we received this past week.
What was that I said about publishers slowing down over the holidays?
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.
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.
The winners of the Death Race on DVD giveaway are:
- Jeff H. of Fairfax, VA.
- Fred C. of Carle Place, NY.
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.
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]
Sad news…Eartha Kitt has passed away.
Ms. Kitt was well-known to genre fans as Catwoman from the 1960’s Batman television series.