Archive for April, 2011

One of the coolest aspects of the whole digital revolution, is the fact that you can jump on Netflix and for less than $10 a month (I pay $7.99 for unlimited streaming), instantly stream all sorts of new and classic scifi television to your computer or TV.

I check every once in a while to see what new shows might be available and I was pleasantly surprised to see several favorites in the queue for instant streaming.

Check out these cool shows available to stream right now

Jericho was the little show with the big bang! The show centered on the small town of Jericho, Kansas, and the people there trying to pick up the pieces after a series of nuclear detonations take out the American government. The Green family are the central figures in the stories, from Mayor Johnston Green (played by Major Dad himself Gerald McRaney), his wife Gail (played by Pamela Reed) and their two sons Eric (Kenneth Mitchell) and Jake (Skeet Ulrich).

Over the course of two seasons (29 total episodes), the town of Jericho found themselves in all sorts of trouble including being at war with their sister-town New-Bern.

Although Jericho lasted only 2 seasons, it was a great ride.

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Attending 2011 World Horror Convention

If you’re looking for me (and you’re not a lawyer or salesman), I’ll be attending the 2011 World Horror Convention in Austin, TX, today. If you’re in the neigborhood I’ll either be chatting it up in the bar, or ogling the books in the dealer room. Stop in and say hello…

Never underestimate a fan’s dedication.

Case in point: SF Signal reader Lise Andreasen is animating this year’s Nebula Award short fiction nominees into story trailers.

Check out the interesting animations available so far…

How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison

“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland

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Free Fiction for 4/30/11

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Trailer: Troll Hunter

What can I say except that I want to see this. Oh, and, of course:

TRRROOOOLLLLL!!!!

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RIP: Joanna Russ

Sad news….

Author Joanna Russ, who was recently admitted into a hospice after suffering a series of strokes, passed away today. She was 74 years old.

Joanna Russ is best known as the the author of The Female Man and also What Are We Fighting For? Sex, Race, Class, and the Future of Feminism.

[via Eileen Gunn and Locus Online]

Music & Fantasy with Peter V. Brett

Sci-Fi Songwriter John Anealio sits down with Fantasy Author Peter V. Brett to talk music and its relationship to writing and Fantasy.


John Anealio: What was the first album that you bought with your own money? Do you still listen to it now?

Peter V. Brett: 1984 by Van Halen. I’m not positive I actually BOUGHT it in 1984, but it was still popular at the time. Might have been 1985. I was 11 or 12 at the time, and had just gotten a Walkman, the cassette tape player that was the absolute height of portable entertainment at the time. It was about the size of a paperback book, but not some wimpy 80,000 word media tie-in novel. I’m talking a The-Name-of-the-Wind-sized paperback. And heavier. It would play one ENTIRE cassette tape… if you flipped the tape halfway through. That was like ten songs! Truly I grew up in a golden age.

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VIDEO: Jeff VanderMeer Interviews Editor/Writer Konrad Walewski

Jeff VanderMeer talks with editor, writer, and translator Konrad Walewski, a prominent figure in the Polish Science Fiction and Fantasy scene. As a co-founder of, and editor for, the Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy in Poland, Walewski talks about Polish SF/F, a new anthology of stories about time, the Polish version of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, his relationship with Gordon Van Gelder, and more. Recorded April, 2011 in Warsaw.

I know with every fiber of my being that this is going to be horrible, but damn, trailers like this override any and all logic. This looks sweet.

Friday YouTube: Star Wars – ‘I’m Still Alive’

Because YouTube was made for Fridays…

SF Tidbits for 4/29/11

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“Realistic fiction leaves out too much.” – Gene Wolfe

“Reality is a crutch for those who can’t handle fantasy” – Old con button motto

Last week I discussed a few episodes of “fantasy” being denigrated or snubbed by the “mainstream”. A few days after that I had a long discussion with Paul Jessup and Nnedi Okorafor on Twitter about fantasy and realism. It was a very good, tough discussion, and it made me think more critically about the divide between realism and fantasy that has often been fomented in the wider literary field. Of course, this is not just a divide between realism and the fantastic; it is also about “literature” versus “fiction,” and other labelled dualities.

Rather than natter on about the labels, I would like to discuss how that one particular distinction, “realistic” versus “fantastic,” is a structuring principle of how literature is perceived and consumed. And, let it be known now, I am pretty solidly in fantasy’s corner in this debate, for reasons that will be clearer in this column.

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VIDEO: ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Featurette

Some more footage from the Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. What say ye?

[via SFX]

In episode 46 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester talks books, pen-names, red or green chile and Babylon 5 with author Daniel Abraham.

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Trailer: Immortals

Wow. This looks awesome, so I wanted to share!

Brought to you by the folks who made 300: Immortals

WINNER: 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Congratulations to Lauren Beukes for winning the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award for her book Zoo City published by Angry Robot.

Trailer: Green Lantern (TV Spot)

So.

If you, like me, saw the Green Lantern Trailer and went – Bwuh? I have news for you – the new trailer (and the extended Wondercon footage over on Apple’s trailer site) is WORLDS BETTER than that first trailer.

Check it out and be ready to be excited about this movie again:

“Your name?”

“Hal Jordan.”

“The ring chose you. Speak the oath!”

“…in brightest day, in blackest night…”

…welcome to OA.

SF Tidbits for 4/28/11

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The fourth installemnt of my 6-part Kirkus blog series on How to Start Reading Science Fiction is now available for your weekly dissection!

Hop on over and check out How to Start Reading Science Fiction, Part 4: Short Stories.

And, in the unlikely event that you aren’t already riveted to your screen, here’s the list of what’s been posted so far & what’s coming up:


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