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.
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…
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.
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.
“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.