Fans of epic fantasy are used to long series – The Wheel of Time & The Sword of Truth come to mind. But I don’t know that even the most hard core fantasy fan would read 51 books in a series without some complaint.
I bring this up because Final Crisis is the series that set the stage for several stories that came after, including Battle for the Cowl and Blackest Knight and, eventually, The Return of Bruce Wayne.
Final Crisis was horrible. Absolutely freaking horrible. It’s one of those rare times when I wanted to track down those responsible and extract from their lives the time stolen from my own while reading it. That’s how bad it was. Superman battles Space Vampires – how’s that for bad?
It culminated with Batman shooting Darkseid, who uses his Omega Beams in retaliation. Think of Omega Beams like Balefire (keeping the whole Fantasy/Wheel of Time thing going here) – Since he is a god, Darkseid can use his Omega Beams to essentially erase you from existence. There is no coming back from that.
Unless, of course, you’re a major character in a comic book universe and worth, all on your own, billions of $$$’s in future book sales. Then you ‘return’…
If, like me, you await the upcoming 6th series of the new Doctor Who with much anticipation, there is a little something you can do to help you make it through until April 23rd (when the new series starts).
Each year (or just about), the folks who bring us Doctor Who make a special for Comic Relief UK (also known as ‘Red Nose Day’) – a charity event / fundraiser to help poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
This year, they’ve produced TWO minisodes of Doctor Who called “Space” and “Time”.
I’ve embedded the videos below – but don’t forget what it’s all really about – helping people. So if you have the means, click the link to donate and help someone less fortunate than yourself. Donate to Comic Relief and help change lives at http://www.rednoseday.com/donate
In episode 35 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel of irregulars:
Q: Are the works of Robert Heinlein relevant for science fiction fans and authors today? Are his works dated? Is he simply a relic from a bygone era best left on the shelf collecting dust?
If you’re like me, you are looking forward to Zach Snyder’s Sucker Punch.
Well, someone was so excited by the trailer, they created a new animated short inspired by the world Snyder has built for the movie.
It’s a creepy/cool bit of animation and I wanted to share:
Last year, I asked the SF Signal Readers to help me expand my scifi reading cred and Give Me One Good Reason Why I Should Read Your Favorite Science Fiction Novel. Your responses were fantastic and a little overwhelming, but I went through them and came up with a list of books, which I bought, and now I need your help again.
My plan is to read these books and then come back here and discuss them with you, but where to start?
Here’s the list:
- Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey)
- The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (Ace)
- Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey)
- Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)
- The Golden Age by John C. Wright (Tor)
Thanks in advance.
Brett has written The Warded Man and its sequel, The Desert Spear and is working on the third installment in the Demon Cycle series, as well as on the Red Sonja comic for Dynamite Comics.
Ward Shelley, Artist & Teacher at Parsons the Newschool for Design in Easton, CT, has created a map showing the History of Science Fiction.
Why? It was one of several maps submitted for the 7th Iteration on “Science Maps as Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries“. A little about the project from their website:
Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort. Each year, 10 new maps are added resulting in 100 maps total in 2014.
The map is pretty complicated and what blows my mind is that the original is hand drawn and painted on Mylar!! Holy crap! That is awesome!
Anyway, wanted to share.
In episode 31 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal Irregulars to weigh in on Fringe and explain:
Why I don’t watch Fringe
Fringe is a science fiction series that features: alternate realities, time travel, genetic experimentation, the technological singularity and transhumanist experiments – but you still aren’t watching? Why?
What do you get when you mix Raj from The Big Bang Theory, Tink from The Guild and Zoe Graystone from Caprica?
A Cosplay music video extravaganza titled: Tonight I’m Frakking You, that’s what.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 030): Cat Valente, Chris Roberson, Allison Baker & Alan Beatts on What the Borders Bankruptcy Means for Brick and Mortar Bookstores
Episode 30 of the SF Signal Podcast features the 2nd of our new, monthly mega-panels. We’ve invited some very special guests to weigh in on the state of the brick and mortar bookstores in the wake of the Borders bankruptcy and their scheduled closings of 200 stores nationwide.
Additionally, we ask:
- Is the emerging ebook market the final death toll to the local bookstore?
- As more people adopt ereaders, what can booksellers do to encourage traffic into book stores to purchase physical copies?
Our virtual convention panel includes:
- Author Cat Valente
- Borderlands Bookstore owner Alan Beatts
- Author/Publisher Chris Roberson
- Publisher Allison Baker
- Patrick Hester (Moderator)
If you missed the SyFy Channel’s marathon of the classic 60′s television show The Green Hornet in January, you are in luck – my TiVo tells me they are replaying those 18 shows on the 24th of February.
The show, about Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher who fights crime by letting everyone think he’s a criminal, holds up really well. His partner is Kato, Britt Reid’s valet, played by Bruce Lee in his first big American break.
Again, the marathon runs on Thursday, February 24th at 8AM ET. Check your local listings for show times.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 029): An Interview with Tobias Buckell + Are Fantasy Stories More Accessible Than Science Fiction Stories?
Why do fantasy novels & stories seem to appeal to a broader audience versus science fiction stories?
Later, John DeNardo and Patrick Hester interview Tobias Buckell.
We SciFi fans know what we love, and we love Firefly. Firefly, the short-lived, much obsessed about, canceled-before-it-had-a-chance television show, is still very much on the minds of fans and, oddly enough, the actors who were involved in the show.
The Science Channel has picked up Firefly for broadcast, the first time since 2008 that the show has been on basic cable. As part of the buildup to the shows premiere on March 6th, Fillion has done an interview with Entertainment Weekly that has stirred up Browncoats everywhere.
Nathan Fillion, who portrayed Serenity captain and Browncoat Malcom Reynolds, still thinks about the show. It’s his “what I would do if I won the lottery”. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:
“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to ‘Firefly,’ make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”
Firefly‘s loyal fan base – the Browncoats, have started to mobilize. Fillion is the head of that army (officially or unofficially), so when he speaks, they listen.
There’s already a campaign to help The Science Channel get the best rating possible for airing reruns of the show, and now some fans have registered HelpNathanBuyFirefly.com.