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Tell Us About Your Favorite Genre Comics

Day 5 0f my totally stealing this idea from both John Scalzi and Chuck Wendig, and changing it up a little for SF Signal.

I want to know which genre comics out there you like and why.  They can be comics on the web or in print – doesn’t matter.  Tell us about them.  Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to their website (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory).  I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those comics!

POLL RESULTS: Prince Caspian’s PG Rating

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Prince Caspian is generating some controversy for its PG rating not reflecting the amount of violence it portrays. Do you think that PG is a fair rating for the film?

RESULTS

(69 total votes)

No comments this week — I think. It turns out some @$$-clowns hacked into our poll database and populated it with spam comments out the wazoo. There were over 10,000 comments…only about 360 of which were valid. The poll is being taken offline until we get the issue resolved.

POLL RESULTS: Our Favorite Tim Burton Film

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Which of these is your favorite Tim Burton film?

RESULTS

(124 total votes)

As several people noted in the comments, notably missing choices were The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ed Wood. About the former I would say that I only meant to include movies he directed, thus the “Tim Burton film” phrasing. On Nightmare, Burton worked as writer and producer, but Henry Selick gets the directing credit. About the latter I can only say that to include it would have meant to cut off Frankenweenie. And we all know how painful that can be.

Speaking of which…Poor Frankenweenie! Not one single vote? Of course, you realize that this means that steps must be taken!

After the jump are some of the many comments we received this week:

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POLL RESULTS: Marketing Young Adult SF/F

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Are publishers cashing in on the young adult craze by marketing adult sf/f to young adults?

RESULTS

(60 total votes)

Yikes! Participation was down by 50% this week. I guess YA fiction is not popular with our readers?

Just a couple of comments this week…

“It’s not just SF, though. There are a number of raunchy books out there being called YA when they’re far from it.” – Chris

“I hope that these publishers publish an author’s work based upon the author’s intended audience and not what audience the publishers think the book is suited for. It’s kind of like Hollywood actors being typecast.” – Jim Shannon

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about your favorite Tim Burton film!

POLL RESULTS: The Summer 2008 Film We Want to See Most

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Which of these 2008 summer movies are you most likely to see?

RESULTS

(118 total votes)

Indy whips up a clear win! Now the real question: Is it sci-fi? :)

Several comments this week…

“I don’t *do* cinema these days. It’s full of antisocial gits who are either chatting to each other or stuffing their fat faces with as much stinky ‘food’ as they can. However, I will probably pick up at least half of this list when they come out on DVD, and I can watch them properly.” – Paul Harper

“I am hopeful that Indy will not be the mess that the Phantom Menace is…but I recognize the possibility that it will be. Interestingly enough, I may manage to miss it because I am going on a 2 week camping trip beginning that weekend.” – Jvstin

“Why can’t I vote for more than one? IJ4 is a must, but I’m also planning on Iron Man, Hellboy, The Dark Knight and Wall-E.” – Rich Gombert

“I’ll have to wait until they come out at the dollar theater in November.” – Jim Shannon

“All of them, via netflix.” – Keith

“Not an easy poll. All but two are on my must see list. The two that aren’t are on my likely to see list.” – Douglass Abramson

“Definately Indy. Next most likely is the X-Files movie. I am deeply ambivilant about it though. Despite being a huge X Phile, I did not watch the last couple of seasons of the X-Files TV series, and I wonder about the point of a movie so long after the TV series whimpering exit.” – SF Fangirl

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about publishers cashing in on the young adult craze!

POLL RESULTS: The Best Batman Villain

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Who was the best villain on the 1960’s Batman television show (or the 1966 film)?

RESULTS

(97 total votes)

Some comments this week…

“A tough question, but I do think that Egghead, King Tut, the John Astin Riddler and the Lee Meriwether Catwoman are definitely ‘second tier’. Since they have such a complex relationship, for me its really a tossup between the Kitt and Newmar Catwomans (Catwomen?)” – Jvstin

“Julie Newmar for the win! But there were so MANY good villians, it’s hard to choose. Otto Premiger as MR. Freeze, Liberace as the pianast and his evil twin, Roddy McDowall as the bookworm, Art Carney as The Archer, the list goes on and on. How they got these people to get onto such a oddball show was a mystery, but I’m glas they did.” – Keith

“For me it was the Joker, though I hated the Penguin the most.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the 2008 Summer movie you are most anticipating!

POLL RESULTS: SF books in the Perfect Library

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION

Which of these books from the “Perfect Library” is your favorite?

RESULTS

(147 total votes)

All I can say is more people need to read The Day of the Triffids.

Lots of comments this week…

“I admit that Foundation may not be the best work, in literary terms, of the list. However, I read the book first out of all of the books on the list, and the power and vision of Asimov’s work still resonates with me today.” – Jvstin

“For “favorite” I used the ‘one I enjoy re-reading the most’ criterion. These are all good, but really… nothing from the last twenty years? Nothing? How much time does it take to make something a “classic” anyway?” – Karen Burnham

“1984, Foundation or 2001? Flip a three-sided coin…” – platyjoe

“‘1984′ was the most influential and ‘Brave New World’ had the most metaphorical accuracy, but ‘Foundation’ (I assume this means the whole trilogy) was the most enjoyable. Of course, that’s from the perspective of a teenaged sf nerd. Let me re-read them all and I’ll give you my adult opinion…” – Matte Lozenge

“Whose perfect library? Basic, yes. But very limited, Tolkien…Lewis….Bradbury…Howard..Keyes….and on and on?

Blessings” – Richard Novak

“I voted for Brave New world, but Day of the Triffids was a very, very close second.” – SF Fangirl

“I didn’t answer this poll for several days because it was too hard to select just one. Really I’d almost have to include five of these as absolute musts: 1984, Brave New World, 20000 Leagues, Foundation, and 2001, with most of the rest almost-as-musts.” – Bryan

“Several years back, when I knew hardly anything of written sf I picked a copy of the Foundation based on thickness and cover art alone. I had no idea. After a few minutes reading my eyes were open wide, my mouth agape. I had no idea there were such things in this world. Since I have reread the book, ohhh a lot. So, I would say that Foundation is my favorite.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about your favorite villain from the Batman television series!

POLL RESULTS: Hyperion Goes Hollywood

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is headed for the big screen. Is this a good idea?

RESULTS

(101 total votes)

I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s buying lunch in the cafeteria of sf shame for not having read this sf classic.

A few comments this week:

“I can’t see how you can do Hyperion in a single movie and wind up with anything much better than the mess that the DUNE movie turned out to be.” – Paul Weimer

“I would be afraid that they would turn this into a straight ‘horror flick’. Horrible monster goes around killing people on by one. Way too deep a novel to make into a movie.” – Cash

“Is Sean Connery available?” – platyjoe

“I hated that half of a book. I presume they will film Hyperion and the sequel since Hyperion is a completely incomplete story. BTW… Your polls are a lot less obvious on the left side of your web page. I’ve been missing a lot of them since you moved them.” – SF Fangirl
[John sez: Yeah…we know…and you’re not the only one. Our response numbers have been down ever since. This will be addressed soon.]

Be sure to check out this week’s poll – inconveniently located on our front page. If you find it, you can vote on your favorite book from the “Perfect Library”!

POLL RESULTS: Flash, We Hardly Knew Ya’

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
The SciFi Channel canceled Flash Gordon. Do you care?

RESULTS

(107 total votes)

A couple of comments this week:

“You know it probably would have lasted longer if it embraced the thing that I like from the movie which is the cheesy factor. Either that or go for the whole golden era SF theme but that is not so politically correct. Also they could have added more Boomer (Mmmm Boomer)…” – Tim

“I am sure, in another couple of decades, someone else will try again to recreate Flash Gordon. SciFi simply dropped the ball here. I knew, as soon as I saw Ming and his ‘water treatment plant palace’ that this would end badly.” – Paul

“After watching the first three episodes, I realized it wasn’t Flash Gordon so much as teen angst with not-terribly-long long distance relationships (if they could jump back and forth from Earth to Mongo, how far was Mongo, really?). I didn’t realize the show had survived long enough for you to say NOW that it’s been canceled; I sort of figured it died out a few weeks after I gave up.” – Ian Randal Strock

“You should have had a fourth option: What the hell took them so long?” – Douglass Abramson

“They have to replace it with something new. Right? Not a rerun. Well if that something is a new BSG or Eureka then it will be great, at least I hope it will be better, though I am not holding my breath.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about Dan Simmons’ Hyperion heading to big screen!

POLL RESULTS: The Best Captain of the Enterprise

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Who is your favorite Captain of the Enterprise?

RESULTS

(148 total votes)

Only one vote for Pike? If he read SF Signal, he’d be beeping in anger like there’s no tomorrow.

A couple of comments this week:

“What about Capt Janeway?” – David
[And the John sez: I’m not a Trek expert, but wasn’t she the Captain of the Voyager?]

“Hmmm, that was a tough decision. I voted for Belushi since I feel Star Trek always needed a little more humor :) Why not add Kevin Pollack to the list since he does an excellent James Kirk imitation.” – Tim
[John sez: Good idea!]

“Hey! What about Decker, Spock, Harriman, Riker, Jellico… (do I know a little too much about Star Trek?). Props to Jellico for being a bad-ass, but there’s something appealing about Harriman’s “Tuesday”.” – Ian Randal Strock
[John sez: OK, you’re obviously a Trek expert. I decided to keep it to the mainstays. Besides, everyone knows that Spock’s stint as captain was the result of affirmative action pressure…]

“I just know I would get ragged on for suggesting that Jonathan Archer is the best Captain of the Enterprise, but the obvious favorite Jean-Luc Picard was just too cerebral for me. Jean-Luc never made any mistakes, even when he did, while Jonathan Archer seems more real. Besides if he can set of enough things right in time, he can finally make the leap home.” – Richard
[John sez: Hiyo!]

“To a point it is like comparing apples and oranges. Different overarching missions and ships call for different skill sets and abilities. Overall, though, there is only one and he drinks Earl Gray, Hot.” – General X
[John sez: I hope by “hot” you mean the tea!]

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the cancellation of Flash Gordon!

POLL RESULTS: Inappropriate Young Adult Fiction?

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Have you ever read young adult fiction containing subject matter inappropriate for young adults?

RESULTS

(89 total votes)

I’m not a statistician (nor do I play one on TV) but these yes.no answers look to be almost even, no?

A couple of comments this week:

“And I’ve even read adult SF as a young adult that was ‘inappropriate’. Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, and many more. My parent’s were aware and had no problems. I seem to have grown up all right, other than a need to read SF Signal way too many times a day (more posts, dang it!). Parent’s need to be aware of what their kids are watching, reading, texting, etc. Don’t blame the author for ‘inappropriate material’ if you don’t take on the responsibility of getting involved with the upbringing of your offspring!” – Fred Kiesche

“I do not believe that there is such a thing as subject matter inappropriate for young adults.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about your favorit Enterprise Captain!

POLL RESULTS: Starting a Series in the Middle

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Have you ever started reading a book series somewhere in the middle?

RESULTS

(94 total votes)

Comments this week:

“30 some years ago, I started reading the Travis McGee mystery/detective novel series by John D. McDonald in mid-series. The books I was reading kept referring to an injury that had happened to Travis earlier. So… I went back and found the first book in the series: The Deep Blue Goodbye – and in that book they refer to the injury as happening earlier! Well…what the heck. I went to used book stores and found all the earlier novels, and read all of the Travis McGee novels.” – Morjana

“The last time I can remember doing it on purpose was because I received an ARC of one of Kristine Smith’s novels (Endgame) I had not read any of her novels previously but I didn’t want to read the entire Jani Kilian series as prelude to this one.” – Paul

“No, just like how I won’t start watching a TV series without seeing the pilot episode. I also won’t watch an episode if I’ve missed the first few minutes.” – Chris Johnston

“I have to go and start at the beginning as I’ve recently done with John Ringo’s Posleen books.” – platyjoe

“Most book series aren’t set up very well for someone to start in the middle. But one writer who gets around this problem is Mike Resnick. He’s written some trilogies in his time, but every book is written in such a way that it contains a comlete stand-alone story, and can be enjoyed independent of the other books in the series. (By the way, I assumed here that you weren’t including series like those that focus on one character, say a detective, but have little continuity outside of that…)” – Michael A. Burstein

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about inappropriate subject matter in young adult fiction!

POLL RESULTS: The Worst SciFi Movie Ending

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Which of these SciFi movie endings is the worst?

RESULTS

(110 total votes)

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about book series!

POLL RESULTS: Are Awards a Good Indicator of Quality?

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Science fiction awards season is upon us. Do you think award wins are a good indicator of quality?

RESULTS

(70 total votes)

Comments this week.

“Quality is entirely subjective, and awards tend to be given, and voted for, by people who are rather too fond of their own voices. Awards are a good measure of what other people think, and little else. They are absolutely no substitute for first-person experience.” – Paul Harper

“I voted ‘usually’ because rarely seems too harsh. Sometime, though, for current awards I do have to wonder about what the voters were thinking. For the books that won awards a long [time ago] that I didn’t enjoy, I sometimes think that they’ve aged badly or maybe I just don’t get it.” – SF Fangirl

“I usually enjoy the PKD award winners the most (who can argue with Tim Powers!) for long fiction, and let the Hugs and Nebs find me some short stuff I haven’t already read.” – platyjoe

“I try to read all nominated short fiction they’re usually very good. But sometimes I come across others that I feel wasn’t worth the time I spent to read it.” – Tony Geer

“Personally I tend to have more interest in the annual Locus and SFSite polls than either the Hugo or Nebula winners. The Hugo and Nebula finalists are usually a pretty good bunch and I usually read a few of those novels. Some great books totally miss all the awards every year as well.” – David

“You can argue this till your face turns blue. There is a lot of politics, a lot of back scratching, a lot of favoritism, nepotism and so on. But at the end of the day, the one who is holding the rocket will go down in history and there is a reason for that. Every book I read that had those words on it I put down satisfied.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the worst SciFi movie ending!

POLL RESULTS: The Book That Should Win the 2007 Stoker Award.

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION

Which of these 2007 Stoker nominees for best novel should win?

RESULTS

(60 total votes)

Yikes! What a serious drop in voters. I feel like Peter Brady and nobody came to my party. Anywho, here are some comments this week.

“I’ve only read HSB and I thought it was a bit overrated.” – Tony Geer

“I lived through a war. For me that is all the scares I will ever need.” – GeneralX

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about whether an award win denotes quality!

POLL RESULTS: TV Shows We Miss Because of the Writers’ Strike

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Thanks to the writers’ strike, shows are on hiatus. Which one do you miss the most?

RESULTS

(110 total votes)

Of those who even miss any shows, BSG has a huge lead.

Comments this week:

“The Big Bang Theory and House…I know, House is not SF, per se, but it’s really just the only show I care about.” – PeterY

“Just because The Big Bang Theory isn’t remotely close to being realistic or make sense, doesn’t mean it should be in a list of SF&F shows. And Lost just released a couple of episodes, so it would be very hard for people to miss it. I wonder if either of those would get more than 0 votes. :-)” – Yaron

“Pushing Daisies is the freshest show on TV today. I’d really like to see where it goes.” – Michael A. Burstein

“CSI. I am in Iraq though, so I am now just able to see the early episodes of some of this season’s shows. Thanks to spoilers, I know the CSI writers are going to screw up a relationship. For geek cred, I’d like to say BSG, but, once it goes into season break I kind of forget about it until it returns. Some of these other shows I haven’t even seen yet.” – SF Fangirl

“There is nothing SF about The Big Bang Theory, nothing. Not even one thing you can point to and say: “Aha, that is science fiction.” Yet, still I miss it the most. BSG I will watch, and a week or so prior I might get excited but there has been just so much time I have spent waiting that any heat I might have had is just not there anymore. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, but they also say that time heals all wounds (alert, cliche overload). These other shows I just don’t watch that much of to get excited about. Bring on TBBT! So say we all!” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the final 2007 Stoker Award ballot!

POLL RESULTS: Reading Young Adult Fiction

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Do you (or would you) read Young Adult fiction?

RESULTS

(124 total votes)

Nearly 72% of respondents do read young adult sf, and more than 98% of the repsondents are older than 18. Interesting… I voted yes because young adult fiction can be just as entertaining as any other fiction. David Gerrold’s Heinleinian Dingillian Family books spring to mind.

Comments this week:

“My wife and I both read some YA books. These come by two sources. Adapted to movies that spark our interest when we see the previews (Harry Potter & Golden Compass). Or recommended by my children or nieces.” – Rich Gombet

“I don’t always read YA, but sometimes it’s just nice to read something that deals with different issues than fiction geared to adults. Plus there are just some amazing YA authors, like Jane Yolen, Tamora Pierce and have you read Ursala Le Guinn’s latest? These books shouldn’t be read just by teens.” – Rachel

“What, no ‘maybe’? I answered ‘no,’ because as a general rule I don’t read or seek out YA fiction, genre or otherwise. But in fact I have read some (specifically, The Golden Compass and Philip K. Dick’s “Nick and the Glimmung”), and would probably read more depending on what it was and who wrote it.” – Gabriel Mckee

“I voted no as I enjoy compound sentences every now and again…” – platyjoe
[EDITOR: Ouch! and LOL!]

“Good fiction is good fiction, no matter who its target audience is or what genre it is. I for one love YA and think that if kids reading Harry Potter en-masse is your biggest problem, you really do not have problems.” – GeneralX

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about shows me miss because of the wroters’ strike!

POLL RESULTS: Our Favorite Philip Jose Farmer Book

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Last week was Philip José Farmer’s 90th birthday. Which of his books/series was your favorite?

RESULTS

(76 total votes)

Hmmmm…participation has really tapered off these last two weeks. Lame questions or can’t you find the poll widget in it’s new location?

Comments this week:

“It’s a close run race between Riverworld and the World of Tiers. However, fighting over the future of multiple universes, a grand vision, and Kickaha, a great example of a secondary character taking over a series because he’s just cooler than the protagonist, gives the win to World of Tiers.” – Paul

“Tough choice between Riverworld and World of Tiers, both excellent world-building sagas…but Riverworld’s main premise was fantastic, and well done. PJF is one of the most under-read and under-rated SF/Fantasy authors around.” – Larry

“The Stone God Awakens” – CV

“I liked “Lord Tyger” and “Two Hawks from Earth” best of the Farmer that I’ve read.” – Michael Samerdyke

“I guess I should vote for the World of Tiers books, but I think the Purple Book is just as inventive and more important in the grand scheme of things. That said, for me, Farmer was at his best when he was writing Burroughs books, and the best of these is Doc Savage.” – platyjoe

“I have read great things about his works and am really looking forward to one day reading Riverworld but with the dirth of titles on offer I would like to hear one clear and concise reason why do it.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about reading young adult fiction!

POLL RESULTS: Where Surveillance Technology is Taking Us

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Where do you think surveillance technology will take us?

RESULTS

(88 total votes)

Comments this week:

“The multis are already much more efficient mining our biometric and geographic data. They’ll only get better… ’till the hackers strike back.” – Jeff

“‘Will’ take us? We’re already there!” – Paul Harper

“They’re gonna put a little camera in toilet bowls to see what kind of tp we use. Assign each brand a numeric value and plug it into a logarythmic formula along with the results from the breakfast cereal camera, the gas cap camera and the lead paint camera, and send me a 10% off coupon for Long John Silvers…” – platyjoe

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about The Books of Philip José Farmer!

POLL RESULTS: Initial Impressions of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
How would you rate Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

RESULTS

(131 total votes)

Comments this week:

“Did anything happen?” – platyjoe

“They managed to strip away all the dreck from this crusty old franchise in 42 minutes, and remind us why we care about Sarah Connor and her paranoid delusions. And of course, there was Summer.” – Jeff

“I remember seeing the Terminator for the first time and thinking just how great it would be to have a full fledged movie dedicated to living in that future world of theirs. Here is hoping that if the show continues long enough we will see that as well.” – General X

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about The Surveillance Society!