By JP Frantz
| Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 at 9:55 pm
“Tube bits?”, you say, wondering what the heck those are. Well, we already have John’s excellent ‘Tid Bits’ posts, but I thought we could branch out and focus on science fiction television. Tube Bits will focus on news items that deal with SF on TV. We’ll scour the web to find interesting nuggets of information, so you don’t have to!
- The Sci Fi Channel is resurrecting Farscape as a series of 10 webisodes. No word on casting or premiere date. [Via -the Intertubes in general]
- The Sci Fi Channel also announced their development slate for original programming. And I use the term ‘original’ in the ‘we take two or more ideas from existing properties and mash them together to make an original show’ sense. We’ve got a re-hash of The Incredibles, a mashup of Buck Rogers and John Carter Of Mars, the Odyssey meets American Gods and a bunch of ‘reality’ programming, as only Sci Fi can do. Very few look interesting.
- NBC announces Sci Fi Mondays. Not as cool sounding as Sci Fridays, but hey, its SF on a prime time network. NBC will air Chuck, Heroes and Journeyman. Expect the premieres of most of these series in September.
- Another clueless reporter discovers Battlestar Galactica and realizes not is it good TV, but science fiction can be good too. Describing BG as one of ‘those’ kinds of shows is a tip off to cluelessness.
- More reportage xon upcoming SF series on the major networks. Apparently, SF is either stories about nerds, or stories for nerds. I guess you can’t have SF for regular people? I thought I was regular people.
- And lastly, Slice Of Sci Fi has an interview with Claudia Black, whose mere presence in a show can kill it off (Farscape, SG-1, Dresden Files). (For Tim).
My, what a busy blogosphere its been!
- Lou Anders has a nice set of links today, including suggestions for the 2007 Chesley art Award (lots of great artwork suggested there) and the first three chapters of Hurricane Moon by Alexis Glynn Latner.
- John Scalzi interviews Justina Robson, author of Keeping it Real. [via VCTB]
- Author Ian McDonald (Brasyl) is interviewed in the Culture Northern Ireland podcast. [via Pyr-o-Mania]
- At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown, a finalist for this year’s Quill Awards, and Michael Swanwick, whose novella “Lord Weary’s Empire” is a finalist for both the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Hugo Award.
- Peter F. Hamilton talks about why he doesn’t use writing software: “Well now I do get spontaneous ideas, I’ll be honest with you, that’s one of the major reasons the books are the length they are. Total inability to stop slotting ideas in.”
- Penguin is publishing an updated version of Brain Aldiss’ A Science Fiction Omnibus. [via Forbidden Planet and UKSF Book News]
- Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin’ Blog looks at The Military in Sci-Fi.
- Elizabeth Hand reads the first chapter of Generation Loss. [via M. John Harrison]
- Rick Jackson writes in to tell us about the latest episode of The Time Traveler Show which features an audio version of Mack Reynolds’ 1953 story “Slow Djinn”.
- Real Science: Space.com lists The Top 10 Strangest Things in Space. Sorry, no mention of Xenu… [via Look At This]
- Zombie Friends is MySpace for zombie lovers. [via The Zombie Apocalypse]
- I’m already a poor Chess player, do I need the additional pressure of having the Elder Gods swallow my soul if I lose when playing with a Cthulhu Chess Set? I didn’t think so. [via Ectoplasmosis]
- Did you ever notice the similarities between Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism? [via Cynical-C]
- Speaking of Battlestar Galactica, Tricia Helfer is selling signed copies of the Playboy issue in which she appeared.
- Wil Wheaton impersonates his two favorite starship captains at the Kirk vs. Picard blog.