We linked to an audio version of this a little while back, but here’s the video on an awesome discussion between Wil Wheaton and Neil Degrasse Tyson on the science of Star Trek. Other panelists include Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins and Kristen Schaal.
Playing off the “Carl, get back in the *!@*” meme from The Walking Dead, Wil Wheaton and Chandler Riggs have created a video that transcends awesome.
[via The Mary Sue]
We are in a Golden Age of Geekery, my friends. I offer as evidence two recently-launched web-based video shows by some of the world’s most famous geeks. (Just the fact that geeks can be famous should be evidence enough, amiright?)
First, Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day have teamed up for Tabletop, a show about tabletop games on Felicia’s Geek and Sundry YouTube Channel. Here’s Episode 1, “Small World”, featuring Sean Plott (host of “Day9TV”, a Starcraft II dedicated webcast on how to be a better gamer), Grant Imahara (host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters”), and Jenna Busch (geek blogger, writer and host) play Small World!
This is a cool idea. As a casual gamer myself, this kind of thing serves as a significant taste of some of the games out there that I might not otherwise know about. Now, if we could just get Wil and Felicia to feature the Order of the Stick game, published by SF Signal pal Ape Games, we’d be cooking with butter….[looks at Wil and Felicia]
Science fiction fans love new gadgets. The most recently hyped gadget is the Apple iPad. Sure, it’s sexy, but like any gadget, it has its pros and cons.
We asked this week’s panelists:
Here’s what they said.
Full disclosure: my brother works on the iPad. Which doesn’t give me any special insights or advantages — I spent a year and a half not knowing what his job was, just that he’d been moved to a new team at Apple, before they announced the thing publicly — but if you want to read bias into this, go ahead.
I don’t own an iPad, and am not likely to buy one any time soon, for a variety of reasons: cost paired with lack of immediate pressing need, caution regarding the first generation of *anything*, etc. Having said that, when I saw the specs of the iPad, I admit it looked attractive, for two reasons.
Weight/size and battery life…
- David Louis Edelman previews Geosynchron, book 3 of the Jump 225 Trilogy.
- Interviews and Profiles:
- @Talking with Tim: Dan Abnett (Triumff).
- @Whatever: Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Windup Girl.
- @Stomping on Yeti: Alex Irvine (Buyout).
- Future interview: For the first time, readers and fans will have the opportunity to join a live online chat with authors, and friends, Terry Brooks and Christopher Paolini. On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, the authors will discuss the worlds of fantasy, film, and literature and take questions from fans.
- The winners of the 2009 BSFS Robert. A Heinlein Award are Joe Haldeman and John Varley.
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced increased support for AboutSF for the coming year, continuing a partnership that began in 2006. The SFWA board of directors voted unanimously Sept. 23 to fund AboutSF with a $5,000 one-year grant. SFWA has previously supported AboutSF with $3,000 annually. “The Lessons Library, which AboutSF has put together, is a tremendous resource and is just a fraction of the work they do to bring SF to a broader audience,” said SFWA Secretary Mary Robinette Kowal. “I am delighted that SFWA is able to partner with them on this outreach.”
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch posts another installment of her Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Failure.
- Cool Book Covers of the Week:
- John Anealio has posted a new Sci-Fi Songs podcast (Episode #16).
- Wil Wheaton is letting us peek behind the curtain of Big Bang Theory where he will soon be guest-starring.
- How is Automotive R&D like Flatulent Centaurs?
- Books Worth Reading compiles An Immortality Reading List.
- BookFinder has posted a list of The Most Sought After Out-Of-Print Books — a list which includes a section for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
- In honor of the ree;lase of Surrogates today, io9 lists 10 Best Robot Bodies To Jack Your Brain Into and Moviefone lists The 14 Sexiest Androids in Movies.
- @Wired: Best Sci-Fi Theme Song Reboots.
- @ScifiSquad: The Top Ten Sci-Fi Horror Movies.
- @Topless Robot: 5 Genuinely Worthwhile Female Versions of Male Superheroes.
- And now, for your metal listening enjoyment, here’s the book trailer for Star Wars: Death Troopers:
- With all the hoopla over The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley, did you ever wonder if it was good? Strange Horizons has Graham Sleight’s take.
- Interviews and Profiles:
- Damien G. Walter launches the The ‘Zine Link-up Meme.
- Futurismic asks: Is patronage the answer for Profitable post-web publishing? [via Big Dumb Object]
- Author James Bradley has a wonderfully in-depth review of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: “Yet this disinterest is of a piece with the novel’s desire to unsettle not by transporting the reader to a world unknown to them, but by taking the world they know and exposing the assumptions at its core. Indeed despite the common criticism of Wyndham’s novels, that they are too polite, too bourgeois, too English (Brian Aldiss famously described them as ‘cosy catastrophes’) his visions of a ruined world do not suffer because of their muted ordinariness; rather they are unsettling precisely because of that ordinariness.” [via SciFi Scanner]
- Joseph Mallozzi reviews Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover.
- Joe Abercrombie likes District 9.
- Mark Charan Newton shows off the Benjamin Carre cover of his next book City of Ruin.
- EVENT: Forbidden Planet hosts a signing by Iain Banks (Transition) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 3rd October 1 – 2pm.
- Jim C. Hines lists 20 Neil Gaiman Facts.
- Today’s Moment of Geeky Zen: Jonathan Coulton serenades Wil Wheaton at PAX 2009.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Fantasy Book Critic interviews Gary Gibson (Nova War).
- The Future Awaits interviews Tobias Buckell.
- Tor Editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden on ebooks, Star Trek fanfic, and the future of publishing. [via Tor.com]
- In the Australian paper The Age, Scott Westerfeld and China Miéville are quoted on the public image of science fiction. [via Bibliophile Stalker]
- @Paraoddity: Catherine Asaro. [via Saving my Sanity]
- SF Universe interviews Wil Wheaton.
- Authors reviewing authors:
- Jeff VanderMeer presents an overview of Steampunk at FilmFocus.
- @SF Gospel, Gabriel McKee is wondering Where’s the love for Defying Gravity? So, where is it, huh?
- Jason Sanford asks: Is the term SciFi still derogatory?
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers another installment of her Freelancer’s Survival Guide with Patience.
- From LifeHacker: Owners of Sony eReaders, users of the Stanza iPhone book reader, and anyone else with a device that reads the ePub format can now grab more than 1 million works from Google Books’ archives.
- Here’s a mesmerizing visualization of time travel plots in various films and TV programs. [via Information Is Beautiful]
- More chart fun: Here’s a nice poster of Jocks vs. Nerds at the Box Office by the folks over at MovieFill. Short version; Nerds rule the box office. [via Screen Rant]
- The Stargate Universe trailer hits theaters today before Halloween II and The Final Destination 3D. Hands up if you’re tempted to leave after the trailer…
- Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person Review District 9.
- The Prisoner is coming out in a sexy Blu-ray edition.
- Rob Zombie will remake The Blob.
- Real Science: Suicidal planet seems on death spiral into star. [via BBT Magazine]
- Website: Moonbase Central is an offbeat chronicle of the past, present and future of lunar exploration.
- Here’s 20 Outstanding Examples of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Origami. Is it me, or does the Jedi look the Scarecrow from the Batman comics?
- James Long lists his own 7 Essential Second-Step Fantasies.
- Cinematical lists The 10 Greatest Sci-Fi Deaths Ever.
- Mary Robinette Kowal lists Fantasy’s Ten Best Treks.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- The World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2009 are Jane Yolen and Ellen Asher.
- Win Scott Eckert posts covers for Phantom Chronicles 2.
- Cory Doctorow explains Why free ebooks should be part of the plot for writers: “…the right time to do a free ebook release is when the printed book is available…”
- David Brin has some issues with LOST, that “infuriating television show”.
- The Outer Alliance is a new group dedicated to intelligent discussion of LGBT issues in speculative literature. [via Cheryl's Mewsings via Hal Duncan]
- Amy Sterling Casil looks at more Star Trek book covers.
- James Wallace Harris asks: Has the Universe Gotten Too Big for Science Fiction?
- EVENT: As part of the Fantastic Fiction free reading series, Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Andrew Fox (The Good Humor Man and Calorie 3501) & Chris Genoa (Foop! and the upcoming Lick Your Neighbor) Wednesday September 16th, 7pm at KGB Bar in NYC.
- Quiz: Can you name the books of George Orwell?
- The chicago-sf.org has some tidbist of interest:
- Apex is running a promotion in support of Harlan County Horrors.
- @Wired: Marvel Moves Into Motion Comics With Spider-Woman.
- The Steampunk Workshop points us to the cool steampunk artwork of Ivan Mavrovic.
- Publishers Weekly‘s Genreville blog gets a reboot and a new (redirect) domain name.
- Horror Squad looks at science fiction horror films. [via ScifiSquad]
- Retro-Geek-cool: USS Enterprise record player.
- Neil Gaiman and Wil Wheaton make the list of Top 10 Twitter Feeds to Follow by HowStuffWorks.
- @Geeks are Sexy: Top 5 Places to get Free Science Fiction Online.
- @GeekDad: 5 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books We Wish Had Never Been Written.
- @Comicbook.com: 10 Fall Movies For Comic Book Geeks.
- @Bookstove: 5 Sci-Fi Books That Should be Made into Movies.
- @io9: The Best of SciFi’s Oppressed Alien Species.
- @SFX: SciFi’s 26 Greatest Tearjerkers.
- @Fancast: 50 Sci Fi Things You Must Watch Now.
- @SCI FI Wire: The 10 most badass sci-fi battlesuits ever.
- A response to Quentin Tarantino’s picks for Top 20 Movies of the last 17 years: Joseph Mallozzi’s Top 20 Movies of the Past 17 Years.
- Just…Wow. Concept Art World has 25 Inspiring Examples of Spaceships and Aircraft.