SF Tidbits for 3/11/07

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Use the Stamps, Luke…

[Waves Hand] This is Not The Junk Mail You are Looking for…

The United States Post Office (the people who cannot seem to be able to deliver my Locus magazine without reading it first — but don’t get me started…) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Wars by dressing up some mailboxes around the country to look like R2D2.

Is there nothing beyond George Lucas’ reach? What’s next? The Jar-Jar fire hydrant?

[via MonkeyFilter]

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Now with Soylent Green!

Carl Huber is performing a social experiment that might appeal to science fiction fans.

He’s printing up a bunch of stickers that say “Now with Soylent Green!” and he’s putting them on stuff — like food in grocery stores. Of course, there is a full-disclosure footnote included that lets people know that “Soylent Green is made of people.”

He invites others to do the same and send him the corresponding photos.

[Disclaimer: SF Signal neither endorses nor condones the consumption of people.]

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SF Tidbits for 3/9/07

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SF Tidbits for 3/8/07

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The Trial of Han Solo

If Greedo shot first, why is Han on trial, hmmmm? Find out in this longish Google video that really puts Lucas in the hot seat…

(Warning! Brief CGI-dude nudity.)

[via Neatorama]

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SF Tidbits for 3/7/07

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Thoughts On the BSG Episode, “Maelstrom”

Big frakkin’ spoilers ahoy. Proceed no further unless you’ve seen the latest BSG episode, or you don’t mind be spoiled. You have been warned.

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BSG Fan Film Toolkit

SCIFI.COM has released a Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit which allows fans to make their own films.

The toolkit gives fans everything they need to create their own four-minute Galactica movies. It provides more than 30 visual effects and 20 audio effects, as well as cuts from the show’s soundtrack. Fans can post their completed videos on SCIFI.COM to share with other fans. Two videos have been posted on the site as examples.

Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick will select his favorite video, and it will be broadcast in its entirety on SCI FI Channel during an episode of Battlestar Galactica.

Sorry, Tim, you cannot win if you mix your own home videos with stock Boomer footage. :)

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REVIEW: Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas

REVIEW SUMMARY: A refreshing blend of science fiction, horror, mystery and action.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Shapeshifting private detective Jeremy Stake is hired to find the rare, bioengineered doll of his rich client’s daughter in the dark, gritty setting of Punktown, a futuristic metropolis of alien creatures, mutants and inter-dimensional travel.

PROS: Imaginative setting that you’ll want more of; consistent and enjoyable pacing; awesome second half; successful juggling of multiple story lines.
CONS: Some plot turns were predictable.
BOTTOM LINE: Come for the plot, stay for the setting.
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SF Tidbits for 3/6/07

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SF Tidbits for 3/5/07

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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

Who is your favorite amongst midriff-baring space royalty?


(126 total votes)

Poor Pricess Aura from 1936! Alas, voters were more merciless than Ming himself.

One comment this week, I guess others were busy ogling:

“I don’t think you can go wrong with Queen Amidala. I mean, Natalie Portman’s hot, no matter which way you slice it. George Lucas got that right. Once we all grew out of our collective crushes on Leia, along came Amidala, to make us feel creepy and guilty and in love.” – Pete

Be sure to vote in this week’s poll on Star Trek XI!!

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Best American Fantasy: The Rest of the Best

Jeff VanderMeer has posted a list of 25 fantasy stories that were good enough to consider for his upcoming anthology Best American Fantasy, but could not be included for various reasons:

  1. “Stab” by Chris Adrian
  2. “Dominion” by Calvin Baker
  3. “The Creation of Birds” by Christopher Barzak
  4. “Inheritance” by Jedediah Berry
  5. “The Duel” by Tobias Buckell
  6. “The Life of Captain Gareth Caernarvon” by Brendan Connell
  7. “The Paper Life They Lead” by Patrick Crerand
  8. “The Alternative History Club” by Murray Farish
  9. “Night Whiskey” by Jeffrey Ford
  10. “thirteen o’clock” by David Gerrold
  11. “Lucky Chow Fun” by Lauren Goff
  12. “Letters from Budapest” by Theodora Goss
  13. “Galileo” by John Haskell
  14. “The Marquise de Wonka” by Shelley Jackson
  15. “Irregular Verbs” by Matthew Johnson
  16. “The Mysterious Intensity of the Heart” by Jeff P. Jones
  17. “Bainbridge” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  18. “A Secret Lexicon for the Not-Beautiful” by Beth Adele Long
  19. “A Change in Fashion” by Steven Millhauser
  20. “Robert Kennedy Remembered by Jean Baudrillard” by Gary Percesepe
  21. “The Man with the Scale in His Head” by Eman Quotah
  22. “Magnificent Pigs” by Cat Rambo
  23. “Swimming” by Veronica Schanoes
  24. “Mountain Man” by Heather Shaw
  25. “Snow Blind” by Bridget Bentz Sizer

See Jeff’s original post to get links to stories and excerpts.

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SF Tidbits for 3/4/07

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SF Tidbits for 3/3/07

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Here are The Top 10 SF Signal Posts for February 2007:

  1. 1967 Wonder Woman TV Pilot
  2. Of Princesses and Polls
  3. George Lucas Hates The Empire Strikes Back
  4. BSG Backlash?
  5. Harry Potter And The Hype Machine
  6. Twenty Years Ago the Classics Were Different
  7. LEGO Millenium Falcon – Better Than The Real Thing?
  8. SF Tidbits for 2/1/07
  9. REVIEW: Gods and Pawns by Kage Baker
  10. Cordwainer Smith’s Dedication for Space Lords

Looking at the top overall hits in February while ignoring those listed above, we get these stats for older posts…

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SF Tidbits for 3/2/07

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REVIEW: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The continuing adventures of Rincewind, this time in China! Err, the Counterweight Continent.

PROS: The usual Pratchett wit, wordplay and funny characters.

CONS: A bit slow in the middle.

BOTTOM LINE: A worthy entry in the Rincewind series. Anyone who likes Rincewind should read this one.

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In a classic moment of office conversation….

The topic rolled into the science fiction and conflicts that would cross world boundaries. At this point, you are most likely thinking that this could be a deep thought provoking discussion regarding some of the great races and powers that have been discussed within the confines of a great number of books, movies and some television shows. You would also be wrong since the conflict in question was: Ewoks versus the Borg. That’s right those plucky little furballs that we all love to hate against the assimilation machine known as the Borg. So, the question is now out there – Ewoks versus the Borg, who would win?

Mike (who now receives my Star Wars Fanboy crown) speculated that Ewoks would win only if Chewbacca was involved since he was responsible for turning the battle for the rebels in Return of the Jedi, but who is to say. Personally, I felt that the whole situation would have been resolved by simply deforesting the planet and then burning it down. That’s how you handle problems of this nature.

And to further complicate matters, what if we throw the Sleestack from Land of the Lost into the mix and make it a Battle Royale for the next possible Undead Time Travelling Entity. So I leave it you, our gentle readers, who would win this battle.

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