Summer Glau (Makes Me Feel Fine)

Despite my lackluster viewing experience with The Sarah Connor Chronicles, one bright spots remains: Summer Glau. Tough female characters are irresistible, and Summer plays them well. (See also: Serenity.)

Yet whenever I hear her name, I don’t think of the elfin beauty or the kick-@$$ karate moves…I think of that damn 70’s song from Seals and Crofts called “Summer Breeze“. So, to hopefully purge me of this bizarre association, I offer this:

Summer Glau (Makes Me Feel Fine)

(Sung to the tune of “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts)

See the girl all curled up in the cryo

Not a stitch of clothing found in sight

Mal is ticked off wond’rin’ ’bout the Doctor

I don’t care, I’m feeling alright

CHORUS

Summer Glau, makes me feel fine

I can’t shake her image from my mind

Summer Glau, makes me feel fine

I can’t shake her image from my mind

See the tree branch lying on the cold deck

She picks it up, maybe thinks it’s fun

Snap us back to now, see the worried crew

Don’t look now but River’s got a gun

[CHORUS]

Followed by agents, their hands painted blue

They have no idea just what she can do

‘Cause when she sees what’s playing on TV

Fruity Oaty Bars, now it’s time to kick @$$

See the angel punching and a kickin’

Not really sure what she could do

She’s a weapon, a source of destruction

She’s a vital part of Malcolm’s crew

[CHORUS]

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SF Tidbits for 1/15/08

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I caught the premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Unfortunately, I bought into the positive buzz I’ve heard around the InterTubes and set my expectations high. As a result, I was less than impressed.

Here’s why:

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THE GOOD

  • Cool premise. The idea of sending robots back in time to either prevent or maintain some future history is cool. (Of course, we all know that once there exists the power to do so, you wouldn’t necessarily play out your strategies in such a liner fashion. Think Back to the Future II where there are multiple Marty MacFlys running around. But that’s beside the point.)
  • Consistency with the films (besides T3 – which I still haven’t seen – because this series serves as a franchise reboot that picks up after T2). They kept true to the rule that you can’t bring anything back with you.
  • It looks like they are setting up some story arcs. What is the Terminatrix’s secret model number and capabilities? How will they discover the creator of the new Skynet? It’s nice to see that every week will be more than just one chase scene after another. It would kind of be lame if every week they ended the show with Sarah, John and Terminatrix hitchhiking down the highway to a sad piano soundtrack. Oh wait – that was The Incredible Hulk
  • Decent special effects – plenty of explosions, torn Terminator flesh, bullets flying, and furniture-busting action.
  • I will never get tired of watching Summer Glau kick @$$.

THE BAD

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REVIEW: Debatable Space by Philip Palmer

REVIEW SUMMARY: Despite some flaws, I’m anxious to see where this series is headed.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A band of space pirates kidnaps the daughter of the Evil Emperor.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Cool science fictional ideas; well-written action scenes; a welcome variety of offbeat characters; reads fast.

CONS: The construction of the book shows through; extensive character background felt like padding; misplaced comedy at the beginning.

BOTTOM LINE: A good first novel and a promising start to a new series.

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SF Tidbits for 1/14/08

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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Journeyman has been canceled…despite how much people seem to love the show. Did you watch Journeyman?

RESULTS

(127 total votes)

Comments this week:

“It is not a bad show, though that could be the voracious time travel fan in me speaking. It has its highlights (the aforementioned time traveling) and its lowlights (the love triangle), but it really did not deserve to be canceled.” – General X

“Option D: Never had the chance to watch it. “Didn’t even Bother”doesn’t quite cover it. Just didn’t have the chance.” – Jvstin

“It’s really too bad more people didn’t watch Journeyman. The first episode was a little lame, pilots often are, but it established a ‘grounding relationship’ for the protagonist with his wife — a necessary grounding relationship. The developing conspiracy, the rogue FBI agent, and the way the show displayed how affecting the past can affect you personally were excellent.” – Christian Johnson

“I had to go with the first answer; however, my sentiments regarding the entire series of shows is closer to the second. Seeing the pilot, IOW first episode, hooked me for this series, AND then the rest of the episodes shown never lived up to the pilot’s promise. They overused several story elements; for example, the lecherous cop brother of Dan Vassar, and can anyone explain why the wife and the brother were ever together to begin with (there was no character chemistry). Another was the character of the cop brother in general, acting like a general a**h*** all the time. One might conclude the writers had one good story in them, and blew that all in one episode and after that they had zilch.” – Allan Rosewarne

Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

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Sunday Cinema – Firefly: Shindig

Yee haw, we got us a shindig! In today’s episode, Mal and crew attend a fancy ball where Mal winds up in a duel to defend Inara’s honor. Have at thee!

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Free Audiobook: Grey by Jon Armstrong

Recently we announced the nominees for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award, honoring distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.

How would you like a free audio version of one of them, read by the book’s author?

Head on over to podiobooks and you can download a free audiobook version of Grey by Jon Armstrong, a book originally publsihed by Night Shade Books in February 2007.

Not sure if you’ll like it? The link also lets you sample the first chapter.

[via Beam Me Up]

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Clifford D. Simak on Science Fiction

The SciFi Catholic (D.G.D. Davidson) supplies a quote from Clifford D. Simak taken from the criticism book SF: The Other Side of Realism:

It has always seemed to me that if there were such a thing as “mainstream,” science fiction should belong, at least marginally, to it, for everyone who writes, whatever he may write, does so within the parameters of a literary tradition that has evolved, developed, and changed through the years. And the effort to disassociate fantasy (which is pretty much an undefinable term) and science fiction (which is perhaps as much so) arises from the intricate business of arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. I don’t think that we should attempt to distinguish between the two, and that the writer, especially, should disregard any artificial line that exists between them. The best stories, it seems to me, are fantasies, whether they be based on solid scientific extrapolation, or on engineering concepts carried to an ultimate point, or on something else.

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TOC: The Year’s Best Science Fiction #25

Gardner Dozois has posted the table of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection:

  1. “Finisterra” by David Moles
  2. “Lighting Out” by Ken Macleod
  3. “The Ocean Is A Snowflake Four Billion Miles Away” by John Barnes
  4. “Saving Tiamaat” by Gweyneth Jones
  5. “Of Late I Dreamt Of Venus” by James Van Pelt
  6. “Verthandi’s Ring” by Ian Mcdonald
  7. “Sea Change” by Una Mccormack
  8. The Sky Is Large and the Earth Is Small” by Chris Roberson
  9. “Glory” by Greg Egan
  10. “Against The Current” by Robert Silverberg
  11. “Alien Archeology” by Neal Asher
  12. The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
  13. “Beyond The Wall” by Justin Stanchfield
  14. Kiosk” by Bruce Sterling
  15. “Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter
  16. “The Sledge-Maker’s Daughter” by Alastair Reynolds
  17. “Sanjeev and Robotwallah” by Ian Mcdonald
  18. “The Skysailor’s Tale” by Michael Swanwick
  19. “Of Love and Other Monsters” by Vandana Singh
  20. “Steve Fever” by Greg Egan
  21. “Hellfire at Twilight” by Kage Baker
  22. “The Immortals of Atlantis” by Brian Stableford
  23. “Nothing Personal” by Pat Cadigan
  24. Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear
  25. “The Accord” by Keith Brooke
  26. “Laws of Survival” by Nancy Kress
  27. “The Mists of Time” by Tom Purdom
  28. “Craters” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  29. “The Prophet of Flores” by Ted Kosmatka
  30. “Stray” by Benjamin Rosenbaum & David Ackert
  31. “Roxie” by Robert Reed
  32. “Dark Heaven” by Gregory Benford

[via John Joseph Adams]

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Elric: The Stealer of Souls

Back in August 2007, John Picacio completed the cover artwork for Elric: The Stealer of Souls, the first of six new trade paperbacks from Ballantine/Del Rey collecting Michael Moorcock’s classic Elric novels.

This week, John shares the final cover design and it looks sweet. These editions come with new introductions, illustrations, and notes. Later this week, John will be sharing some of the interior illustrations.

I may have to follow the suggestions of folks and (finally) read one to see if it becomes one of the few fantasy books I like.

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SF Tidbits for 1/12/08

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Preliminary Nominees: 2007 Nebula Awards

The preliminary nominees for the 2007 Nebula Awards have been announced.

[Note: Book/Story title links go to FREE online versions. :)]

NOVELS

  • Vellum: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan [See SF Signal review]
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling [See SF Signal review]
  • Odyssey by Jack McDevitt
  • Mainspring by Jay Lake [See SF Signal review]
  • The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
  • Species Imperative #3: Regeneration by Julie E. Czerneda
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Blindsight by Peter Watts [See SF Signal review]
  • Rollback by Robert Sawyer
  • The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald
  • Strange Robby by Selina Rosen
  • Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell [See SF Signal review]

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Tube Bits For 01/12/2008

  • Both LOST and Pushing Daisies have been nominated for best directing in drama and comedy series by the Director’s Guild of America. If you haven’t seen Pushing Daisies, I highly recommend it. It’s certainly different from anything else on TV and it has a subtle, silly sense of humor that fits the tone perfectly. Plus, it has Jim Dale as the narrator, which is a huge plus. I could listen to him talk all day about the finer points of quantity surveying and still enjoy it.
  • Sy Fy Portal takes on those Star Trek fans who are upset that J.J. Abrams will be re-doing the look of the Enterprise. They point out, quite rightly, that the look has changed almost every time there was a new Trek program, so who should now be any different, even if it’s set in the past? It doesn’t bother my they are re-designing it, I just hope it looks better then the Enterprise from The Next Generation.
  • Are you one of those people who have turned to the Internet for your video entertainment since the writer’s strike occurred? If so, you’re not alone. YouTube is reporting an 18% increase in traffic since the strike, ironically providing anecdotal information for the writer’s that people will be obtaining their entertainment from the Internet more and more in the future, especially the younger demographic. The demographic that pulls in the big advertising dollars.
  • Think you have it hard now that the writer’s strike has cancelled your favorite show? Be glad your livelihood doesn’t depend Hollywood running smoothly. Showbuzz looks at the people who have been hit hard by the strike. As you might imagine, it’s the little guy being pummeled.
  • Science Fiction Weekly reviews The Sarah Connor Chronicles and gives it an ‘A’. I have yet to see a really negative review. Set those DVRs for this sundae!
  • Speaking of TSCC, did you know a tour bus is crossing the country promoting the series? If you’re lucky and the bus comes to your area, you’ll be able to appear in a scene of TSCC and the video will be uploaded to the site for you to share. Additionally, and even cooler, if you have Verizon, the video will be sent to your phone so you can have a copy of it to watch later. That’s a nice bit of cross promotion there.

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Friday YouTube: Ricky Schroeder in a Star Wars Commercial

[via A Different Point of View]

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Tube Bits For 01/11/2008

  • If you’re in or around Baltimore Jan. 17th – 20th, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has a rather unique concert series for you, especially if you like the music of science fiction. As the article says “Symphony audiences rarely see a conductor using a light saber for a baton, singers donning “Star Trek” apparel, transporter beam special effects or a dazzling laser light show, but the Sci-Fi Spectacular will have all these thematic elements.” All these SFX for a concert, and George Takei as the narrator! The “Lost in Syndication” Medley consists of a number of theme songs from scienct fiction TV shows. Sounds really cool, too bad I don’t live in Baltimore…
  • The independent science fiction series, The House Between, begins it’s second season on Jan. 25th. John Kenneth Muir, the creator, is interviewed at Sy Fy Portal about the new series, and how the internet allows independent producers to make an end run around Hollywood and create something new, instead of reanimating the corpses of old SF TV shows.
  • You may have seen this EW photo spread of the cast of Galactica, arranged like Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. Everyone in it is posed in some way that supposedly hints at something to come in season 4. However, Ron Moore told EW that the final, unknown Cylon is not in the photo. Which means it will either be someone we’ve never seen before (some unknown actor – lame, Lorne Greene – Awesome!), or some bit player. I’m still not convinced that there is any way Saul can possibly be a Cylon. I’d like to see how they pull that off.
  • Japanator informs us that the Sci Fi Channel is expanding their anime programming to include a new night, Tuesdays. Starting in February, you’ll be able to see the first Appleseed movie on Tuesday, February 12th. Just in time to catch it before it’s sequel is released in March.

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SF Tidbits for 1/11/08

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Battlestar Galactica‘s Season 4 Start Date Revealed!


Image courtesy of EW and kidddrunkadelic14’s Flickr page.

We’ve been given some exciting, and official, news regarding the new start date of Battlestar Galactica‘s Season 4 (there was some mix up with the press release so no link to it). Galactica will return on April 4th and will run for 10 episodes.

No word on whether the 10 episodes are a result of the previously mentioned splitting of the final season into two, or a forced split because of the writer’s strike. Still, now we can see how the above picture’s clues play out in the actual show. Stringing us out for an extra ‘season’ is rather weak, but at least we’ll get to see more Galactica. I’m hoping the show rights itself now that it is definitely ending. And I’d really like to see a bang up ending. Here’s to hoping.

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Should The Corpses of Dead SciFi Shows Be Revived?

The new blog, IO9, recently posted a poll that asked Which dead Sci Fi show should breathe again? The usual suspects are there: Farcscape, Quantum Leap, Firefly, along with others.

But this question got me thinking: Don’t we, as science fiction fans, continually rail against Hollywood and the TV studios for their lack of imagination and propensity to resurrect or re-make old shows? (Why yes, yes we do.) But here comes Gawker’s shiny new SF site that wants the networks to somehow resurrect an old SF show from the trash heap of discarded shows. And well over 100 people agree that it’s, at least, a decent idea. Just look at everyone who says “But what about show X?” Isn’t this sending the wrong message? There are plenty of science fiction stories that should get some sort of treatment on either the small screen or big screen. I think a better question would have been “What science fiction story or novel would you like to see made into a series?” Of course, one possible answer could be “None, I’d like to see something completely new!” Why re-animate when you can innovate?

I’ll tell you why…

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SF Tidbits for 1/10/08

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