SF Tidbits for 8/4/07

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Harlan Ellison Profiled in Documentary

From Jewish Journal:

…the celebrated writer is the subject of a new documentary, “Dreams With Sharp Teeth,” the title taken from a three-volume collection of Ellison’s stories.

The documentary by Erik Nelson traces Ellison’s life from his tumultuous childhood in Painesville, Ohio, where Ellison lived as “a Jew in a world where there were no Jews.” Ellison’s Jewish heritage made him a favorite target of physical and verbal abuse by the local bullies. He retaliated years later by naming the villains in his story after his childhood nemeses. “What gets you passionate and angry enough to write are the hurtful memories,” he told Tom Snyder during a 1974 television appearance.

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SF Tidbits for 8/3/07

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Tube Bits For 08/03/2007

  • Heroes news: Buddy TV covers the Heroes conference call held on 08/02 with Tim Kring and Masi Oka, which covers wide range of things, including tidbits about the villains for Season 2. MovieWeb has a more in depth article on the Heroes Season 1 DVDs. Remember, the DVDs are released on August 28th. And now you can check out the Heroes Comic-Con 2007 panel for yourself, courtesy of NBC (nice job NBC). [via TheTVAddict.com]
  • Speaking of Comic-Con 2007 panels, over on DarkUFO, you can view the entire LOST panel. Dang, Lindelof and Cuse are funny guys. When does 2008 get here again? And Buddy TV has a short article on the rumored addition of two new cast members.
  • The San Jose Mercury News has a pre-post-mortem on the sure to canceled show Caveman. Wondering if the show will actually air, they say, ” Me? I putting my money on ‘never sees the light of day.’” Now that’s an observation so simple, even a caveman could make it.
  • HubPages has an interesting article on How 5 Science Fiction Series Were Destroyed, that is, how they stayed on too long and spiraled into a grisly end. The only one I ever watched any of, and I’ve seen every episode, is Star Trek. The others never did much for me.

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Genre TV: ABC Family Channel and Sci Fi Channel

This is the last in our series looking at the upcoming genre shows on TV (see ABC, CBS, The CW and Fox and NBC). Today we’re focusing on the ABC Family Channel and the Sci Fi Channel, each with only one new show, so this will be short and sweet.

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Because there’s more to life than tidbits…

21 SF/F Books Whose Titles Would Be Funnier if They Used the Word “Pants”

  1. 20,000 Pants Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  2. A Fire Upon the Pants/A Deepness in the Pants by Vernor Vinge
  3. A Journey to the Center of the Pants by Jules Verne
  4. A Song of Ice and Pants by George R. R. Martin
  5. A Stranger in Strange Pants by Robert A. Heinlein
  6. Altered Pants by Richard K. Morgan
  7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Pants? by Philip K. Dick
  8. Fallen Pants by Peter F. Hamilton
  9. His Majesty’s Pants by Naomi Novik
  10. Lest Pants Fall by L. Sprague De Camp
  11. Little, Pants by John Crowley
  12. Lord of the Pants (Fellowship of the Pants/The Two Pants/Pants of the King) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  13. Make Pants! Make Pants! by Harry Harrison
  14. Pants for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  15. Red Pants/Blue Pants/Green Pants by Kim Stanley Robinson
  16. Snow Pants by Neal Stephenson
  17. The Lion, the Witch and the Pants by C.S. Lewis
  18. The Man in the High Pants by Philip K. Dick
  19. The Pants My Destination by Alfred Bester
  20. The Pants of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  21. Titus Pants by Mervyn Peake

Bonus! (Heh-heh…I said “bonus”…)

13 SF/F Stories Whose Titles Would Be Funnier if They Used the Word “Pants”

  1. “Bears Discover Pants” by Terry Bisson
  2. “Behold the Pants” by Michael Moorcock
  3. “Ender’s Pants” by Orson Scott Card
  4. “I Have No Pants and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison
  5. “Microcosmic Pants” by Theodore Sturgeon
  6. “Pants for Leibowitz” by Walter M Miller
  7. “Schrödinger’s Pants” George Effinger
  8. “The Cold Pants” by Tom Godwin
  9. “The Little Black Pants” by C M Kornbluth
  10. “The Man Who Sold the Pants” by Robert A Heinlein
  11. “The Nine Billion Pants Of God” by Arthur C Clarke
  12. “The Pants Men Don’t See” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  13. “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Pants” by Samuel Delany

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Tube Bits For 08/02/2007

  • The fan produced Star Trek: New Voyages has announced the premiere date for their latest episode “World Enough And Time”, starring George Takei. The new episode will debut on Aug. 23rd, at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. The are also running a contest where the winner will be flown in the see the premier and have dinner with Takei. Has anyone watched any of the New Voyages? I’m rather intrigued now.
  • J. Michael Straczynskl has taken over Amazon’s Unbox TV. Among other things, he lists standout episodes of Babylon 5 and he gives a selection of comics he has written.
  • Buddy TV has a short interview with Sam Waterson on his upcoming appearance on Masters Of Science Fiction. I could make a joke about the creator of Calvin and Hobbes appearing on a sci fi show, but it would suck so I won’t.
  • Speaking of Masters Of Science Fiction, AZ Central thinks the show is ‘buried treasure‘. It’s apparent ABC doesn’t think so, but we’ll get our chance to find out real soon. As in this Saturday.
  • Heroes The Series points us to an NBC contest where they are giving away copies of the forthcoming Heroes Season 1 DVD set. All you have to do is answer trivia questions about the show to potentially win.
  • In our look at ABC’s Fall Genre TV lineup I wondered about how good a show Pushing Daisies might be. Well, if the torrent pirates are correct, it will be a hit. Much like Heroes before it, the screener for Pushing Daisies is all over the torrent networks and is generating a lot of hype. How long will it be before the studios just cut out the middle man and allow viewers to watch and vote on all the pilots that were ordered? Just think of the positive press the first studio to do this will receive. [via Buddy TV]

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Top 10 SF Signal Posts for July 2007

As per Google Analytics, here are The Top 10 SF Signal Posts for July 2007:

  1. Deathly Hallows Spoilers!!!
  2. CNet: 10 Ways Science Fiction Influenced Real-Life Science
  3. Reader Challenge #6 – The Harry Potter Outreach Program Final Update
  4. A Big-@$$ Collection of Robert A. Heinlein Links
  5. My Favorite Type Of Science Fiction: Space Opera
  6. A Look at Some Upcoming SF/F Films
  7. What Books Have You Read More Than Once?
  8. Reader Challenge #7: The Next Science Fiction Grand Masters
  9. Why Do You Read/Watch Science Fiction?
  10. Caption Challenge #3: George Lucas Edition

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

  1. SF/F Writers Who Blog
  2. Solve Rubik’s Cube
  3. POLL: Hottest SciFi/Fantasy Babe NOT of Yesteryear
  4. Top 10 Star Wars Spoofs
  5. Foundation: The Movie
  6. Forklift Safety Video
  7. Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies Lists
  8. Free SciFi Movies
  9. Reader Challenge #6 – The Harry Potter Outreach Program
  10. Here’s a shocker… (The Klausner Post)

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SF Tidbits for 8/2/07

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Genre TV: NBC’s Fall Lineup

Our continuing look at the upcoming genre shows takes us to NBC (see ABC, CBS, The CW and Fox), who will have four new programs for your entertainment. Of course, being mired in last place among the big four networks means that NBC is willing to take a chance and hope they can catch Heroes lightning in a bottle again. Will they be successful? Let’s see.

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Weta’s Dr. Grordbort And His Ray Guns

Weta Workshop is best known for their SFX work for The Lord Of The Rings movies. But they also do a lot more interesting things. We’ve reported earlier on their Dr. Who collectibles, and now they have a full blown site for Dr. Grordbort’s Infallible Aetheric Oscillators & Other Marvelous Contraptions, featuring Ray Guns. This is one really nicely done website, featuring all sorts of Steampunk goodness. For example,they have some nice Phosphorescent Etchings and Bestiaries Of The Cosmos. For some reason, these sections remind me of an author by the initials of: John C. Wright…. But the best part is, without a doubt, the directory of the Ray Guns.

They have several to look at, including my favorite: the Manmelter 3600ZX (and no, that is not a Terminator version of Natalie Portman). The others are really nice too. So nice, in fact, that I’d like to actually have one or two in my possession. Well, we’re in luck, as this whole entire site is really a advertisement for the Ray Guns, which you can purchase. Weta is making 500 of each, and you can buy one for a paltry $650. And if you do, in fact, buy one, you’ll be entered to win two more. Now that’s a sweet promotion. But if you need more enticement, please see the following video:

Also, coming in January 2008 will be a hardcover book Doctor Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory (I just love that name). They have a small preview available (PDF warning). Any book with a Luminiferous Aether Exciter has to be great.

Does anyone have a spare $650 + applicable taxes just lying around?

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Tube Bits For 08/01/2007

  • Comic-Con 2007 sure has a lot of TV news for being a Comic convention. Case in point: The first new Futurama DVD will be released on November 27th. Three more films to follow, and after that Comedy Central will begin airing episodes chopped from the films. Let’s hope they still have ‘it’.
  • BuzzSugar has even more hints about the upcoming season of Heroes. Some we’ve seen before, some not. Mild spoilage possible.
  • Blog Critics has a review of the new Babylon 5: The Lost Tales DVD. As future releases will depend on how well this one sells, you know what to do!
  • And finally, Forever Geek discusses the Top 10 Worst Sci Fi TV Shows, ever, with bonus videos. I have to say, those are some really bad shows. Luckily, I never watched most of them.

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Cover Browser

SciFi.Uk points us to a gallery of Interzone covers hosted by a website called Cover Browser.

Cover Browser is heavily geared towards comic books but they do have other genre-related galleries as well. For example, there are cover galleries for:

Not to mention the scads of comic cover images they have…

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SF Tidbits for 8/1/07

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Genre TV: CBS, The CW and Fox’s Fall Lineup

Continuing our look at the upcoming Fall TV genre offerings (see ABC’s Fall Lineup), today we’ll look at CBS, The CW (nice name), and that bastion of genre programming on TV, Fox. While NBC and ABC are loading up on new genre shows, both CBS and The CW only have one, while Fox is tempting early cancellation with two.

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Fanboy has found an interview that Tom Snyder did with some of the cast members of the original Star Trek (Bones, Scotty, and Chekov). See also: Parts two, three, four and five. Harlan Ellison also makes an appearance and gets into it a little bit with Scotty in part 5, calling it “a cop show in space”. I’m wondering who would win in a fist fight between the two.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side, SciFi Scanner has unearthed an endorsement for enterprise software by Jonathan Frakes in full Commander Riker gear, hawking for his life on the bridge of the Enterprise. Wait ’til Picard hears that Harold was sitting in his Captain’s chair.

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SF Tidbits for 7/31/07

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Tube Bits For 07/31/2007

  • Good news for Lucy Lawless fans. She will return to Battlestar Galactica next season for a few episodes. Supposedly, she is part of the Cylons’ ‘plan’. I remain skeptical about any ‘plan’.
  • All you Joss Whedon fans can find something to be excited about with this report from Whedon’s Comic-Con 2007 panel.
  • From the ‘Who Knew?’ department: Sci Fi is releasing The Dresden Files on DVD. Are they waiting to see how well it sells before deciding on a new season?
  • Cinebeats has a long and interesting article on The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen, inspired by the just released the Land Of The Giants DVD Collection. He’s not my cup of tea, but I know many people like his shows.
  • TV Squad got an early look at the Flash Gordon pilot and is cautiously optimistic. If it’s silly fun like Eureka then I’ll be watching.
  • Milo Ventimiglia, Peter Patrelli on Heroes, appeared at Comic-Con and dropped some hints about season 2. Hmm, isn’t he dead? I hate to say there might be some shark jumpage involved here. We’ll see.
  • Staying with the Heroes, we learn that Kevin Smith will direct an episode of Heroes: Origins. I know that gets some people excited, but I’ve never been a big fan of his films.
  • It looks Star Trek: The Next Generation will live up to its name once again as CBS is considering remastering TNG as they did with TOS. As it was shot on video, technical challenges exist for the remastering, not the least of which is deciding whether to replace Wesley with Jar-Jar, to make him palatable for fans.
  • TV Week is reporting that several pilots for the most anticipated shows are, gasp, available online. (You’ll have to figure out how to find them yourself.) In other news, the sun is set to rise in the east tomorrow.

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Genre TV: ABC’s Fall Lineup

The Fall 2007 TV season is almost upon us. This is the first post in a series that will examine the genre offerings of the major TV networks, as well as cable networks. First up is ABC and its slate of genre related programming. ABC has a few new and interesting genre shows this season, and I’m already discounting the sure-to-be-excreble Cavemen. First up, Eli Stone.

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