- Sci Fi Wire recently visited the set of the new Knight Rider movie, and came away with some behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew. The movie will air Feb. 17th at 9pm ET, scant three weeks away.
- Sam Raimi will be dabbling in television, tentatively scheduled for this fall, with a show called Wizards First Rule, based on the The Sword Of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It’s a live action version of the story, although there is little detail on how Raimi will structure the series. I’d like to see something, and by ‘like’ I mean I think it would be neat, that is akin to the proposed live action version of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, where each book is a season. That could work, I think. Of course, I think that Wizards First Rule is the best of the bunch, so maybe they should just stick with that.
- The Jim Henson Company and Apple iTunes have reached an agreement to bring Farscape and one of my favorite shows as a kid, Fraggle Rock, to iTunes. The shows went live last Monday (1/28/08) and episodes from the respective series first season are available. Although, I find it odd, reading the press release, that the half-hour Fraggle Rock episodes will cost the same as the hour-long Farscape ones.
- The long and eagerly awaited season 4 of LOST is almost here. Buddy TV shows us the new faces who will be appearing this season. Of course, if you can’t wait, you can find out what happens next below (created by the Fine Brothers).
- Did you ever wonder what happened to the crew of Moonbase Alpha after the series ended? TVSeriesFinale has the scoop. Video below:
- And the Reuter’s says….Ender’s Game is becoming a video game. [via The Swivet]
- SciFi Wire profiles author/artist Wayne Barlowe (God’s Demon).
- Speculative Horizons interviews John Marco (Skylords and The Black Mirror): “The idea of technological elements in a fantasy world always juices me up….[I] love the anachronism of a knight on a horse leading a mechanical war machine into battle…”
- Paul Di Filippo reviews Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan, A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling, and Eclipse One edited by Jonathan Strahan. [via Locus Online]
- The Unshelved web comic has an episode that reviews Joe Abercrombie‘s The Blade Itself.
- Free Audio Fiction: James Patrick Kelly has begun podcasting his Nebula-nominated story “Men Are Trouble“.
- The SFWA is setting up a new Nebula Award website.
- Meanwhile, SFWA Blog lists 98 Reasons to Join SFWA.
- Would you believe a woman is planning on opening a real, live physical independent bookstore? In this day and age? The gall!
- [via Quillblog]
- TTACon 9 is being held in London on February 9. Special guests include Ellen Datlow, Pat Cadigan, John & Judith Clute. Bonus: the venue is a place called “Filthy MacNastys”.
- io9 List Mania #1: Five Bollywood Science Fiction Movies You Should Know.
- io9 List Mania #2: Five Ways 9/11 Changed Science Fiction. Stone Dead Parrot responds.
- In a three part series, Books Under the Bridge looks at The Future of Religion:
- According this Math Major, The Trouble With Science Fiction is it’s “all too frequently just about the science, never the fiction”.
- Poker, politics, & philosophy looks at literary science fiction
- Based on the list of 75 words every sci-fi fan should know, Geekend follows-up with 25 more words every sci-fi fan should know.
- Holy Swine! It’s a Batman Piggy Bank!
“Science-fiction — real science-fiction — is in my opinion about people, about the interaction of science, technology, and human culture. Science-fiction is speculative anthropology (see Ursula K. Le Guin, for example). So what does science-fiction have to say about religion? Apparently, nothing.”
- WICN’s Inquiry has a radio interview with Gary Westfahl about his book Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction. [via Locus Online]
- SciFi Wire profiles Philip Palmer, author of Debatable Space.
- Bibliophile Stalker interviews Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem (The Man on the Ceiling). “I really like the unique challenges of the novel, but for overall fun with the process, I don’t think you can beat the short story…”
- SciFi Weekly Editor Scott Edelman looks back at 2007 by way of a quiz: match the quote with the author who said it.
- 2007: The Best of the Year by Jeff VanderMeer and 2007: Recommended Reading by Claude Lalumière.
- Veoh is hosting a 47-minute film of Terry Bisson’s “Incident at Oak Ridge”. Watch the trailer. [via Locus Online]
- Eos offers up a PDF reading guide for the sf/f classics A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.; Lord of Light and The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny; The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart; The Forever War by Joe Haldeman; Burning Chrome by William Gibson; Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress; Gold by Isaac Asimov; My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due; and The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold.
- Alan DeNiro reviews The New Space Opera. “…how do contemporary practitioners of space opera respond to the challenge of keeping the form relevant?” [via Mumpsimus]
- Recently free fiction at ManyBooks.net: “Out Like a Light” (1960) and “Anything You Can Do …” (1963) by Randall Garrett.
- John Klima continues his how-to series: So You Want to Start A Zine, Part 8.
- Over at Books Under the Bridge, the thoughtful essay Spitting in the Eye of the Technological Singularity defines The Singularity as (1) A Buzzword that Leverages the Mystique of Artificial Intelligence, (2) Magic Masquerading as Science, and (3) A Crutch for Sci-Fi Writers. Discuss.
- Meanwhile, Ultratech Memes talks about What Sci-Fi gets wrong about Human Nature: “When science fiction is at its best, it’s about much more than spaceships and rayguns. It’s about ideas.”
- Popular Mechanics compares all the Terminators. [via Whedonesque]
- Real Science: The Center for Science Writings lists The Stevens Seventy Greatest Science Books.
- Great White Snark lists Real-Life Celebrities Who Should Fight Zombies in Comics and Movies.
- A funny thing that needs no introduction: Batman vs. Robin.
- The cool DaVinci’s Automata blog points us to this really cool Japanese anime anthology, Robot Carnival. It contains nine shorts, set mostly to music, directed by several different people. It sounds rather cool.
- You say you’ve always wanted your own, full-size replica of the the robot from Lost in Space? You’re in luck! The team at B9Creations has created a line of replica robots that you can purchase. Check out the pics, they look great. And all for a paltry $24.5K. Danger Will Robinson, indeed. But, you do get an internal 240 watt sound system and over 500 voice tracks by Richard Tyrfeld, the voice of the original robot. Now how does that $24.5k sound?
- Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be awesome? All the time? Then this interview with Ryan McPartlin, Captain Awesome on Chuck, is for you. He talks about what it’s like to be known as ‘Awesome’ instead of Ryan. I have to say, I find his character to be funny, a bit blind to the obvious, but still a lovable goof. He steals the scenes he’s in. Watch Chuck.
- The new History Channel series, UFO Hunters, has been moved up. It’s new premier date is now January 30th at 9pm ET. That’s tomorrow, at 9PM ET. Set your DVRs. I know my kids have.
After finally getting to watch the first 3 episodes, I think we can safely start to see a few things about the show that wasn’t apparent from just the pilot. Spoiler alert – I’m going to discuss a few things from the plot if you haven’t seen it.
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REVIEW SUMMARY: Fans of Hamilton’s galaxy-spanning space operas will not be disappointed.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Various players and factions move about the galaxy, trying to decide what to do about the Void, a planet-eating region of space from which dreams emanate.
PROS: Excellent world building; cool tech; some tense, page-turning moments.
CONS: Takes a while to get this behemoth moving along.
BOTTOM LINE: Solid SF Space Opera.
- Omnivoracious interviews Daniel Abraham, Gardner Dozois, and George R.R. Martin – co-authors of Hunter’s Run.
- Tor has announced two new editions of Steven Gould’s Jumper books to coincide with the movie’s release on February 14th.
- Kay Kenyon (Bright of the Sky) has a redesigned website.
- Spectre Library offers a new (to me) gallery of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Weird & Occult covers.
- World’s Biggest Bookstore’s Sci-Fi Fan Letter has posted an Alternate History Reading List.
- The List Universe lists the Top 20 Geek Movies Of All Time.
- Cynical-C find a YouTube video of Friends meets Superfriends.
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Where do you think surveillance technology will take us?
|(88 total votes)|
Comments this week:
“The multis are already much more efficient mining our biometric and geographic data. They’ll only get better… ’till the hackers strike back.” – Jeff
“‘Will’ take us? We’re already there!” – Paul Harper
“They’re gonna put a little camera in toilet bowls to see what kind of tp we use. Assign each brand a numeric value and plug it into a logarythmic formula along with the results from the breakfast cereal camera, the gas cap camera and the lead paint camera, and send me a 10% off coupon for Long John Silvers…” – platyjoe
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about The Books of Philip José Farmer!
Today we have very interesting episode, “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, wherein Mal winds up getting married to a mystery woman. Hilarity and angst ensue! Of course, this entire episode is just a setup for seeing a nekkid Mal in a later episode.
The Books That Make You Dumb website correlates the most-read books by college students with the average SAT/ACT scores listed for that college. The result is a pretty chart that shows books (color coded by genre) on a “dumb/smart” scale.
I’ve taken the science fiction & Fantasy results from the sorted graph and show them here. Perpetuating the unscientific method that the website uses, the resulting list of science fiction books, from “Dumb” to “Not-so-Dumb”, are:
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Dune by Frank Herbert.
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
[via O’Reilly Radar]
- Yesterday was Philip José Farmer‘s 90th birthday. Christopher Paul Carey has posted a tribute.
- Wired Science has the 2nd part of their interview with Paolo Bacigalupi
- Locus Online has posted interview excerpts with M. Rickert and Brian Aldiss, from the January issue of Locus magazine.
- Biology in Science Fiction summarizes a series of Stanislaw Lem posts by Science Fiction Studies .
- One for the writers out there: George Orwell’s 6 Rules for Effective Writing.
- John Cleese will be playing Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Barnhardt in the The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves. Whoa.
- The Cartouche lists 14 Science Fiction Shows That Left Us Hanging.
- Slate has an article up about Amazon’s Top Reviewers and the fate of the literary amateur. Don’t get me started…
Starship Sofa is a science fiction audio podcast that offers up lots of free stories and in-depth profiles. Check out their latest offerings, “The Crystal Spheres” by David Brin and a profile of L. Sprague De Camp.
Tony writes in to let us know that upcoming audio renditions include fiction from Ian Watson, Pat Cadigan, Peter Watts, Harry Harrison, Joe Haldeman, Joan D Vinge, Norman Spinrad, Michael Moorcock, Ian MacDonald, J D Nordley, Bruce Sterling, Gweneth Jones, David Brin, Alastair Reynolds, Jerry Pournelle, Landon Jones, John Varley, Pat Murphy, John Kessel, Laurel Winter, Jeff Vanermeer, Kevin J Anderson, Jonathan Carroll, Bradley Denton, and Matthew Hughes.
Also coming up is a video documentary with Michael Moorcock.
There’s a lot going on, so keep an ear out!
- BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: David Kowalski, The Company of the Dead, Pan Macmillan
- BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY: Cat Sparks, ‘Hollywood Roadkill’, On Spec, #69
- BEST FANTASY NOVEL: Lian Hearn, Heaven’s Net is Wide, Tales of the Otori The First Book, Hachette Livre
- BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY: Garth Nix, ‘Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz go to War Again’, Jim Baen’s Universe, April 2007
- BEST HORROR NOVEL: Susan Parisi, Blood of Dreams, Penguin Group (Australia)
- BEST HORROR SHORT STORY: Anna Tambour, ‘The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe’, Subterranean, #7
- BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL: Anthony Eaton, Skyfall, UQP
- BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY: Deborah Biancotti, ‘A Scar for Leida’, Fantastic Wonder Stories, Ticonderoga Publications
- BEST CHILDREN’S (8-12 YEARS) LONG FICTION:
- Kate Forsyth, The Silver Horse, The Chain of Charms 2, Pan Macmillan
- Kate Forsyth, The Herb of Grace, The Chain of Charms 3, Pan Macmillan
- Kate Forsyth, The Cat’s Eye Shell, The Chain of Charms 4, Pan Macmillan
- Kate Forsyth, The Lightning Bolt, The Chain of Charms 5, Pan Macmillan
- Kate Forsyth, The Butterfly in Amber, The Chain of Charms 6, Pan Macmillan
- BEST CHILDREN’S (8-12 YEARS) SHORT FICTION (tie): Marc McBride, World of Monsters, Scholastic Australia
- BEST CHILDREN’S (8-12 YEARS) SHORT FICTION (tie): Briony Stewart, Kumiko and the Dragon, UQP
- PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: Terry Dowling, Rynemonn, Coeur de Lion Publications
- GOLDEN AUREALIS (Novel): David Kowalski fir The Company of the Dead, Pan Macmillan
- GOLDEN AUREALIS (Short Story): Cat Sparks, ‘Hollywood Roadkill’, On Spec, #69
PKD: A Day in the Afterlife, directed by Nicola Roberts, is an hour-long documentary about SF Author Philip K. Dick.
[via Milk & Cookies]
- TheNewsTribune has asked a bunch of people to hypothesize on the upcoming season of LOST. You can find their answers here. We are now less then a week away from the premier (Jan. 31st, 9ET) and you can just feel the anticipation building. Or it could be dinner.
- Are you a Trek fan but have to work in a suit and tie? Never fear! The TieGuys have you covered with these cool Star Trek themed ties. I don’t know about you, but I’d spring for the Enterprise tie myself. Wearing someone else’s face on my chest seems wrong.
- All you Dead Like Me fans can start speculating. After the release of the movie, the show itself my be resurrected. And Brian Fuller, the creator, also created Pushing Daisies, which every one of you should watch, if for no other reason than to listen to the silky smooth, dulcet tones of Jim Dale, the narrator.
- InZero is an independent SF series being filmed in Detroit. It’s only a matter of time before one of these independent shows breaks out.
- Just when you thought you could avoid MySpace completely, the BBC has launched a video channel on MySpace TV. You can watch clips of Torchwood, Dr. Who (new and classic) and Red Dwarf.
The American Library Association’s first Reading List Awards (winners as DOC link) for genre fiction includes many SF/F/H titles as chosen by a coucil of “ten librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development”. The list (with special distinction given to the first title listed in each category) goes like this:
- In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor, 2007)
- Spook Country by William Gibson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007)
- Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon (Pyr, 2007)
- Phytosphere by Scott Mackay (New American Library, 2007)
- Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Pyr, 2007)
- Thirteen by Richard Morgan (Del Rey/Ballantine, 2007)
- Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor, 2007)
- The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor, 2007)
- One Jump Ahead by Mark L. Van Name (Baen, 2007)
- Axis by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, 2007)
- Mike Brotherton, who made his book Star Dragon available as a free download, explains why he won’t be doing the same for his new novel, Spider Star.
- WIRED Science interviews sf author Paolo Bacigalupi. “I’m sitting there on the line sort of terrified of this man just haranguing me. At the end of that whole conversation – a conversation in which he critiques, line by line, my entire story – he finishes up by saying, ‘Well you got some potential, but don’t write in genre, it’s a waste of time. Don’t get stuck in it like I got stuck in it.’ And then he hangs up. ” [via JJA]
- The latest episode of The Time Traveler Show podcast features an interview with interview Jim C. Hines, who reads from his forthcoming book Goblin War.
- Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast interviews Terry Goodkind (The Confessor).
- Recently free fiction at ManyBooks.net: “The Quantum Jump” by Robert Wicks (1958).
- Free Audio book at Escape Pod: Stephen Eley reads “Artifice and Intelligence” by Tim Pratt. [via SFF Audio]
- SF Author Eric Brown has a redesigned website. [via Solaris Blog]
- The British Science Fiction Awards Forum is now live.
- The Planetary Stories website features pulp space opera stories.
- Little Fivers lists The Top 7 Sci-Fi Jeopardy Categories. (#2: Other Games Ender Won’t Play.)
Online radio station Last.fm has agreements with all four major music labels to offer their titles in their catalog. You can’t download the music – you can only stream it. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good things to be found.
For instance, take this selection of tunes by the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series. Please.