As our tour of Hulu sci fi goodness continues, we move into the late, late 1970’s and land on Buck Rogers, starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (you’re welcome Tim).
I’ve selected a very special episode for you. Quite possibly one of the worst ever episodes: “Space Rockers”! No need to thank me, I’m doing this all for you.
We continue our tour through Hulu’s science fiction library, stopping on another Irwin Allen classic.
This time, we present the very first episode of Lost in Space, in all it’s black-and-white glory!
Recently, I had the opportunity to join the closed beta for NBC’s new streaming video service, Hulu. It’s been called a YouTube competitor, but that’s really an inappropriate description. What it is, is a repository for a ton of TV show episodes, both old and new, that you can stream to your PC or, even cooler, embedded on a website, such as ours. This is awesomeness beyond belief.
So, as our Christmas gift to you, every hour or so for the next few hours we’ll be posting an episode, or two, of a classic or influential science fiction TV show. And what we show you is just a taste of the library Hulu has to offer. I’m impressed so far, I think you will be too.
First up, an Irwin Allen classic: Land of the Giants.
(Yes, you’ll have to put up with the occasional commercial. Deal with it, it’s free! And all videos are after the jump in deference to our readers with slower connections.)
REVIEW SUMMARY: Not your typical fantasy novel that is extremely imaginative, this book falls a little short for me.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Following a rift in Texas the world we know is joined with 5 other planes filled with fantasy creatures. One of the elves named Zal has become a major rock star whose life is threatened when elements of his home plane move to kill him. Government agent and cyborg Lila Black is sent to help him and ends up with far more than she bargained for dealing with the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll world that Zal and his pals live in.
PROS: Highly unique fantasy setting, very well written dialog, often hilarious
CONS: Simple in structure, character growth didn’t seem genuine
BOTTOM LINE: Justina can write (far better than I ever well) and there are lots of things to like in this book. But the characters didn’t seem genuine enough to me and as a result I ended up feeling somewhat underwhelmed with the total book.
God Bless WIlliam Shatner, everyone.
Here’s a clip from Denis Leary’s Merry F#$%n’ Christmas Special.
[via Milk & Cookies]
As mentioned in the past three tidbit posts, Artist John Picacio has published the unabridged cover triptych for Jeffrey Ford‘s Well Built City trilogy, which is being re-issued by Golden Gryphon. Sweet….
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Christmas is fast approaching, and as the saying goes, it’s better to give than receive.
We here at SF Signal receive a lot of books every year. So many, we can’t possibly hope to read them all, even with a ‘team’ of readers (and by team, I don’t mean Harriet Klausner). However, as many writers will tell you, getting that first novel published is thrilling, even if it takes a long time to happen. With that said, we do read first novels/first time authors from time to time, so, in the spirit of giving, we’d like to give some props to the first novels/first time authors we’ve seen this year.
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Has an online book review ever influenced your decision to buy a book?
A few comments this week:
“No, but I have checked several books out of the library based on online reviews” – Cynthia Dalton
“I read a ton of books and only trust the reviewers I know from the web; SFSignal; Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist; Fantasy Book Critic; Bookgasm and a handful of others. You bet they influence my book buying, and I’m glad they do.” – David
“I learned about ‘Eifelheim’ through an online book review.” – Gabriel McKee
“Any online review so long as its not Harriet Klausner.” – Trey
[John D says: Here, here!]
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about holiday reading: more or less?
Once again showing his web savvy, Tobias Buckell has put together a trailer for his upcoming book, Sly Mongoose. He’s running a contest for a soundtrack to the trailer, so give it a view and have a go . Oh, and I might add, like the two books set in the same universe that came before this, this one also has a cover made from 100% awesome.
Did you know there was a Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival? Well there was, from Dec. 5 – 15 in Los Angeles. Aside from screening many films and appearances by several notable genre figures, there was also a panel on Heroes. Tim Kring, Jeph Loeb and several of the cast members where on stage to talk all things Heroes. But the most interesting thing they did was to screen a teaser for season 3, called “Villains”. Someone in the audience managed to capture the promo on video. See it below (hurry before YouTube yanks it!):
Looks like Sylar is back and just as bad as ever, but, I don’t know. This really doesn’t do a lot for me. At least there’s no evidence of a Nikki revival.
Here’s part one of the 1994 sci-fi comedy pilot Galaxy Beat starring Gregory Harrison, Tracy Scoggins, Roddy McDowall as “Voice of Cod” and Michael Dorn as “Voice of The Chief”. Follow the YouTube links for the remaining parts. Or not.