Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Who is your favorite blue sci-fi babe?
Comments this week:
“I only go green.” – Christian J.
“A while back there was a porno called “Project Uranus” and it featured, among other things people having sex with blue women. How come they are not on the list?” – GeneralX
[John replies: Had I known about it, General X, I would have. Do you think I would intentionally miss the opportunity to put Uranus on a poll, as it were?]
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about your favorite Joker!
Apologies in advance, but there is a price to pay for having us troll the web for tidbits. Now it’s time for you to pay the piper, so man up and take your medicine like a good little geek…
Most fans remember the monstrosity that was The Star Wars Holiday Special, but how many remember a Star Wars Christmas album?
In 1980, someone had the audacity to release Christmas in the Stars, a painful sound assault by Meco & the cast of Star Wars. Feast your ears on “What Can You Get a Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)“. And, if you’re still alive afterwards, check out R2D2 singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Listen to more samples at Amazon. I bet it will have you wishing you were in a galaxy far, far away.
In all my life I thought I would never actually prefer listening to Leonard Nimoy.
A trio of Thomas Tidbits for ya’…Earlier this year, I read Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas, a book whose setting (the “crime-infested future city” of Punktown) makes you want more. In March of 2008, Solaris will be making Deadstock available as a free download just in time for the release of the sequel, Blue War.
Fantasy Book Critic interviews Jeffrey Thomas:
Anything can happen in Punktown. Behind every window of every apartment there is someone plotting a murder or mourning a loved one, beginning a romance or contemplating a crime. So many different alien races coexist there with the Earth colonists who established that vast city, and their cultural interactions are a fascinating topic for me. Punktown is ultimately a distorted mirror reflection of our own world, today, and how can one tire of that? I don’t want to be constrained to only my Punktown setting, but if I was forced by some ironclad (and lucrative) contract, I could still deal with it easily. I can set any type of story within Punktown’s borders.
Jeffrey Thomas was also interviewed by SciFi Chick:
My experiences in Vietnam inspired me greatly through the writing of Blue War, as will be very apparent to its readers. The similarities to Vietnam of the novel’s setting are not a lazy device I’m trying to sneak past the reader, but something I chose very deliberately to do for thematic reasons. And you know, in the end I just want to share my great enthusiasm for that country. I want to shake your arm and say, “Hey, I saw this place that’s so different from here — let me tell you about it!” It’s that impulse that makes me a writer in the first place.
Amidst another controversy, Andrew Burt has stepped down as head of SFWA’s Copyright Committee, to be replaced by Russell Davis. (See also Davis’s statement on the matter.)
Many have been vocal about Burt’s removal, so I found interesting this perspective from Peter Glaskowsky at CNet, who likens Burt to the persecuted Spiderman:
So there we have it. Burt doesn’t look anything like Spider-Man, but he’s had about the same effect–the streets get cleaned up at the cost of a few sticky bits left hanging around. And what’s his reward? A few loudmouths are demanding his arrest and summary execution.
If you aren’t impressed by this analogy yet, you have to compare this drawing of J. Jonah Jameson with this photo of Cory Doctorow.
Doctorow ought to know better. Even if he prefers to distribute his writings free of charge and make his living another way, he should show more respect for the right of other writers to sell their work. He should be supporting SFWA, not book pirates and those who protect them. And that goes for all the other SFWA members who’ve been giving SFWA grief over Burt’s actions, too.
[Initial links via John Scalzi and Andrew Wheeler]
We now have our two winners for the I Am Legend premiere tickets for Tuesday evening. They are:
Congratulations guys, your tickets should be winging their way to you very shortly. Have fun at the premiere and if you take pictures, let us know where they are so we can all oogle them.
I want to thank everyone who participated. Hopefully we’ll have more of this sort of thing in the future.
Our contest to giveaway tickets to the premiere (for you, John) of Will Smith’s I Am Legend is going strong. But time is running out. If you want to win tickets, follow the instructions in our original post and good luck!
If you don’t win, and for those of us not lucky enough to live around NYC, Gabriel Mckee has an interesting look at I Am Legend and The Omega Man on his blog. It’s called SF Gospel: I Am Legend and The Omega Man: Realized eschatology in the kingdom of the vampires, and its an interesting read. Thanks to Gabriel for pointing this out.
I know that many fans, and most of us here, were disappointed with the second season of Heroes. However, I continue to be impressed with the way NBC is using the internet to continue to generate interest in Heroes. Of course they have the nice online comics
that give more depth to the stories, and the are continuing to add to the Create Your Hero section. And now they are delving into Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG) as well with their Heroes Evolutions game.
Evolutions is the story of Hana Gitelman’s attempt to track down the mysterious Richard Drucker. ‘Hana’ has her own blog where she leaves clues for people to decipher. And Primatech Paper has it’s own website, with views from its security cameras for all to see.
I’m not big on ARGs myself as I’m not much of a puzzle guy, but LOST ran a successful one a year ago and now Heroes is following suit. If this is your thing, or if you want to learn more of the Heroes story, you should check it out.
If you’ve been wanting to see, or are on the fence, I Am Legend, we have the opportunity to give away 2 sets of tickets (each set has 2 tickets, 1 for the winner and 1 for a guest) to two lucky readers who can be in New York City for the premier of I Am Legend. (You must provide your own transportation.) The movie will be shown on Dec. 11th at 7pm Eastern Time at Madison Square Garden.
Even if you’re undecided about the movie, the cost to you is free, which is a good thing. Unless, of course, you don’t live anywhere near NYC. So, any of our readers who would like to go to the premier, send us an email with your name and mailing address so we can send the tickets out to you. The bad news is we were notified late last night about the availability, so the contest has to be short and quick. The deadline is tomorrow (Friday 12/7) at 10:30 am Central Time. You have just over 24 hours to get send in your information.
Send the email with name and address to: legend (at) sfsignal dot com.
We’ll randomly select two names to receive tickets which will be sent to the winners overnight. Then you’ll be on your way to rubbing shoulders with Will Smith and the rest of the cast and making the rest of us green with envy. So send in your emails!
Tom Doherty,President and Publisher of Tor Books, talks about the business behind mass-market paperbacks:
Trade paper has never done better for us. It’s been growing steadily for years and it’s certainly nice to see two of our books on nationally respected trade paperback bestseller lists in any one week, but I am worried about mass market. So much of mass market is impulse and impulse is so important to the creation of new readers. The person buying a book from a wire revolving rack in a drugstore as he waits for a prescription, the person who buys a book from an attractive in-line display in a supermarket, in a shop in the hotel lobby, or at a newsstand in an airport or a train station is not necessarily a committed and regular reader. But numerous surveys have shown that if you please them often enough in impulse situations a meaningful number will be converted. These impulse sales are an important part of our outreach and we need to be sure there is a selection which will tempt that consumer. Nielsen surveys have shown science fiction and fantasy as high as 12.4% of fiction sales. If no science fiction is displayed a significant number of potential customers may not be tempted, the same is true of many other categories and in each case new readers will be lost.
[via Irene Gallo]