Ronald D. Moore’s Future Looks Bright

FanDominion points us to two bits of interest regarding Battlestar Galactica developer Ronald D. Moore.

First, Moore has signed on for another two years to do BG. That’s good news in my book since it’s been Moore’s vision that has made the most watchable sf series on TV today. As part of the deal, NBC/SciFi Channel will produce other Moore projects.

Which brings us to the second item of interest: one of the new Moore projects is a time travel show called The Pen and the Sword which involves “a temp worker who discovers a portal at his job that allows him to travel back and forth between a medieval alternate reality and this reality.” Not sure about this one. I like time travel stories but I’m not sure if it could work as a weekly series. Anyone remember Irwin Allen’s Time Tunnel? Then again, I had doubts about the BG remake…I mean “re-imagining”…so we’ll see. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Moore.

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SF Tidbits Part LV

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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
Which of the following Larry Niven novels would you most like to see adapted for the big screen?

RESULTS

(34 total votes)

Thanks to John L. at Texas Best Grok for the poll idea.

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SF Tidbits Part LIV

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REVIEW: Alternate Gerrolds by David Gerrold

REVIEW SUMMARY: A fine collection of stories, especially if you like alternate history stories.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Sixteen stories by David Gerrold, many dealing with alternate histories.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: 14 stories ranging from good to excellent; enjoyable and accessible writing style.

CONS: 2 mediocre stories.

BOTTOM LINE: A collection of entertaining stories.

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SF Tidbits Part LIII

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Interviews Out The Ying-Yang

Bloggasm features a bunch of short sf-related interviews with the likes of Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Tim Pratt, Charlie Stross, Greg van Eekhout, Nick Mamatas, Christopher Rowe, Jay Lake, Alan DeNiro, Jeff VanderMeer and Benjamin Rosenbaum. Not bad for being around only 2 months.

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LabLit

LabLit, a website whose tagline is “the culture of science in fiction and fact”, is “dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and perceptions of that culture – science, scientists and labs – in fiction, the media and across popular culture.” They examine how science is portrayed in the media. Interesting article abound like Math on Film (ala Numb3rs), Child’s Play (books for the budding young scientist, nicely grouped by age range) and more. If you like science fiction for the science, check out what real scientists think!

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SF Tidbits Part LII

  • Superman is apparently…super-sized, if you know what I mean.
  • Free fiction at SciFiction: “The Emperor” by Lucius Shepard
  • Orson Scott Card is rewriting the script for the Ender’s Game movie adaptation.
  • SF novelist Sean Stewart is profiled at CNet for his gaming background.
  • David Marusek details the process of turning his short story “We Were Out of Our Minds With Joy” into the novel Counting Heads.

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William Shatner Starts SciFi DVD Club

Will you see films if Captain Kirk gives it two thumbs up?

William Shatner is starting his own DVD-of-the-month Club that features sci-fi movies. Sure, the movies are almost-unheard-of, but still it’s a, shall we say..enterprising…project? [Insert Austin Powers-like giggle here].

I have to say, I have grown to think highly of Shatman over the years. What started as a running punching bag joke has become a twisted form of respect. It’s not so much the success of Boston Legal (which I don’t watch anyway), or the hit-and-miss humor of Invasion Iowa, or the fact that I actually like Has Been (particularly his “Common People” duet with Joe Jackson.), or his humorous appearance on the Emmy Awards show, or his psycho TV Guide cover, or the kidney stone thing

OK, maybe it was a combination of all these. (Except the kidney stone thing. That was just creepy.) It’s hard not to like a guy who schools you at making fun of the Shat, even if it is Shatner himself.

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UK Firefly Fans Get the Shinier DVD of Serenity

It seems that the UK release of Serenity will have more bonus features than the US release. Although released a scant 2 months later, the UK version of the DVD will feature A Filmmaker’s Journey, a 20-minute documentary on the making of the film.

I do and do and do for Joss and this is the thanks I get. :(

[Sent in by Fred at EternalGoldenBraid]

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Feeling Lucky?

There are a couple of science fiction related contests going on right now

  • SciFi Dimensions is giving away a King Kong cap and poster. Just sign up for their mailing list. (Winner selected December 31st)
  • DVD Talk is giving away a Certified Original Alliance Trooper Helmet from the Serenity movie. (Ends December 27th)

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RetroFuture

The cool RetroFuture website answers the question (from their FAQ) “what happened to all that futuristic stuff which was supposed to change our lives by the year 2000?”

Marvel at the wonders of Yesteryear’s Tommorow! Things like: the 2-Way Wrist Radio, Smell-o-Vision, perpetual sunlight, rocketmail and, of course, flying cars.

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SF Tidbits Part LI

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Email Problems

As some of you may have noticed, we’ve been having email problems with the ‘sfsignal@sfsignal.com’ email address. Specifically, that email address appears to have been deleted, and it doesn’t work correctly if we re-create it. So, in the interim, our new temporary (and my temporary I mean until we can get the old one working, which may be never so temporary may actually mean forever) email address is (note, replace AT with @ below):

sfmgmtATsfsignal.com

That is all! Carry on.

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REVIEW: The Wizard by Gene Wolfe

REVIEW SUMMARY: Gene Wolfe continues the fantasy saga he began with The Knight and delivers more of the same.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Sir Able, now a man, continues to fight on the behalf of his adopted kingdom finding himself at odds with very unfantasy-like barbarians, dragons, and gods.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Unique, rich, fantasy setting. Fantastic language, solid engaging plot. Ending extremely well done.

CONS: Novel is a bit disjoint at the beginning as the narrative moves to third-person.

BOTTOM LINE: If you enjoyed The Knight you’ll find The Wizard well worth your reading time.

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SF Tidbits Part L

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Those who know me (aside from shaking their heads in a regretful sigh) are well aware of my addiction for books. Those who can stay awake long enough even know about my ever-growing collection of science fiction reference books. C’mon…who isn’t a better person for owning three copies of Clute’s Encyclopedia of Science Fiction? To be fair, one is on extended loan to…charity. [Looks at JP.]

Recently a brand new reference work was published: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders by sf scholar, author and critic Gary Westfahl. Awesome!

I’m salivating even as I type. [Pauses to clean keyboard.] I not only love reading science fiction, I also immensely enjoy reading about science fiction. This new reference work (3 volumes! One for every room in the trailer home I had to move into to support my book-buying habit.) covers 400 themes from 150 experts in the field. (Although, I don’t personally recall receiving a phone call… :)) These reference books are perfect for those little stolen moments when you can sneak in a 5-minute sf fix. I could spend hours endlessly trolling through the pages, following one connection to the next, soaking in all that tasty sf goodness.

The price tag is sadly a little steep for my personal use. However, if you’re in the market for a $350 present for yours truly…(H)

I’m just sayin’.

[Link via Locus Online]

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HarperCollins to Digitize Books

From the Boston Globe:

Publisher HarperCollins said yesterday it plans to convert 20,000 books in its catalog into digital form in a bid to rein in potential copyright violations on the Internet.

Chief executive Jane Friedman said HarperCollins [...] had no immediate plan to raise revenue from the digital copies of the books but it had concluded it was a vital move to protect its authors’ rights.

Under the plan, HarperCollins will hold all of the digital copies of its books in a digital warehouse and it will allow companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Amazon.com to crawl the server to create an index, Murray said. This will allow Google and other search systems to offer what, in effect, amount to electronic card catalogs to help users locate the full work.

”If publishers don’t do this, there are going to be too many digital copies of books out there,” he said, noting that currently companies like Google, Yahoo, and others were all making their own copies, making it difficult for publishers to ensure their authors’ copyright is respected.

A CNet article explains a little more:

…there were no concrete plans in place to make money from the project, there were various possibilities down the line, from e-books to subscriptions or advertising.

It’s not clear to me how this “rein[s] in potential copyright violations”, as CNet puts it. Anyone care to shed some light?

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SF Tidbits Part XLIX

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