December 2004 Archives

December 21, 2004

Disconnected

My landline has been down (and is still a bit flaky) hence the lack of posts.

It's a bit weird being disconnected from the interweb.

December 17, 2004

Jeff VanderMeer's blog

Just discovered VanderWorld.

December 16, 2004

Review of Flying Solo:Tales of a Bounty Hunter by Jeremy Bulloch

I've finished reading Flying Solo:Tales of a Bounty Hunter by Jeremy Bulloch.

Short Review
I enjoyed it.

Long(er) Review
Flying Solo is Jeremy Bulloch's autobiography. The book intertwines stories of Jeremy's past with his hectic convention going life of post 1997.

The convention stories are often very funny, and Star Wars fans will probably be impressed by how much Jeremy cares about the whole experience. There's some great anecdotes, my imagination is still struggling to erase the image of Jeremy, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew walking together through an airport. He also reveals how he got the part of Boba Fett and what the filming was like.

What surprised me however was how interesting his pre-StarWars life is. Jeremy has been a jobbing actor for years, which means he has been in all sorts of things, with all sorts of people, in all sorts of places. For instance he has been in Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood. Although after reading I would recommend any taking up acting as a career it does some provide some nice stories.

So although the first thought would be to buy this book for the Star Wars geek in your life, it will undoubtedly have a far greater appeal.


December 15, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 9 - "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide.

Adam goes AWOL and returns to the Galactica with Ellen, Colonel Tigh's lost wife. Paranoia ensues.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 9 - "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down".

Trailer catchup

Time for me to catch up on some trailers, everyone else has blogged them by now but here's my opinions:

Firstly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which looks like Austin Powers + Roadl Dahl remixed by Tim Burton., err..which is what it is. Johnny Depp looks great as Willy Wonka and no doubt the whole feel will have that off kilter Buron feel to it.

Next, War of the Worlds, a Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg collaboration. The teaser trailer is very classy, but gives almost nothing away. The strap line is "They're already here" which conjures up all sorts of implications. The trailer has that Close Encounters feel to it and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Finally Batman Begins. I had some trouble viewing this with Firefox and Quicktime, it kept crashing, so I had to resort to the eviilllll RealPlayer. Anyway the trailer itself is okay but not as good as the teaser trailer. It looks like the film will be a bit more conventional than I thought. Hopefully it will mange to retain some coolness and not degenerate into a standard summer blockbuster.

December 14, 2004

Rare Star Wars helmet auctioned

Rare Star Wars helmet auctioned...

Going cheap for probably around £7000. I love the caption that the BBC put under the picture, "Stormtroopers are loyal soldiers to the Emperor in the Star Wars films". Oh thanks, like if you didn't know that would explain anything at all!

UPDATE : It went for £13,145


What I read

Eoghann at Solar Flare comments that he wasn't sure how he slipped into my feed list...

Well it was easy, I read your blog, thought "Hmm I'll read that again" and subscribed!

The only downside with RSS feeds is the overload.
Too. Much. Information.

BTW I couldn't get the comments to work on SFlare.com (in either Firefox or IE) so I hope you see this in Trackback.

December 13, 2004

Feeds read

Prompted by John's feeds at SFSignal here's the latest list of mine...

If you want to get hold of the OPML you can visit Bloglines to see my full list and export them.

December 9, 2004

Locus feeds

Hurrah! Feeds for Locus at last.

Babylon 5 Movie Starts Filming in April

Coming soon reports that the Babylon 5 Movie Starts Filming in April . In the UK. Nice. Via Slashdot again, with slightly less sarcastic comments than about Star Wars because most people either love B5 or at least respect it.

The one man Star Wars Trilogy

The One Man Star Wars Trilogy has returned to Chicago (not sure where it went). Via Slashdot so go and read sarcastic comments about George Lucas and Jar Jar Binks (or perhaps do something more interesting instead).

December 8, 2004

Battlestar Galactica resources

For those enjoying the new series of Battlestar Galactica as much as me here are some links to resources elsewhere:

The Sky One Battlestar Galactica site, includes a quiz, an overview of the show, some clips (although I couldn't get them to work), a rundown of the cast, a (small) interview with the producer and a shop (selling DVDs).

The SciFi channels Battlestar Galactica site, Flash intensive includes latest news, a run down of the cast, characters and crew, some production art, some trailers, some desktop images, a small photo gallery and a message board.

The Battlestar Galactica Fan Club has an episode and some brief reviews of the new episodes.

SyFyPortal has also been reviewing the new episodes.

Google, because allegedly you can find bittorrent files of the new Battlestar Galactica episodes by searching for "Battlestar Galactica .torrent". Not sure if it's legal though.

I've probably missed loads, these are just the first batch that I've come across.

December 7, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 8 - "Flesh and Bone"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

A Cylon is discovered on one of the fleets ships and Starbuck is sent from the Battlestar Galactica to interogate it.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 8 - "Flesh and Bone".

A present

I arrived in the office this morning to find a package on my desk. It was a book wrapped in bubble wrap. I opened it to discover it was Flying Solo:Tales of a Bounty Hunter by Jeremy Bulloch. For those of you who don't know Jeremy Bulloch played Boba Fett in the Star Wars movies. The book is in hardback in a slip case (picture), I opened it up and it's a limited edition, one of 2000 and my number matches the day and month of my birthday. On top of that it is signed to me. How incredibly cool.

Now this sort of thing doesn't happen everyday so I'll explain. It was a present from my boss Dickie who's brother-in-law is the son of Jeremy Bulloch. He had mentioned this fact to me ages ago and asked if I'd like something signed. Actually the first question was are you a Star Wars fan, to which the people around the table who knew me groaned. So there we go a brilliant surprise present.

The book is really well made, one of those books that remind you why books are so great. It's got a selection of pages full of glossy photos too. And the chapter titles sound intriguing. I want to get started now. I shall report back with a review when I've read it.

An interview with Geoff Ryman

Following a link from that Mundane SF blog I got to Geoff Ryman interviewed on infinity plus by Kit Reed and it's a pretty interesting interview.

Mundane SF

Following this discussion on The Mumpsimus I read the Mundane SF web site and came away a bit non-plussed. If you look at the list of authors on their blog that they reckon have written Mundane SF, well, they're some of my favourites. But why? Why bother having a manifesto? Why bother with a web site? Why why why?

Personally, according to their manifesto, I write mainly Mundane SF. But I don't do it on purpose, I just write what I write and read what I like. Yes I like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and Kim Stanley Robinson. But er...I've run out of words in a blur of confusion...

Selective geographic marketing

Charlie Stross floats the idea (via Warren Ellis) of only marketing to "blue" states in the USA. Iteresting idea, but I'd want some good statistics before I ignored potentially half of my readers. Not sure the same thing would work in the UK, get a book in a display in WHSmiths or Waterstones and you're sorted. Plus everyone is used to writers only touring in cities and the nearest city is never that far away (unless you live in an outlying island (Isle of Wight? ;-) )

December 6, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 7 - "Six Degrees of Separation"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

Baltar refuses to except Number Six's one god. She disappears and a woman called Shelley Godfrey, who looks identical to Number Six, arrives on the Battlestar Galactica with evidence that Baltar is a traitor.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 7 - "Six Degrees of Separation".

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 6 - "Litmus"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

Doral, a cylon agent detonates a bomb aboard the Battlestar Galactica and a tribunal is set up.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 6 - "Litmus".

Doctor Who teaser trailer

The BBC has a teaser trailer for the new Doctor Who series. [Via Solar Flare]

Very teeny weeny and not much in it except the TARDIS but still, it's new Doctor Who!

December 5, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 5 - "You Can't Go Home Again"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

Starbuck is stranded on a hostile moon. Can the Galactica find her?

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 5 - "You Can't Go Home Again".

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 4 - "Act of Contrition"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

Starbuck is in a flat spin in her Viper, slowly burning up in the atmosphere, far away from the Galactica. Layered flashbacks slowly reveal what has happened.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 4 - "Act of Contrition".

December 4, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 3 - "Bastille Day"

Full details of Battlestar Galactica, season1, episode 3 "Bastille Day" (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

Well it looks like the prologue is here to stay, starting off the episode again. One thing that made me think was that the last line is "And they [the cylons] have a plan", whether that extends beyond just killing mankind remains to be seen (and destroying mankind is more of a mission than a plan surely?).

The fleet has found water but lacks the manpower to retrieve it. Commander Adama suggests using prisoners. Apollo goes to the prison barge to announce the offer.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 3 - "Bastille Day".

December 3, 2004

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 2 - "Water"

Full details of Battlestar Galactica, season1, episode 2 "Water" (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One Battlestar Galactica episode guide

This episode had a sort of prologue at the start, kind of like a trailer...."Humans created them"....etc (but without a cheesy voice over thank goodness).

One thing that occurred to me was that I'm never sure when the titles actually start, the theme music starts off so low key it's a bit of a non event. Mind you anything is better than the dated naffness of the original series music. However I do like the updated Battlestar Galactica logo.

The episode starts with Lt. Sharon Valesii (Boomer) waking up somwhere on the Galactica, dripping wet, next to a bag with a detonator in it.

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 2 - "Water".

Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 1 - "33"

Full details of the episode (that's SPOILERS!) can be found on the Sky One episode guide

The episode starts with a super quick recap of the mini-series, which is fine but I'd recommend watching it first before this episode. Then we are dropped into the midst of a never ending day, the fleet is being harried by the Cylons who arrive 33 minutes after every FTL jump. It's been happening for 2 days straight and the crew are exhausted, What can they do to shake them off?

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Episode 1 - "33".

December 2, 2004

5 Great Holiday Gift Picks for SciFi Fans

BellaOnline, who are apparently "The Voice of Women" (presumably that is all women everywhere?) have an article entitled 5 Great Holiday Gift Picks for SciFi Fans. And they're very sensible suggestions too.

In fact with a little further delving (well okay, one click of a link) I discovered that they have an entire SciFi column by Helen Angela Lee including: Top Five SciFi TV Shows We’d Like to See on DVD and Hangin' With The Boys: Favorite Quotes from "Red Dwarf". Nice.

And I'm surprised purely by the notion of a women's web site having a SF column, which is a bit sexist of me really.


December 1, 2004

Catching up on Battlestar Galactica

Spurred on by my cousin Marc insisting that the hype was worth it I finally got around to watching the new(ish) Battlestar Galactica mini-series.

I wasn't really sure what to expect, I mean I know that people had said it was good but I couldn't get the awful 70's kitsch images of the original series out of my head. Of course I used to watch the it when I was a kid but it never seemed more than a cheap Star Wars knock off to me. And of course I couldn't help but think of Dirk Benedict as Face Man in the A-Team (although wasn't the A-Team after Battlestar Galactica? Hmm weird time warping memories.)

Some spoilers ahead if you haven't seen it.

Continue reading Catching up on Battlestar Galactica.