June 2005 Archives
June 30, 2005
I crave the indulgence of the House in interrupting such an important and enjoyable debate to deliver my maiden speech. Furthermore, as the first Jedi Member of this place, I look forward to the protection under the law that will be provided to me by the Bill.Boris Johnson then commented...
One hon. Member stood up for the Jedi and said that he was a Jedi knight. No one was sure whether to take him seriously. There were embarrassed grins on the faces of Labour Members. How do they know that he is not in earnest when he says that he is a Jedi knight and that his faith deserves respect? If religion is a nebulous idea, so too is hatred.
June 29, 2005
June 28, 2005
Apparently there's a "must-see buzz".
During another one of my spells where I longingly wish that I could watch the Serenity trailer in super HD (my mac can't cope), I found myself back on the QuickTime - HD Gallery and noticed that the 1080p version of the trailers seem to have vanished? What's happened? Perhaps no one had a fast enough machine to watch them?
June 27, 2005
Coming Soon! has a nice. long interview with Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. They are both complementary about Science Fiction.
June 26, 2005
This highly amusing essay made me laugh. It's about Chewbacca and R2D2, the real heroes of the rebellion, the undecover agents in all those dark years. Very funny.
Bummer, the BBC Cult website is closing.
Perhaps someone could grab all the content, move it to a new server and carry on maintaining it (somehow)? After all, that's the sort of thing that happens on the interweb isn't it?
Off topic, but I feel it deserves a mention anyway.
Last night watched The Girl In The Cafe which was an original drama by Richard Curtis. It starts as a witty romantic comedy but transcends that when for a weekend they go to the G8 conference. In the end it was all about trying to eradicate poverty, about the G8's power to able to do that if they really wanted to. And it really moved me.
I urge you all to check out http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/.
June 24, 2005
Three from director Joe Ahearne and one from The Mill's main man, Will Cohen.
I'm delighted by the extra effort that the BBC put in to produce all this extra content. Fortunately this seems to be the way they are going with all of their content at the moment. Keep it up Beeb.
June 23, 2005
Includes an inerview with Russell T Davies..
Q: Were you surprised by the reaction to the new series?
RTD: The honest to God truth is I was shocked.
Also the BBC are showing the season one highlights trailer (including regeneration) at high repeat frequency. And of course it ends with a teaser for the Christmas special, only 6 months away!
I still haven't typed up my Gridlinked review. Of course every day I wait the shorter it's bound to be. Doh.
June 22, 2005
"Eyeing the upcoming 128th Academy Awards, industry insiders have high expectations for Frogger: Return To The Lily Pad, the third installment in the wildly successful Frogger trilogy based on the 1981 Sega video game. The film is nominated in an unprecedented 31 categories, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best CG Actor, and Best Picture." (link)
Although wasn't Frogger an Atari game not a Sega one?
Human Iterations has a (spoiler free) review of Serenity from one of the pre-screenings. It sounds wonderful. I want to see it now. Pre-screenings in the UK please?
June 21, 2005
June 20, 2005
He's the guy who's done the 'The Revenge of the Sith' novellisation.
Cory Doctorow's new book Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, is now available for download and is completely free.
Once again (ala Accelerando) very cool, because it won't be out for ages in the UK.
Shuffle that TOREAD list again....
"These newer films don't even pretend to tell the whole story; they are akin to PowerPoint presentations that summarize the main bullet points from a much more comprehensive body of work developed by and for a geek subculture."
As usual Mr. Stephenson makes speaks much sense, and yet takes the discussion off into an unforseeable tangent.
June 18, 2005
The rumour on FireFlyFans.net is that Serenity is going to get an early release...
A Universal employee said...(allegedly).
"Oh. . .you guys probably won't even have to wait until September 30th anymore. Our test markets and advance screenings are off the charts. . .we had no idea. . .when you said, 'Big following', I didn't realize how big. . ."
A triumphant return.
Often full of crazy plot holes, yet carrying itself with such style and at such a frantic pace that it never failed to entertain.
Both Christopher Eccelstone and Billie Piper were fantastic, and the writing was top notch. Well done Russel T Davies.
One other major point, it's family orientated Science Fiction, on prime time Saturday night, on the biggest TV channel in the UK (BBC1), and it won the ratings war.
Carrying on from last week (Bad Wolf) the Doctor is trying to rescue Rose from...the Daleks! BIG SPOILERS AHEAD!
June 17, 2005
This weeks Doctor Who Fear Forecast has a few spoilers so I skimmed it.
Good final reactions though...
"Samuel, Adam, Harry: Fantastic!
Amy: Can I have an ice cream now please?"
Slick photos of all your favourites...
Accelerando, Charles Stross's latest book is now available for free download in a variety of formats. It's Creative Commons licensed and even has BitTorrent torrents for saving Charlie's bandwidth.
This is both excellent and a dilemma. Firstly the excellent bit, Accelerando is not released in the UK until August, and that's as a hardback, the paperback is scheduled for release June 2006! The dilemma is that I much prefer reading a book to a screen. So perhaps what I'll do is download it, print it out, read it and then buy the paperback when it comes out. What does anyone else think about this? Are you going to download it or buy it?
My reading list is now in disarray, with The Baroque Cycle and Jonathan Strange pushed back behind Revenge of the Sith and now this. As usual, so much reading, not enough time (but that's better than not having enough to read!).
June 16, 2005
June 15, 2005
Glastonbury. Of course. Home to the festival of festivals. Where else would a Dalek turn up?
Interesting, Forbidden Planet International is launching a new magazine, which is not only their catalogue but also a "cult entertainment magazine". The first issue includes interviews with Battlestar Galactica actors Tricia Helfer, James Callis and Richard Hatch. It will be available in Forbidden Planet stores.
Via Disembodied Brain, the Sci Fi Channel will be showing Firefly reruns at 7 p.m. Fridays starting on July 22. (and the UK SciFi channel is showing them now I think).
June 14, 2005
"Expect the 'same old mix' of stories for Series 2, some darker, some lighter. Some traditional Ã¢â‚¬â€œ although if anything, the traditional stories are BBC Drama's least favourite, but I love them, so I'm gonna keep them in there."
He also says....
"To be blunt, this show is a success, and it's our job to maintain that success, not wander away from it."
Nice. I'm glad that someone as knowledgable/talented as Mr. Davies is in charge (of the stories at leats).
June 13, 2005
This BBC page urges you to stay spoiler free for this season's Doctor Who finale by avoiding the internet.
The Doctor wakes up in the Big Brother house, whilst Rose is suddenly a contestant in The Weakest Link and Captain Jack is getting a makeover....! SPOILERS AHEAD.
"Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything."
The June edition of of Dave Langford's newsletter is online: Ansible 215, June 2005
Accelerando! the webite for the Charles Stross book is now online and being updated.
Made me laugh...
The 5ft model, believed to be an original from the cult BBC Dr Who series, was taken from Wookey Hole Caves near Wells on Monday.
On Thursday, staff found the plunger arm and a ransom note on a doorstep.
The note read: "We are holding the Dalek captive. We demand further instructions from the Doctor."
But it'll take a day to catch up. Got a Doctor Who review and a review of Gridlinked to come....
June 6, 2005
I'm in Majorca on business this week, with limited internet access, so blogging around here will be slow. Thank you for your patience!
The TARDIS returns to Cardiff to park on the rift and recharge it's batteries(!)
June 3, 2005
I saw the trailers to Batman Begins and The Fantastic Four again at the cinema last night.
I'm somewhat underwhelmed by The Fantastic Four. It looks very derivative and will probably be slightly dull.
Batman Begins looks a lot better, but may just be darkly lit with lots of fights.
The problem is that neither of these comic franchises really mean much to me. Growing up in England the Marvel and DC comics always seemed expensive and hard to find (and had those weird American adverts for Sea Monkeys). Instead I grew up reading 2000AD and Judge Dredd. Of course Hollywood have already made the worst possible film of Judge Dredd that anyone could have imagined (why did Stallone need to make up a stupid catchphrase?). If that movie is your only exposure, please, please read some of the comics. They are indescribably better.
This seems like a familiar theme! Let's hope the movie goes interstellar and someone with half a brain commissions a new series (get your dosh out BBC!).
I have an excuse, it was apparently only aired in the UK on the UK Sci-Fi channel, and lets face it, no one watches that channel. Oh, in fact I think they're airing it now.
I went to see Revenge of the Sith again last night. I just couldn't stay away.
Once again I really enjoyed it, and left the cinema on a downer feeling sad, but with an overwhelming urge to watch A New Hope. (Which I didn't because it was 11pm when I got home).
A couple of things that seem to have been overlooked amidst the hype and (endless) reviews.
(1) It looks awesome. That first space battle is just amazing. It's the sort of space battle I have been reading about and dreaming of since I was a little kid. Brilliant. And then the detail in each shot is incredible, like A New Hope there are people in the background just doing stuff, whatever it is they do. Each shot is a wonderful painting, ILM have really outdone themselves.
(2) The music is great. I love the bit where Anakin is in the jedi council room and Padme is in her apartment and they are waiting for Mace Windu to confront Palpatine. The music drops down really quiet, but spooky. Another triumph Mr. Williams.
Via the Orbit newsletter (which doesn't seem to be archived on the website)...
"Ken MacLeod and Charles Stross will be appearing at the 25th Annual Writer's Conference and Bookfair at University College, Winchester on Saturday 25th June. Mr Stross's special subject will be Building and Populating Worlds, while his colleague, Mr MacLeod, tackles Where Do You Get Your Ideas."
Looks interesting, but it's £75 just for the Saturday :-(
June 1, 2005
I can't remember whether I've mentioned this before, but anyway it's worth mentioning again. The links are online to the Hugo Nominees. Including full Novellas, Novelletes and short stories. Plenty to get stuck into.
Via Locus Online
"Wildside Press announced today it will purchase Weird Tales magazine from DNA Publications. Wildside Press president John Gregory Betancourt will co-edit the magazine with current editors Darrell Schweitzer and George H. Scithers. The magazine will increase page count by 15%, will publish a double-sized issue late in the summer, and is planning theme issues spotlighting such popular genre authors as Jeff VanderMeer, Jeffrey Ford, and Harlan Ellison."
Maybe I'm wrong but didn't Weird Tales get sold not too long ago? Or was that Amazing Stories?
It sounds like this weeks Doctor Who is a lot less creepy, allowing children everywhere to have fewer nightmares.
"It's a baddie, it's a baddie!" warns Harry. Amy clutches the corner of her sleeping bag in anticipation.