September 2005 Archives

September 30, 2005

Some Serenity reviews

Here's a random selection of Serenity reviews that just happened to appear in feeds I'm subscribed to. There is undoubtedly loads more about on the web...

The News Review
Hollywood Reporter (Via Yahoo)
Jam Showbiz
New York Times

...all of which are if not positive, at least not negative. What's interesting is how much exposure the film is getting. That can only be a good thing,

Wired talks Serenity

With some spoilers!

Wired News: Serenity's a Smarter Space Opera

" the context of contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, Serenity feels cutting edge. Why? It's smart and very well-written."

September 29, 2005

Blogpsphere Serenity

The Blogosphere is abuzz with Serenity.

I still have a week to wait until I can see it. Arrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhh.

A History Of Violence

I saw A History Of Violence last Friday and really enjoyed it. It helped that I knew absoloutely nothing about it. It was intelligent, well acted, unpredictable and unpatronising.

Not a SF film at all but directed by David Cronenberg and based on a graphic novel by John Wagner, who of course created Judge Dredd, the comic of my youth.

A message from Joss

Just got a message from Joss Wheedon in my mailbox. Unfortunately we're not best mates but it's a Browcoat mailing list thingy. The message is supposed to be online, but can't see it yet. He's so cool though it's worth copying the whole thing....

Continue reading A message from Joss.

September 28, 2005

Battlestar Galactica 210 - Pegasus

The Galactica finds another Battlestar, the Pegassus and everybody is jubilant....for a while.

Quick Verdict : Nice. The tension ratchets up to an almighty cliffhanger.


Continue reading Battlestar Galactica 210 - Pegasus.

Dinner with the Doctor

In support of the charity Children In Need the BBC are offering tikctes to Dine with the Doctor. For £100 you get a posh meal, the (somewhat remote chance) to speak to David Tennant, Billie Piper and Russell T Davies, a Doctor Who memorabilia auction and a Q&A session with the stars. It's in Cardiff on 14th October.

One for Who fans with some money to spare (ie. not me).

September 27, 2005

Joss Wheedon quote of the day

'Serenity' now for sci-fi fans - Yahoo! News

"We have a much broader base than just sci-fi people," he says. "That's what I found in our screenings so far. They're a diverse group, fairly well-adjusted socially, and I expect that a lot of them are even having sex. I really think the line between geeks and the rest of the world is blurring."

Nail Gaiman and Joss Wheedon interview

Serenity cast shot guns!

Because even the slightest bit of Serenity gossip is a tonic at the moment (the anticipation!),
href="">Sci Fi Wire have an article describing the cast's accounts of their weapons training. Guns...lots of guns.

September 26, 2005

Cory Doctorow podcasting

Cory Doctorow is podcasting one of his novelletes here. Always interesting to here an author read his own work.

Serenity VFX interview

Via Sci-Fi Storm here's an interview on vfxblog with Zoic's Loni Peristere about the visual effects work they did on Serenity.

Top 50 SCi-Fi shows of all time

Via Slashdot.

The Boston Globe has their top 50 Sci-Fi shows of all time on line. The top 10 is...

  1. Star Trek (Original)
  2. Battlestar Galactica (New)
  3. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  4. The X-Files
  5. Babylon 5
  6. Stargate SG-1
  7. The Twilight Zone
  8. Dr. Who
  9. Mystery Science Theater 3000
  10. Sliders

I can't see how BSG can claim to be number two after just one season.
And Firefly??? Number 17. Bah! Nonsense.
And Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Number 27. What? (maybe because it's not SF?).
And Buck Rogers in the 25th Century? Number 47. Biddi-biddi-biddi. What's up Buck?

Clearly the list makers have no idea.

September 25, 2005

Serenity trailer on UK TV

Just seen the Serenity trailer on UK television for the first time. It was shown on an ad-break during Pitch Black, which makes sense. The trailer said that there are preview showings on the 6th Oct :-( I was hoping they'd have previews a week early as they sometimes do.

September 23, 2005


I'm about half way or so into Season One and really enjoying it.
Now I have to avoid season two spoilers.
I want more random arctic creatures in the jungle!
Oh and I kept expecting Mira Furlan to start talking cryptically about Minbari stuff.

Geeks or Junkies?

Richard@SciFi UK Revew reckons we're SF Junkies, not SF Geeks.

Wikipedia defines a Geek as...

"A geek is a person who is fascinated, perhaps obsessively, by obscure or very specific areas of knowledge and imagination."

...and junkie as...

"A junkie (or junky) is a heroin addict. The word has also come to be used to describe addicts in general."

I think I'd prefer to be called a Geek to a Junkie, but perhaps i'm neither.

September 21, 2005

A Scanner Darkly pictures

It's all Flash so I can't link driectly, but have a look at Warner Independent Pictures - The Official Site for some new pictures and the trailer.

I also hadn't seen the posters which are cool....

Lucy Lawless in two more Battlestar Galactica episodes

From the Official Lucy Lawless Fan Club

"I'll be filming two more episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Don't know yet when they're going to air. Thought you'd like to be the first to know. -- Lucy"

Cool. Although if D'Anna was a cylon model surely you'd expect to see even more of her?

Serenity cast signs for more films

Serenity Cast Signed For Sequels

Although maybe this isn't anything to get excited about, is it standard practice to do sign up actors just in case?

September 20, 2005

First Line Quiz

Jonathan@Notes from Coode Street has posted a collection of opening lines from SF&F novels. I knew 2 and a couple of others nagged at my mind but I couldn't recall them.

Here's the answers, and I had indeed only read 4 of them. So does that mean my memory is ok?! the same time?!

The perks of working for Time magazine appear to be that you get to interview Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon at the same time.

Personally I think that's just greedy. he could have let me interview one of them.

Wanna write a Star Wars TV series?

IGN: Exclusive: Star Wars TV Series Now Hiring

So you get to write the Star Wars TV series, at Skywalker Ranch, with George Lucas. Is there a better job?

CV's in the mail....

September 19, 2005

Battlestar Galactica 209 - Flight of the Phoenix

A virus is discovered inside Galatica's systems, whilst the crew slowly go stir crazy.

Quick verdict : Enjoyable but too similar to previous episodes and ultimately forgettable.

SPOILERS ahead...

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica 209 - Flight of the Phoenix.

September 16, 2005

Paul McAuley interview

Serenity production art

Hidden away on the Serenity site is some groovy production art. My favourite of which is this...

September 15, 2005

Battlestar Galactica 208 : Final Cut

A fleet reporter, D'Anna Biers, is granted permission to shoot a documentary onboard the Battlestar Galactica with unrestricted access.

Quick Verdict : Back to it's best.

Spoilers ahead...

Continue reading Battlestar Galactica 208 : Final Cut.

Kim Stanley Robinson interview

Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson

[Via BoingBoing]

The Guardian has a (timely) interview with Kim Stanley Robinson, concentrating on his new book which is "set in a flood ridden America".

I know I've said this before but anyone put off by the size of the hard SF Mars trilogy should try his Orange County trilogy, particularily Pacific Edge which is a wonderful book.

Origami X-Wing

Café Salé // Voir le sujet - X-wing en tickets de métro step by step

Everyone needs to know a little origami, especially if it's Star Wars related.

[Via BoingBoing]

September 13, 2005

Google Movies

Maybe I'm just a bit slow, but I have only just found Google Movies. (My excuse is that this kind of stuff is always rolled out for the US and not the rest of the world.)

Not only can I search for "Movies London,uk" and get a list of show times, but you can also search for reviews. Then list them in different orders, list the positive ones, the negative ones, search within the reviews. Very cool.

Themepunks online

Cory Doctorow seems to be a master of online publiicity and he continues that trend once again by getting Salon to serialise his new book Themepunks.

There will a new chapter every Monday for 10 weeks.

Unfortunately you have to do that annoying site-pass-with-adverts thing.

SF housing ideas

Live Science has an interesting article reminding us that Science Fiction may already have the answers for emergency rehousing required by disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, Housing for Katrina Victims: Ideas from Science Fiction.

It mentions Neal Stephensons U-Stor-IT apartment (from Snow Crash) and also William Gibson's micro-bachelor (from Idoru).

Although history could teach us a thing or two, during WWII the UK built many "pre fabs" (prefabricated houses) which some people are still living in.(And presumably this happened elsewhere too?)

September 12, 2005

Doctor Who reading groups

The BBC is running reviews of Doctor Who books as provided by some school reading groups. Here's the first, here's the big list of book reviews on the site.

Cricket in Science Fiction

Seeing as the entire country is reaching a crescendo of cricket mania I thought I try and find some Science Fiction that involved cricket...

...and failed bar a few mentions on Infinity Plus.

Anyone know of any Cricketing SF stories?

September 8, 2005

September Ansible online

Ansible 218, September 2005

With gossip from WorldCon.

September 7, 2005

Lego Serenity

Via SFSignal, someone has built a Lego model of Serenity, here's the site. Also check out his desktop wallpapers and FAQ...

Q: Don't you have a bit too much free time? A: Perhaps.[snip]

Very funny.

September 6, 2005

Serenity posters

The Australian one is...

The US (and UK?) one is...

My critical eye notices that the Aussie one has more desert.

Learning the World chapter

Orbit has a chapter from Ken MacLeod's new book, Learning the World, online here.

Careless jedi finds lost cloak

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Obi-Wan Kenobi cloak rediscovered

you'd think that be a master jedi old Ben Kenobi would remember where he left his cloak?

Or maybe it's all Darth Vaders fault? He left it on the Death Star floor and some droid picked it up and shipped it off to the recycling factories of Ord Mantell?

Either way it's now estimated to be worth as much as £25k. Nice little earner for a retired jedi.

Christopher Eccleston award

Christopher Eccleston as won the not very pretigious TV Choice/TV Quick award for best actor. Nice one. Doctor Who was also up for Best New Drama, but lost out to Desperate Housewives. Hmmm.

BBC - Doctor Who - Eccleston is top actor

September 5, 2005

New Serenity website

SERENITY has a new Flash intensive web site. Lots of exploring to do, but not much content there really. Looks pretty though.

September 1, 2005

Not just for Geeks

USA Vanguard - Science Fiction: It isn't just for geeks anymore

It would appear, in fact, that being a science fiction enthusiast has become almost respectable these days, and self-professed sci-fi devotees aren't the only ones paying close attention.

...that's nice. However the article does have a reasonably sensible conclusion.

So what happens next? It's difficult to guess. [snip...] rather than guessing what's going to come next, maybe it's better to just enjoy what we have and hope for the best.

Electric Velocipede #9

I only discovered Electric Velocipede, recently. This new issue has all the fiction online which is pretty cool.

So much to read...!

[Via BoingBoing]

Short shorts online at Nature

Prompted by Notes From Coode Street I re-checked the short shorts selection that Nature has been running, entitled Futures. There is now a very nice list of cool authors with stories up there, including Stephen Baxter, Vonda N. McIntyre, Joe Haldeman, Justina Robson, Bruce Sterling and Charles Stross.

I haven't read them all...yet.

Neil Gaiman interview in SFX

SFX - INTERVIEW: Neil Gaiman talks about Anansi Boys

SFX has a nice interview with Neil Gaiman online.