September 2008 Archives
September 30, 2008
Neal Stephenson's Books Are Too Large
Lost My Senses Now I Want To Watch Lost
Positive science fiction inspires people to act and influence positive change.I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in a world of slackers who can do nothing more than complain about "the man" and "the system." I want people to be inspired to get the education and do the work necessary to get us off the planet. To fix the environment. To figure out systems that don't need to go through destructive boom and bust cycles. To extend our lifespans. To discover wholly new frontiers. To create new life. To develop true artificial intelligence. To make workable nanotechnology. To create space elevators. We will not do this by wallowing in sorrow; we will not do this by bemoaning our fate; we will not do this by laying about on the couch.
September 29, 2008
- Paul Kincaid's review of Mike Ashley's Gateways to Forever: The Story of Science Fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980.
- Alvaro Zinos-Amaro's review of Gabriel McKee's The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier.
- Niall Harrison's review of Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends.
- Jonathan McCalmont's review of Studies in Modern Horror, edited by NGChristakos.
- Despite reports that the first episode of the new series of Heroes was not great, Heroes starts on BBC on Wednesday and is still most wanted.
- James Bond, Quantum Of Solace. It's not SF, but it has the word Quantum in the title and it looks awesome.
- The Clone Wars on the Wii. Lightsabers + WiiMote = Heaven.
September 26, 2008
- Anathem finally arriving.
- Sunny Autumn days.
- More cool BBC2 Heroes trailers.
- Chris Moyles talking to a Dalek.
- Fringe not being amazing.
- Spikey trees.
- The blogosphere. It's getting dull.
- Not having done a redesign.
This autumn BBC Children in Need is offering you a fantastic prize. The BBC will take you and up to three friends or members of your family backstage at the BBC Wales studios near Cardiff on November 8th or 9th.
It's the home of Doctor Who, Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures. You'll see what goes on behind the scenes and how the BBC brings all those other worlds to life, meeting set designers, costumiers, make-up artists and monster makers Millennium FX.
All you have to do is make a phone call to answer an easy question.
cause limbs to atrophy? No!
It makes you quite buff.
September 24, 2008
- Single episode crime plot, with gratuitous gruesomeness to suit this weeks audience
- A big enigmatic company
- A terribly vague big arc, The Pattern
September 23, 2008
My Wife Controls The TV!
My Girlfriend Hates Cons
Dear Dr. BDO,
September 22, 2008
- Terminator Salvation now that The Sarah Connor Chronicles is back on air again it makes the promise of a new Terminator film all the more exciting. Watch the teaser trailer again, imagine how good it could be and roll-on May 2009.
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Amazon say they've dispatched it. Hurrah!
- Heroes. The cool BBC trailers have got me excited, hopefully it will live up to it's unfulfilled potential. It starts in the US tonight and in the UK, on BBC Two, on Wednesday 1st October at 9pm.
September 21, 2008
The stories they read were great: during his tale, Mamatas shifted slowly in my mind into the very slightly new category of that guy who wrote the Cthulhu mythos story in the style of Raymond Carver. And after [David] Levine's reading, I have him mentally categorised now as "The Ted Chiang of Toontown".
Danny is one of the founders of the legendary NTK, and also accidentally invented the entire Lifehack industry, but bizarrely I remember him as the guy who wrote that cool Sunday Times column.
September 19, 2008
- Merlin Mann and the refocused 43 Folders
- The BBC's Heroes trailers
- LEDs on laptops
- The seaside
- The UK Anathem release date slipping to 1st October
- Not having the time to read every book I ever wanted to read.
September 17, 2008
September 16, 2008
September 15, 2008
Yes - it has been [slipped] - to the 1st of October - there was a glitch with the ISBN number and some bookstores do have it already, but very few. All will be on course for the 1st though,
September 14, 2008
September 12, 2008
- SF TV starting again.
- Doing a SF Signal Mind Meld that included Charles Stross.
- Talking to a class of school kids about CERN.
- The Movable Type upgrade almost working perfectly.
- A monster new work laptop, with blue LEDs.
- Physics on TV.
- Torchwood on radio.
- Still no copy of Anathem.
- Apocalyptic media hype about the LHC.
- The Movable Type upgrade not quite working perfectly.
- Feeling the urge for a redesign.
- Not writing enough.
September 11, 2008
September 10, 2008
Torchwood comes to Radio 4 in a specially-commissioned drama. Martha Jones, ex-time traveller and now working as a doctor for a UN task force, has been called to CERN. Wednesday 10th September, 2.15pm. That's today, soon. But it will be availble for download after.
September 9, 2008
SFSignal has a good post summarising all the SF TV programmes starting in the US this Autumn.
I'm interested in seeing Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe.
Heroes is going to be shown on the BBC shortly. I thought they were aiming for the same week as the US but this seems to have slipped as the date now appears to be 25th September.
The Sarah Connor Chronicle will be shown on Virgin 1, although I can't find any mention of when it starts. (The Virgin 1 site is really rubbish).
Also worth mentioning is that ITV2 had the first series of Pushing Daisies and so will presumably get the second.
Shows not mentioned that I want to see are The Clone Wars and Dollhouse. Presumably The Clone Wars will be on the UK Cartoon Network? And I've no idea about Dollhouse yet.
Sky is a satellite, subscription channel. Virgin 1 and ITV2 are free digital channels. And of course the BBC is paid for by the mighty licence fee.
September 8, 2008
September 6, 2008
September 5, 2008
- Neal Stephenson's new book Anathem being released.
- The Dr. Horrible soundtrack being released on iTunes, and in the UK.
- Google Chrome.
- Local eggs.
- Rampant speculation about the LHC causing the end of the world.
- Reading less blogs.
- The BDO Amazon order of Anathem being delayed (where was my review copy?!)
- Still no version of Dr. Horrible (video) on iTunes UK.
- Having to test BDO on another web browser, just in case.
- Still not being able to find a decent, free, OSX, blogging client.
- Feeling like I was missing something because I was reading less blogs.
September 4, 2008
After four-and-a-half years, I am resigning as an Interzone co-editor. I do not take this decision lightly, but it is what I feel I must do. The reason is simple: like a rock band where one musician quits because she/he doesn't like the musical direction the band is taking (the well-known 'musical differences'), I am unhappy with the direction and tone the fiction in Interzone will be taking.
Hmm, I wonder what that direction is? Anyone know? Is it subtle or huge?
The Andy Cox and the Interzone team respond:
We are, however, a little perplexed at the idea that Jetse's departure has been caused by a change in Interzone's "direction and tone". No such change was identified or discussed at any time within the team. The three remaining fiction editors do not feel there has been any shift in our editorial process, quality standards, ethics or strategy.
"I asked the contributors to this anthology to write about paradigm shifts--technological, scientific, political, or cultural--and how individuals and societies deal with such changes."And then Adams goes on to state his wishes for the stories:
"It is my hope that reading these stories inspires some to plant their own seeds of change--that when we see something wrong, we'll do something about it"A laudable goal, and one which Science Fiction us uniquely place to achieve. It's nice to see an attempt to gather some optimistic stories, or at least stories that inspire towards optimism, when there seems to be so much doom and gloom around.
Each story has an short introduction, many with brief thoughts from the author.
So, onto the stories themselves:
September 2, 2008
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Love your hairÂ
Here I goÂ
With my freeze ray I will stop the worldÂ
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September 1, 2008
So here's a suggestion. We get over the sci-fi thing. We can still keep talking about SF and science fiction, but we should give up the knee-jerk sense of insult whenever the sci-fi label is applied to what we do. To the outside world, we're like music bores getting upset with the term "hi-fi". It should be "high-fidelity", doncha know. If we still need a term to isolate the tacky end of the genre, I've got one right here. We can call it "crap sci-fi", like the rest of the world does.
- Star Wars - YES!
- Harry Potter And The Philospher's Stone - Hmmm
- The Last Starfighter - YES! (I so wanted to play that game)
- My Neighbor Totoro - Never heard of it, but it's Miyazaki
- Time Bandits - YES!
- The Dark Crystal - maybe, it's muppets
- WarGames - YES! YES!
- Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang - YES! The scary child catcher will be good for them.
- Goonies - YES!
- Back To The Future - YES! YES!
It seems that Geek Dad has the same taste as me.