Slice of SciFi #64: Interview with planetary geologist Dr David Williams

Dr David A Williams News Bytes:

  • JK Rowling confirms 2 characters will die in Harry Potter 7
  • Tim Burton and Johnny Depp may team up for Sweeney Todd
  • Zack Taylor developing The Watchmen for the big screen

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder together again in A Scanner Darkly

Slice of Trivia

TV Talk:
To celebrate the premeire of SciFi Channel’s “Eureka” on July 18, Slice of SciFi teams with and The SciFi Channel to present a special “Eureka Prize Giveaway Contest” for our listeners. All of our listeners of the show and visitors to the Slice of SciFi Website are eligible regardless of your country of residence.

“EUREKA,” which will premiere on the US SciFi Channel Network on July 18th, is a village nestled in the Pacific Northwest, and it is a small town with big secrets. Shrouded in secrecy, the picturesque hamlet is actually a community of scientific geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they’ve unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does.

To enter this special “Eureka” contest just send an email to sam AT sliceofscifi DOT com and in 25 words or less, explain what you, the scientist in charge of a Top Secret Research Project overseeing a group of geniuses with unimaginable abilities, would make as your priority project for invention. Be sure to put “Eureka Giveway Contest” in the subject line of the email.

All entries must be in Sam’s email box by July 13, 2006 at 6:00 PM (US CST). Any emails for the contest received after that date and time are not eligible. He will read through every entry submitted and pick the winner who will be announced on our July 19th show and on our website, one day after the premiere of Eureka on the cable network. Your email entry must also include your full name and the mailing address where you would like your prize shipped to if your entry is chosen as the winner.

Disclaimer: Staffers and employees of Farpoint Media and any of its affiliated podcasts, New Media Strategies, The Sci-Fi Network and NBC Universal — whether paid or volunteers — are not eligible.

Our third place winner will be the recipient of the DVD copy of Season One of the “Ghost Hunter” series.

The second place winner gets a DVD of the Sci-Fi Channel hit miniseries “The Triangle,” which starred Sam Neill, Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell and Lou Diamond Phillips.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the DVD release for Season Two of the mega-hit “Battlestar Galactica” and a Sci-Fi Channel Messenger Bag.

So, to have the chance to win one of these great prizes be sure to get those emails with your scientific project idea in to Sam before 6:00 PM CST (US) on July 13th.

Interview: Dr David Williams, planetary geologist and ranking member of the United Federation of Phoenix, drops the by studio to tell Michael and Evo about his space science presentations at the Creation 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas this August. Oh yeah, there’s some Star Trek talk in there, too.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?

  • Production updates for Priest
  • John and Jordan Davis have sent out a call for screenwriters to adapt Scott Westerfield’s trilogy Uglies, Pretties, and Specials

Podcasting News: We’re running the podcasting track at DragonCon, as well as running the Parsec Awards for Excellence in Podcasting. Check out DragonCon in 2006, and we hope you can make it!

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.

Shopkeeper Data: Evo’s Gone… Evo’s Back… Evo’s Gone… stop it… stooooooop it… my head hurts

Books: Darkman by Randall Boyll, Kevin Ryan | Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick |
300 by Frank Miller | V for Vendetta by Alan Moore | The Watchmen by Alan Moore | Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield | If you haven’t started yet, Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-5) by JK Rowling | Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Movies: 21 Jump Street – Series 1 | Amityville Horror TR | Astro Boy – Ultra Collector’s Edition DVD Set 1 | Beowulf and Grendl | Flash Gordon | Minority Report | Near Dark | Phantom of the Opera | Shaun of the Dead | Total Recall | War of the Worlds TOM


  1. says

    Hey Sam, awesome contest, just sent in my entry. Just wondering, is the grand prize just BSG 2.0, or will the 2.5 DVD also be part of the prize? Just wondering, either way its a great prize. Thanks.

  2. says

    Quick aside on the reaction by the guys to Keith Richards possibly making an appearance in PotC 3: Depp has always said Jack Sparrow is his own homage/impression of Keith Richards, so the fact that Richards might make an appearance in PotC 3 is only fitting.

  3. says

    I really enjoyed the interview segment this time around. It’s important for the dreams of Science Fiction to continue to inspire the next generation’s science facts.

  4. Andrea says

    Im still listening to this but what an awesome interview..

    It was good to hear Evo’s voice during the interview

  5. Laura from Maryland says

    I loved the interview. I currently work on the James Webb Space Telescope and appreciate someone talking about the challenges of space exploration.