In the world of Science Fiction, aliens come from the minds of their creators, but as we look further into the stars, we can’t help but ask if we’re getting it right. Every day we’re finding more planets in the Goldilocks zones and scientists debate the environments of those worlds. Along with environments, they can’t help but wonder how life forms on those new worlds would appear. [Read more…]
At first glance, the long-running HBO series The Sopranos doesn’t seem to offer much to current sci-fi shows in circulation. I will endeavor to prove here that the Sopranos, through pure excellence of presentation, raised the bar for everyone… including sci-fi and fantasy shows. [Read more…]
I realized that while it’s once again time to make a stand, I don’t actually have to defend anything.
The mere fact that these men are making women around the globe feel that we have to defend our right to write in whatever genres we want is the real crime. And it’s both ironic and insulting. [Read more…]
Donald Duck doesn’t wear them, but Chewbecca nearly did.
We’re talking about pants, of course, [Read more…]
To help fans make up their minds, here are the two sequences, the first with the regeneration sequence as it originally appeared, and the second fully animated: [Read more…]
Happy New Year! Or, as I like to think of it, Nerd Year. Yeah, I’m a total nerd, married to a total nerd, who raised a total nerd. We are out and proud, baby. And, as The Avengers has taught us, we are legion.
Everyone does Christmas and gift lists, but honestly, if you don’t have The Avengers already (or Firefly, or Dr. Who, etc.), or didn’t buy it for the nerd in your life, you need a lot more help than any column I can write will provide. [Read more…]
Quick, before the crew learns about the true intentions of our clandestine mission, better cut off satellite communication to Earth and kill everyone! [Read more…]
This week’s TV Club 10 over at the Onion AV Club focuses on the original (and still the best) Star Trek. [Read more…]
One of the virtues of the science-fiction and fantasy genre is its ability to inspire. In the 1950’s and 60’s, science fiction inspired humanity’s race to the moon. Countless scientists working in a variety of fields were inspired by the works of Gene Roddenberry, Robert A. Heinlein and Jules Verne (just to name a few) to study science and to make the life-changing technological marvels those men (and women) dreamed up a reality for everyone. [Read more…]
Looking back twenty-five years later, it’s hard to believe that Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn’t always going to be “sure fire” hit. Hindsight and four spin-off series later, it’s easy to forget that Paramount and Gene Roddenberry gambled in a big way with the first ever Star Trek spin-off. Not only did the next Star Trek completely reset the franchise with a new cast of characters on a new starship Enterprise, but it was set close to 80 years later, leaving little opportunity to cameos by classic Trek characters should things go horribly wrong and some stunt guest-casting was required. [Read more…]
Starring in Snow White and Prometheus with both films opening within days of each other… must be chaos for all the publicity and legal suits who are fighting for Theron’s time. Was there enough at stake that Synchronized Red Carpet Pre-Premiere Promotions could be deadly? [Read more…]
Over the close to 50 year run of Doctor Who, a lot of companions have come and gone through the doors of the TARDIS. Some were memorable for the way they joined the Doctor on his journeys and some for how they departed. But in the run of classic Doctor Who companions, there was perhaps none more beloved than Sarah Jane Smith. [Read more…]