Quick, before the crew learns about the true intentions of our clandestine mission, better cut off satellite communication to Earth and kill everyone!
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.
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.
Written by Jeffrey Wilworth (Farpoint Media VP of Programming and Advertising) After a long holiday break, Comedy Central’s late night powerhouses, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned to production this week with a… bang. John Stewart’s guest was Michelle Obama, pimping her new book addressing the child obesity issue. Stephen Colbert followed with [...]
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.
Written by: Michael Hickerson (Farpoint Media News Director and long-time “Doctor Who” fan). So, you’ve just finished watching “Planet of the Dead” for the tenth time, memorized the trailer for “Waters of Mars” and have analyzed every last nuance out of the scenes included and the potential anagram. And now you’ve got about seven to [...]
Written by: Emilio D’alise (SoSF Staff Journalist)
Year End Review
Warning: This editorial has SPOILERS for several films including Inception, Red and Kick-Ass. If you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to watch them first and then read this….
As the old song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
With the holiday season approaching, you may be wondering what is the perfect gift to get the sci-fi and fantasy fan in your life. Well, we have a few suggestions for you. The Slice of SciFi family has put together a list of holiday gift suggestions (whether for you, the genre fan in your life or you just want to treat us!)
“A landmark technical achievement”, “A stunning visual experience”, “A wonder to behold”.
These have been used to describe BBC’s Planet Earth. Add floating rocks, shiny stuff, evil humans, naive indigenous population, a selfish planet, and you have the makings for Avatar. All that is left is to take a cliché plot, rev it over the top while keeping it at a Fifth Grade level of comprehension, stir it all up with some 3-D, bake for 10 years, and you end up with the highest grossing movie of all time.
You would have thought I would have learned my lesson with Titanic.
Written by: Emilio D’alise (SoSF Staff Journalist) A comment on Voice Mail Show #271 got me to ponder about the books I’ve accumulated in 27 years of reading science fiction. And not just books; I subscribed to the Analog of Science Fiction & Science Fact shortly after being introduced to Science Fiction, and have kept [...]
SciFi Wire has an interesting article today that lists six series genre shows they say were ruined by their finale (in this case, ruining the show to the point of making rewatching the entire series impossible).
Among the shows are the original UK “Life on Mars,” “Quantum Leap,” “The Prisoner” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” “The X-Files” and the modern “Battlestar: Galactica.”
While we currently have a lot of great genre shows populating the airwaves, columnist Kyle Munkittrick argues that it’s time for some of the premium cable channels to step up to the plate and deliver a “cinematic” sci-fi experience.
Written by: Emilio D’alise (SoSF Staff Journalist) I’ve started watching Dr. Who, and that started me researching Who-time, and found very little in way of explaining the treatment of time in the Dr. Who universe. I asked a few Whovanians (Whovanites? Whovians?), and their answer was: “WILL YOU LIGHTEN UP, AND JUST ENJOY THE SHOW!?!?! [...]