Archive for June, 2004
UFO star to appear at San Diego Comic Convention
by Doc on Jun.30, 2004, under Conventions
A. Taylor writes ”
UFO STAR TO APPEAR AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL!
Antonia Ellis, Lt. Joan Harrington in Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s UFO, will appear at the FAB Gear booth at the San Diego Comic Con International. The event takes place at the San Diego Convention Center, Booth #816, July 21st- 25th, 2004 San Diego, California.” Read More for details. Will she bring the famous purple wig?
Jeremiah apparently cancelled; free interactive comic
by Doc on Jun.29, 2004, under Television
I haven’t heard anything official from Showtime, but they haven’t said anything, and there is still half of season two to air (and I think it is being billed as Season 3), but in this SCIFI Wire article, it mentions that Jeremiah has been cancelled. The article is about an interactive comic being developed by comic book writer Andrew Foley to pick up where the Showtime series left off, and will be offered free on JeremiahPortal.com. The article does quote Foley on how Platinum chief Scott Mitchell Rosenberg has been working hard to keep Jeremiah alive, with a prequel film in development and a role-playing game, and the possibility of pickup by the SCI FI Channel – although SFW was quick to point out that they have made no announcements. Showtime leaves my satellite box as soon as I’ve seen “Season 3”.
New Official Dune Short Story Debuts Online!
by Doc on Jun.29, 2004, under Stories
BaronMoritani writes “BRIAN HERBERT
& KEVIN J. ANDERSON’S
The Faces of a Martyr
A Tale of the Butlerian Jihad
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have written another original short story, “The Faces of a Martyr,” as a bridge spotlighting the events in between THE MACHINE CRUSADE and THE BATTLE OF CORRIN
The story debuts online at the ‘raad (before the official sites have it up!)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince next book title
by Doc on Jun.29, 2004, under General News
CNN is reporting the confirmed new title of the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, shutting down some serious and not-so-serious rumors and hoaxes. Various fan sites were running around recently with “Pillar or Storge” (a reference to familial love), but J.K. Rowling has finally let the wizard out of the bag. It was also considered the title for the second book at one point, and Rowling also writes “The HBP is neither Harry nor Voldemort.”
Serenity <-- The Firefly Movie
by Doc on Jun.28, 2004, under Movies
Emmett writes “SerenityMovie.com is up and open for business. Come one and all join the Browncoats as we wait for Joss’s Big screen adaption of Firefly.”
Land of the Lost 1st season on DVD
by Doc on Jun.26, 2004, under General News
In another unforgivable omission, I’ve managed to miss the fact that the complete first season of the original Land of the Lost (hear me now – that thing called Land of the Lost in the early 90s DID NOT EXIST!) is coming out next Tuesday! This includes all seventeen episodes, including those written by SF names like Larry Niven, David Gerrold, D.C. Fontana, and Walter Koenig, and includes commentary tracks from them and the cast, plus interviews and more! I actually found out about this on the larryniven-l mailing list from fiziko over at Bureau 42.
Official Ringworld’s Children website
by Doc on Jun.24, 2004, under General News
Tor Books has put up an official web site for the recently released 4th Ringworld novel, Ringworld’s Children. I will be putting up a review as soon as I’ve finished my second reading for the Encyclopedia of Known Space.
New Hitchhiker’s radio show – with Douglas Adams
by Doc on Jun.24, 2004, under General News
BBC Radio 4 has pulled together most of the original cast of the radio version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and is producing more – with the late author Douglas Adams in a role. 25 years after the original production all of the other books will be done. Douglas Adams plays Agrajag, who he always intended on playing, and had recorded the role in some prepatory sessions. The first part will air Sept. 21st, 2004, with the second in Spring 2005. No word how us Yanks will be able to enjoy it with out towels.
Conspiracy Against Muad’dib: Online Frank Herbert’s Dune
by Doc on Jun.21, 2004, under Games
BaronMoritani writes “The Landsraad Dune Group Presents:
Conspiracy Against Muad’dib RPG
Cooperative Storytelling RPG In Frank Herbert’s Duniverse
It is five years since Muad’dib led his victorious Fremen warriors on Arrakis. Despite this overwhelming victory, Muad’dib’s religious hierarchy continue to wage a holy Jihad across the wide expanse of space, destroying all opposition as they demand that all acknowledge the holiness of their Lisan Al-Gaib.” Read More for the rest.
Updated: JMS getting busy again…
by Doc on Jun.21, 2004, under General News
In a UseNet post, JMS has given us a glimpse of his workaholic world as it stands today. The new B5 project, TMoS (which JMS let slip in a previous posting stands for The Memory of Shadows) is still moving (although affected by Richard Biggs’ passing), and possibly a new set of B5 novels. There is a medieval play he has been working on for years, and may finally finish, and he’s been offered the exec producer position on an unspecified network series, but said that “…when I heard what this project was, I had to get on board.”
Updated 6/21: In another post, JMS mentions that he was asked to helm the fourth season of Enterprise – this is NOT the same show he mentioned above, as he turned the Trek gig down. However, he DID pitch a treatment for a new Trek series to Paramount with Bryce Zabel (creator of Dark Skies) which would “…restore the series in a big way.”