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Archive for July 10th, 2005

SCI FI Channel – or “B Movie Network”?

by on Jul.10, 2005, under General News

How does the SCI FI Channel turn out so many original movies for a cable network? This article provides a clue – and shows why they don’t set their sights too high, aiming for the demographics with B-list actors and stories. Some of the quotes are great – showing how they don’t really understand Science Fiction that well. Active Entertainment’s Ken Badish says the most important thing “is a topical film that has relevance to our audience,” and second, “there’s a good story. Like we’re shooting a ‘Jaws’-kind of movie featuring a giant squid.” That’s a good story?!? But they get the ratings they need, and they carry on. I want to start “The Real Science Fiction Channel”, and take that $21M and make _one_ decent movie, instead of 28 schlock-in-a-cans. And nothing would be named “Mansquito”…

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Encyclopedia of Known Space updated

by on Jul.10, 2005, under General News

It’s been almost two years since its been updated, and a year since the last story was published, but I finally added all the information from Ringworld’s Children to the Encyclopedia of Known Space, so it is currently up to date. Of course, Man-Kzin Wars XI is due out in October.

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