I have a feeling we’ll be debating the merits of the Mars One plan for the next decade or so, and perhaps even after the actual colonization mission is underway (if that indeed happens). I’ve been pretty critical about certain aspects of the plan, namely the reality television funding model, and people who know way more about the science than I do have expressed skepticism about whether the current mission model is feasible. The UAE even issued a fatwa against Muslims traveling to Mars, likening the endeavor to suicide. But not everyone is down on the idea of sending human colonists on a one-way trip to Mars. On Wednesday, the idea received got vocal support from a pretty compelling person: Buzz Aldrin.
Death in a different zip code.
Could Orci be the good guy in this situation?
We have lift-off.
I grudgingly admit to reading the horoscopes. Not every day, and not in every publication, but if I happen to be thumbing through a magazine with horoscopes at the end, I’ll read mine. Why not? And of course they’re always somewhat true, given that they’re vague enough to apply to just about anyone — although I do happen to exhibit many of the tendencies of a typical Taurus (or so I’ve read). One of my problems with horoscopes, though, is that they seem to assume that everyone born within a 30(ish)-day period is alike. That just seems silly to me, as there are certainly more than 12 types of people in the world. But perhaps one’s birthday actually does dictate certain characteristics about them — in fact, science now seems to suggest that this is true. According to new research, the season of one’s birth affects one’s mood.
It’s a good time to be an actor on Game of Thrones, or, as the case often is given the frequency with which HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga kills people off, a former Game of Thrones star. The cast of the sprawling epic is popping up everywhere. Peter Dinklage is in Pixels, Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys, Nathalie Emmanuel just joined The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Gwendoline Christie has a significant role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and Sean Bean dies in tons of movies, and the list could go on and on. Another guy who gets a lot of work is Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lanister, and he’s been cast in Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, something we’re very interested in around these parts.
Envisioned as a six-hour miniseries event, Clarke’s 1953 novel tells the story of a different kind of alien invasion than you’re used to. It’s not a violent incursion, but a race of creatures from space, called Overlords, show up, take charge in an indirect way, and end all war and conflict, creating a global utopia. While that may not sound so bad on the surface, it comes at the cost of individual identity and culture and the very things that make us human, so there’s that.
Holy crap, have we stumbled into a new golden age for TV science fiction or what? Syfy has high-profile series adaptations of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse in the works, as well as a miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and a half dozen other intriguing projects. A TV version of Frederik Pohl’s Gateway is in development. Fox even has a “Dirty Dozen in deep space” series in development. Now yet another potentially amazing series in the works, and if we keep pinching ourselves like this it’s almost certainly going to leave a bruise.
Author Ann Leckie revealed this week on her blog that her Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning debut novel, Ancillary Justice, has been optioned for television by Fabrik and Fox Television Studios. The two entities have previously worked together on USA’s Burn Notice and AMC/Netflix’s The Killing. Fabrik is currently working on the Amazon drama series Bosch, and Fox TV has produced shows such as FX’s excellent The Americans and USA’s White Collar.
We love it when our favorite sci-fi franchises crash into one another, and today we’ve got news that two biggies are colliding in one small way, as Star Wars and Star Trek are coming together. Specifically Star Trek: The Next Generation is bumping into Star Wars Rebels, with Brent Spiner officially joining the cast of the new animated series from Disney and Lucasfilm.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard about Spiner, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Data, the sentient android on TNG, joining the Rebels crew, but it’s official now. Reports confirm the rumors we first heard earlier this year, and Spiner’s first appearance will be in the upcoming episode “Rise of the Old Masters,” which is an ominous sounding title.
Warner Bros. may be busy setting up ambitious plans for a cinematic movie universe to compete with Marvel, but in the meantime I’m considerably more interested in the small-screen version being constructed by The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. In addition to the two title characters, the shows are introducing a steady stream of DC characters who have rarely (or never) been realized in live action, including Ray Palmer/The Atom, Wildcat, and Firestorm. Now it seems that another obscure but beloved DC staple may be time-warping his way onto your TV screen.
Greg Berlanti is one of the most important architects of DC’s TV invasion, serving as executive producer on Arrow and The Flash, as well as on CBS’ Supergirl pilot. (He also co-wrote the Green Lantern movie, but his CW series have redeemed him for that misstep in my opinion.) A few years before he helped make The Flash a huge hit for The CW, he was trying to get a series up and running focused on the semi-obscure DC character Booster Gold. Syfy passed on the project, and without any other takers it was shelved. Now, however, Booster might get a second chance at life courtesy of The Flash. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently told MTV News: