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Battlestar Galactica In Concert!

bsg09jiofds.jpgNo, the title of this story is not a joke. If you’re like me, in addition to being blown away by the show as a whole, you’re totally in love with the BSG score, which is the stuff of a great composer named Bear McCreary. Apparently I’m not the only one who went scrambling on to the internet frantically searching for a place to download more of his music after last season’s mind blowng, music-powered finale. In fact, he’s so in demand his Battlestar Galactica music will be played live, and in concert.

It’s happening April 15th at the Roxy theater, and tickets are officially on sale and selling out RIGHT NOW. If you want in, you’d better get movie. Details, via their press release:

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Universal And Dark Horse Team Up

darkhorse.jpgUniversal Pictures and Dark Horse Comics have signed a production deal. What that means for you as that all of Dark Horse’s dark, science fiction and fantasy properties are now up for grabs, and Universal is looking at them with an eye to turning them into movies.

For instance, Hellboy is a Dark Horse property which has already been turned into a franchise at Universal. Properties like Timecop and Peter David’s SpyBoy could now be on tap at U.

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Saturn Award Nominees Announced, Sci Fi Takes It In The Rear

saturn022008.jpgThis year’s batch of Saturn Award nominees have been announced, and they’re a little disappointing. In name they’re the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, but Science Fiction is very poorly represented this year. All of their most nominated films fit instead more comfortably into the Fantasy and Horror genres, which is perhaps a sad commentary on the waning popularity of genuine science fiction in modern pop culture. Nobody wants to think about the future, they want lame ass Harry Potter.

Still, a few movies like I Am Legend, Transformers, and Cloverfield did get their proper due, and in Television Lost scored big. Check out all their nominations below:

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Sci-Fi Classic: Farnham’s Freehold By Robert Heinlein

farnham.jpg I’ve always been a major fan of Robert Heinlein. Actually, scratch that. I’ve always been a major fan of Robert Heinlein’s early work. Old age did not do well by Bob H, and as he got older his biting, pointed writing became bitter and the sexual freedom he espoused in his work turned into the mad ravings of a crazy old man who was clearly, despite his age, still very very horny. His early and mid-career work is genius though, and he’s one of the original fathers of meaningful, modern science fiction. He’s also written a lot of books, forty plus years of material actually, and even though I’m something of a Heinlein superfan there’s still some of his stuff I’ve missed. Stuff like “Farnham’s Freehold”.

“Farnham’s Freehold” fell into my lap courtesy of my brother in-law, who’s blind and therefore has awesome access to all kinds of free reading material online. He has access to thousands of books in plain text format, which he then plugs into a voice program to read it back to him. He had “Farnham’s Freehold” sitting on his computer, and when I saw Heinlein’s name on it I demanded he hand it over. So I spent the next few nights squinting into my Treo, where I’d dumped the text of the novel in a blatant act of literary piracy. Hey, give me a break here. It’s not like you can walk into a bookstore and find it on a shelf. I read whatever I can get my hands on.

As a Heinlein fan I know how hit or miss he can be as an author, but it only took a few pages before I knew “Farnham” was a hit. The book instantly sucked me in, with its Cold War era tale of a family hiding inside a home constructed bomb shelter when the doomsday clock strikes eleven and nuclear war lands right on top of them. The interesting thing about Heinlein’s writing, perhaps here more than in anything else he’s ever done, is the way in which he manages to convey such a vivid picture of what’s happening… but without bothering with actual visual descriptions of the environment in which he thrusts his characters. Rather than describing the way his world looks, Heinlein chooses instead to describe the way his characters react to it, and through them his readers not only get the picture, but sometimes a deeper understanding than you’d get had he described simple surface knowledge.

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Dear JJ Abrams: Star Trek Fans Need A Hug

Star Trek movie Dear Mr. Abrams,

I’d like to talk to you for a moment as a Star Trek fan. It stopped being fun to be a Star Trek fan some time in the 90s (probably when Voyager got lost on television), but hey we’re still around. We do other things these days, we watch romantic comedies with our wife, and when she’s not looking we get excited about Battlestar Galactica; but for a lot of the people who have recently been waiting in line for movies like Star Wars and The Matrix, it’s Star Trek that’s their first love. The old girl just hasn’t been treated properly in awhile. We have high hopes that you’ll be treating her better.

Except some of us were wondering, do you know what you have your hands on here? I ask, because so far your efforts to bring a new Star Trek movie to the screen have been shrouded in absolute secrecy. I understand that you might not want to spoil the entire plot and that you can’t exactly announce cast members until they’ve been hired (I’m warming up to John Cho as Sulu by the way), but that’s not what I’m talking about here. The problem you see, is that this is not Cloverfield or Mission Impossible. Those properties don’t have decades worth of dedicated fans and history behind them. This is Star Trek. It’s been around since the 60s, and the eyes of millions upon millions of devoted followers are upon you around the world.

I question whether or not you’re aware of Star Trek’s fan base, because so far you’ve been treating your project as if it’s Cloverfield, when in fact it is not. I’ve heard you mention us, your film’s fan base, in several of your interviews; but simply mentioning us doesn’t necessarily accomplish anything. You’re playing your cards awfully close to your vest. As with Cloverfield, we’re not even entirely sure what you’re calling this new Trek adventure, let alone what this movie is about. With Cloverfield it’s exciting, because you’re producing something brand new and unknown. With Star Trek, well I have to be honest, it’s making us Star Trek fans pretty uneasy.