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The Wil Wheaton Project Won’t Be Returning To Syfy

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wil wheaton projectLove him or hate him, Wil Wheaton is a beacon of light for all things nerd-tastic in the world, with a massive fanbase that would follow him into a sarlacc pit and back. (And if you hate him, you’ve clearly got too much negativity in your blood.) Unfortunately, that fanbase was not enough to convince Syfy execs that another season of The Wil Wheaton Project was worth getting into. Yet Warehouse 13 somehow made it to five seasons. (Not that I’m knocking that series.)

Wheaton announced the news himself via his blog at WilWheaton.net, and he was just as unapologetically thoughtful and kind about everything as one would expect. Maybe a little snarky, but not much, and nowhere near as blatantly rude as I’d have been. Maybe there’s a reason I’m not the former host of anything at this point in my life.

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Computer Revolutions And Wil Wheaton Wrap-Ups: This Week’s Sci-Fi Television

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HACFBefore Mad Men premiered in 2007, AMC was just one of those channels you flipped past unless they happened to be showing a movie that caught your attention. With Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead that followed, AMC has become one of the leaders in the cable scripted drama renaissance of the past few years. Even when their new shows fail to connect — Rubicon, The Killing — their misfires are usually interesting if nothing else. Now they’ve got another new series in the chamber: Halt and Catch Fire, an ’80s-set drama exploring the early years of the personal computing boom. It stars Lee Pace, who will be making a big splash later this summer as the villainous Ronan the Accuser in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. AMC’s official synopsis is below. Halt and Catch Fire premieres this Sunday night at 10/9c on AMC, and you can read our review of the first episode here.

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Wil Wheaton To Host Syfy Talk Show About Genre News

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WheatonIf you’d told me in, say, 1988 that actor Wil Wheaton would one day be a beloved geek celebrity whose writing I actually really enjoyed and who I would cheerfully buy a beer if I ever ran into him in the real world, I would have told you you were crazy. At that time, Wil was known to young geeklings the world over as Wesley Crusher of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As someone who was right in the demographic Wesley should have been theoretically appealing to, I can tell you, it wasn’t working. As far as I was concerned, Wesley was pandering; Wesley was annoying; Wesley was sure to top any list of “Top Things Wrong With The Next Generation.” But as I got older, and he got older, I began to appreciate the poor kid stuck having to deliver all those gee-willikers lines while wearing a procession of truly horrible sweaters. These days, I’m pro-Wheaton, enough that I’m actually looking forward to his upcoming Syfy series, the aptly named Wil Wheaton Project.

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Patrick Stewart And Wil Wheaton’s Super Bowl Tweets Are The Game’s Real Winners

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If ever there was any doubt that Patrick Stewart is one of the most awesomest persons in the whole wide world, a quick perusal of his social media presence should put those doubts to rest. His Twitter is a window into a man much, much sillier than that bald starship captain we know and love, and when he isn’t giving (possibly stoned) acting lessons to his girlfriend, he’s posing for amusing pictures with his partner in crime, Sir Ian McKellen. Such as this one, which they posted on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Sci-Fi Pay-What-You-Want Bundles Include Ebooks By Gregory Benford, Cory Doctorow, And More

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BooksOne of the blessings and the curses of the Internet for folks creating original content is that it’s a lot easier to reach and interact with fans and potential fans, but it’s sometimes a lot harder to get paid than it was in the days when your creation came out exclusively from a publisher, then the fans had to buy a copy if they wanted to read it. These days it’s all too easy to find loads of interesting content online for free, which is great for the reader but not so great for the writers who won’t be able to keep creating content if they’re not getting paid and can’t afford to keep their electricity on. One of the surprisingly successful tactics that has emerged in the digital world is a time-old approach the cynics of the world would never expect to work: the honor system. Put your work up online for free and ask fans to pay whatever they think is fair. Sure, lots of folks will take advantage of the offer just to vacuum up free content, but a good portion of people realize that supporting their favorite artists means more awesome stuff from them. Hopefully GFR’s readers trends towards the decent rather than the moocher-ly, but either way, two new pay-what-you-want sci-fi book bundles are offering up some great summer reading, and one of them even benefits charity.

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William Shatner Vs. Wil Wheaton For The Affections Of The Mars Science Laboratory

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NASA has a problem. There are two solid entries for the narration on their Mars Science Laboratory video and they can’t decide which to choose. William Shatner narrates one video and Wil Wheaton narrates the other. It’s the ultimate Star Trek death match, with Captain Kirk, a Starfleet Captain, in one corner and Wesley Crusher, Captain’s pet, in the other. Which Star Trek will win out, TOS or TNG?

Here’s William Shatner’s entry…