There has been a discussion on Twitter about which Star Trek Movies are worth watching, what the order of excellence is, and whether Star Wars V is a good Star Trek movie. Opening up that thread here.
If you know enough about SF culture to be visiting this website I’d be really surprised if you’ve never seen or heard of a musical number in Buffy, Xena or the Simpsons. SFX compiled a short list of musical numbers that are weirder or more unexpected than even the traditional musical episode, but the weirdest and, in my opinion, the least known, is the last on their list. Gene Roddenberry was part way through watching a recently filmed episode of Star Trek: Next Generation, this birthday song surprised him
When they did something similar on the set of Doctor Who it became an instant web-wide phenomenon, but Next Gen was filmed back in the dinosaur days. The below video was made to mark the end of the David Tennant era.
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There has been much ado about the new novel Redshirts by John Scalzi, about to be released by Tor. (I don’t know what has happened to my review ARC… *sniff* oh well…) A fan has released this video
Notice the prima donna who takes so long to go down that Kirk rushes up behind him, grabs him, and forces him forward – so he lands on the darts poking out of his chest. I would have thought you’d grab the victim and ease him down backwards… ah well, it is classic Trek
Then John Scalzi decided to cover the fan song accompanied by himself on ukulele.
How to survive a Robot Apocalypse
Star Trek cast at Hooters
Zachary Quinto tweeted that he was watching a boxing match at Hooters with Simon Pegg, so a fan rushed down for a photo
Marianne de Pierres on Digital Rights
A letter from Maurice Sendak
Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman violinist sessions
Late addition to today’s post: Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, homophobia scandal I haven’t read any of Orson Scott Card’s works yet although numerous people have recommended his series. His novel, Ender’s Game, is being made into a movie to be released in 2013, starring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley. A scandal has been percolating on the internets, gradually coming to my attention through comments along the lines of ‘if the movie’s producers are gay, it’ll be put into development hell’. Not a quote, but more or less what I recall seeing earlier today when I didn’t have a clue. This facebook rant by Jessica Amanda Salmonson seems to have been well-researched. I followed a link or two to find articles like The Hypocrites of Homosexuality by Orson Scott Card. I can’t comment due to lack of personal research, but I’m very concerned about the destructive potential of any homophobic message.
Comic Book artist – Loulou’s Art Loulou does amazing fanart in a variety of styles. To see more than just the one image below, visit her facebook page here Felicia Day does Steampunk Cosplay photoshoot The cake is a lie – Portal Cake Best Iron Man Cosplay EVER
Event: SFF writers will feature at Literati, a reading/writing event on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) 25-26 May 2012 www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/attachment/library/Literati%20program%202012.pdf
Meg Mundell was shortlisted for the Nora K Hemming award, congratulations Meg http://scribepublications.com.au/news-and-events/post/norma-k-hemming-award-2012/
Meg Mundell is one of ArtsHub’s top 5 new authors to look out for http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/opinions/arts/artshubs-top-5-authors-to-look-out-for-189027?sc=1&fb_comment_id=fbc_348787795185902_3387675_349483611782987
Locus awards finalists announced: these are SF awards Congratulations to all finalists! http://www.locusmag.com/News/2012/05/2012-locus-award-finalists/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Carolyn Jess-Cooke talks about location as character in her next book http://www.carolynjesscooke.com/2012/05/01/belfast-as-a-character-in-the-boy-who-could-see-demons/
Calgary Expo ran a Star Trek:TNG Reunion http://www.startrek.com/article/on-stage-at-calgary-expos-tng-reunion