Sunday SciFi: Stargate SG:1

April 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s taken a few years, but I’ve finally finished all ten seasons of Stargate SG:1.  That, along with two movies, and six seasons of two different spinoff series, make it one of the longest running and successful Science Fiction series of all times. Don’t forget the movie that the series was based on.

Over ten seasons, the series had time to do rich character development, story arcs, and even took the time to poke fun at themselves.

Overall, it is a good action series where the bad guys are truly bad.

 

Sunday SciFi: Meme Mixing

March 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Trek Wars

There is so much wrong with this, which is what makes it awesome.

Sunday SciFi: Doc Savage

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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I read my first Doc Savage novel, The Land of Terror, somewhere between mid 1970 and mid 1972.  I was living in Curundu at the time, and I remember buying it in Panama City.  Since then I’ve read most of the original 181 novels, PJF’s Escape From Loki, and a number of the newer ones written by Will Murry. I have two well read copies of Farmer’s Doc Savage: His Apocalypic Life. I have comics from both the Marvel and DC series.  I also own the George Pal “Man of Bronze” movie in glorious VHS.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a well done Doc Savage movie.  Shane Black, of Iron Man 3 fame, has obtained a green light for a Doc Savage movie.  So, high hopes for a really cool movie here. Have to say, I’m more interested in who he is going to cast as Doc’s cousin Patrica than Doc at this point.

Sunday SciFi: Star Trek Phase II restores the time line

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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It seems that ACME has improved their quality since Wiley E. Coyote was a customer.

Sunday Sci-Fi: The Office

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The Office is a small branch of the Environmental Protection Agency that deals with Mad Scientists and other Evildoers that want to harm the environment, and/or large chunks of the human beings in said Environment.

The Office is another “Men in Black” group that likes dark suits, sunglasses and large black American made sedans.  They deal with the government bureaucracy, mad scientists, and wacko cultists.

You can read about the Office in two (so far), short stories by Leslie Bates.  The first is Weekend, followed by Tuesday.

In Weekend, you meet an agent of the Office who’s most common alias is John Flanders.   Agent Flanders spends his weekend dealing with some not so nice people wanting to ‘immanentize the eschaton.’  Oh, and he fills out all the relevant paperwork.  The Office is part of the EPA after all.

The second Office short story, takes place on a Tuesday.  The Office has a new politically appointed head, who has been placed there as a punishment detail for annoying the President.  This does put her in better standing with the non-politically appointed Office Staff.  The action once again takes place in what many people politically to the Left of Agent Flanders refer to as one of the “flyover states.”  This time is a cult founded by a hack writer of pulp fiction.  Ya, it’s a thinly disguised version of that cult.  Once again, Agent Flanders deals with Evil, and fills out the paperwork, in this case a lot of paperwork.  There are events the EPA frowns upon.  Agent Flanders doesn’t manage to stop the event, but he does save the damsel in distress and his boss.

The Office stories are short bits of fun filled with movie and SciFi tropes, 80′s and 90′s pop culture and some not so thinly veiled political commentary.  Oh, and Mr. Bates is not above Rocky Horror Picture Show references, so be warned.

 

 

Sunday SciFi: Ringoverse/Warehouse 13 crossover

August 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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John Ringo has slipped a non-subtle Warehouse 13 reference in his latest book, Queen of Wands.

OK, it’s more of a ‘guest appearance’ than a reference.  Artie and Claudia show up to bag and tag an artifact after Barbara Everette, and an Opus Dei strike team, finish wiping out the nest of evil people who wanted to use it to raise a demon. If you have read the first Special Circumstances book, the only spoiler there concerned Artie and Claudia.

Apparently, John Ringo is a fan of the show.

Sunday SciFi: Buckaroo Banzai

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve been a Buckaroo Banzai fan since I saw it, twice, during the opening week back in 1984.  Saw it at the old Juliet Theater in Poughkeepsie.

Got the paperback and the long sleeved Jet Car t-shirt.

Now there is a Buckaroo Banzai RPG.

This is not Doctor Banzai’s first appearance in an RPG. Team Banzai was an official part of the Battletech universe.

This is the first official RPG focused on the Banzai Institute though.

Bottom line, Buckaroo Banzai was a fun movie, a good read, and it’s a damn shame a sequel was never made.

Check it out.

Sunday SciFi: Top Ten Red Shirts who weren’t wearing Red Shirts

June 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Tor publishing has created a list of The 10 Most Memorable Trek Redshirts Not Dressed in Red

10.) Crewman Green (Uniform Color: Gold), “The Man Trap”

9.) Joe (Uniform Color: Blue), “The Naked Time”

8.) Robert Tomlinson (Uniform Color: Gold), “Balance of Terror”

7.) Lee Kelso (Uniform Color: Beige?), “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

6.) Karen Tracy (Uniform Color: Blue), “Wolf in the Fold”

5.) Latimer (Uniform Color: Gold), “The Galileo Seven”

4.) Sam (Uniform Color: Pink Bathrobe), “Charlie X”

3.) D’Amato (Uniform Color: Blue), “That Which Survives”

2.) Arlene Galway (Uniform Color: Blue), “The Deadly Years”

1.) Sam Kirk (Uniform Color: Civilian Orange Colored thing), “Operation—Annihilate!”

Sunday SciFi: Traveller

May 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The classic SciFi RPG is Traveller.  Originally released in 1977 by GDW (Games Designer Workshop) and written by Marc Miller.

It consisted of three little black books:

1. Characters and Combat

2. Starships

3. Worlds and Adventures

That’s it and it was all you needed to get started.  Define your character, how to get to other planets, and what you find once you get there.

Oh there was more, GDW published additional rule books, adventures, and other supplements, including two reworkings of the rule set. Those were MegaTraveller and Traveller: The New Era.

Steve Jackson Games put out a licensed version for their GURPS rules, and Mongoose Publishing is producing books with that LBB (Little Black Book) feel.

I’ve enjoyed Traveller for a lot of years, and it has a very rich and detailed game history that you can use or ignore as you desire.

Sunday SciFi: John Carter

March 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Saw John Carter last night, in 3D on an IMax screen.

Excellent adventure flick by one of the early masters of the genre, Edgar Rice Burroughs.  It was based on the first of the John Carter of Mars books, A Princess of Mars.  It was written 95 years ago (1917), so it’s in the public domain.  You can download it from the Gutenberg site or get the Kindle version for free.

The show was completely sold out and the audience was a mix of young and old, including a lot of families.  Glad I saw on the big screen.

Update: Ed Morrissey reviewed John Carter and gave it a thumbs up as well.

John Carter has plenty of surprises and edge-of-the-seat action all the way to the very end.  It won’t win a nomination for Best Picture, but as a fun adventure and popcorn movie, it’s terrific and smarter than most, especially this time of year.  Don’t be surprised at the end if you’d like another trip to Mars very soon.

John Carter is rated PG-13, with a lot of violence, some of it quite bloody (even if the blood might be another color at times) and very intense.  It has no foul language or nudity — a few skimpy outfits for Collins, but nothing one wouldn’t have seen on a Xena: Warrior Princess episode.

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