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MondayBibliophile Stalker - post.
If you are a sci-fi watcher at all, this is the one that matters:
The bloggers over at Tor.com discuss the finale and we can join in.
At SciFi wire: David Eick discussed Battlestar Galactica's legacy and looks ahead to Caprica.
ThursdayHugo Nominations at the next WorldCon's site.
I'm pleased to see the guys I have been following teh most in recent years are all nominated for Best Novel:
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
I can't pass up a good list.
Makes me want to dig out some DVD's,
redo my Netflix cue, and download a
few torrents article at io9.
Wednesday2009 Nebula Awards Nominees
Syfy. Talk about killing the goose that laid the golden egg, "Sci Fi is coming off the best year in its history. In primetime it ranked 13th in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2008. It’s a top-10 network in both adults 18 to 49 (up 4%) and adults 25 to 54 (up 6%)." So to capitalize on this growth they are going to "build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.” In other words, they are going to turn away from what has made them successful and become like every other channel.
Of course, truthfully, most of what the SciFi Channel has done outside of Battlestar Galactica has been pretty mediocre. So I can't really complain if they have new and hopefully better shows and with BSG ending they are going to have to come up with something new quickly. Nonetheless running away from who you are and what made you successful seems...like a frakking mistake - Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name - TVWeek.
SaturdayLocus Online: 2008 Recommended Reading List
TuesdaySci-Fi at Sundance 2009 - Popular Mechanics
MondayThe Bookgasm blog provides us with a fine list:
5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2008.
They also have a great website desription:
"BOOKGASM, the site dedicated to READING MATERIAL TO GET EXCITED ABOUT. That includes all kinds of genre fiction, from horror and sci-fi to mystery and suspense. It also includes graphic novels, trashy paperbacks, cheap magazines and other things that much of America pretends to be ashamed of, for no good reason."
TuesdayCraphound.com, he has podcasted many of his stories and a couple of novels, including After the Siege, Eastern Standard Tribe, and True Names. When the Gentlemen Go By written by Margaret Ronald from Clarkesworld Magazine and Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias Buckell from Telltale Weekly. I was telling CRL about it and she told me it was in the Wastelands Anthology. which is on my reading list.
SundayThe stories that Tor.com has on their website have been impressive. Some of my favorite new authors - Stross, Scalzi, Doctorow, all have quality stories there. I've downloaded the mp3s and listened to them while on the elliptical torture device. It's been a perfect way to lose track of time while getting my exercise.
SaturdayEscapePod has been a great source of SpecFic audio for me to listen to - especially while exercising. I searched mp3's for Hugo stories and ended up there. They have short stories from the last couple of Hugo years, in addition to their weekly stories. They're on a break, but the archive (down left column) is well worth a look.
Tuesday21 Horrible Sci-Fi Futures
Sundaywe shouldn't be awed by Golden Age sci-fi, that a lot of it is bad writing, and that we shouldn't introduce people to sci-fi by telling them to read the old stuff. The Crotchety Old Fan took exception, and then Futurismic took up Sales argument, calling on anyone to name some classic sci-fi that they would actually recommend. Author/Blogger Neil Williamson chimed in, and io9 widened awareness of the debate - with comments galore across the board. Just what the internet is good for - enjoy the philosophical fisticuffs.
SaturdayThe 10 Most Prophetic Sci-Fi Movies Ever in Popular Mechanics
Sundayio9 reports on a new website - The WB.com that will have some serious specfic on demand: Angel, Babylon 5, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Roswell and Veronica Mars. In addition they'll have more mundane fare: from Friends to In Living Color. It appears that the site will be basically be a video-on-demand network not unlike hulu.com. It will launch Aug. 27. Signed up for the beta. Tor.com
One of our favorites, John Scalzi, won a Hugo!
I read Old man's War and I'm reading Ghost Brigades. Listened to his After the Coup from Tor.com (set in that 'world'). There's a novelette, The Sagan Diary, and a 4th novel, Zoe's Tale.
He won the Campbell as best new sci-fi writer of 2005.
Both Old Man's War & The Last Colony were nominated for the Hugo.
Scalzi won the 2007 Hugo last night as 'Best Fan Writer' for his work about sci-fi at his blog whatever.com and at AOL.com and at amctv.com.
He's suddenly at the forefront of new sci-fi writers.
WednesdayScience Fiction Buzz
Science Fiction Buzz Blog
MondaySFFaudio, will be invaluable.
SundaySciFi Wire and io9 (particularly on page two).
Top 50 science fiction television shows of all time
This news search is amazing: google.
WednesdayCapricorn One had never been made. An discussion on this question by Annalee Newitz Readercon is, depending on your point of view, either an annual literary conference (except it's infinitely more fun than that) or an annual science fiction convention (except we've stripped away virtually everything except talking about and buying books)." Science Versus Magic -- Is There a Difference in the World of Fiction? at io9.
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