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News about science fiction on the Internet.

  • Will TheWB Be Your New Favorite Website? The WB launches a new video on demand website, and adds your favorite Science Fiction shows.
  • Pyr’s blog now a group effort
  • Gemini Division, an NBC web series, has gone live.
  • The Fate of Short Fiction Online. Gordon Van Gelder, editor of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, wants your input.
  • Sites of the Week: Batman on Film (AMC SciFi…

There’s No Such Thing as Science Fiction Fandom

Okay that’s a sweeping simplification. It would be more accurate to claim that there’s no such thing as a single unifying science fiction fandom.

I think there’s a strong case to be made that historically there used to be one. The one that formed around the pulp magazines, that essentially created WorldCon and the Hugos. Members of that fandom were at one time a pretty good example of the average…

Is Star Wars: The Clone Wars A Failure?

George Lucas’ animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars as mustered a meager $15 million in its first three days of release and an even less impressive $25 million worldwide. It’s also produce some of the strongest splits in opinion of any Star Wars movie. There are some who loved it, but an equal number hated it.

Critical response has been even worse, with overwhelmingly negative reviews and particular criticism reserved…

5 funniest episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

5. MST3K: The Movie. Although theatrically released, this is essentially no different from the television program: the wrap around segment with the evil Doctor Clayton Forrester is kind of lame, but Mike and the ‘bots (Crow and Gypsy) are in top form as they ridicule This Island Earth, a 1950’s alien invasion flick.

4. Shorts, Volumes 1 & 2. Ok, so the shorts don’t really qualify as a proper episode of MST3K,…

Booster Gold #11
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Dan Jurgens
Publisher: DC Comics

How do you follow up a fan pleasing multi-issue storyline that reunited Booster Gold with the Blue Beetle? Well for a start you bring back his twin sister (end of last issue) and then you just throw him head first into a new crisis. Pretty much business as usual then.

To be fair there had to be some downtime after that last story-arc…

News about science fiction on the Internet.

  • Fanzines beget blogs by Robert Ebert
  • TTA Press launches Transmissions From Beyond podcast site
  • Fruitless Recursion is a news website that publishes criticism of science fiction criticism
  • Castle Television Series new website launched. Castle is a drama based on a famous mystery novelist, Nick Castle (Nathan Fillion) who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes.
  • There You Have It, 10 Years Of SyFy Portal. SyFy Portal celebrates 10 years online.
  • SF…

Vroengard Academy Sweepstakes - Meet Christopher Paolini

Random House has announced a sweepstakes giving fans the opportunity to meet Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance cycle books.

Anyone who joins the Vroengard Academy online game will be automatically entered to win a two-night trip to Bozeman, Montana for lunch with Paolini as well as a framed art print featuring a scene from Brisingr (the third book in the Inheritance cycle). This prize is in addition to a…

News for science fiction fans who like video games of all sorts.

  • Warren Ellis discloses that he wrote Dead Space story
  • PAX coming to East Coast in 2010!
  • Top 5 Best Aliens in Video Games
  • Star Trek online game ready to engage
  • Star Trek Online Gameplay Trailer
  • 2 new StarCraft 2 gameplay videos - Protoss & Zerg
  • Disney Leading Hollywood to the Videogame Grail
  • Video games can’t be blamed for humanity’s problems

Upcoming games? Videogames meta-discussion? News about the…

Ken MacLeod Talks About The Night Sessions

Over at the Orbit website, Ken MacLeod makes a quick pitch for his latest science fiction novel The Night Sessions. At some point in the next week or two I plan on explaining why Ken MacLeod is in fact the best science fiction writer that you haven’t read.

The Night Sessions is a science fiction crime novel set in 2037 with a backstory that involves faith based terrorism. Apparently the book…

Separating Authors and Their Writing

Recently the outspoken Orson Scott Card plunged headlong into controversy. It’s not the first time that Card has spoken out against same-sex marriage, but it may be his strongest attack on the subject.

Now to be honest I’m really not interested in rehashing arguments about same-sex marriage on a blog that is about science fiction and fantasy. You can probably guess my basic position from the rest of this article, but…

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