Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | film and tv, mythology, scifi | No Comments
Since the 5th and final season of Fringe starts airing soon, I have been following the re-watch podcasts by The Fringe Podcast‘s Summer re-watch, re- watched all 4 current seasons.
I was pleased to see that a lot of the apparent “throw-away” lines and plots actually are paying off, sometimes after 3 – 4 years.
This is the kind of story I like. It rewards patience and has some wonderful characters and character development.
I particularly like John Noble’s portrayal of Walter Bishop. He never fails to deliver perfectly, this old scientist with a heavy conscience.
Anna Torv gets to show her range in playing several versions of herself, and does it convincingly.
Given the episode 4.19 glimpse into the future of the story I am very excited to see what the 5th season will bring, as I suspect it will complete its mythology.
Monday, September 3rd, 2012 | cons, Doctor Who, film and tv, scifi, star trek | No Comments
At a large convention like Fedcon you are likely to find a lot of people having built models (sometimes full size) of science fiction icons.
It is quite amazing how much attention to detail there is. The guy with the remote control told me that he built the whole thing – except for the dome that was machine made. Well done !
The other thing found rolling around was a Dalek from Doctor Who :
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 | cons, film and tv, photos, scifi, star trek | No Comments
This week’s photo was taken at the Fedcon in Düsseldorf, Germany in May this year.
A very entertaining actor, he suddenly left the stage and walked among the audience.
When he passed right by me I was quick enough with the camera to catch this picture :
The colours come from the stage lighting, I like the mood of the picture.
As an experiment it may be worth trying to convert this picture to black/white.
Sunday, August 5th, 2012 | awards, scifi, Uncategorized | No Comments
Last year I went to China, spending about 4 weeks on the trip – some of them will appear in my “A-Photo-a-Week” project. This left very little time to read the Hugo nominees.
This year I have stayed home – well gone to a few conventions, so I had a bit more time to read.
So – I took the supporting membership to the Chicon 7/Worldcon 2012, so I could vote.
I got a limited amount of reading done, but voted what I could :
Best Novel :
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Best Novellette :
The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
Best Short Story :
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Best Dramatic presentation, long form :
A Game of Thrones TV series
Best Dramatic presentation, short form :
Doctor Who : The Doctor’s Wife written by Neil Gaiman.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | books, science, scifi, space | 4 Comments
I just started reading Dan Simmon’s book “Hyperion”, and I still have along way to go. I think it is interesting enough for me to read all the way through, though I am going at a slow and steady pace.
Listening to the podcast ‘Dragonpage Cover to Cover‘ I was listening to their Library segment. This is one of the few cases where I felt the enthusiasm for a book so contagious that I went to order it immediately.
The book in question is Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Galileo’s Dream”. The theme of Galileo having a peep into the future he, along with other great scientists created the basis for, is intriguing to me.
As a final note, here is a quote attributed to Galileo Galilei :
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Sunday, October 10th, 2010 | audio play, scifi, technology | No Comments
During travels between Netherlands an Denmark I have been listening to an audio play titled ”The Leviathan Chronicles” by Christof Laputka , a story of immortals living among us. Throw in some deep sea and air travel and some ancient legends of how the immortals came into being, and you got the sense of the story
The first “season”, 25 episodes is out now and I listened to those, with several meta eposides in there.
The story is intended to consist of 2 seasons of 25 episodes each. Since the production of the first season took longer than planned, the show will not be released until all of the second season has been produced.
My first impression is that the production values are quite good, and the story plot is flowing rather well, as seen in the first season. If (when) the second season arrives I plan to follow it, yeah I am curious enough.
I did find the theme music somewhat intrusive, but it does fit the story to a large extent. One thing I noticed : The extensive use of a narrator is not too bad, but a few things did pull me out of the story.
The first is that I found the narrator, at least for me, speaks at the same break-neck speed all the time, even when the narration is more on the descriptive side, or scenes with less action. Why not relax a bit when the story warrant a calmer tempo ?
Second, I found that for an audio play there was too much narration and too little dialogue.
The two first are minor niggles compared to the third one :
In this example the action is just ramping up, you hear heavy footfalls – attackers on the way . . . then the narration suddenly goes into description mode, describing the attackers in place of continuing the action . . . The story completely lost its momentum for me.
Now the main complaints are done, I found the chcracters rather believable in the context of the story, and the story seems to be rather consistent in its progress. Likewise the acting was mostly good, though I found the narrator/narration the weakest link in the story.
Since this was a podcast play with comments from the writer, I will have to say that I found that he was talking too long and with too many repetitions after the main episodes, and in particular in some of the meta episodes. But that is my personal matter.
I will rate this to 7/10 on the Lurker’s scale.
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 | authors, awards, books, scifi | No Comments
After reading what I could before the voting for the Hugo Awards I have been a bit away from the blog.
However, the scifi has not been dormant. This is the harvest of the last few months :
Been to a small Convention in Copenhagen, the “Fantasticon”
- reading a few of Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” books, good fun, but I think it is time for a break after the first three.
- on some long trips I have been listening to audio .
A. The Leviathan Chronicles (podcast audio play)
B. The audio books of the 6 “main series” books of Anne McCaffreys Dragonriders of Pern. I started reading the series when a friend recommended it some 7 years ago, and found them solid pieces of storytelling on an epic scale. The 6 books are :
3. The White Dragon (won the Hugo Award for best novel)
4. Renegades of Pern
5. All the Weyrs of Pern
6. The Skies of Pern
C. Lots of podcasts , Babylon Podcast, Slice of SciFi, Dragonpage cover to cover, Starship Sofa, Escape Pod, and several others.
- watching this years Hugo Award winner for best dramatic presentation, long form : The film “Moon”, very good
- watching the first season of Eureka : Quite enjoyable, not in the heavy weight category
- watching the second season of Fringe : I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if the mid season was a bit light on the story arc. This seems to conform my idea that shorter seasons generally work better than the +20 episode seasons.
- watching the mini series from Steven Moffat : “Sherlock” very enjoyable
I will be writing a bit more on some of the above stuff, so watch this space.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | awards, books, scifi | No Comments
A very well chosen title for a cautionary tale. Nicely ambiguous. Are we talking about Richard and Cody, or about Cody and Susana.
Going deep into the question of how reliable our memories are, and how we could be influenced to do things we would not otherwise do.
While the idea could be said to be lifted from the “Red Pill/Blue Pill” choice in “The Matrix”, this story has a quite different take on the concepts of memory and reality.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | awards, books, scifi | No Comments
Interesting take on the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence evolving into consciousness. In this case involving a robot, or should I say android.
I found the story a bit longer than I would prefer for this relatively simple plot, on the other hand I found the writing itself interesting and somewhat captivating.
Also the relationship between robots/androids takes an interesting turn when the robot is set free to evolve. Maybe a good example why most robot stories abide Asimov’s rules.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 | awards, books, fantasy, scifi | No Comments
I have mainly known Paul Cornell from his stories in the Doctor Who universe (“Father’s Day” and “Human Nature/Family of Blood”). his is my first Cornell story outside that.
Nice to see that he is nominated in two categories this story is best Novelette and also in the graphic story category – mor about the graphic story later.
This one starts nicely out, the protagonist, a security officer is confronted with a mystery at the wedding of the princess.
The story has a slight surreal feel, but at the end it is quite consistent. So we have got mystery, betrayal and a good wrap-up.
Two more novelettes to go, and for now my choice is between this one and the Eugie Foster one
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