Pixel Scroll 11/2 Unstable Molecules: For Starship Captains Who Shift Shape, And Get Overly Personal With Hedgehogs and Fondue Pots

(1) Jon Zeigler has posted his “100 Year Starship Symposium 2015” report at Sharrukin’s Palace.

Executive summary: I was quite impressed by the whole endeavor. It’s a fairly small technical conference, but it’s attracting serious academics and scientists, and it has a distinctive focus on cultural and social issues as well as science and technology. I can recommend it for science fiction writers, especially those of us who are interested in doing work in the “hard” end of the field.

As with all technical conferences, I found myself wanting to be in several places at once. There are always more technical tracks going on that any one person can possibly take in.

A set of three one-hour “classes” was held first thing on Friday morning. I sat in on a presentation by Bobby Farlice-Rubio, from the Fairfield Museum and Planetarium in Connecticut. The title was Neighborhood Watch: An Advanced Look at our Space Neighborhood, and it served as a summary of recent discoveries in planetary science. I follow interplanetary exploration closely, so I didn’t hear much that was completely new, but there were a few details I hadn’t heard before.

One item in particular stuck with me. Apparently the New Horizons spacecraft that just made a flyby of Pluto contained a small canister of human remains – a pinch of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto in 1930. That makes Mr. Tombaugh the one human being thus far whose remains are destined for interstellar space. Don’t know if there’s a whole story in that, but it’s a very evocative image.

(2) Although he hasn’t gotten as close to Pluto as Clyde Tombaugh, the Guardian proclaims David A. Hardy “The space artist who saw Pluto before Nasa”.

In 1950, a 14-year-old boy found an astronomy book at his local library. As he pored over it, a light bulb lit up over his head. “It inspired me, really, to do it myself,” says that boy, David A Hardy, 65 years on. Not to become an astronaut, but to draw outer space with incredible military accuracy. Today, he is the world’s oldest living space artist. He’s 79 and he lives in the suburbs of Birmingham, churning out visions of the universe while his wife makes him cups of tea.

Chances are, if you’ve read books by Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke, the covers were painted by Hardy. He worked with Sir Patrick Moore for over half a century. He has created spaceships descending upon Big Ben for Doctor Who and the Daleks. His art has been the backdrop for Pink Floyd gigs, and he counts the Rolling Stones and Queen among his collectors.

Hardy’s work is part of a new exhibition called Visions of Space at the Wells & Mendip Museum, Somerset, from November 7-21. David A Hardy speaks on November 6 at 7:30pm.

(3) A website now documents the “Aliens, Androids & Unicorns” exhibition at the University of Otago (New Zealand) held March to May 2015, that highlighted sf&f collection of the late Harold Terrence Salive (1939-2012). The exhibition contained (amongst others) his almost complete run of Astounding Stories, numerous works by Van Vogt, Delany, C.J Cherryh, Jack L. Chalker, Poul Anderson, and Piers Anthony. Salive’s Collection was donated to Special Collections in March 2013 by his wife Rachel.

(4) To avoid spoilers, the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awaken tie-in novel has been delayed.

Walt Disney Co. is so determined to maintain the secrecy surrounding its hotly anticipated “Star Wars” movie that it asked its publishing partner to delay the release of a hardcover book tied to the film and forgo a potential holiday sales bonanza.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the franchise’s first new installment in a decade, will hit theaters Dec. 17. But the print edition of the novel, which will be published by Penguin Random House’sDel Rey imprint, won’t be released until Jan. 5, after the lucrative holiday gift-giving season has ended.

The unusual delay reflects Disney’s fears that printed copies of the book, which would have to start rolling off presses long before they hit store shelves, could be purloined by people who want to spill plot details online. The e- book will be released Dec. 18, since it is easier to control digital files before they go on sale.

(5) “Amazon opens its first real bookstore – at U-Village” in Seattle.

Bookstore owners often think of Amazon.com as the enemy.

Now it’s becoming one of them.

At 9:30 Tuesday morning, the online retail giant will open its first-ever brick-and-mortar retail store in its 20-year life, in University Village.

The store, called Amazon Books, looks a lot like bookstores that populate malls across the country. Its wood shelves are stocked with 5,000 to 6,000 titles, best-sellers as well as Amazon.com customer favorites.

(6) “Holy Crap, They Are Officially Making a New Star Trek TV Series” reports io9.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of 2009’s Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, will executive produce a new Star Trek show through CBS Television Studios.

The show will premiere in January 2017 with a preview episode on CBS and then, in the U.S., move exclusively to the CBS video on-demand and streaming service, CBS All Access. It’ll be the first developed specifically for the CBS streaming service.

Quoting the CBS press release —

The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

(7) Far more surprising – incredible, really — is Fox’s decision to reboot Greatest American Hero. Deadline reports —

In a preemptive buy, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to Greatest American Hero, a single-camera comedy inspired by Steven J. Cannell’s 1981 cult classic. It hails from Dope writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord & Chris Miller–  the directing duo behind the successful feature franchise based on another ’80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street — and Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lord and Miller are under an overall deal, is the studio.

Written and to be directed by Famuyiwa, Greatest American Hero is the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.

Via SF Site News.

(8) Today’s Birthday Manned Space Mission

  • November 2, 2000 — The first crew docked at the International Space Station. Commander William Shepherd and Flight Engineers Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko spent 141 days in space. Since Expedition 1, there has been a continuous human presence aboard the space station for 5,478 days and counting.

(9) Nate Hoffhelder responds to John Scalzi’s post about kids not reading the classics in “Culture and Relatability Are Why people Don’t Read Classic SF, Not Age” at The Digital Reader.

While all the points he made are correct, I don’t think he gets at the root cause of the shift in reading tastes.

I have trouble accepting the point that commercial availability driving demand because when I was growing up (in the 1990s) I frequented used book stores just to get those older books. I also combed through the library stacks for those three-, four-, and five-decade-old books because I liked the authors and wanted to read them. (In fact, there were a few early Heinleins that I didn’t find for the first time until the early aughts, and I still read them when I found them.)

Instead, I have to agree with the several commenters who argue that culture in the older books and the relatability of the characters have a greater impact.

(10) Harper Voyager’s open call for submissions runs November 2-6.

In this time of flux and accelerated evolution in the field of genre publishing, the editorial leaders of Harper Voyager Books are delighted to announce an exciting venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join the same science fiction and fantasy imprint that publishes such visionary authors as Richard Kadrey, Chuck Wendig, Raymond E. Feist, and many, many more.

For the first time since 2012, Harper Voyager is offering writers the chance to submit full, un-agented manuscripts for a limited five-day period. The publisher is seeking new authors with fresh voices, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and compelling storylines. In this Open Call, Harper Voyager will be seeking out novels written in the Urban Fantasy and Military Sci-Fi genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com.

The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from noon ET on the 2nd to noon ET of the 6th of November 2015. The manuscripts will then be read, and all submissions will receive a letter notifying them of whether or not their submission is being offered publication on the Voyager list. As with every Harper Voyager project, the author will be paired with an editor, publicist, and marketing team in order to develop the manuscript and promotional efforts before and during publication.

The submissions and digital publications are spearheaded by Executive Editor David Pomerico.  He notes that: “The last time we had an open call, we had over 4,500 submissions, and were able to add 10 new voices to our growing list. We know, though, that writers are always eager to connect with editors here, and we’re excited to offer them an opportunity to do exactly that. These are two sub-genres we are finding a lot of readers for—especially in the digital space—and I’m looking forward to finding some great new projects.”

(11) Thomas Rossiter declares that “My Hugo Must Be Acknowledged” at Pelican Magazine, though it never is made evident why the headline refers to “my Hugo.”

This controversy led to the largest number of votes ever received by the awards committee (just over five thousand). Not one of the Puppies’ nominees received an award. Many of the categories were resolved with “No Award” where there was no alternative to a Puppy-approved candidate.

The Puppies have on numerous occasions stated that their goal is to make the Hugos as democratic as possible, so their anger now that their nominees have lost seems hypocritical to say the least.

(12) A review in the October Audiofile praises the audiobook edition of Francis Hamit’s novel The Queen of Washington.

Narrator Melanie Mason finds a wonderful Southern accent for Rose Greenhow that adds a great deal to the atmosphere of this novel. David Wilson Brown uses a variety of tones and accents–Southern and Northern, as well as French and Spanish–for the various male characters. Together, the two narrators provide tension and a theatrical atmosphere to the story. Rose, a rich nineteenth-century player in Washington, D.C., society is a spy, first for the Confederacy and later for British and French intelligence in the 1850s and ’60s. The many plot twists of this historical novel make for an engaging performance by two smooth narrators.

Says Hamit: “I could not be more pleased for my narration team, who worked very hard on this and are the real stars. I do call this ‘alternative history’ so it fits (barely) within the genre.”

(13) A Princess of the Chameln by Cherry Wilder ($5.99, ISBN 978-1-5040-2697-0) is going to be published as an e-book for the first time, on November 17, by Mashup Press, distributed by Open Road Integrated Media on all major retailers’ web sites. It will be available as a print on demand trade paperback a month later. The sequels Yorath the Wolf and The Summer’s King, which together with A Princess of the Chameln comprise the Rulers of Hylor trilogy, will be published at three month intervals.

It has been a while since this book has been available—two decades, in fact, since the Baen Books paperback edition, which reprinted the original hardcover edition ofA Princess of the Chameln.

Princess of the Chameln cover final COMP

A Princess . . . is the story of Aidris, the heir to the double-throne of Hylor. When her crown is usurped by pretenders and she must flee for her life, she must fend for herself, exiled in a world of enemies, forced to fight to survive as she seeks allies friendly to her cause. In the richly developed fantasy world of Hylor and the realms within it that vie for ascendance, Cherry Wilder deftly balances politics and warfare with the subtly nuanced, memorable characters whose lives play out in this uniquely powerful novel.

Jim Frenkel of Mashup Press predicts, “If you are familiar with A Princess of the Chameln or the trilogy—you already know that they are Cherry Wilder’s great epic high-fantasy adventure. If you don’t know these books, I think you’ll have a great surprise in store. Cherry Wilder died in 2003, but her great works live on, and we’re all thrilled to be able to bring these books to a new generation of fantasy readers.”

Stack of Old Books

(14) Free Special Speaker Event presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society on Saturday November 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Palms-Rancho Park Library in Los Angeles, CA.

Spec fic then and now

(15) Steven Moffat told Variety to expect Doctor Who to be around for years to come:

You are credited with taking “Doctor Who” to a new level. What do you think allowed this format to be rebooted so brilliantly?

“Doctor Who” is the all-time perfectly evolved television show. It’s a television predator designed to survive any environment because you can replace absolutely everybody. Most shows you can’t do that with. For example, once Benedict Cumberbatch gives up “Sherlock,” what are we going to do? We are going to stop, that’s what we are going to do. Most shows have a built-in mortality. But here is a show that sheds us all like scales; a show that can make you feel everything except indispensable. It will carry on forever, because you can replace every part of it…

In terms of longevity of the show, I think you’ve said it could go five more years?

It is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere. And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going.

(16) Last Friday, Chuck Yeager stopped by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to say hello to his Bell X-1, the airplane in which he broke the sound barrier 68 years ago on October 14, 1947.

ChuckYeager COMP

[Thanks to Wendy Gale, Roger Tener’s Chronicles of the Dawn Patrol, Gregory Benford, Will R., Michael J. Walsh, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

355 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 11/2 Unstable Molecules: For Starship Captains Who Shift Shape, And Get Overly Personal With Hedgehogs and Fondue Pots

  1. TheYoungPretender:

    “We may be forgetting the first rule of trolls here.”

    I do not see Silly But True as a troll – a person that only tries to provoke another person into a reaction. Silly But True has commented quite a lot here on other subjects and has been kind of nice to interact with.

    That is why this acceptance of homophobia baffles me.

  2. Hampus Eckeman, for some folks, homophobia is the water they swim in. It’s so much the norm in their communities that it’s unremarkable and goes unremarked. Like, say, racism in the 1930s.

    I do not know if this is the case for SbT, but if so, it would explain much.

    Fortunately (in my opinion, at least), homophobia and racism are, while still common, at least being called out when paraded in public these days. I’ll take that as a small victory, while acknowledging there’s a long, long way to go yet.

  3. Ha pus and Meredith,

    I stand corrected. I had forgotten that section is included. Roberts stopped his prognosticating in Obergefell at polygamy. JCW, alas, has not met an example for which restraint is called for.

    I can understand how conflating homosexuality to pedophilia, bestiality, and what would that be, thanatophilia? To be an odious comparison. The point is no different: it’s noted Wright intends to shock rather than reasonably address a widely held concern of society on Obergefell’s slippery slope argument.

    I know zombies are all the rage now, but the point of that passage was just silly.

    Silly But True

  4. I know zombies are all the rage now, but the point of that passage was just silly.

    Silly But True

    This juxtaposition tempts me to make trenchant comments.

  5. That’s how JCW writes all the time. If we’re not to take him seriously when he writes that passage, then we shouldn’t take anything he writes seriously.
    Actually, now that I think about it, that’s quite a good idea…

  6. Silly But True,

    I have no idea what all this Obergefell is about. Is this something I should know? And I think the word you’re looking for is necrophilia.

    And the point is: Both puppy leaders put this homophobic work on their slates (and do not ask me to quote all the sexism found in it). Thought this homophobia should be awarded. And all puppies seem to have missed this, forgotten this, ignored this, thought it was ok.

    Which again makes me say: For me puppies come in two kinds.

    a) Those who are homophobes.
    b) Those who don’t have a problem with homophobia.

    The rest of us noticed the homophobia, remembered the homophobia and thought it was unacceptable to want the homophobia to be awarded.

  7. @Hampus

    Obergefell is the recent US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Roberts wrote the dissenting opinion, and he made a “what about polygamy then, eh?” slippery slope argument.

  8. @Kendall
    Yes, I think Sorceror definitely gets better after a few chapters, but if the style doesn’t appeal to you, I’d say give it a pass.

  9. I also don’t think Silly is a troll. Puppy tendencies aside, Silly has participated in and contributed to conversations here on a wide variety of topics, and is generally perfectly pleasant. Silly just has an unfortunate willingness to defend or minimise unpleasant Puppy antics.

  10. THere’s……a new trek series being planned? OMG, I have been more out of touch than I realized.

    (Quite liked the first REBOOT film, OK was in tears before the main story started, and LOATHED WITH FIERY BURNING FIRES OF HELL the second because of my love for the original series Khan, including the film)

    *wonders if I dare google to find out more and thinks maybe not I have a metric ton of grading to do the next day or two plus Other Stuff*

  11. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.

    Note: Not only were Buffy and B5 number-one seeds, they were the top number-one seeds. Each one got 15 nominations. B5 scored 35 in the semi-finals; Buffy scored 33. Over the whole tournament, Buffy has scored 227 and B5 has scored 219, an average difference of just a point-and-a-half per game. This is an evenly matched pair.

  12. Just could not come up with a good enough 90s joke to headline the championship match. I’ll wear the shame of this failure for the rest of my days.

  13. First vote!

    Championship: Buffy.
    Consolation: Doctor Who.
    Robbed: Friday the 13th, The Series. (Or should that be “Robeyed”?)

  14. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Charlie Jade. Mostly because I didn’t think of it until after I’d submitted my nominations.

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.
    Um. Maisie Williams?

  15. Forehead Cloths! Get your Official Live-Action TV Bracket Forehead Cloths now! Closeout sale! Buy a case, get a dozen free!

    …And, I can’t actually vote in the final.
    But I can vote in the consolation round.
    The Doctor.

  16. @Emma: Why read 14 before The Fold? Are they actually related, or just similar concepts, or . . . ? (I liked the sample for The Fold, so it’s on my to-buy list.)

    Gur gjb obbxf ner eryngrq. (Fnlvat nalguvat zber jbhyq or ernyyl fcbvyrel.) V fhccbfr lbh pbhyq ernq Gur Sbyq jvgubhg svefg ernqvat 14, ohg cnegf bs gur sbezre jvyy qrsvavgryl znxr zhpu zber frafr vs lbh’ir nyernql ernq gur ynggre.

  17. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Babylon 5

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

  18. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match

    I have to vote for the one that I liked enough to watch obsessively.

    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the consolation match is a simple evaluation of relative percentage of childhoods informed by the two shows.

    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    Can’t say anyone got robbed. The last few rounds have been packed full of iconic shows representing a lot of different takes on speculative tv.

  19. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)
    Both shows had budgetary limitations in season 1, but the acting and writing in Buffy season 1 holds up quite well (from the fake-out w/ Darla in the pilot to end of part 2 of the pilot: Giles: The Earth is doomed).
    I tried to watch Babylon 5 and I could not make it through the 2nd episode. Apparently there are nine more like this.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)
    A reluctant vote for Star Trek, but anything that spawned “The Wrath of Khan” is deserving.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    LOST. Come on, people. Not penny’s boat! We have to go back! Hurley and the van! The unbelievable tension of “Three Minutes”! Michael Giannachio’s scoring! Episode 4, Walkabout: “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”
    Having used up my month’s quota of exclamation points, I gotta rewatch that show.

  20. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Twin Peaks was kicked out much earlier than its influence on SFF TV merited. And I’d also like to put in another word for Raumpatrouille – Die phatastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffs Orion (which never made the brackets, because I’m probably the only person who’s seen it). But it’s surprisingly good for a TV show made in 1966.

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.
    I’m perfectly fine with Maisie Williams.

  21. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Babylon 5

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Doctor Who [Classic]

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Monkey.
    I really liked hitting my sister with a broom handle painted like Monkey’s Jo stick(and she hit me with hers).

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.
    Chloë Grace Moretz

  22. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Farscape

    Sour Grapes Match
    Farscape, win stolen by the puppet kickers.

  23. @Lisalc: Thanks for the follow-up re. Sorceror. If I find a longer sample somewhere, I’ll give it another shot (i.e., I’ll keep my mind open), but I think I’ll probably just chalk it up to “probably not for me.”

    @Emma: V jvyy frrx bhg 14. 🙂 Gunaxf sbe fngvfslvat zl phevbfvgl. (Abgr: V znl unir ercyvrq yvxr guvf ertneqyrff bs gur nafjre; V’z abg fher.)

  24. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    My original prediction was for these two to be the finalists, with TOS winning the whole shebang. So much for that. So I will predict B5 will win the championship and TOS the consolation match. Then again, I might be wrong.

  25. @Jim Henley:

    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1), without question; as mentioned, I’ve seen veeery little B5 – just wasn’t drawn in like everyone else was. GO BUFFY! I still (once in a long while) re-watch a favorite episode.

    2. Ooh, this is tough. Uh . . . hmm. Doctor Who [Classic] (3) by a scarf. 😉

    3. “Prey”: Robbed in the marketplace, at least. It was cancelled on a cliffhanger with episode 13, no one else but me ever watched it on the entire planet (as near as I can tell), and I thought it was a great show! Seriously, has anyone even heard of it? Debra Messing (in a drama! this was the first I’d ever seen her in anything), Adam Storke, et al. Heh, it looks like Sloan’s mentor’s name was Ann Coulter . . . OMG. I’d love to re-watch this, but it’s not on DVD. /ramble

    4. I haven’t read it yet, Jim! So I’ll say Adam Storke. Or possibly Debra messing – is “Jaime” a man or a woman?!

  26. BTW I’m especially curious to see what folks put down for #3 (what was robbed), since I missed a lot of the brackets leading up to the last two brackets.

  27. I’ve got a whole Sour Grapes playoff! Er, playoffs. I’m sorry, but my favorites didn’t make the Final Four and I find myself not really caring about the ones that are left, so I’m skipping right to sour grapes.

    SO WHAT IF ARISTOTLE CALLED IT EPISODIC?
    1. Twilight Zone
    4. Outer Limits

    3. Night Gallery
    2. Quantum Leap

    In which Twilight Zone would meet Quantum Leap and then Twilight Zone would probably win my Episodic bracket, although, who knows? You have to play the games to know the outcomes, even though I already had QL and TZ win their matches without playing them, because I’m just that much of a control freak.

    And my second Sour Grapes bracket is:

    THE PLAY’S THE THING (in which we pair shows based on Shakespearean content and actors with significant Shakespeare on their resumes.)
    1. Star Trek: TNG. There are quotes and allusions throughout the ST world, but in TNG, Data studies Shakespeare, Picard and Q keep reciting it all over the place, Patrick Stewart wears heavy makeup and does Henry V on the Holodeck… And off-screen, you just can’t beat Patrick Stewart and the RSC when it comes to this sort of thing.
    4. Star Trek: Original Recipe. There’s, of course, the episode where the touring Shakespeare company comes through, plus a little Macbeth here and a little Miranda there… And Shatner did the Shakespeare Festival at Stratford for a few years. Yes, I find that astonishing myself.

    3. Doctor Who New. Will S. is all over the old Doctor, too, but New gets a dandy Shakespeare episode and deals with Love’s Labours’ Won, plus David Tennant has an extensive Shakespeare resume of his own. He and Stewart did Hamlet together, after all. And he and Catherine Tate did Much Ado.
    2. Slings and Arrows. Because you can’t ignore a show totally based on a Shakespeare-centric theater and three seasons of plots springing from Shakespeare plays.

    And that is my obsessive Sour Grapes offering, completely jerry-rigged to get Slings and Arrows and Quantum Leap back in the fray.

  28. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 – meh. It had ambition in terms of background plot but I never found any particular episode particularly compelling. Buffy did things with the medium. Also it gets to be the Doctor Who proxy in this fight against the Star Trek proxy. I vote for ragtag bunch of misfits who fall into adventure over quasi-military space officers.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)
    Sorry Spock but The Doctor wins. I suggest you form an alliance and unite against the real enemy (Babylon 5!). Seriously, Spock you can distract the senior officers while the Doctor reverses the polarity of the neutron flow.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Twin Peaks, Star Trek TNG and Doctor Who (New)

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.
    Maisie Williams

  29. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    AUGH! forehead cloth! and Chocolate!
    I love them both, but I think Buffy still resonates in popular culture more, while B5 has faded some. (Though I think I was deeper into B5 at the time, following JMS online, etc.) But I don’t see as many casual eferences to bits of B5 these days.
    So, Buffy, for staying power.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    The one I came to in jr high vs the one I came to as an adult… and the frst con I ever attended was a NY Star Trek Con in 74(?). One was a good show. The other shaped my life.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Farscape
    the episode with the cartoons, and almost everything with Scorpius

    nanowrimo: 11047 and I finally reached the second key plot point.

  30. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    – This was a tough choice, I could easily pick Doctor Who on another day.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    – My overall pick was The Twilight Zone but the late rounds had a number of reasonable choices. I was sorry to see Slings & Arrows go out in the first round but not surprised since its focus was not SFnal.

  31. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    NewWho, Twilight Zone, FNG

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.
    Not a real contest, so Diana Rigg.

  32. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    ST: Deep Space 9, the very best of Trek (so far).

  33. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    I’ll pick the one I loved more, longer.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    A tie. I can’t vote for either of these over the other.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    Y’know what? I’m pretty okay with how everything went. I kinda wish I hadn’t underestimated the love for Buffy fandom when I was doing my bracket predictions, but oh well.

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.

    I’m gonna have to go with Maisie Williams.

  34. 1. Babylon 5, for being science fiction in outer space, and good aliens
    2. TOS, which should have won, sorry Doctor (applies all headcloths, orders more, apologizes again)
    3. Quantum Leap, DS9, TZ

  35. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Never got into B5, as I said before. “The Body” was some of the best drama I’ve ever seen on television, in our genre or not. And the show consistently delivered drama with humor and horror with whimsy.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    ST:TOS was my life as a preadolescent. The first convention I ever went to was a Star Trek convention.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    Farscape. Good arcs, clever writing (after the first season), and some of the greatest characters ever to appear in SFF.

  36. 1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Don’t like either of these, but at least Buffy has vampires. Even if they are ridiculous.

    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Addams Family

  37. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Watched the B5 pilot, was underwhelmed (the pilot was since re-done), and didn’t watch any more until IIRC “The Parliament of Dreams” which was very good & followed it from then on. And then there was Season 5…

    I wasn’t expecting much of BtVS having seen the movie version but it hooked me from the outset and maintained interest for seven seasons.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Doctor Who had the greater range & demonstrated how much more important story was than special effects.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    I hoped Misfits(UK) would have progressed further. It was such a breath of fresh air.

  38. Championship
    Babylon 5
    Consolation
    ST:TOS
    Sour
    Survivors. Why? I’ll go with not enough people have seen it. To me it is the best show in the post apocalypse genre. Original series and a recent reboot, give ’em a look.
    Inside
    Damn, back to back essay questions…Maisie Williams

  39. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Babylon 5 was great. Buffy was great *and* fresh, and inspired a whole host of other (SF or otherwise) works.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sorry old Who, for a regenerating time traveller, you just never aged that well.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    Star Trek: Deep Space 9 – the best of the Treks to me, and one whose heights have yet to be matched.

  40. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    The Prisoner? Monkey?

  41. Bracket

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC

    Babylon 5

    Going with the one which is actually occupying space on my DVD shelf.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    I think overall ST has had a greater influence on the development of genre TV than Who.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?

    The Avengers. Emma Peel – nuff said.

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.

    Don’t know who should play her, but the character on the cover of the Baen edition certainly should not. Somehow I don’t think she would ever get mistaken for a boy:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519ccxjywXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

  42. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS – FINAL ROUND

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Captain Scarlet. Luckily he’s invincible, so he’ll be back.

  43. emgrasso on November 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm said:

    nanowrimo: 11047 and I finally reached the second key plot point.

    9755 – a whole bunch of people I forgot to introduce just got murdered. I didn’t see that coming.

  44. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1). I bounced off B5 several times. Buffy’s pretty darn good.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1). I actively dislike old Who. ST:TOS is pretty darn good.

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    Red Dwarf, Farscape (yay muppets!), and ST:TNG, off the top of my head. 🙂

    Inside Baseball Match

    Sorry, if it’s not American Football, Canadian Football, Aussie Football, Association Football, Gaelic Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Hurling, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Water Polo, or Quidditch, I’m not interested. 🙂

  45. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    The Prisoner

    It should have won All The Things.

    Inside Baseball Match
    4. WHO SHOULD PLAY JAIME IN THE GODSTALKER CHRONICLES CABLE SERIES? HA HA THIS IS NOT A REAL CONTEST THE ANSWER IS MAISIE WILLIAMS.

    Maisie Williams certainly sounds like a good choice on paper, but I haven’t seen her in anything so I can’t commit until I do. I was trying to look up other actresses I thought might be appropriate and realized that I hadn’t seen anybody in anything and I need to get out of the house more. Jennifer Lawrence has the acting chops to do the role though, I think? And I’d cast Evanna Lynch as Lyra. I mean, I know Lyra isn’t the first role that needs to be cast, she wouldn’t even show up until season two. But I was looking up actresses and came across her and thought, hey, she’d be a REALLY GOOD Lyra.

    … I’m kind of bad at this.

  46. Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    At their heights both were must watch TV for me. I’ll go with Babylon 5 but if you ask me again later I’d happily say Buffy. Forehead cloths not required as both are equally meritorious in my eyes.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Sour Grapes Match
    3. WHO GOT ROBBED AND WHY?
    The Scottish Rugby Union team in the World Cup. Bloody referee. Oh, and Farscape…

  47. 9755 – a whole bunch of people I forgot to introduce just got murdered. I didn’t see that coming.

    8253. I’m suffering through a scene where my protagonist gets the crap beat out of her and generally suffering through the feeling that I don’t have enough material even though I started with a 6000 word outline to work from.

    I wish the file770 time machine would come back so I could see how it all turned out.

  48. This is hard. So very, very hard. And I don’t have the crutch of my prediction bracket to fall back on. So.

    Championship Match
    1. SIX SEASONS (AVERAGED) AND A COMIC
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Babylon 5 (1)

    Honestly, ask me in an hour and my answer may be reversed. It’s that close.

    Consolation Match
    2. GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Doctor Who [Classic] (3)

    Also incredibly hard.

    I’m going to go sob in a corner, now. A corner made of forehead cloths.

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