Executive Producer Robert Cooper dropped me an email this morning, letting me know that he would be delighted to swing by and do an Ark of Truth-related guest blog entry for us. Date yet to be determined, but I’m thinking sometime in late April.
For those newcomers to the blog looking to join in the upcoming book of the month club discussions – pick up the books and start reading! You have approximately a month to read one of the three books we’ll be discussing: Timescape by Gregory Benford (in the scifi category), The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (in the fantasy category), and The Keep by F. Paul Wilson (in the horror category). Do make it a point to participate as, this month, two of the three authors have kindly agreed to swing by and field your questions about their work.
F. Paul Wilson will be joining us the week of April 14th to talk about The Keep ((From Amazon.com: “Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that’s both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore–who just happens to be Jewish–to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way–a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny. The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other….the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened.”). Robert Cooper is a huge fan of the novel and will no doubt be dropping by as well.
Jeffrey Ford will be joining us the week of April 21st to talk about his book, The Empire of Ice Cream (From Booklist: “A book that opens with a story about creatures who live their entire existences in sand castles, from when youthful builders abandon them to when the tide destroys them, demands readers possessing a healthy sense of wonder and the willingness to embrace the bizarre and fantastic. The title story beautifully twists the experience and senses of a synesthetic musician to answer the question, what would happen if synesthetic experiences took on physical forms? “The Weight of Words” takes the phrase seriously to explore the sinister potential of print. “Boatman’s Holiday” depicts what Charon, the boatman of Hades, does on vacation. Giants and unidentifiable alien creatures, fairy tales, the intertwining of wonder and terror, and fantastic views of both the strange and the ordinary all appear in this marvelous collection, with Ford’s comments on his inspiration and motivations appended to each story.”). Our office assistant was looking for a new book to read and I suggested Empire of Ice Cream so he could take part in next month’s discussion. He was hesitant at first, admittedly not a big fan of fantasy, but was thoroughly won over by the first story in the collection.
And while I have your attention, I’d like to direct you over to a terrific site for all things scifi (and then some): http://www.sfsignal.com/ Love it!
Oh, and an email found its way into Baron Destructo’s inbox, compliments of a “certified loan officer” wondering whether the Baron would be interested in acquiring a loan. Would he! The Baron wrote back:
“Dearest Human Cretin,
Your offer of a loan is much appreciated as my organization is actively seeking funds to help complete an ongoing project. Here is the information you requested:
1. FULL NAME: Baron Destructo & the League Of Aliens and Mutants for Evil.
2. ADDRESS: Moonbase 1.
3. PURPOSE OF LOAN: Global domination.
4. GENDER: Several and, in some cases, let’s just say “undetermined”.
5. OCCUPATION: Intergalactic supervillains.
6. COUNTRY: N/A
7. STATE: Of relaxation. Even though we’re merciless mass murderers who will stop at nothing to achieve our goal of world conquest and the complete subjugation of the human race, we try not to take ourselves too seriously.
8. CELL PHONE NUMBER: Contact me on my holo-communicator (input code #E422TUG766NUBBIT9-002), preferably after 6:00 p.m. as I’m on a “weekends and nights free” contract.
9. AMOUNT NEEDED AS LOAN: Oh, approximately 1.2 trillion dollars. Give or take. Mostly take. By force if necessary.
10. DURATION: Forever. Unless you actually expect us to pay you back. Hahahahaha! In which case…oh.…forever.”
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the birthday gal = AMZ’s sister Mary.
Today’s pics: Snippets from the set.
Today’s mailbag –
StellaByStargate writes: “Could you clarify something about the blooper/outtake issue…does that relate to the deleted scenes as well?”
Answer: Nope. The deleted scenes are safe.
MysteryMadchen writes: “Have you guys come up with any new episodes past the 9 that have been leaked…?”
Answer: Leaked? I’ve mentioned episodes 1-11 in recent blog entries and even mentioned the back half eppy, Inquisition, that Alex Levine is writing. We have an idea for episode 12 (and are looking for a suitable location), episode 16 (my next script), and episodes 19 (which Rob Cooper will be writing/directing/producing) and 20. There’s also that episode idea that was originally slotted for the first half that is now free-floating but should find a home in one of the remaining four slots.
Cathie writes: “Do you know when the stargate sg1 dvd movies will be available for release internationally?”
Answer: Sorry, I don’t.
Enzo Aquarius writes: “…where did you get ‘Hairless Monkey Porn’ from?”
Answer: I think you have to subscribe to a special site.
Crownglass39 writes: “ Hey Joe, now that you’re writing season five, if you ever find that you have a need for…say…a pole dancing wraith chick let me know.”
Answer: I may write a special episode just for you.
Claire writes: “So what exactly is the problem with the bloopers? Sounds to me like everyone has signed off on them, did I miss someone?”
Answer: Yep, you missed someones.