Lining up for the wraith team\'s free kick.

Our caterer also handles first-aid and pirating duties.

Waiting for the next shot - or lunch.

Archie from accounting would like to go over your expenses with you.

Joel Polis as Elson, owner of Elson\'s Old Time Intergalactic Tavern.

A back-issue of Ancient Architectural Digest.

I\'m always misplacing my rifle.

Like most high schools the set splits up into cliques, the jocks and the dandies.

Clearly we don\'t pay these office P.A.\'s enough.

And people complain that my writing is illegible.

Your typical day at the office.

If you experience computer problems go see Sid over at tech support.

Your guess is as good as mine.

I went over the script one last time, then handed in after lunch. Finally, I’m done. Until, of course, I get the notes and have to begin the rewrite. Alex Levine, who went over the script before distributing it, had some thoughts. He found the Shen imbroglio too subtle (I thought it might be). He bumped on the end of Act IV and its resolution (I figured some would). He felt the reveal needed to be moved up and the big decision needed more of a build (Hey, man. Don’t come to me with problems. Come to me with solutions.). I expect feedback from everyone else in the not too distant future. Hopefully before we all go our separate ways this Friday. The rest of the gang is understandably busy. Still, we did find time to gather and discuss Martin’s script (a very special Stargate Atlantis). The highpoint of the afternoon’s progress was, of course, the place-holder title we came up with: Snow Globe. Ah, the satisfaction of another day’s work well done.

I was rewarded with a package from Atlantis fan and artist Helene Labrie (aka FargateOne) who, somehow, correctly predicted I would be completing work on Remnants today and perfectly timed delivery of various chocolates (including a very-intriguing/alarming dark chocolate and Brittany seaweed) and a booklet containing an overview of some of Helene’s impressive sculptures. Click on the link to check out her work: Merci, Helene.

Hey, just checked the sidebar and I see that next month’s Book of the Month Club discussions fast approach. A gentle reminder that we’ll have not one, not two, but all three authors swinging by to discuss their work and field your questions:

Kage Baker is coming by the week of June 30th to discuss In the Garden of Iden.

K.J. Bishop is coming by the week of July 7th to discuss The Etched City.

Jennifer Pelland is coming by the week of July 14th to discuss Unwelcome Bodies.

I’m hoping that we can equal this past month’s great reader response to John Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself and John Scalzi’s The Android’s Dream. Oh – and I’ll be picking a couple of random winners from the recent discussions in the days to come.

And speaking of picking and the BOTMC, I suppose now is a good time to start thinking ahead to August’s selections. I have a couple of titles in mind, but would love to hear any recommendations you all might have.


Today’s pics: Behind the scenes on Outsiders.

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I’ve got a couple of suggestions for BOTM: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Maskerade by Terry Pratchett, and Kris Longknife: Mutineer. Check ’em out- I hope you like them!

Trish (aka whovian)

Again, great pics.

BOTMC selection suggestions? Whoa. I barely have time to read anything other than Dr. Suess right now. *sigh* I wish I had something fantastic to suggest. But I’m sure you mean something a little more grown up than Green Eggs and Ham. wink

I have to go to bed soon. I’m getting up early to take Wolfen M. and her bunny, Alice, to the vet. Alice needs surgery. Kimberly (kdvb1) is coming along for moral support. Wish us luck! I’m driving.

Trish smile

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Thanks for the pictures, cute captions and update… Joe… you are the best


tina (teknikal)
tina (teknikal)

woohoo on getting the script in!!!

am currently reading my way throgh a book called ‘the gun seller’ by the actor Hugh Laurie…any thoughts?

im loving it considering the last book i read was to do with personal training and how to treat over use injuries ( by the you treat with ice and rest!! to begin with!!!)

happy thoughts and hi-fives to all including those of the canine variety!!!



It took me about ten minutes before I could type, given the drool your pictures set off. You’ve now made the withdrawal symptoms much worse; I see a minimarathon in my near future. Still, about a month to go. And hopefully I’ll be watching the premiere in the company of equally addicted fans at Shore Leave.
It looks like your hiatus will be stress free from work, having hammered out your script quickly enough to leave you time for the rewrites. Oh, and back to the pictures. When I wasn’t drooling I was laughing at your captions. Priceless.
My thanks as always for your time dedicated here. I’m in good shape on the book of the month club readings, and am excited at the participation of all three authors in this venue.


Mr. Mallozzi, for “The Prodigal”, will the hybrids have a uniform appearance, or will they wear normal clothing? Also, does the title refer to Michael or Teyla’s son? What is his name by the way?


Oh noes!

“A Very Special Atlantis” for Marty’s script again? I thought that was the nickname you had for Remnants! Was that a typo…or something even more sinister?

Shirt’n’Tie wrote:
@PG15 : Lovin’ the reviews of the SG1 Marathon, in the main I totally agree with your assessments. I usually sneak in an ep. that you highlight, I can never remember the names, but always the events!

Hey thanks man! It’s a pleasure writing these reviews as it helps to solidify the thoughts I had about the episode as it progressed; it’s hard to do that without just sitting down and thinking about it. And, of course, I want to give credit where credit is due; namely, Joe and his fellow buddies who work at Bridge. Glad you like reading them!


Thanks for all the pictures!!! It’s always awesome to see some behind-the-scenes happenings =)

book recommendations, all by Michael Crichton (since you’ve never read any of his books!):
State of Fear-global warming thriller
Jurassic Park-seen the movie? the book is 10X better!
The Lost World-see above
The Andromeda Strain-good stuff… unlike the 2008 remake
Timeline-seen the movie? again, the book is better!!!

Funcokler Xerow
Funcokler Xerow

I can’t see captions. Unless I’m looking somewhere wrong.


Hi, Joe.

Thank you so much for the terrific photos from “Outsiders.”

31 days to go to the premiere of season five on the SciFi Channel!

(Not that we’re counting or anything like that.)




Really love the pics of this Ep. grin

One thing though, it’s something that keeps on bugging me for some time, seeing the Ancient Script in that book in the 6’th pic from the top I just got reminded that the linguistic part in SGA is lacking a lot.

I have a huge affinity for language, real or fictional.. but the Alphabeth of the Ancient, or those different scripts featured in the episode 2.17 aka Coup D’etat, I mean the different writing systems on the picture of Lorne and other ATA Gene Carriers, they just lack the exotique feeling and some kind of authenticity, as far as a fictional language can bear that.
I would so love if you would put just a slight bit more effort in it. It would be nice if every alphabet shown in upcoming episodes had an unique feel and look.

P.S.: The Wraith script is very nice though. Sorry for writing so much and getting all off-topic.

@ Chevron7
Hey fellow Lorne-Admirer… ^_^
When I was small and we were on holiday, I used to go shopping in Turkey with my mom whenever we wanted to, ’cause they also have this 24/7 system, but here in Germany everything stays closed on Sundays, and we cannot go buy some food after 20:00 in the evening on weekdays. And I hate that!

Margaret Clayton

Fire! Using a blowtorch is only marginally cheating. Y’all need a flame thrower, excuse me, a flame effects cannon. That’d get the ole burn barrel going. Fire! fire!

oooh, and a gun. And an indecipherable clipboard of doom. I drool.

Anonymous J
Anonymous J

Completely unrelated thoughts: 1) Sid from tech support looks scarily like my dad. I will be checking his passport pages for Vancouver stamps. 2) I love Masthead Maximus!


Hey Joe.

My suggestion for the BOTM for August would be the first book in a series written by John Marsden. The book is called :”Tomorrow, When the War Began”. It follows a group of teenagers who live in Australia on their struggle for survival after the country is invaded…its the start of a war!

It is a little slow starting, but once you get going you won’t be able to put it down! I read all 7 books in the series in about 2 and a half months.

My question today is the same as yesterday because there was no mailbag…

Is Fondy a fan of SGA? Do you tell her about the scripts you’re writing, or is she not interested?

Also, I really enjoy seeing the behind-the-scenes pictures from the set…now if you could only happen to show a page from the script in those pictures…:)

Thanks Joe!


Oh, one more thing.

On the picture of the clipboard…

I have no idea what you’re talking about with people saying your writing is illegible…I understood it perfectly smile



So Joe, there was quite a lot of chatter about your casting skills and may I ask, how does such process work. I am asking becuase in my small thespian community at Saint Bernards Catholic Highschool (I’m not catholic! But it was the only school in humboldt county that offered Latin as a Second Language… wink there is not much competition for roles. We usually have three to five persons regularly appearing in productions, with the exeption of this year where we have seven in this months production. So as you can see, there is not much of an auditioning experiance.

Also, would you ever consider shooting down here in Northern CA, Where the redwoods meet the sea? Beautiful country. Love living in it.

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OH! Also, I’m having some issues trying to find someone to critic (sp?) the first few chaps of this book I’m co-writting. I was just wondering if you wouldn’t mind looking it over for me…I don’t really trust anyone just yet… E-mail me at me e-mail above and I’ll send it to you…

Josh Hagger
Josh Hagger

Hi There,
Hello from Australia!
Congrats on getting the script to hand off stage, I bet you are relieved!

I have a suggestion for BOTM, for the Sci-Fi section:
Time, By Stephen Baxter.
“Time is set on Earth, the inner part of the Sol System and various other universes onwards from the 21st century. The novel covers a wide range of topics, including the Doomsday argument, Fermi paradox, genetic engineering, and humanity’s extinction.”

Mackenzie's Momma

Awesome pics joe. Just curious if you have read any of the Blood Series by Tanya Huff? A little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of history, and a lotta bit of fun.

Blood Price is the First book its available in either the Omnibus or single edition now:



Since you have asked for BOTM suggestions for the August selections, the following books are just some that I have recently purchased and would love to dig into:

Tim Powers – The Anubis Gates
Ursula LeGuin – The Left Hand of Darkness
Harlan Ellison – Deathbird Stories
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Good Omens
Lois McMaster Bujold – Curse of Chalion or Paladin of Souls
George RR Martin – A Game of Thrones
Iaian Banks – The Algebraist or Consider Phlebas
David Eddings – The Belgariad

(Boy, do I have my reading cut out for me!)

A Honshuu
A Honshuu

Is it hard to be part of your BOTMC? …too crowded? I picked up & read ‘the Android’s Dream’ on Friday and hope to get hold of ‘In the Garden of Iden’ tomorrow. If you’re getting plenty of commentary already, I can just follow along & not gum up the works; but I’ll at least know what you guys are talking about.


May we pretty please have “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher as one of the BOTM for August (the first book in the omnibus edition of the Dresden Files, “Wizard for Hire”)? You wanted me to remind you, so I’m sounding off. grin “Storm Front” is also available as an audio book, read by James Marsters, for those who don’t have the time to read and would prefer to listen to an audio book during their daily commute.

Also, regarding your ice cream post from yesterday, that was eeevil. I need ice cream like I need another hole in the head, but now I want to make some fig and honey ice cream and serve it with a drizzle of Scotch and caramel sauce topped with slivered, blanched almonds.

Rebecca H

Thanks ever so for the links to Helene’s sculptures. They’re wonderful.


Occasionally although, off the top of my head, I can’t remember one. There’s always a very good reason why a story is shelved.

Wasn’t SG-1’s “Lifeboat” one of the stories that got shelved and then was revived upon Michael Shanks’ return since the pitch was meant for the Daniel character?


Thank you for the lovely pic of Todd the other day. ^^

Like Trish said, my little Alice is having surgery tomorrow — she has a bad malocclusion, which means her teeth are out of alignment, which in turn means that the bottom teeth are not getting ground down properly. The bottom teeth on a rabbit constantly grow, so if they don’t get worn down, they will grow through the lips (or depending on which way they are growing, into the *skull*, but in Alice’s case it would be the lips). Her bottom teeth need to be *removed*. It sounds harsh, but she’s already been happily eating a mix of baby food and softened pellets for months, while we tried to figure out what to do about it. Thing is, rabbits are such small animals, surgery is always risky. So Trish and Kimberly are driving Alice and I to a *specialist* (one that was kindly recommended to me by the head vet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom) because I’ve lost a rabbit to a “regular” vet’s attempt at surgery before. So *BIG HUGS* to Trish and Kimberly for doing this!! (And many thanks to the people online who pitched in or commissioned me so that Alice could *get* the surgery. There’s really a lot of wonderful people out there!) In the meantime, I’m way more nervous about Alice going under the knife than I was about my own surgery last year! XD

I had to give Alice a bath this weekend, in preparation. She really looks silly when wet. XD

How is Jelly’s hip doing?