A short story anthology is not unlike a season of television. You’ll have your high points, your low points, and all else in between. More often than not, it’s the latter, those in-between entries making up the bulk of the assembly, that will determine whether a show or author warrants a repeat viewing. Take Jennifer Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies for instance. It presents readers with a colorfully divergent mix of subject matter, from AIDS to self-immolation, climate change to fetishistic relationships. Sure, some of the tales work better than others but, as a whole, this is a tight and thought-provoking collection. Pelland‘s storytelling is lean yet fluid, devoid of tangential narrative meanderings and overly-detailed descriptions yet fully accomplished in its ability to touch, impress, and, occasionally, gut-shank. Each of the entries in the anthology are followed by a much-appreciated author commentary on the thought processes behind the various narratives.

The first story, “For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great” focuses on a future in which an airborne strain of the AIDS virus fuels fear and paranoia in a society made up of increasingly isolated individuals. It’s an interesting premise and certainly well-written, but the SF extrapolation of existing contemporary misconceptions about the disease feels at times a little too on the nose.

“Big Sister/Little Sister”, on the other hand, is a creepy little story about sibling rivalry and revenge. No lessons to be learned here, just a straightforward and deeply unsettling tale of Siamese twins and tortured existence.

In “Immortal Sin”, a man’s inability to reconcile his Catholic beliefs with his sinning ways leads him to take extreme measures to avoid eternal damnation – but, in the end, his efforts confine him to his own private Hell. Of all the entries in this collection, this was my least favorite because of its all-too-convenient developments (ie. the man’s incredibly way-off-base assumptions about a waitress who barely knows his name, his good fortune in being able to access the various technologies he requires to extend his lifespan). Still, the passages in which our paranoid protagonist goes to extreme lengths to avoid any possibility of death by misadventure makes for some very entertaining reading.

In “Flood”, a lonely singer performs in a future where the oceans have dried up and water is the most precious of gift of all. A lot of nice little touches in this entry as Pelland paints a wholly believable picture of what the future may hold. Was I the only one who imagined the female protagonist as a parched and miserable Amy Winehouse?

“The Call” is an interesting little short that posits “What if..?” as it takes us through a potential first contact scenario gone awry. An engaging progression of events within the alien ship leads to an unexpected turn to conclude the proceedings.

“Captive Girl”, a recent Nebula Award nominee, is an intriguing tale about Alice, a severely disabled woman whose disabilities make her an ideal candidate for cosmic sentinel duty, tasked with the responsibility of searching the stars for potential threats to the planet. Alice’s sole refuge from her bleak existence comes in the form of Marika, the woman charged with her care. But when the project is discontinued, Alice faces rehabilitation and the heartbreaking prospect of life without her Marika. Your typical love story it aint. A troubling but thought-provoking tale. Equally fascinating was Pelland’s explanation of her decision to make the main players women. How differently would the story have played out had either one or both of the characters been male? I’d say “very”, perhaps not so much in terms of the narrative but certainly in terms of reader interpretation and response.

“Last Bus” is, in Pelland’s words: “the most positive piece I’ve ever written”. The fact that the origins of this whimsical story about an amnesiac traveler and a mysterious bus route have their roots in one of Pelland’s dreams is not at all surprising given the overall bizarreness of the entry. It’s a peculiar, mystifying little piece and yet strangely charming and satisfying.

“The Last Stand of the Elephant Man” sees Elephant Man John Merrick transported to the year 2304 where he has become the victim of a body swap. Someone has laid claim to his hideously deformed physique and, in exchange, transplanted him into a beautiful, unblemished form. Overjoyed at first, Merrick soon discovers that adjusting to life in this new world may prove as daunting as the one he left behind. Again, very interesting ideas at play here with Merrick conflicted over the treatment of the body he renounced and his discomfort with his wholly different celebrity status, although I did find the happy ending a little too tidy.

“Songs of Lament” offers us an all-too-brief glimpse of a not-too-distant future in which humanity finds itself on the brink of war against a most unlikely opponent: the whale population. The fate of the planet is at stake and it looks like we’re fighting on the wrong side. While the military powers prepare a response to the mounting threat, a woman lies in a hospital bed, driven to the point of madness by the sound of whale songs whose meaning she alone can decipher. Another great premise and a solid entry but one that had the potential for a much longer, more involved treatment.

“Firebird” is told through a series of diary entries. Our narrator is about to begin her first year at a woman’s college and she is thrilled to discover that her roommate will be Kay Myerson, a former pop star turned activist who made “international headlines by setting herself on fire to protest continued inaction on the issue of global climate change”. In the eyes of the narrator and the rest of the student body, Kay is someone to be admired for her dramatic stand. For her part, however, Kay regrets her actions, the effect it has had on her life and the lives of the dozens of copycats who killed themselves by following her lead. Kay wants nothing more than to be left alone but our narrator, consumed with a fangirl devotion, will not let her forget her past. Remember the high points I referred to when I kicked off this review? Well “Firebird” is one of them – disturbing, provocative, and soulful.

“Brushstrokes” is the last story in the collection and, in my opinion, the best of the bunch, an intra-gender cross-caste SF romance that reflects an author at the top of her game, incredibly self-assured and deeply creative.

Unwelcome Bodies is a deliciously dark collection. One of the things that struck me about Jennifer Pelland is her ability to come up with big, engaging ideas that could easily serve as springboards to lengthier works. Is there a novel in her future? I suppose that’s a question for the upcoming Author Q&A.

Okay, there’s plenty to discuss here. I’ve kept my initial thoughts succinct but will be weighing in as I the discussion gets rolling. Also, author Jennifer Pelland will be coming by later in the week so start posting your questions.

 

Well, I was back at work today and, despite a full slate of meetings, it wasn’t so bad. Assistant A.D. and official Stargate curmudgeon paid me a rare compliment by telling me he actually liked the script! The Concept Meeting went smoothly and we followed up with a brief Prosthetics Meeting, ultimately deciding to use a combination of visual effects and practical movie magic for the forest sequence. The Art Department Meeting went well – until we got to the scenes in Woolsey’s quarters. Well, the first and only other time we’ve seen his quarters was in episode #3, Broken Ties, and it was a night scene that offered up a magical view of the city outside his bay window. Alas, those magical views don’t look quite as magical in the day time and so, rather than go with a projected image, we’re talking about making the view a visual effect. That would, of course, assure its magical quality – but at potentially great expense. We decided to table the discussion until tomorrow’s visual effects meeting but, in the end, I have a feeling we’ll be going with a combination of visual effects and creative camera angling on the part of wiz director Will Waring. Evil Kenny took us through the Props Meeting. We talked guns, vests, knives, and nasty machetes. The Costumes Meeting was also a breeze. It was t-shirt over long-sleeves, blood and bullet holes over none, and a military look for our guest star over his admittedly suave civilian look. After lunch, we had our casting session and checked out Kiangs, Libermans, soldiers, and Luthor Dovelocks.

Which took me to about 3:30 p.m., just in time for a double note session on my final draft of Remnants (for those of you wondering how I can make changes to a draft that has already been marked a final, check out this post: THE ULTIMATE EXTREME EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST LUCKY ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/march-10-2008/), and Marty G.’s first draft of Brain Storm.

 

It looks like a busy morning tomorrow. We’ll be kicking things off with a location scout (tentatively entitled A Production in Search of a Cliff), following up with the Visual Effects and Playback Meeting, the Stunts and SPFX Meeting and, finally, capping things off with the Extras Meeting. I’ll be sure to bring lots of chocolate.

Today’s mailbag:

David writes: “Joe, as much as your life is interesting with having book clubs, enjoying fine dining, and playing with your dogs, I hope you realize 99% of the people come on here to here about Stargate Atlantis. Why 2 days without a mail bag update?”

Answer: My apologies for not fielding your queries in a timely manner. It would serve me right if you elected to go elsewhere to have your questions answered.

P.S. Dovil, I’ll happily do without the Christmas Turkey and Hanukah Suckling Pig, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to draw the line at the Annual Arbor Day Pinecone.

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Theresa
Theresa

Hi Joe~~
I ,for one, LOVE reading your blog everyday…even without the mailbag…
sometimes you just crack me up…lol…
****Theresa****

anneteldy
anneteldy

I was unable to finish unwelcome bodies by Jennifer Pelland as I found it incredibly disturbing. What I did read was well written and well thought out. It was — like your favorite chocolates, Mr. M — simply too dark for my taste.

Thanks again to skgraff for providing me this month’s (and next month’s!) book club selections.

Anne Teldy

caitlyanna

So I wanted to tell you that I made my first batch of biscotti ever today and, for whatever reason, I thought of you. I made Double Chocolate Biscotti and my mind went straight to your chocolate party. I don’t know why, but it did. Not that I’m complaining because I absolutely love chocolate and I know that you do too. I just thought I’d tell you. Now I’m debating whether I want to dip half of them in more chocolate and roll them in chocolate sprinkles. I think I’m in a chocolate mood.

Kathleen
Kathleen

Hi Joe,

Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed “Search and Rescue”. You guys really outdid yourselves – super mix of action, team love, and the effects! Oh la! There were so many memorable moments, but I think the offhand farewell between McKay and Carter might be my favorite, at least until I watch it again and remember how much I loved McKay’s, “please throw underhand, I’ve never been good at baseball”, or Sheppard’s, “You’re going the wrong way, chief”, or, well, actually, just about all of it.

On a slightly different note, I’ve read that there will be a showing of “Continuum” at ComicCon – any idea where/when/how one might get to attend? All info greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Kathleen

Narelle from Aus

Those that feel you exist to serve them … can you go and hang out on their blogs and annoy them for a while. Please. Am I sadistic?

KellyK
KellyK

Jennifer, I really enjoyed your book even though I had to read it with the lights on. My question is a bit of cliche and given the horror quotient of your book, I’m almost afraid to ask it but…Where DO YOU get your ideas?

fattimah
fattimah

Hey there Mr. Mallozzi:

Just want to say thanks for “Search and Rescue”. I admit, I did see it online. I loved all of the different visual effects you put in there, especially when the wraith tried to jump into hyperspace. I’ve always wondered how that would look like. I won’t say anything so as not to spoil anything, but I have 2 questions:

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In Continuum when Cameron went back in time to stop Baal from coming onto the ship that was taking the Stargate to the United States, how was he able to stay at the age he is now? Did he just happen to be carry around a convenient record of solar flares in his Stargate survival kit and go forward in time to someplace, or did he just wait it out with his grandfather drinking anti-aging potions?

And my final question: Hermiod. I realize you may not be authorized to give any information on him but I must know: Is he dead or alive, and are you guys bringing him back?

sylvia
sylvia

Comments and Questions for Jennifer Pelland: Thank you very much for joining us to discuss your work. I am even more intrigued by the quality of your writing just because of my shying away from scary stories. Your story titles certainly do not give away the – “path” they take. My apologies if my comments seem to be complaining – cause I know the drill; if one does not like it – stay away. But on the other hand, your writing style was kinda sorta addictive. Anneteldy and KellyK – were much briefer and probably said it better. Sorry for the longwinded dissertation. Because of your imagination and ability to explore the things some of us humans fear, you are gifted to be able to unfold these fears in a way that is rather riveting and spell binding. The stories are almost real enough to be immobilizing to those of us who are easily frightened by horror, etc., like me. 1. You noted that there was one story that was the most “positive” of the bunch. How do you gage the intensity? What is your measure to “know” the width of that spectrum? I was fascinated in that each story took to the “darkness,” some more than others. So, can you share insight on this? 2. Your writing is very varied and ALL very well done. I just wish I could have read more. You have a gift to tell a full spectrum of stories. 3. What sets your mood to write? How do story lines surface for you? 4. I would nominate you for head/lead writer for the next series of Twilight Zone. 5. Thank you for the notes after each selection. This helped me to revive from the “scare” when I could read your comments. 6. The first selection “For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great, your notes asked for reader opinion.” The question was if the narrative was better or if purely “News Clips” would have worked. My perspective is that for this story, the narrative was easier to read. It seemed to give more continuity than from a number of seemingly random-timed news flashes to make points. Of course I am presuming the intent of this was for heightened awareness and not a chronology of items. A combo of both narrative and news clips could also be effective. I kept wanting to stop reading cause I am a woose, but the writing style, kind of continues to pull you into reading just a bit more. Which for me was unsettling just because I am no longer a “fan of horror” especially the “this could be real” type. I go further to say that in many ways, the writing style reminds me of Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone – writing of things that can be frightening or even in a ‘what if” situation. All of the selections are great candidates for and I could “see” them as Twilight Zone episodes. I must say I did enjoy… Read more »

Laura
Laura

Just watched S&R and thought it was awesome. With all the special effects it makes me wish I had a big screen tv with surround sound so I could enjoy it so much more. Can’t wait until next week!

LostCityGuardian
LostCityGuardian

Joe, people are starting to take the mailbag for granted. I suggest that you answer no questions for a week, to soften them up again. But that’s just my evil side coming out.

Eugene from Aus
Eugene from Aus

Joe, thanks for the outline of the book, might be something worthwhile for sure.

Joe, another question to add to my unanswered pile:
From previous comment {1] Will Brad Wright and/or Martin Wood drop in for questions on Continuum after the UK release date(UK’ers seem to be getting it last according to Wikipedia) or will it be seemingly near the Aussie release date for Continuum?
2] Has the cover art be officialised yet? (That is, the Gate/Space or the Gate/Ice)
3] Who will actually be doing the Commentary for Continuum?}

and No4] Will we be getting one of your poems anytime soon for whichever Stargate Atlantis season is coming up? (I can’t seem to find a Season5 one, although there probably wouldn’t be a Season6 one at all though)

Narelle, in high-school, the teachers don’t really care what you do, and in primary, they only let us outside if we had our hats “No hat, no play, no fun today” or something was a little rhyme we had to remember.

gollysunshine
gollysunshine

My favorite part of “Search and Rescue” is the interplay between Ronon and Sheppard, which, imo, we don’t get enough of. I felt sorry for Ronon that Teyla didn’t work his name into the baby’s name, especially since he was the first one supportive of her pregnancy. In fact, he’s always been the most supportive of her.

Also want to say that I’m really looking forward to Woolsey taking over. I think Picardo is great in the role and I can’t wait not only to see his interactions with the team, but with Caldwell. It would also be fun to see his interactions with Starfleet Command with his changed position.

Sorry we won’t see you at Comic Con. I wish it wasn’t such a madhouse these days. Hard to get anything done.

Nancy
Nancy

Hi Joe – Absolutely loved S&R. Just what I was hoping for!!
Favorite moments: Dinner scene between John & Teyla-really shows finally what is in his head. Now if they could only let each other know…..Birth scene with Teyla/Rodney
was hilarious. That was perfect!! Visual effects were awesome. I loved the “power of the team” – “all for one and one for all”. Very sad to see Sam go – her last scene with Rodney was great. I loved seeing John’s determination to bring Teyla home and Teyla knowing that it was John coming to rescue her. Seeing Ford again was great! and John holding the baby!!!!!

MysteryMadchen
MysteryMadchen

Joe,
Sorry that there are people out there that are repugnant enough to tell you how you should run YOUR blog. I’m just glad that you do actually have a mailbag and take the time when you have it to answer fan’s questions. Even those that are not very nice. I know if somebody came into my house and told me how I should arrange my furniture I’d tell them where the door was and offer them a foot up or out (as it were) to get through the door. Thanks again, Nicole.

Christin

This is my first book discussion, so please hold all rotten fruit until the end.

I liked Unwelcome Bodies.

“For the Plague…” was depressing. Good, but depressing. The practice of abstaining from human touch, remaining constantly vigilant to the point of paranoia, and having simple, everyday life become a gauntlet is almost a fate worse than death.

“Big Sister/Little Sister” was just so deliciously twisted and dark. I couldn’t completely sympathize with either the Big or the Little sister and I loved that. And the ending was just so morbid and creepy. Oh so good.

“Immortal Sin” had a good premise, but the story just didn’t click with me. I loved the rationale and the ending, but the tying of one to the other didn’t hit me.

“Flood” was good, but I wasn’t that into it. I guess I’m just not as into self-destructing celebrities. Though, Joe, I envisioned the main character as more of a cookie cutter pop princess than Amy Winehouse. I think it’s the beehive.

I kept answering the questions in “The Call”. It’s assured I would have failed alien race relations. But I loved the ending of it.

“Captive Girl” was my kind of love story. It made me ache. The ending killed me. Since reading it, I’ve asked myself repeatedly if I’d ever be willing to go so far.

“Last Bus” was very dreamlike (which makes sense given the author’s notes). It was really sweet.

“The Last Stand of the Elephant Man” was just fascinating. Just the whole idea of body modification taken to such extremes makes the three eyebrow rings I had seem so vanilla. And I couldn’t help but hope that Joseph Merrick got a happy ending considering he didn’t have much of one in real life.

“Songs of Lament” made me snicker. It shouldn’t, but it did because I read it and thought “see, even the whales think we’re jerks”. I find that amusing because I think we’re jerks, too.

“Firebird” creeped me out. Obsession to that extent is just disturbing. I think this was the most unsettling story in the bunch for me.

“Brushstrokes” just sucked me in. I read the whole thing going, “something bad’s going to happen, something bad’s going to happen”. My nerves just jangled, I was so on Seph’s side. But there was something triumphant about the ending. I loved it. And pretty boys in pretty paint…can’t argue with that.

I enjoyed all of the stories, but “Big Sister/Littler Sister”, “Captive Girl”, and “Brushstrokes” were my favorites.

One question for Miss Pelland: Since you excel at writing dark fiction, is there any subject that’s off limits to you? Have you found something that you just can’t write because it’s too dark for you? Okay, that was two questions, but the second was really just clarifying the first.

Anyway, thank you for stopping by. It was a pleasure reading your work.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

From Sci Fi convention heaven to the Hotel Hades(too long to discuss, but I’m typing this on a hotel provided computer I have to share with 3 dozen other people). Still, I AM online, so, onto Unwelcome bodies. Overall, I’ve enjoyed this book, though there were parts I found EXTREMELY disturbing. Starting with “For the Plague…”. I found this one interesting, though I thought a pandemic as virulent as described would have broken down the technological infrastructure allowing the cities to keep hobbling along. I found Kathleen to be an engaging protagonist, and her reactions to Teesa on mark. I was well, annoyed, at Teesa’s final thoughts in the story. But the worst part about this is that I could imagine a significant segment of society reacting just as Teesa and her fellow believers did, working to hasten the end instead of seeking a way to reverse it. Big Sister/Little Sister was by far the creepiest of the stories, and thus the most successful to me as a horror story. However pervert, corrupted, and mishappen a relationship the sisters had, with each other and their mother, I felt it was entirely possible that there would be people capable of such actions in our world, if the technology were in fact available. And the fate of little sister was so disproportionate to her “crimes” as a child unable to control her own life, that it left me cringing. Great story in that regard. Immortal Sin was an ok story, though I was able to see where it was going early, and it offered no suprise twists. Again, I can imagine people so distorted by their religious views/ beliefs that they might act as Alex did. Flood was probably my least favorite story in the lot. After building up such a mystery, as in how did all the water disappear, and teasing us with a vision of Earth as Arrakis, the failed suicide and Callie’s “conversion” seemed to fall flat. On the other hand, I felt that the Call was an excellent short piece, and revived my interest in the rest of the book. Not so much that it had many twists, but simply because of how it engaged my imagination, trying to picture the universe where such a choice had to be made. Captive girl was an ok story to me, with a few interesting concepts. But I’m just not that interested in the whole bondage scene, and what I would have liked to have seen focussed on, the abuse of the children for the sake of human survival was merely an opportunity to explore an essentially unhealthy relationship. Still, it did hold me to the end of the story. Last Bus was sort of eating the baked potato part of a steak dinner. Not the main serving, but a nice filler. And it WAS nice to see a halfway upbeat tale in all this. Last Stand of the Elephant Man was one I had to think on, but eventually I… Read more »

maggiemayday

Mailbag? Come on folks, no expectations. Then if your question happens to be interesting enough to answer, that’s a bonus while reading the blog. My sense of entitlement stops at my lengthy rambles and comments to other comments. Life is good.

Happy cliff hunting. Location scout, that actually sounds interesting, even fascinating, a career possibility the guidance counselor never mentioned in high school. I could be a nurse, a nurse’s assistant, or a teacher, a dental technician if I were serious, but why waste an education? It was implied that I would choose to marry early and have many babies (Utah, 1975). Nope, I ran off to San Francisco where I did … um, shall we say Street Performance, Panhandling, and Housekeeping for Very Stoned Hippies? Wonderful formative years. And if we’re going for irony, I did teach after I finished my stint in the military and I loved it. Go figure.

Let us know about the cliff, m’kay?

Narelle from Aus

Hey Joe,

I’m reading The Last Colony by John Scalzi and having already read Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades, after 72 pages it’s my favourite of his so far.

Can’t wait to be able to pick it up again this evening.

Shawna

I’d like to make one other comment about Search and Rescue. I adored that little glimpse of Ford. Partly because I love continuity and acknowledging things we haven’t heard from in a while, that they’re still part of the universe. And partly because I still hope for some kind of (hopefully happy) final resolution to Ford’s story eventually. And partly because it was great to see that it still affected Shep, that even though it hasn’t been brought up in a while, he hasn’t forgotten about it.

Would it be petty of me to ask for a blog dedication for my finger? I slammed it really, really hard in a heavy metal gate whilst moving out of my old place and it got all purple and swollen. Being a bit paranoid, I was watching carefully for necrosis and pondering how well I would function if forced to live with only nine fingers. My conclusion is that I’d do all right, as I’ve already adapted to typing without it (it’s still quite sore). Thankfully, however, I think it will be okay. (Although that reaction strikes me as a bit McKayish, now that I think about it.)

Nicole Gustas
Nicole Gustas

I moved on Sunday – nearly 400 miles away from where I was living. Despite our frenzied packing, going-away parties and general hysteria, the boyfriend and I took time out to watch Atlantis.

Search and Rescue was TOTALLY AWESOME! Well worth losing sleep for. Everyone was great, and everyone had wonderful moments. Loved that the girls came to rescue the boys in the beginning of the episode. Loved John’s dream sequence in the beginning, the byplay between Rodney and Lorne, and John and Ronan, and Rodney and Teyla, and Rodney and Sam, and Sam and Keller, and and and…well, heck. I just liked it all. I was especially impressed with the Sam/Wolsey scene at the end. Robert Picardo conveyed a lot of inner conflict, and Amanda Tapping just knocked it out of the park. (Also, we noted that either Tapping is getting even better-looking with age or you folks were using the extra-pretty camera filters on her.)

I’m considering starting a blog about my new town’s local food and events, but I haven’t decided which software to use. How do you like WordPress, and what made you decide to switch to it from Blogger?

zoniduck
zoniduck

Wow, sense of entitlement much, David?

I know everyone else is going to say pretty much the same thing, but I’m gonna say it too. While I love reading about all the behind-the-scenes goings on, and seeing the pics and vids you post, and yeah, having so much access to one of the Exec. Producers of my favorite show, I don’t get all pissy if you post things I’m not particularly interested in, or don’t answer your mailbag for a few days. And personally, I like your restaurant reviews, and your vacation recaps, and yes, your posts about the dogs. I think people tend to forget sometimes that this is your blog, and you can post what you damnwell please. Jeez people, have a little respect.

At any rate, when you do get caught up on the mailbag… I don’t think you’ve mentioned it before, but your message to Dovil made me think of it – Which S5 episode is the big Ancient Toilet/Stick Fighting/Arbor Day extravaganza you were teasing us with last year, hmm?

Brian Peterson

Joe, I come hear to read an interesting blog. Who cares what the subject is about, it’s always a great read! Keep up the good work.

LiquidSky
LiquidSky

Hi Joe,

I just finished watching ” Search and Rescue” I really thought the episode was great and awsome. After the episode I was thinking of Teyla and I was wondering what happen to her mother?
I know in season one her father was taken away by the Wraith but, I don’t remember they mentioned her mother.

I was thinking that in some future episode they find Teyla’s mother on a hive ship but, not as a prisoner or, in one of those cocoons but, as a Wraith worshipper. That would cause a interesting story between one of Teyla’s family member and her. And, tension and suspicion that would arise from such an encounter. Just a thought.

LS

crazymom
crazymom

I have a great boss. Just wanted to say that.

I also wanted to say that Emma has started her radiation and chemo treatments today. 7 more days of that, and then she’ll have the transplant. Uncle Dylan plans to introduce her to Atlantis while she’s a captive audience.

Tomorrow I have to bake 2 chocolate cakes and find some really fine chocolate to swap with Kate.

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

I just returned from Polaris in Toronto. I’m happy to tell you that the Stargate fans in Toronto are as rabid and eager for more, as they are anywhere else. Cliff Simon and Rainbow Sun Franks were both on hand to continue promoting the franchise. They were both wonderful. Cliff dedicated his day in memory of Don S. Davis. He said that Don was a real southern gentleman and that he will be missed.

Now, to your comment:

Joe said – It looks like a busy morning tomorrow. We’ll be kicking things off with a location scout (tentatively entitled A Production in Search of a Cliff)…

If that is not a typo, I can tell you that Cliff will be at San Diego Comic Con and is also as close as his agent in Los Angeles. smile

Joe, most of the actors who have been asked have said that Martin Wood is their favorite director. In your opinion, what is it that makes Martin a favorite?

Patricia (AG)