Can this really be happening?
Yes. Yes. And – this blog entry. Sorry. I couldn’t come up with a heading and decided to go with something all-encompassing in its scope yet spectacularly uninspired in its banality. Oh, and I’ve also cast myself as the scarily brilliant writer. Scroll down to the bottom of this entry for the mind-blowing twist.
Hey, look at what finally arrived in the mail yesterday. It’s our People’s Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi Show! You know, for a while there I’d assumed that “The People” had changed their minds.
Well, it’s a race to the finish line as Marty G. begins directing Brain Storm today (which, if you haven’t heard by now, will guest Dave Foley, Billy Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson), Alan preps Infection (in which Todd makes his return following the events of the mid-season two-parter), Carl (Identity) and Rob (Vegas) field questions about their respective episodes, while Paul continues work on the big season (series?) finale. We’ll wrap some time in September and then…Who knows what the future holds? (P.S. I you know what the future holds, please post your prophetic findings in the comments section. Thanks.)
Things are looking very interesting on the Book of the Month Club front. We have Lois McMaster Bujold (Cordelia’s Honor), Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tale: In the Night Garden), and Stephen Dobyns (The Church of Dead Girls) coming by in August. Then, in September, looks like Justina Robson (Keeping It Real) and Glen Cook (The Black Company) will be joining us as well. Author Jeff Vandermeer (City of Saints and Madmen) would like to participate, but will be on secret assignment in Europe during that time so I’ve decided to move City of Saints and Madmen back to November (so you all have plenty of time to read it) and move Sarah Lagan’s 2007 Bram Stoker Award Winner for Best Novel, The Missing, up into the September slot.
From Publisher‘s Weekly: “In her second novel, Langan delivers a powerhouse creepfest that recalls, in the best way possible, the early work of Stephen King. Corpus Christi, Maine, was once a town of affluence, but since the mysterious paper mill fire in the neighboring town of Bedford (depicted in last year’s well-received debut, The Keeper) released dense sulfuric clouds that killed the surrounding forest, Corpus Christi has been in steady decline. When fourth-grade teacher Lois Larkin takes her class on a field trip to the now-abandoned Bedford, they’re exposed to a deadly virus that transforms the infected into ravenous, flesh-eating monsters. Rather than stick to zombie lit convention (mindless undead, endless chases), Langan invests her plague with a sinister intelligence of unknown origin, maintaining a skin-crawling tension as the vivid cast of characters succumb to murderous insanity, hunting down and tearing apart animals, neighbors and loved ones. Langan has the control of a pro, parsing just enough horrific details to allow the truly gruesome scenes to play out unbound in the imagination; this solid sophomore effort proves that The Keeper‘s disturbing ability to burrow into readers’ heads and stay there was no fluke.”
Discussion of The Missing will begin the week of September 29th.
The Daedalus Variations airs tomorrow night on SciFi and, as part of our ongoing guest-blogger extravaganza, writer-Supervising Producer Alan McCullough has agreed to come by and field your questions about the episode. I’ll start gathering questions for Alan Saturday morning and through the weekend, then send them his way Monday morning.
Hey, I dreamt I went to work without my socks on the other night.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Gilder who passed the ASL II final and the dissecting Vecturist.
Cat444 writes: “After watching Broken Ties and the way that the Wraith “turned” Ronon, does that mean that there are actually no Wraith “worshippers” per se, but, rather, a bunch of addicts looking for their next fix and doing whatever it takes to get it?”
Answer: No, wraith worshippers falls into two camps – those who believe and those who were helped to believe.
Luis811 writes: “Are Martin and Brad going to be guest bloggers on the subject of Continuum??”
Answer: Martin is busy directing Sanctuary, but I can certainly ask Brad.
Trish writes: “I have really sad news. My ten year old great pyrenees, Sebastian, suffered a stroke today. Poor Allie was alone at the house when it happened. I called the vet and he was able to come right over. He gave Sebastian a steriod shot but if things don’t improve, I’ll have to put my good boy down.”
Answer: Hey, Trish, I’m sorry to hear about Sebastian. I really hope his condition improves. Please do keep us updated.
Tim the Technician writes: “Is the brainwashing effects of reverse-feeding similar to what happened to Ford?”
Answer: Yes, one can draw a very clear parallel between the experiences of both men.
PG15 writes: “Oh, and Joe, do you mind revealing the line in the spoiler poem that’s for “Broken Ties”?”
Answer: Sure. “An old friend returns, loyalties are reversed”.
Amac251 writes: “How much of what she did was beyond the written words in the script?”
Answer: It was pretty much all in Brad’s script.
Delton Valentine writes: “In episode 3 of season 5 titled “Broken Ties”; was there a specific reasoning why Tyre said he wouldn’t hurt Teyla? I was under the impression they didn’t care for each other that much?”
Answer: Even when he was under wraith influence in his later years, Tyre was still, at heart a noble individual, who honestly believed he was doing the right thing. I don’t think there would have been any circumstance in which he’d have felt comfortable killing an unarmed woman.
WayBeyondSoccerMom writes: “ Hey, how similar is Woolsey’s reaction to holding Teyla’s baby in “Broken Ties”, to what your reaction would be, if a baby was thrust into your arms unexpectedly?”
Answer: Pretty much dead on.
PattyO writes: “: In season 4 you redesigned the uniforms. Why do some of the background actors still have the old ones with the big “triangle” of color, instead of the stripe of color?”
Answer: It was a cost issue. The old uniforms look just fine – on the extras.
The mind-blowing twist: This blog entry was all a dream!
Well, at least the part about me going to work without my socks on.