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I’d like to take a moment to invite fence-sitters and prospective first-timers to join our Book of the Month Club.
HOW IT WORKS: I’ll announce the upcoming titles and include a brief synopsis of each and a date for the commencement of discussions. For those interested, the pertinent information is available in the right sidebar under BOTM CLUB SELECTIONS. I’ll pick three books, usually in the fields of SF, Fantasy, and Horror. You, of course, are free to read one, two, or all three. On the Monday of the discussion week, I’ll kick things off with my review after which readers are encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts as well. Readers are also encouraged to post questions for the author who will, more often than not, be dropping by the blog to take part in a casual Q&A.


Infoquake, David Louis Edelman
From the publisher: “Natch is a master of biologics, the programming of the human body. He’s clawed and scraped his way to the top of the biologics market using little more than his wits. Now his sudden notoriety has brought him to the attention of Margaret Surina, the owner of a mysterious new technology called MultiReal. Only by enlisting Natch’s devious mind can Margaret keep MultiReal out of the hands of High Executive Len Borda and his ruthless armies. To fend off the intricate net of enemies closing in around him, Natch and his apprentices must accomplish the impossible. They must understand this strange new technology, run through the product development cycle, and prepare MultiReal for release to the public – all in three days. Meanwhile, hanging over everything is the spectre of the infoquake, a lethal burst of energy that’s disrupting the biologic networks and threatening to send the world crashing back into the Dark Ages.”

Published in 2006, it was named The Top SF Novel of 2006 by Barnes & Noble Explorations and also received a nomination for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel. Infoquake was the debut novel of author David Louis Edelman, a blogger, web programmer, and John W. Campbell nominee for Best New Writer in 2007.

Discussion the week of February 23rd with author David Louis Edelman.

The Book of Joby, Mark J. Ferrari
From Booklist: “The prologue of Ferrari’s first novel sweeps us into a monumental modern-day fantasy of good versus evil when Lucifer proposes a wager that he has made many times over the millennia—the same stupid bet, according to God. If he wins this time, God will have to destroy his Creation, and they will start over with what Lucifer considers an orderly, “virtuous” universe without free will. God will name a champion, who Lucifer will try to subvert by putting him to the test in the hope that he will choose, of his own free will, to follow Lucifer. Also, the Creator must “forbid all immortal beings in His service from intervening unless directly asked to do so by the candidate.” God’s champion is unsuspecting, 9-year-old Joby, a bright, imaginative boy with a loving heart. And so, the Arthurian legend is replayed over a span of 30-plus years and through incarnations of Arthur (Joby), Guinevere, Galahad, and Modred.”

Fantasy Illustrator Mark J. Ferrari’s first novel has been described as witty, thought-provoking, audacious, and unforgettable. It’s also received several requests as a potential Book of the Month Club candidate. Who says I don’t listen to the fans?

Discussion the week of March 2nd with author Mark J. Ferrari.

Dogs, Nancy Kress
From the publisher: “The threat of terrorism and biological warfare become all too real in this riveting thriller when the danger comes from a family’s most cherished pets. Tessa Sanderson, ex-FBI agent, has moved to a sleepy Maryland town to escape her tragic past. When the town’s beloved dogs begin viciously attacking pet owners, federal CDC agents determine that the dogs are carrying a mutated flu affecting the aggression center of their brains, for which their is no known cure. Tessa offers to help round up and quarantine the dogs, even though some unconvinced locals are preparing to protect their pets by any means necessary. But she has another reason for getting involved—someone has been sending her threatening emails in Arabic claiming responsibility for the virus, and Tessa is resolved to go deep undercover to expose this deadly conspiracy. Combining hard science with thoughtful narrative, this chilling tale of science fiction explores the complex relationships between dogs and their owners.”

As a pet owner, the premise for this book really intrigues. As a science fiction fan, the fact that it’s written by multi-award winning author Nancy Kress (3 Nebulas, 2 John W. Campbells, a Hugo, and a Theodore Sturgeon) makes it an absolute must-read.

Discussion the week of March 9th with author Nancy Kress.

Now, in an effort to build on our burgeoning book club, I’ve decided to make two small changes that will hopefully make it more accessible to those considering getting involved.

First off, I’m going to start including the occasional graphic novel or trade paperback. There are a lot of intelligent, provocative, and incredibly well-written (and, yes, well-drawn) TPB’s out there and, while it would be nice to welcome comic book fans into the BOTMC fold, it would be even nicer to introduce non-comic book fans to some of the sensational work being produced in a field they may not have normally checked out.

Second, I’m going to announce upcoming titles sooner in order to give you all as much time as possible to track down and read the books. To that end, here are April’s selections:

Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?, Brian Michael Bendis (illustrated by Mike Avon Oeming)
From the publisher: “Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures clash in epic battle over the nighttime sky. And on the dirty city streets below, Homicide Detective Christian Walker does his job. Walker has to investigate the shocking murder of one of the most popular super-heroes the world has ever known: Retro Girl. He is teamed up with spunky rookie Detective Deena Pilgrim, and the murder investigation takes them from the seediest underbelly a city has to offer, to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings. As shocking, hidden truths about Retro Girl come to light, Walker finds that to solve this crime, he might have to reveal his own dark secret.”

Five time Eisner award winner Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in comics today. Some of his major works include Jinx, Torso, a 55-issue run on Daredevil, and a staggering 110-issue run on Ultimate Spiderman. If you’re looking for a book with a clever story, engaging characters, and witty dialogue, then look no further than Powers which, incidentally, is in active development as a live-action series at FX (they of The Shield and Damages). And fear not, fans. He’s writing the pilot script himself.

Discussion the week of April 6th with author Brian Michael Bendis.

The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime, Jasper Fforde
From Publisher’s Weekly: “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, and, well, you know the rest. But was Humpty’s fall an accident, or was it murder? It’s up to giant killer Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crime Division to get to the bottom of it. Humpty was quite a ladies’ man, but a few people thought him a bad egg. Jack has a number of suspects, a new partner to break in and gloryhound/antagonist Detective Inspector Chimes to deal with.”

Author of the hugely popular Thursday Next literary detective series, Wodehouse prize winner Jasper Fforde is often mentioned in the same breath as Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams for his wildly inventive narrative. His writing has been described as “stunningly imaginative“, “utterly delightful”, and “sheer gut-busting fantasy“.

Discussion the week of April 13th with author Jasper Fforde.

Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow
From the publisher: “Compiled by multi-award winning editor, Ellen Datlow, this collection commemorates the second centenary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth. It features Poe-inspired tales by some of the finest talents in the field, including Kim Newman, Pat Cadigan, Sharyn McCrumb, Lucius Shepard, Laird Barron, Suzy McKee Charnas and others. This all-star line-up has several Hugo, Edgar, Tiptree and British Fantasy Award winners.”

Over the course of her career, editor Ellen Datlow has received the Shirley Jackson Award, two Bram Stoker Awards, two Hugo Awards, three Locus Awards, and eight World Fantasy Awards. Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe is her latest anthology.

Discussion the week of April 20th with editor Ellen Datlow.

That’s it! Plan a head, pick up a book, and start reading!


Mamsue9 writes: “Will you be a guest at the San Diego Comic Con? Would you consider being a guest at Shore Leave 31?”

Answer: Alas, no, I won’t be at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. And, while I appreciate the consideration, I hope to keep travel to a minimum this year so that I can stay home and spend quality time with the dogs.

Herbertsommerfeld writes: “Have you heard anything about the show Defying Gravity that is being filmed at Bridge?”

Answer: Not much. I know they’re in the FX Stage.

Blademos writes: “Hey do you think a network like ABC,NBC,CBS or even FOX would take chance on a show like SGA?”

Answer: Afraid not. As much as many of us would have loved to have seen a sixth season for the series, the reality is the show has ended and not even the most successful of petition drives will bring it back. L

Quade1 writes: “BTW did u get the motivational poster??”

Answer: Not yet. Is it the adorable “Hang in there!” kitten?

Green writes: “I didn’t get past the first bit where the device dies three times.”

Answer: Three versions of the jumper in three different timelines = three after-effects of the device overloading.

PG15 writes: “My major quibble though, is what happens with Past!SG1 and Future!SG1? The Past version just seems to disappear after they delete the Aschen from the database, and the future versions are jumping ala Scott Bakula?”

Answer: The past and future versions merge in subsequent jumps. I know, that needs to be clear.

Gollysunshine writes: “And Daniel was where for this episode? Doing what? Out having a holiday or holding up the background?”

Answer: The entire team is present throughout as evidenced by the fact that when the team first travels to the past, Dr. Lee expresses surprise at seeing Daniel who was apparently reassigned.

Jedi43 writes: “I thought Y,T & T was going to be a Atlantis episode? Why all the SGC people?”

Answer: It was originally and SG-1 story whose structure I considered using for SGA.

Tim Gaffney writes: “I forgot to include this link: http://video.westminsterkennelclub.org/player/?id=1002561

It shows the 40 something French Bulldogs that competed to be the one to compete in the Non-Sporting group.”

Answer: Thanks for the link, Tim. I forwarded it to my wife. While the pugs aren’t exactly show material, Lulu does come from a champion line.

Suziesbluefeather writes: “The only thing that I didn’t really get was the awareness. Why would the team in the present and in the future be aware of the changes?”

Answer: The conceit is that their exposure to the device has essentially placed them in the unique position of self-awareness – unlike anyone else who wasn’t in the jumper in the time.

PG15 writes: “ 1. Of the SGU scripts written so far and the notions that are “on the table” (or board), does any of them involve our people visiting alien civilizations?

2. What’s John Scalzi been up to with the show? Has he been in the writers room, spinning stories?

3. Any new permanent writers yet?

4. How many SGU scripts have titles BESIDES the ones you already revealed to us (Air 3-parter, Fire, Water, Earth)?”

Answers: 1. No comment. 2. John is/will be reading and providing notes on scripts. 3. Not yet. 4. We have 12 titles so far.

Juralas writes: “If they’re the past versions, they were the ones sent 14 months back, but now they’ve become the present versions?”

Answer: Eventually, all three versions of the team merge.

Jinx writes: “But it fades out before there is resolution….”

Answer: The attack of Byzantium Tech (thanks to the tip from the alternate timeline Mitchell) is the resolution in that it thwarts Baal’s plot to take over the planet. In the final scene, the team from the past makes their final jump – back to the present where they will merge with their alternate selves.

Michelle Lumsford writes: “And I would have driven myself bonkers trying to figure out if Vala’s taking the coin over and over was supposed to have some secret significance.”

Answer: It was meant to illustrate the cross-effects of the different timelines. Present Vala misplaced the coin long ago and we learn, from Past Vala’s filching of the coin, that she was responsible. However, the fact that her present self does find the coin at episode’s end is intended to suggest that the three timeline versions of our team have merged – birnging Vala’s long lost coin along for the ride.

JJ writes: “So SGU will start shooting in this week right?”

Answer: Nope. Next week.

Mackenzie’s Momma writes: ”Silly question(probably) do you read any other genres than the Horror, Sci Fi, and Fantasy?”

Answer: Sure. I’m a big fan of David Sedaris.

Planet_tv writes: “In Enemy at the Gate was Teyla’s son with her on Atlantis or in the Pegasus Galaxy with his father because I don’t thing she would up and leave her son especially with what she said at the end of The Prodigal (If the answer to this is in the movie can you say the answer will be in the movie or something like that)?”

Answer: Although we didn’t see them, Kanaan and Torren made the trip back to Earth with Teyla.

Kuonji writes: “Have you ever done a Neil Gaiman book? Or Terry Pratchett?”

Answer: I’ve read and enjoyed books by both. I think they’re terrific authors.

Meils writes: “Jo, if you like detective novels with a weird twist then investigate the death of Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III in The Big Over Easy.”

Answer: Oh, I plan to. And so will a lot of readers here.

Chevron7 writes: “I’m curious though about your Theatre Room. Is it very geeky?”

Answer: Not particularly, although the walls and ceiling are black.

Charlie’s Angel writes: “ Have you read Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami?”

Answer: No, but I do have The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle sitting on my to-read pile.

DasNdanger writes: “Does Sheppard really have respect for Todd, but puts on a Wraithy personality when dealing face-to-face with him, in effect speaking to Todd in the language he understands best (as is hinted at in EatG when Todd says Sheppard knows how to talk to him), or is the hostility we see in Sheppard the way he truly feels about Todd?”

Answer: I believe that there is definitely an undercurrent of respect there (as evidenced by the end of Infection), but there is no way Sheppard will tip his hand publicly, especially to Todd himself.



59 thoughts on “February 11, 2009: More Big Book of the Month Club News. And the Mailbag!

  1. I gotta make a trip to the library SOON!!

    Arthurian legend meets the book of Job? Sounds awesome!

    I’m probably not going to make it through Dogs. I can read about people dying just fine (with very few exceptions), but whenever a dog dies, I break down.

  2. Answer: The entire team is present throughout as evidenced by the fact that when the team first travels to the past, Dr. Lee expresses surprise at seeing Daniel who was apparently reassigned.

    Ah admittedly that is a tad dissapointing even if the script never made it to air crazy huh lol

  3. Joe, firstly…thanks for answering my question about Todd/Sheppard – it is quite satisfying. Of course, I’m a tad confused by the “I believe”…I mean, as one of the writers/producers, aren’t you supposed to actually know these things? 😉

    Secondly, great news about Powers! I just called my lcs and they put a copy in my mailbox! Woo! Of course, I have to change my name for the Q&A, seeing as how I think I irritated the hell out of Bendis with my ‘give Wolverine some balls!’ campaign… 😛 (See, you’re not the only one I’ve picked on, but you are in good company! 😀 )


  4. So how come filming of SGU has been pushed back another week? Any word on when we might hear about who will be playing the female characters in SGU?

  5. Man oh man, as if I didn’t have enough to read! Thanks for feeding the addiction w/ the recommendations. They all look pretty good. I may have to participate in this book of the month club thing.

    Krista’s q&a session yesterday reminded me of something I’ve wondered for a while:

    Do you (or does anyone) know what the glowing Ancient designs on the steps in the gateroom in Atlantis say (if they say anything at all)? I’ve always imagined it to be something ridiculously utilitarian like, “Welcome to Atlantis, please check your weapons with security on your right and keep pets on leash at all times.”

  6. I agree Sheppard and Todd have respect for each other neither will admit to it through.
    I was just wondering if Robert Carlyle had to attend gun school, because his past job have meant he got to play with guns.

  7. I am reading Infoquake as much as I can.. A pretty good read so far. Hope I am ready for the discussion. and well we will try to get to the others…thanks for the heads up on the next ones.
    –I am hoping that our Austrailian neighbors are faring better today, yes they looked at me oddly when I was doing that rain dance, but I am glad its working.. We get a lot of red flag warning here in Fl, always dry, could be bad. Be safe friends!

  8. Woohoo! I finished all three books for this month! I stayed up WAY too late last night finishing “The Book of Joby” — things in the story had gotten to the point where I couldn’t stop reading until everything was resolved. If you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend it. I’ll be very interested to hear what others in the BotM group think of it.

    I think the addition of the occasional graphic novel will be a n interesting twist to the BotM club. I usually don’t read graphic novels, however I do enjoy Japanese manga, so I’ll give “Powers” a try.

    Hey, das — maybe we’ll convert you to reading non-graphic books and you and Joe will convert me to reading graphic novels!

  9. Thirdly…

    Narelle, glad to hear you’ve had a tiny bit of relief…let’s hope more is on the way! That NASA pic is frightening, especially when you compare it to other areas in the shot. Just keep saying safe! *hugs*


  10. I have to agree with ytimynona. I love dogs, and dying dogs make me sad. *sniffle*

    Remember your blog of childhood misconceptions? I finally remembered one of mine! I used to hate vending machines because I thought that if I didn’t press the buttons quickly enough the machine would swallow up my dollar and demand more. It scared me. So I always had to have my fingers on the buttons before I put the dollar in, and I’d check and recheck that I was pressing the right buttons for the item I wanted. I still do this! I’m trying to break the habit, though. I managed to go a whole 5 seconds today between inserting the dollar and pressing the buttons! Yay me!

  11. Fourthly…Heard from Perragrin today…shoulder’s healing slower than was hoped for. I tell ya, this winter (and summer for those down under) has been hell for a lot of folks. Maybe we need a group hug for everyone… 😛


  12. Gollysunshine writes: “And Daniel was where for this episode? Doing what? Out having a holiday or holding up the background?”

    Answer: The entire team is present throughout as evidenced by the fact that when the team first travels to the past, Dr. Lee expresses surprise at seeing Daniel who was apparently reassigned.

    Just having him mentioned as part of the whole team guarantees only that he’ll be standing there on set in view of the camera lens, too much of which we saw in season 5. It was the lack of even a single beat with Daniel’s name in it that made me wonder if at best, Daniel was included only in the word ‘team’ and hence comprised only the background with nothing significant to do — the type of episode I had hoped we were done with years ago.

  13. Thanks for the early release on the next BotM club selections. I’m working through Infoquake now(work isn’t really the right word; it’s too much fun). Sorry there’s no chance to lure you to the east coast, but I suppose there is always next year. Mailbags are always appreciated, and thanks also for the clarifications on some of the elements of Past, Present, and Future. It would have been fun to have been able to read a script, to better follow the plot better.

  14. Wow how do you get so many authors to do the Q n A thing? And how are you going to get Poe to do it? Or are you just going to bring in a Raven and have Lulu translate?

  15. Out of the thousands of books you read, do you read any mysteries or other genres? Broadly speaking, most of the books you have for the book club or mention elsewhere are science fiction or fantasy…or to put it another way, they tend to have some sort of fantasical element. I like that type of stuff too, and have enjoyed many of your suggestions, I was just wondering if you read anything that is more firmly grounded in “reality”, and if so, any thoughts as to a good read.

  16. Joe, I am so depressed. I am a BOTM Club flunkee. I tried to read one of your books, but I have discovered that I can not read on cue. (Feb. 4 Mallozzi wrote, “PICK UP AND READ THE DAMN BOOKS!”)

    The first one I picked up seemed about 10,000 pages long. I could not read and remain awake at the same time. (my fault, not the book’s) I would have never finished by the discussion deadline.

    I have also realized your tastes are not my tastes. You like Horror, and I will pick up a Cookbook and read it cover to cover including every measurement, stir, bake etc, and I have a HUGE collection of cookbooks. You like Fantasy, and I love Landscaping books.

    Also, I believe I like to read at certain times of the year. I love to read during the summer, either sitting outside in a comfortable chair under the shade, or in bed at night while the cool crisp air conditioner runs.

    I tried and struggled. Those childhood weird dreams were coming back. The one where I am at school and walking to class. I am lost and the campus is big so it takes hours to get there. When I finally do find the class, they are taking an important final exam and I realize I have not attended class all year (and I’m lucky if I’m wearing clothes!).

    Very frustrating! So I have to drop out for now. Maybe Sparrowhawk could give me some cliffnotes until summer comes. I will be reading all the book discussions and wishing I was a participant. I am so disapointed. I wanted to belong somewhere to something.

  17. Thank you for answering my questions. Speaking of pets, how’s the pet boutique doing?

    Thanks for the BOTM list. I’ll see if I can find them here.

  18. Only one more day and we head up to your town. I can’t wait to try Fuel and hope to at least drive by the studio. I did notice on your restaraunt list no German food…
    I have no idea what we are going to do while we are up there but I hope you enjoy Valentines…since it is my birthday I loath that “holiday”-always get one or the other.

  19. @ Ponytail – Hey, maybe give Powers a try. I have a lot of problems with books holding my attention, and that’s why I started picking up comic books, graphic novels, etc. Depending on how fast you read, you can easily read a graphic novel in a night, or two. There is this sense of accomplishment when you get done, too.

    So, don’t give up just yet…there’s still time!

    @ Sparrowhawk – The problem with me and real books is that it takes me FOREVER to finish one. Months, sometimes years. Really. In order for me to enjoy a book (and not fall asleep or have my mind drift all over the place), I have to make reading an ‘event’ – so, I read books when I eat out alone, or at the beach…something like that. I can’t read in my living room or the next thing I know, I’m in the kitchen doing dishes, or organizing my cabinets. 😛

    I’m also pretty picky. I have to like the subject in some way…and it’s hard to describe what I like…I just know it. Right now? Soul-stealing albinos seem to be working for me… 😉

    So, I can’t say that I will NEVER read one of Joe’s ‘real’ books, but it would have to be something really special (although, that Poe-ish book looks interesting…hmmmm…).


  20. Okay, this may be a really naive question, but what exactly is a graphic novel? Is it comparable to comic books or is it closer to anime? Or is it an entity onto itself?

    I’m just saying that I’m wary of the genre and being labled as one of ‘those people’ whose goal in life is to move to Japan. (though I’m pretty sure this is just the case with anime) Trust me, I knew a few and while they are nice, they crossed the line into unhealthy obsession.

    Though I will admit that over the weekend I watched an anime movie for the first time. It was called Howl’s Moving Castle. My roommate was excited about it so we watched that and Spirited Away. I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised, but I still hold the above reservations until someone can assure me otherwise.

  21. Answer: Three versions of the jumper in three different timelines = three after-effects of the device overloading.

    Oh no, I GOT it, I just couldn’t move myself to read the effects of such an incident. I knew my brain would, thus, be pulled into three dimensions. And at that moment I could hardly handle my own dimension, let alone three others.

    So me saying I couldn’t get past that part was saying that I was being entirely too lazy to thrust myself into the trio of worlds.

    Let me over-describe everything I say from now on.


  22. Thanks so much for posting the new books so early!! I look forward to actually being able to participate finally! Its great to have this new mission and read the books before the Q&A for once hahaha.

  23. @ Jenny R. – Graphic novels are usually comic books where a single story arc is collected into book format (usually 4-8 issues bound into one book). However, some are orginally published in the graphic novel format, without ever having been single issue comics. Graphic novels are often considered to be more mature in nature – not standard ‘superhero’ stuff.

    When comics like Spider-Man or Wolverine are collected into book format, they are usually referred to as ‘trade paperbacks’. There is some controversy over the use of the two terms – with those who believe ‘graphic novel’ denotes a more serious and respected story, while ‘trade paperbacks’ are just geeky comic books and not to be taken seriously. To get your book labeled a ‘graphic novel’ makes it cool and cutting edge, whereas trades are for geeks who live in their parent’s basement and don’t bathe. 🙄 Because of this, there has been some debate over whether all comics collected into book format should be referred to as ‘graphic novels’, just to make comic books seem more acceptable reading.

    Personally, I don’t give a hoot. As long as I like the story, I have no shame in reading a single issue, or trade paperback, or graphic novel…in public – you should see the looks I get sometimes…especially from gals with their Oprah book pick of the week in hand. Ha! They don’t know what they’re missing! Men in tights! Woo! 😀


  24. @ Ponytail – Whoa…step away from the…whatever you’re smokin’. 😉 It’s just me. Goofy, geeky, Wraith-loving me. In me jammies. 😀


  25. Did you see Brian J. Smith on Law & Order tonight? I have to say he was absolutely outstanding–he displayed a great deal of talent and SGU is, in my opinion, lucky to have him.

  26. Das – Thats what I mean, “Wraith-loving you”. After all, I am a Ronon fan!! Wraith-worshippers and Ronon do not mix. Thats like using gasoline to put out a fire.

  27. Another David Sedaris fan. You think his books are funny, you should listen to him read them out loud. I’ve downloaded many of his books for car trips. Even better than reading them.

    Oh man, not another list of books. I’m still reading one from six months ago that was on your list. I’m never going to catch up.

  28. I know it is a bit early to ask but, do you have any ideas for a 4th Stargate series to do after SGU?

    The thing I liked the most about SG-1 was the close connection to earth, they always started at earth, and sometimes Earth was under attack and so, it felt more “real”. That made SG-1 special to me. SGA was not that much about Earth, but we at least got to see the team go there some times, and the politics from IOA and stuff like that was still there, now, in SGU, as I understand, we will not at ALL have any contact to Earth, and that is sad I think. So hopefully you have plans for a 4th series that goes back to that Earth-connection? Maybe when the team in the future, in SGU gets back to Earth they bring some new enemy with them? Or maybe they alert som aliens on some planet that Earth excist that later try to attack us or something?

    And again, when will we know the female actors in SGU? Still hoping for Kristin Kreuk!

  29. Hi Joe,

    My vote is the “Poe” book! cause I love Edgar Allen Poe stuff!

    DO you read books about dogs?

    I turn the big 40 tomorrow! They say its the new 30! haha!
    Have you read a book that you just hated?

    Have a great day!

    Take care & happiness always!


  30. Hi again Mr M!

    Hope all good with you! Am still studying Y,T and T….Thoughts later.
    I think it’s a great idea to give as much time as possible re: BOTM and I certainly encourage the Graphic Novel, which I’ve only tried once (and liked) A suggestion (on that front) is Artemis Fowl ( a great series by Eoin Colfer…he’s Irish…surprise surprise), but the first book in the series was transformed into a Graphic Novel…Worth a look (i think).

    Any news of Marty G.? What’s he up to? And how is Carl Binder? One (of the many things) I miss about SG1 / SGA being gone, is the occasional phone video of our heroes either in the office or out and about at Lunch time!!

    PS: Meant to ask, do you ever (or any of the gang) listen in to the podcast at GateWorld, hosted by Darren and David (Really really great shows!!!)

    Best to all


  31. Hey everyone,

    Someone asked me today to find a list of the fatalities in the bushfires and while I was doing that I found out that one of the lecturers that I had when I was studying Zoology at Uni died with his wife and daughter in the Kinglake fire.

    Professor Richard Zann was a great guy who was totally mad about zebra finches, that was his life, his research. I fondly remember him taking a group of us out to the reserve surrounding the uni with recording equipment to record the wildlife etc. He did the most amazing imitations of zebra finches. Sure we’d all smile and roll our eyes (Richard’s at it again) but we all appreciated his enthusiasm and dedication. He was a cool guy. Very sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends and the family at La Trobe Uni Zoology dept.


  32. Yay, bookstore excursion on Sunday! (Then on to the gelato cafe next door.)

    And, thanks muchly. I’m resolved 🙂

  33. In the episode ‘enemy at the gate’ the odyssey was in a secret misson, it has something to do with the supposed third Sg-1 movie?

  34. Infoquake- it’s not grabbing me. Maybe because I’m sick of “corporate types”. We’ll see how reading goes next week.
    I’m dismayed at the size of The Book of Joby, not started yet and not sure I’ll finish in time, not to mention being seriously condescending and cynical about the implied inspiration for the story (Job, God, Lucifer, Arthur stuff).
    I’ll have to pass on Dogs, but I absolutely recommend books by Nancy Kress, I’ve read her other stuff.

    The next set:
    Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? – will pass on any graphic novel, I’m not into that anymore since overdosing on it via Japan. It’s terribly sad and true, I don’t even look at comic books anymore. And I was such a big collector as a kid.
    The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime -already read it, it was worth the side split factor.
    Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe – not sure I’ll be interested in this, I’ve yet to find anyone who can write as nuts as him, been disappointed in all attempts I’ve read. The fellow was unique.

    Off to the races

  35. PS strike that, out of curiosity I did look at the comic book and graphic novel that had Obama in it. LOL

  36. Hey Joe, a late THANKS for the birthday dedication – my internet was just transferred over to a new provider and we went offline for a while. Seriously, it’s only when I don’t have the internet that I realise how much I actually use it.

    But, as a treat for myself I actually ended up treating myself by going to my local bookstore and managing to find a copy of Infoquake, which until then was pretty elusive around here. I’ll have it read and ready to discuss by the 23rd, I promise! Really looking forward to finally being a part of the BOTM Club again too.


  37. Yay! Graphic novels are one of my favourite things to read. And I have a head start on April’s books in that I’ve already read this one.

    Also, I really appreciate the earlier notice for up-and-coming BOTM selections. I’m still waiting for my Feb books to be shipped to me. 🙁 On the plus side, I have no TV (or, well, furniture) in the new apartment, so I have loads more reading time now.

    Jenny R. wrote: Okay, this may be a really naive question, but what exactly is a graphic novel? Is it comparable to comic books or is it closer to anime? Or is it an entity onto itself?

    Graphic novels are exactly what the name implies: a novel told in graphic format. And just as with regular novels, some of those stories were wonderful, and others not so much. Graphic novels are not limited to stories about Western-style superheroes or Japanese schoolgirls saving the world with magickal superpowers and waterfalls of flowers. There are graphic novels about historical events, gritty detective stories, romances, stories about Dream and his kid sister Death, horrors and mysteries, and pretty much everything you can find in text novel format. Give them a try — you might find you like them. 🙂

  38. Coucou Joseph =)

    Vous allez bien?

    éhéhé le tournage commence la semaine prochaine^^. Impatiente d’en apprendre plus sur le cast =D

    Vous savez pourquoi le bouldogue français se nomme comme cela? Car c’est une race éxéptionnel qui porte le nom d”un pays encore plus exéptionnel! …..et je vous parle même pas de ses habitants^^!

    Passez une bonne journée Joseph! Bisou

  39. @ Ponytail – Funny thing is, the very first character who caught my eye was Ronon. When his character joined the show, my husband tried to get me to watch by pointing out, ‘hey, look at the new guy – he’s your type!” I looked, said, ‘yeah, he’s pretty hot’, but it wasn’t enough to get me to watch the show. I watched Sateda and Common Ground the next season – not sure in what order since hubby had recorded them, but I’ve always thought I saw Common Ground first because I did not know who Sheppard was in that one. I kept asking my husband, ‘But who is he? Are they killing him off now?’, and hubby kept reassuring me that they would not kill him off because he was the star of the show. As I recall, however, I did know who he was in Sateda, and I knew who the others were, too – so I’m pretty sure I saw them in reverse order.

    Still, I wasn’t interested in the regular characters, only that intriguing, eyebrow-challenged fella with the oh-so-sexy voice and sucky palm. It wasn’t until The Seer when I saw Todd again, and asked my husband if that was the same guy who had been sucking on the Sheppard, that I watched another episode. But I only watched that one and Miller’s Crossing, and didn’t start watching regular until BAMSR…and all because of Todd. And then I bought the box sets and met all of his beautiful cousins, and…well…that was it! How could I just sit back and watch the destruction of such a beautiful and complex species and not say a word? I couldn’t…and, well…everyone knows the rest. 🙄

    So, although I see the physical appeal of Ronon, he’s just no match for Todd & Co. A bit too cave-manish for me, I suppose, and I prefer the regal elegance that is Wraith. 😉

    Okay…now I’m falling back into Wraith-mode…so I just gotta say one little thing – Joe – do NOT kill Todd!! (pretty please? *makes puppydog eyes* )

    Not that it’ll work…but, hey…it’s worth a try.


  40. Time-traveling back two days:

    It just occurred to me that YT&T could be expanded into a three-act film or three-episode arc, with the merge coming at the conclusion.

    Act I–all of the Yesterday scenes

    Act II–the Tomorrow scenes

    Act III–the Today scenes and conclusion

    Still admitting I haven’t read the whole thing, though, so don’t pretend to know if the idea would work.


  41. @ Quade1 – I saw that – and I can’t help but think it was a joke…kinda like an Andy Kaufman-style act. I’m thinking that in a few short weeks, Letterman is going up against Conan, and what better way to boost your ratings than to have some controversial guests before hand to draw in curious viewers. I dunno – it’s just my gut feeling.


  42. Why is it that the Coast Guard has never been represented, nor even mentioned, on the show? All the other branches have! It seems as if there could be at least a corpsman, doctor, MP, or even an administrative Coastie on Atlantis. If flyboys can have the ATA gene surly a Coastie could as well.

  43. Hi Joe,

    Ok im confused.

    At first i hear Universe will film the 4th and then the 11th. Now its filming next week. Why the delay?

  44. Shiningwit
    Still here! Sorry, haven’t had a chance to get back to people.

    I’m experiencing Chinese Water Torture by computer today. My port replicator (which has everything attached to it; mouse, keyboard, printers, external HDD, connecting into my laptop) keeps on disengaging.

    I get half way through typing just one sentence and then there’s the “ba-bong” sound (disconnected), then “ba-bing” (reconnected), start typing, ba-bong, wait for it, ba-bing, start typing again, ba-bong, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH” ba-bing. It’s one more ba-bong/ba-bing off being on the receiving end of some wrath. That was wrath das, wrath.

    I’m not sure if things are settling down here or if everyone is just getting desensitised. It was a quiet reminder this morning waking up to this sky on Friday the 13th.

    Chev – Sorry to hear about the loss of Professor Richard Zann. My parents live on the Uni’s nature reserve.

    While watching a bit of the fundraiser last night (and credit to Orlando Bloom for being involved at a hands-on level – myself in general was more than happy to watch him do his stuff and I say thank you, my Husband would like you to be on the end of some horrible scarring – but he means that in the nicest possible way) they had singers being backed by the Police band… who play in full police uniform. A smiling, uniformed police officer banging away on a tambourine just looks…. odd.

    Joe – Already started on The Big Over Easy I’m reading it when I need to stop reading Thrice Upon A Time and let it sink in.

  45. @Chev – I was reading about Professor Zann on news websites this morning – my condolences. He must have been an interesting guy.

    @Narelle – I saw the singing police on the corner of LaTrobe & Swanston yesterday. I was in a taxi on the way back to the office (had to go photograph a Rep in Richmond) and we were stopped at the lights when we suddenly heard someone singing “Rescue Me”. The taxi driver and I were both giggling and WTFing over the lady cop shaking her thang – then I saw a more senior cop doing a very daggy dance with a collection bucket, and assumed it was probably for the appeal. Wish I’d had time to stop and get some pics.

    Re: the sky – I noticed the sunlight coming in this morning was very orange, have also been smelling smoke, but not sure if the smell has made it this far, or if it’s from something closer.

  46. Hi, Joe.

    At TV Guide Online:


    (Please follow the link for the complete article.)

    TVGuide.com Readers’ Fantasy TV Crossovers

    Now that the Grey’s Anatomy-Private Practice crossover event is underway, we challenged readers to get creative and tell us what crossover stunts they would cook up if they ran the networks. Click ahead to see the best ideas.

    # 3 of 13

    “As a lover of sci-fi, I think it would totally be funny if Battlestar Galactica crossed over to Stargate, since Atlantis ended on Earth. It could explore how BSG finally makes it to a real, livable Earth, and how they would run into the middle of Stargate’s battle with the Ori, Wraith, and Gou’ld and such.” — aznrycegrl

  47. I really enjoyed the missing scenes from Ripple Effect and the extra information about the episode, which I just discovered recently. It’s a real shame there wasn’t room for them, especially the scen between black team Daniel and black team Cam. That one was pretty important. Do you have any other missing scenes that you can share with us?

  48. Hope everyone in OZ is all right. This brings back not very fond memories of being volunteered to fight a bush fire that some nameless idiot of a junior officer could have prevented by putting out a small fire from a stray flare. The upshot of this fiasco is several dozens of hectare of hilly bush got toasted. Everyone who was there is affected by the fumes to this day. When people ask why don’t I stop smoking. My reply is that it couldn’t do more damage than the bush fire fumes. You got to understand we were downwind of the fires.

    The fire fighting incident also uncovered an interesting fact. The 12 tonne armor personnel carrier I was in got stop by a 2 to 3 inch tree trunk! This is a fully tracked vehicle with 150 horsepower going slightly downhill. So when you watch war movies that got APCs and tanks smashing their way through things, it’s BS.

    And yes, there was a deep orange glow reflected by the overcast that night. We were firefighting around midnight. It’s almost like dusk.

  49. I was wondering something. How big is Bridge Studios, does MGM own it 100% and is it mainly for Stargate? I think Macguyver was filmed there, and that you guys used the ‘Blade’ movie set if I recall right after it was left behind for much of Atlantis.

    I just figure that Stargate has been there for so long now, that it could almost be renamed Gate Studios.

  50. Oh, DAMMIT. I’ve been resisting the BOTM selections so far (although the Honor Harrington title nearly did me in), because I honestly have very little time and stamina to actually pick up a book. But the new selections sound great, and I feel my resistance slipping…

    I actually did pick up the Watchmen graphic novel, though, because my friends saw the first 18 minutes at NY Comic Con and said it was amazing. Since I literally have a copy sitting in my house, what are the odds of it being a future BOTM?

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