Hey, look who’s back in town! It’s our former script coordinator Alex Levine. Alex, who is now working as a story editor on The Border presently in production in Toronto, dropped in to say hi – and coordinate the annual March Madness pool. Although I love college ball, I haven’t been paying close enough attention so I set aside a few hours yesterday to do some research and fill out my sheet. I’ve got Memphis taking down Gonzaga in the final. Baron Destructo, a pretty big college hoops fan himself, went significantly more conservative, picking Louisville over North Carolina in the big game. My writing partner Paul, meanwhile, couldn’t be bothered with doing his homework and elected to choose his teams by picking random numbers out of hat (part of a complicated selection process in which the odds are properly weighted in favor of the higher seeds). I’ll be interested to see how our sheets compare: expert analysis vs. dumb luck.
I was strolling down the corridor today when I happened across Kate from the art department who, if she is to be believed, is an occasional reader of my blog. I asked her when she was going to swing by and do a fan Q&A and she dismissed the notion, presuming no one would really care what the resident Stargate art department draftsman had to say. I assured her that fans would be VERY interested in her work and informed her that I’d start accepting questions for her today. So if you have questions for Kate (And I’m sorry, but asking her out doesn’t count as an appropriate question) post away. What does a draftsman do? What kind of drawings or plans has she produced? How did she land the gig? What’s it like working with Joseph Mallozzi? Informative stuff.
Hey, speaking of “Looks who’s back!” – Look who’s back! Why, it’s Director Peter DeLuise, heavy into prep on episode 4, Fire.
Let’s see, let’s see…what else might be of interest to you…
Well, I was down on set and got a sneak peek at the Universe trailer the network put together. Coming sooner than you think to a t.v. screen near you…
The first part of our mid-season two-parter is called Space…
Oh, and Paul has started writing the SGA movie and is about seven pages in.
In an effort to give everyone as much time as possible, I’m announcing the May book of the month clubs early. Yes, we still have the April books of the month club discussions forthcoming (Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? – Discussion the week of April 6th with author Brian Michael Bendis; The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime – Discussion the week of April 13th with author Jasper Fforde; Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe –
Discussion the week of April 20th with editor Ellen Datlow.) but, looking ahead to May…
In the SF category, it’ll be:
I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein, by Michael A. Burstein
From the publisher: “You don’t need a collection of antique spaceships or a carefully calibrated time machine to share the memories of the final Holocaust survivor. You don’t have to jump through the gate between universes in search of a lost friend. All you have to do is open your eyes. You’ll remember the future. The future remembers you.”
For those interested, Jason Sizemore over at Apex (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/uncategorized/2008/11/choose-your-apex-store/) has kindly created a discount code our club members can use to get 20% off the HC or the PB versions of the book. Just enter “MALLOZZITWENTY” on checkout and you’re done. In fact, it’s active for anything in the Apex store except pre-orders.
Book club discussion the week of May 18th with author Michael A. Burstein.
In the Fantasy category, it’ll be:
The Land of Laughs, by Jonathan Carroll
From the publisher: “ Have you ever loved a magical book above all others? Have you ever wished the magic were real? Welcome to The Land of Laughs. A novel about how terrifying that would be.
Schoolteacher Thomas Abbey, unsure son of a film star, doesn’t know who he is or what he wants–in life, in love, or in his relationship with the strange and intense Saxony Gardner. What he knows is that in his whole life nothing has touched him so deeply as the novels of Marshall France, a reclusive author of fabulous children’s tales who died at forty-four.
Now Thomas and Saxony have come to France’s hometown, the dreamy Midwestern town of Galen, Missouri, to write France’s biography. Warned in advance that France’s family may oppose them, they’re surprised to find France’s daughter warmly welcoming instead. But slowly they begin to see that something fantastic and horrible is happening. The magic of Marshall France has extended far beyond the printed page…leaving them with a terrifying task to undertake.”
Book club discussion the week of May 25th with author Jonathan Carroll.
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday gal and blog regular Patricia Lee. Happy 50!