Just this morning I received news that author Kage Baker is in hospital fighting for her life.   Details here: http://tribes.tribe.net/renfairehistorysnobs/thread/c6091923-27e4-438c-ac8e-0e28d596b85d#402bb8f2-e567-471b-9fad-6ed5551c4f2e.  Back in July of ’08, Kage visited this blog to participate in a fan/reader Q&A in support of her wonderful In the Garden of Iden.  She’d been scheduled to come by sooner but, given the then recent passing of actor Don Davis (SG-1’s General George Hammond), she had suggested putting off the Q&A out of respect for the man and his many fans.  As a result, Kage ended up having to field the many reader questions during her already busy Guest of Honor appearance at the Las Vegas Westercon – and yet was more  than happy to do so.  I wasn’t at all surprised given that, only months earlier, during a discussion with editor Lou Anders on his anthology Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge, she had also made it a point to stop in and offer a special hello to Stargate fans.   I found Kage incredibly thoughtful and accommodating in my admittedly brief dealings with her and would like to do anything I can to support her during this difficult time.  Kage was kind enough to make time for us back then and now it’s time to make time for her.  So join me in sending Kage our positive thoughts and hopes for a speedy recovery…

Emails of support will be printed and read to her immediately
emails can be sent to: materkb@gmail.com

Letters, notes, cards and anything else you can think of can be sent to her home:
Kage Baker
331 Stimson, Apt. B,
Pismo Beach CA 93449

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Kage Baker.


Luis writes: “Why did Lawren did not like the Thai Noodles??? were they to Spicy???”

Answer: Quite the opposite.  He found them bland.

Taylor writes: “I was just wondering if SGU was going to be following along the lines of Stargate Atlantis’s first few seasons in regard to slowly discovering parts of the ship, repairing various systems etc, and then eventually getting in full control of the ship. Or is the discovery and/or repair of the Destiny and it’s systems going to be a long term story ark in the show?”

Answer: It will definitely be an arc that will run over several seasons – however, some mighty big discoveries upcoming…

Grapesofwraith writes: “I’m curious, what was the “Sam’s 5-Star Burger?””

Answer: I believe it was soy protein.

Pastrygirl writes: “Do you like middle eastern/persian/ etc cuisine? I don’t remember ever hearing you mention it – and I know there’s a falafel place on practically every corner in Vancouver.”

Answer: Really?  Where?  I know that there’s a terrific place for shawarma near Chapters on Robson but other than that, very few good middle eastern options.  Believe me, I’ve looked.

Mika writes: “You must’ve had an amazing night if the service didn’t mention several paragraphs on its own…”

Answer: The, uh, service was one of the things we were warned about so we were expecting the worse.  Granted, for a while early on it looked like we would never get served but eventually the waitress came over and took our order.  From there it was relatively smooth sailing.  Except for instances where Carl and Lawren attempted to flag down a server for a water glass refill only to have their plaintive cries go unheeded, consistently ignored as if they were a couple of boorish construction workers making catcalls at her.

Dodoalda writes: “I read somewhere, that in casting documents, was col. Young former SG leader and two members of his team were killed during a mission. Is this gonna be mentioned in the show?”

Answer: There will be a reference to a tragedy that links Young and Telford later this season.

Tina writes: “I was just wondering is there an email address where a friend could forward something on to you?”

Answer: BaronDestructo@yahoo.com.  He’ll make sure I get the email.

P.S. Your guesses are way off on the episode titles…

#1: INT*********



#4: P********

#5: C*********

65 thoughts on “January 16, 2010: Show Your Support for Kage Baker!

  1. Sorry to hear about Kage Baker – I hope that she has a speedy recovery.

    Joe – I know that screening the series of SGU in two segments with a HUGE break in the middle is a network decision. But do you know the logic/reasoning behind such a decision?

    Good night (0445hrs) from Susan 🙂

  2. To qoute several of the SG heroes, “oh Crap.” Very very sorry to hear of Ms. Baker’s health problems. I can only wish her the best in fighting such a terrible disease, and keep in mind miracles do occur. I hope however long she survives, she can enjoy herself as much as possible, and that the side effects of the disease and treatments will be minimal.
    After that news, I’ll just say thanks for the information, and take care of yourself. And keep us posted on your mom, as well as any updates on Ms. Kage you come across.

  3. Sad news regarding Kage Baker. My thoughts and prayers go out for her and her family. I’ve been there with a family member. A very difficult time.

    One last try. Title guessing is too hard.


  4. It’s worth a try–I like word games!

    #1 – Interception

    More guesses to come 🙂

  5. OK, gonna take a stab at The TITLES…


    4a – PROBLEMS
    4b – PURGATION


  6. Joe, here are the questions from the SyFy forums under the ‘Stargate Range’ thread you requested me to post. We’ve been debating them quite a bit.

    If you, or another staff member could please answer any of these questions for us Fans, we would greatly appreciate it.

    Mind you, some of questions may have nothing to do with actual “range.” LOL

    The debate branches quite a bit to make some points for people’s arguments.


    1. Two Part Question:

    a.) Are the gates in Universe made of Naquadah?

    b.) If so, can the gates be used to find other sources of Naquadah by resonate frequencies?

    2. Do stargates use direct, gate to gate dialing all of the time, or do they sometimes use chained gate sequences like we used for the gate bridge?

    3. Two part question:

    a.) Do gates have a set phone number in relation to where they are originally placed? Like a cellphone, you get an area-code, so no matter where you are, people can connect to your phone.

    b.) If that is the case, how do gates take on the addresses of planets they are near, or on, and how did the gate bridge actually work in the void between galaxies?

    4. Three part question:

    a.) Does Destiny’s gate physically have a limited range?

    b.) Is Destiny’s gate range a power issue?

    c.) Is Destiny’s gate locked out of some gates, and it’s range purposely limited by a computer program?

    5. Is there only 1 gate in each galaxy that can dial out to other galaxies? (i.e the crystal gizmo in Atlantis) I say no, there have been a few in the Milky Way Galaxy alone, but an official answer would be welcomed. There are some questions as to whether there is a special “Hub” gate in each galaxy.

    6. Could the gate bridge from Pegasus Galaxy to the Milky Way Galaxy have been used as a direct travel source from one galaxy to the next without the Midway Station? Meaning, could the Pegasus gates connect to the Milky Way gates to give you a straight shot from point A to point B?

    7. Were DHD’s built by the Ancients, or were they built by the Wraith in Pegasus and Goa’uld in the Milky Way?

    8. Three part question:

    a.) Are DHD’s an actual power source for dialing, or just an easy way to access the gate network?

    b.) How are the gates in the galaxy Destiny is currently in able to dial out without DHD’s if DHD’s are a power source?

    c.) Why did the Pegasus and Milky Way gates fail to be able to dial out without DHD’s unless an external power source was connected? Was it a system fail-safe?

    9. Which gates are older – Pegasus, Milky Way, or Universe?

    10. How many gates are on Destiny?

    11. How does Destiny have the ability to dial every gate in its network when not every gate in a galaxy can dial every gate in the same galaxy? There was an SG1 episode in which the team gated to a planet that could not gate back to Earth because it did not have the symbols for our planet. They then had to gate to another world and dial home from there.

    12. Did the Ancients actually invent the stargates, or did they barrow and improve the technology from an alien race they encountered while traveling from the Ori Galaxy to Earth?

    13. Was Destiny the ship the Alterrans came to Earth in as they fled the Ori Galaxy?

    14. Were Destiny and the Seeder Ships receiving updates from the Ancients for millions of years, or completely forgotten?

    15. Someone responded to a question posed a while back, it may have been you Joe, and stated that it was safe to assume that Destiny had the ability to self-repair given a proper power supply. If that is true, and the ships were receiving updates, could they not have upgraded themselves as well?

  7. Hey Mr.Mallozzi

    Just wondering if you knew when mgm would be releasing any more of the kino webisodes? Those things are stargate-nip!

  8. Sad to hear about Kage Baker, it sounds like she can use any good thoughts we have to spare. For anyone who doesn’t know, theobromos is chocolate – literally “food of the gods”.

    Re: the falafel places –
    When I was in Vancouver in ’05, I stayed at the Rosedale on Robson in Yaletown. I think we did most of our driving around in Yaletown and Gastown, but we were all over the place between the hotel and Stanley Park, the waterfront, museums, Chinatown, etc. And downtown, near the courthouse, maybe? There was a demonstration…
    I think most of the places I saw were pretty close to the hotel- seriously I thought to myself “If I just opened a place that sold coffee, ice cream and falafel I would CLEAN UP!” Maybe most of those have closed, now 🙁

    My birthday tomorrow, do you think I could get a blog dedication? If you need any persuading, unfortunately it’s a landmark B-day, with a large round number (0) at the end. Time to stop counting!!!


  9. My thoughts are with Kage Baker in her fight. Her strength of will to live is astounding given what she has been going through. My best wishes also to her family during this struggle.

    I know how tough it is to watch a love one suffer as my 87 year old mother fell and broke her hip on Wednesday. She made it through surgery, and hoping she will get through post op recovery in the hospital. After that is rehab. As with Kage and her family, you just have take it day by day.

    Very relieved and happy to hear that your mom is doing well.

  10. There are at least 350 12 letter words starting with INT!

    Perhaps it is one of these?

    interactions, interception, interdiction, interference, interrogated, interruption, intersection, interspecies, interstellar, intervention, intimidation, intolerances, intoxication, intransigent.

    Nine letters starting with a P? There are over three THOUSAND words beginning with a P. 🙁
    Come on Joe, it could be anything from Pantihose to Puttyroot. Give us more than one letter!

    The same goes for 10 letters starting with a C.
    Unless it’s Crispbread? Croissants?

    Damn, now I’m hungry.

    Forgive my Crankiness, but I dislike Crapshoots. 🙂

  11. I’ve never really known Kage or her books, but it’s horrible to think what she
    must be going through, so all my well wishes go out to her and her family, during what must be a difficult time.

  12. Coucou Joseph!!

    ça va bien??

    Moi oui très bien!!

    Ohhh, je souhaite bon courage à Kage Baker, j’espere de tout coeur qu’elle va s’en sortir!!!

    BaronDestructo@yahoo.com O_O vous ne nous aviez pas donné la même adresse la denrière fois, il faut dire que vous en avez tellement…!
    Bon aller!! Si je vous envoie un message vous me répondez cette fois!!…? (on peut toujours rêvé….?)

    Aller gros bisou!!
    Je vous adore!!!

  13. I’m very saddened by the news about Kage Baker. She and Kathleen will be in my thoughts and prayers, as Kathleen requests. – For Kage’s sake, I’m glad that Kathleen is her immensely dedicated caregiver, and that they’re part of a highly supportive community. Like Thornyrose said, miracles do happen; but it has to be immensely hard to hold out hope for one.

    Thank you for giving us the link to the information, and also for setting down your own thoughts. Kage sounds like one incredible, and very kind and gracious, lady. Hoping strongly that she can find that meeting point of indomitable fighting spirit, and peace.

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    Trying to guess the episode titles is getting to be too much for me.

  15. G’day Joe

    Sending positive thoughts to Ms Kage Baker. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

    I never try to guess titles, mainly because I am no good at it.

    Give your Mum all the love from Australia.

    Bloody HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT here now. We have been going down to the local public pool at night time to cool off.

  16. I never guess these titles, but maybe…

    That was fun, hope I didn’t dupicate anyones,off to have more coffee..

  17. My thoughts and prayers to Kage Baker.

    Hmmmm….let’s see if I got these right……


    #4: PHENOMENON??

    #5: CONFLICT??

  18. Hey Joe, am gonna have a go with the episode titles if you don’t mind. Am working on the theory that the asterixes represent a letter…



    #5: CHALLENGES (or Challenged)

    are they anywhere near right?

    A question for you on technical stuff regarding stargate. Do you find it slightly annoying that if someone asks you a techincal question regarding the function of the stargates, atlantis, or destiny, that is really long winded and by the end of which you can’t be bothered to give an answer other than “yes” or “no”? and another one relating to the last question, when you write about something technical in the series, do you refer to your blog to see whether or not you have already discussed it so that your blog can remain faithful to the series? or do you just write it, even if it contradicts something that you have already said on here?

    by the way, regarding the longwinded questions – i will be expecting you to use “yes” and “no” answers, so the comedic effect won’t be there that much.


  19. So sorry to hear about Kage Baker, thoughts and prayers are with her. I do believe in miracles and praying for that as well.

  20. I will keep Kage in my thoughts and prayers.
    A guess at the missing titles:


  21. So sorry to hear about Kage. Hoping for the best for her, family and friends. I went thru it with my mom.

  22. That are sad news about Kage Baker. I wish her all the best and the energy to keep her spirits up. Our mind is our strongest ally.

    About possible titles, here are my suggestions.

    I: Integrity
    II: Aftermath
    III: Awakenings
    IV: People
    V: Core

  23. Hello.

    First, I have to say that I started visiting this Blog for news about Stargate Extinction, but quickly became interested in all of your culinary adventures. On that front, if you ever make it to New Jersey, I recommend a little restaurant called Clinton House for the best 46 ounce porterhouse you will ever have!

    Since I am here I have to ask in there is any news on a timeline for Stargate Extinction since Jason may soon become involved in Conan (which I agree he would be perfect for…)?

    Since you are so close to Vancouver do you or any of your staff have plans to go to the winter Olympics?

    Best wishes to you and your family, and hope your mom is doing better.

  24. Long time reader, just gonna take a stab at the titles

    1. Intervention?, Interception?

  25. @PALOOSA
    Hugs to your Mom!
    Hmmm… Me thinks that this whole gravitational fluctuation thing may be contagious…

    As to Kage… I’ve never read any of her works, but I’m glad she decided to let her condition be known. Strange as it may sound, it may still be knowledge that could save someone else and/or inspire charity in others. She has already left a legacy in her writings and every second longer that she survives, she will continue to leave an even larger one in just “being”!

  26. How sad. Poor Kage Baker, I hope she gets better soon and naturally I wish for all the best for her.

    May send an email or a card or something, unsure which at the moment, wishing her a speedy recovery.

  27. What a shocker reading Joe’s blog title today.

    I first heard of Kage Baker from Joe’s Book of the Month Club choice. One reading of a single book and I was hooked.
    I scoured local libraries and bookstores for the entire Company series of books. Some were no longer in print, so I scoured the Internet as well. Finally, I got them all and read them all and enjoyed them all.

    I am woefully saddened to hear of this wonderful writer’s health crisis and ask that everyone please send a well wish to the email or snail mail provided.

    I also know, first hand, how cancer can devastate.

    Kage, you are a strong and fair warrior — fight on!😀

    2cats in NJ

  28. Intelligence
    Perspicacity (yes, that is a reach)
    Confinement or Comprehension?

    So sorry to hear about Kage Baker. I’ve read that uterine cancer symptoms are so ubiquitous that it’s regularly caught in the advanced stages. Prays going out to Ms. Baker!!!!

    Das: you ok? You’re being awfully quiet. Happy thoughts going your way.

  29. Re 🙂 Alors vous avez reçu mon petit email ça vient du coeur ♥!

    Ah oui! super on a des informations sur les titres de la S2 de sgu!!
    Est ce que chaque étoile est égale à une étoile?


    #2: “AFTERMATH”

    #3: “AWAKENINGS”



    Ahhhh y’a pas de saucisses!!! …au non pas de choucroute sans saucisses!!!!… vive la nourriture!

    ahh bon je vais me coucher moi ^O^

    a demain!

  30. Send positive thoughts Kage’s way.
    In the Garden of Iden was the first book of the month I read and enjoyed it so much I began reading the series. Since then, I’ve never looked back as far as reading goes. She’s helped one person here rediscover the joy you get from reading and I cannot thank her enough for being part of that.

  31. ok, well i’m having a guess at what the first episode title could be called, ok well actually i’m having a lots of guesses, any of these correct


    I think my favourites are intelligence, interference , intervention, intolerances

    am I right??? guessing not but hey worth a guess, next step is finding a dictionary and typing up every word(ok that’s not going to happen cos it sounds like way too much effort)

    well night, or morning, or evening(my mind won’t work out time difference) either way i’m off to bed.


  32. I guess Bob Cooper will be able to focus on scripts now that his side entertainment is over. Cowboys Lose! The Cowboys Lose!

  33. Intercession
    Incursion III



    Political (I hope not)
    Precipice (meh)


  34. I really must confess folks that I stole that work of art. I am a bad person. 🙁

  35. @Sheryl: I told you what you happen to you if you posted that photo, didn’t I? Beware the wrath of me 🙂

  36. For the love of God! Why can’t the fracking Chargers win one when it matters?

  37. Guess I’ll just have to switch sides and go with whatever team Farve is on.

  38. Though I don’t know Kage Baker, my heart certainly goes out to her at this time. Whether we know one another, or not, we’re all human – and if we can’t feel for one another when something like this happens, than what’s the point to our human compassions? Isn’t that what makes us ‘better’ than animals? I’m pretty sensitive right now – with all that is going on in Haiti, and then you get word of something like this – I can’t help but to really feel for Kage in her battle. I sent off a message letting her know thoughts and prayers are with her.

    @ Tammy – Thanks for worrying about me. 😉 I didn’t have the best of weeks – total shite – but with everyone else having far worse weeks than me – Joe & Mom & Sis, Haitians, Ms. Baker – I figured these are the folks we should be focusing on. I am aware that sometimes I come across a bit strong here, and right now wasn’t the time for a dasNdanger floor show, if you know what I mean.

    @ Joe, Sis & Mamma Mallozzi – Hope all is well!

    Sis, thanks for the updates (Joe’s not really good with that unless somehow foie gras or cod sperm is involved).

    Mrs. Mallozzi – sorry if I referred to you as elderly – I can’t remember. You have permission to wag your finger at me and tell me never to do it again, or no cannoli for me!

    Joe – Wait until you hear about my dream last night…

    Have a good evening, everyone!


  39. Intermission would be my guess on the first one, it matches the theme with Aftermath. Also, it might be a neat play on words for the episode, ie “in the middle of a mission.”

    I’m going to guess the “P” episode is firstly not Priaprism, though that might be amusing in a puerile sort of way. If it continues the idea of Awakenings, my guess would be Practices. Awakenings implies some sort of revelation, and putting it into practice would be the next step.

    The “C” one I have no clue. I’ll go with Conclusion, to make Awakenings-P-C a trio of related names akin to Air-“Fire”-Water-Earth.

  40. Heya Joe here’s my guess:


    this episode guessing game should be done in the style of a quiz show 🙂 lol

    Peace dude

  41. Ooooo… I forgot to mention, I saw the movie UP this past weekend. The dog, Dug, that is my Maddie in every way. I have to videotape her when we say “squirrel” or “ball” or “duck” and stick it on YouTube. It is a riot. Even the way she looks at you. So when you see Dug in UP, think of my sweet Maddie girl.

  42. Joe, So glad to see your Mom up on a walker, What a recovery! What a woman!! Great going Mrs Mallozzi! 😉

    Joe in reference to dropping off the passengers, I would probably not have picked them up in the first place, safety first, who knows which one of them would have me on his menu of wfotd…

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