According to the call sheet I discovered sitting in my mailbox early this morning, we have apparently started shooting Stargate: Universe’s second season. This is exciting for many reasons, the chiefest, of course, being the return of the catering truck.  Alas, we’re on location until Friday and, thus, won’t see our lovable cast and crew (and Anthea’s equally lovable desserts) until Monday.  In the meantime, we’re keeping busy on the home front.  Paul has wall-to-wall meetings as prep begins on Intervention, while Remi, Linda, and I muse over our respective outlines.  I also get to ponder the batch of notes I received on my first script, Awakening, as it heads toward Blue Draft status.

It's the first official day of production, so I want to look my super-villainous best whether I'm working on a script rewrite, approving a set design or, in this case, complaining about my lunch choices.

Well now, this is cool.  Angela Beamer’s zombie-comedy-romance, The Loving Dead (one of I09’s “20 Books We Can’t Wait To Read in 2010) will be hitting bookshelves in July…BUT you don’t have to wait until July IF you have a computer.  The novel will be serialized online, starting with the first four chapters, then a chapter a week until the official release date.

And what, exactly, is the book about?  I’m glad you asked: “It tells the story of Kate and Michael, twenty-something housemates working at the same Trader Joe’s supermarket, who are thoroughly screwed when people start turning into zombies at their house party in the Oakland hills. The zombie plague is a sexually transmitted disease, turning its victims into shambling, horny, voracious killers after an incubation period where they become increasingly promiscuous. Thrust into extremes by the unfolding tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the decisions they’ve made, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive. Kate tries to escape on a Zeppelin ride with her secret sugar daddy — but people keep turning into zombies, forcing her to fight for her life, never mind the avalanche of trouble that develops from a few too many innocent lies. Michael convinces Kate to meet him in the one place in the Bay Area that’s likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hordes: Alcatraz. But can they stay human long enough?”

Start reading it here:

Also, our friends over at PYR are celebrating their fifth anniversary by holding an essay contest.

The theme?  Five reasons why science fiction and fantasy is important to you.

The rules?  Alas, the contest is only open to U.S. residents.  Full list of rules, regulations and PRIZES available here:

Now, where did we leave off yesterday?  Oh, yeah.  We were perusing the Art Department package for SGU’s three-part opener, Air, and were about to get into Icarus Base, Homeworld Command, and The Hammond…

Ext. Icarus Base - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. The concept is illustrated, the actual shot all CG.
Ext. Icarus Base - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. A mix of practical elements (the actual section pictured here along with some weaponry) and green screen.
Int. Icarus Base Gateroom - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. The former Int. SGC Gateroom with some adjustments, that walkway leading from the control room to the gate being a major one.
Int. Icarus Base Corridor - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. Devastation caused by the attack.
Int. Icarus Base Stage Layout - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.
Int. Icarus Base - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.
Int. Icarus Base Broom Closet - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. "Note: sink to support actor action". Action indeed.
Int. Icarus Base Officer's Mess/Kitchen - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. Formerly the SGC Briefing Room.
Int. Homeworld Command Stage Layout - Stargate: Universe, Season, Air. Note the upper left section. We designed a bathroom but never ended up building it. As a result, General O'Neill had to use the public bathroom in the Denny's located across the street from Homeworld Command.
Int. Homeworld Command Control Room - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.
Int. Homeworld Command Communication Lab - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.
Int. Hammond Ship Plan - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.
Int. Hammond Bridge - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.

Int. Hammond Mess - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air. The rear projection screen behind the windows noted on the right hand side offers up a view of the hyperspace effect.

Int. Hammond Observation Deck - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.

Int. Hammond Eli's Quarters - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Air.

Okay, tomorrow I’ll post design work and schematics of the Destiny shuttle.  Promise!

In the meantime, for those of you still playing along with the second round of Guess the Episode Titles…

Episode #6: **** *N* *R***

Episode #7: T** ***A*** ****

Episode #8: *A****

Episode #9: ???

Episode #10: *E*****N**

Today’s entry is dedicated to Shaggygirl.  Happy Birthday!

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An STD whose first symptom is promiscuity? Genius. Why haven’t the non-fiction STD’s thought of that?

The flu viruses know to make the afflicted sneeze. It makes sense.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

OMG Thank you sooooooooooooooo much. I’m loving this art design. I’m fasinated at how the tiny sets are designed to look soooo big. Like I knew that stage 5 was small but I didn’t realize it was that small.

Do you think you could show us the design of the destiny set at stage 4. I’ve Been trying to forumlate a map in my he’d but I can’t. I’m so curious to see the layout of the ship. Please???

Thanks so much,
Major D. davis


Love that villainous photo!

6. True and Tried
Dirt and Grime
Burn and Crash

7. The Pegasus Ship

8. Rabies

9. WTF?

10. Beginnings


What’s Blue Draft Status mean? And no Carl Binder, yet?!


Thanks for the pictures.
On another note, I received an interesting email *cough* scam-spam that Agent Wexler might be interested in; seems the Nigerian scam has moved to Hong Kong. Would the loquacious agent in question be interested in having it forwarded to him?


Hey, Probie! I mean…JOEY!!! I really don’t think villains have such messy desks. wink



Thanks for the birthday shoutout. Am having a great day. I even flew a helicopter!



nice suit mrgreen


Hmmmm . . .

6. Wrack and Bruin
7. The Manager Dies
8. Havens
9. (If I told you, I’d have to kill you)
10. Revenants


Nice artwork/pictures. smile

So why no more one-word episode titles? (Yes, I am persistent. :D) Any change these are just preliminary and will later become one-word titles?


Isn’t the ‘Hammond’ set just the same set of Prometheus corridors you’ve been using since Season 6 (with the odd cosmetic change here and there)?



Hey Joe,

Wow, a three-piece suit…I am so very impressed. You look VERY dapper. And so official… *giggles*

Loving the “drawer” show-n-tell. It is the wait..YOU are the best…Thank you. *big hug*

Okay..more more more…

Episode #6: HIDE AND TREAT


Episode #8: SAWXXI

Episode #9: WHAT? NO? REALLY?

Episode #10: TEXONNINGS

Enough already..will somebody win this so we can stop playing.

Best to you anyways Joe,
Cheryl smile

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Yep you look super duper villainy with all those toys behind ya….. *runs*

Ah the infamous broom closet, where the first rooting scene took place.

Your guessing game reminds me of ‘hangman’. What happens to us if we fail to complete the mission??


Oh yes, very villainous. I think it’s the high collar. It makes you look like a Count…or Baron, of course.

On location eh? Time to start stalking again!

Hey so is it “Awakenings” or “Awakening”? Obsessive individuals such as myself needs to know!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Snazzy looking Mr. M. Have you seen the new penguin in all black?

Thanks for the book link! Intriguing.

Hubby is now playing chess online. If anyone is interesting in a free chess playing cite:

Das: I read somewhere that if you crave order, then you have a disorganized mind. So a messy desk is a good sign, yes?


So Joe what did you decide on for lunch?? You really look so serious,(villain) be careful of those frown lines.
Glad to see the catering truck will return, have heard great things about those desserts, but not sure I have seen pictures…
I have been working on reading Heinlen, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and at the same time I am reading David Webers Honor Harrington series. am up to The Short Victorious War, has been fun reading. But as the weather gets better, it will be time to take to the outdoors and yard fun, so will see how the reading progresses.
Hope you have a wonderful day and remember the time change this weekend..


Episode # 6: – Rock and Roll
Episode # 10: – Testaments

How’s that?


Episode #6: **** *N* *R***
Bows and arrow
Lost one bride
Bang and crash
Race and creed

Episode #7: T** ***A*** ****
The aquatic life
The capable ones

Episode #8: *A****

Episode #9: ???
Insert title here

Episode #10: *E*****N**

cheers, chev


Episode #6:

Lies and Truth
Lies and Trust
Back and Front
Food and Drink!

Keep the pictures coming! I love them!


Episode #6: **** *N* *R***

Episode #7: T** ***A*** ****

Episode #8: *A****
(Hey, no fair! Where’s the second letter for this one?)

Episode #9: ???

Episode #10: *E*****N**

Michael A. Burstein

You do look frighteningly like a supervillain in that picture. I can almost see you as Lex Luthor.

Let’s see…title game… here are more ridiculous guesses…

Episode #6: **** *N* *R***

Mars and Brick

Episode #7: T** ***A*** ****

The ***A*** Team

Episode #8: *A****


Episode #9: ???


Episode #10: *E*****N**


Margaret Clayton

Ooooh, lovin’ the pictures.

I thought super-villains had cheesy little ponytails. And a Power Tie. I mean, honestly, can we take your super-villainy seriously with a pastel tie around your tender throat? But nice try.


Hi Joe, I’m back from Disney, had a great time! In a few weeks Deni and I will meet up again, see , you have created monsters!! We can’t wait to see what trouble we can get into!! My hubby says he WON’T bail me out!! Sheryl.


6. Wray And Greer
7.The Greater Rush
8. Tamara (or Badass)
9. 42
10. Telfordnik


Joe, I vaguely recall that you posted a photo of hand-knit public art, from Vancouver? Tokyo? Montreal? If you didn’t, these lnks are fun anyway. home page&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari