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.
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: http://www.ameliabeamer.com/category/the-loving-dead-online-serial/
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: http://www.pyrsf.com/contest.html
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…
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!