Today, we sat down to watch Andy Mikita’s director’s cut of Trial and Error, one of my favorite episodes of SGU’s second season. And that’s saying someting given that I wasn’t initially onboard with the story when it was first pitched. Well, one terrific script and a solid week of production behind us, and we’ve got ourselves an amazing episode – t hat, once second unit shoots that final missing scene next week, will come in at seven minutes over. Even with the expected tightening, Paul will be hard-pressed not to lose some scenes (the first two off the top, the discussion that may find a home in Carl’s episode) and Mr. Sparkle. Poor, Mr. Sparkles :(.
Meanwhile, Paul has started work on the second part of the mid-season two-parter and he’s elected to abandon all three place-holder titles “Resurgence II: The Heretic”, “Resurgence II: Electric Boogaloo”, and “Still Resurging” in favor of the much more understated “Deliverance”. Brad is working on his rewrite of Twin Destinies following our marathon morning mind-bending discussion. Carl’s on set hanging with the guest stars for his episode, The Greater Good. Linda is working on her rewrite of Alliances while Remi has started fleshing out one of his new arenas. Rob should be in post, working on his director/producer’s cut of Malice. And, with my revised draft of Resurgence out, I am looking ahead to my next story…whatever that may be. I’m thinking musical.
I have a little over two weeks before our June 14th book of the month club discussion of Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint (hint, hint! Pick it up!), so I’ve started three new books. The first, Infected, by Scott Sigler, has been sitting on my to-read shelf for a while. The second, Earth Strike: Star Carrier, by Ian Douglas, was recommended to me by Brad Wright who is a big fan of hard, military SF. The third comes compliments of our friend and editor John Joseph Adams who was kind enough to send me an advance copy – official release date September, 2010 – of The Living Dead 2 which boasts an intriguing line-up of zombie fiction from the likes of Robert Kirkman (he of my fave comic book series, The Walking Dead), Adam-Troy Castro (another friend to this blog), Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide), Cherie Priest (yet another friend to this blog), and Sarah Langan (yet one more friend to our little online community). Should be fun!