And the quarterfinals of the Stargate: SG-1 Greatest Episode Tournament have begun!

First up is a battle of two time travel-themed episodes: Window of Opportunity vs Moebius Part 2.  And, by the early looks of things, it may be a blowout.

Head on over to twitter and vote!

Yesterday, I asked “What draws you to science fiction?” and received many terrific responses.  One recurring element in a lot of your personal stories was the fact that a family member either shared your love for the genre or introduced you to it in some way.  So, today’s question is: “Who introduced you to sci-fi?”

Wow.  TimescapeHQ nearing 1000 followers in less than two days.  Not bad for a show in early development!

In my case, it was my mom.  She’s not much into sci-fi but a firm believer in reading and while I was growing up, she would gift me the classics: Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Ellison, etc.  In fact, many of those vintage books still sit on my mother’s basement bookshelf.

Yesterday, we went out for lunch with one of Akemi’s absolute faves: actor Mickeey Nguyen (Make It Pop, Z-O-M-B-I-E-S, Utopia Falls).  Following a veritable Vietnamese banquet at Oxtail Pho & Banh Mi, we walked over to Coffee Daklak for Vietnamese drinks.  I usually get the Egg Coffee (espresso topped with whipped egg yolk and condensed milk), I recently discovered they do an Egg Chocolate as well (chocolate topped with whipped egg yolk and condensed milk).  Mickeey had the Egg Matcha.  Akemi watched.  None of us tired the “cat’s poop coffee”.  Maybe next time.

Maybe not.

In addition to acting, Mickeey also teaches dance – and one of his classes happens to be Kpop Dance!  I told him I was going to join, maybe start easy with Blackpink and eventually move up to intermediate Momoland or advanced Everglow.  If this whole writing-producing thing doesn’t pan out, I’d like to be in a position where I can transition seamlessly into a second career as part of a Korean boy band.

8 thoughts on “August 30, 2019: Sci-fi and Vietnamese drinks!

  1. Definitely my Dad, and we shared a fascination of all things space and sci-fi from as early as I can remember right up when he passed away. I related a story on Twitter where on one of the earliest camping trips that I can remember in NH, he brought along a portable 12inch B&W 12 volt TV so that we could watch the Apollo launch. And, my first memories of sci-fi were the original Star Trek: TOS episodes being on waaaayyy back when. I remember we even watched all the first run episodes of the Canadian production, “Starlost”. Now THAT’S dedication! LOL

    All this has got me missing him terribly, again. Still.

    I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Kpop the last few days! It’s still hard to beat good old PSY. The video for “Daddy” still cracks me up! I suppose the song also applies to how I got my love of sci-fi!

  2. My intro to sci-fi came when I was in Grade 7. We had to go to the school library, pick a book, any book, read it and then write a book report on it. I wanted something different from everyone else, so while other were choosing adventures, westerns, shoot-em-ups, etc., I chose War of the Worlds. Fell in love with sci-fi with that one and haven’t stopped. I’ve read a lot of the classics, too: Clarke, Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov, Dick.

    Pretty much everyone I know asks me why I read sci-fi because ewww. I say they have no imagination.

  3. Sci-fi interest probably started when I was introduced to astronomy in Grade 4 and discussions with friends, and then my mom just let me watched whatever Japanese anime that was popular (and appropriate for my age) at that time … Gundam being one of those. And then I moved on to movies or TV shows that had themes including extraterrestrials and outer space … I believe it was Star Wars.

    Korean boy band … YUP! I can see you in it! XD

  4. I grew up in the wonderful 60’s era of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. I mean, come on. Who could not have science fiction in your blood after getting hooked on those two shows?

    “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.”

    So awesome!!

  5. “Who introduced you to sci-fi?”

    I very much found it myself. I read some scifi books (Arthur C. Clarke, George Johansson) as a child and saw some episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a cradle, and I also liked Quantum Leap and Earth 2, but what made me truly interested in scifi was Babylon 5. It remained as my favourite storyverse until Stargate and inspired me to craft my own.

    So, if I have to mention a name, that would probably be J. Michael Straczynski.

  6. I found my own way into sci-fi. I share with Ponytail the background of growing up in the 60’s with wonderful shows like Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. But I also loved to read. I finally ran out of books in the Children’s Section and had to get a note from my parents so I could check out books from the Adult floor. I started out with anthologies like “Best Science Fiction of the Year” and others I can’t remember. I would find authors I liked and then read everything they had written.

  7. What got me into sci fi? Definitely Star Trek TOS. Well…DEFINITELY Chekov, truth be told. He was just soooo…amusing. 🙂 And cute as a button! And I prefer to watch sci fi, not read it. Reading sci fi is boring, often too technical for my likes (I can do sci fi graphic novels, however…the pictures hold my attention). I think the only real sci fi books I’ve read are Earthblood (Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown), and the Ghost books by George Mann (they’re more steampunk sci fi, however), and…a couple of graphic novel series.

    I have always preferred mystery – specifically British murder mysteries (to read and watch) and film noir (to watch) – mostly because I love to see baddies get their comeuppance (unless, of course, they’re pale and hungry… 😉 ).


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