Archive for ‘Sci-Fi’

January 7, 2013

It’s Monday, Have a Video

I’ve noticed a lot of sites do “Friday Videos” but, really, when did you need a funny video to brighten your humdrum life? On Friday when you’re free, free, FREE for the weekend? Or Monday when you’re faving five more days of day-job grind?

I think the answer should be fairly obvious. And so, I announce a new feature at #Nerdgirls: The Monday Video.

To kick off this new feature I give you:

The entire Star Wars original trilogy in Two Minutes.

Done with LEGOS!

FTW.

You’re welcome.

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June 15, 2012

Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi

Ok, first of all, if the title of this alone doesn’t have you squeeing with glee then I’m pretty sure you should just hand over your geek credentials right now. Still, I might give you a pass, but if you read the blurb for this book and don’t start jumping up and down in fan-girlish elation then, I’m sorry, you’re not human. You’re certainly not a geek.

To prove my point, here is said blurb:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Ok, for those of you don’t know (and really, what are you doing on this website if you don’t even know what a Redshirt is?) Redshirts are the crewmen on Star Trek who beam down to the planet with Kirk and Spock and the other main characters and then the redshirts end up getting eaten by a giant Were-Duck Space monster or melting to ooze because of some random Space Plague. Redshirts are the cannon fodder who die to let the audience know the situation is serious.

Basically, this book is Star Trek told from the Redshirts’ perspective, and they’re not taking it lying down anymore. But that’s oversimplifying. This book is just…dense. Layered. It’s Galaxy Quest with a heart. There’s dry humor and satire and meta-wink-wink-nudge-nudge stuff and really moving love stories and sadness and action and it just FUCKING ROCKS. I’m sorry, I’m not being articulate. I just finished this half and hour ago and I’m riding the high that really good fiction gives to any serious reader. This is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read in years. I read it one sitting; I just finished reading it half an hour ago and I already want to read it again. Here, to help convince you, have a sampling of some of my favorite bits:

“I really want to know what you’re smoking,” Finn said. “Because whatever the hell it is, I’m betting I can make a hell of a profit on it.”

***

“On a good day I can bang out a first draft of an episode in six hours. Is it good? It ain’t Shakespeare, but then, Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus, so you tell me.”

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“What we’ve been told…is that as the flagship of the Dub U, the Intrepid takes on a larger share of sensitive diplomatic, military and research missions than any other ship in the fleet. Because of that, there is commensurate increase of risk, and this a statistically larger chance crew lives will be lost. It’s part of the risk of such a high-profile posting.”

“In other words, crew deaths are a feature, not a bug.”

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Really, if you have even a little bit of the SF geek in your soul, if you enjoy meta-fiction and ruminations about the nature of story and characters, if you enjoy stories about underdogs and friendship and soldiering on in the face of impossible odds then pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

Buy this book. Now. John Scalzi deserves some of your money for being so fucking brilliant, AND so talented it makes me gnash my teeth in the best kind of writerly envy.

Here are some buy links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

By hook or crook, guile or strength or whatever READ THIS BOOK!

December 8, 2011

Just in Time for the Holiday Season… ‘Aliens on Ice’

“Skate away from her, you bitch!” This is really real folks. Check out the video below…
[From Fear.net]

Now this is the kind of insanity that makes me proud to be a nerd. The Old Murder House Theatre in Austin, Texas specializes in performing movies — usually from the ’80s and ’90s — on stage. Everything from Jurassic Park to Robocop. But the company is now tackling what is perhaps its greatest, and certainly most challenging, work: James Cameron’s Aliens. On ice.

There’s a lot to love in this video: the wigs, the era-appropriate power ballad, the colonial marine armor made of cardboard, the alien made of trash bags… But the best part must be that Newt is played by a fully grown, overweight, bearded man. Well done. If this is what it means to keep Austin weird, may the city never know normalcy.

Find out more at The Old Murder House Theatre’s Facebook page.

December 6, 2011

BSG: Animated Designs

[via GeekTyrant]

I would love to see a Battlestar Galactica animated series! I think it could be pretty freakin’ awesome! Here’s a little collection of cool art that will give you an idea of what this awesome sci-fi series might look like in cartoon form. These were created by artist Otis Frampton.

December 1, 2011

Disney’s ‘John Carter’ New Trailer

Behold John Carter, where shirtless hunkster Tim Riggins– I mean Taylor Kitsch, fights aliens, jumps tall buildings in a single bound and woos tattooed women. I’ll certainly give it a chance but a couple things seem unnecessary to me: First, dropping the ‘of Mars’ they had originally. Who are you afraid of scaring off, Disney? Second, the fact that they don’t show any clips relating to Carter’s life on Earth as a prospecting Civil War veteran (even though they have a title saying “Lost on our world”) which would have up’d Carter’s awesome factor considerably. Kind of a slice of lamecake, Disney.

November 25, 2011

Stormtroopers Are People Too!

[via GeekTyrant]

Stormtroopers are often looked as the enemy, at least up until now. Just like in any war the soldiers, no matter their side, are people too. Kristina Alexanderson‘s Star Wars-based photo collection made me realize that. Her photos take Star Wars figures and shed a new light on them by placing them in everyday situations.

For all of her work head on over to her Flickr, below are a handful of her images that are really cool:

November 20, 2011

The Star Trek Crew watching Star Wars. Genius!

Here’s a hilariously awesome video of Captain Picard and the rest of the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew watching and analyzing the movie Star Wars: Episode IV on his bridge of the Enterprise.

The video was brilliantly spliced together by Taylor Culbertson who spent who knows how long going through and watching Star Trek to find just the right comentary and reactions to fit in with the scenes they were watching in Star Wars. I love how this all came together and it was awesomely entertaining so I hope you enjoy it! This might just be the greatest thing you see all day!

 

 

[via GeekTyrant]

November 17, 2011

Raiding The Lost Ark Preview

If you are a Indiana Jones fan like I am, you will enjoy this movie. Raiding The Lost Ark is a documentary based on, you guessed it, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders was developed by Jamie Benning who has also created a couple of other awesome “filmumentaries” (as he likes to call them) for the Star Wars trilogy. He’s now focused on bringing us some more great material and information for the Indiana Jones films. The first of which is called Raiding the Lost Ark.

Raiding follows the same format that Jamie basically invented, with hours worth of interviews and behind the scenes footage condensed and re-edited into the main flow of the film to produce a visual commentary of the movie-making process. Jamie has also added graphical reconstructions of deleted scenes, subtitled facts (many taken from The Complete Making of Indiana Jones), and scans from the production diaries, offering an unprecedented insight into the first and best Indiana Jones film.

The real coup with Raiding, though, comes from the fact that Raiders director Steven Spielberg has yet to release an official commentary track on any of his films, so this really is the next best thing, with many clips from interviews from the last thirty odd years giving a great insight into the way he thinks and how certain, memorable, shots came about. An early gem of background info comes from actor Alfred Molina, who played Indy’s guide at the beginning of the film, as he recounts his experiences with all those tarantulas! Makes me shudder just thinking about it. And I love the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ way Jamie has inserted the title of his film right in with the real title. I’d heard that Tom Selleck was considered for Indy, but it’s a real treat to see a bit of his screen test, playing opposite Sean Young as Marion.

Here is a 17 minute preview of the filmumentary. What do you think??

November 16, 2011

Trek Nation is for you, Trekkies

The Science Channel is set to premiere Trek Nation – a two-hour event that takes audiences inside the Star Trek phenomenon. George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and Seth MacFarlane join Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr. on the journey of a lifetime featuring never-before-seen footage. Tune in on Wednesday, November 30, at 8PM ET/PT.

Here is the official press release:

SCIENCE celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the greatest television franchises of all time, Star Trek, with the world-premiere two-hour event, TREK NATION. This tribute follows Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, as he explores the deep impact of his father’s singular vision for the future.  Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, and many notable Star Trek alums, TREK NATIONchronicles a son’s journey to discover his father’s work that helped defined science fiction. TREK NATION premieres on SCIENCE on Wednesday, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT.

TREK NATION draws on hours of exclusive footage, including never-before-seen home movies from the Roddenberry family collection and the first-ever Star Trek convention.  This film demonstrates that Roddenberry’s work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but generated a cultural movement. Star Trek is a phenomenon that goes beyond entertainment; it has influenced politics, space travel, social morality and much more. Star Trek was a catalyst which has fostered an enhanced understanding of the human condition, capturing man’s constant search for a better world.

“Gene Roddenberry is the original thought-provocateur; the rebel-genius who was not afraid to push the boundaries of what science can accomplish,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. “Star Trek used science fiction to hold a mirror to society, leveraging its storylines as a platform for social commentary touching on topics such as racism, sexism, the economy, war, peace and religion.  Working with Rod, and showing footage never shared on television is what makesTREK NATION truly inspiring.”

“I am so glad TREK NATION found its home at SCIENCE,” says Rod Roddenberry, Executive producer of Trek Nation and son ofStar Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. “They understood that, as personal as the film was for me, TREK NATION is really a universal story of a son coming to understand his father.  The experience allowed me to learn more about the man behind this incredible science fiction phenomenon as well as the man I knew as ‘Dad.’  I think it’s something that Star Trek fans and those less familiar with the franchise will enjoy.”

Star Trek was a revolution that would define an era.  When it first premiered on NBC in 1966, it often was described as a western set in space.  However, the series provided a much deeper commentary that created a devoted and loyal fan base which continues to grow, even today.  With a then-virtually-unknown cast, each week Roddenberry told tales of humans and aliens who lived side by side and served the Starfleet, the peacekeeping armada of the universe.

TREK NATION is produced for SCIENCE by Roddenberry Entertainment and New Animal Productions.  For Roddenberry Entertainment, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth are executive producers.  Executive producer Nicole Rittenmeyer represents New Animal.  Bernadette McDaid is the executive producer and vice president of production for SCIENCE.  Lindsay Foster is associate producer for SCIENCE and Debbie Adler Myers is general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE.

November 14, 2011

A Who Convention! Shut the Front Door!

You heard it right! BBC has created the official Doctor Who Convention. It will be held in the wonderful Cardiff on March 24 and 25, 2012. Tickets went on sale today, so make sure you go and get your tickets soon. There are only selling 1500 tickets for each day! Visit the official website for more info.

[via Blogtor Who]

BBC Worldwide revealed details of the first ever official Doctor Who Convention since the series’ regeneration in 2005. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales – the current home of the show.

Billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days – the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.
The unique interactive programme will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show. Autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.

Convention attendees will be let into the secrets of Doctor Who special effects as Danny Hargreaves and his talented team, reveal the tricks used to create the stunning physical effects that leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Watch them recreate a spectacular battle scene with live pyrotechnics, amazing explosions and laser effects.

Even more tricks of the trade will be unveiled by the award-winning Millennium FX team responsible for creating some of Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters including the Silence; the Silurians; the Weeping Angels and the Ood. The team will be giving a live demonstration of the skilful process involved in prosthetics application that fans can watch up-close and learn from the team how each stage is achieved.
Convention attendees will also be able to get up close and personal with rare costumes and props from the show where designers and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the origins and history of the items on show. The Millennium Centre itself has starred in several episodes – it was the setting for a hospital in New Earth (2006) run by the cat-like Sisters of Plentitude, in The Girl Who Waited (2011) the building featured as a principle location on Apalapucia – the kindness facility where people were quarantined, see if you can spot the top floor balcony where Amy fought with a Handbot!

 

Tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on November 14th from 9am from: www.dwconvention.com All tickets will include:

• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket
• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass
• Official Doctor Who Convention behind the scenes images postcard pack
• Official Doctor Who Convention bag

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