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Week of August 6, 2001

Poul Anderson, 1927-2001. Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Poul Anderson died Tuesday, July 31st, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Anderson, whose first published story appeared in 1947, has amassed such honors as seven Hugos, three Nebula Awards, the Science Fiction Writers' Association's Grandmaster Award, and as recently as 2000 won an award for the best science fiction novel of the year (Genesis). Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Lawless does guest shot on X-Files. In one of the most unexpected casting moves announced recently, Lucy Lawless (late of Xena: Warrior Princess) will be guest starring in the new season of The X-Files, first appearing in the season premiere. And furthermore, there are hints that this could be a recurring role. The X-Files' new season premieres during November sweeps this year. Source: Reuters

Witchblade to be renewed? Fans are still waiting on pins and needles to see if TNT's Witchblade series will be renewed. Though fans have waxed rhapsodic about the show, based on a popular Top Cow Comics title, actual ratings have been somewhat soft for the series. Word on a Witchblade renewal should arrive by the end of this month. If you'd like to sign a petition to get the show renewed, click here. Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Campbell swings again as Pitfall Harry? Rumor still has it that Bruce Campbell is the head of the pack of actors being considered for a new movie franchise based on the classic video game Pitfall! - and Campbell is the front runner due to his immensely popular vocal characterization of Pitfall Harry Jr. in the Playstation game Pitfall 3-D: Beyond The Jungle (a far more worthwhile use of Campbell's talents than, say, "Jack Of All Trades"). The sad news? If Campbell passes on the role, it could go to Ben Affleck. Source: Classic Gamer Magazine

Barbarians at the Gateways. This month, Pocket Books launches a new series of interconnected novels spanning the entire Star Trek TV and literary universe. Star Trek: Gateways is a seven-book saga, with one book planned for each existing series (though the new series, Enterprise, isn't included) as well as the Challenger and New Frontier crews, which are Pocket Books' own creations. The Gateways saga does not, as you might suspect, involve the various crews searching the universe for affordable computers with friendly customer service; but rather focuses upon the Iconian gateways first introduced in the Next Generation episode Contagion (and followed up on in the Deep Space Nine episode To The Death). All of the Iconian gateways have opened up, and all hell is breaking loose in the galaxy. The seventh book, the only hardcover planned in the series, promises to tie the loose ends of the other six novels together in a multi-crew extravaganza (!). The first two books - the Classic Trek volume, One Small Step, and the Challenger book, Chainmail - kick off the series this month, with two books to be released in September and October, and the final book will be published in November.
Star Trek - One Small Step
Star Trek: Challenger - Chainmail

Xena in the palm of your hand. Despite the arrival of the Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Color isn't dead just quite yet. Many new titles - some of them delayed by development or licensing hurdles - are still just now coming out, and one of them, delayed for many months, is the new Xena: Warrior Princess game from Ubisoft. Based on the popular TV series of the same name, this game has a unique feature: secret levels that can only be unlocked when linked with another Game Boy playing the upcoming Hercules: The Legendary Journeys cartridge. The two heroes must team up in these secret levels, which can't be played solo. Xena is now available for Game Boy Color on both sides of the Atlantic; Hercules will be released in the next month or so. (And hey, if you did spring for a Game Boy Advance, don't worry - Xena will work on your backward-compatible system as well.)

Xena: Warrior Princess

Soundtrackage. GNP/Crescendo Records, having found a best-selling formula with its series of The Best Of Star Trek CDs, is ready to apply that idea to other shows as well. Case in point? The Best Of Stargate SG-1: Season One contains the cream of the crop of the first year's episode scores - and that tantalizing "season one" at the end of the disc's title seems to hint at future volumes. Also available is a soundtrack from the Sci-Fi Channel's Roger Corman series, Black Scorpion. Both will be available at the end of the month, but you can pre-order yours here!

The Best Of Stargate SG-1
Black Scorpion

Oh, how I wish this DVD were available in the U.S. BBC Video is unleashing on DVD the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul McGann under the title Doctor Who: The Movie. The full, uncut original edit of the movie is featured here (including the scenes which failed to slip past the BBC's standards for violence), along with an audio commentary from director Geoffrey Sax, the complete musical score on its own isolated track, deleted scenes, the Fox Broadcasting electronic press kit, the BBC promos for the movie, and a retrospective interview with producer Philip Segal. Again, this DVD is available only in the U.K. - and sadly, due to the tangled web of rights involved in this movie, it's unlikely ever to appear in North America. (As far as the rest of the world is concerned, it's a BBC production, but in the U.S. and Canada, co-producer Universal Studios controls the rights to this particular movie.)

Doctor Who: The Movie

Robotech's back, and it's back in a box. The next dozen episodes of Robotech: The Macross Saga are now available as part of the newly-released second DVD box set of the seminal animè series. This time around, the third disc contains such bonus features as a promo film, Robotech toy commercials, and clips from the show as they were heard dubbed into various languages around the world, along with a gallery of Robotech comic book covers.

Robotech: The Macross Saga - Box Set #2

Starfleet-in-a-box. If you're anything like the webmaster of this site, you may have fallen a wee bit behind in your diet of PC games based on the original Star Trek. Have no fear - Interplay, who turned out a number of well-loved Trek games prior to losing the license to Activision, has released four of them (or technically three games plus a popular mission expansion pack) in one absurdly inexpensive "Gamefest" package. Included in this bargain box are Starfleet Academy (and the Chekov's Lost Missions add-on), Star Trek: New Worlds (a land-based real time strategy title set in the Trek movie era) and the original Starfleet Command. The only catch is that you have to print out your own docs from the (supplied) Adobe Acrobat files on each disk, but even that isn't a bad price.

Gamefest: Star Trek Classics

Knight Rider: The Next Generation? No, no, you must put out of your head all memories of the godawful Team Knight Rider syndicated action series which bowed in 1997. No, this could, in fact, be far worse. David Hasselhoff has apparently inked a deal to turn Knight Rider into a big-budget movies - and according to a published interview, he's already having delusions of turning it into a Matrix-style action thriller, complete with Edward Mulhare brought back as "a hologram." More news as this frightening story develops... Source: Lew Irwin's StudioBriefing

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