Week of August 6, 2001
Poul Anderson, 1927-2001.
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Poul Anderson died Tuesday,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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