Week of March 26, 2001
Babylon 5 returns!
The Sci-Fi Channel has officially announced that it will be producing
a new Babylon 5 movie later
this year, tentatively titled Babylon 5: The Legend Of The
Rangers, set three years after the events of the fifth season,
as the Anla'shok try to restore peace and order to the war-torn galaxy.
Members of the Babylon 5 cast may appear in the movie - which has
been confirmed as a pilot for a potential new series with the same
premise - but the cast will consist largely of new faces. The
pilot movie's title has tentatively been announced as To Live And
Die In Starlight, and shooting will commence in May. Douglas
Netter and creator J. Michael
Straczynski will serve as executive producers; no technical credits
or actors have been announced. Neither has a special effects house,
since NDEI (Netter Digital Entertainment Inc.), which provided FX for
Crusade and the final two seasons
of B5, went bankrupt last year.
Source: Sci-Fi Channel
Deeper into the Wells.
If you're a fan of H.G. Wells' classic tale War Of The Worlds - or
a fan of Orson Welles' infamous radio adaptation which caused a nationwide
panic in 1938 - you'll probably be drooling over this all-in-one reprint
of both classics. The Complete War Of The Worlds: Mars'
Invasion Of Earth From H.G. Wells To Orson Welles is a hardcover
reprint of Wells' seminal science fiction classic, along with a study of
the actual making of - and the reaction to - Orson Welles' radio play. A
CD included with the book contains the complete Welles radio play, along
with related press conferences and interviews with the actor. The book itself
features a foreword by Ray Bradbury and an afterword by Ben Bova. The
Complete War Of The Worlds will arrive - no joke! - on April
The Complete War Of The Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth from
H.G. Wells To Orson Welles
Out of Finn air.
Neil Finn, notorious for
allowing some of his best songs to languish in obscurity as B-sides
on limited-edition CD singles, is doing it again. March 26th will
see the release of two separate U.K. versions of Wherever You
Are, the first British single from his upcoming and highly
anticipated One Nil album (due in April, except in Australia and New
Zealand, where lucky fans are getting to listen to it already). Meanwhile,
the first Australian single, Rest Of The Day Off, is already
available as an import from both the U.S. and Britain; Rest
contains non-album tracks Now I Get It and
Underestimated, along with a game on a CD-ROM section.
Those same B-sides (minus the game) appear on Wherever
volume one, while a different mix of the single, plus the live
performances of Last To Know and Driving Me Mad from
a recent webcast on Finn's Nil
Fun site, will be included on volume two. A limited
edition of One Nil is also listed at Amazon.co.uk,
packaged in a recyclable cardboard "digipak" case.
Neil Finn: One Nil Limited Edition
Neil Finn: Wherever You Are CD Single #1
Neil Finn: Wherever You Are CD Single #2
Neil Finn: Rest Of The Day Off CD Single
Battle of the classic video game books.
Not too long ago, gamers who have been around for 25 years or more were
engaged in a heated argument: which book on their favorite subject was
better, Leonard Herman's Phoenix
or J.C. Herz' Joystick Nation?
(Those links, by the way, lead to BookBag@theLogBook.com's reviews of those
titles.) Now, it looks like 2001 will be another year of battling
books on the subject of classic video games. Wired writer Van
Burnham's much-hyped Supercade: A Visual History Of The Video
Game Age, 1971-1984 is due out in September from MIT Press
(not surprising, as the book makes much of MIT's role in the creation
of interactive entertainment), while John Sellers' Arcade
Planet: The Fan's Guide To The Golden Age Of Video Games will
beat Ms. Burnham's book to the shelves with its July release date.
The classic gaming community, already divided as it is over such
timeless debates as Atari vs.
ColecoVision, will no doubt be
arguing the merits of these latest books for a long time. In the meantime, feel
free to browse theLogBook.com's own Phosphor Dot
Fossils game archive.
Arcade Planet: The Fan's Guide To The Golden Age Of Video
Games by John Sellers
Supercade: A Visual History Of The Video Game Age, 1971-1984 by
Not a courteous host.
Tripod, the free web-hosting service owned and operated by Lycos, dumped
over a hundred fan sites a week ago, informing the sites' webmasters on
very short notice that they had violated Tripod's terms of service
regarding appropriate material. Few, if any, of the webmasters had time
to retrieve their material from Tripod before their sites were completely
deleted. There's no indication as to what criteria were used to make the
cuts - everything from fairly innocuous fan sites for specific actors, to
various TV show and movie fan sites, to "slash fiction" sites
(specializing in fan fiction of a sexual nature). There is some
speculation that Tripod's sudden deletion of these sites may have been
a pre-emptive strike caused by paranoia over the kind of copyright battle
Napster is currently fighting in court. Lycos has since apologized to
those webmasters, saying the deletion was in error.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire