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Week of May 7, 2001

David Graf, 1950-2001. Actor David Graf, forever known as Sergeant Tackleberry in the Police Squad series of films, died April 7th of a heart attack. Graf made a number of guest appearances on TV series near and dear to SF fans, perhaps most notably in the role of aviator Fred Noonan in the original season finale of Star Trek: Voyager's first season, The 37s (which was later relocated to the show's second season by UPN). Mr. Graf also guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Quantum Leap, Lois & Clark and Beauty And The Beast, as well as appearing alongside ex-DS9er Terry Farrell in some recent episodes of Becker, a recurring role in The West Wing, and providing character voices for the Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force video game. Sources:, IMDB

Katsulas to carry torch into new B5 series. The Sci-Fi Channel has announced that Andreas Katsulas will reprise his role as G'Kar, the former Narn Ambassador now on a kind of interstellar walkabout after the fifth season of Babylon 5, in the upcoming series pilot Babylon 5: The Legend Of The Rangers. He will be the only original cast member appearing in the two-hour launch movie. Production commences in Canada this month. No other casting has been announced. Source: Sci-Fi Channel submitted by Dave Thomer

A Wrinkle on film. Madeleine L'Engle's classic of children's literature, A Wrinkle In sTime, is now in production with a target air date somewhere in the fall 2001-early 2002 season on ABC's Wonderful World Of Disney. Wrinkle will not be a movie-of-the-week, but will instead be the first four-part, two-hour miniseries to be aired in Disney's showcase. The cast includes Katie Stuart, David Dorfman, Gregory Smith, Kyle Secor, and Star Trek: First Contact alumnus Alfrè Woodard. In the meantime, there's plenty of time to brush up on the original book.

A Wrinkle In Time

Source: Miramax submitted by Robert Parson

Final Xena soundtrack to grant fans' requests. Used to be, in the old days, musicians would take requests from their audiences. Recorded music makes that a little harder, but Joseph LoDuca's final soundtrack from Xena: Warrior Princess, due in mid-June, is trying to give the fans what they want one last time. The 2-CD set will include music from the two-part series finale (set to air later this month), as well as the three-part story arc of Xena's encounter with Grendel, the Ring, and the Valkyries, and two other episodes, Ides Of March and Fallen Angel. And the requests, you ask? Also included will be 15 of "the most requested unreleased songs and novelty items from the show's six seasons," according to Varese Sarabande's release notes. As soon as pre-orders are being taken, the sixth and final volume of Xena music will be available from Source: Varese Sarabande submitted by Mary Terrell

Open the pod bay doors again, HAL. Oh, man, I hate it when they do this! This will be the third time that one of my all-time cinematic faves, 2001: a space odyssey, has been released on DVD, and now it's in a more expanded (and more expensive) form than ever before. This new special edition will include more bonus materials both on the disc and off. And perhaps more significantly, this edition is being released in Britain just ahead of its U.S. release date - and as such will mark the first time Region 2 DVD devotees have gotten to experience this excellent film in digital form. So, despite my misgivings about this being 2001's umpteen-gazillionth DVD release, I heartily recommend it to those who haven't splurged on either of the previous DVD editions, or are really willing to pay extra for more goodies.

2001: a space odyssey Special Edition DVD

2001: a space odyssey VHS

Pioneer 10 still on line almost three decades after launch. On Saturday, April 28th, scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center were successful in coaxing a data transmission from the Pioneer 10 space probe, which is now over seven billion miles away from Earth. The probe is still functioning and returning telemetry, even though that data takes nearly 22 hours to reach Earth. The only experiment still powered up aboard Pioneer 10 is a cosmic ray and radiation detector, and according to principal investigator Dr. James Van Allen (who discovered Earth's own Van Allen radiation belts), the data from that instrument indicates that the probe has yet to cross the sun's solar wind boundaries. Pioneer 10 was launched March 2, 1972, and became the first spacecraft to visit and photograph Jupiter in 1973. Its identical twin, Pioneer 11, visited Jupiter and 1974 and became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn in 1979. Contact with Pioneer 11 has been lost, but NASA is continuing to track Pioneer 10. Both Pioneer probes were also the first to carry plaques giving clues about the nature and location of the species who created them - plaques which could, conceivably, outlast the Earth itself. Source: NASA Ames Research Center

Hugo nominees announced for 2001. The World Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for this year's Hugo Awards, the winners of which will be revealed at the Millennium Philcon this fall. The nominees are as follows, divided by category:

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (Voyager; Bantam Spectra)
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury; Scholastic/Levine)
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (Warner Aspect)
The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod (Orbit 1999; Tor 2000)

A Roll of the Dice by Catherine Asaro (Analog July/August 2000)
Oracle by Greg Egan (Asimov's July 2000)
Radiant Green Star by Lucius Shepard (Asimov's August 2000)
Seventy-Two Letters by Ted Chiang (Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology, Tor July 2000)
The Retrieval Artist by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Analog June 2000)
The Ultimate Earth by Jack Williamson (Analog December 2000)

Agape Among the Robots by Allen Steele (Analog May 2000; Imagination Fully Dilated, Vol. 2, IFD Publishing May 2000)
Generation Gap by Stanley Schmidt (Artemis Spring 2000)
Millennium Babies by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's January 2000)
On the Orion Line by Stephen Baxter (Asimov's October/November 2000)
Redchapel by Mike Resnick (Asimov's December 2000)

Short Story
Different Kinds of Darkness by David Langford (F&SF January 2000)
Kaddish for the Last Survivor by Michael A. Burstein (Analog November 2000)
Moon Dogs by Michael Swanwick (Moon Dogs, NESFA Press February 2000; Asimov's March 2000)
The Elephants on Neptune by Mike Resnick (Asimov's May 2000)
The Gravity Mine by Stephen Baxter (Asimov's April 2000)

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Concordance to Cordwainer Smith, Third Edition by Anthony R. Lewis (NESFA Press)
Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling (Paper Tiger)
Putting It Together: Turning Sow's Ear Drafts Into Silk Purse Stories by Mike Resnick (Wildside Press)
Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion by James Gifford (Nitrosyncretic Press)
Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature ed. by Andrew M. Butler, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (The Science Fiction Foundation)

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Chicken Run
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Frank Herbert's Dune

Professional Editor
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder

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Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
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Interzone edited by David Pringle
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown
New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and Kevin Maroney
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew I. Porter
Speculations edited by Susan Fry; published by Kent Brewster

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Brad Foster
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The John W. Campbell Award
James L. Cambias
Thomas Harlan
Douglas Smith
Kristine Smith
Jo Walton
Source: Millennium Philcon Committee submitted by Robert Parson

CNN hires telepath - mundanes revolt! Well, not quite. But fans of Andrea Thompson (who played telepath Talia Winters in the first two seasons of Babylon 5 and is the ex-wife of Jerry "Garibaldi" Doyle) will soon be seeing more of the ex-NYPD Blue star - on the evening news. Thompson has been hired by CNN Headline News as an anchor, and this alone has sparked much heated debate among TV news insiders. To make matters worse, CNN has found itself having to defend its new employee from those inquiring about a number of nude photos and questionable movie appearances which have just hit the internet, most of which date back almost 20 years. (Some accounts attribute the sudden resurfacing of this material to disgruntled employees within CNN, which has been laying off some of its higher-paid employees both in front of and behind the cameras in recent months.) Prior to her hiring by Headline News, Ms. Thompson worked for one year at KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For all the controversy surrounding her new CNN gig, she'll be working alongside a number of reporters and anchors who played key roles in the movie Contact, most of whom were chastised for their "guest appearances" at the expense of journalistic integrity. Sources: Associated Press, Shoptalk

Off the air. If you're wondering where last week's update was, well, rest assured, you're looking at it now in the guise of this week's update. It just goes to show that even I underestimated how much of a bear moving would be. This moving experience was ten times worse than coming to Arkansas from Green Bay - and in this case, we were only moving across town! But fear not - the new headquarters is set up (albeit in temporary quarters in the kitchen), and here we are.

In the midst of moving everything I own, I'm also in the process of continuing to remodel the site. In some cases this is no easy task, but I'm hoping to have significant portions of the site transmogrified into the "new look" by summer.

Thanks for your patience with last week's delay, and enjoy all the fun stuff we've got.

Earl Green webmaster/editor-in-chief

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