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13 Things Horror Movies Taught Us

From the wonderful folks at the Boston Sci-Fi Marathon, I present 13 Things Horror Movies Taught Us.  These people run other movie marathons, like HorrorThon (which I attended), but the Sci Fi marathon is their biggie.  It’s a 10 day event (starting 02/05/10), ending in the 24-hour marathon (which I hope to go to). I just wish their website was in better shape.


Bad Network Exec! No Cookie! (The Sci Fi Channel rename)

Behold the madness from this TVWeek post (I implore you to read the comments on that page, too): The Sci Fi Channel is renaming themselves in July to “SyFy”.  Yes, it sounds the same, but it’s spelled different.  But there’s one thing even more idiotic than the name change itself: the reasons for doing so.

They are changing the name in July because “The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular”, and because some brain-dead lemming thought that “SyFy” is how the hipsters type it in text messages anyway.

They say they’re aiming for the “18-to-34 techno-savvy crowd”.  That’s all I need to hear.  So they’re looking for people who listen to Moby and 808 State?  Maybe the problem isn’t the channel’s name, as much as it is that 40% of their airtime is reality shows and wrestling.  Is that what the “18-to-34 techno-savvy crowd” is looking for?  Ghost Hunters and three movies a week about gargantuan snakes?


Green Robots

This. Is. Cool.

io9 (a very cool blog on science, science fiction, media, and equally cool people) has a post about NerdBots: robots-as-art created from recycled component. These are small creations that can be purchased for the low price of a few gallons of gas (around $200).

A later article talks about Jeremy Mayer and his robot art. He seems to have a thing for typewriters.  And I found Lewis Tardy’s website myself.

I love SF art, found art, really creative abstractions. And who doesn’t love robots? I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

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Just finished Walter Hunt’s “Dark Wing Universe” series

Disclaimer: I know Walter Hunt, but that’s what lead me to find out abou this series; I liked them a lot regardless.

Walter Hunt‘s four-book series, The Dark Wing universe, hits a lot of the aspects of SF I like. Lots of real, multifaceted characters, lack of pure good and pure evil, somewhat hard SF, and first-person aliens. Yes, one of my favorite types of SF is when you’re put in the head of a creature that thinks completely differently than we do. Hunt takes that to such an extent that he even has each race use a different numbering system based on their environment and physiology, as ours is.

He recently ran into some issues with his publisher, and then his next publisher, and I truly hope that all gets resolved soon. I also hope he comes out with another book or two in this series. I know he’s wrapping up a book right now that’s not in this universe, and I’m anxiously awaiting that.

If you’ve read those books, I would love to hear your thoughts on them.

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