Saturday, April 21, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Clarke Awards, Blood & Chrome, "European Astroculture")

In today's edition:

* At the Los Angeles Times blog, an early review of one of this summer's would-be blockbusters, Peter Berg's Battleship (based on the classic board game), which has come out in numerous film markets over a month ahead of when it's scheduled to open in the U.S..

* At Strange Horizons, Adam Roberts' review of the shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke awards, parts one and two, which apart from offering some thoughts about that particular prize, offers an insightful discussion of some of the past year's most noteworthy science fiction, including Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three, China Mieville's Embassytown, and Charles Stross's Rule 34.

* For those who missed the news last month (as I did), here's on the cancellation of the plans for a Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome TV series. (In the month since the announcement there has been little elaboration of the reasons behind the decision, which I suspect have to do principally with the channel's decreasing interest in hardcore science fiction, about which Alyssa Rosenberg recently had something to say.)

* And finally, from the Space Review, Jeff Foust's review of Alexander Geppert's study Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century. (The book, alas, seems like a starting point for such an examination than a definitive study, but the subject is an intriguing one all the same.)

Eureka: Season Five
Stargate as Star Trek
On Star Trek Bashing
New and Noteworthy (John Locke, Space 2099, Cory Doctorow)
New and Noteworthy (Strange Horizons, Ken MacLeod, End of Terra Nova, Rule 34)
The Cancellation of Terra Nova
The Syfy Channel: Year One
Stargate: Universe (A Reaction)
More on the Galactica Finale
The End of Galactica

1 comment:

Mr Lonely said...

yeah.. it is nice~ i liked this movie too~ =D

Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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