Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Reinventing SFTV Shows, NASA and Star Trek, Genre Awards Shows, the Cinematic Experience)

In today's edition:

* From io9, a post on "science fiction and fantasy TV shows that tried to reinvent themselves in their final seasons" – and the uneven results of those efforts.

* Courtesy of Blastr, a former NASA scientist on how science fiction shows like Star Trek can actually make the job of real-life engineers harder by making enormously difficult technical feats look easy. (Ironically, right on the heels of this story another news item trumpeting the genre's track record in inspiring scientific innovation made the rounds in the press – in this latest case, a real-life answer to the show's tricorder device.)

* James Bloomer at Big Dumb Object on the actualities of the voting procedure for the British Science Fiction Association awards (which were presented at Eastercon earlier this month). Bloomer's key point here is the surprisingly small number of the ballots cast in the assignation of these hugely prestigious prizes.

* And finally, Jonathan McCalmont's consideration of the cinematic experience, a subject too rarely thought about when we discuss movies, and their place in our lives.

Eureka: Season Five
Game of Thrones: Season One
New Article: "Why We Fall For the Hype"
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 Irrelevance of Oscar Night?
On the Eureka Paradigm
The Syfy Channel: Year One

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