Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Star Trek Series Planned for 2017

Star Trek TOS
courtesy CBS
Boldy going where its gone many times before (and will be syndicated forever). Star Trek is poised to return to television with a new adventure for the first time since Enterprise wrapped in May 2005. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alan Kurtzman has timed it around the 50th Anniversary. To premiere on CBS in January 2017. From there subsequent episodes will air on the network's VOD platform, CBS All Acces, a digital streaming service that costs $5.99 per month. No real details have been provided, but then we have over a year to go for this, so I'm sure there will be more teasers in the meantime.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

& Magazine #12

The latest issue.

For those who don't have didn't already get this in their feed;

& Magazine #12 – Inns, Taverns, & Way Stations!

This issue includes
  • Ecology of the Lonely Inn 
  • Knights of the Hallowed Grave 
  • The Tavern of Whyestill Cross 
  • A Fighter, Magic-User, & Cleric Walk Into A Bar
  • Featured Fiction: Amalric’s Shrine 

Plus some bonus articles

  • Can’t Remember The Name, But The Fangs Look Familiar 
  • Leomund’s Long Coats 
  • The Need for Speed 
  • Amedio Vampire 
  • Monsters As Playable Race 
  • One Page Dungeon: 
  • A Dire Need … 

 And the usual columns ….

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Yet another Netflix movie that you might not have heard of or seen. A refreshing break from the standard "vampire" fare that Hollywood has been regurgitating lately. It completely throws out the standard cliched storyline and replaces it with a much more unique script. Not to mention the excellent acting by the likes of Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, two woman on the run through the ages who are just trying to get by. This is yet another "non-Hollywood" movie that just proves that Hollywood is in a rut, as films outside of Hollywood are consistently creating interesting/unique stories to tell. 
All in all another good flick worth checking out on a boring afternoon/evening.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time Lapse

Time Lapse - (currently playing on Netflix)

Finally, a pretty decent Sci-fi movie with a nice little twist at the end. The premise of the film is that a camera spits out a future photograph of the living room in its line of sight, every 24 hours. The 3 people living in the apartment where the camera is directed find out about it and from there on in things begin to spiral wildly out of control.

This film was interesting in a similar way that "Primer" was interesting with time travel, in that it is done in an unique way not seen a hundred times before. In this, the future ends up dictating the present and making present events happen to correspond with the what the picture from the future shows.

Fair warning this is more of a drama-mystery-suspense than sci-fi. The only sci-fi element was the camera. Reminded me somewhat of an old Twilight Zone episode in that respect. That and the story seemed strangely familiar as well. As with pretty much all time travel films, there are plot holes. All in all... a good flick and definitely worth checking out on a boring afternoon/evening.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

OMNI Magazine

A while back I pointed out some interesting magazines that were available over at archive.com in this post. It seems that they still have the OMNI collection up.

From Wikipedia: OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction. The first issue was published in October 1978, the last in Winter 1995, with an internet version lasting until 1998.

OMNI was launched by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". Before launch it was referred to as Nova, but the name was changed before the first issue to avoid a conflict with the PBS science show of the same name, NOVA.

 The magazine was initially edited by Frank Kendig, who left several months after the magazine's launch. Ben Bova, who was hired as Fiction Editor, was promoted to Editor, leaving the magazine in 1981. After Kendig and Bova, Editors of OMNI included Richard Teresi, Gurney Williams III, Patrice Adcroft, Keith Ferrell, and Pamela Weintraub (editor of OMNI as one of the first major standalone webzines from 1996-1998). Kathleen Stein managed the magazine's prestigious Q&A interviews with the top scientists of the 20th century through 1998. Ellen Datlow was Associate fiction editor of OMNI under Robert Sheckley for one and a half years, and took over as Fiction Editor in 1981 until the magazine folded in 1998. The very first edition had an exclusive interview with renowned physicist, Freeman Dyson, the second edition with American writer and futurist, Alvin Toffler.

 In its early run, OMNI published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata", William Gibson's "Burning Chrome" and "Johnny Mnemonic", Harlan Ellison's novella "Mefisto in Onyx", and George R. R. Martin's "Sandkings". The magazine also published original sf/f by William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and other mainstream writers. The magazine excerpted Stephen King's novel Firestarter, and featured a short story, "The End of the Whole Mess". OMNI also brought the works of numerous painters to the attention of a large audience, such as H. R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and RallĂ©. In the early 1980s, popular fiction stories from OMNI were reprinted in "The Best of OMNI Science Fiction" series and featured art by space artists like Robert McCall. 

OMNI entered the market at the start of a wave of new science magazines aimed at educated but otherwise "non-professional" readers. Science Digest and Science News already served the high-school market, and Scientific American and New Scientist the professional, while OMNI was arguably the first aimed at "armchair scientists" who were nevertheless well informed about technical issues. The next year, however, Time introduced Discover while the AAAS introduced Science '80.

 Advertising dollars were spread among the different magazines, and those without deep pockets soon folded in the early 1980s, notably Science Digest, while Science '80 merged with Discover. OMNI appeared to weather this storm better than most, likely due to its wider selection of contents.

 International editions of OMNI magazine were published in at least five markets. The content in the British editions closely followed the North American editions, but with a different numbering sequence and British advertising. At least one British edition was entirely unique and was shipped under the banner of "Omni UK". The Italian edition was edited by Albert Peruzzo and ran for 20 issues from 1981 to 1983. The Japanese edition ran from at least 1982 to 1989. German and Spanish editions were also published.