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Disney Destoying LucasArts – hundreds unemployed, games cancelled #fudisney April 3, 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 8.35.13 PM Disney really doesn’t like parts of the Star Wars Universe.

First they destroyed the Clone Wars, ending the series before its time.

Now Disney is closing down LucasArts. That’s right the main production house behind some of the best games ever made is being shutdown by the house the mouse built.

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

Iain Banks is Dying April 3, 2013

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terrible news broke today…

Iain Banks disclosed that he has terminal cancer.

We’ve been huge fans of Banks here on ShowMeSciFi ever since we first read Consider Phelbas, we’ve inhaled everything he’s written since then.

Banks’ approach to SciFi is unique, his voice authentic and his stories are beyond compare. Our thoughts and best wishes go to out to this titan of SciFi during his final days.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Banks’ statement

I first thought something might be wrong when I developed a sore back in late January, but put this down to the fact I’d started writing at the beginning of the month and so was crouched over a keyboard all day. When it hadn’t gone away by mid-February, I went to my GP, who spotted that I had jaundice. Blood tests, an ultrasound scan and then a CT scan revealed the full extent of the grisly truth by the start of March.

I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to remove the tumours either in the short or long term.

http://www.iain-banks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/

Star Trek the Video Game: William Shatner vs the Gorn- HILARIOUS!! April 1, 2013

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J J Abrams in his infinite wisdom DID NOT include William Shatner in his reboot of Star Trek – but that’s not stopping the makers of the new Star Trek video from including Shatner in a new promo.

Shattner parodies himself in this clip (and for good measure we’ve put the classic 1967 clip of his first encounter with the gorn too!)

the new game is set for official release on April 26th 2013

 

and the classic episode bit that is being parodied:

Matt Smith will be Doctor Who in 2014 April 1, 2013

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Here at ShowMeSciFi.com, we’ve been Matt Smith fans from Day one and his first episode as a Doctor Who (Eleventh Hour)

He’s funnier than David Tennant.

He’s tough.

He’s cerebral.

He’s got real charisma.

oh and he’ll also be the Doctor deep into 2014 too.

Stephen King’s Under the Dome Set for 13 week Run on CBS starting in June April 1, 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 10.42.29 PM What happens when an otherwise normal town is cut off from the rest of civilization by an unknown dome?

That’s what Stephen King’s book Under the Dome: A Novel
released in 2010 is all about

Now that book is being translated into a 13 week mini-series for CBS set to debut in June.

Looks interesting but seriously 13 weeks? I don’t think so. this isn’t Dark Tower it’s just one novel and it’s not worth 13 weeks…

Peter Jackson STOLE a Mug from the Colbert Show – and other Revelations from the Desolation of Smaug April 1, 2013

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hobbit-desolationofsmaugThe hype cycle for part 2 of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is now gearing up.

The new film has the title, “The Desolation of Smaug”

As part of the PR push, Jackson has pushed out a video talking about the film, which has a whole lot of amazing insights. One of the best segments for us was a video question from Stephen Colbert who asked if there would be proper differentiation to show the different groups of Elves. Jackson’s answer — Yes.

Jackson also revealed that he ‘walked out of Colbert’s studio’ with a mug that might not have been his..

Star Trek Into Darkness Official New Look Trailer – Not an April Fools Joke? (but we wish it were) April 1, 2013

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ST13-PosterNo, we haven’t been terribly excited by what we seen so far for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness movie.

We’ve got the former Starfleet officer gone rogue and overtones of a Khan like nemesis.

We’ve got the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701 falling from the skies (again) to crash into the San Francisco area (how many times do we need to see this good ship crash?)

We have a human-centric cast with no clue that the Federation is much larger than humans.

oh

and no Klingons.

that’s right

NO KRIFING KLINGONS.

Usually at this point of a movie release cycle (less than 8 wks to go) the trailers get really interesting. After all, the trailer is the studio’s opportunity to get the best 30-90 seconds of the movie into a snippet.

The latest Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer is out today – April 1st – but apparently it’s not a joke. It’s just a sad testament to the lack of direction and dedication to the Star Trek mythos

watch for yourself:

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—The Prisoner of Bogan #3 – interesting but slow.. March 27, 2013

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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi is a series with a whole lot of promise..but has been slow moving.

Xesh is an awesome character though and the cover image – really is the highlight of this issue – Xesh – the ‘bad guy’ fighting a pure blood Sith (aka the J’eedai good guy).

 

Still interesting for us to see light sabers as being a novel/new idea and not common place.

Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets #5 – Lame Ending to otherwise great series March 27, 2013

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Agent of the Empire has been one of our favorite new Star Wars comic storylines ever since the first issue.

Here we get Jahan Cross

-the Agent of the Empire

and his Dad

oh and Boba Fett

and Serenno (Count Dooku!)

what more could you ask for?

Well the finale of this story didn’t quite make sense – though the overall plot was great fun.

How Cross was able to double-cross Boba Fett and get him to kill what should have been the new count of serenno didn’t quite make sense to us. The story just kinda wheezed out in the end in a climax that wasn’t terribly exciting.

Star Wars Dark Times Fire Carrier #2 – Where are the Refugees? March 27, 2013

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Dark Times has always been a ‘dark’ comic.

how could we ever forget that very first story arc back in 2007 – that was so…’unappetizing’

Fire Carrier continues that tradition –

Refugees ferried to a safe location…

only to…. be …

well…

..it’s not pretty.

Dark Times..

indeed…

Dark Horse Star Wars #3 – one word review – AWESOME March 26, 2013

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The new Star Wars series – (just Star Wars) has been great to read and enjoy since the first issue. The third issue is no exception to that trend.

This is Classic era at its finest – in that time just after Episode IV (A New Hope) when we didn’t know that Leia was Luke’s sister yet.

In this issue we get a little ‘distraction’  or is it jealousy? with a new Rebel pilot that is getting quite friendly with Luke.

Also cool to see Han in his early days as a Rebel agent – on Coruscant no less.

 

Enjoyable engaging story – thoughtful and flowing art throughout  – an overall joy to read.

 

Star Wars Legacy Volume 2 Issue #1 – is Terrible – Why did you Screw up Legacy Dark Horse??? Why???! March 26, 2013

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Star Wars Legacy is our favorite Star Wars storyline of the expanded universe. In a real sense, it’s the title that got us back into comics after a 20 year absence.

That was for the first Star Wars Legacy – the one about Cade Skywalker. The one written by the awesome John Ostrander with art by incomparable Jane Duursema.

The new Legacy is an insult to that first series.

Sure it takes place in the same time period – actually just after the Legacy War series ended. But this is not the same Legacy.

For one, the artwork is terrible.

Yeaah i know the cover is sweet — the interior art however is the worst we’ve seen in a Dark Horse title in years.

The story is slow and our new Solo heroine – isn’t the same kind of engaging character like Cade was – in fact she’s boring (so far).

In contrast that first Legacy series so totally blew our socks off – so perhaps we just have extremely high expectations – but that’s Dark Horse’s fault. They created the greatest Star Wars comic of all time with the first Star Wars Legacy – the new Legacy so far doesn’t live up to that legacy.

 

 

Star Trek Into Darkness SUCKS cause there are no Klingons March 26, 2013

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No we’re not too excited about the new Star Trek into Darkness movie.

For one simple reason.

NO KLINGONS.

AGAIN.

No we don’t need to see Klingons in every movie, but we haven’t seen any in the Star Trek reboot yet. In classic Trek, Klingons are the definition of the bad guys and so much can be done with them.

But instead of Klingons we get some rogue Starfleet agent gone bad.

WTF is up with that?

Are you listening J J Abrams? What’s next? Are you going to make Star Wars Episode VII all about Jar Jar Binks?

 

Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation – AKA the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – REVIEW March 17, 2013

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wow.

just wow.

Some Star Wars books are good.

Some Star Wars books are great

and then there is Annihilation, which redefines the word: Awesome.

From beginning to end, author Drew Karpyshyn, weaves a tale of intrigue and amazing action that just kept us turning page after page.

This book really could have simply been called the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – instead of Annihilation, cause that’s what it’s all about. Well that, and the final reunion of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan, her baby’s daddy and Theron Shan.

This of course, continues on the Lost Suns storyline from the Dark Horse comics series that premiered in 2011.

Instead of the typical three concurrent storylines merging into one approach of most Star Wars books, this mostly a one or two storyline book, making the action easier to follow and the chronology very fluid. We have Theron’s plotline – and then we get bit of what is going on in the Sith Empire. Yeaah we’re maybe a little shortchanged on the Sith bits, but it makes for a better story this way.

The amazing Theron and how he gets into and out of trouble with his brains and (non-Jedi) skills along is something to behold.

Easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read so far in 2013.

Lucasfilm/Disney Bringing Star Wars Clone Wars to an End March 11, 2013

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Looks like Season five of clone wars is the last for the amazing animated series on Cartoon Network.

We will see some more episode – likely on Disney XD – but whatever constitutes season six will be the end for Clone Wars.

What will  become of Ashoka?

J J Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII? DONT MAKE US BARF!!!! January 24, 2013

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News today is that J J Abrams – the dude behind the moronic Star Trek reboot – but also the same guy behind great TV like Fringe – has been tapped to direct the first Disney Star Wars movie.

THIS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG.

Star Wars and Star Trek should not crossover and the infection of Abrams will be revolting to those with high midichlorian counts.

Then again – George Lucas is hardly a great director either – Episodes 1-3 are proof of that…and so long as J J doesn’t bring back Jar Jar (strange how J J and Jar Jar have the same initials) – we can’t be too peeved right?

FRINGE FINALE – ETA LIVES OBSERVERS GONE!! January 18, 2013

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manhattan 2609

Walternate 90 years old and lectures at Harvard? rly ? i thought he came back over and was killed.

if our plan is successful we will cease to exist, if our plan isn’t successful we will cease to exist

WOW. It ended as it should have with Peter and Olivia in the park and instead of losing Etta she runs into her dad’s arms.

a truly beautiful ending.

And the small twist when September/Douglas was supposed to take michael over to the other side, only to be killed and the original plan with Walter leaving….wow

now why did the observers came in the first place to invade? still a bit odd, but this ending capped off the best year of Fringe since the first and stands for us as one of the finest endings in Scifi TV history

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President Obama Decides NOT to Build the Death Star – Republicans still debating the issue. January 13, 2013

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On Nov 14 of 2012 a petition was submitted to the U.S. Government with over 34,000 signatures requesting that a Death Star be constructed

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense..

Obama’s administration has responded, and the TL;dr version is that the Democratic President will NOT build a Death Star.

but it’s not just a simple no – Obama’s people took the time to craft one of the most loving Star Wars thing to ever emerge from a Government (if not THE MOST).

 

Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

The Hydrogen Sonata – REVIEW – great read but …. January 11, 2013

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we are huge fans of Iain M Banks Culture novels …though they can sometimes be challenging.

The Hydrogen Sonata is a brilliant tour de force that is one of the best Culture books yet and at the same time one of the least satisfying. Banks’ best books tend to have some kind of amazing ending or awesome plot twist — there are a few amazing twists in the Hydrogen Sonata – but the ending…well we didn’t care for it.

The whole book is essentially about unravelling a mystery that people are willing to kill for to protect and yet it’s a mystery that we never truly learn and it never really does matter either.
 “So I became the man who lived forever, more or less, because I’d once held a secret I didn’t care about any more.”

That somewhat unsatisfying ending aside – this is a book that gripped our attention with amazing concepts, characters, setting and event from beginning to end. The whole deeper discussion around the organization of the Culture and how the minds collectively make decisions was amazing.

The contrast of the Gzilit to the Culture also interesting and the whole scavenger species idea also neat. Vyr Cosson – typical awesome strong female character that Banks writes so well. The ship Mistake Not is pure brilliance especially it’s precision and the language that Banks uses when the ship is facing adversaries.

There really is no other science fiction author alive today that we’d rather read than Banks.

 

**UPDATE** WE recently had an ‘elevator’ conversation with a person about this book which made us think a bit more about it. While there was no mega twist in this book, there were a few….perversions … of the type that only Bain can contrive.

For example, ximenyr the dude with how many penises? and how did vyr cosson and Berdle get into the ship again? (oh yeah they transported/displaced into a cesspool of shit…kinda reminded up of the first chapter of consider phelbas…(

FRINGE: Donald is an Observer!!! Biological Reversion January 11, 2013

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Why donald? because of Donald O’Connor in Singing in the Rain.

And Donald is the ORIGINAL observer that helped Walter in the beginning…NOW HTAT MAKES SENSE!! His name is really September??

Now we all know about the Observers – emotion is the flaw. The observer child Michael is Donald’s son…another wow.

AND the way to save human is to send the boy from the future that was sent back to the past forward to the point in the future where humans decide to eliminate emotion…ok that’s cool too.

The boy is important he must live – you were referring to your son and not mine – Donald.

NOW how will this all end? only a pair of episodes left and somehow donald/september and Michael will come together, walter will die and the world will be free

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