Monthly Archives: April 2008

TV stations suck

I don’t watch much tv, and so I don’t much look at program guides. I happened to last week, to note that the one show I watch religiously (Greys) was moved to 9.30 because of stupid Gladiators. So when I watched the finale of So You Think You Can Dance (bummer about Rhys, but not surprising) I didn’t think I NEEDED to clock watch! Gah! What idiot changes prime time TV show times from week to friggin’ week? I missed fully the first half hour of the second part of a two parter! Channel 7 get your ACT together!

And when is Bones coming back?

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Dare you not to grin…

via devinjay(who is teh awesome):

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Locus Awards

Look at all the pretty Aussies… :)  Apologies if I missed anyone…

YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Extras, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
Magic’s Child, Justine Larbalestier (Razorbill)

NOVELETTE
“Dark Integers”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2007)
ANTHOLOGY
The New Space Opera, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos)
ART BOOK
The Arrival, Shaun Tan (Lothian 2006; Scholastic)
ARTIST
Shaun Tan

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Finishing Firefly

Thanks to 

I got to fix the sad lack in my fangirlishness and watch all fourteen eps of Firefly. And the special features. And the deleted scenes. Yep, I got well and truly addicted. It was almost sad watching it, because as I got deeper and deeper in, I knew that I was just stepping closer and closer to the end. The finish, the abrupt stop. And it’s so UNFAIR, because any idiot can see what Joss was doing and the breadth of the things he was planning. It sooo frustrating to know that we’ll never get to experience all that the way it was meant to be. *sigh* I know, fans have been expressing this for years and I’m very late to the bandwagon, but still…

I also know one of the reasons its so damn fanatic. Joss creates the chosen family. He did it in Buffy and he did it again in Angel. The people you are closest too are the ones you choose. That’s what the Serenity crew embody; the family that you create when yours is no longer there, or lets you down, or just doesn’t “get” you. It’s the family we all want for ourselves, especially in fandom, but particularly in our current society, where we are so transient, where extended family is not the norm, but we form closer ties with friends than anyone. As teens, our friends share our deepest secrets, and our parents are mutants who have no idea what it’s like to be human. The fact that we often move far away from our families at quite young ages now means that often we never get that sense of family relationship, EXCEPT with our peers. And I think that’s partly what Joss had to say in Firefly.

Of course, the cute guys, cool plots, awesome effects and Jossish dialogue may have helped a bit too. Jus’ sayin’.

 

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Calling New Zealand authors

 Via Simon Litten (

):

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) has
started a project to collate and list as much science
fiction/fantasy/horror works by New Zealanders as it can trace.

The best way to achieve this is for those New Zealanders who produce
these sorts of works to provide SFFANZ with the appropriate listing
material themselves. After all, who else knows better when and where a
work was published.

For the moment the listing of works (for want of a better name) is
being managed by Alan Robson.

The current listing of works can be viewed at http://www.sffanz.org.nz – I
hope the trail to the listings is obvious.

I would be most pleased if you passed on this informal announcement to
them and other Kiwis you know who have written professionally.

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