Friday, June 29, 2007

Seymour the fractal Cat

Seems like I must have missed the first episode of this, which apparently aired last Thursday. This has been aired before, so I'm surprised they're not just repeating it daily instead of once a week...

Fractal Infinity: Can Natalie and Michael save Jeremy? Will L.A.I.N. get its cyber-hands on Seymour? Will Michael get his hands on Natalie? Episode 2 of 5.

Red as Blood (Snow White revisited)

Red as Blood
A dark study of the Snow White fantasy by Tanith Lee. The Queen sets out to rescue her stepdaughter from her sinister heritage.

Will be on the site for 7 more days.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Atomic Tales pt 1 - 6

BBC Radio 7 is repeating Atomic Tales for at least the third time in 12 months, I think... all these repeats are good or bad depending on your point of view... Deep Station Emerald will be repeated starting next week...

Atomic Tales is a spoof of classic American 1950s SF, not really from the States. Some of them are amusing.

Anyway, for this week:

Their Gaze Was Green: The first in a series of 'classic American 1950s sci-fi'. Episode 1 of 6.

And Mother Makes Millions: This episode paints a chilling portrait of a world without children. Episode 2 of 6.

I've Got Your Number: Krank has created a brilliant think piece where all of mankind has a unique number. But what if your number was copied? Episode 3 of 6.

Land of Plenty: On Mars, humanity lives on tinned food known as Magcans. But then the cans start to malfunction. Episode 4 of 6.

Unstoppable!: The tension continues in the sci-fi serial as a space train hurtles towards Earth. Episode 5 of 6.

Night of the Cicadas: The cicada is a friendly chirruping insect, but what if it grew to a vast size and hungered for human flesh? Episode 6 of 6.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Busy busy

I've been remiss in making entries in this blog for the last few days. Very busy doing things.... unfortunately not connected to The Thunder Child. Now, however, I hope to be able to get back to this on a full-time basis.

New at The Thunder Child, an overview of Gerry Anderson's Supermation work, including the spoof called Superthunderstingcar by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and an interview with an agent, John Jarrold.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Filmmakers Fumble Fantastic Four

I saw this today, and I have to say I wasn't impressed. Oh, the special effects were fine, but the plot just left so many holes and ruined the classic Silver Surfer story.


The Surfer comes to earth. He sees it's a good planet for Galactus. Why doesn't he just send the signal and then leave? Why does he continue making those stupid craters - was that supposed to open up a way for Galactus to devour the planet? Not that he'd need to, because the only Galactus we see in this movie is a gigantic energy cloud who wouldn't need to do anything with those craters, surely?

Victor Von Doom has figured it out about the craters, and comes and talks to the Surfer. "Together we can rule the world." Does Victor Von Doom really, really think that someone like The Surfer would need him?

But of course that was just an excuse so the Surfer would hit him with a blast...which for some reason heals his scarred body... well, ya can't expect actor Julian McMahon to not be able to show his face.

Then there's Johnny Storm giving the Silver a bit of a burst at the end. As if the Silver Surfer needs any help at all getting up to speed.

And then there's the "destruction" of Galactus. How does the Surfer pull that off? If Galactus eats energy, how can a sudden burst of energy destroy him?

The problem is, of course, that in the comic books it was all talk. The Surfer asks the gigantic human-looking Galactus to spare the planet, Galactus says no... but the Watcher is there...and I think Reed has stolen a piece of machinery Galactus needs to Galactus dooms the Surfer to earth and leaves...

I'd've rather seen it that way!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

James Follett on BBC 7

Beginning on Saturday, June 9, and continuing for 7 days at BBC 7: (Sorry this is rather late, I accidently put it on my Mudville Megaphone blog)

Men, Martians and Machines

James Follett's journey through his writing career, including The Devil to Pay, The Man Who Invented Yesterday, and The Bionic Blob. Three hours.

---- I've listened to bits and pieces of this and I haven't yet heard those 3 shows, I've heard episodes of Earthsearch and The Destruction Factor... but he shares anecdotes between the episodes which are pretty interesting and which I will type up should I ever get the chance...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

No IPower again...

Well, once again, about 30 days later, my website is down once more. Last time I think it happened because I tried to add a new domain pointer by myself and screwed something up, but this time it just "happened" and I am really getting annoyed with it.

The bad thing is that I've got three domains pointing to this website, so of course they are down as well. The other bad thing is I don't have time to do anything about it today.

I never did go about moving the domain from Ipower after the last debacle, and now of course I regret it. Once it's back up, if it ever comes back up - I'll move everythign toot sweet, (or tout suite, as the Frenchies say.)

Anyway, good SF on BBC Radio 7 during these 7 days, from PHilip K. DIck to James Follett, so check it out.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Book: Richter's Scale

I don't have time to read it, but there's a new book out about Charles Richter, the man whose name is given to the Richter scale that measures earthquakes.

Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man, by Susan Elizabeth Hough.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The American Jusstice system has become the joke of the world

Been a while since I've had time to write here, and I'm so far behind on putting up material for The Thunder Child that it's not even funny. And it's going to be 3 or 4 more days before I can get back to it.

But I am so outraged by this Paris Hilton debacle. She serves 3 whole days in a country club prison, not eating and not sleeping, and gets released, condemned instead to 40 days inside her posh mansion.

What a joke.

How many women in exactly her same circumstances (except without the money, obviously) spend their first three days doing the exact same thing. Are they then shown mercy and sent home?

And of course now Hilton knows that whenever she gets in trouble again, assuming it doesn't kill her right out or cripple her, all she has to do is cry and whine and she'll be let free again.

I hate lawyers, but I hope they take note of this precedent and insist on it for their own clients with similar crimes.