Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The Doctor Who Christmas Special came in 2nd in the ratings to something I didn't even know was airing: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death. I want to see that.

Disney has pulled out of the Narnia trilogy, leaving Walden shopping for a partner to help them finish the 3rd movie.

SciFi Wire has an article about shows on the bubble, which may not be renewed. Unfortunately, I watch most of them. I hope the odds are better than they indicate.

It sounds like Torchwood season 3 (which is basically a mini-series in length) will be toned down a bit for US audiences. (The 2nd season had a "family friendly" version that played in the early hours, so it is possibly they just don't want to re-edit a 2nd version this year to catch some of the Doctor Who audience.)

io9 has great images of Jupiter and Ganymede and Mars.

io9 also has an interview with David Hewlett (Rodney) about the end of Stargate: Atlantis.

This is a great week for stargazing (weather permitting). Venus, Mercury and Jupiter will all be visible tomorrow night just after sunset, and the Geminid Meteor Shower will be just before dawn on Saturday.

Check out Henry Jenkin's blog for an interview with Neil Gaiman and an introduction to a lecture series featuring JMS.

The Special Space issue of National Geographic features a forward titled "My Mars" by Ray Bradbury with art by Michael Whelan. Or check out the rest in the table of contents.

There seem to be a bunch of "2008 Top" lists wrapping up the year which I'm going to group together.
* Top 10 stories of spaceflight from space.com
* Top 10 scientific breakthroughs from ars technica (per Science magazine)
* Top 9 books published in 2008 from Adventures in Reading
* 5 best sci-fi books of 2008 from Bookgasm
* 6 new web technologies from Wired
* Top 10 green tech breakthroughs from Wired
* Top 10 technology breakthroughs from Wired
* SF Signal ran a 3-part article on the best genre works of 2008: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

DVR for tonight:
7pm Leverage (TNT)

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