SciFi Potpourri

It seems the world has been a crazy place lately, with revolts and epic blizzards all around. I hope you are fairing well! My own little world has had it’s share of minor chaos this week, so you’re getting a SciFi Potpourri from me today. Thanks in part to a hand injury I’ve been reading more, so look for book recommendations coming this weekend. Now on to the Potpourri…

Want to test your Fringe theories?
Fringe fans, if you love to speculate about where the show is going, how many universes there are, what the observers are really up to, then you’ll love The Fringe Podcast. This is a fan run podcast that encourages fan participation in the speculation and show discussions. They also provide an excellent weekly recap if you miss an episode and they seem to have an inside track with the show producers and cast. You can get the inside scoop on the real life Velvet Sedan Chair albums, secret message glyphs in the show, and the occasional insider interviews. It is professional quality production for fanatical Fringe fans.

What if Spock had been a woman?
I’ve been re-watching the Enterprise prequel series set in the Star Trek universe on I really never got into it when it originally aired, but it is much better than I remembered. The Enterprise’s science officer is a Vulcan woman and the relationship she develops with the captain is a slightly odd version of the relationship between Spock and Kirk. They develop the trust and friendship thing pretty well with occasional boy-girl undertones. Luckily, the captain isn’t Kirk who probably couldn’t have kept his professionalism as well as Enterprise’s Captain Archer.

Sightings and Shout Outs
Just thought I’d mentioned some other stuff going on around the web. Shawn Kupfer of the Contact – Infinite Futures blog and the recently released 47 Echo Carina Press e-book, was interviewed on Dragon Page Cover to Cover this week. Way to go Sawn!

What is everyone else up to? If I missed any good book releases or SciFi news, please shout it out in the comments.

15 thoughts on “SciFi Potpourri

  1. That actress or her costume made it fairly hard to take her seriously as a Vulcan. Esp. when they were tied up with Archer’s face in her Ta-Tas. Yes, he did work hard on the professionalism thing. I was one of the five people who liked Enterprise. And I really liked Scott Bakula in it.

    • Yep – I’ll have to add that to my buy list. I read Greene’s The Elegant Universe when I was researching my most recent unpublished manuscript.

  2. Charlie,
    I hear you on ST Enterprise. Truth be told, it has become one of my all time favorite Treks. I love this series. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) makes a fantastic captain. For sure T’Pol, (Jolene Blaylock) the Vulcan Subcommander is a female version of Spock, oh yes. But wait– the to-die-for Trip, (Connor Trinneer) the southern down home chief engineer who knows his warp engines better than most, becomes T’Pol’s love interest later on in the series– just wait for it if you haven’t already seen it. Can we say — maybe even a child some where, some how? Some very sad and emotional episodes for sure. And that last episode–I just couldn’t believe how they ended it… Enterpirse has fantastic graphics, battles, ships, characters and plotlines. What do you think of the Expanse episodes?
    I watch Enterprise often, almost as much as I watch the Stargate episodes. I’m the one who writes with Stargate running in the background; goes to sleep at night with the dvd player running Gate. Oh boy. Do I ever tire of it? Well sure. But I always come back. So Enterprise is moving up to take it’s place beside of Gate.

    • I think if you put Archer and Trip together you’d get a better version of Kirk. 😉 Trip is Kirk’s playboy side while Archer is Kirk’s noble ideals.

      I’m in the middle of season 3 now and I’m finding the ‘expanse’ episodes to be much darker that the frist two seasons, but still very intriguing.

      I play old fvaorite TV in the background just about anytime I’m on my desktop. Love, love, love Stargate!

  3. Well, to each his own. To appreciate the oddities in a series I think you have to love it. I liked T’Pol’s tight fitting uniform/costume– remember Troi and Seven of Nine? Same thing. Enterprise did and does have a pretty good fan following. We each have our own thing, our own likes and dislikes, and our own way and style of writing too.

  4. As far as Fringe do not watch, Star Trek have to agree a little bit but not sure female fans of the show would have responded as well with Spock being female! When he,Kirk and Bones had their adventures it just worked with three “boys” together getting in and out of scrapes, on the other hand if there would have been a female Spock the dynamics would have been kind of “off kilter” and led to some very questionable antics….
    Anyway have to say hope your hand injury is now recovered completely and stay warm Charlie!

    • Thanks – the hand is doing much better. Dang metal edged crate bit me!

      Hope you like the Fringe podcast. And hey, it’s Fringe night again already. Woot!

  5. What happened to your hand?

    Ref: Enterprise
    I’ve always liked Scott Bakula–especially in ST. And he even had a dog too.

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen the series but have you gotten to the one where TPol tells the story about her grandmother (who she plays in that episode)? I don’t want to spoil it in case you haven’t gotten to it, but I loved that episode. I liked the ‘velcro’ connection. 🙂

    Although not Vulcan, the pilot episode of Star Trek had Number One, Majel Barett acting the role Spock would eventually take. She was very logical and scientific.

    I find it interesting that from then on, in every reincarnation of Star Trek they tend to turn most of the females into fleshpots. Good for ratings I suppose. But Majel Barett really captured the Spock persona and even managed to include sexual tension.

  6. Hi Maria! I’m terribly clumsy and I managed to slice open my knuckles on a crate. I do like to be creative. It was a minor injury, really, but painful and it made it hard to use my hand without pain or busting it open again. Sorry, TMI. I’m also incredibly right handed and can’t do anything with the left. Of course it was the right I injured. It’s healing fine now.
    I actually thought Enterprise did a better job of not turning the girls into bimbos. T’Pol had the prominent bust in the first two seasons, but it was covered up most of the time and balanced by her boy hair cut and obvious skills. And Hoshi was dressed very conservatively most of the time. She wasn’t as strong a character as I’d like to see, but her skills were appreciated and played up far more than her progenitor, Uhura.
    I haven’t gotten to the Grandmother episode yet, but I’m working my way through.
    I never saw the original Trek pilot—every other episode ten times over—but not that one. I wonder if I can dig it up online somewhere.

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