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ellen
December 14th, 2008, 02:56 AM
Okay, I'm officially hooked. Here I was blissfully moving through life poo-pooing most of the geeky science fiction stuff that came my way. Oh, I love the whole Star Wars thing, but I was more into the whole Leia/Han storyline. And admit it, back in the day, Harrison Ford was one HOT fella. Even now, for an old guy, he's still pretty damn easy on the eyes. But that's a whole other blog (grins).

But no, the other day I was watching tv. Yeah, they actually unshackled the chains from my desk and let me loose for a few hours. And you know what I watched? Some God-awful, cheesy sci fi called "They Live". If you've never seen it, picture aliens that come to earth, and look just like humans until you put on these dippy-looking sunglasses that are made out of this stuff that allows you to see them for what they are. And pure UGLY is about what they are. The star of the show was an ex WWF wrestler, named Roddy Piper. Rowdy Roddy Piper used to come into the arena in a kilt, with a bagpipe and that sort of thing. (yes, I admit to being a bit of an old wrestling fan too--shhhhhh too many revelations today).

Anyway, this cheesy-assed movie was filled with classic one-liners like, "I just came to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta bubble gum" and "Mama don't like no tattletales". UGH.

Worst part is, I liked it.

I blame it on my science fiction authors. They know who they are. It all started with Ciara Gold. She wrote two really great sci fi/futuristic romances. In fact, one of them, A Noble Sacrifice, even won an EPPIE. (EPPIE, from EPIC--go look it up). Then there was K. M. Tolan. His Blade Dancer was something I didn't really want to read either, but dang is it good. It's in the finals for an EPPIE this year. T. M. Hunter's Heroes Die Young? Awesome reading. Donica Covey wrote a great little story called Dragon's Angel. Not a sci fi, but a hot-selling fantasy that is burning up our bestseller list these days. And the list goes on. Seems our science fiction is doing really well these days and I've read every one of them.

So it seems that Champagne Books isn't all about wine and roses these days. We also have death rays and spaceships and transporter beams. Don't believe me? Come on and check us out!

hollie
December 14th, 2008, 07:56 AM
your right i never really read sci-fi but the few i have are really good. I'm a trekie i can watch it for hours i even have my 8 year old hooked. But i didn't think to read the stuff untill i started reviewing them and now i have a whole new genre to spend money on - not sure thats quiet so good Laugh it Up fuzball

ellen
December 14th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Yup same for me. And I do watch the occasional Star Trek episode too, my favorite in that series was Deep Space Nine. Lots of interesting characters. But reading? Nah, that wasn't for me.
(sigh) it's all THEIR fault. They made me read 'em.

Ellen

hollie
December 14th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Laugh it Up fuzball

astonwest
December 14th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Careful there, Boss...we'll make you read some more. ;)

Myself, I didn't even realize that Firefly even existed until a couple of years ago. Still love that show (and the movie, Serenity).

Aston has had many a comparison drawn between him and both Han Solo and Mal Reynolds. I should be glad that Aston is in such fine company.
:)

hollie
December 14th, 2008, 07:29 PM
oh now you mention it he is like Han Solo i hadn't thought of that

astonwest
December 17th, 2008, 08:57 PM
oh now you mention it he is like Han Solo i hadn't thought of that
Wasn't intentional...especially when the Lucas lawyers are hanging around.
:)

rgraham666
December 19th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Long time SF geek here. We're talking forty years here.

For TV shows you can't beat Babylon 5. Battlestar Galactica came close but B5 is still better. Great characters, a wonderful story arc, really scary villains and things are never as clear as they seem.

For reading I recommend William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive) and Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer.

astonwest
December 19th, 2008, 04:42 PM
Unfortunately, I barely have enough time to write, and can't find much time to watch TV. I should set aside some, I suppose...
:)