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Asteroids – Forget About DAWN – play Asteroids online September 29, 2007

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OLD.
Cheesy.
RETRO.

Asteroids is a video game classic n o matter how you slice it…

Don’t bother trying to find your old Atari 2600 or one of those lame Jacks Atari TV plug in things…you can now play Asteroids online..with tonnes of people for free..
Check it out for yourself

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Stargate Atlantis 4×1 : Adrift September 28, 2007

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In its fourth season …Stargate Atlantis has now got to be the finest SciFi show on TV.

The season 4 premiere titled ‘Adrift’ was really solid..with all the elements that make Atlantis great..namely continuous failures that the crew someone don’t quite get out off..and interesting twists that really make you go ..HUH.

For example..they finally clear the asteroids..but DANG one got through and took out the hyperdrive.

They finally fix the hyperdrive and..DANG..too late they don’t have enough ZPM power.

And the twist?

The whole point of why Atlantis left the Atlantis world was to escape the replicators…so what do these braniacs do? They come up with a plan to go to the replicator homeworld to steal their ZPMs.

BRILLIANT.

Oh and great to see Jewel Staite really take over the Doctors role (which she’s had since 3×20) and AWESOME to see Col.Carter too.

A New DAWN For NASA September 27, 2007

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took of this morning  Cape Canaveral  on its way to check out a pair of asteriods.

NASA itself has called the extremely efficient space craft – The Prius of space travel

“Dawn has risen, and the spacecraft is healthy,” said the mission’s project manager Keyur Patel of JPL in a statement. “About this time tomorrow [Friday morning], we will have passed the moon’s orbit.”

Dawn’s 4.8-billion-kilometer (3-billion-mile) odyssey includes exploration of asteroid Vesta in 2011 and the dwarf planet Ceres in 2015. These two icons of the asteroid belt have been witness to much of our solar system’s history. By using Dawn’s instruments to study both asteroids, scientists more accurately can compare and contrast the two. Dawn’s science instrument suite will measure elemental and mineral composition, shape, surface topography, and tectonic history, and will also seek water-bearing minerals. In addition, the Dawn spacecraft and how it orbits Vesta and Ceres will be used to measure the celestial bodies’ masses and gravity fields.

Sounds like one heck of a trip to me.

Bionic Woman – Series Premiere – TIME IN! September 26, 2007

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Not bad..

Not bad at all.

The series premiere of the new Bionic Woman was a solid show. Katee Sackhoff is an awesome fembot, fearsome and maniacal and in my view – stole the show.

My favorite parts of the show both involved Sackhoff..showing her true cylon …er fembot colors.. The first was when Sackhoff shot Jamie Sommers boyfriend – the special effects of sommers bionic eye tracking the bullet and seeing the fembot…WOW awesome.

The second highlight was when Sommers met Sackhoff for a bionic woman battle – and just before they get started – Sackhoff calls for a – TIME OUT!! ha! brilliant.

Well i say TIME IN for Bionic Woman. Michelle Ryan(the former east-ender) was also solid and believable – though hey she’s no Lindsay Wagner.

Duke University Searching for – Naked Singularities September 26, 2007

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ThoughT that the only people at Duke looking for ‘naked’ were the Duke Rugby team? (i know…bad taste..)

Turns out not all Black Holes are actually – well..black.

Apparently research from Duke University think there is a way to determine whether some black holes are not actually black.

“It would show that nature has surprises even weirder than black holes,” said Arlie Petters, a Duke professor of mathematics and physics in a statement.

Since no one has even measured the core of a black hole it has been impossible to actually determine if they were in fact all black. The Duke team has a plan to figure it out.Working with research at the University of Cambridge they figure that a black hole could be shed of its event horizon and become a naked singularity if its angular momentum — an effect of its spin — is greater than its mass.

…I’m not an astrophysicist but if a black hole’s center of mass is a black dwarf that has so much gravity that all light gets sucked in..i don’t see how a naked singularity could exist unless of course..the dwarfs gravity is somehow..incomplete..

Anyways..if you’re interested in the full story check out the Duke site

No Flow Walking in Star Wars Vector Event September 25, 2007

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Though Dark Horse just officially announced Star Wars Vector in a press release this week – it looks like Star Wars Legacy author John Ostrander has already made his thoughts known about the cross-overl.

Apparently Ostrander has pledged that there will be no flow walking!! (WHEW!)

no word on how the characters will (or won’t) travel between time periods or how the periods will actually be connected.

Also according to Ostrander the idea is to attract more readers, even though Star Wars is selling well.


Are we desperate for new readers? No. LEGACY, for example, is selling well. Would we like MORE readers? You bet. Everyone publishing comics would. You SW fans are swell; I love you guys — but if we’re going to attract new readers, we need to go where those readers are and say “Hi”. Non-SW readers; we want them to find out that these are just good comics PERIOD. How do we do that? Best way would be to tell one heck of a good story. We believe we have one.

VECTOR will provide a good jumping on point for new readers in all the books. Are we forgetting the readers that came to the dance with us? Not at all. Can we make it work? Oh yeah. Do I think you’ll like it? Most of you — yeah.

Count ShowMeSciFi.com in as a FAN for sure. With Ostrander at the helm we have nothing to fear. I suspect we’ll be looking at some ancient Sith or Jedi item or event as the cornerstone that carries through all the titles – sort of like rift in Star Trek All Good Things Must Come To An End – wouldn’t that be awesome?

Star Wars Vector – A year long Star Wars version of 52? September 25, 2007

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Dark Horse Comics has announced a massive year long event that will encompass all their Star Wars titles in one MASSIVE storyline.

Star Wars Vector begins in January 2008 with the Knights of the Old Republic title, and will include all four Dark Horse Star Wars titles throughout the year, introducing new characters and tying the entire line together.

When a terrible vision reaching more than 4,000 years into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris, they activate an operative already on this planet overrun by Mandalorians. There, in the deadly Undercity, a monstrous, ancient threat is unleashed that plunges Zayne Carrick, the Padawan accused of killing his fellow students, into an adventure which will eventually span four thousand years and involve Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and the principles of the Legacy series!

“After our relaunch in 2006 and the thirtieth anniversary this year, we were looking for something special to kick-off 2008,” said editor Randy Stradley in a statement. “At first, a line-wide Star Wars crossover seemed like it might be beyond our reach, but after nearly a year’s worth of back-and-forth discussions among our writers and artists, we came up with something really solid. Not only is it a big story that can span all of the eras we’re dealing with, but the events which take place within each era will be important to that era.”

The “Vector” storyline begins in Knights of the Old Republic #25,  coming in January of 2008.

Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno – Review September 24, 2007

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inferno.jpgI’ve finally finished Star Wars Legacy of the Force Book 6 Inferno – and I’m not angry or even disappointed. IN fact I think that Inferno is one of the better books in this whole series. Inferno follows follows Sacrifice, Exile, Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest.

Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno is a pleasant reminder why I enjoy Star Wars books (especially Legacy of the Force) so very much. The last book Sacrifice, was a disaster in more ways than one. The worst offense (beyond killing Mara – oh and be sure to add your name to the Bring Back Mara Petition) was the trite, mundane and inspired writing that was offensively bad. Simply put Karen Travis shouldn’t be writing Star Wars.

Now Inferno by Troy Denning is another story altogether and a very good one at that. The prose is crisp, the descriptions are tight as is the plot. Without getting into details (last warning ahead of a spoiler alert) there were enough twists and turns that made sense in this one to really make it a legitimate ‘page turner.’

Now onto the deeper discussion.

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After the death of Mara in Sacrifice, I had expected Inferno to be mostly about Mara and tracking her killer. Luckily it wasn’t. Instead the civil war that is the whole premise for Legacy of the Force expands in marvelously new intricate ways.

The turbolaser bombardment of the Wookie homeworld was a total shocker and a brilliant plot twist as was Tenel Ka’s ultimate decision to open fire on Jacen.

I didn’t expect Ben to actually kill Cal Omas but , wow…another solid twist.

The discovery of MANY Sith on Korriban is a FANTASTIC revelation – these are likely the Sith from which Darth Krayt (also known as A’Sharad Hett) comes from.

And of course adding to the great complexity of this series, the Jedi abandoning the Alliance – or as Luke puts it – there is no Alliance with Jacen.

ooooooh and last but definitely not least – the faked death of Luke Skywalker himself. The author did a masterful job of painting that picture – of Luke’s death and though i didn’t want too..i believed it (for a few pages at least) just as Jacen did.

As if there wasn’t enough complexity in this Galactic Civil War – there is now even more and that makes for some great story telling.

As opposed to the New Jedi Order – Legacy of the Force is taking twists that are not trite, they’re actually really well conceived. It’s a shame that Karen Travis is such a poor writer…but Troy Denning really is a star.

SciFi Takes Over Fall TV Schedules September 24, 2007

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“Geeks are the new cool,” said Teri Weinberg, NBC Entertainment’s executive vice president. “We are all gravitating towards the underdog.”

According to a story over on Wired, so called ‘Geek’ shows make up roughly 20 percent of the major networks’ new prime-time programming for the 2007-08 season .

Among the big shows are:The Big Bang Theory, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and a retooled Bionic Woman. Then of course there is ‘Heroes’ (premiering tonight), Journeyman (also on tonight) and all shlock on SciFi channel including Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis and others..

The Wired article calls it a coming of age for Geek culture – I disagree.

First of all Geek doesn’t necessarily equal SciFi (though it often does) and if the big tired brains at Wired think that every show that has a computer in it is a ‘Geek’ show then woohoo welcome to the new millennium.

The failure of Battlestar Galactica (arguably the best SciFi show out there today) to get a proper timeslot is proof positive that the major networks especially NBC Universal really haven’t got a clue at all.

If ‘Geek’ SciFi culture were truly to take over we should see BSG in the prime time NBC lineup, we’d see Stargate Atlantis there too and Stargate SG-1 would never have been cancelled (though we are looking forward to the movies and Amanda Tapping in season 4 of Atlantis).

‘Geek’ SciFi culture hasn’t truly commanded mainstream TV since the glory days when Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space 9 were both on at the same time.

Where is FOX now? Sure they’ve got Sarah Conner Chronicles coming – and we all have high hopes for that – but let’s now forget that FOX is the network that killed Firefly.

(check out the full wire article on Wired.com)

Family Guy – Blue Harvest – THE STAR WARS episode review September 23, 2007

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wow.

As a fan of the Family Guy and Star Wars it was just AWESOME to see Star Wars done in the Family Guy animation style (officially known as Blue Harvest). Lots of great site gags and rye humor and unfortunately a lot of duds too…

On the plus side:

Jumping to hyperspace outsite of Tatooine when Han (Peter) says Hyperspace always looks so freaky and we get the regular lightspeed jump and then DR WHO!! complete with Who soundtrack and the ultimate Doctor Tom Baker.

Also really great when they get to detention block AA23 and Han takes the mike and says…”slight weapons malfunction..we’re all fine here how are you?” and then we get a whole converstation.

Luke entering the princesses cell and her saying .” who are you aren’t a little fat for a stormtrooper.” And luke saying ..”..you stuckup Bitch!”

Han (Peter) in the shooting pod humming along the John Williams music was also classic..

AND to top it all off the end where they take shots at the Robot Chicken version of Star Wars.

So yes this was a Family Guy show for the ages..but no not the best Star Wars parody ever, Stuey as Vader was VERY VERY weak which was a tremendous dis-appointment and all in all there have been other...funnier standalone Star Wars parody moments in Family Guy

How Much is Star Trek Starfleet Worth? Apparently $122.50 September 23, 2007

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The answer to the question of how much a Star Trek Starfleet is worth is an easy one to answer – namely it depends on what someone is willing to pay.

As we blogged about last week, there was a unique auction on eBay last week with an offer of 7 Star Trek Starfleet vessels.

Classic Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise

Star Trek: Generations U.S.S. Enterprise-B

Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise-D

Star Trek: Insurrection U.S.S. Enterprise-E

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Space Station DS9

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine U.S.S. Defiant

Star Trek: Voyager U.S.S. Voyager

I would have expected this awesome set to go for $300+ considering that either the Voyager or Defiant models on their own typically fetch $100+.

So the final winning bid? Only $122.50!!!
***update** now that that auction is over 90 Days old eBay has removed the old listing. But you can still find lots of ships.. Check out all the Star Trek ship auctions.

Or if you’re into RSS here’s an RSS/XML link to subscribe too that will keep the latest auction listings for you.

(and yes we’re very very very jealous)

Heinlein Archives ONLINE September 22, 2007

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Heinlein fans REJOICE! You can know get a full Heinlein fix online (for free).

The entire contents of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Archive which have lived in the UC-Santa Cruz Library’s Special Collections since 1968 have been scanned and are now available online for public consumption.

These manuscript files include Heinlein’s files of all his published works with his notes, research, early drafts and edits of manuscripts, to the final published form. These files provide both a look at Heinlein’s creative process and add insights into his intent and the meaning in his stories.

Check it out for yourself:

http://www.heinleinarchives.net/upload/

Star Wars The Force Unleashed – Secret Apprentice is like a Dark Luke Skywalker September 21, 2007

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“No Jedi in history has ever used the force the way that the secret apprentice uses the force …he’s a force wrecking ball. He’s unstoppable

– Sam Witwer LucasArts

Star Wars The Force Unleashed is the next BIG game from LucasArts (and its coming for the Wii too).

In a recent production video (linked below), LucasArt big wigs give some color on the characters in the game.

The big five characters:

The secret apprentice that’s the character you play in the game

Juno Eclipse – she’s the love interest and is an imperial pilot that ferries the appretice around the galaxy

General Koda – a hardboiled Jedi Master

Proxy – the droid sidekick

Darth Vader

In the video, the game’s production lead describes the Secret Apprentice as a Dark Luke Skywalker – what Luke would have been like had he joined Vader.

Check out the full vid below ENJOY!

Star Wars: Legacy #0 1/2 : Back To The Beginning September 21, 2007

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I remember very well the day i saw Star Wars Legacy issue #0 on the stand.

It was a great day.

That first issue #0 introduced me to a new wildly exciting universe of Star Wars. A universe where the Sith outnumber the Jedi, Jedi serve an Emperor in Exile, A Sith rules on Coruscant and the last Skywalker is a death stick stoking bounty hunter. AMAZING.

Alot has happened in the Star Wars Legacy universe in the last 18 months and Dark Horse has decided to update issue #0 which was an overview handbook of the people, places and ships in the series.

While the original issue #0 was only $0.25, TFAW has the 0 1/2 issue listed on pre-order at $2.39 (which is still a deal).

A year-and-a-half ago, we introduced you to Legacy-the future of Star Wars. The series’ original issue #0 has long been sold-out, and the information contained therein unavailable . . . until now. This greatly expanded and updated edition contains all of the information new readers need and that longtime readers are craving.

Get the lowdown on all your favorite characters, details on the ships and vehicles they pilot, and the latest on who’s related to who! This is a must-have handbook for the future of the Star Wars glaxy!

* Completely reconfigured from the original edition, with lots of new entries and information!

I can hardly wait! Though we all have too – Star Wars Legacy #0 1/2 doesn’t officially come out until December 19, 2007

Star Wars Rebellion #10 – The Ahakista Gambit September 20, 2007

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Bravo Dark Horse. Bravo.

Star Wars Rebellion issue #10 is a solid ending to a really neat story line. Vader finally catches up to Wyl Tarson and well Tarson makes an interesting decision.

It’s not one that I would have expected – and the way that the art portrayed the action was just great.

Not only was it a great storyline but of course as great stories do – it has left alot of open questions – is Raze dead? Is Tarson?? and what about the Hub ? Has it been compromised?

The Ahakista Gambit story arc really heated up in issue #9, while of course issue #8 with the great Vader cover was impressive, most impressive – as well.

As i’ve said before in the previous reviews in this arc – yes this is pulp – but its engaging and a fun read.

Only problem now though is that Dark Horse has put the title on hiatus until December – so it’ll months before we see anything new in this line.

Star Wars Strikes Back on TV (guide) September 20, 2007

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We’ve known for some time that George Lucas is planning two new Star Wars shows for TV.

In an interview with TV Guide Lucas reveals some details that were previously unknown. The animated show takes place between Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

“It’s a lot of battle stuff, and it’s obviously the Clone Wars, so it’s a war picture. So it’s kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn’t fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it’s very different, and I think it’s very exciting. It’s got a very, very sophisticated look to it. It’s very much like the features. We’re still trying to figure out how to put it on the air.”

The plan according to Lucas is to do 100 episodes of the show and according to his comments in the interview they’ve already done …..40 OF THEM! The series is expected to begin airing in the fall of 2008.

Read the full interview over at TV Guide.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed Coming to the Nintendo Wii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! September 20, 2007

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forceunleashed.jpgWe’ve been waiting for this for a long time. IN fact almost since the day the Wii launched fans have been begging for the ultimate Star Wars experience on the Wii.

We now know when it’s coming: Spring 2008.

That’s when The Force Unleashed hits the Wii with an exclusive dual mode option that will let you wield your Wiimote the way it was intended – as a lightsaber!!!!

“The Wii is a great platform for The Force Unleashed, because the console’s motion-oriented controllers really bring the game to life,” said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts in a statement. “We’ve worked hard to make the Wii version of the game unique in order to truly let you unleash the Force.”

The Wii version, in development by Krome Studios, will also add an exclusive duel mode in which players can compete head-to-head with their friends to determine the ultimate Jedi Master.

If you didn’t have a reason for owning a Wii before – now you do.

NASA is Hiring Astronauts – Do you have the Right Stuff? September 19, 2007

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At the dawn of the Space Age, NASA recruited its astronauts from the best and brightest in its military corps.

In 2007 – NASA is recruiting astronauts online…and you could be one of them.

In a public posting on the USAjobs site, NASA has posted a job ad for a job that is truly out of this world.

JOB SUMMARY:
NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

The salary range is – 59,493.00 – 130,257.00 USD per year.

Want to apply? Just go online and GOOD LUCK !

Star Trek Ship Armada – rare chance to get a whole bunch of ships September 19, 2007

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It’s hard to find decent Star Trek ships these days online or offline.

That’s why as part of ShowMeSciFi.com’s irregular look at SciFi on eBay we’re very excited at this lot of 7 (count’em yourself) Star Trek ships.

It’s enough to build your Starfleet!

This auction doesn’t end until – Sep-22-07 19:00:41 PDT – so you’ve got a little bit of time to get on the board with this (Star Trek ship auction)

Classic Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise

Star Trek: Generations U.S.S. Enterprise-B

Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise-D

Star Trek: Insurrection U.S.S. Enterprise-E

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Space Station DS9

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine U.S.S. Defiant

Star Trek: Voyager U.S.S. Voyager

Not sure how high bidding will go on this but check it out for yourself -click the following link: Star Trek ship Armada – and hey if you win let us know (we’re jealous already)!

Uhura Cast for Star Trek XI..And She’s a Fan!! September 18, 2007

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Zoe Saldana has been picked to be the new Uhura for the new Star Trek movie.

Saldana who has previously been in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and The Terminal (with Tom Hanks) already knows a thing or two about Vulcans.

Uhura’s casting follows casting for Scotty (with a scotsman), Chekov (with a real Russian), Spock (with a guy that has pointy ears). The secret script has apparently been completed and Star Trek XI should be in theatres for X-mas 2008.

Now if they could only cast Kirk…

But without any futher do..here is the future Uhura showing us what she knows about vulcans. Live Long and Prosper Zoe Saldana!