January 30th, 2009

strange detractors

how to find me at NYCC

I'm hoping to have a finalized schedule by Monday at the latest, but I can tell you that my when-in-doubt-look-for-me-here location at New York Comic-Con at the Javits Center in Manhattan next weekend is the BOOM! Studios booth (#1313). That'll be my "home base" for the con, where I'll be pimping the special limited NYCC edition of Farscape #1.

I will also be spending some time at Pocket's booth (#1402).
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Schott's Miscellany 29 January 2009

Oprah Winfrey born (1954)


The term blockbuster was first used to describe a class of bombs dropped by teh British Royal Air Force during WWII. These extremely heavy, vastly powerful incendiaries were capable of destroying an entire block of buildings at a time. (The 4,000lb blockbuster was first dropped on Emden, Germany in 1941; the 12,000lb blockbuster on Germany's Dortmund-Ems Canal in 1943.) The term has evolved to describe anything of great size or power, but is most frequently applied to entertainment productions such as books, plays, musuem exhibits, and especially movies. (Extremely successful prescriptions medications are also sometimes called blockbuster drugs; in music, the term chartbuster was coined to describe a bestselling song or group.)

It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
James Thurber (1894-1961)
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singular destiny

another review of A Singular Destiny

Michael Warren has reviewed Star Trek: A Singular Destiny on his "Musings of a fandom geek" blog -- which has the Red Dwarfian subtitle of: "Sometimes, you've just got to say 'The laws of time and space? Who gives a smeg?'" -- and done so quite favorably.

Money quote:
As the first book in the sequence helpfully titled “Cleaning Up Mack’s Mess”, A Singular Destiny has a lot to deal with. But, by not tying the story to any of the main casts, DeCandido is once again able to encompass a larger portion of the Star Trek universe, and address issues that have a more wide-ranging impact. After such a universe-affecting event like Destiny, this is exactly the book to follow it - showing how that universe as a whole is affected, instead of focusing on the effects on one small group of people.

Blending in between chapters are snippets of various documents, transcripts, and other material - along the lines of DeCandido’s work in the Shards and Shadows story “Family Matters” (of which, more soon) - to further establish the situation the Star Trek universe finds itself in. And these aren’t just throwaway asides, either - two in particular have major impact, one (between Chapters 7 and 8) especially so, which had me cursing DeCandido rather loudly for being such a magnificent bastard...

Any review that calls me a magnificent bastard is a keeper. *nods*
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bone key


So I finally watched "After School Special," the latest Supernatural episode, which included some flashbacks to the Winchester brothers in a high school they were only enrolled in for a few weeks, Sam apparently as a freshman, Dean apparently as a senior. It was an excellent episode, one that really did a good job of showing us what the boys' childhood was like, and also a reminder that high school may not be hell (the boys, Dean in particular, have seen hell), but it sure ain't pretty.

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