Every April, the Gutter switches things up. This month, Romance editor Chris talks about television. Confession time: Until 2003, I had no idea what Dr. Who was. I mean, I knew there’d been a television show with that name. My Nana used to watch it occasionally. I had vague childhood memories of the freaky/cool [...]
Wired and io9 interview Michael Chabon on his screenplay for John Carter, his love of Edgar Rice Burroughs and writing genre fiction.
At a panel discussion, Octavia Butler reveals how she became a writer, watching a movie and thinking, “Jeez, I can write a better story than that!” Butler is interviewed by Charlie Rose in 2000. And a clip of her from a television documentary on science fiction.
Novelist Samuel Youd, who wrote as John Christopher, has died. Gutter readers might remember him best for his science fiction series, The Tripods, which was adapted for television by the BBC and Australia’s Seven Networks in the 1980s. The Guardian has an overview of his life and career.
Jonathan Coulton’s “Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime” rocks in ASL, as performed by Stephen Torrence.
Ever wonder why the competent and kickass action ladies always die? TV Tropes examines why “Vasquez Always Dies.”
Halcyon Realms looks at a Japanese collection of French comic artist Moebius’ series, Le Monde d’Edena.
Manipulated by mad scientists, humiliated for humanity’s pleasure, will robots and apes tire of making our cars, vacuuming our floors, fighting our wars, washing our cats and smoking our cigarettes? Who will break first as humankind continually fails to distinguish androids from robots, apes from monkeys? We return again to the question that 2012 inevitably [...]
Tim Gunn returns to Crazy Sexy Geeks to discuss fashion, gender and Star Trek: The Original Series.
A survey of maps of the moon since 1610. (via @hudsonette and @matthiasrascher)
It’s not quite the way many cultists had hoped to see Cthulhu on CNN, but it’s still pretty good. Cthulhu and the Lovecraft profiled on CNN. (via Bonnie Burton)
More “classic” cover art at Good Show Sir: “OK, I want a triad of spiritual guru, alien Venus, and bull-man, linked by a strip of computer punch tape (futuristic!). Also, it must have a hummingbird-whale. I insist.”
Celebrate Star Trek Day–or every day–with Turkish Star Trek!
ReadMOre’s Mark Tiedemann has an in depth conversation with writer Ursula K. Le Guin about The Dispossessed.
A little collection of Muppetry for Jim Henson’s birthday. The Skeksis speak their own language in The Dark Crystal. Kermit sings, “Once in a Lifetime.” Mating rituals on Koozbane. Vincent Price sings with Uncle Deadly. Alice Cooper sings “Welcome to My Nightmare.” Martians discover the earth. Gonzo’s going to go back there someday. The Swedish [...]
In her series of essays looking over the entire run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Abigail Nussbaum gets to a more pround change from the original Star Trek than tunic colors. By the second season, the Starfleet has decided to boldly stay within Federation borders. “[I]t’s clear that The Next Generation became a better [...]
Over at Wertzone, Adam finishes up his look at David Brin’s 6-book Uplift saga: “Heaven’s Reach is, by far, the most wildly inventive of the six Uplift novels.”
A thorough and well-illustrated look at Soviet science fiction, from the 1920s through the 1980s. (via SF Signal)
The Belated Nerd looks back at the alien dragon menace, Fin Fang Foom.
Cartoon Network has trailers for the upcoming animated shows, ThunderCats and Legend of Korra, the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as an extended look at Green Lantern: The Animated Series with a short peek at the LEGO Ninja show, Ninjago.
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