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Was flipping through the ACORN catalog last night, and there, nestled among their offerings of the best DVDs from BBC and PBS I saw FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES. There were no other sci-fi offerings, no Doctor Who, Torchwood, Firefly, etc. Just Farscape.

If they had to pick just one they have excellent taste.
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It's alive! Now in stores and shipping from Amazon.Com Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets, including my essay on Looking Out For Number One.

And I see that there are quite a few new names on my friends list. Feel free to introduce yourselves if you haven't already.
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Over time the weekly meetings of the Hard Lemonade Science Fiction Society have morphed into game night, as we spend less time reading and critiquing each other's work, and more time talking about publishers, contracts, figuring out pre-book publicity and the like. Last night we got together at [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne's since she has airconditioning. To return to the spirit of our group I brought hard lemonade to go with the pizza, and we played two rounds of the train game (aka "Ticket to Ride European Edition"). I lost both times.

Came home and was excited to find my author copies of Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets! had arrived. Read Jim Butcher and PN Elrod's essays this morning with my coffee, and they reminded me again why I miss this series. Hard to believe that it was five years ago that I discovered Farscape. Five years seems like no time at all, and yet a lifetime ago. It was before I'd sold my first fantasy, and before I started going to SF conventions, something I hadn't done since college. Now, five years later, Farscape has come and gone, I'm in the middle of my second fantasy trilogy for Bantam, and SF cons are once again a part of my life.

Wonder what the next five years will bring?
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Proofread the copyedits for my essay "Looking out for Number One" which will be appearing in the Farscape anthology Farscape Forever!: Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets available in September 2005 from BenBella Books.

Their house style for verb tenses is a bit odd-- references to shows which are no longer airing must be in the past tense, while references to shows like Stargate SG-1 which are still in production must be in the present tense. I understand the theory but the sentence construction became a little strange when I was trying to contrast John Crichton to Captains Kirk, Picard and Jack O'Neill in the same sentence. Still, that minor quibble aside, writing the essay was fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished book.

And on the related thought of sci-fi media, last night's Smallville episode was one of their very best. Lots of fun, and I'm glad I have it on tape so I can catch the nuances I missed the first time. But the commercials for the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie are just plain wrong. I listened to the original radio series when it first aired so many times that anything else seems like a bad imitation. I'd rather have the original audio tapes than the fanciest special effects and big screen presentation any day.


Feb. 1st, 2005 04:18 pm
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Submitted the Farscape essay to BenBella books. I think I hit the high points-- I compared John Crichton to a drug addict and lauded Rygel's heroic qualities :-)

Brain exploded with the final round of Farscape DVD watching. Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. I felt like I was back in college, as I periodically staggered off to the kitchen in search of drinks & snacks. Good thing I don't do this regularly, or I'd be twice my size.

And tonight is game night-- another round of Puerto Rico and an attempt to rule the island with my coffee plantations. Bwahahahahaha!

Happy Groundhog Day Eve everyone!
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It's pizza and margarita shooters time as I finish up the Farscape essay. This weekend is marathon writing sessions combined with final round of DVD watching.

Up until now I was pretty much a low-tech DVD user. I popped in the DVD, pressed play and watched the movie in sequence. Now I'm relishing the ability to jump to specific scenes, and diving into the extra features for insights into the show.

On a related note, watching hours of Farscape every night is guaranteed to give you strange dreams. And I'm starting to think there ought to be an all Scorpius/Harvey remix version of the DVDs. Similar to the all-Spike remix of Buffy, which I've wanted for years.

I've also been collecting Farscape quotes. The infamous "You can't outrun a commander carrier" was repeated throughout the first two seasons, only to be replaced by variations on "We're all going to die," which expressed the crew's unwavering faith in whatever scheme they were pursuing at the moment. You could always trust our friends on Moya not to sugarcoat the situation.

Crichton: "That's your plan? Wile E. Coyote could come up with a better plan than that!"

And on that note, I'd best head back to writing.
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Briefly surfacing my head before I disappear under the waves.  Life is busy.  Work is busy.  Sleep is an illusion. 

Reading:  Still reading Hammered by Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala).  I'm enjoying it very much, but the setting is proving a distraction.  The "hellish streets of Hartford" are well known to me, so every time she mentions a street, or a place, my brain pauses as I try to picture it.  I know Bushnell Park, I've been drinking in the Federal Cafe, and well, you get the picture.  I'm having lots of fun, but can't help wondering how my experience of the story would be changed if she'd set in in Springfield or Schenectady.  I think I'll have to read it again once I finish, so I can enjoy the storytelling without being distracted by the knee-jerk "Oooh, I've been there" reactions.

Watching: Farscape DVDs.  Frantically.  Now on season 3, and only 17 days till the Farscape essay is due at Benbella Books.  I'm having way too much fun with the little stuff.  The first two seasons were a riot just to catalog John's wardrobe changes, and pin down the precise moment when he started carrying a gun everywhere he went.  It's amazing how much you could tell of his mental state by which color t-shirt he was wearing on that day...

Drinking: Laying in stock of wine for this weekend's house guests. 

Eating: Real food.  House guests means no microwaveable meals.  My fridge will now be filled with something other than frozen boxes, milk, milano cookies, and containers labeled "Thermal Mass- Do Not Drink."

Writing: Finally finished revised series outline and e-mailed to agent, who no doubt thought I'd disappeared down a rabbit hole. 

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