With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I’d offer up a list of gift ideas for the beloved geeks in your life.
1. Cubed Electronic Puzzle Game – 600 different puzzles to solve!
2. Steampunk Keyboard – And it looks extremely cool!
These are just a fraction of my TBR pile. Most of these are early review copies, and some I’m just so far behind, they’re already out.
But I’m looking forward to them all…
1. Kethani, by Eric Brown*
2. Netherwood, by Michele Lang
3. Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders*
4. The Deceived, by Brett Battles
5. The Last Angel, by Natasha Rhodes*
6. CodeSpell, by Kelly McCullough*
7. Devil May Care, Sebastian Faulks
8. The Iron Hunt, Marjorie M. Liu
9. Gordath Wood, by Patrice Sarath
10. Nightwalker, by Jocelynn Drake
11. Pax Britannia: Unnatural History, by Jonathan Green
12. Underground, by Kat Richardson
13. Sly Mongoose, by Tobias Buckell
* I have giveaway copies of these as well, so check back soon for those and more!
With so many tacky costumes from the early years, this list was a lot of fun to assemble.
1. Cyclops – Those over-the-head hoods with attached goggles are anything but attractive.
2. Banshee – This should be at the top of any costume no-no. In any fight, DO NOT wear a giant bull’s-eye-target, unless you want to get yourself killed.
3. Storm – Flock of Seagulls fan?
Time travel is probably my favorite subjects in science fiction. And according to some of my favorite shows and movies, these seem like the best way to go about it.
10. Piggyback on the Borg’ time rift. You still have to deal with the Borg once you get there, so maybe that’s not the best option. (Star Trek: First Contact)
9. Invent a time machine that will allow you to possess someone’s body, but only within your own lifetime. (Quantum Leap)
8. Sling shot around the sun. Just don’t burn up in the process. (Star Trek: The Voyage Home)
This Michigan-based con is one of my favorite genre conventions of the year. Listed are just some of the guests scheduled to appear at Motor City Comic Con in May. More will be added as the date gets closer.
Here are 13 actors and actresses I’m looking forward to seeing:
1. Avery Brooks – “Benjamin Sisko” from Star Trek: DS9
2. Denise Crosby – “Tasha Yar” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. Bruce Davison – “Senator Kelly” from X-Men
4. Micky Dolenz – Drummer for the The Monkees
5. Erik Estrada – “Officer Francis Llewellyn ‘Ponch’ Poncherello” from CHiPs
6. Lou Ferrigno – “The Hulk” from The Incredible Hulk (repeat guest)
7. Andee Frizzell – “Wraith Queen” from Stargate: Atlantis
8. M.C. Gainey – “Tom Friendly” from Lost
9. Walter Koenig – “Pavel Chekov” from Star Trek
10. Martin Klebba – “Marty” from Pirates of the Caribbean
11. Juliet Landau – “Drusilla” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
12. Anthony Montgomery – “Travis Mayweather” from Star Trek: Enterprise
13. Cliff Simon – “Ba’al” from Stargate SG-1
Here’s a link to last year’s MCCC experience:
As a new and different comedy/law show/fantasy from ABC, Eli Stone has surprisingly become a fast favorite of mine. The premise: Eli Stone is a lawyer who begins having hallucinations. The hallucinations are the result of a brain aneurysm. But the hallucinations are strangely symbolic and seem to be coming from God. Eli is a reluctant prophet whose life gets turned upside down, but begins to change for the better.
So without further ado, here are 13 Reasons to Watch Eli Stone:
1. George Michael songs. Most of Eli’s hallucinations revolve around some of George’s best songs.
2. Jonny Lee Miller – Couldn’t have been better cast. Superb acting.
3. It’s funny. Singing and dancing and slaying dragons? Poor Eli finds himself unable to distinguish his visions from reality until after the fact.
Having read over 150 books this year, narrowing down my favorites was extremely hard. So I’ve kept the list limited to those published in 2007. Here are my top 13 SciFi/Fantasy picks of 2007:
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/?p=312
3. Bitterwood, by James Maxey
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/?p=281
1. Wearing your hair up and donning glasses is a great disguise. Even fellow government colleagues, whose job is to track down spies, won’t recognize you.
2. Though I guess she has had worse disguises.
3. Steve Trevor made a great damsel in distress. In just about every episode.