Starbase Indy 09

This past weekend I attended Starbase Indy. A special surprise guest was announced at the last minute. It seems that Logan Huffman, of recent “V” fame, called up Starbase Indy and asked if he could come on out, as he’s from Indianapolis anyway. This was his first convention and was extremely gracious and courteous to all of his fans. And even though attendee numbers were sparse, there were no shortage of questions for the young actor!

Logan Huffman

Logan Huffman

He even shared some spoilers with us that we’re not supposed to repeat. But I can say that the show is already written out with a five year plan. Logan himself is contracted for seven years. He doesn’t know for sure how his character will grow, but hopes to see a Romeo and Juliet type of relationship form with on-screen love Lisa (Laura Vandervoort).

Angela and Logan Huffman

Also in attendance was Garrett Wang, from Star Trek: Voyager. Garrett was at my first ever convention, back in 2004, which was also here at Starbase Indy. He was just as charming and witty as ever, and very entertaining.

Garrett Wang

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Book Review: Diving into the Wreck

Diving into the Wreck

Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Set in the distant future, Boss is a professional wreck diver, who salvages valuables from abandoned spacecrafts. When she comes across a mysterious and ancient ship, her curiosity is overwhelming. But an unknown danger waits inside. The ancient ship contains stealth technology that has yet to be perfected. Years ago, Boss lost her mother to similar technology. After the death of several comrades, Boss is faced with the moral dilemma of whether or not to leave the stealth technology in the hands of the military, potentially endangering countless more lives.

Written in first person narrative, readers experience everything from Boss’ point of view. Boss is a recluse, never fully trusting anyone. And we are shown the reason why during flashbacks of Boss’ past. The story focuses more on the plot and events, rather than character development. But what it lacks in character depth, Rusch makes up for in creating suspense and making readers think. I also give praise to Rusch as well for not overdoing the details for stealth technology. Enough information is given to make imaginations flare, but not enough to burden the story.

I have read several of Rusch’s media tie-in novels, but this is the first original novel of hers that I have read. I now consider myself a fan. Full of adventure, danger, intrigue, and futuristic tech, this is what scifi readers, like me, crave. Science fiction fans should definitely check out this latest release by Rusch.

DVD Giveaway: BBC America Prize Pack

Courtesy of BBC America and Warner Brothers, I have a giveaway copy of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, and a Union Jack Ornament for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends December 18. I’ll draw names on December 19, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

And be sure to enter the BBC America Shop Sweepstakes! http://bbcamericashop.com/sweepstakes.html
Sweepstakes Details: Win two $500 Gift Certificates (one for you and one for a very special friend) and find the biggest hits in BBC film and TV on DVD for friends and family, apparel and books on tape; and jewelry and holiday decorations from the UK!

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Book Review: Rogue Angel: Footprints

Rogue Angel: Footprints

Rogue Angel: Footprints, by “Alex Archer”

Annja Creed is a part-time archeologist, part-time tv host of Chasing History’s Monsters, and full-time adventurer.

Annja is asked by an old friend to assist her on a search for Big Foot in the remote wilderness of the Northwest. Annja’s friend claims to know of evidence of the legendary Sasquatch. But as soon as she arrives, Annja and her friends’ students are harassed by gunmen, telling them to go home. But her friend is missing. And as trouble follows her everywhere, Annja soon finds herself surrounded by mystery, extreme danger, and deception.

While no history or archeology played a role in this installment, I found the story to be extremely fun. Not as action-packed as some, Footprints is still full of suspense, intrigue, and mythology. Annja makes some strange choices that are a bit out of character, but still remains a heroic figure, always trying to do the right thing. Fans of action and adventure novels should definitely be sure to check this one out. It’s helpful to have read the very first in the series, Destiny, just to have background on Annja and her special sword. But beyond that, the wonderful thing about the Rogue Angel series is that they don’t need to be read in any particular order. Each is a completely new adventure. I haven’t missed one yet, and can’t recommend them enough.

Book Review: The 4400: Promises Broken

The 4400: Promises Broken

The 4400: Promises Broken, by David Mack

Following the events in The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, tension is escalating between the US government and Jordan Collier promicin-positive followers. And the 4400’s greatest foe, the Marked, have devised a plan to wipe out the p-positive, but countless innocents will die as well.

David Mack and Pocket Books have finally given fans of the show the resolution we have been waiting for, since its untimely cancellation. The characters have changed and developed, but not beyond reason. And suspenseful as ever, this latest installment has Agents Baldwin and Skouris making the most difficult decisions of their lives. They must choose sides and risk everything. And, ultimately, Kyle’s prediction of the fate of the world lying with Tom Baldwin comes to a head.

With all of the characters we’ve come to know and love, Mack has skillfully rendered each with believability and soul. The story is gripping and fast-paced, with a climatic ending that no 4400 fan should miss. And while there is a satisfying ending to the overall story arc, there is plenty left open for future accounts and other avenues to explore. This was a fantastic conclusion to an incredible series. And I, for one, would love to see it continue on in further novels, particularly if the same authors return.

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