Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Giveaway!

Courtesy of Little, Brown Books, I have a giveaway copy of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. for 3 lucky winners!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 21. I’ll draw names on August 22, and notify winners via email.

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The Official Star Trek Magazine Issue 20 Extracts

The Official Star Trek Magazine Issue 20

Here’s an excerpt from the interview with J.J. Abrams featuring in issue #20 of Star Trek Magazine.

Every director approaches a script differently initially; when you read a script for the first time, do you visualize it, hear it, and see it edited?

When I’m writing something, I tend to see it specifically, at least in ways that are usually more clear than I even realize – meaning, I’ll see things in a certain direction. I’ll see the composition of a shot or a sequence. But because it’s such a collaboration, part of the fun is discovery. The actors that you get, the director of photography you work with, the production designers: they all have ideas. While you may have a certain vision, there’s an immense amount of flexibility and fluidity that you have to approach any project with that accounts for the unexpected, which is usually the thing that makes it good.

Were there specific sequences in Star Trek where you had one idea going in, and then on the floor, it went differently?

What I tried to do on this movie was not storyboard anything that I could avoid storyboarding. For example, if it was any scene that didn’t require the kinds of visual effects preparation that would demand that kind of specific planning, I would try and let it go, and do it on the fly. We’d make it up as we went along, because that’s usually the fun of it. There are certain sequences where I had ideas in my head, certain scenes with the characters, that when the day came to shoot them, I suddenly found myself throwing out whatever preconceived notions I had, and seeing what felt right and what the actors would go to naturally, and adjusting things from there.

Read the full interview in issue #20 of Star Trek Magazine – on sale now.

An excerpt from an interview with Alice Krige featuring in issue #20 of Star Trek Magazine.

“I came to the conclusion that the Queen was the Borg. Is the Borg. The Borg is an extension of her. I had read A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking beforehand, and in the course of trying to find out who she was, I went out and got a copy of the video. Somewhere in it he says the old adage, ‘Energy is not created or destroyed.’ And I thought of the Borg Queen. She’s been around since the beginning of time, since the Big Bang or whatever. And she is the energy source behind the Borg. She is just the physical manifestation of that energy.

“I had some interaction on the mask with Scott Wheeler, who also did my old age makeup for my character on [the movie] Skin. For the Borg Queen, there were only two things I asked him for. He had sculpted in eyebrows and I asked him to take them away. I thought it would give her a fixed expression. The shape of the eyebrows was like Cruella de Ville and I didn’t want that painted on my face. The other thing was that my mouth was quite red. In contrast to the color of my skin, my lips looked redder. It’s almost an optical illusion. They had made my skin so pale that it stuck out. And there was a point when they wanted to damp down the color of my mouth. They thought it was too red. And Scott and I hung in there to be allowed to use the color of my own mouth.”

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The King’s Daughters

The King’s Daughters, by Nathalie Mallet, is the sequel to The Princes of the Golden Cage.

Following the events in The Princes of the Golden Cage, Prince Amir and Princess Eva venture north to Eva’s kingdom to ask her father for permission to marry. But Sorvinka isn’t the land Eva remembers. It has become war-torn and harsh. And Prince Amir has more to deal with than just trying to impress the king. One of his daughter’s has been kidnapped. And magic seems to be involved.

I became engaged in this story even more than the last. Though the outcome was a bit predictable, it was nonetheless a very entertaining mystery. With colorful characters, strange magic, suspense, and deceit, Mallet has created an enchanting world. I love the character of Amir. While he is a prince and a bit spoiled and biased, he has a kind heart and can’t stay away from a good mystery. With a climatic ending, the story is still left with promise of new adventures to come for Amir. And I, for one, can’t wait.

ABC’s Defying Gravity: Exclusive Interview with Eyal Podell

Eyal Podell as Dr. Evram was able to talk at length during an exclusive interview with Eyal Podell about his role on the new show Defying Gravity. The two-hour premier airs on ABC this Sunday night, August 2nd at 9/8c.

What can you tell us about your character Dr. Evram Mintz?

I’m the onboard medical officer and psychiatrist. So if anyone has any medical needs that might arise as we rocket through the solar system, I get to take care of them. And more importantly the psychiatrist that will come into play a lot more when you consider the fact that four men and four women are stuck in a tin can hurtling through space. And any of the discoveries that we may make or encounter, may shake our world view or what we think of our presence in the universe. That, or just loneliness or isolation and potential insanity, all of that. I’m the guy that’s going to be making sure everyone’s of sound mind and body.

On, the synopsis mentions that there will be hook-ups on the show. Does your character have a love interest?

My love interest is in mission control.
And I want to mention that the synopsis from ABC is a little misleading. And I only want to mention this because I know that you have sci-fi readers that may be turned-off by this whole “Grey’s Anatomy in Space” and the clips of zero-g sex. Sure there will be romance, sex scenes, zero-g or earth based, but that’s only one component of the show.

The show isn’t going to be about having sex in space every week. Let me be a little clearer — there are sort of two time lines. The present day being the year 2052, when we’ve launched and our mission is underway. Eight of us are on a space ship and four others are back at mission control. And the other the other half takes place in the year 2047, and that starts with all of us meeting up and the astronaut training and selection program begins. So if there are any hook-ups and relationship drama, it generally takes place in the flash-backs.

The nice thing about how the show is structured is that the complexities and the back stories obviously make for more tension on the ship, since we’ve had past experiences with each other. But once we’re up there, we’re under a very strict mission and we’re going to be as professional as we can. And we don’t want to jeopardize the mission in any way.

I’d say the show is a lot more Lost than it is Grey’s Anatomy. Not nearly as much on-call room sex as you’d imagine. But there is always the possibility of it, and the lingering tension. What would X-Files have been without the tension between Mulder and Scully. Know what I mean?

Speaking of the clips, there seems to be a big mystery behind the mission. Can speak to any of that?

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Stargate Atlantis Fans’ Choice Blu-Ray Disc Giveaway!


Courtesy of M80, I have a giveaway copy of Stargate Atlantis Fans’ Choice Blu-Ray Disc for one lucky winner! (More about the Blu-Ray disc below.)

Contest is open to US Residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. To increase your chances, enter daily!
Contest ends August 14. I’ll draw names on August 15, and notify winner via email.

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