The team takes a break.
A power outage creates an unlikely friendship. [more inside]
ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It's a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It's a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night. It's also a serial audio drama. [more inside]
I recently started listening to ars PARADOXICA (via collectallfour's AskMe) and am really enjoying it. Is there any interest in adding it to the FanFare podcast feeds? [more inside]
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. [more inside]
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Water Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
Severe rationing can't save the Destiny's dwindling water supply, forcing Colonel Young and Lieutenant Scott to seek out drinkable water on a deadly ice planet. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Light Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
Nearly out of power, Destiny has dropped out of F.T.L. and is flying directly toward a sun. The crew has no access to core systems and no way to change the ship's course. Colonel Young conducts a lottery to determine who will escape certain death to try and find a habitable planet with the shuttle. [more inside]
In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Darkness Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Destiny suffers a power crisis, putting the lives of the stranded crew in jeopardy when even the emergency reserves run dry. Colonel Young orders everyone to limit their power consumption and Dr. Rush pushes himself to his breaking point. Meanwhile Eli begins recording individual messages from the crew in case they don’t survive. [more inside]
A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 3) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
With the air supply failing on Destiny, a team disembarks to a desert-like planet in search of lime or a similar mineral to scrub the ship’s air of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, with life on the ship looking bleak, Colonel Young reports in to General O’Neill and Chloe has one last chance to see her mother, courtesy of the communication stones. [more inside]
It's people. PEOPLE! [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 2) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
In part 2 of the series premiere, approximately 80 scientists, military personnel and civilians find themselves stranded on a large, damaged Ancient space ship, several billion light years from Earth. The new, reluctant crew discover that they're locked out of the ship's systems, life support is failing and they will need to make repairs fast or run out of air in a matter of hours. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Air (Part 1) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
College dropout Eli Walllace solves a mathematical equation in an online computer game, planted there by Stargate Command. For his achievement, Dr. Nicholas Rush and General Jack O'Neill recruit Wallace to the Icarus program, which is attempting to dial a nine-chevron address with the Stargate. When the hidden base is attacked, an evacuation begins. But with the planet's unstable core about to go critical and lacking any other means of escape, approximately 80 people are forced to step through the gate and head to an unknown destination -- on the other side of the universe. [more inside]
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. [more inside]
In Duncan Jones (nee Zowie Bowie, son of David)'s debut feature, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell in a celebrated showcase performance) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, alongside his computer companion GERTY. Despite not storming the box office, Moon (trailer) drew comparisons to movies like Solaris, Alien, and 2001, found critical praise (though not universally), won several awards, and still maintains a healthy following seven years later. (Some links contain spoilers)
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. [more inside]
A thread to discuss the entire first season of The Expanse, as well as the James S. A. Corey book it's based on: Leviathan Wakes.
The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes Season 1, Ep 10
Events on Eros come to a head in the season finale.
The Expanse: Critical Mass Season 1, Ep 9
Miller, Holden and his crew are trapped on Eros. Avasarala discovers the origin of the mystery ships.
The Expanse: Back to the Butcher Season 1, Ep 5
In a flashback, Fred Johnson visits Anderson Station. In the present, he offers to help the survivors from Canterbury and Donnager. The survivors ponder his offer. Havelock recuperates from a boo-boo. Miller searches for Julie Mao and flops his hair.
The Expanse: CQB Season 1, Ep 4
Holden and crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle. Miller’s partner goes missing.
The Expanse: Remember the Cant Season 1, Ep 3
Holden and crew are taken prisoner by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy. Miller deals with rioters. Avasarala plays politics.
The Expanse: The Big Empty Season 1, Ep 2
Holden and crew are trapped in a badly damaged shuttle. On Ceres, Miller uncovers clues about Julie Mao. On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala questions a terrorist.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets Rewatch Season 3, Ep 25
The DS9 cast "gets a chance to pretend to be someone else for a scene or two, which is goofy and fun until the sociopath shows up." [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Family Business Rewatch Season 3, Ep 23
Quark and Rom's Moogie Introduces Feminism to Ferenginar. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Die is Cast Rewatch Season 3, Ep 21
Garak reluctantly tortures Odo for information to prove his loyalty to his former mentor, Enabran Tain, as a joint Tal Shiar / Obsidian Order attack on the Founders in the Omarian Nebula is underway without Starfleet's involvement. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Through the Looking Glass Rewatch Season 3, Ep 19
A second visit to the twisted, brutal Mirror Universe, this time with pirates, Sisko's dead wife and freedom fighters. [more inside]
The Expanse: Dulcinea (Pilot) Season 1, Ep 1
The pilot for a new series on SyFy based on James SA Corey's series of books that begin with Leviathan Wakes. In the US, the show begins airing on 14 December but SyFy has put the pilot on youtube.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Visionary Rewatch Season 3, Ep 17
In which O’Brien meets O’Brien, and all hell breaks loose.... [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Destiny Rewatch Season 3, Ep 15
An ancient Bajoran prophecy of doom complicates the first joint Bajoran, Cardassian, and Federation science mission: an attempt to establish a permanent communications link through the wormhole. [more inside]
In the imaginary science of 'Pataphysics there's the concept of the "clinamen", or "swerve". As method in the arts, it can be roughly paraphrased as: "To create art you must first create a system. Once you have the system, you must introduce an anomaly which brings the system into a state of chaos. Then you have art." To put it bluntly, until writing "The Mule", Asimov's Foundation series was a perfect system, described by the imaginary science of psychohistory. Things were moving predictably to a predicted end. But then there came a swerve, in the form of "The Mule", a warlord not predicted by Hari Seldon. And in the titular character, Asimov created one of the most interesting anti-heroes of early science fiction. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Life Support Rewatch Season 3, Ep 13
A fatally-injured Vedek Bareil struggles to stay alive long enough to complete the most important act of his career. Jake goes on a disastrous double date with Nog. [more inside]
"The General" is the last of the classic Foundation stories. In it Asimov tackles the central dynamic head on, setting the "living will" of a single human being against the "dead hand" of psychohistory. It should be no surprise, and indeed is no surprise to modern readers, that the long arc of history doesn't bend around brilliant individuals. There are other characters than the titular general, but Bel Riose is the only one that matters. He knows exactly what he's up against, and backs himself to win. He's undoubtedly the purest example of a tragic hero in the series. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Tense, Part I Rewatch Season 3, Ep 11
A transporter accident sends Sisko, Bashir, and Dax three centuries into Earth's dark past to 2024, where the United States has attempted to solve the problem of homelessness by erecting "Sanctuary Districts" -- makeshift ghettos for unemployed and / or mentally ill persons. They've arrived just days before a violent incident that will lead to a turning point in Earth's history. Now they must find a way to avoid disrupting the timeline and get back to the 24th century. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Defiant Rewatch Season 3, Ep 9
Commander Riker shows up on DS9, charms the crew and convinces Major Kira to take him on a tour of the station and the Defiant. After she unlocks the Defiant's systems, he stuns her and steals the ship. Sisko assists Gul Dukat on Cardassia Prime to prevent the ship from entering Cardassian territory. [more inside]
The next jump forward in the Foundation storyline takes us well into the second century of the 1000 year plan (which, incidentally, was the original name of the the first book). A merchant from the Foundation on a trading mission to a distant planet runs afoul of local laws and customs. Another trader, Linmar Ponyets, is sent to save him. [more inside]
Compared to the previous story, there's a lot more going on in "The Mayors". While "The Encyclopedists" is a bit bare bones, this story is painted on a much bigger canvas. Political intrigue, deluded mobs and huge warships flying through space all feature. All of this is familiar from space opera, both modern and contemporary to the Foundation series. But in this story, it isn't the most destructive weapon that wins the day, but the soft power of religious authority. [more inside]
Science fiction fandom was introduced to the Foundation and psychohistory in a 1942 short story called "Foundation". When it was collected in a book, it was renamed "The Encyclopedists". It is the story of a library on a worthless planet on the far edge of a collapsing empire. And it's the story of a small city mayor who rises to the occasion presented to him by history, becoming one of the most beloved heroes of science fiction, Salvor Hardin. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Civil Defense Rewatch Season 3, Ep 7
While converting the station's old ore processing unit into a deuterium refinery, Chief O'Brien and Jake Sisko accidentally trip an old Cardassian security program, which was set to put the station on lockdown in the event of a Bajoran uprising during the Occupation. [more inside]
The Foundation Trilogy is the space epic's space epic. It follows the history of The Foundation for centuries, from its beginnings as a library on a rinky dink planet on the edge of the Milky Way, to burgeoning galactic empirehood. But before there's a Foundation, there's one guy with a plan, Hari Seldon. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Skin Rewatch Season 3, Ep 5
Major Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassians and told she is actually an undercover field operative of their Obsidian Order named Iliana Ghemor whose appearance was altered and memory erased. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Equilibrium Rewatch Season 3, Ep 4
Jadzia can't get a song out of her head. And who was that masked man? [more inside]
Continuum: Final Hour Season 4, Ep 6
Series Finale. Kiera and Alec risk everything to stop the future soldiers and their devastating plan. Kellog, despite a loose alliance with Kiera, has plans of his own. All factions clash violently in order to determine which path the future will take. [more inside]
Continuum: The Desperate Hours Season 4, Ep 5
The penultimate episode of Continuum. Despite sharing her agenda with her partner, Kiera pushes Carlos’ patience to the limit as she pressures him for more time. Kellog faces unexpected peril. Carlos reveals all to Dillon. The future soldiers stage a daring raid to free their recently imprisoned leader.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The House of Quark Rewatch Season 3, Ep 3
When a Klingon warrior is accidentally killed in Quark's Bar, Quark becomes the unwilling steward of a Klingon Great House. [more inside]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part II Rewatch Season 3, Ep 2
We can't all just get along. Also, Odo's first family reunion becomes rather awkward. [more inside]
Continuum: Zero Hour Season 4, Ep 4
Kellog starts to realize that everything is not as it seems. Alec prepares to meet his destiny.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search, Part 1 Rewatch Season 3, Ep 1
Season 3 Premiere: Sisko takes an untested Starfleet warship into the Gamma Quadrant in an attempt to find the Founders of the Dominion. [more inside]