Daily Archives: June 23rd, 2007
The final episode of Stargate SG1 is coming soon, next week I think. But I’ve been so busy on Friday nights lately I’ll surely miss it, but I’m certain it’ll come around again during one of these TV show cycles, or recycles. If not, there’s always the DVD boxsets that get pushed around Christmas time. But to me, SG1 stopped being cool when Richard Dean Anderson left the show after the 7th season. Beau Bridges and Ben Browder were alright, but they just couldn’t bring the spontaneity Anderson did. All that will be resigned to the annals of television history now. Count that among the retired shows with Battle Star Galactica, whose final season is coming up in the ’08 cycle. Good sci-fi is hard to come by on the old TV medium as it is, with the ending of these classics, finding quality sci-fi viewing is going to be even more scarce.
The Sci-Fi Channel does try to give its audience quality viewing and it does try to spread various themes around, genetic engineering, weather control, war, drugs, nanotech, fantasy and yes, space travel on its Saturday movies. If you have ever watched the Sci-Fi channel over a period of time, you’ll notice their Saturday movie fare usually has a theme that culminates in a “Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie” at 9 pm Eastern Time (Daylight or Standard). Here’s today’s movie links:
SCI FI ORIGINAL MOVIE LOCUSTS: THE 8TH PLAGUE 3 PM
SCI FI ORIGINAL MOVIE PTERODACTYL 5 PM
SCI FI ORIGINAL MOVIE REIGN OF THE GARGOYLES 7 PM
SCI FI ORIGINAL MOVIE STAN LEE’S HARPIES 9 PM
The actual schedule here if you want to see later flicks.
As you notice, the theme today is weird critters getting out of hand and killing humans. Not exactly original, but people like to see fantasy type stuff now-a-days. Not my favorite thing, but I’m just making a point of what the Sci-Fi Channel does on Saturdays. If today’s theme appeals to you, enjoy!
I’m at an impass about my recommended classic novel today. I am nowhere near my stated goal of getting classic stories from my teenage years and rereading them. But after looking back at my blog postings of the past week, the mentioning of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics sticks out the most in my mind. If, or when human beings create an artificial intelligence that has the potential of exceeding human intelligence, Azimov had the forsight to place a restriction of these potential rivals so that the human race could be preserved. The down-side to this was that this new race could be used as slaves, and human history isn’t exactly clean when it comes to that issue. So my recommended reading is any of Asimov’s Robot Series, in any order:
- The Caves of Steel (1954), ISBN 0-553-29340-0 (first Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
- The Naked Sun (1957), ISBN 0-553-29339-7 (second Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
- The Robots of Dawn (1983), ISBN 0-553-29949-2 (third Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
- Robots and Empire (1985) (sequel to the Elijah Baley trilogy)
- The Positronic Man (1993) (with Robert Silverberg, a novel based on Asimov’s earlier short story “The Bicentennial Man“)
Later, Asimov expanded on the Robots and Empire theme of combining robots with the Galactic Empire. Those novels weren’t too bad, but it kind of watered down the Galactic Empire/Foundation Series I thought.
Asimov was a Grand Master before he died in 1992. If you even claim to be a sci-fi fan, any Asimov series is a requirement for your library.