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This is a journal I started that holds my personal thoughts on science fiction, the television shows, movies, and books.  The subject will be entirely science fiction and basically was started because some of the things I talk about don't fit in the categories within my other webpages.



I just found out that "Enterprise" has been cancelled.  They are going to carry out the rest of this season to May, but the present season is their last.  I have to admit, it hasn't been the greatest of the "Star Trek" series', but it had heart.  "Enterprise" attempted to go back to the hopes and dreams of when man first landed on the moon, yet still be a show set over a hundred years in our future.  It might have revealed more mysteries and may have resolved some if it had carried on.  I was most interested to see the developments between the humans, Vulcans, and Klingons.  Just how did the Klingons go to war with Earth, and how did they change their appearances?  Worf had said that the story behind the smooth foreheaded Klingons of Kirk's day was "embarrassing."  Why?  Would "Enterprise" have answered that question?  Would it have answered even more, like how the Vulcans dropped back from control of the Federation and why?  I guess we might never find out, but the producers of "Star Trek" are promising that the "Star Trek" franchise will not die.  I am hoping for a new series soon.





I know I said this site will deal strictly with science fiction, but there are times when you have to think about its rival: fantasy.  I have been reading a lot of fantasy over the Christmas holiday, trying to figure out the purpose behind all the popularity.  Take the “Harry Potter” series, by J.K. Rowling, for example.  I have a lot of friends who have turned to fantasy books in earnest since this series has grown in popularity.  Fantasy, in most cases, is an attempt at soft science fiction.  If you come across any book that has magic in the plot, automatically categorize it as fantasy, no matter how science fictiony it may have been sounding up until that point.  Magic has no place in science fiction.  Science fiction is based on fact and a believable reality.  Fantasy, to me, is an easy read.  Nothing has to be explained, everything is taken as it is.  There is no serious thinking that needs to go into fantasy.  It is a bunch of fluff.  I am going to need a serious dose of hard science fiction after reading six fantasy books in two week’s time.  I bought Isaac Asimov's "Nemesis" at the bookstore the other day.  That should prove to be a good read.





I had an interesting thought the other night when I was watching “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”  What if mysteries such as the "CSI" and "Law and Order" shows were considered science fiction?  They have a great deal of science in them.  The detectives many times have to prove their evidence through science, and the stories are fiction much of the time.  Sometimes they are based on true events, and "Law and Order" prides itself on “ripping stories from the headlines,” but in the end, they all do end up as fiction.  I guess it’s good that there is another category to story telling: mystery.  Science fiction can sometimes be a good mystery.  If it is too mysterious, it will end up as a fantasy, but mysteries can be called science fiction as well, and the other way around.  Take “John Doe,” for example.  Classified as a mystery/drama, the story incorporated sleuthing such as what most detective shows depict, but John Doe’s uncanny sense for proving things were as they were was by bringing forth evidence of scientific integrity.  This element gave the show the science fiction categorization as well. 


What do you think?  Are there other stories that have been told that could be considered science fiction, but are given another category?  I am sure there are many instances, but sometime in the future I will have to post my essay I wrote on the definition of science fiction.  I would use it as a guide when determining if something truly is science fiction, a mix of categories, or totally off the rocker.





Science fiction is making a comeback.  Apparently, the SCI FI channel has been doing better than ever with many of their own original series, the coming back of "Farscape," and the ever popular "Stargate: SG-1" and its spinoff, "Atlantis."  This either means that science fiction fans are watching more science fiction, or there are more non science fiction people being introduced to this amazing genre of entertainment.  For me, it's good news.  I am always trying to get my non sci-fi friends to appreciate some good science fiction.





All summer I have been speculating on what is going to happen in “Smallville.”  I thought it was interesting to note that Chloe testified against Lionel Luthor, thus putting him in jail, perhaps this time for good.  At the end of the season, it wasn’t quite clear if Chloe was in her house when it exploded, or if that even was her house.  I think that Chloe will have to go into a witness protection program.  Rumors have been floating around that the actress has been sporting a new hair color, so I’m wondering if she is going to be Lois Lane.  She is the perfect person for it.  Her personality and passion for journalism matches the Lois Lane character perfectly.  She also still holds that slight crush (well, perhaps not so slight at this point) for Clark that Lois always held.  The only thing that makes me hesitate is that she spoke of a cousin of named Lois Lane, but . . . if you have any thoughts on that, send me an email.





I just saw my first episode of “Stargate: Atlantis” today.  It was called “Thirty Eight Minutes.”  Of course, one episode isn’t enough to judge a show, but so far, I like it.  It does not rate with “Stargate: SG-1,” but it has a lot of potential.  The storyline especially was excellent.  They probed what would happen if an object got stuck in the Stargate and didn’t make it all the way through.


Apparently, in Atlantis, the teams use small ships and fly through the Stargate to visit other worlds.  The Stargate on this episode was situated in space outside of the atmosphere of a planet.  When the team tried to make it back through, one of their engines didn’t retract far enough, and they were stuck—half in and half out of the Stargate.  I had always wondered what would happen if a situation like that came up.  I do think that the rest of the storyline about the alien insect that attached itself to the Major did borrow a bit from the episode on “Star Trek: Voyager” when Torres had a similar insect attach itself to her, but other than that, it was quite good.


The new team has a lot of ground to cover before they can establish a new fan base as large as “SG-1’s.”  They don’t quite click together yet, and the engineer struck me as a whiny, pessimistic type that I would never allow on my team.  It’s still just one episode, however.  Not enough to judge the show yet.


Unfortunately, I do not get the SCI FI channel, which is the only channel “Stargate: Atlantis” is shown on.  I happened to be lucky enough to catch the episode at my grandfather’s house this afternoon.  If they ever show it on FOX, which is where “Stargate: SG-1” is shown where I live, then I would definitely like to watch it.  The drawback to watching “SG-1” on FOX is that everything is shown a season behind what the SCI FI channel shows, so I am on the sixth season while everyone else has gone through the seventh.  I guess I can’t have everything.  Ah, well.  Cest la vie.