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October 11, 2007

Getting Ready to Geek Out

Filed under: 13th Colony,BIFF,Firefly,science fiction,Vancouver — Valorie Hoye @ 2:11 pm

VCON 32I don’t go to science fiction conventions very often, perhaps one a year for a few years in a row, and then nothing for several years. I’ve been to fan-run ‘cons’ and huge, highly commercial ones. I definitely prefer the smaller ones. I think my favourite had to be a Norwescon in Seattle back in the early 1990s when I got to hear Robert Silverberg talk to two dozen eager fans about writing and where I first saw the artwork from James Gurney’s then upcoming book “Dinotopia.”

VCON, Vancouver’s annual sci-fi convention is just over a week away and for the second year in a row I’ll be there promoting one of my various clubs. Last year I ran a table in the Dealer’s Room on behalf of BIFF, the Burrard Inlet Fan Fellowship. Our stuff sold very well and I got to meet and chat with some very cool people, including authors Robert J. Sawyer and Kathy Tyers. But honestly, it was a lot of work and I never even managed to get to any of the panels. I plan to pace myself better this year, but so far it is looking even busier.

I’m hosting a Room Party on the Friday night on behalf of The 13th Colony, Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica Fan Club. I’ll also be running a Fan Club table to promote that club, as well as the local Firefly/Serenity club and BIFF. I would love to check out the art show, some of the science programming and the filk concert.

It’s not like I don’t indulge my inner geek on a regular basis anyway, but this feels a bit like binge geeking.

April 25, 2007

Captain Tightpants Has a Hot New Ride

Filed under: Firefly,Nathan Fillion,science fiction — Valorie Hoye @ 7:51 pm

Drive Nathan Fillion, who gained a legion of fans playing Capt. Mal Reynolds on Firefly, has returned to his TV roots in Drive, a new Monday night action drama about a varied group of folks competing in an illegal road race to win either millions of dollars, or in some cases, something infinitely more valuable. Fox rolled out the new show with a special 2 hour premiere a couple of weeks ago, following by the first one hour episode the very next night. Considering I associate the Fox network with being the nastiest network of all when it comes to giving quirky shows a chance and then killing them prematurely (Firefly, Wonderfalls and a long list of others), I’m going to hedge my bets with this one and try to remain unattached. But, it definitely has me intrigued.

Fillion plays Alex Tully, a man with a shady past who’s in the race to find his missing wife, played by another Whedonverse alumni, Amy Acker of Angel. He’s joined on the road by (Kristin Lehman), whose parents died in the same race when she was a child and likely, kidnapped just like Tully’s wife has been.

Tully starts the race in an old Ford pick up truck, but by the end of hour three, he’s tearing up the road in a shiny Dodge Challenger, and driving like a man who hasn’t always been a landscaper. Suddenly his character is a lot more interesting.

It’s an exciting, fast-paced show. The ratings are good so far. Here’s hoping Fox doesn’t kill it.

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