No surprise from writer who made career in medium
by MICHAEL HINMAN
Ann Morris has been on a hunt for presents both in brick and mortar shops and online
All endorsements of products, services and companies in this column belong solely to the author, and do not necessarily represent any endorsements of Nexus Media Group Inc. It’s that time of year when many of us find ourselves pondering over what we can give to the geeks who are near and dear t ...Read More
Congress is considering a bill that could bring a free Internet to its knees
This really isn't the forum where I like to get political. Hell, even in my personal life, I try to stay out of the two things that get people in trouble the most: politics and religion. Yet, here I am. For the first time in the more than 13 years I've run Airlock Alpha, I am bringing forth my op ...Read More
Does 'Star Trek 2' really have to follow this dying trend?
About 15 years ago, I had to blame James Cameron for making me spend a lot of money at the theater. Yes, I was one of those people who were in love with "Titanic," and would watch it multiple times, with multiple people, and never felt it would get old. I later had a chance to actually touch a p ...Read More
Ed Left is looking for it, but isn't finding much
If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, you’ll have figured out that I am a fan of all genre series, science-fiction, fantasy and horror. And while I should be happy that none of the genre series released have been cancelled yet, I do wish that what was available was more sci- ...Read More
PLUS: Internet is abuzz with news Oprah Winfrey will play a Klingon
We have finally entered the fun part of "Star Trek 2's" pre-production process where speculation -- and bad rumors -- begin to circulate about the new film. Of course, I'm only assuming they're bad rumors, because I don't know what's really being planned for the film. But I have to say, I serious ...Read More
Richard Lee Byers explains one of the many reasons why your favorite writer may seem a little odd
My column goes live every month around the 14th. That means there’s a fair chance that as you’re reading this, I’m in an undisclosed location conspiring with fellow writers and editors to plan a new project connected to a certain piece of intellectual property I dare not name. (If I did, the o ...Read More
Ann Morris tells you what villains haunt her dreams
If you haven’t seen the "Doctor Who" episodes that feature the new villains in town, the Silence, you might be a bit lost. But I think you can catch up without running to Wikipedia. Of course, if you like running to Wikipedia, please do so. The other night, I dreamed that I was having dinn ...Read More
Should Harlan Ellison have corrected fans about false story?
There are a lot of things that I dislike in the world. But one thing I really hate are stories that are absolutely false. Even more, I hate stories that are so false, they actually hurt the reputation or even livelihood of other people. That happened over the past couple weeks with Andrew Niccol, ...Read More
Michael Hinman takes a close look at 'The Captains'
Well, I had a rare experience while at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I had a chance to share a small room with three captains from Star Trek: William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula. They were there to promote a new documentary that Shatner had put together, where he flies around the worl ...Read More
Michael Hinman heaps praise on a show as if it's 'Battlestar Galactica'
OK, it's not "Battlestar Galactica," but if you've been watching "Warehouse 13" on Syfy as religiously as I have, then you know that this show is deserving of huge amounts of love and respect. It's strange, because I almost had to be forced into watching "Warehouse 13" to begin with. I saw the pi ...Read More
Michael Hinman takes a look across the pond for what would be successful
Not too long ago, a popular British showrunner suggested that America could really improve its television offerings if it would just do one simple thing: shorten its seasons. That suggestion was not embraced too well by American television purists, who believe the 22-episode season is the golden ...Read More
Coming out for Sean Maher and Zachary Quinto will help thousands
Save a teen, save the world. Zachary Quinto's character of Sylar was never on the right side of that battle in NBC's "Heroes," but as an actor and a role model, he's ready to do his part. Quinto, who also stars in the rebooted Star Trek films, did something absolutely amazing over the weekend: ...Read More
What Richard Lee Byers learned at Spooky Empire
It was my good fortune to be a program participant at the Spooky Empire horror convention in Orlando earlier this month. The main thing I learned (by viewing the many attendees in costume) is that there are three main types of zombie: nurse zombies, soldier zombies and bride zombies. Above and be ...Read More
Even on vacation across the pond, Ann Morris manages to feed her hunger for fannish things.
The science-fiction-comic-gaming shop was once a well-kept secret to which only the most avid fans were privy. The shops rarely were found on main thoroughfares. Usually, you had to find a side street where the tiny shop was sandwiched between two other more well-known but less than stellar emporium ...Read More
Digital Press Tour returns to Florida ... making life easier for Michael Hinman
Yes, I can't believe it's been almost five years since the first time I received an invite from NBC Universal inviting me to make the trek up to Vancouver to be a part of its first ever SciFi Channel Digital Press Tour. I was kind of amazed they were even doing it. The Internet had been around f ...Read More