Monthly Archive: November 2010

you see but you don’t observe (strike that, reverse it)

Remember to wear protection! Looking at a Medusan without Starfleet safety goggles is like watching Saw 3D without 3D glasses: a horrible idea and possibly life-threatening.

The third season of Star Trek sure is a roller coaster ride. One week we get a travesty like “And the Children Shall Lead,” and the next we have a quality episode like “Is There in Truth No Beauty?” (Also one of my favorite episode titles of the series.) The more I think about it, the more I feel like I should rate this one a bit higher than I do in this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch–this is just about as good as it gets from here on out, though there may be one or two better episodes ahead.

Not only was the story intriguing and actually surprising, but the episode features some of the best performances we’ve seen, primarily from Leonard Nimoy (trying to make up for sleepwalking through “Spock’s Brain“) and Diana Muldaur, who many Trekkies will remember as Dr. Katherine Pulaski from the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (She was also on L.A. Law, which I’ve never seen, and provided the voice of Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Batman: The Animated Series.) Anyway, this episode is one of my few recommendations of the season, so please watch the episode (original | remastered) and let us know if you agree!

Did anyone like Dr. Pulaski?

eReader raffle & free e-books!

First of all, is “eReader” the standard terminology now? I would have expected it to be e-reader. E-books are still e-books though, right?

Anyway… the Carl Brandon Society, an organization that helps “build further awareness of race and ethnicity in speculative literature and related fields,” is holding an eReader drawing to raise funds for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship allows two writers of color to attend a Clarion writing workshop, perhaps the only way some students are able to attend. Octavia was one of my favorite writers and my first instructor at Clarion West in 2005, so I strongly believe in both the Carl Brandon Society’s mission and the workshops they support in her name.

The drawing for one of five e-readers eReaders (two B&N Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader–all loaded with free fiction from SF writers of color) is open now until midnight EST on November 22, 2010. Tickets can be purchased online beginning tomorrow for only $1 each; you can buy as many tickets as you like for each of the available devices, but you can only win one of each! Winners will be chosen randomly by an impartial computer intelligence on November 23 and announced on the Society’s blog. More details on the prizes and rules for the drawing are here.

Please consider buying some tickets and spread the word via your social media platform of choice!