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( Jun. 2nd, 2009 02:37 am)
I first heard Harlan Ellison's name from Octavia Butler during her reading at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2001. Ellison was one of the first writers to buy one of Butler's stories.

In later years, my dad and I bonded over Babylon 5 and I saw the name again as creative consultant. Still, I hadn't read his work but the television shows Ellison contributed to (B5) and wrote ("City on the Edge of Forever" for TOS of Star Trek) and many more blew me away.

Finally, it wasn't until graduate school that my professor Victor LaValle gave me, as encouragement, two short story books by Harlan Ellison. Encountering Ellison's work for the third time was the charm! I immediately went home and I first read I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

Anyone who's read this short story knows that all the twists and turns, all the agony that this story takes you through is completely worth it when you get to that FINAL scene. Finishing his short story, I think, is the first time I've experienced ecstasy, both delight and despair.

I went on to read and buy other collections of his work. I'm nowhere near to having read everything he's written because Ellison is a writer with many years and many stories to his name; however, I pride myself on owning The Essential Ellison collection and am slowly making my way through this Bible. Sunday night, my good friend Kristie texted me: "You like Harlan Ellison. He's on the Sundance Channel."

Unfortunately, I didn't get to catch the entire documentary, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, but I was delighted with bits and pieces that I saw at the Sundance Channel's web site. Ellison's an outspoken (to say the least) man and regardless what some say, I have a lot of respect for someone who has made a living from doing what he loves and does best--telling a damn good story!

Here are some of his thoughts on how writers are treated by other professionals in the media. In this digital age, there are plenty who will disagree with his opinions but let's be real--he's old school. I think every writer needs to be reminded of what he says, if only to know that the work writers do is valuable. Check it out!



I've been so busy with classes that I haven't had time to update my journal and tonight, I'm heading out for margaritas with the ladies. eta: not feeling so well allofasudden and no it's not swine flu. Once I saw this trailer, I knew I'd have to share it.

Sci-Fi film Moon starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey (as the computer) and directed by Duncan Jones looks awesome! I'm hoping Los Angeles will be one of the selected cities for the summer release.

While I'm on the subject of sci-fi films, is there ANYONE out there who knows where I can find more info on Cameron's Avatar? I've read the plot synopsis and the "trailer" is just a tease. Why so many secrets? I want more! December is an awful long time to wait, my friend.

Several bloggers have proclaimed Cameron to be "the greatest science fiction film director alive." Granted, I adored Terminator, T2, Aliens and The Abyss. I'm just hoping Avatar isn't a special effects fest (the film will be in 3D digital).

Stories make me want to watch any film, regardless of SFX and Moon has a great hook! What's even scarier is that someone is going to get to the moon first and whoever does will control the spice...uh, I mean the Helium 3. Hee, hee. How could I not bring up that Dune reference? :)

Anyway, check out the trailer for Moon; the hook is awesome!

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( Mar. 16th, 2009 02:16 pm)
The Sci Fi Channel will soon be the Syfy Channel.

Studio Heads: "Excuse me while I ask someone else to the prom."

Limo rolls. Eggshell cracks on face. Maniacal laughter echoes in the distance.

The Syfy Channel will essentially shun its CORE audience to court a new demographic of viewers: people who find "sci fi" geeky, reality TV enlightening, and books a relic of the past.

What, ideally, was so great about a Sci Fi Channel was that a broadcast valued the medium of fiction, the written word and the ideas and characters that writers created in a marriage to the visual and audio of television and film.

Without the FICTION "Fi", you've got nothing but "Syfy" or a made up term that is shallow in meaning. I don't like how literature is buried and resurrected at whim.

Don't get me wrong--I support change. When I first heard the term spec fic, I was intrigued. Not offended. Not afraid.

Syfy? Well, phonetically, it works but what about CONTENT wise? What's the meaning of it all? How will attracting new viewers with this made-up term support the fiction, the LITERATURE = (TRUEness) that gives birth to the television and movies that the Syfy Channel will produce?

It's all just bullshit and offensive to all writers.
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