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A Spoiler-Filled Review of “Vegas,” the Penultimate Episode of Stargate: Atlantis

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The working title of this format-breaking episode was “CSI: Atlantis,” which is undoubtedly better than the one they ended up using, but which unfortunately gives the game away way too early. They were wise to change it. But just as a Rose by any other name is still as sweet, this ended up being one *hell* of an episode, no matter what they called it.

Fundamentally the Stargate equivalent of a DC “Elseworlds” story, here’s the spoiler-filled gist:

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So Why is Stargate:Atlantis *REALLY* being cancelled?

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I figured out why SGA is ending a year early last night: Exchange rates. It’s not ratings, it’s not even a typically annoying lack of direction from the Sci Fi Channel, it’s just exchange rates pure and simple.

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Mars or Venus: Which is a Better Home for Humanity's Future?

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Here at Republibot our mandate is to ask questions that no one else is asking; ideally the painfully obvious ones that no one even *thinks* to ask. To that end, I have to think it’s well beyond time to question what the appropriate focus of our manned space program should be: Mars, or Venus? The common wisdom, of course, is “Mars! What the hell is wrong with you? Why would you even ask such a thing?” But of course the Common Wisdom is Common simply because no one ever questions it, not because it’s inherently right. We’ll discuss the Pros and Cons for each planet under the jump.

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Happy New Year! Science Fiction Links!

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I trust everyone had a good night, either binge drinking, blowing stuff up, in Prayer vigils, or any combination of the three (Assuming our readers are Southern). I likewise trust that we’ve all got big plans for the new year, plans which entail telling all your friends about this shiny new website, yes? If anyone is interested (And I can’t imagine any reason why you would be), the first song I heard this year was “Raisins” by the Bare Naked Ladies.

Anyway, all kinds of interesting Science-Fiction-related links under the jump!

Links of Note:

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Science Fiction Book Review #1: "Rainbow Mars" by Larry Niven (1999)

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From about 1969 to about 1973 Niven wrote five deliberately goofy stories about a time traveler from the middle of the thirty-first century. His job is to retrieve extinct animals from the past – and in the year 3050 pretty much all animals are extinct excepting people and dogs – and bring them to a private United Nations zoo. Hilarity ensues. Well, ‘Hilarity’ might be overstating it, but they are cute funny little stories that aren’t perhaps as tight as one would normally expect from Niven, but that’s part of their charm.

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