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RANDOM WANKERY: Assuming Paul McGann's Doctor had been picked up for a series, what would it have affected in the present?

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So last night, I had a dream that the current Who revival in the UK (2005-present) was ongoing, and exactly the same as it is in the real world (3 doctors, 81 episodes, five companions, etc), but that the 1996 American attempt to revive the franchise on the Fox network in 1996 had been a success. In my dream, the Eighth* Doctor (Paul McGann) did 110 episodes over 5 seasons. Despite this, however, the series had been all-but-forgotten by everyone but me, and when I talked about it, the only thing people remembered was the crappy TV movie.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Legends and Lore of the Americas before 1492” by Ronald H. Fritze (1993)

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This is just a fantastic book, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It is most emphatically *not* Science Fiction, but it is - somewhat accidentally - an excellent reference for fans of the Alternate History genre. Presumably it’d be good for writers as well. It’s hard to pour through this thing and not toy with constructing some “Mighta’been” worlds. Be ye Fen or Dane, however, this is just a fascinating, smart, and endlessly neat little reference.

“Ah, but what’s it all about?”

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FAN FILM FRIDAY (Now Available On Mondays!): How Original Are You Allowed To Be?

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I like fan films. I like 'em a lot. There's an earnestness to 'em and a flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants DIY quality that is hard for me to ignore. It shines through the most awful acting, the most cardboard sets, the most poorly matted CGI. Have you noticed how similar a lot of them are, though? Of course, given their nature it's a kind of 'well, duh' thing to call them derivative. Even still, I find myself wondering exactly how original you can really get in these things before you lose your audience.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Betrayer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2010)

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Seeing as I’m poor, I only buy new books in paperback, which involves some waiting. This book came out in 2010, I couldn’t afford it until 2011, and you’re finally getting my review in late 2012. I’m backlogged. Sorry.

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STARGATE UNIVERSE: Was Rush Lying?

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So it's been a year or so now since Stargate: Universe, and by extension, the entire Stargate franchise, died. Time for us to become like Trekies in 1971 and start yammering on about minutia. America doesn't have a manned space program anymore, and we're in the middle of the second worst depression of all time, it's not like we've got anything else to do.

Here, I'll get us started:

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