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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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BOOK REVIEW: “The Ghost Brigades” by John Scalzi (2006)

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You know, despite the orgies and bloodshed and torture and death and murder and mayhem and mutilation and manipulation and general carnage and awfulness, there’s just something so *sweet* about these books.

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