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OPINION: What’s the Best Science Fiction Show?

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So this week I’ve gotten to wondering how the various Science Fiction television series of the last five decades or so stack up. I don’t mean “What’s your favorite SF show,” I’m thinking more along the lines of “Taken objectively, which series are better or worse than other series?” Interestingly, most people I’ve already asked this question to have answered “Star Trek” without hesitation. When I’ve asked them for a bit more information, however, an interesting Venn Diagram pattern appears:

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"Is it it really Science Fiction, or just Fantasy? What is that pulp you're chewing on made of?"

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The other day we talked about Stanisalw Lem and the lack of literary criticism in SF, and today I‘d like to revisit that a bit. I've been thinking about SF a lot lately. Obviously, I'm a fan, but also I've kind of been goaded in this direction by some literary criticism I've been reading by other SF writers (Basically Lem and Ellison), and I've hit on something that's an interesting paradox in SF, or at least in pulp SF.

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Well, it's official: "The Sci-Fi Channel" is really just not that in to Science Fiction

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A few days ago, "The Sci-Fi Channel" announced they'd be changing their name to "Syfy," (which a friend of mine immediately mispronounced as "Siffy") and discussed their intentions of rebranding. On the surface, it appears to be a latteral move - one embarasing name swapped out for essentially the same embarasing name spelled in illiterate fashion - and this is the kind of thing that Network Suits do all the time basically just to give themselves something to do:

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Is Baltar's Religious Cult Full Of Crap? (Studies in Character Erosion)

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Can we talk about Baltar for a moment?

Seriously, am I the only one who feels like the writers have sort of lost their bead on him, and the character has completely crapped out as a result? Pretty much ever since his trial - actually during the trial - the writers seemed to loose a solid concept on what to do with the man, so they quickly turned him in to an ineffectual Hugh Heffner-like cult leader, where he spouts new-agey twaddle like this by way of sermonizing:

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The Return of Nuclear Weapons!

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Part of our mandate here at Republibot is to point out changes in the mental weather of the SF community when they turn up. Sometimes these changes are subtle and gradual, so it's entirely possible that they may go unnoticed by the general population. Fortunately, our highly-paid staff in the "Department Of Noticing Stuff" is both highly-paid, and notices stuff, and periodically we pass their findings on to you, the consumer. And that's when you take it home and enjoy it!

Today's entry: Nukes! They're back! They're Now! They're Hip!

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The IO9 Website Declares War on Christianity, Freedom of Thought.

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There's a Science Fiction Film Festival going on in Texas this week, and they sent out press releases. Since it's a Science Fiction Film Festival, you'd think that the Science Fiction Website "Io9" (No, I don't understand the name either), would say "Hey, cool! We'll plug it for you on our site!"

Ah, but no, you see, it's a *CHRISTIAN* Science Fiction Film dealie. "Christian" is a four-letter word over at Io9. Here's what they said on their site:

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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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A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the International Homosexual Agenda go Down.

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Is it just me, or is SF getting rather gay of late? Of course SF is naturally rather scattershot and leftist, so trying to nail known any specific agenda is always rather tough, but that just makes it all the more remarkable when science fiction suddenly gets in lockstep with itself and marches to the beat of the same drummer. This is, by its very nature, something the genre isn’t *supposed* to do. So the sudden and rather massive increase in ‘Gay SF’ in the media is probably all the more surprising because of that.

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