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Science Fiction/Fantasy Atheists

Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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Welcome science fiction & fantasy fans!

As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Stephen Goldin on April 1, 2009 at 11:36pm
Yes, Leslee, SyFy was not a "y's" decision. My apologies, but you did say it.

Yes, write the review when you've had some good sleep. And plenty of caffeine.
Comment by Leslee Love on April 1, 2009 at 11:20pm
Psych is my favourite show besides Doctor Who!! Monk is brilliant as well.

No, I should say "????" is not easily pronouncable (I couldn't come up with anything at the time), and fairies are great, in fact I have a neat book on fairies, but I just think the new SciFi should be stronger, more "scientifical". The "y's" I don't like. BTW, I have finished. Now onto to my review...which I may publish tomorrow morning sometime after coffee. :)
Comment by Stephen Goldin on April 1, 2009 at 11:06pm
Actually, the network that I think is consistently coming up with interesting original programming is USA Network. Other than the (now defunct) Dead Zone and The 4400 they're not sf/f, but I' a broad-minded kinda guy. Shows can be good even if they're not science fiction. I enjoy Monk, Psych, Burn Notice and even In Plain Sight.

Leslee: "????" isn't easily pronounceable. And what's wrong with fairies? They're better than SyFy....
Comment by Leslee Love on April 1, 2009 at 10:41pm
Stephen...first of all, I'm almost done. Second, I agree that the monster movies are atrocious and make me want to poke me eyes out. I never got into the Stargate saga either, and do not watch GH, or wrestling (although my son does). During the day though, while I'm slaving away, they run marathons: my faves? Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, Eureka, and more. The daytime is brilliant. I vote they call the new SciFi channel....???? Because SyFy looks too fairylike.
Comment by MJ on April 1, 2009 at 10:34pm
well, I'd agree the programming on SciFi or SyFy has really gone downhill, and all the good shows are getting axed right and left...

time to find new channels... when I ever find time to sit and watch....
Comment by Stephen Goldin on April 1, 2009 at 10:28pm
Richard--I absitively guarantee you'll love Eureka. I don't know any intelligent, scientific person who doesn't.

"Syfy" is actually a corruption of a corruption. Old-time science fiction fans like me hate the term sci-fi; it seems like such a put-down. (Harlan Ellison said "sci-fi" is the sound of two crickets fucking.) I'm given to understand that the real reason behind the name change is because they couldn't trademark the term "sci fi."

Since I never really got into the Stargate saga (which is not meant as a slam at them), the only thing I watch on that channel any more is Eureka. Certainly not wrestling or haunted houses crap. Those monster-of-the-week movies they make are so lame they should be rated NB. (That's Needs Bots, for you old MST-3K fans.) Comedy Central is starting up a new show next week that sounds promising: an s&s parody called Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. Could be funny.
Comment by MJ on April 1, 2009 at 9:09pm
@richard valcourt: Devil in the Dark was def. one of my fav. eps from ST.
I have not seen the end of PD, so I'm disappointed to hear there won't be anymore and that it ended on a cliff hanger... pooh... I'm waiting for the DVD to be available...

I'm disappointed beyond belief that SciFi is changing their name to SyFy... or siffy, as I call it... seems iffy to me.
What a way to tell us, the loyal viewers that we're nerds... not even giving us geek status... AND to insinuate that we'd all LIKE SyFy *better*...

Ya know, if it ain't Broke - Don't Fix IT!!!
Comment by Richard Valcourt on April 1, 2009 at 8:50pm
Well, I'm obviously going to have to start paying attention to the SciFi Channel (or SyFy, as they're going to themselves soon). I'd never heard of Eureka, and it looks like I missed some good stuff with Battlestar Galactica. Netflix, here I come.

I absolutely loved Pushing Daises, and I am bummed beyond words that it never made it. Even worse, it ended in a cliffhanger. I hope they're able to put together a TV movie to wrap up the loose ends.

Regarding the Treks, my favorite by far is Next Gen, but the very best from Classic Trek (like "Amok Time" and "Devil in the Dark") still really pack a punch.
Comment by Leslee Love on April 1, 2009 at 10:00am
BSG-frakkin' awesome (writing did go down hill) "Mitochondrial Eve"...pashaww
Flash Gordon-I miss...sigh
Doctor Who-I can't get enough of (and actually created the group TARDIS)--Torchwood is hella good as well!!

My telly is usually always on the SciFi channel!! I'm going to go and buy all the DVD sets of all my fave sf shows...and just veg and eat and enjoy that which is good and science fiction-y!!..
Comment by Stephen Goldin on April 1, 2009 at 9:31am
I can actually recommend renting the DVD of BG Season 1 (new series). It was very well done and well-acted. The acting and the production values were actually good throughout; it's the writing that deteriorated so horribly.

I love Eureka too; looking forward to the new season. PD was fantasy rather than sf, but nothing wrong with that. I agree it was beautiful and fresh, one of the most original shows on the air in many years. Damn...I wish someone could touch it and bring it back to life!

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