Hollywood is in mourning with the loss of another great, René Auberjonois.
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, was first introduced in the 1973 Doctor Who serial "The Time Warrior." No one could have predicted the immense impact that Sarah Jane would have on the Whoniverse.
Paul Darrow is a name that, for a generation of science fiction fans, will be famous for one role. On the 9th of January 1978, Darrow made his debut appearance as Kerr Avon in the second episode of the BBC science-fiction series Blake's 7, and became a legend almost instantly. His cold, ruthless nature and his dry, sardonic wit made for a killer combination that appealed to viewers, and Darrow's performance was the icing on the cake. He quite literally became Avon, and, for four years, he gunned and quipped his way through the show, becoming its leading man for the last two series after the departure of Gareth Thomas. Whenever people think of Blake's 7, they think of Kerr Avon. And whenever anyone thinks of Kerr Avon, they think, and will always think, of Paul Darrow.
"A king asks a shepherd's boy 'How many seconds are there in eternity?' The shepherd boy says, 'There's this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it. Every hundred years a little bird comes. It sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. When the entire mountain has been chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed.' Now, you must think that's a hell of a long time. Personally, I think that's a hell of a bird." -The Doctor
Each of these female science fantasy authors not only broke boundaries for their gender, but created empowered and strong feminine characters for their readers to relate to.
Hasta la vista, critics, because it looks like the Terminator really will be back. Taking a shotgun and hoping to blast his way back into the box office, a whole new era of cyborgs and Skynet is ready to be ushered in. And who better to upgrade the T-series models than sci-fi aficionado #JamesCameron?
Marilyn Monroe is more popular today than she ever was in her own lifetime, and there are those who claim she never really died.
Naren Shankar has a long-running career in science fiction television. He's written for such critically acclaimed series as Star Trek: The Next Generation, SeaQuest DSV, Farscape, and The Outer Limits. Naren has also been a showrunner for CSI and currently serves as a showrunner for SyFy's The Expanse. Coming from a science-educated background, Naren has been able to help push real science in television shows. I had the opportunity to chat with him and get his perspective on the evolution of genre TV, his career, and all things The Expanse.
It was recently announced that Jared Leto and his production company, Paradox, have teamed up with Omni to produce new original content. For those who aren't aware, Omni was a science and science fiction magazine that was published in the US and the UK. It was published as a print version between 1978 and 1995 and then shifted to a purely online version for about a year before shutting down. It has now been rebooted at Omni.media where users can now generate their own content. It's always risky when dealing with something as iconic and beloved as Omni. Not only has Omni been around for almost 40 years, it has featured iconic writers such as George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, and Stephen King. Omni is now thriving once again so producing original content under its name is risking the reputation that Omni has spent decades building.
From 1978 to 1998, OMNI Magazine released countless articles about then-cutting edge science and society, making it one of the most prominent science-related products on the market. Bob Guccione's project came to life thanks to a multitude of regular contributors, writers, and editors.
This article originally appeared in Variety by Dave McNary on June 27th, 2017.
Fabrice Giger is easily one of the most influential trailblazers in the comic book world, yet many fans and professionals don’t know his story. In 1988, at the age of 23, he purchased Humanoids, Europe’s renowned comic book publisher. Since then he has worked with some of the industry’s most visionary legends, such as Jean Giraud (Moebius), Enki Bilal, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott, overseeing the development of cutting edge properties that have pushed the boundaries of the comic book medium and science fiction. The catalog he’s shepherded includes: The Incal, Metal Hurlant, The Metabarons and much more. Giger revolutionized the approach to how graphic novels are printed, treating each book as an individual work of art meant to stand out on the reader’s shelf. He has also made great strides in changing the rules of the industry. I had the opportunity to sit with him to discuss his legacy and the future of Humanoids.