Weekly Roundup

–WIRED’s Clive Thompson thinks that “Science fiction is the last great literature of ideas.” Maybe because the root of the genre is innovation? Or because Science Fiction uses technology to examine possible futures and analyze the present? Thompson also makes the point that “many of sci-fi’s most famous authors—like Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick—have positively deranged notions about the inner lives of women.” I’d love to know what he thinks about the SF/R spectrum at the cross-section of Science Fiction and Romance, where most of the writers are female. I’ve wondered if the popularity of the character-driven novel in the Romance genre influenced other genres. Science Fiction then transformed from a plot-based emphasis (the one guy in a rocket ship trying not to burn up on re-entry scenario) to a character-driven one, which opened the door for Romance elements to appear. Ta da! Now we have Science Fiction and Romance novels wrapped up in a Literary style of writing. “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Jezebel points out that women are making inroads into Hollywood as writers, but they’re still hitting that glass ceiling when it comes to directing: “…the Best Original Screenplay category was female-dominated, with 4 out of the 5 nominated films boasting women writers…”

–Show Me SciFi has a nice screencap up from Friday’s Stargate: Atlantis episode “Quarantine,” where Ronon and Dr. Keller nearly hook up. The writers have done a great job of juxtaposing Ronon’s extroverted personality with a grief that he holds close and private. I thought this mix of Science Fiction and Romance was handled better than the issue of Sheppard and Larrin in Travelers. What has really been interesting is how the writers have dealt with Teyla’s pregnancy in the last few episodes. They’ve dealt with her going on a temporary hiatus from missions, but at the same time showing how Teyla has become a more valuable member of the team since her pregnancy. Her Wraith powers have increased, she can control Wraith technology better than before. She hasn’t just become a walking incubator like some other SF characters I know.

–There will be no more episodes of Moonlight until the writers strike is over. SFScope gives its usual weighty review as does The Recapist. I loved the episode, but am left wondering if Lance is so creepy smelling because he’s an old vamp, why doesn’t Coraline have the same parfum if she’s his sibling? At least now we know how Coraline survived that fire. I also would have loved to have seen Mick play guitar hero at Logan’s apartment.

–What am I reading this week? BLOOD PRICE by Tanya Huff (which is the basis for the now defunct Blood Ties TV show) and SPIN CONTROL by Chris Moriarty.