Resources for Science Fiction Fans

For science fiction fans, let me suggest two potentially interesting links. Flow TV recently ran a special issue last month focused entirely around Battlestar Galactica, including an interview with Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin on the show), reflections by Bob Rehak on the role of remakes and reboots in contemporary television, Sarah Toton’s thoughts on the Battlestar Wiki, Anne Kustritz’s reflections on the interplay between the series producers and their fans, and a piece from Julie Levin Russo which gets billed as ‘A transmedia love story”. (My wife and I have spent the past four months madly trying to catch up on the series through a combination of dvds and downloads. We’ve now caught up and are waiting for the return of the series later this year.) Fun, Fun, Fun!

The second comes curtesy of Reason Magazine’s Jesse Walker, a regular reader and sometimes commentor on this blog. Jesse sent me a lead to io9, a blog which describes itself as “strung out on science fiction.” I certainly know where you are coming from, dude, and feel your pain. There Annalee Newitz has put together a chart which shows the ideological shifts that occur in Doctor Who over time with The Doctor sometimes seen as preserving the status quo and other times fermenting revolt among the underclasses. Newitz shows how these shifts in ethical and ideological frameworks correspond with shifts in political leadership in the United Kingdom, though readers write in to suggest a range of other factors explaining some of the philosophical inconsistencies of the show.