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Science Fiction Thursday

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 15, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 15, 2014 |

The fun thing about SciFi Thursday is that I always write the posts the night before, so it’s Wednesday while I’m writing this. Which means you don’t get SciFi Thursday without time travel, which is appropriate. Okay, so it’s the sort of time travel that only goes forward at a 1:1 ratio, but that’s still technically time travel, so it counts.

What have we got this week?

First of all, yesterday (which yesterday? Mine or yours? Just part of the inherent allure of time travel stories) Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church should be willing to baptize anyone who wants the wet willy of salvation. And just in case the more mundane in the audience thought he meant converts, atheists, or Eskimos, he clarified: “If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us … and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptised!’, what would happen?” He then tells us what would happen: he’d baptize them and put his name in the hat for Space Pope. The current Space Pope was unavailable for comment at the time of printing:


(source: ABC News)

Remember Wedge Antilles? The only dude to survive both Death Star attacks since Luke and Han cashed in main character cards to go play with the Ewoks instead for Return of the Jedi? Apparently being a hero of fanboys second only to Boba Fett for all those years convinced actor Dennis Lawson that he deserved his own trailer because he turned down a role in Episode VII. Reportedly he wanted his own storyline, and when it amounted to more of a cameo, he said “They asked me, but it just would have bored me.” That’s kind of awesome. And now the Alliance is going to lose if they run into any power regulators on the north tower, because that was Wedge’s speciality.

(source: Blastr)

Next, we’ve got Robert Orci as director for Star Trek III.2. You may remember him from other films he’s directed, such as none whatsoever. You may also remember him from writing various badly written blockbusters. So, you know, we got that going for us.

Finally, this week in actual printed fiction, we got book 10 of Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet. I don’t normally go much for the military sci-fi series, they tend to be shallow for the most part, but I do enjoy this one. If you haven’t read any of it, the first few books are the best, with a King under the mountain sort of set up combined with the Anabasis. Worth a look. And the countdown on the next Dresden Files novel is down to two weeks.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.