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Science Fiction Thursday: So Many Shows, So Few Extraneous Y's

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 1, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 1, 2014 |

It’s Thursday! And that means science fiction!

First off I have to thank our own Cindy Davis for sending me most of the items in this post completely unprompted yesterday. That was exceptionally nice. Perhaps even suspiciously nice. Cylon? She’s totally a cylon.

Speaking of cylons, Tricia Helfer is returning to science fiction with a starring role in SyFy’s Ascension, a six-hour “event series” because apparently “mini series” is too mundane of a name. I guess we’re lucky they didn’t sneak an x and two y’s into the name to make it edgy. On the other hand, the description of the series gets me deeply excited:

“In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.”

That sounds fantastic, bringing up all sorts of mental associations with Frank Herbert novels and retro-futuristic visuals a la Fallout. Oh god, SyFy is getting my hopes up. Why do I always let this happen?

(source: EW)

Next up, SyFy has moved forward with another miniseries: Pax Romana. It’s based on the short comic series of the same name, and involves the Vatican sending modern weapons and soldiers back in time to fight Roman legions. I’m ninety-nine percent sure that there is more to the story that that, but let’s face it, that’s all they needed to hook me. If only because I’m pretty sure this is at least partially plagiarizing the sort of playtime I got up to when I was seven. SyFy also is putting together series based on Killjoys, Clone, and The Magicians, all of which also look interesting, but none of which feature special forces fighting legionaries. I think. Okay, I’d better check.

(source: Deadline)

And now that I’ve gone and “researched”, SyFy has a lot of solid-looking, actual science fucking fiction coming down the pipeline and now I’m intrigued. Here’s the roundup with the exact quote that hooked my interest:

Killjoys: “fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters”.

Clone: either “Robert Kirkman” or “discovers a man who burglarized his home is a clone of himself.”

The Magicians: “Harry Potter for grown-ups” if only because that’s also the description that got me to read Dresden Files.

The Expanse: George R.R. Martin called the books its based on “kickass space opera”. So first of all, I’m going to go find those books.

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