blog post #61 by Science Fiction Author Clara Bush
Back in the 1990s, when our family first got Dish, I was a huge fan of the SyFy channel. Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, and Firefly provided me with a regular dose of sci-fi to satisfy my craving for the genre.
Then something happened to the Sci Fi Channel. They became SyFy and they went all reality. Up until recently, it was hard to find anything other than reality junk (and junk is being polite) on SyFy.
Over the past five to ten years, when I punched in the numbers on my remote for the SyFy channel, there would be nothing but real people doing fake things to look real.
What happened to my go-to-escape-from-reality channel?
Me, not a fan of anything remotely reality. And I venture to say that not many SyFy lovers are enthusiasts of reality TV.
My husband is a big, big fan of The Voice, and it’s a good show that gives singers an opportunity they would not have otherwise. As for me, my heart breaks for those singers who get voted off. It’s like a writer getting her tenth rejection email in a day. Can’t watch it. Too real. Same for me with Face Off, though I do enjoy the monsters.
But things are looking up for us SyFyers. Over the last couple of years, the channel added Haven, Helix, Defiance, and Dominion. Of those, I watch Haven. The few times I watched Helix, I was impressed.
The problem, other channels jumped on the popularity of off-beat, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, scripted dramas and offered series like The 100, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm and summer favorites like Falling Skies, Under the Dome and Extant.
We now have choices and the SyFy channel has competition.
The reason I was unable to follow Helix—there were too many scheduling conflicts.
The Big Five
It is inspired by the real-life Project Orion that existed under the administration of President John F. Kennedy. In an alternate version of reality—in 1963—President Kennedy and the U.S. government, launch a covert space mission. They fear the Cold War will become not so cold and destroy earth.
Six hundred men, women and children are sent into space on a century-long voyage aboard the Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. (A generation ship is an interstellar ark starship that travels space and is home to generations of descendants.) Their mission is to populate a new world, known as Proxima, and assure the survival of mankind. When the travelers are nearly 50 years into their journey—point of no return—the murder of a young woman aboard their starship—the first homicide since their departure—causes them to question the true nature of their mission.
Time Traveller James Cole travels from the year 2043 to present day in order to stop the release of a deadly virus by the cryptic organization known as Army of the Twelve Monkeys. In Cole’s original timeline, the virus killed 93.6% of the world’s population.
4. The Expanse is a ten expisode series with no launch date for release.
A Philadelphia cop’s search for his missing wife leads him to the discovery of a secret government unit. The objective of the unit is to hunt a group of terrorists who may not be from this world. Based on Whitley Strieber’s book, Alien Hunter.
McGoldrick, what are you thinking? Could we please imagine greater? It’s not rocket science.
(For more on what The CW is doing right check out: Monday Morning Critic: ‘The 100′ and What The CW is Doing Right | http://screencrush.com/monday-morning-critic-the-100/?trackback=tsmclip
Monday Morning Critic: ‘The 100′ and What The CW is Doing Right
by Ryan McGee)
1. A Wyso/Danny ring handcrafted by my Native American friend, Neal Paquin of Santa Fe, NM, especially designed for my first novella, Wyso and the Other Creepy Kids on Gerard Street. (Picture to be posted some time. I need an attractive finger. Eddie, my cat, won’t cooperate. Neither will Cassidy, Sunny, Stella, or Apple (the last two are dogs). And I’m not much on selfies, especially, a selfie of one of my fingers.
2. A $20 gift certificate to Amazon via email.
3. My opinion of the first twenty pages of your novel or novella. (Not that my opinion is worth anything, but it is someone else’s opinion. Something I look for every chance I get. Just thought you might be looking also.)
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