Not much of a present, Universe! On Christmas Day we lost Leo Frankowski, a science fiction author best known for his Adventures of Conrad Stargard. IO9 has a good review (warning: with LOTS of spoilers) of this years Doctor Who Christmas Special. Of course, if you live in the UK, no spoilers at all, since it aired two days ago there. One last thought for today; do you know your place on the Geek Hierarchy? If not (or even if you think you do), you should really check that flowchart.

For anyone who is still not sure if they want to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, may I say you are Making a Mistake! If the movie’s home page didn’t convince you it was worth your time and money, let me point you to a wonderful interview with the lunatic behind the project, Kerry Conran. This is my kind of maniac; he spent most of the last decade building this movie on his home computer, but only 26 days filming the actors on set. In the process he may be spearheading a whole new breath of life into indi films, and big budget scifi movies as well. Using his approach, things like Ringworld or The Uplift Wars could be brought to the screen for less money than the national debt (or even the interest on it). And if this wasn’t enough, his next project may well be A Princess of Mars, the first book in the E.R.Burroughs John Carter of Mars series. Would I love to see that one as a movie; like so many other great SF books, the scope has often been beyond the technology of the movie industry. Maybe with this new paradigm, it will finally get made.