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In England, a SciFi fan sparked a bomb scare when police responded to a report of a man with a crossbow. When they got to the fans house they called in the bomb squad, afraid that the things they didn’t recognize might go boom. There is a new Watchmen trailer on Myspace. It gives a bit of the story for those who haven’t read the book, and looks really good. But that may be all the Watchmen we get for a while, as Fox fights to delay its release, once again proving Fox hates science fiction.

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It is Christmas, which means if you are in the UK you had the opportunity to see the Dr Who Christmas Special; the rest of us will have to be content with this report from the BBC. It does give us some possible spoilers about the identity of the new Who. Fox, no longer happy with destroying and canceling its own science fiction programs and projects, has been attacking Warner Brothers to try to get the Watchmen stopped. Now it seems a judge has issued a ruling that says they do own at least a part of something they never made or tried to bring to market. Will the copyright madness never stop?

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.