Syfy.com premieres the steampunk digital series Riese: Kingdom Falling, winner of Streamy Awards for Best Cinematography and nominee for Best Sound Design and Art Direction. The series was created by Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff and produced by Galen Fletcher and Nicholas Humphries.
Riese: Kingdom Falling takes place in Eleysia, a dying kingdom where distrust and anxiety have clouded people's minds, causing a regression into primitive ways of thinking. Rituals and mythology have resurged, and the darker side of mankind has begun to reveal itself. Riese, a wanderer, travels across the decaying land with her wolf, Fenrir. Marked as a heretic by religious group The Sect and the new Empress, Riese must evade their assassins and discover their true intentions for Eleysia.
Narrated by Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary), the series stars a cavalcade of talent from the world of popular speculative drama including Christine Chatelain (The Bone Collector); Sharon Taylor (Stargate Universe); Ben Cotton (Harper's Island), Allison Mack (Smallville); Ryan Robbins (Caprica); Patrick Gilmore (Stargate Universe); Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica) and Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary).
Join Rhode Island native Joseph "Joe" Maddalena and his team of collectors in this new series, Hollywood Treasures, which premieres October 27, 2010, at 10pm, on the SyFy channel. While Joe searches far and wide for SF collectibles, viewers get a look at some old and new props, models, artifacts, comics, and other stuff we all wish we had. This series looks like a lot of fun; be sure to check it out!
Watch the promo trailer for this hilarious book from Quirk Press
Source: Sci Fi Cool
After a long search, Fox has cast its female lead for its new, big-budget sci-fi time-traveling TV series (try writing that really fast!) “Terra Nova” in British actress Shelley Conn.
The project, produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, follows Jim Shannon (O’Mara), Elizabeth Shannon (Conn) and their 3 kids – an ordinary family from 2149 who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.
Jason O’Mara is the male lead, while Stephen Lang of “Avatar” fame will play the baddie.
Production on “Terra Nova” is scheduled to start in October in Australia for Fall 2011. The show will air a preview episode in May first, though.
We recently celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the R.I. Science Fiction Club. It was in 1987 that 'the Gang' gathered at the home of our first Chairman, Jack Eaton, to watch the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Funny how we former Star Trek fan club members organized this crew to expand our interests in all things SF, not just Trek, and that's what we ended up watching. Jack has since moved to Florida, and is active in Starfleet International.
Over the years our club has changed from as many as 50 members, to as few as a dozen. We've explored all facets of sci fi, including producing a R.I. public access cable tv show, 'Sci Fi Journal', which is going strong since 1996.
We're still around, but not all SF groups have been so fortunate. The Boston Star Trek Association is one example of a group that numbered over 100, but over time, just ran out of steam. A few of the former members still get together, and share 'war stories' via Facebook.
So what happened? Facebook and other internet sites, for one. It's easier for people around the globe to 'get together' via emails or MMO's or chat rooms, then it is to actually get your duff off the couch, get in the car, and travel to a meeting site.
Still, despite these challenges, SF fan clubs like the RISFC have to be imaginative and creative to keep the group organized and viable. Can it be done? Are Sci Fi organizations like ours still needed, when I can grab a controller and frag dozens of friends over a game of Halo on my XBox 360? Yup, I think they are. Just like emails don't totally convey the senders emotions or thoughts, face-to-face contact with fellow SF fans will always be needed; even more so as we advance our technology, and find ourselves disconnected, even with the smart phones practically jacked into our brains (can you say ShadowRun, boys and girls?).
So I'm looking forward to some real-life contact at the next RISFC meeting. If you live in the R.I. area, please join us.
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