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TV Review: Macross Zero: “The Ocean, The Wind, and…” (Episode 1, 2002)

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“Macross” is probably the best Science Fiction TV Series of the eighties. If I’m honest, that’s not saying a lot, since there wasn’t much to compare it to. Certainly “Manimal” didn’t offer much competition, nor did “The Powers of Matthew Starr.” Yeah, there was Star Trek: The Next Generation in the final third of the decade, but that series didn’t exactly hit the ground running as Wil Wheaton’s occasional reminiscences over on TV Squad point out.

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Science Fiction Book Review #2: “Fleet of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2007)

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After Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven is probably my favorite Science Fiction writer. I consider him more or less the modern dean of SF. And make no mistake: Known Space is far and away my favorite fictional SF destination. I cut my eye teeth on the Beowulf Schaefer stories as a ‘tween, and I pretty much memorized the Gill Hamilton stories, along with everything else Niven wrote in that universe while in college. Even so, when I first heard about this book my overwhelming reaction was “meh.” I can’t explain why, really.

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TV REVIEW: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: "The Oath" (Season 4, Episode 13)

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Philip K. Dick once said that "Things show their true nature by how they decay." If that's the case, the people and society of Galactica is shown to have been pretty vile all along, based on what we've seen in these last three episodes. But back to this in a minute. More immediately: Wow!

Now that was a hell of an episode. Fan reaction has seemed pretty weak on the last two episodes, but I liked 'em myself. This one should be more of a crowd-pleaser, though, I think.

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Comics That No One Gives A Crap About #3: "Amerikan Flagg!

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I can hear you now, “Hey, what do you mean saying no one gives a crap about American Flagg? How dare you! Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg was one of the best comics of the 80s, and a beloved staple of the emerging indie comics industry and the counterculture itself!” Well, yes, that’s all true and well and good, but check out the spelling, sparky: Normally there ain’t no “K” in “American,” is there? And while American Flagg itself was at least occasionally all those things you mentioned up there, my dear hypothetical reader, it’s sequel was…well…something else.

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