Archive for "Jan 2013" J.J. Abrams and the Homogenization of Geek Pop

Many fans enjoyed J.J. Abrams work on revisioning Star Trek with his 2009 film and thereby rebooting the franchise. Others, such as myself, were not so pleased with the efforts. After Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas it announced plans for a new film, and the search for a director began. After […]

Call for Papers: Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) Conference

Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) Conference Monday 17th June 2013 at the University of Liverpool Keynote Lectures from: Pat Cadigan (Double Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Author) and Dr. Peter Wright (Edge Hill University) Now in its third year, CRSF is a one day postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including […]

The Following may struggle to find one

Last week FOX premiered the latest addition to its lineup of thriller or horror programming with The Following. This series brings Kevin Bacon to the small screen in a combination of serial killer tracking, Gothic horror invoking Edgar Allan Poe, and stereotypical cult followings. The FOX website describes the series: THE FBI estimates there are […]

New Television Programs Draw Upon Prior Genre as Inspiration: Do No Harm and Bates Motel

Two new genre television series begin this year that draw upon older material for inspiration. One is Do No Harm, an NBC program that demonstrates our ongoing fascination with Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde story. The Facebook page for the program provides this description: Dr. Jason Cole is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has […]

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