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This is the section wherein members can recommend books, tv shows, films, SF/F related music, animation, role-playing games, artwork, original sf/f fiction, computer/game console games

Just in case folks were interested in taking a peek at recommendations from previous months, I've put up another page just for that purpose: Old Recommendations, to which I will move anything that's not the present month (or at least the most recent submission).

Lynn Stapleton
15th May, 2008

May Book Recommendations - Alternate History
Caroline
  • Laurie R. King - The Beekeeper's Apprentice
  • Rainey
  • Eric Flint - 1632 (Amazon) and 1632 (Baen free library)
  • Links found at Amazon Canada

    May's Web Site Recommendations:
    Lynn:
  • Battlestar Wiki - This site as probably the most comprehensive information on Battlestar Galactica there is, from the original series, Galactica 1980, the current re-imagined series, and Caprica.

  • Stargate Wiki - while not as detailed as the Battlestar Wiki, it does include a lot of information for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Infinity.

  • Baen Publishing - This site has many wonderful aspects to the long-standing SF/F publishing genre, however their Baen Free Library has numerous titles in its list to hook readers into the various authors fiction stories to get you into stores to buy the originals or others within the author's series that aren't available for free. Also many of the stories are available in multiple electronic formats, including HTML (standard web download), Microsoft Reader, Palm, Psion and Windows CE, Rocketbook eBook, and Rich Text Format. Some of Baen's authors include: Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Rosemary Edgehill, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, John Ringo, and David Weber.

    Andrew:

  • Jeff Russell's "Starship Dimensions" - This is the go-to site for any SF fan who wants to have a look at all (or nearly all) of the spacecraft that ever flew, warped, jumped, blew up, or crashed on the big or small screen. Every image is done to scale, with varying scale sizes available - you can view ships as small as Star Trek's Transport Pods and Shuttles, to HUGE structures like Niven's Ringworld, Microsoft's Halo and the Zentraedi Fulbtzs Berrentzs Home Base. Please note that this site has some features that are available only for IE - FireFox users might not get the full experience.

  • Outsider - This full-colour space opera by Jim Francis is one of the few well-done science fiction webcomics out there. Good art and good writing are rare combinations in webcomics. Updating has admittedly been sketchy, but the creator has recently begun updating once again. If you were a fan of the Master of Orion game series or of Star Trek or Babylon 5, you'll love this series.

  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact - Analog has been the big name in written science fiction for years, and now people can read samples online, learn more about the magazine, and even kibbitz with some of the regular writers on their Readers' Forum. Whether you're a long-time reader, or someone new to science fiction, this site is worth a look.
  • May's Game Recommendations:
  • Homeworld - a real-time strategy game. See Homeworld Wiki for lots more information on the game.
  • EA Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars - real-time strategy game. See Command & Conquer wiki
  • Half-Life II - first person shooter game; both sides not clearly defined.
  • Anarchy Online - a science fiction MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)) . See Anachy Wiki
  • Kingdom of Loathing - browser based MMORPG. Has a fantasy theme. Dial-up friendly. Stick-figure graphics. Funly insane to play.
  • May's Music Recommendations: Battlestar Galactica Soundtracks
    Battlestar Galactica Soundtracks
    J. Lynn Stapleton
    15th May, 2008

    Now, I've listened to numerous music scores for film and television (science fiction/fantasy/drama) for years. However, for the past few months I've been listening to the theme music for Battlestar Galactica, which is composed by Bear McCreary. It has blown me away with the music which can be listened to without necessarily having a scenic frame of reference like many films, but stands alone as both powerful and beautiful. He delivers an amazing score each episode to complement the scenes portrayed. Three of my favourite scores on the albums are: Lords of Kobol (season 2), Passacaglia (season 1), and last but not least, the Adama and Roslin Theme (season 2). These themes continue through the following seasons as the show airs bringing yet more nuances to both the music itself and the scenes in which they appear.

    Currently available for purchase (from Amazon.ca), they are:

    McCreary has his own blog, Bear McCreary's BSG Blog, where he discusses the episodes, how the music themes are interwoven and run through not only the different episodes. In April, at the Roxy Theater, there was a live performance of the Battlestar Galactica music, and covered by G4. Below is direct from McCreary himself.

    BG Roxy Concert Footage on G4! G4.com is running exclusive concert footage of the recent Music of Battlestar Galactica at the Roxy Theatre! It features interviews with myself, singers Brendan McCreary and Raya Yarbrough, and our MC for the evening, Kandyse “Dualla” McClure. You’ll also hear clips from our performances of Fight Night and Roslin and Adama.

    If this segment gets enough clicks, they’re ready to run FULL MUSIC VIDEOS of those two songs, so pass that url to your buddies!

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