- Battlestar Gallactica interruptus reviews: at Strange Horizons by Dan Hartland and by Abigail Nussbaum at Asking the Wrong Questions. The truck-drivable-through holes in the most recent episode (President Roslin’s complete and convenient disappearance halfway through being the most rankling) were par for the course, but I’m still liking the show despite its flaws. Both these reviewers give insightful takes.
- Chris McLaren’s got lots of goodies, including Harlan Ellison being Harlan Ellison and a post about words we don’t have words for in English.
- Meanwhile, Writing Queen and Birthday Girl Justine Larbalestier (Happy, Happy!) and Writing King Scott Westerfeld post competing chronicles of the running of the bulls in San Miguel de Allende. I know those pics they’re posting are envy provoking, but rest assured, having stayed in that house and knowing it’s actually even more Eden than in the photos, all our eyes should be completely green.
- Islam in science fiction. (Via Morrow Planet.)
- Pam McNew posts at Short Form about two stories in the current double issue of F&SF that I also really enjoyed: Dale Bailey’s "Spells for Halloween: An Acrostic" and Jeff Ford’s "Boatman’s Holiday." (Yes, yes, I know it’s all Jeff Ford all the time around here lately, but tell me, you have picked up The Girl in the Glass, right?)
- Moorish Girl posts some responses to Author’s Guild Vs. Google Print. If only I could work up the care about this one. Get with the future, people. (Also, check out this entry about Salman Rushdie asking her to sign his copy of her book…)
5 thoughts on “Tuesday Hangovers”
Gwenda, you can never talk too much about Jeff Ford.
I’ve decided to enjoy the spacey goodness of BG and not worry about plot holse you can drive a truck through anymore.
I find myself sitting there giving the TV advice: “Call Roslin and have her demote the Admiral!” But I guess it’s a good sign that I get involved enough to talk back. It’s like watching sports.
Not that Galactica doesn’t have its share of plot holes (the three or four whoppers I mentioned in my post are only the most glaring ones), but I don’t think Roslin’s absence in the second half of the episode is one of them. Events unfold very quickly towards the end of the hour – Tyrol and Helo’s arrest and sentencing don’t take long enough for Apolo to get to the Cylon fleet. I imagine that Adama would have gone to Roslin if he’d had more time, but before he knew Tyrol and Helo had been sentenced to death he was still hoping to smooth things over with Cain and maintain the chain of command, and after he found out about their sentence he rather accurately surmised that Roslin’s opinion would have zero effect on Cain.
I don’t actually mean so much her physical presence — I mean that I find it impossible to believe she would just disappear with this new authority figure showing up, with the Destination Earth plan in jeopardy maybe because of that and the clock ticking (supposedly) on her life. I don’t buy her letting the Admiral get away with “not returning her calls.” I just don’t buy her disengaging from the main story in this episode — I don’t understand what else she could possibly be doing. Someone would surely call her once they killed the guy rescuing Sharon.
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