March 10, 2014
SHATNER, FILLION, NICHOLS, TENNANT, GAIMAN, & MORE SET FOR BBC AMERICA’S REAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION
Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat(Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Stardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin(The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols(Star Trek), Peter Weller(Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) and many more.
EPISODE 1 – ROBOTSWhat if our creations turn against us? The idea of creating life has fascinated society since the earliest days of science fiction. The first installment of the four-part series, Robots transports viewers from the first steps of Frankenstein’s monster to the threat provided by the Terminator and the world of Cyberspace. Find out how Rutger Hauer created one of the greatest speeches in all of science fiction for Blade Runner. Discover from Kenny Baker the challenge of acting in Star Wars while inside the body of R2D2, and learn how Anthony Daniels was drawn to the role of C-3PO by concept art modeled closely on the robot from the silent classic Metropolis. Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner) discusses how he managed to create a whole new approach to robot design. The creators of the originalRobocop describe how its hidden depths have given it enduring appeal and William Gibson reveals the origins of his seminal novel Neuromancer. From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Cylons of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and the world of The Matrix, this is a journey that asks – what does it mean to be human?Episode 1 premieres Saturday, April 19, 10:00pm ETEPISODE 2 – SPACEWhat if we could explore the vastness of Space? Science fiction has always fed upon our need to explore – to wonder what is out there. Space journeys from Jules Verne’s earliest ideas about attempts to leave our planet, to the Star Wars far away galaxy through to Nichelle Nichols revealing how her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek led to her participation in the recruitment of NASA’s astronauts. It explores the deep sea inspiration for Avatar, finds out why Ursula K Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness and discovers how Stanley Kubrick was able to make 2001: A Space Odyssey seem so believable. In addition, the program looks at the way Dune and The Mars Trilogy embraced the challenge of world building and discusses the appeal of the beaten up ‘dirty space’ of Dark Star and Firefly. From the horrifying scenes of Alien, to the epic spectacle of Star Wars, this is a journey to the stars and the alien encounters that await us there.Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 26, 10:00pm ETEPISODE 3 – INVASIONWhat if aliens landed on Earth? Much of science fiction explores the moment of first contact – what will people do when the aliens land? From H. G. Wells’ pioneeringThe War of the Worlds to Independence Day, Men in Black and District 9, Invasion deals with our fears of alien invasions of earth. David Tennant explains the appeal ofDoctor Who’s Daleks and Cybermen while John Carpenter and Chris Carter explore the rich appeal of the paranoia fuelled by hidden aliens with The Thingand The X-Files. It also asks, what if the monsters were our own creation? With the aid of rarely seen animation tests, Phil Tippett takes us behind the scenes in the creation of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. But not all invasions are hostile. Peter Coyote and Richard Dreyfuss discuss the creation of Spielberg’s spellbinding classics E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There is more than one kind of invasion.Episode 3 premieres Saturday, May 3, 10:00pm ETEPISODE 4 – TIMEWhat if we could travel not just through space, but through time itself? If you could travel through time, would you change the past or the future? What if you found it couldn’t be changed? What price does the time traveller – and the people they are closest to – pay? This is a journey from H. G. Wells The Time Machine through ideas like The Grandfather Paradox and The Butterfly Effect to the professional time traveller that is the ever popular Doctor Who. Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan and Neil Gaiman offer a unique perspective on the Doctor. Edward James Olmos reveals the hidden meaning of the language he created for the vision of the future that is Blade Runner. Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd take us behind the scenes of Back to the Future, while Ed Solomon describes the joy of solving a time travel conundrum for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But what would be the physical and emotional cost to the time traveller? Audrey Niffenegger explains what inspired her novel The Time Traveller’s Wife. And what if someone from the future tried to travel back in time to warn us? Would we believe them? From the apocalyptic tones of 12 Monkeysto the drama of Quantum Leap and the comedy of Groundhog Day, time travel is a subject that has been irresistible to the creators of every type of science fiction.Episode 4 premiere TBC.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: Salli Richardson-Whitfield as U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Weston, Laurie Fortier as U.S. Attorney Stephanie Goldmark, Rosie Garcia as Maria Cordero, Kevin Kilner as Jamie Berman.
“The Greater Good” was written by David Grae and directed by Holly Dale.
March 09, 2014
March 08, 2014
The Mission of the Castle Fanfic Writers Guild (CFFWG) is to provide a space for Castle Fanfic writers where they may find support, encouragement, advice, and inspiration. In all our efforts we work to promote diversity and showcase the hard work and talent of the many amazing Castle Fanfic Writers who work so hard to entertain and enlighten. We especially seek to offer a platform for new or lesser known Fanfic writers. We feel privileged to be a part of this fandom, and this community.
.....and the FAQs
Q: Some people say that this is just another popularity contest, what do you say to that?
A: Those people probably have not checked out our mission statement or the nominations categories. We truly see this as an opportunity to promote a lot of great fanfiction by a lot of great authors. It’s why we have so many categories, and so many categories that highlight new or under-exposed authors. So many of the same writers get recognized year after year, and while they are writing great fanfiction and deserve their accolades, this is an opportunity to introduce and recognize the other great writers in the fandom. Yes, there is an element of competition, and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. That’s okay. We respect the right of any author to decline a nomination if they feel strongly that this is not something of which they wish to participate.
Q: Can a story that was finished in 2014 be nominated?
A: Any story that was begun or updated in 2013 and completed by March 1, 2014 is eligible for nomination.
Q: Can a Drabble Multi-Chapter be nominated in the Drabble category?
A: The drabble category is for one-shots, however, a particular chapter in a multi-chapter drabble may be nominated.
Q: Can the same author have multiple stories nominated in the same category?
A: We want to create as much exposure as possible for as many authors as possible, so, the answer is no. No author may have more than one nominated story in each category, and no story may be nominated in more than one category. However, the same author may have multiple stories nominated, as long as they meet the requirements stated above.
Q: For the “Favorite Fanfic you’re not reading” category, can the story have 10 or less reviews (or reviews per chapter?) or Less than ten? And, what if they get more reviews after being nominated? Are they pulled from the category?
A: Ten or less. And, once a story has been nominated, we will check to be sure it meets the eligibility requirements. If any reviews come in between the time it gets nominated and the time we post the nominations, those reviews will not cause the story to be disqualified. Once the nominations have been posted, it is our hope that those stories, having gained some exposure through this process, will receive more reviews. That’s the goal here, to give as many writers as much publicity as possible.
Q: Will you consider a category for a WIP Fanfic that has not been updated in 2013, that we want revived?
A: We have added that category. Thank you for the suggestion.
Q: I’ve nominated a story that was begun in 2013, completed in February 2014, but a “coming soon” announcement about a sequel was added after the March 1, 2014 deadline. Does that mean this story is not eligible for this year’s awards?
A: No. As long as the story was completed by the March 1 deadline, the story is still eligible. Just be sure to include a note explaining these circumstances when you submit your nomination.
Q: Will you consider a category for favorite sequel?
A: We have added that category. Thank you for the suggestion.
Q: What happens if you get more than five nominations in one category?
A: We will have to decide on five finalists. This will be done by: first looking to see which of the nominees were nominated more than once; if that doesn’t get us to just five nominees, then we will have a panel of writers vote on the final five nominees. No writer may vote in a category in which they are nominated, or in a category in which they nominated a story. Those with multiple nominations have a better shot of making it to the final five.
Q: Who decides the winners?
A: A panel of writers. No writer will vote in a category in which they are nominated. Nor may any writer vote in a category in which they nominated a story.
Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: The nominations will be announced on April 4, 2014, all nominees will be notified on April 1 and be given the opportunity to withdraw their nominated story. The winners will be announced on May 1, 2014.
Q: What happens after the awards? Will you just fade away?
A: No. We are here to promote the work of Castle fanfic writers and to offer support, advice, and the occasional writers challenge. For as long as there will be Castle Fanfic writers, we will be here to showcase and support them.
For more info, please check www.castlewriter.tumblr.com
We are now accepting nominations for the First Annual Castle Fanfic Writer’s Guild Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday, May 1, 2014.
Nominations for Castle fanfics written in 2013 will be accepted until April 1, 2014 in the following categories:
- Favorite K-T Rated Fanfic: Multi-Chapter
- Favorite K-T Rated Fanfic: One-Shot
- Favorite M Rated Fanfic: Multi-Chapter
- Favorite M Rated Fanfic: One-Shot
- Favorite WIP We’d Like To See Completed (Must have been updated at least once in 2013).
- Favorite WIP we would like to see revived (Must have been last updated BEFORE 2013).
- Favorite Non-Caskett Fanfic - Multi-Chapter or One-Shot
- Favorite Fanfic You’re Not Reading - Multi-Chapter (fewer than eleven average reviews per chapter)
- Favorite Fanfic You’re Not Reading - One-Shot (fewer than eleven reviews)
- Favorite Fanfic by a New Writer (First fic published in 2013) One-Shot
- Favorite Fanfic by a New Writer (First fic published in 2013) Multi-Chapter
- Favorite MOW (Murder of the Week) Fanfic - Multi-Chapter
- Favorite MOW Fanfic One-Shot
- Favorite AU Fanfic - Multi-Chapter
- Favorite AU Fanfic - One-Shot
- Favorite Holiday Themed Fanfic Multi-Chapter or One-Shot
- Favorite Drabble Fanfic
- Favorite Crossover Fanfic Multi-Chapter or One-Shot
- Favorite Kink-Meme Fanfic Multi-Chapter
- Favorite Kink-Meme Fanfic One-Shot
- Favorite Slash Fanfic - Multi-Chapter
- Favorite Slash Fanfic - One-Shot
- Favorite Sequel Fanfic - One-Shot or Multi-Chapter
And, to honor the countless readers who leave us such wonderful words of encouragement, we have a category for them, as well:
- Favorite Fanfic reviewer.
- To be nominated, a story must have been begun or updated in 2013, and completed by March 1, 2014 (regardless of when it was started), except for the WIP category which needs to have at least been updated in 2013. Authors may nominate their own work, but are limited to nominating three of their own stories. A Story may be nominated in only one category, even if it fits the criteria for more than one category
- Kink Memes, M-Rated, or Slash Fanfics that include sex with a minor, rape (unless being dealt with as a crime), or incest are NOT allowed.
- Stories of any rating are allowed for nomination except in categories where rating is specifically noted.
- There is a maximum of five nominees per category. In the event that the CFFWG receives more than five nominees in any one category, a panel of CFFWG judges will either re-categorize a nominee, or vote to determine which of the five will receive an official nomination.
- No CFFWG judge may vote on a nomination in which they have a story nominated in the same category.
- Authors need not be a member of the CFFWG to have their stories nominated.
- Winners will be determined by a panel of CFFWG judges, and representatives of the TwelfthPrecinct (http://www.twelfthprecinct.net), and announced on the TwelfthPrecinct blog-spot as well as the CFFWG tumblr page.
To submit a fanfic for nomination, please send an email to email@example.com with a link to the story, the authors name (pen name and Twitter or Tumblr username), and the category in which you are nominating the story. Or, you may nominate the story via Twitter DM to @CastleFFWriters Email is preferred. Please feel free to email/DM with questions. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, no limit (except authors nominating their own work) on the number of stories nominated by any one person.
Great news for fanfic, right???
So....nominate your favorite and not so well known writers!!!
March 07, 2014
March 06, 2014
March 04, 2014
Share, but credit us...Always!
First one is for "Kate Beckett, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." by Shutterbug 5269
Second one is for "Becoming Superman" by Caffinate_me
And next one is "The way of the Ninjas" by DocNerd89
All screencaps via Castle-fans.org
March 03, 2014
CASTLE Post-Mortem: Andrew Marlowe on the ‘In the Belly of the Beast’ Returns and Its Fallout
[This post contains spoilers for the CASTLE episode "In the Belly of the Beast." If you have yet to watch the hour, please go do that before you read this story.]
CASTLE fans had not one, but two blasts from the past in tonight’s brand new episode, as Beckett’s undercover assignment brought her face-to-face with Vulcan Simmons (a man she first came in contact with during a season 3 episode that dealt with Johanna Beckett’s murder), and, ultimately, led Beckett to realize that Vulcan was just a frontman for Bracken.
But given those familiar faces (especially Jack Coleman’s Bracken, who has made multiple appearances on the show), the writers worked with ABC to keep the surprise intact.
“We felt there was enough to promo in the episode without having to play those cards,” CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe explained. “And we liked the unexpected nature of it — and the surprise nature of it — for the fans. The fans will see their names in the credits and there’s no way to control that, but we didn’t want to play the result of the episode, we wanted to play the character [journey]. So we did our best to not have to play that card, and we thought there was enough in the setup and what was going on with [Beckett] to keep the audience engaged and hopefully get them to show up…I think it’s a great ride not knowing what’s coming next, and that’s a lot of fun.”
As for what’s next, Marlowe was coy about whether Beckett’s physical — and emotional — torture will have lasting impact.
“The answer to that is a little more complicated than just ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Marlowe explained. “This story and what’s gone on is something we plan to revisit before the end of the season.”
But in what shape that story takes — and if Coleman might have a bigger presence the next go-round — that’s something Marlowe prefers to keep quiet for now.
“I’d rather keep that card close to my vest in how this is going to play out,” Marlowe acknowledged. “But what we have in mind will hopefully be interesting and surprising for the audience.”
Something Marlowe had no issues talking about? How incredible his cast and crew was in working to craft the episode.
“I think Stana [Katic (Beckett)] did a remarkable job,” he gushed. “It’s an incredible journey for an actor to take, to be able to play all of those colors with continuity and credibility all the way through, in what amounts to 42 minutes of storytelling. Which is very limited storytelling for the scope and scale of the episode. So kudos to her for really bringing her A-game.”
“And [director] Rob Bowman did a remarkable job giving it that feature film quality and atmosphere,” he continued. “I’m really proud of the whole team.”
- See more at: http://www.givememyremote.com/remote/2014/03/04/castle-post-mortem-andrew-marlowe-on-the-in-the-belly-of-the-beast-returns-and-its-fallout/#sthash.I04qBEjk.dpuf