On a daily basis, I hear my friends talk about what car they’d love to drive. A BMW this or that. I don’t know about you, but there’s another form of transportation I’d kill to take to work every day: a spaceship!
In lieu of fans everywhere that agree, here’s a look at some of the coolest, creepiest, and funniest spaceships to ever to grace TV and film.
U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek)
Check out more panoramic views of the new bridge on Sci Fi Scoop.
If you’re one of those people that loves a behind the scenes look at the architecture of such a ship, check out the blueprints for almost every Star Trek ship to date!
The Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)
Here’s an interesting article and breakdown of these first two ships: Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?
Cylon Raider (Battlestar Galactica)
Death Star (Star Wars)
Though technically a space station, this moon-shaped creation needs to be on the list!
The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
The Tardis (Dr. Who)
Winnebago Eagle V (Spaceballs)
Borg Cube (Star Trek)
Shadow Vessel (Babylon 5)
This one is for those of you who love spiders.
The coolest part about this ship is that, when it’s taking off, the lighted back end makes it look like (you guessed it) a firefly!
The Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Though the exterior is also cool, it’s the gate room that makes the ships in any Stargate series unique!
Aries 1B Earth-Moon Shuttle (2001: A Space Odyssey)
How to make a spaceship
For anyone wondering how you can make your own spaceship at home, the Browncoats show you how to build a spaceship on a budget.
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Sci-fi fans across the planet are eagerly awaiting the arrival of episode 5 of the remake V (short for visitors) that will air on ABC tonight. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a fine new addition to the list of TV series out there with aliens masked in human bodies and a plot to take over the world. You know, the usual.
Watch the trailer
More on V
Check out full episodes on TV.com!
View photos of the show and cast on IMDB.
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What’s got incredibly hot chicks dressed as your favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters, a room full of geeks, and is hosted by yours truly? The new Geek Pajama Party web series!
Tune in for the funniest, sexiest, craziest show in the galaxy as your gorgeous host Lisa celebrates the 18th birthday of DAKOTA FANNING with the Geeks! Segment 2 of this ASTONISHING episode includes “SPOILERS,” featuring secrets from this summer’s upcoming blockbusters, “LANDO CALRISSIAN’S GUIDE TO THE FEMALE ORGASM,” “WHAT’S IN LISA’S WORMHOLE,” and DAKOTA FANNING, live in person, to celebrate her birthday with the Geeks!
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As a costume designer, I often find myself scouring the Internet for ideas, reference designs, and other incredible costume geniuses who will inspire my own work. One day, when I was researching wings for my latest creation—the Sorceress from He-Man—I stumbled across a gold mine. Her name is Yaya Han, and to put it quite simply, she’s one of the best costume designers I’ve ever seen. Period.
You don’t have to take my word for it, start scrolling and see for yourself. Once you’ve gotten a taste, be sure to visit Yaya Han’s official website. There’s so much more!
Note: Any photographs taken from this site must be credited to Yaya Han and the photographers associated with each photo. Thanks!
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When I was in grade school, I remember getting an assignment to write a report on any person, place, or thing from history. Being the fantasy fanatic I was, I chose the Pegasus. Funny, though I was quite obsessed with Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology, I was more excited to illustrate the book cover showing the creature in all it’s glory (or what my artistic skills could produce at the time; and they were actually pretty darn good, even back then).
So it wasn’t a surprise that, along with so many other mythology and fantasy enthusiasts, I loved the original 1981 film Clash of the Titans. Even with its slightly cheesy special effects, it’s still a favorite in my mind.
As most of the world knows, they’re coming out with a remake in 2010. I don’t fully trust that it’ll top the original (yes, I’m one of those people who always love the originals more), but what I am looking forward to are the special effects! With today’s technology and talent, this new film will, well, kick the original’s ass in that department.
The films, old and new
For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here’s the trailer to the original:
Here’s the trailer for the 2010 remake:
Who’s playing who?
It’s always fun to compare actors from the past to the modern day versions of characters:
And of course, though Hades wasn’t in the original as far as I recall, I look forward to Ralph Fiennes interpretation of the character in the new film:
And the creatures!
Aeromental provides a great article documenting what monsters are missing, along with many still frames from the new film.
Check out some of the Clash characters and scenes by über talented artists:
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I was perusing YouTube for some fascinating sci-fi films, shorts, animations, and whatever else I could find. Here are a few that I thought kicked ass!
This first video was created by my own production company PUCKER as part of our first season of comedic (and often raunchy) shorts. Yes, that’s me in purple! More at: PUCKER.
Aliens Vs. Coffee machine
A really well done sci-fi a nimation by Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen. More at: aniBOOM.
A science-fiction short film about a young man who accidentally discovers that he can travel between two parallel worlds. You can check out the Visual Effects Breakdown in this video.
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When I tell people I’m a huge fantasy nerd and frequent reader, the first question that comes up is, “have you read the The Wheel of Time series?” My lightning-quick response is, “Hells yeah!” (Note: I generally salivate by just thinking of these books). If my boyfriend happens to be around when the question arises, he’ll laugh because he knows just how much I obsess over this series. Picture he and I hanging in our back yard, drinking coffee, and discussing our passions. He talks cars and I talk WOT (when I’m in midst of reading the series). The two of us usually have no idea what the other is talking about, though I did finally get him to read Eye of the World.
After my brother-in-law turned me onto the series years ago, I’ve read (or shall I say listened to; I do books on mp3) each one of the first eleven books several times. Book 12 just came out, so I’ve only got one read in. I want to go on record right now to say that The Wheel of Time is arguably the best epic fantasy series of all time. It combines everything I adore about good stories: fantasy, magic, mythical and dangerous creatures, and two major topics I think every good fantasy series should have: politics and a struggle for power. Yes, yes, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings series too, and oddly found the books a little slow. Perhaps it’s because I watched the movies first and they are brilliant on so many levels.
Haven’t read this series? Robert Jordan has been writing WOT since 1984 until his death. (Yes, I cried when I heard the news!) At that point Brandon Sanderson took over to complete the final three books of the series, and has done an extraordinary job with book 12: The Gathering Storm. By the way, I’m also reading Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, another great series.
Jordan’s WOT series is one of the reasons I started this blog. There are hundreds of thousands of fans, like me, who spend hours a day scouring the Internet for news, art, and discussions about the WOT, and I wanted to continue to honor this incredible and still flourishing work of art.
As most fans know, Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to Eye of the World in August 2008, and the movie is set to start filming in 2011 (produced by Red Eagle Entertainment). So I thought it’d be fun to write, shoot, and produce a short scene from the film for fans! Per the suggestions made by WOT fans on a my blog post Which WOT character am I, I’ll be playing the role of Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred (pictured to the right). It’ll be more of a “making of,” and we’ll document the entire process from start to finish… for fans!
- About The Wheel of Time
- Dragonmount: Best WOT forum-based fan site
- An interview with Brandon Sanderson
WOT artists featured
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One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is hit up a Renn Faire! Or for all you non-geeks out there, a Renaissance Faire.
This past year, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Original Renaissance Faire in Irwindale, CA. What I love about these festive events is just how in character its attendees are. It’s a perfect opportunity to transform oneself into royalty and join the queen’s court, or perhaps a wench better suits your mood? Whichever character tickles your fancy, you can no doubt immerse yourself in a world of folk who will play along.
Though most renn faires emulate historical periods during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England or Henry VIII, characters from other time periods and countries, like as pirates and Vikings, along with fantasy creatures such as fairies, centaurs, and wizards are also welcome.
As you can see, I’m one of those dorks who takes pride in wearing a costume. So, I put on the purple fairy creation I made a few years back (for another faire, of course), grabbed my video camera, and head out east to see what kind of interesting folk I’d run in to.
Let’s take a peek!
For those of you who are interested, here are the details for this year’s faire: