The SciFi Geeks Sheet – 8/26/15

J.J. Abrams on the origins of The First Order

The old term for Star Wars’ evil Galactic Empire no longer applies in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens; replaced by the new dark regime called The First Order.   How this fascist political machine came about was a question asked in a new interview with the director from Empire Magazine’s upcoming Star Wars-centric issue.

Here’s what Abrams’ explained on the historical origins of this sinister administration:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’ What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

Source: Blastr

Who Was Afraid of Ray Bradbury & Science Fiction? The FBI, It Turns Out (1959)

You probably don’t think of Ray Bradbury as one of the most astute terrorist minds of our time, but at one time the Federal Bureau of Investigation did.  News site MuckRock found that out through files “released to former MuckRocker Inkoo Kang [which] document the decade the Bureau spent trying to determine if Bradbury was, if not a card-carrying Communist, at least a sympathetic ‘fellow traveler.’”

You can view the files themselves at MuckRock. There, the site’s JPat Brown also summarizes the organization’s basis for suspicion against the author: his “membership in the Screen Writer’s Guild, as well as his vocal opposition to McCarthyism, drew particular attention,” as did the use in The Martian Chronicles of the “repeated theme that earthmen are despoilers and not developers.” Not just Bradbury’s work but the whole of science fiction, which informant Martin Berkeley calls a possibly “lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology,” comes in for an indictment.

Source: Open Culture

‘Star Trek: Renegades’ Fan Film Warps Online on YouTube

“Star Trek: Renegades,” the 90-minute first installment of a planned Internet series, was released on YouTube Monday (August 24th). The film is not a part of the official “Star Trek” universe — it was financed primarily by three crowdfunding campaigns over the last several years — but it does feature characters and actors familiar to Trekkies.

For example, Walter Koenig again appears as Pavel Chekov, who has risen to the rank of admiral in the new film (a far cry from his ensign days in “Star Trek: The Original Series”). Robert Picardo reprises his role as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the scientist who created Starfleet’s Emergency Medical Hologram. And Tim Russ (who also directed) plays Tuvok, a character which he originated on Star Trek: Voyager.

You can watch the full movie below.

Source: Space

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Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Dave has lived all over.  He currently makes his home in Ottawa, Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.  Dave works as an on-air announcer at Boom 99-7 (CJOT.) One of his first sci-fi memories was that of watching Star Trek the original series in reruns on Sunday mornings so, as you can imagine, that made quite the impression and was one of the inspirations for founding the Galactic Netcasts network in 2011. You can hear Dave on The Alien Invasion, The SciFi Geeks Club and Weird World Weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @davenelsonvoice