SciFi Friday: Summer Reading; Doctor Who Specials; Babylon 5; Spidey Gets Lucky; and The Galaxy’s Hottest Star Wars Fan

Looking for something to read at the beach this summer? You might try the Lost Book Club. Often episodes of Lost have included reference to a book which was relevant to the theme of the episode. The Lost Book Club website includes books which have been featured in various episodes and an explanation of their relevance. Books include On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Valis by Philip K. Dick, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, The Fountainhed by Ayn Rand, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Island by Aldous Huxley. Besides these well known books there were a number I’ve never heard of and I might order a few of them.

If you haven’t seen Lost from the beginning, The SciFi Channel will be replaying it in four hour  blocks each Monday starting on September 15.

With Doctor Who on a long hiatus we still have four specials to look forward to. It has been announced that this will include the Christmas 2008 and 2009 specials, and an episode around Easter. The date of the fourth has not been announced, with some speculating it will be for Halloween 2009. There are also rumors that one episode will take place in Egypt. The Christmas 2008 episode will feature the return of the Cybermen.

I was disappointed in the last made for DVD episode of Babylon 5, and  J. Michael Straczynsk agrees that such low budget formats fail to do justice to the series. He has announced that he will not put out any further low-budget Lost Tales and writes, “The only thing I would be interested in doing regarding Babylon 5 from this point on is a full-featured, big-budget feature film.”

Via IO9 I found this report that Peter Parker (Spider-Man) might finally get lucky with Mary Jane Watson. Reportedly it took a year to get the ok to proceed with this story.

And, finally, it looks from the above picture that Megan Fox’s interest in science fiction isn’t limited to her roles in the Transformer movies. Apparently she is also a Star Wars fan.

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    Doug says:

    B5 should be left alone.
    After the station was destroyed and we saw where the future goes, the job was done. The lost tales was a sad outing and Galan’s only claim to fame should be that he was gay in scifi long before Captain Jack.

    Cut you losses MJS and bring us something NEW.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The story has been completed and there is no need for more. I don’t mind if they have some lost tales from earlier but only if they do a good job of it.

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