June 7th, 2007

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Next season is Battlestar Galactica's last

From Sci Fi Wire:

The producers of SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica confirmed that the upcoming fourth season will be the show's last. Executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick said that it was a creative decision to end the acclaimed series with the upcoming 22-episode season.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end," Eick and Moore said in a statement on May 31. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there: We're going out with a bang."

In November, a special two-hour Battlestar episode, "Razor," will air. The fourth season kicks off in early 2008.

At last month's Saturn Awards, Edward James Olmos said that the upcoming season would be the show's last, prompting Eick to say at the time that no decision had been made. "I promise you that when Ron and I make a decision about Galactica's future, we'll let you know," he said then.
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True Blood

More sci fi news--fans of Sookie Stackhouse rejoice!

From scifiweekly:

Best-selling fantasy author Charlaine Harris—whose Sookie Stackhouse novels are being adapted into the HBO series True Blood—told SCI FI Wire that Sookie's latest adventure, All Together Dead, finds her in the entourage of the vampire queen of Louisiana, who is traveling to a summit in the city of Rhodes.

"The queen's misfortunes in the wake of Katrina and the death of her husband have made her position precarious," Harris said in an interview. "Events at the summit take a desperate turn with the death of the only voice calling out against the queen, the conspiracy against the vampires in general and the drastic measures the vampires are willing to go to in assuring Sookie's services."

Harris, who began her life as a novelist in the mystery field, said that she created Sookie Stackhouse when her career was at a crossroads. "I came to a point in my career where I had to make a choice: Continue with conventional mysteries or branch out," Harris said. "I decided to write the book I'd always wanted to write, and the first book in the Sookie series, Dead Until Dark, was the result."

The protagonist, Sookie, is an attractive and bright young woman whose life has been blighted and reformed by the bane of telepathy, Harris said. "She has always had trouble connecting with other humans, because she can tell so easily what their secrets are and what they actually think about her," she said. "She can't hear vampiric brains, so the undead are naturally attractive to her. But the pleasure of their company can be overwhelmed by the complications they cause in her life."

Since the books are set in Louisiana, Harris had to deal with the aftermath of Katrina and felt she had to do so in a respectful way, she said. "But [I also had to] keep that within the humorous context of the series," Harris said. "That was difficult, and I can only hope I succeeded."

Although Harris doesn't have any first-hand experience with vampires or telepathy, she said that on some level all stories are personal. "I think I'm saying something about being coerced, in this particular book, and also something about seizing the moment for happiness," she said.

In September, Ace will publish Many Bloody Returns, an anthology edited by Harris and mystery author Toni L.P. Kelner. "The theme is a dual one: vampires and birthdays," Harris said. "Half the contributors are mystery writers, and half science fiction writers."

An Ice Cold Grave, Harris's latest Harper Connelly novel—about a woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself with the ability to find corpses—is due in October. —John Joseph Adams
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Vegans take vengeance on cupcakes!

One of my favorite vegan cookbooks is Vegan With A Vengeance, and now it's been followed up by a great new book all about cupcakes, accompanied by a blog with mouth-watering pictures. Be sure to eat a good meal before you visit the site or you'll find yourself reaching for sweets! The cupcakes show true artistry as well as, presumably, great flavor. Yet another related project, The Post Punk Kitchen, also has excellent recipes. The Post Punk Kitchen is a self-produced cooking show in Brooklyn, NY.

I'm not vegan myself, but I gotta admire their determination.