Friday, 8 June 2007


Andrzej Sapkowski's short story collection The Last Wish, an introduction to his Witcher series of collections, novels and a forthcoming computer game, is available now in the UK. My review here. The books is an engaging and enjoyable collection of stories with strong overtones of Jack Vance. Despite the grim nature of the story and stoic protagonist, there are some nice flourishes to the story and some great humour. The book is well recommended.

It has been confirmed that Battlestar Galactica will indeed end with its fourth season, which will consist of twenty episodes airing from January 2008. An additional two-part story will air as a TV movie event in autumn 2007, to be released on DVD shortly thereafter. Provisionally entitled Razor, this story focuses on the Battlestar Pegasus prior to its destruction. Season 4 will pick up the Season 3 cliffhanger and take the story forward to its inevitable conclusion, the finding of Earth. Shooting on the TV movie is already underway and shooting on Season 4 proper will begin later this month.

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales is the long-awaited return to the Babylon 5 universe. This is a special DVD release comissioned by Warner Brothers to celebrate the immense profits it has reaped from its release of the original series on DVD. The DVD consists of two short episodes revolving around the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Interstellar Alliance. Bruce Boxleitner resumes his role of President Sheridan, whilst Tracy Scoggins and Peter Woodward resume their roles as Colonel Lochley and the technomage Galen. If successful, creator-writer-producer J. Michael Straczynski plans an irregular series of releases in the same series, with the second featuring the return of Garibaldi and Emperor Londo Mollari. The DVD will be released on 31 July in the United States and in September in the United Kingdom (no Amazon listing at this time).

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