On Sherlock the Ratiocinative Android

Today I realized how entirely appropriate it was that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss cast Martin Freeman as John H. Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock. No, it’s not Freeman’s unbridled everyman-neess nor his stolid Britishness. Rather, it’s the obvious fact that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes is clearly the latest product of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. … Continue reading On Sherlock the Ratiocinative Android

On Annivesaries and Convention Panel Ideas

Recently I’ve had anniversaries on the brain. It started with this blog post by Dayton Ward, where he ran through a list of film anniversaries — twentieth, twenty-fifth, right on up — that are being celebrated this year. You look at the list for 1982, the year that many critics consider to be filmed science … Continue reading On Annivesaries and Convention Panel Ideas

On Revisiting the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy

Yesterday a package arrived in the mail. It was a book, Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic by Terry Jones. Hardcover with dust jacket. A first printing, it looks new, even though it was published nearly fifteen years ago. And with that book I am ready. This year — this month, actually — I intend to reread … Continue reading On Revisiting the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy

On the Simplicities of Binary Day 10-10-10

10-10-10. I’ve been calling today “Binary Day.” One-Zero-One-Zero-One-Zero. All ones and zeroes. A binary day. Oh, there have been others this year — in January and in November — but this particular Binary Day is unique. It’s the only Binary Day that is exactly the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Our British cousins, … Continue reading On the Simplicities of Binary Day 10-10-10

On What Others Would Do

Ah, Mr. Stephen Fry. He wrote, in his most recent column for The Guardian, “Some Christians have What Would Jesus Do? as a motto; I have What Would Douglas Think?” Douglas being, naturally, Douglas Adams. What an amazing motto. “What Would Douglas Think?” Doubtless it would be something snappy, something witty, something that brings with … Continue reading On What Others Would Do

On This Week’s Radio Free Skaro

With the third season of Doctor Who finished, Warren and Steven turned their attentions this week to a very different subject for their forty-second episode of Radio Free Skaro—the works of Douglas Adams. The episode covers Hitchhikers–radio play, books, television series, film, computer game–and its sequels, with mentions of Blackadder (as Tom Baker and Simon … Continue reading On This Week’s Radio Free Skaro