Monday, January 31, 2011

New Superman lead finally cast!

I'm on pins and needles for the Superman Reboot to be directed by Zach Snyder. They have finally cast the lead and it's handsome British actor, Henry Cavill, 27. He will don the tights for the December 2012 movie.

Read a NY Times article about the casting choice.

Henry Cavill on IMDB

Henry was currently on TV in 'The Tudors' and in movie like 'Stardust' and the upcoming 'Immortals' a movie about Greek Mythology. He has a classical acting background. Some may remember him from the movie 'The Count of Monte Cristo' as the teenaged son of the Count. But he's been in many other productions since then. Henry unfortunately had the reputation as 'The unluckiest guy in Hollywood.' He appears to be everyone's first choice, but then gets overlooked.

In 2005 he was the first choice to play Superman in 'Superman Returns' however the part went to Brandon Routh. He was also picked to play Edward Cullen in the 'Twilight Series' but was then told he was too old for the part. He was considered for the new James Bond, but was considered too young. Sigh! Fickle Hollywood!

Now he has another chance and I can't wait to see how he'll look as the iconic man of steel! And look, people online have started with the fan-art photoshopping already.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The omni and Guidebook cake-1983 style

These two cakes were lovingly baked by the Meeno Peluce Fanclub. The omni cake was shared with both Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce when a few members of the Fanclub went to visit him on the set of Voyagers!

Jon and Meeno by Meeno's trailer-Where they all went in and enjoyed the treat! The episode being filmed that day was 'Destiny's choice' (One of my favorites of the latter season) as you can see by Jon's outfit. :D

100 Posts!

Break out the Party hats! Let's bake an omni cake! This is Voyagers Guidebook's 100th post since its inception in 2009!

Not really a milestone, after nearly 2 years some bloggers may have hundreds, but I think I've became more adept at blogging as time went on. Well, here's hoping for a 100 more, and not within 2 years!

Source Code: A new Time Travel Actioner!

Was I lying when I said in a previous blog that Hollywood is really using the 'Time-Travel' themes these days? Now we have what looks to be an exciting action yarn spouting from the same vein as Quantum Leap, Groundhog Day, the most recent mind-blowing film, Inception (That wasn't time-travel…per-say) with definite shades of 'Deja Vu' The Denzel Washington Time travel flick.

The poster art is a little flimsy, Jake looks almost too photo-shopped. (This is coming from a complete and utter PS amateur, mind you, but if we have to buy these posters and respond to them, then we do have a say in them.)

'Source Code' stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who, with the aid of experimental technology, is able to 'leap' into people's bodies 8-minutes before they die. Woah. His mission is to find a bomber of a Chicago commuter train. That's the basic premise.

'Source Code' is due out this April 15th, 2011. I for one will be on line at the IMAX. I loves me a good time travel movie with lots of action and excitement. I kind of dropped the ball for a while when I missed films like 'The Time Traveler's wife' (which the ending was spoiled for me) There are other TT flicks that just don't suit my taste, but the genre is very strong and there's so much you can do with it.

NBC-Universal merger: A cause for concern?

Fare thee well pretty Peacock!

Make way for the purple Behemoth!

I sent this message around to some friends, but I figured it's something interesting to blog about. The NBCU has merged with Comcast cable company to create a Media JUGGERNAUT! It became official as of today. I really don't understand the half of all this corporate business merger lingo, nor will I pretend to, but this definitely raises the question-

What is the future for our websites, blogs and video content being put out there for Voyagers?

This is only one of many articles to be found on the merger-more information will eventually be cropping up as it's revealed.

Voyagers, as we know, is owned by NBCU. Will Comcast storm through and ravage all of us? I've seen entire websites threatened by lawsuits and asked to be removed by petty little networks like PAX TV (which kept changing it's dumb name ten million times). I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Youtube, with the start of the new year, has been cracking down on very popular channels that feature fan-related content and videos, like the lovely 'leapme' who promoted Quantum Leap and the works of Scott Bakula. My antennae is up, because QL was owned by guess who? NBCU.

I want to give fair warning to my online Voyagers fans. Just in case this merger spells the beginning of the end for all the fan-work. I'm not worried…yet. I'm figuring out a major game plan. If I ever lost the website, it would be BLOG city for me. I really do like this little blog. I can already say that I will have links to download zipfiles of screencaps and other pics. I will write many more posts and share all the old articles, scans and writings again, etc. etc. But we'll just wait and see. I won't jump the gun, but if push comes to shove I will bite the bullet and do all I reasonably can to preserve the Voyagers! Legacy for all the fans. You can trust me on that.

That's why I make sure to copy and update all my website text content. Because after 5 years, it would be impossible for me to re-write everything. :P Well, painstaking anyway!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sherman, set the WABAC Machine for…

Time travel is still a hot plot commodity in Hollywood. Up next is a 3-D version of the 60's Hanna Barbera short, Peabody and Sherman! The cartoon was originally part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. 

You can read a little more information about the movie in the Entertainment Weekly Article I scanned. Robert Downey Jr. will be voicing Peabody, and that's a good choice.

Peabody and Sherman has a very big connection to Bogg and Jeff. The cartoon was James Parriott's inspiration to create Voyagers! I'm just glad the lead time traveler evolved from a stuffy, super-intelligent dog, to a bumbling, charming, gorgeous pirate who couldn't tell you Eisenhower from Einstein at times. As for Sherman, he's totally Jeff, but with red hair and coke bottle spectacles.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cool google search videos!

Youtube has developed this little 35 second spot video, where you create a list of 'searches' you want to see, be it websites, pictures or maps on google, then you pick the canned music you want and they put it all together for you. This is the result! I think it's a totally fresh way of promoting yourself and your interests. In my case I promoted my website activities, this blog, and images. :D

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Arr mateys! A cool pirate find!

Could it be? Did they really find Blackbeard's sword? Oh yeah, that must have been the sword Phineas Bogg lopped the blade off of in their fierce battle on the high seas! The description of this pirate sounds fearsome, but it also cracked me up. For you fan-fic writers out there, this could be a good plot bunny! Bogg meets Blackbeard!

An imposing figure to begin with, according to historians, Blackbeard cultivated a ferocious appearance to seem even more menacing: a long dark beard, numerous knives, swords and pistols strapped to his chest -- even lighted fuses in his hair. (Bwahahaha!)


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Voyagers!: Green lights

As promised! A quirky little Voyagers vid using the great song, 'Green lights.' :D Making the video this way was fairly easy and fast. But it helped to have all those 'random Voyagers' clips around. Clipping the episodes and importing them takes up the most time. You can watch this in HD 720. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Superboy fluff!

For over a year I had been meaning to make a video using this song. I was greatly inspired by Bluecanvas2's funny Phineas Bogg video 'A time for romance.' Which showcased Bogg's appeal with the ladies. Since that was made so well, I decided to use my next favorite guy, Superboy!

He had quite a lot of kisses, though for the most part he was faithful to one pretty lady named Lana Lang. But still, there's the argument that Superboy is not time-hopping like Bogg. A hero is a hero and there is a big attraction factor to that either way. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A book lover's reader questionairre: Part 2

The final part of the Questionnaire is a little longer, the questions get more involved. I liked that.

26. Favorite cookbook?I have this Chicken cookbook, but I can't remember the title. I'm a chicken fiend so I always look to it.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I will say, a non-fiction called 'Stop whining and start living' by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I loved it so much I bought my own copy. Fiction would be, hmm, I think the Moon crash series i spoke of, because it put your mind in perspective of a disaster and forced you to think, okay, how would I handle myself and take care of my family or friends? What resources do I need and what would I be willing to do to get them? (Story two goes deeper into that)

28. Favorite reading snack?
I can't eat when I'm into a good book. It distracts me.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I don't tend to read books that are hyped. But there are some books that are so hyped, i REFUSE to read them, if that makes sense. Like the Twilight series (not into it) or even 'Eat, Pray, love,' or any of those ridiculous Jane Austen inspired books. Ughh. Pride and Pejudice meets Zombies? What kind of nonsense is that? Or sea monsters? Oh, zombies and witches are extremely overrated these days too. And the zombie craze just started. It's not that any of these books aren't written well, I'm just tired of hearing about them.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Only if I read the book first, then the critique. I don't tend to go by the critics, I have to see/read for myself.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don't necessarily like to, but sometimes I do because of sheer jealousy. haha. If this person wrote crap and gets paid for it and I wasted a certain amount of my precious life reading it, well, they need to know they wrote crap. And sometimes, when an author writes sequels or trilogies, they get lazy by the 2nd or third book, well, I'm not having that either. Fanfiction is very different, we are all struggling writers who have a story to tell. I give the dreaded 'constructive criticism' and even then I'm light. If I have something that's very pressing in my mind about the story or contents, I will send the person a private message and offer detailed suggestion rather than spam up their review box. lol. However, you can read all my thoughts on that matter on my fanfic profile here

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
French. They have some fabulous authors like Guy de Maupaussant and Victor Hugo, and when you read translations you can't help but wonder what's lost in it. But that probably goes for any international author. Also Japanese and Chinese, i know from their dramas that they have astounding books too.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I don't know really. There's this book called 'The Alienist.' I's everything I love — a mystery set in turn of the century old New York! But then I get to a certain part of it and i just have to drop it. I've done that twice already. I feel the author spends too much time on every detailed button of the collar and shoes and how skanky the lower east side is, (And that's coming from someone who harps on details!) and there's not enough time developing characters. Or rather, they are developed but you have to sift through all the tenement dirt to make them out. Plus, the crimes committed are disturbing and too violent for my current tastes.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I've never read War and Peace! But I don't plan to. Even still, just the other day I saw yet another NEW 'definitive' translation in the new book section of the library. I would say I'm afraid to read the sequels to 'A child called IT' because mental illness or not, I really dislike that man's mother and don't want to read about her again. But she's dead now and she paid for her sins. SAD. I'm not giving away the reasons behind it all in case anyone else wants to start that series, just be warned-have a big box of tissues and don't read near anything that can be easily damaged. I have a really, really long fuse when it comes to matters but that book went flying out of my hands more than once. Purposefully.

35. Favorite Poet?
Not much into Poetry, but I'd say and Shel Silverstein. And those bound books of anonymous and some famous poetry that you find. I love those.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Wow, 5-10.

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
A few times a month because I realize I just don't have the time and if I really wanted to read it I would have dove into it on the first day!

38. Favorite fictional character? Okay, Phineas Bogg and Superboy don't count here. lol. Jonas from 'The Giver.' I WISH Lois Lowery would have just continued with his story instead of writing these 'pretend' sequels that only scarcely connect to him and then only seem to get more fantastical than sci-fi orientated.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
I've never given this one much thought. I'm not into villains and 'Drake' from Voyagers don't count either. I'd say Inspector Javert from Les Miserables, that man was RELENTLESS. Javert was someone who lived by a severe law code with little room for compassion and made it his personal mission to ruin one man's life. It sounds familiar doesn't it? ;)  I tend to use Javert's line in a few of my Voyagers stories-'Good, bad, or indifferent...(history has to stay on course.)' oh wait, that's probably just the movie version, I forget if it's in the book. I sincerely believe Voyager Drake was modeled after this character now.
The movie line was: "No, we might as well understand each other, Monsieur Madeliene. I administer the law - good, bad, or indifferent - it's no business of mine, but the law to the letter!

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?Paperbacks that are easy reads, maybe a mystery or something. I still want to enjoy the vacation.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Probably a few months, now I'm ALWAYS reading something. Actually finishing the book is another story.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
See my answer to 33. Oh, and this one Dean Koontz book where the crime situations got so brutal to me, it just left a bad feeling so I dropped it.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The blinking lights of my computer and screensaver, all these little green and red lights from the electronics around the room like my cable box, dvd player, alarm clock..arr! It disturbs my sleep too so I wear an eye mask, haha. Otherwise, it's like being in Frankenstein's lab. Also I can't have any noise, tv or radio on when I'm reading, it breaks my concentration, even if it is classical music because then my mind drifts. I do like to hear the soft hum of a fan or air conditioner though. I'm a New Yorker, we can't be without some kind of noise.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
There is a version of Frankenstein made in 2006 and I find it to be very faithful to the novel, if just a little choppy in the editing. It recently became one of my favorites. With Luke Goss as the sensitive creature, Alec Newman as the doctor and Donald Sutherland as the explorer who finds the doctor in the arctic. And then there was 'The Whole Wide world' an adaptation of 'One who walked alone' It stared Vincent D'onofrio and Rene Zellweiger, and they were just brilliant in their roles of Bob Howard and Novalyn Price. It's one of my favorite movies. And The Road-a real post-apocalyptic tear jerker that is just stunningly realistic and nearly exact to the book. But don't expect to watch it and feel good. I'm warning you. The Chosen, starring Robby Benson as a Hasidic young man who yearns to experience life outside of his tight community post-WW2. Rod Steiger is a standout as his strict, Hasidic father. The entire cast was great. The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton (Even though it strays from the original, I like it!) Jane Eyre with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine and Les Miserables with Frederic March from 1935-All strays, but wonderful films nonetheless.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Hard to pick, because many films are 'inspired by' rather than trying to be completely accurate. That's how the director gets away with using his own vision rather than the author's. I'm still waiting for them to do a proper version of 'The Wizard of Oz' believe it or not! The one that actually came darn near close was 'Return to Oz.' It was dark and moody and suspenseful and I liked that. And I want to see a good adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and will somebody PLEASE make 'The Giver' ??? It's PERFECT.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Probably about 50 bucks.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I try not too, but I have to see if I like the author's voice, or writing style. Sometimes I skim for content, because like one of my blog readers mentioned, you get these surprises that could change the whole story.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I keep putting it down to do something else like go online or I find myself shaking my head in disbelief at the events or characters, even if it is a fiction. Beware the dreaded Mary Sues and Gary Stus, they are not just in fanfic. Haha!

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Since working in the library, I keep my books arranged by subject and genre at home. :D Classics with Classics, etc.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I only buy books I really, really like and know I will read again. I also love to collect history books. But I prefer to keep books, because being a writer you never know when an idea or something will inspire you from them.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
I'm avoiding the newer Stephen King and Dean Koontz books because I have read nearly all their books in the past and I don't read horror anymore, but it's very tempting to stray back to that genre.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Oooh, aside from 'A child called IT' probably 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison. Maybe I was just too disgusted by what went on in it when I read it in H.S. I think if I read it today, I wouldn't get riled up. I just don't like to read things that smack TOO MUCH of real life. For example: Everyone loves the movie and book 'Precious'. And I'm sure they are great, I even peeked through the book to see they hype and it was interesting. But really, please, all I have to do is take the NY subway and I see a ton of women like Precious. Why should I want to be entertained by those sad, gritty situations? Unless it's a real 'rags to riches' story that impresses me.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Believe it or not, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, only I never did get to finish it, did he? haha.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I expected to really like 'This world we live in' the final book in the Moon crash series, but I was sorely disappointed. It was like reading cluttered fanfic and you could tell the author was winding down and losing focus. Bringing in characters for convenience and adding silly situations with no forethought. and the 1st person point of view didn't help, it was like things just went POOF! and happened, and you had no character motivation, so strong characters like Alex in book 2 are reduced to what I call 'plot convenience playhouse' players for the main girl. 1st person worked for the 1st book, but that's it. She shouldn't have jumped from 1st to 3rd and back to 1st.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Hmm...I'd say classic books and novels, you can't beat those. Mine is Agatha Christie! :D

Friday, January 7, 2011

A book lover's reader questionairre: Part 1

I found these 55 questions on the blog 'Spoilers and nuts.' Where I also found the other blog about 'Map of Time.' Before I knew it, I was intrigued and answering all the questions. Sometimes it's fun to do these, they allow you to open up and reveal things about yourself. So anyway, I figured I'd share my answers, but in two parts, 55 is a lot of questions, and I can't justa give one word answers, or even just pick one thing! So here goes…something. :P

1. Favorite childhood book?
I had this hardcover book of stories that I really cherished. There were all kinds of stories, mostly fables and folk-tales that taught a life or moral lesson. I wish I could remember the title. I read it so much and so often that it fell to pieces. If I could ever find it again i would surely buy it and treasure it.

2. What are you reading right now? Too many things, but the book I am about to start is 'I am the Cheese' by Robert Cormier. Then I will delve into the movie.

3. What books do you have on request at the library? I have just picked up 2 how-to self-publish books and 2 books on the Pinkerton detective agency that I put on hold.

4. Bad book habit? Getting so enticed by books that I have to have them, even though my space is very limited. They are starting to pile up. I usually take home the library rejects too. Another bad habit-reading too many different things at once.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? I am the cheese, The image of success, the money book for the young, fabulous and broke, the books in question 3, 2 books on Nellie Bly, We were there too, In my father's shadow, Inside the Apple: A streetwise history of New York. Written in bone, Agatha Christie– Oy! Do I have to go to my bookshelf to look at the rest hidden in my cabinet? Because there's a few more. The only perk of being a part-timer at the library, no DUE DATE! Yippie!

6. Do you have an e-reader? No, I only read fan-fiction stories online. My eyes are bad enough as it is. I love to turn pages, real pages, and be able to feel a book in my hands.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Ideally I would love to read ONE book at a time, but that's impossible for me if i want to read them all. I do all sorts of reading, including my bible and bible based publications. So much to read, so little time, if only we could use more than that 1/2–3% of our 100% full brain capacity. SIGH! One day.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I now read more blogs and pay attention to what's out there on the subjects i love for my own blog. It's fun.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) Wow...hmm...Probably, 'The way I see it' a bio by Melissa Sue Anderson, basically she was writing plot summaries of her best Little House on the Prairie episodes, but oddly enough, I couldn't put it down and finished it in one night. I really wasn't looking for juicy, tell-all tidbits, because hey, she was a child when she'd started that show, how much could she have been aware of? I'm not out to look for dirt in any books, reveals like that only make me cringe. I hate getting little shockers. I just appreciate the little quirky stories of things that went on on the set and what happened to her in relation to her 10 years on the show. So in that sense, it was a cute book. Not the best, not the worst.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? A new book: the 'Life as we knew it' Moon crash Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first and second are the best, even if part 2-The dead and the gone gets a little heavy handed and overtly Catholic, but so fascinating. Part 2 takes place in New York City. (So it already scored points with me there.) The main plot of all three is how would this world survive if the moon just suddenly shifted out of orbit after a meteor hit? SCARY and filled with so many possibilities-but not so much detail because it's a YA book.

The inevitable disasters and death are somewhat brushed over and just heard in snippits of reports-like-'Oh, sorry, but this country is now under water.' Part 2 gets really involved though. These books are more personal, and delve into the confused and frightened minds of these teens and their families, rather than the broad scope of this tragedy. I still would love to see the film versions of this. Man, I wish I knew about video making in high school, there are bunches of kids making their own for book reports! Check out the official book trailer-

A re-read: The Giver, one of my favorite books ever. I read that within 2 hours a few days ago. And Farenheit 451. I just love the story and its message about the value of books in human society. The author had a good vision of the future ahead of his time.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not too often anymore, because I am acutely aware of what's in books these days and I'm very picky about certain genres and the content matters to me.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I like to be entertained, I enjoy suspense, rick-rolling adventure and whodunits, and a little shock here and there is good for the system. I like well placed, subtle and believable romances in stories. Basically I enjoy a big stew of goings-on in one book. I like smatterings of fantasy and the unknown, but nothing like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons, sword and Sorcery stuff, I just can't stand it. No matter what anyone says, it doesn't pique my interest.

13. Can you read on the bus? Yes, but I occasionally will stop to rub my eyes and if my stomach starts to churn I put it down.

14. Favorite place to read? On my bed laying down on stacked pillows.

15. What is your policy on book lending? I have no problems lending, but I would like them back in the condition I gave it to you please! And DON'T lose it.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? sadly, YES.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Why? I'm not re-writing the book, I'm just reading it. Unless the book calls for you to write and it's interactive.

18. Not even with text books? Occasionally in school, but i never had anything interesting to draw in them. I was too afraid of getting caught. I barely touch text books these days. I'm no longer a school girl, unless you count my ministry school textbook-then I do write in the margins, but it is printed with wide margins so you can.

19. What is your favorite language to read in? I only know and speak English.

20. What makes you love a book? I love characters and situations with depth, fair amounts of physical and scenic description, humor and fluid action. There's an author named Jannette Oke who writes lovely, clean books, but one of her main female characters doesn't seem to do much but prepare and drink tea every five pages. At least in the Canadian series.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I'd have to read it cover to cover and it has to grab me so fast that I finish the book within three days or less. Because any longer then I'm dragging my feet and I am forced to admit I'm just not that into the book.

22. Favorite genre? Historical fiction and mysteries. Sci-fi books–Time travel and I guess you would call them 'What if?' Apocalyptic books.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
I guess certain romances, but the Harlequins especially are so formulaic, with paper-thin characters and plots only driven by wanton lust. Some are just downright dirty as all get out and I really don't need to read that, but that's going into the realm of erotica. And then there are the feel-good, sometimes sugary romantic books by authors like Nicholas Sparks, and the high-drama/stakes romances by Danielle Steel (Though I did like Jewels, Because I loved the TV Movie) I don't know why but they just get on my nerves, yet I am drawn to at least reading the back cover or description. lol.

24. Favorite biography? The one who walked alone: Robert E. Howard, the final years, by Novalyne Price. She's not a strong writer, having written this in her eighties. But it's a fascinating story she had to tell, all about the loving friendship between a young spitfire teacher from Texas (Novalyne) and Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction author and the creator of Conan the Barbarian. It takes place in the early 1930's. I won't give any more away in case anyone wants to read it or see the great movie version, 'The Whole wide world.'

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? I do read self-help books from time to time and I like to glean bits here, there and everywhere from them to apply in daily life. There's nothing wrong with bettering my life in a practical way if it doesn't go against bible principles that I choose to live by.

To be continued!

Green Lights-Aloe Blacc

I really, really dig this song. It's funky, smooth and cool. I just think the lyrics are perfect for Phineas Bogg or any Voyager. I'm working on other stuff now, but I may just use this song in a video if I can.

Green Lights
Aloe Blacc


Something special happened today

I got green lights all the way

With no big red sign to stop me

No traffic jam delay

See I was driving over the moon

In my big hot air balloon

Floating high into the darkness

I hope I’ll get there soon

There's so many things to do

So many people I need to talk to

And they’ve all been waiting for me

Well I got to make it through


Think my stars would rather be green

You have no idea what it means

To a man that’s always traveling

Who's seen the things that I've seen

I don’t know what’s yet to come

Not sure of anything that I’ve done

Really makes that much a difference

Well I hope it has for some


Well I was driving over the moon

In my big hot air balloon

Floating high up in the darkness

I promise that I'll make it to you very soon.

Something special happened today…

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Map of Time~A new time travel novel coming soon…to America

Today's post comes courtesy of great Voyagers and Jon fan BlueCanvas2, because he already owns the book since it was released in Germany last month. The book will be released in June 2011 here in the States. So without further adieu, I will stop typing and let you read what he wrote.

The book consists of 3 time travel stories that are connected to each other. One of the (main) protagonists is the famous Sci-Fi author HG Wells, who assists the protagonists of each story with his expertise as the author of the time travel novel The Time Machine. It's set in London in 1896. I'm not really sure how to summarize the plot without giving away anything important, since the book is really worth reading. Let me just tell you this: Sometimes time travel is real for someone and fake from someone else's point of view. That pretty much described the highly entertaining tales that have brought me many hours of excitement and fun during the holidays.
However, the reason why I am recommending this book to you is because it answers one of the frequently asked questions revolving around the time travel concept of Voyagers: In this book, we get to meet a so-called "librarian" whose job is to watch over history as we know it. Since people traveling through time are able to influence the history of the future, these librarians need to make sure that history will stay on track (these words were not used in the book, though). So the big question is, how do they do that?

Voyagers fans have repeatedly noted that from the future's point of view, changes in history would not be evident, since the "real" history would stop to exist after changes are done. This book gives the following answer: The librarians are people who collect newspapers and books from what they consider the "original, real" history and bring them to a time before humans have existed on Earth. So about 2 million BC they built a huge library that contains the original historical heritage of the future mankind.

Whenever a librarian is visiting a time zone, he can compare the newspapers with the newspaper stored in the library to see if someone has changed anything. Then they have to repair history just like the Voyagers did. Just to give you an example: the librarian has noted that Jack the Ripper was caught and hanged for his murders in the book. In reality he has never been caught, so he has to prevent the police of London from catching him, even though he will then continue with his murders. And HG Wells has to help him with that. It's really a great book. It's got everything, from a touching love story through time to lots of time travel action and confusions. I really recommend it ;)

Well, I looked for it at Amazon, but have not yet found it even for a pre-order. I will have to check the Library lists and put my name right on top when it comes up.

However, it has also been released in Spanish and here is another blog about the book too. I notice that nobody wants to give away much of the plot, and that's cool. It makes me more eager to read it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Scott Bakula & Jon-Erik Hexum: Before there was QL

This is a truly wonderful, tribute to Jon-Erik and Voyagers. Leapme on Youtube is the ultimate Scott Bakula and Quantum Leap fan. After seeing my videos and website it reminded her of how she used to love Voyagers and Jon. This is what she created. I think it's so brilliant how she incorporated all the similarities between the two shows through clips and photos. There really were a lot. One thing always inspires another. Voyagers and Quantum Leap were two fantastic shows, regardless of how long they lasted on the air. Enjoy!