Saturday, September 1, 2007

Stories the SciFi channel SHOULD be filming

OK, great. The SciFi Channel produced the new Battlestar Galactica, Room 10, The Dresden Files, and Eureka. Class acts all. BG in particular makes up for many, many past sins.

But why, why on Earth are they still wasting precious airtime by also making and showing multiple films, repeatedly and ad nauseam, about giant reptiles, solar flares, volcanoes, and giant mummies?

But the worst, least forgivable offense is the SciFi's waste of precious sci-fi bandwidth for weekly broadcasting of Pro Wrestling. The mind reels.

There are still so many excellent scifi stories that have never been put to film. Why don't they devote resources to filming those?

Here are a few of my candidates:
  • Half Past Human, and The Godwhale, by T. J. Bass
  • Run for the Stars, and Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R., by Harlan Ellison
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • A proper version of The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
  • A Child of All Ages, by P. J. Plauger
  • Windhaven, by Holly Tuttle and George R. R. Martin
Oh well. At least they broadcast The Twilight Zone in the wee hours.

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