We’re squeezing in one more trip to Hogwarts before the end of the year. After this, we’re sliding full-tilt into the holidays.
Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana has passed away at the age of 80 after a brief illness. She wrote for a variety of TV shows, including four Star Trek series, Babylon 5, and much more. She wrote the Star Trek novel, Vulcan’s Glory, which tells of Spock’s first mission aboard the Enterprise and explored Captain Pike’s “Number One” character (played by Majel Barret in the unaired pilot, “The Cage”).
In a male-dominated industry, she hid her gender using her initials (a common practice in those days for women writers).
Fontana wrote one of (if not the best) episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, “Yesteryear” as well as the DS9 episode “Dax” which explored the past hosts of Jadzia’s symbiote. She also wrote “Journey to Babel” for TOS, which introduced Spock’s parents, Sarek and Amanda.
Raise a glass of Romulan Ale, “To absent friends.”
Source: Announcing Book 15
ChiZine Publications made a name for themselves for quality horror, dark fantasy, and SF. They earned that, through the books they produced, which include works by Nancy Baker, Ellen Datlow, Nick Cutter/Craig Davison, Ed Kurtz, Livia Llewellyn, David Nickle, Douglas Smith, Paul G. Tremblay, George A. Romero (R.I.P.), and many others. They threw great parties at SF Cons. Aspiring authors aspired to join their roster.
Things slowly turned dark, culminating last month in a story of scandals and allegations that has not yet ended.
Hope you’ve got a lot of free time to catch up this week! The DC shows are at their last episodes before Crisis, which gives us a mid-season finale feel to Flash and Arrow. Supergirl and Batwoman will also be taking part, and Legends will pop in but their shows haven’t been leaning as heavily into it. Black Lightening is also rumors to show up, but he’s still busy trying to free his city from governmental occupation on his show. Meanwhile on HBO, the Watchmen discusses the events of the original comic, but otherwise has nothing to do with the rest of the DC properties. His Dark Materials borrows a name from a vampire movie, but shows no signs of featuring bloodsuckers. The Good Doctor visits his estranged, dying father. Riverdale producers still believe video tapes are a thing. The Mandalorian works with a rookie. The Blacklist stops people from retiring. In you wanted something nostalgic and lighter, Fuller House’s latest season drops, also.
[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut, except when there really aren’t any. (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]
Source: The Castaways – X Minus One #18
The original film never received a sequel but, thirty-seven years later, E.T. and Elliot are reuniting in a heart-warming effort to sell you stuff over the Holiday Season:
But it’s an impressive effort, regardless.
Happy (American) Thanksgiving!
Source: 99 Years 100 Films promo