I saw around the time of the San Diego Comics Con that the Sy-Fy Channel had produced a mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Considered a classic novel in the genre, the news generated some excitement and even some confusion how a book of just over 200 pages could somehow produce a TV mini-series.
So, I read it the book for Gabbing Geek. I’d never read any of Clarke’s work before, so this was something new for me. Thoughts and potential SPOILERS after the cut.
Hey everyone who reads the credit boxes for articles. I’m back from my vacation. My wife and I spent a lovely ten days in Nova Scotia, and there wasn’t much of a Geek nature going on there because my wife is not a Geek. I didn’t even get much of the reading I thought I would get done finished because we were doing stuff.
Sightseeing, Watson. Get your head out of the gutter.
Announcing a Gabbing Geek book club that probably won’t be covered by the podcast.
The Sy-Fy Channel revealed recently that they are going to be airing a three-episode mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. I’m going to read it for the site. Some details after the cut.
This week on the podcast, the Gabbiest of Geeks discussed random stuff that happened at the San Diego Comic Con. I got name dropped twice. Once when Watson mistook a completely different Sy-Fy bit of programming that I had brought up from one Ryan was discussing. Ryan’s sounded very interesting, but I was discussing in the GG Bullpen a mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End that I may try to set up as a book club thing for here on the website. Stay tuned.
I also learned I am apparently in Hell. I wasn’t expecting that. I imagine that is what most people say when they find themselves there.
One of my favorite sci-fi space operas is Farscape. A co-production of Australian television, the Sci-Fi Channel before it became Sy-Fy, Halmark, and the Jim Henson company, the show was about human astronaut John Crighton, who, due to a weird accident, got blasted through a wormhole to the other side of the universe. He was subsequently picked up by a living ship that had been acting as a prison vessel and was forced to get along with the various aliens onboard who were escaping their own prison sentences.
Sci-Fi canceled Farscape just before the fourth season started airing. Which was a little odd since it was, at the time, one of the network’s highest rated shows, but it was also one of its most expensive shows. Various backers came up with funding for a three hour mini-series to wrap up the story (which is a good thing, because without The Peacekeeper Wars, the whole thing ends on a real downer of a cliffhanger).