Apr. 16th, 2011

Recommended Doctor Who clips and episodes (for those of you who have never watched the new series)

All right, it's time for me to convert a few people to the Doctor Who fandom.

The Doctor Who television series is a national institution in Britain. Whenever a new actor is appointed to become the Doctor, he receives the type of coverage in British newspapers that is usually reserved for new Prime Ministers. Alas, the program isn't as well known in the U.S., though it ought to be: it has that blend of high drama and silliness which the British have perfected.

I first encountered the program in 1977, at age fourteen; my family was living in England then. Doctor Who is the type of television program where you can just plop down in the middle of the series. (Which is a good thing, because the series has been running since 1963. It's the longest-running science fiction TV series in the world.) The old series of Doctor Who (1963-1989, 1996) is cult science fiction. The new series (2005-2010) retains the best qualities of the old series but has better production values.

The Doctor is a traveller in time and space. The only other thing you need to know before watching these clips, which are all from the 2010 season, is that the Doctor has the ability to regenerate into a new body if his old body dies. Thus he has been played by eleven different actors since 1963.

Clips, recommendations, and fannish stuff )

Apr. 15th, 2011

VID: Law Links (The Three Lands)

Here is the booktrailer video for the new Three Lands novel, Law Links. The video is at YouTube.

Sep. 13th, 2007

BOOKTRAILER: Turn-of-the-Century Toughs

Cover for Turn-of-the-Century Toughs

A cycle of historical fantasy novels about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men and women who love them. The novels are set in a world based on the late Victorian and Edwardian Eras.

Watch or download the trailer.

June 2018




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