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SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM is a series of TV shows showing activities at various Science Fiction Conventions (Cons) that have taken place in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. The show was created for, and originally broadcast on Malden Access TV, but is available for broadcast on other cable access stations. The shows below are in Real Player format. A broadband connection is needed to view them.

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22. January 2008
Brother Guy on Ice
Presentation at Boskone 44. Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, PhD presents a slide show of his 1996 trip to
Antarticia to search for meteorites. Brother Guy is an astronomer assigned to the Vatican Observatory.
He is also the curator of the Vatican Meteorite Collection

23. February 2008
Debate: Star Wars vs Star Trek: Looking Deeper
Debate panel at the 2008 Arisia con. Description from the Pocket Program:
"This panel is one of the new debate panels at Arisia. It is built around the question of which series had a more profound
impact on society at large and fannish society in particular. As with all such debates, the question is unanswerable, but it
gives us a wonderful way to deeply explore a very interesting question."
Panel members:
Star Wars side: Ian Randal Strock (www.sfscope.com), Hugh Casey,
MaryAnn Johanson (moderator),
Star Trek side: Jeff Warner & Jim Zavaglia.
Also available as a stereo mp3 file

24. March 2008
Will 2008 Be The Year When eBooks Make It?
Panel discussion at Boskone 45. eBooks are Electronic-Books .. books without paper (dead tree books).
eBooks have been around in various forms for years, but are gaining in popularity. You can now buy
dedicated eBook readers, but at this point they are still fairly expensive. Just what is needed for eBooks
to be a success?
Panel members: Don D'Ammassa, Charles Stross, Darlene Marshall and Ellen Asher.
Also available as a stereo mp3 audio file.

25. April 2008
The Rise of Modern Science
Panel discussion at Boskone 45. Description from the program schedule: "What happened in the Middle Ages which
lead to the rise of modern science? Why did it happen first in Europe and not elsewhere? How did science grow if the
Middle Ages were really an "age of faith" without reason?"
Panel members: Michael F. Flynn, Brother Guy Consolmagno, and John Farrell
Also available as a mp3 audio file

26. May 2008
Non-Genre Films that Fans Love
Panel discussion at ARISIA 2008. Description from the program schedule: "There's nothing fantastic about MEMENTO,
but it somehow feels like science fiction. What other realist movies are especially attractive to fans of SF and fantasy?
What are the qualities that make them feel like genre?
Panel members: Julie Tenney, Sonya Taaffe, Eric M. Van & Adam Lipkin.
Also available as a mp3 audio file
Click for list of movies discussed on the panel

27. June 2008
THE LIVING DEAD
June is ZOMBIE MONTH at Science Fiction Fandom !! Part 1: a panel discussion at ARISIA 2008.
Description from the program scheudle. "Forty years after George Romero gave us
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD his zombies still walk among us in remakes, new films from Romero himself, and
astonishing recent movies from others ranging from SHAUN OF THE DEAD to 28 WEEKS LATER.
Why is the SF/horror subgenre so enduring? What are its classics and which are merely athe walking dead?"
Panel members: Michael A. Horne, Garen Daly, Tim Lieder, Adam Lipkin
Also available as an audio mp3 file

28. June 2008
Mind If We Pick Your Brraains? The Zombie Panel
June is ZOMBIE MONTH at Science Fiction Fandom !! Part 2: a panel discussion at BOSKONE 45.
Description from the program directory: "Suddenly the undead are all around us. Last year a top-selling comic featured
a zombie Spider-Man. Brad Pitt and J. Michael Straczynski are said to be bringing to life a movie of Max Brooks's zombie
apocalypse novel World War Z. The spring Zombie Walk to Harvard Square gets bigger every year.
If you know anything about this, please help us answer a few questions. Where did this zombie idea come from?
Why such staggering popularity? What do zombies really want? Hey, why are you looking at us like that?"
Panel members: Seanan McGuire, Sonya Taaffe, John Langan, Michael Swanwick & Bob Eggleton.
Also available as an audio mp3 file

29. July 2008
What is LARP, and Why Would I Want To Do It?
Panel discussion at ARISIA 08. LARP is Live Action Role Playing. Panel members give us a look into the LARP world,
what it is, how it is usually done, and where to find local (Boston area) events.
Panel members: Anna Bradley, Chad Bergeron, Mark Waks, John Bacon & Michael Ventrella.
Also available as an audio mp3 file.

30. July 2008
Part 1 .. Can't Stop The Serenity 2008 screening, Boston, MA
All around the world fans of the cancelled TV show FIREFLY get together once a year to screen the feature movie,
SERENITY, that was made continuing the story. This is a fundraiser for Joss Whedon's favorite charity EQUALITY NOW,
and local charities. In Boston the local charity was the GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK.
Part 2 .. Modern SF&F Radio Drama in New England
Panel at Arisia 08. Description from the program directory:
"Join the producers of several New England-based audio theater projects in a discussion of their work and of the mediums's
viability for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror storytelling. The panel will include the producers of 'Red Shift', 'The Fantastic Fate of
Frederick Farnsworth the Fifth', 'Second Shift' and others."
Part 2 also available as a mp3 audio file

31. August 2008
Why Don't We Believe in UFO's?
Panel at Boskone 45. Description from the program book: "Is it true that SF readers are less likely than the general public
to believe in the existence of UFOs, drive-by probes by Gray aliens, etc.? Is it that we're more scientifically informed,
or just less open-minded than we think? Is there any good evidence for these phenomena generally? Why is this stuff
not likely to be true? What evidence whould it take to convince us?
Panel members: Glenn Grant, Eric M. Van, Jennifer Dunne & F. Brett Cox
Also available as a mp3 audio file

32. August 2008
Demonstration by members of the Higgins Armoury Sword Guild:
Swordplay through the Ages
Description from the Boskone 45 Program Schedule: The sword was the weapon par excellence for hundreds of years, and the
symbol of nobility and might. During that time its techniques changed dramatically. From the subtleties of the knightly longsword to
the simplicity of the military saber, watch the HASG demonstrate authentic swordplay styles, taken from the surviving manuals of the
longsword, rapier, backsword, and saber.

33. September 2008
Firefly, The Best Series In The Verse
Panel discussion at 3 Pi-Con August 2008 in West Springfield, MA. One of the panel members is Keith R.A. DeCandito who
wrote the
novelization of the movie Serenity.
Also available as a mp3 audio file

34. September 2008
Star Trek, Does It Have A Future?
Panel discussion at 3 Pi-Con, August 2008 in West Springfield, MA.
Also available as a mp3 audio file

35. October 2008
10 Years Of StarGate
Panel discussion at Arisia 2008. Description from the Program Directory: A discussion and farewell toStarGate SG1.
How did it affect SF television? Will Stargate:Atlantis have similar long legs?
Panel members: Terri Osborne, MaryAnn Johanson & James T. Henderson Jr.
Also available as a mp3 audio file

36. October 2008
Harry Potter: Movies vs Books
Panel discussion at Arisia 2008. Description from the Program Directory: "Does knowing how the book series ends change
our anticipation for the last two films? Are there actually fans of the movie series who haven't read the books? (No spoilers
from book six or seven permitted at this panel)"
Panel members: Michael Sharrow, MaryAnn Johanson, Susan Haniford Crowley, jan howard finder (The Wombat), Resa Nelson.
Also available as a mp3 audio file

37. November 2008
Tunguska at 100
Panel discussion at BOSKONE 45. Description from the program directory: "On June 30, 1908, something leveled 2000 square
kilometers of Siberian forest, producing a fireball from the sky which knocked pine trees over like matchsticks near the
Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia. Such an explosion today over more populated areas could lay waste an entire city.
What was it? (Do we know, yet?) What are some of the older theories, and why were they discredited? How likely is a repeat?
How common are events like this? Are there any other historical records? Whould we expect there to be?"
Panel members: Chad Orzel, Jeff Hecht, and Brother Guy Consolmagno
Also available as a mp3 audio file

38. December 2008
Battlestar Galactica ENDINGS: ROLL YOUR OWN
Panel discussion at BOSKONE 45. Description from the Program Guide: "Looks like we may never get an official end to the series.
But hey, we're SF fans: we'll make one (heck, several) up. Conversation may also include but should not be limited to discussion
of how BSG is (was) the awesomist esseff teevee evah!"
Panel members: MaryAnn Johanson, Jennifer Pelland, Michael A. Burstein, Jeffrey A. Carver, and Craig Shaw Gardner
Also available as a mp3 audio file

 

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If you are a fan of Farscape or Firefly / Serenity you may enjoy listening to the podcasts:
The ScapeCast:
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The Signal:
http://www.serenityfirefly.com

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