Author Archives: Elf

A glimpse of the villain in Star Trek 2!

Star Trek

The details of the next Star Trek movie have been pretty darn scarce. We don’t know who the villain will be (but we do know he’ll be played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and there are other favorite actors that are joining the cast as unnamed characters.

Because of this the speculation has been running rampant on who the major villain will be. All we’ve gotten up to this point is that it won’t be Khan and it will be one of the lesser known ones from the series.

New Casting for the Ender’s Game movie

Ender's Game

A fantastic novel!

The movie version of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game is one that is often feared and hoped for by fans. If you’re not familiar with the book (and if you aren’t you should go nab a copy today) let me explain why it is somewhat feared:

John Barrowman – Lovable Badass


We already know John Barrowman is made of awesome. Not only is he an amazing singer (yes, I have a couple of his albums…purchased long before he was Captain Jack) but the world knows and loves him as Captain Jack Harkness.

So how could he be any more amazing?

From ToplessRobot, he was entering his hotel after a show, tackled a teenage thief and held him down until the police arrived!

But that’s not the total badass part:

After that he said he wants to offer the kid a job!

I’m in awe.

Be sure to hop over and check out the details of the takedown and job offer (and the totally adorable picture of Mr. Barrowman in a kilt)!

The Horrors of Winter and an Author’s Aid

Stephen King

Stephen King

Sometimes my favorite authors and actors do things that make me extremely proud of them (and the money I spend on their items).

Stephen King has put out a call in Maine via radio for folks who are able to donate funds to help low income families with heating assistance this winter in the broadcast area. They’ve also agreed to match donations up to $70,000 which would bring the total assistance to $140,000. This request and offer is in response to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which is facing some severe cuts.

I’m sure he’ll come under criticism for not donating more or for asking other folks to donate before he matches the amount but in this humble Elf’s opinion, he’s at least doing something rather than ignore the situation in a town that he still calls home.

Kudos to you, Mr. King.

I think you’ve just inspired me to purchase your newest book.

(via Bangor Daily News)

The Phantom of the Opera is here, at the movie theater!

Phantom of the Opera

From the comfort of a local movie theater

I’m not sure how many of our readers are also Broadway fans and geeks but I figure there has to be a few of you. I certainly am a HUGE Broadway geek and last night I got the chance to see a stage production of my favorite musical from the comfort (and cheaper ticket price) of a movie theater. 

You see, it’s time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Phantom of the Opera”. While I can’t afford to travel to see it, they are doing something for the fans (or “phans” as I prefer to be called). 

Netflix does it again!


Please Sir, may I have some more?

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more consumer unfriendly, Netflix outdoes itself.

Remember back in July when we covered their announcement of the split streaming and dvd only plans? Well, your friendly neighborhood Elf waited to see if they’d respond to the public outcry but nothing came.

Until today.

Are you ready to enter Otherland?


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If you’re a sci-fi/fantasy fan and you’re a reader then you’ve probably run across the Tad Williams series of books called “Otherland’. There are 4 books in the series and the majority of the story takes place inside of a “virtual world”. I’m sure that I’m not the only person who has wished that such a virtual place existed to explore.

Good news.

In 2012 Otherland will be released.

Know Your Space Explosions!

Every now and then I’m reminded of how much of a geek I am. Last week was one such occurrence. I was watching a movie on VHS with a friend and there were previews. Not remembering what year the movie came out or what previews would be shown I was interested. The first preview showed a second or two of an explosion in space and without thinking I blurted out the name of the movie that I knew it was from. That’s right, I identified a movie from a single space explosion. Correctly. 

That’s led me to wonder how many of my fellow geeks know their space explosions just by glancing at them. So I’m going to post up a few and challenge your knowledge. No cheating by using Google or other search or reference engines. Fire up your geeky brains and see how many you get correct! (answers are at the bottom of the post!)

The Waiting Game for BBC’s Sherlock

Wrong by JollyJack

Think you'll see Sherlock this fall?

If you haven’t heard the news, you might want to break out your tissues now.

Sherlock won’t be airing series 2 until 2012.

This change was announced at the end of the re-airing of “The Great Game” on BBC. I know, I know. I got all teary as well when I read the news on Den of Geek. Still, you can’t fault them too much. They’re working around “The Hobbit” production schedule and you know they want to make each of the three 1-1/2 hour episodes as excellent as possible.

Instead we’ll have to content ourselves with re-watching the first series, perhaps alternating it with episodes of Jekyll. What will you be doing while waiting for new Sherlock to hit the airwaves?

(art used with permission by Phillip M. Jackson)

Star Trek 45th Anniversary Creation Con – One Trekkie’s Musings

Elf and the Klingons

Elf and the Klingons

This past weekend I had the chance to attend the 45th Anniversary Star Trek Creation Convention here inNashville (Thanks again, Cass!). Considering that it’s been at least 11 years since I’d been to a Creation Con (back when I was still blonde) I was curious and excited to attend. For the past 7 years the conventions I’ve attended have been along the lines of Dragon*Con and GMX. From what I remembered about the Creation Cons I went to inSan Francisco, I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that but I was still looking forward to seeing the differences.