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Jul 25

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 69 – Our Interview with Christof Laputka from the Leviathan Chronicles


 

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On the menu tonight: What do you want on the menu?

On our menu tonight, we interview Christof Laputka from the Leviathan Chronicles.  We also discuss the future of Dollhouse and what is going on with Warehouse 13.  We also discuss the rumors about CN9.  Miles discusses Star Trek 12 and the real Enterprise.  Christof Laputka gives us his top five soundtracks in the SciFi Five in Five.

 

Our Interview:

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All about Christof the author of Leviathan Chronicles

Christof Laputka was born and raised in New York City and loved every second of it. Despite having a career in the financial world, Laputka managed to find time to write short stories, essays, and generally let his imagination wander to the world’s most hidden places and commune with the wildest characters on Earth.

Science fiction is his first love. Laputka grew up on classic sci-fi TV like Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. After embracing his utter geekdom, he discovered podcasting and through it was the coolest way to deliver his message of a dark future with heroic people.

Laputka is also an aspiring travel writer and has hop-scotched around the world trying to find the coolest places for his characters to hide, villians to plot, and adventures to be had. Most of the places featured in The Leviathan Chronicles are based on real locations where the author spent time (with the exception of some of the secret bases). Laputka looks forward to spending the rest of his life exploring every inch of the globe and creating the coolest stories to blow your mind.

Laputka has blogged about his journey around the world on his website, To Boldly Go (http://web.mac.com/claputka/To_Boldly_Go/). He is also finishing a comedic novel called “The Underwear Incident”, describing his crazy years on Wall Street.

 

Show News/Listener Feedback:

 

  • Hello Gentlemen, I have been a “trekker” for years but have never considered going to a convention until now. Thanks for the excellent videocasts from Shore Leave.  I have decided that I have to make it to a convention some day. I especially enjoyed Ed and his Droid.  It is a bit of a scary thought, but when Ed makes a working Lightsaber, I want his e-mail address!  I wish I had the time and talent, not to mention the money, to make models like that! Keep up the great work guys! Qa’plah! – Kahless –
  • Kevin Bacheleder feedback about the top ten list!
  • Dan fromArizona writes Thanks for the Great Podcast

 

Trivia:

This Week’s Trivia:

Question: True or False: William Rikker from Star Trek The Next Generation appeared on Deep Space Nine.

Answer: False

The Prize: The Starship Farragut Animated Series DVD

Winner: Herne

 

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TV News:

 

Dollhouse continues in graphic novel form

You can get the book included with pre-orders and early copies of the season 2 DVD. It’s written by Jed and Maurissa, and will rock your tiny but lovable heart.

Warehouse 13

 

Movie News:

The new Wachowski sci-fi film CN9? Here’s why it’s called CN9

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We’re hoping that CN9, the new film from the Wachowskis, ends up more like The Matrix than Speed Racer. We’re hoping that it treats its subject—the relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi in a near-future sci-fi setting—in a Hurt Locker kind of way rather than exploitatively. But meanwhile, we’re also struggling to understand what the frak the title means!

According to worstpreviews, the Wachowskis are already casting what will be a “hard R” movie, with no word yet on when filming will begin.

But what does CN9 stand for?

The site speculates that the term may refer to the ninth cranial nerve, which is a glossopharyngeal nerve related to the tongue and the pharynx. We have no idea whether that’s the take the Wachowskis intend, or how they’d spin it in a sci-fi way, but it certainly has us thinking.

What do YOU think CN9 could mean?

Star Wars Subway Car – Thanks to Don

 

For our latest mission, we staged a reenactment of the first Princess Leia / Darth Vader scene from Star Wars on a New York City subway car. The white walls and sliding doors on the train reminded us of the rebel ship from the movie, and we thought it would be fun to see how people would react to a surprise appearance by the iconic characters. We spread out the actors along the train line, staging it so they would enter the right car at the right time. Enjoy the video first and then go behind-the-scenes with the photos and report below.

The TWIST :

According To Bruce Greenwood; Star Trek XII Shooting To Begin In January 2011 reported by subspace comm, full story on Hollywood.com

Bruce Greenwood was in attendance for the premiere of his new movie ” Dinner For Schmucks” and let slip the filming date for Star Trek XII.  Hollywood.com was there for the exclusive interview and asked Bruce what he knew about the sequel and whether or not we would see Captain Pike’s return.

Is there anything that you can tell us about Star Trek 2?

I just know that the plan is to film it in January, more than that, I don’t know.

But you are in it right?

I hope, I hope…

We loved Captain Pike and would love to see him again…

I’m hustling for it…we’ll see…

(source Hollywood.com)

We also loved Bruce as Captain Pike.  Although short, his on screen dialog with Chris Pine was pure Trek magic and we would hope for his return in the sequel.  Well, as long as he can give us more than one beep for yes and two beeps for no.

Check out the full article at Hollywood.com

 

 

VSS Enterprise Embarks On It’s First Crewed Flight

 

Virgin Galactic’s flagship vessel, aptly named Enterprise, embarked on it’s first crewed flight July 15th.  The ship remained attached to it’s mothership VMS Eve for the duration of the 6hr 12min flight.  Crew members Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury evaluated all of the spaceship’s systems and functions from end to end in the air.

According to the Virgin Galactic website, the mission was a success or as they reported, “objectives achieved”.  With the VSS Enterprise announcement last year revealing it’s iconic name, Virgin Galactic has been on roll completing Enterprise’s first captive carry flight in March of this year.  VSS Enterprise is the first in a planned series of commercial spacecraft that will ferry tourists into suborbital flight, the first of it’s kind, and then return gliding to Earth and landing in the New Mexico desert.

Born out of the Ansari X PRISE and Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, VSS Enterprise earned it’s name from Trek and is a close cousin to the X PRISE winning spaceship, SpaceShipOne, which now resides in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

Virgin Galactic is a company within Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group which plans to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public, along with suborbital space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Further in the future Virgin Galactic hopes to offer orbital human spaceflights as well. (wikipedia)

The SciFi Five in Five:

From Christof Laputka: The Top Five SciFi Soundtracks

  1. Dune
  2. Bladerunner
  3. Star Wars
  4. Flash Gordon
  5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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