May 05

SciFi Diner Podcast 300 – Our Wonder Woman Rant and The 300

 Tonight’s Menu: We rant on Wonder Woman and why the marketing is so terrible; we celebrate the 300 by reviewing the 300; and we share some thoughts by some listeners.

SciFi Diner Podcast 300 – Our Wonder Woman Rant and The 300

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles

 

Apr 05

SciFi Diner Podcast 299 – Our Interview with Michael Jan Friedman (Star Trek Novelist)

 

Tonight’s Menu: We share our interview with Star Trek Novelist Michael Jan Friedman; we also talk Shore Leave, Star Trek Discovery Captain,  and Spiderman.

SciFi Diner Podcast 299 – Our Interview with Michael Jan Friedman (Star Trek Novelist)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles

Michael Jan Friedman

Michael Jan Friedman  is a New York City born American author of nearly sixty books of fiction and nonfiction, more than half of which are in licensed tie-in products of the Star Trek franchise. Ten of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television, radio, more than 150 comic books, most of them for DC Comics.

From Michael’s about his new Kickstarter:

Short is Good

“Cabal and Other Irresponsible Invocations of The Muse” is my first book of short fiction. It’s got all the kinds of stories I’ve become known for in books, in comics, and on TV–fantasy, science fiction, and super hero tales.

It’s funny…until recently, I never felt compelled to write short stories. My natural inclination has always been to write full-length novels. If somebody was editing an anthology and they invited me to contribute, sure, I did that, and I invariably enjoyed it. But left to my own devices, I instinctively turned everything into an epic.

Then, about a year ago, I was kicking around a story called Cabal. We’ve all seen comic book heroes fighting teams of villains bent on taking them down for nefarious purposes, right? Well, in Cabal, I wanted to turn that notion on its ear. I wanted the team trying to take down the super-powered character to have only the best intentions. Then, as the story unfolded, we would find out if they were right or wrong to have those intentions.

And it would be a novel, of course. Because that’s what I’d always written. But Cabal didn’t want to be a novel. It wanted to be something shorter than that. I was flummoxed–flummoxed, I tell ya. But like any experienced writer, I knew better than to argue with my story. And that was how Cabal became a novella.

So great, I had a novella on my hands. Unfortunately, the market for novellas is a tricky one. I could have just made an e-book out of Cabal but, you know, I like the idea of holding a book in my hands. And it just so happened that I had other story ideas that I’d been kicking around, and the more I thought about them the more I realized they didn’t want to be novels either.

Eventually, I gave in. Short stories they yearned to be and short stories they would become. Which, in the end, turned out just fine…because I really like the work I’m doing in these stories. I’m proud of it. From top to bottom, these tales are as good as any novel I’ve ever written. (Better, maybe.)

But don’t take it from me. You be the judge. After all, you’re the one I’m writing for.

So, besides Cabal…what’s in this book?

* In The Speaker of Verse, a prequel to my Aztlan series of 21st-century Aztec Empire murder mysteries, a young Maxtla Colhua investigates the murder of a highly regarded educator.

* In The Scales of Justice, an untested advocate tries to right an old wrong in The City of A Thousand Gods.

* In Headless, a crewman aboard a starship does his best to persevere without a critical portion of his anatomy.

* In Behind Every Great Enhanced Being, the mothers of teenaged interplanetary heroes clash as only mothers can.

* In Connections, a woman with remarkable intellectual powers finally appears to have met her match.

* In The Wall…yeah, that Wall…we scale a possible future in a reality you just might recognize. 

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Mar 17

SciFi Diner Podcast 298 – Our Interview with Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse & Agent Carter)

Tonight’s Menu: We share our interview with Enver Gjokaj from dollhouse and Agent Carter; we also talk Joco Cruise, Farpoint, Wonder Woman, The Matrix, and Batman.

SciFi Diner Podcast 298 – Our Interview with Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse & Agent Carter)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles

Enver Gjokaj

Enver Leif Gjokaj (/ˈɛnvɛər ˈk/; en-vair joh-ky born February 12, 1980) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Victor in Joss Whedon’s science fiction television series Dollhouse and as Agent Daniel Sousa on Agent Carter.

Gjokaj was born in Orange County, California. His father is Albanian, and his mother is American. Gjokaj has an older brother named Bekim and an identical twin brother named Demir. Both Gjokaj and his brother attended Amador High School, in Sutter Creek, California, where Gjokaj participated in multiple plays and variety shows. Gjokaj graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, he was a semi-finalist for Tisch’s Vilar Global Fellows Program, a Rhodes Scholar–style program in the Arts. In 2002, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Berkeley.

On March 26, 2008, it was announced that Gjokaj had won the role as Victor on Dollhouse. His character, whose real name is Anthony Ceccoli, is an “Active” (or “doll”) inside the Dollhouse, taking on multiple personalities through the process of highly technological imprinting of memories. His identical twin brother Demir guest starred alongside Gjokaj in a dream sequence in a second season episode of Dollhouse.

Gjokaj has appeared in the films The Express alongside Dennis Quaid, Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon, and Eagle Eye opposite Shia LaBeouf. Prior to his series regular role on Dollhouse, he appeared in the made-for-TV film Filthy Gorgeous and also had a recurring role on the television series The Book of Daniel. He also guest starred in episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Community and The Unit.

In 2012, Gjokaj cameoed in The Avengers (directed by Joss Whedon) as a policeman involved in the relief effort during the final battle in New York City.

From 2015 to 2016, Gjokaj played S.S.R. agent Daniel Sousa in Agent Carter.

Gjokaj also moonlights as an inventor and was granted a patent for a “Focusing system for motion picture camera” in 2012.

 

Feb 28

SciFi Diner Podcast 297 – Taking Shore Leave with Dr. Star Trek (Larry Nemecek)

Tonight’s Menu: Miles chats with Dr. Star Trek at Shore Leave 38; Scott and Miles discuss Iron Fist, Teen Titans, Supergirl, why we won’t be getting Voyager and Deep Space Nine on Bluray, and Star Trek Discovery News.

SciFi Diner Podcast 297 – Taking Shoreleave with Dr. Star Trek (Larry Nemecek)

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Larry Nemecek

MV5BMTQ0NTE3ODE1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc1ODcxMzE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Larry Nemecek (born January 18, 1959) is an American Star Trek author, actor, editor, archivist, consultant, interviewer and producer, first widely known thanks to his classic best-seller “Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion” from Pocket Books. He has portrayed Dr. McCoy in the Star Trek Continues web series episodes “Pilgrim of Eternity” and “Lolani” and remains as the series’ Creative Consultant.

Nemecek has recently launched the pioneering Portal 47 monthly deep-dive features for Star Trek fans, and is filming a documentary, “The Con of Wrath,” about the infamous true-life Ultimate Fantasy arena show and convention in 1982 Houston — known as perhaps Star Trek’s “most glorious failure.” Under the Trekland banner, he hosts the online Trek interview series series “Switching to Visual”, and has produced five annual editions in the digitally remastered “On Speaker” archival series, themed from his original interviews with producers and crew during the years of the modern Trek TV era. He is married to onetime script coordinator Janet Nemecek.

Nemecek’s more recent franchise work is the non-fiction “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography” guidebook and map set from 47North (Amazon). He also wrote the chapter openers and other research for Star Trek: Star Charts – a 2003 Pocket Books reunion of sorts with onetime colleague Geoffrey Mandel after they had earlier joined on the 1980 “Star Trek Maps” (Bantam), and self-published material just prior. Along with two updates of the TNG “Companion” in 1995 and in 2003, his text commentary also appeared in the CD version.

Since 1986, Nemecek has conducted over 500 archival interviews of Star Trek writers, designers, crew and actors, most of them multiple or annual updates over the years and unpublished. Remastered segments are now being digitally produced under his own brand as Trekland: On Speaker. He has appeared as a documentary guest on titles such as Trek Nation, The Green Girl, The Captains of The Final Frontier and numerous installments of the TNG and Enterprise Blu-ray collection documentaries.

In December 1994, after moving to Los Angeles from his native Oklahoma, Nemecek and his wife Janet pitched and sold a story, “Reflections,” for the yet-to-air series Star Trek: Voyager. It went unused for six years before being updated and written as “Prophecy,” an episode for Star Trek: Voyager in its final season in 2001.

Nemecek co-wrote The Making of Star Trek: First Contact, published by Titan Books in the UK from material he, Ian Spelling and Lou Anders wrote for Titan’s magazine specials on the film. He authored the original 1998 museum artifact placards and the 2002 timeline update in the museum area of Star Trek: The Experience, and was a consultant there as well as on such projects as the Star Trek: Federation Science European tour and the Star Trek World Tour guidebooks and image references. He has been a guest at dozens of Star Trek and sci-fi/comic conventions in the U.S. and eight other countries, and also spoken at science museums here and in Germany on Star Trek stars vs. real stars.

From 1998 until 2005, after publication of the TNG Companion, Nemecek served as managing editor of Star Trek Communicator, overseeing the planning, writers, content and look of the licensed magazine of the Official Star Trek Fan Club, sold on newsstands. He has been a regular columnist in Star Trek Magazine since 1997, and contributed dozens of articles to Star Trek Fact Files, for which he worked all six years as Los Angeles photo editor and consultant. The topics researched and obscure references and sources tracked fueled the work of the UK-based Fact Files, later seen in the US as Star Trek: The Magazine.

He was also the sole Star Trek-affiliated contributor to Star Trek: Best Episode Collection, a Fact Files/DVD partwork project for Japan, and continues his two columns for Star Trek Magazine.

For many years, Nemecek was a contributor and producer on the official Star Trek website. In 1996, he was its first-ever chat guest, its managing editor one day a week, and from 1996-99 wrote much of its early database as a consultant. In December 2007, however, on his latter-day stint with the site, he and the entire StarTrek.com production team were laid off by CBS Interactive, the result of restructuring at the company.[5]

Outside the Star Trek realm, Nemecek holds a theatre and communications BA from East Central University in Ada, OK, and an MA in theatre/directing from the University of Kansas. He spent over 10 years in weekly and daily print journalism as a beat reporter, wire editor and finally entertainment editor of The Norman Transcript, sharing with colleagues two first-place Associated Press state news awards in spot news and public service reporting. A Norman native, graduate of Noble High School in adjacent Noble, OK, and a lifelong fan of fellow Oklahoman and humorist-turned-actor Will Rogers, he has been a docent at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in greater Los Angeles since 2002. As a Star Trek fan in his home state since his teens, he worked committee on the non-profit Soonercon charity sci-fi fan convention after graduate school, and founded the Trek-focused non-profit ThunderCon media fan convention in 1991.

In 1990, the shuttle Nenebek, featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Final Mission,” was named in his honor by Jeri Taylor. She had not yet met him but, like other writing staffers, had his fanzine concordances on her desk. She did not think to tell him the story until 1998.

In 2002, Nemecek was interviewed for the bonus features (Star Trek Moments and Memories) on the original Season 7 DVD for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He spoke again in interviews for the new 20th anniversary DVD set for TNG in 2007, serving as Special Consultant on the overall project, and appeared again in several editions of new documentary pieces for the 2012-16 CBS Blu-ray releases of both TNG and Enterprise, and for the new Kirk-era motion picture sets. He also teamed up with DS9 show runner Ira Steven Behr on a commentary track for the Blu-ray edition of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 2008, and led round-table discussions on each of the four TNG films for their Blu-ray debut release that same year.

In 2005, Nemecek appeared with other cameo guests and crew in “These Are the Voyages…”, the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. His costume was a reuse of Avery Brooks’ suit from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Far Beyond the Stars”. Nemecek recounted his experience filming the episode in his “Endgame” column in Star Trek Magazine issue 124.

As an actor, Nemecek also portrayed Dr. McCoy in the “Operation: Annihilate!” webisode of The Red Shirt Diaries. Roles related to Star Trek also included two episodes of the fan film Star Trek: New Voyages, in 2004 and 2006, and in the “lost” 2005/2011 vignette No-Win Scenario as a Tellarite, Grolst.

Feb 09

SciFi Diner Podcast 296- Remembering Richard Hatch (Our Interview with the Battlestar Galactica Star)

Tonight’s Menu: Miles and Scott remember Richard Hatch and share the interview they did with him.

SciFi Diner Podcast 296- Remembering Richard Hatch (Our Interview with the Battlestar Galactica Star)

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles

Richard Hatch

Richard Lawrence Hatch (May 21, 1945 – February 7, 2017) was an American actor, writer, and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

Hatch led an effort to revive the series. However, his vision was ultimately passed over in favor of Ronald D. Moore’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in which Hatch guest starred as Tom Zarek.

 

 

Jan 24

SciFi Diner Podcast 295 – John Noble (Fringe, Elementary, Transformers, Lord of the Rings, and Sleepy Hollow)

Tonight’s Menu: Miles and M play the “Name-that-Musical-Score” game; we also discuss Star Trek Discovery news, Chewbacca’s violent side; X-files in 2018, and the History of SciFi series. We also share our interview with John Noble from Shore Leave 38.

SciFi Diner Podcast 295 – John Noble (Fringe, Elementary, Transformers, Lord of the Rings, and Sleepy Hollow)
A Shore Leave 38 Interview

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

John Noble

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John Noble (born 20 August 1948) is an Australian actor and theatre director of more than 80 plays. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Walter Bishop in the American Fox science fiction television series Fringe, and Henry Parrish in the Fox action-horror series Sleepy Hollow. His most high-profile film role was as Denethor in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also provided the voice of the DC Comics supervillain Scarecrow in the 2015 video game Batman: Arkham Knight, where his character served as the main antagonist. In 2015, he joined the main cast of the television series Elementary as Sherlock Holmes’s father. He was also cast as a doctor in the Australian TV series All Saints.He played Russian Consul Anatoly Markov in the sixth season of the American television series 24. In 2011, he appeared as Real Estate tycoon Leland Monroe in Rockstar’s video game L.A. Noire. He is also the voice of Unicron for the television show Transformers: Prime and its conclusion film.

 

 

Jan 03

SciFi Diner Podcast 294 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie Review with Dayton Ward

Tonight’s Menu: We discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  We are joined by Star Trek Author Dayton Ward and Kiefer.

SciFi Diner Podcast 294 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie Review with Dayton Ward

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, M., Dayton Ward, and Kiefer.

 

Dayton Ward

Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, and the Star Trek novels Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Elusive Salvation, Armageddon’s Arrow, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.

Dec 29

SciFi Diner Podcast 293 – SciFi in Review 2016

Tonight’s Menu: Looking back we discuss: The Lost in Space Reboot, Star Trek Discovery, The Axanar Lawsuit, the Dune remake, two huge fantasy series optioned to movies, the return of Harry Potter, Coder Barbie, VR headsets, and M tries to make Jim Arrowood mad.

SciFi Diner Podcast 293 – SciFi in Review 2016

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

 

 

Dec 15

SciFi Diner Podcast 292 – Our Doctor Strange Review

Tonight’s Menu: We discuss Doctor Strange.  Sorry for the delay.  Mac issues.

SciFi Diner Podcast 292 – Our Doctor Strange Review

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

 

 

Nov 11

SciFi Diner Podcast 291 – Listener Feedback Show: Jim Arrowood’s Space Pants, Reactions to Avatar 2 News, and More.

Tonight’s Menu: Listener’s respond to Avatar 2 News and discuss why we show have like Terminator Genesys.

SciFi Diner Podcast 291 – Listener Feedback Show: Jim Arrowood’s Space Pants, Reactions to Avatar 2 News, and More.

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

 

 

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