All Hail the Hack Writer – Especially This Hack Writer

The 6 Most Important Sci-Fi Ideas (Were Invented by a Hack) – by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is credited as one of the most influential science fiction books ever written, having introduced ideas like super-advanced aliens coming to Earth and said aliens hating the shit out of us and trying to wipe us out. Even though it was published as a novel all the way back in 1898, it’s seen as the blueprint for every alien invasion blockbuster released more than a century later. This article isn’t about that book.

In the same year, a writer named Garrett P. Serviss crapped out an unauthorized sequel to Wells’ book called Edison’s Conquest of Mars, in which famed inventor Thomas Edison turns the tables on the aliens from The War of the Worlds by flying to Mars and killing all of them with his revenge boner — it’s the Victorian-era equivalent of shameless straight-to-DVD crapfests like Transmorphers and Titanic II.

Also, it was one of the most revolutionary sci-fi novels ever written.

That’s right — many fundamental elements of science fiction as we know it can be tracked back to this cheap knockoff, not the classic it was ripping off. Like …

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Rayguns!

Handheld disintegrators!

Spacesuits!

Space battles!

“Reverse the polarity!”

Space mining!

Aliens built the pyramids!

Aliens abducted people!

It’s all there in one book nobody ever heard of, by a writer whose name is…huh? If we didn’t know better we’d swear Cracked.Com was spoofing us. But we clicked on the article’s Edison’s Conquest of Mars link and guess what? An entire ebook is there, at the Project Gutenberg site.

We luv you, Garrett P. Serviss

An Unauthorized, Way Cool Stop-Motion Batman Video

“Batman: Dark Knightfall” is a Batman fan made stop-motion animation directed by Derek Kwok and Henri Wong of Parabucks Co. using Batman action figures made and sold by Hot Toys.

We’ve loved stop-motion ever since do we really have to say? okay, okay the GUMBY reruns of our childhood. This, though, is better than GUMBY – much.

And the toys are kinda better than the crap cheapo Gumby toys too. (Are Gumby toys even made anymore? Can we be sued?)

Hey, It’s the Doctor Who Puppet

…What else can we say?

I’m back! I had a busy week of traveling around New York, including a visit to the Eastern tip of Long Island. I explored the beach and met some of the local wildlife. Crabs are lovely creatures, though they do get cross when you pick them up. I may have been pinched a few times.

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Exactly What We Want to Hear, But Can We Believe It?

The closest thing we’ve ever heard to a television exec telling the truth was when a certain ABC V.P. sighed and told the showrunner of a very popular ABC show, “Okay, go ahead and do it your way. But if anyone asks I’ll say I told you not to.”

And, yes, the executive did just that, with the showrunner standing beside him.

Still, though, we want to believe what execs like the guy below say. Especially when they say things like this:

“Smart Is The New Mainstream” For TV, ABC Entertainment’s Paul Lee Says

By DAVID LIEBERMAN
“Storytelling itself has changed becuse [sic] our viewers have changed,” ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said this morning at his opening presentation for the Banff World Media Festival in Canada. ”Smart is the new mainstream….If the message of 20 years ago was famously never over-estimate the intelligence of the public, I think the message of today should be never under-estimate the intelligence of the public.”