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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Best-selling gay fiction!

The Acorn Stories (West Texas Fiction) is Number # 1 yet again!

The Kindle edition of The Acorn Stories, winner of a Pride in the Arts Award, is currently charting as follows. Those charts update constantly.

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies

#2 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Short Stories > Gay

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE ACORN UNIVERSE, 7/29/08

This week, DVD’s, Green Arrow, and More Genre TV.

DVD’s


Fans of Edge of Seventeen might enjoy The Curiosity of Chance. It uses a safe formula of teen angst plus eighties music but still manages to entertain. Sassy drag queens help too. Tad Hilgenbrinck (American Pie Presents: Band Camp, Lost Boys: The Tribe) charms as Chance. Brett Chukerman of Eating Out 2 also stars in this fun coming out film.


Speaking of Lost Boys: The Tribe, that film and Stargate Continuum both arrived on DVD today. Another direct-to-DVD sequel, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, arrives August 5. I look forward to seeing all three movies—especially Stargate Continuum—and look forward to hearing what other viewers think of them. I can guess now that I’ll love Stargate, but I hope the other two might turn into pleasant surprises.


GREEN ARROW


SciFi Wire has reported an update to rumors about a possible Green Arrow movie: Warner Aiming At Super Max? Meanwhile, on the CW, Justin Hartley will return as Green Arrow in season eight of Smallville. See the fan site JustinHartely.Net for more about the actor’s upcoming appearances.




MORE GENRE TV


The Sword of Truth TV series will begin in November with a two-hour pilot; the series already underwent a name change from Wizard’s First Rule (the name of the first novel in Terry Goodkind’s fantasy series) to Legend of the Seeker.


Eureka returns to the SciFi Channel tonight, and the episode will feature a sneak peak at the new Amanda Tapping/Robin Dunne series Sanctuary. SciFi ordered a full season of Eureka this time. However, as with Battlestar Galactica, much of the season won’t air until early 2009. Friday on SciFi, watch for the 90-minute season finale of Doctor Who, followed by a new episode of Stargate Atlantis.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE ACORN UNIVERSE, 7/22/08

This week, Witchblade, Gay DVD’s, Gay Love.

WITCHBLADE

SciFi Wire reports that Michael Rymer will direct Witchblade. The new film version of the comic isn’t related to TNT’s Witchblade TV series. Rymer, a director and producer for Battlestar Galactica, recently completed the SciFi Channel pilot Revolution.

GAY DVD’S

My quick thoughts on some new or recent DVD’s follow. Watch here for a link to my detailed review of In The Closet. Long films, short review—short film, long review; it’s almost like irony.

2 Minutes Later, a new film from Robert Gaston, feels like a pilot for a TV series, though definitely not commercial TV. While this suspense movie only becomes truly suspenseful in a few scenes, it provides plenty of humor and eye candy.

In the Blood, another gay thriller, goes for creepiness, and finds it. This movie relies heavily on atmosphere and violent imagery, crossing into the realm of horror, or supernatural thriller. It involves a gay man who wants to protect his sister from a campus killer. I enjoyed In the Blood, but I probably wouldn’t watch it repeatedly, after learning the plot twists.



Back Soon, a film I mentioned here recently, also involves supernatural elements. Gay-film fave Matthew Montgomery (Socket) plays a man whose life intertwines with a stranger’s life, at a time of change. This is a nice, quiet, love story, with a little bit of action and a lot of heart.

Montgomery also recently appeared in the gay romantic comedy Long-Term Relationship. The comedy doesn’t always work, but the romance definitely makes Long-Term Relationship worth the short-term commitment of watching.

Some upcoming DVD releases: I Dreamt Under the Water, Oh Happy Day, Torchwood: The Complete Second Season, Derek, and Will & Grace: The Complete Series Set.

GAY LOVE

Essays and poems from Holding Me Together continue to garner attention in the blogosphere. Mc Dull and Darby’s blog looks at the meaning of the gay love poem Home.

Monday, July 14, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE ACORN UNIVERSE, 7/14/08

This week, Hellboy, Genre Writing, Worried, Judas Kiss.


HELLBOY, MEET BATMAN

According to the Associated Press, Hellboy II: The Golden Army took in about $35.9 million during its first weekend, making it the top movie in a genre-heavy box office. I haven’t seen it yet, but I love the original! Advance reviews for The Dark Knight, however, make it sound like the ultimate summer movie for 2008.


GENRE WRITING

I just read about a new project for writers of gay-themed scifi, fantasy, and horror, Collective Fallout Magazine. That blog includes details and submission guidelines.


WORRIED

I’m currently writing Worried: A Science Fiction Adventure, a stand-alone sequel to my gay-themed novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. A rough draft of Worried Chapter 1 appears at WEbook.


JUDAS KISS

Brent Corrigan has joined the cast of Judas Kiss, an upcoming gay-themed film, directed by his In The Closet co-star J. T. Tepnapa. The site includes production notes, as well as an on-line comic based on the film.



Duane Simolke co-wrote The Acorn Gathering and The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE ACORN UNIVERSE, 7/8/08
This week, scifi TV, YouTube, Kindle, and Star Trek.

SUMMER SCIENCE FICTION TV

Stargate Atlantis begins its fifth season this Friday on SciFi, after Doctor Who. Atlantis ended its fourth season with much of the cast apparently dead. Actually, Amanda Tapping really left as a series regular, because of her role on the upcoming series Sanctuary. But the cliffhanger last season should lead into another exciting season of Atlantis! Hopefully, the rampant cast changes (past, present, and apparently future) won’t hinder the series.

Of course, cast changes also plague Doctor Who. Rose is back but not really in our universe; Jack and Martha keep stopping by then leaving; the Doctor now has a daughter but thinks she’s dead (but he no longer thinks Jack is dead); and it sounds like Donna (Catherine Tate) might soon meet her doom. Somehow, though, the show still remains engaging.

Doctor Who fans might enjoy Catherine Tate’s zany role in the new British import Love and Other Disasters. Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys (the gay brother of Brothers and Sisters), and Santiago Carbrera (the prophetic painter of Heroes) also appear in that enjoyable, gay-friendly comedy.

Speaking of Brits, the British scifi series Primeval premieres Saturday, August 9, on BBC America. The show, which I mentioned here before, involves tears in the fabric of time, bringing humans into the past and dinosaurs into the present. I’m still looking forward to seeing it.

Eureka begins its third season on July 29. Cast members say to look for a return to the lighter tone of the first season.


VIDEOS AND E-BOOKS

My video Gay Pride has now surpassed 3000 views at YouTube. Gay Love Poem is currently at 5,762 views.

My Kindle e-books Degranon: A Gay-Themed Science Fiction Adventure and The Acorn Stories both reached the top five in Kindle Gay Fiction this week.

STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE

The interactive attraction Star Trek: The Experience will close after September 1. Interactive rides, a museum, a store, Quark’s Bar and Restaurant, and the occasional wedding attracted Trekkies and Trekkers to the Las Vegas Hilton for the past eleven years. Oh well, there’s still that new Star Trek movie coming up.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hit Gay SciFi!

Degranon: A Gay-Themed Science Fiction Adventure (Kindle Version) is currently charting as follows. Kindle charts update constantly.

#4 in Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian
#22 in Kindle Books > Science Fiction > Adventure
#62 in Kindle Books > Fiction > Action & Adventure

In Kindle Gay Fiction, Degranon trails three hot-selling novels:
#1: No Irish Need Apply, by Edward C. Patterson
#2: Michael Tolliver Lives, by Armistead Maupin
#3: Band Fags, by Frank Anthony Polito

Degranon is the first book in the Sons of Taldra, a series of novels about the twin gay sons of a brilliant scientist.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Acorn Stories is #1 again!

After my earlier post today, the Kindle edition of The Acorn Stories, winner of a Pride in the Arts Award, went up the Amazon charts as follows. Those charts update constantly.

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian

#1 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Short Stories > Gay

#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies
The Kindle edition of The Acorn Stories, winner of a Pride in the Arts Award, is currently charting as follows. Those charts update constantly.

#2 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Short Stories > Gay

#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies

#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian


In the category Gay>Short Stories, the only book passing The Acorn Stories is once again Brokeback Mountain.

Read reviews of The Acorn Stories at Kirkus, Amazon.Com, bn.com (2nd edition reviews), and bn.com (1st edition).

The Acorn Stories, an interconnected collection of West Texas tales, also led to a spin-off, The Acorn Gathering.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Click List: Ultimate Queer Videos

Passing videos by Culture Club, Scissor Sisters, Queen, George Michael, Mellissa Etheridge, Telling On Trixie, and many other artists, a scifi-themed video topped The Click List: Ultimate Queer Videos, last Sunday night on Logo. The video is of Ari Gold’s song “Where The Music Takes You.”

According to a description with Logo’s online posting of the video, “In the future, Ari Gold rules the world with an iron, club-banging fist. From his new album, Transport Systems, Ari's got the masses shaking their animated booties.” Visit The Click List: Ultimate Queer Videos to see all the videos, which Logo fans chose.

Science Fiction for Gay Readers.
The Stargate site Gateworld has posted the tribute Don S. Davis: 1942-2008. The article, which chronicles the actor’s career, reveals that Davis had left his weekly role of General Hammond on Stargate SG-1 because of health problems. Davis passed away June 29, 2008.

It took the impressive Beau Bridges to create a character who could fill the void Davis left on SG-1. Still, Stargate fans will always remember General Hammond and the actor who played him. Davis was 65. One of his final performances will appear in the movie Stargate Continuum.

Gateworld also includes an interesting teaser, Wright: Stargate Universe news may be close. Stargate Universe, if it happens, would become the third live action Stargate TV series.