Source: C. Robert Cargill at film.com
One of my favorite parts of travelling to Minnesota for sci-fi/fantasy/comic book conventions is a room run by the Minnesota Browncoats, a group of diehard Firefly fans who decorate hotel rooms into spot-on replicas of the Serenity galley. They have a beautiful fiddle player who, dressed as a member of the crew, plays the many songs from the Firefly canon as the rest of the crew hands out leaflets with lyrics and leads the visitors in song. It’s a fantastic experience that captures and illustrates both the magic of Firefly and the love present in its fandom. For them, and those of you now wishing you could experience things like the browncoats’ galley for yourself, there is a new book: Firefly: Still Flying.
Firefly: Still Flying is a collection of essays, production art, biographies, and supplemental bits of fun that manages to perfectly capture the spirit and essence of Firefly. The show, a healthy mix of adventure and comedy, had its own sense of style — and, sadly, had far too short a life on television. Getting new bits, even fragments, of that magic is really something special — which is why I am so fond of this book.
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June Books: Airships, smart bombs, and a rampaging Kraken!
June brings speculative fiction for every taste. Priest returns to the world of Boneshaker, and Miéville offers up a giant-squid epic. And whet your scifi appetite with some adventurous new short stories.
Clementine, Cherie Priest (Subterranean Press)
Cherie Priest returns to the steampunk world of her Hugo-nominated Boneshaker with this new novel about two dangerous, notorious, and thoroughly American characters. Mara Isabella Boyd, a former actress and Confederate spy turned Pinkerton detective, is charged with seeing the airship Clementine deliver its cargo safely, but former slave/current sky-pirate Croggon Hainey wants his property back. But there’s bigger game afoot, and the two quickly find themselves on the same side. Shady postbellum types have been an American trope since Jesse James, but it should be a blast to see what the ultra-sharp Priest does with it.
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