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The Greatest Show In the Galaxy #3

Category: Comics, Films, Science Fiction
published September 15th, 2006

Welcome to the third weekly installment of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, celebrating science fiction and fantasy in all its forms. The quality of the submissions this week was extremely high, but promotion of the carnival obviously remains a problem.


The Hermit presents Advocating advocacy posted at The Ziggurat of Doom. The Hermit presents the case for special interests groups rating science fiction films. At first glance it may look like you’ve wandered into a political discussion, but read on, it will all make sense.

For myself I can see the advantage of ratings that give a good indication of the films content, but I remain highly suspicious of most groups who set themselves up in that sort of role.

Paul Raven / Armchair Anarchist presents Has science fiction gone future-blind? posted at Velcro City Tourist Board, saying, "Electronic book readers are popping up like mushrooms in autumn; the music industry is reeling from its failures to stem the tide of filesharing in reaction to restrictive DRM; technology is marching forwards ever faster to a world where all content is digital. So why is it that science fiction, the genre of tech nerds and future freaks, seems to be ignoring these developments completely?"

It’s been said that we are already living in the future. If that’s the case then why are science fiction authors (not all to be fair) so reluctant to tackle some of the most common issues that the future has thrown at us? My own guess would be because the topic just isn’t “sexy” enough. But I’m in a cynical mood today.

Written Word

John D. presents Which Authors Are You Neglecting? posted at John D. I’m an avid reader, but given that these days I can really only find time to read about one book a week, I went into this article expecting to come off pretty poorly. There are many, many authors (particularly newer ones) who I haven’t got to yet.

Surprisingly I found that I actually had read many of the authors on the list and was able to give myself a pat on the back from my literaryness (it’s not a word, but it should be I think). There are several I haven’t read though (Brian Stableford and Dan Simmons to name but two. Actually I think that this would be an excellent meme. Check off the people you have read and then add as many again that you haven’t read?


As always I’m going to finish by highlighting one of my own posts. This week I’d like to point you towards Comic Book Continuity, Important Or Not, where I foolishly tread on the sacred ground of comic book continuity and look at how important it really is (or isn’t).

That concludes this edition of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. As always I’m looking for submissions for next week’s edition, but I’m also interested in suggestions from people on how to further promote the carnival. I’m thinking I need to engage in an outreach program of some sort to other science fiction blogs. Once the carnival reaches a certain level of participation I think it will be self-sustaining and at that point I’d like to open up the hosting so that the carnival will travel around to different blogs.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy using our carnival submission form.

The Greatest Show In The Galaxy Carnival Archive

  1. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, A Sci-Fi Carnival
  2. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy #1
  3. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy #2
  4. The Greatest Show In the Galaxy #3
  5. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy #4
  6. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy #5
  7. The Greatest Show In The Galaxy #6
Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his his website

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September 11th, 2006 -

Thanks for the reminder — especially since I missed it last week! :)

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September 12th, 2006 -

Don’t worry John, I’ve got your submission lined up for this week instead.

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September 16th, 2006 -

Greatest Show…

The Greatest Show In the Galaxy #3 » Solar Flare: Science Fiction News It makes up for quantity with quality, which is generally more important anyway.


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