Saturday, October 02, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
But overall the Runabout (Danube class) remains one my favorite Star Trek spaceship designs -- more than a shuttle but less than a starship. In utility the Runabout was something along the lines of Space:1999 Eagle or a Space Academy Seeker -- a kitted-up ship that could navigate deep space or land easily on alien worlds. And unlike the standard Starfleet shuttlecraft, the Runabout was a bit roomier. I even recall a briefing/dining room area (seen in the sixth season TNG episode "Timescape").
The Runabout reflects how I prefer my space adventuring: a ship without too much firepower and personnel to rely on, so characters on the frontier had to rely on their human qualities, not phaser banks, to survive and thrive.
Later in the DS9 run, the Runabout became less important as Sisko took command of the Borg-busting Defiant. I love the Defiant -- an awesome ship for wartime -- but I was sorry to see the neat, versatile Runabouts reduced so much in importance.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I'm proud and very excited to report that my latest film book, Music on Film: This is Spinal Tap, (Limelight Editions, 2010), is available as of today.
This book launches the Music on Film book series, a collection of small (100 -145 pages) volumes devoted to important film titles from cinema history.
Another upcoming entry is Music on Film: West Side Story by the great Barry Monush (Everybody's Talkin': The Top Films of 1965-1969, Screen World, etc.). And I'm already on deadline for my second contribution to the series.
But I just received my author copies MoF: This is Spinal Tap and the book is gorgeous, and beautifully presented. Limelight did a bang-up job.
Here's the official word on the book:
From The Publisher: In 1984, four comedians - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, and Harry Shearer - unleashed This Is Spinal Tap, the world's first "mock-rockumentary" and a joke that has lasted into the 21st century and inspired a generation of imitations.
Now, award-winning film journalist John Kenneth Muir (An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith) escorts the reader through a quarter-century of heavy metal laughs, offering a detailed history of the film's genesis and an up-close look at the reasons why this beloved rock-and-roll movie comedy has endured for so long, - and even met acceptance in the rock-and-roll culture it lampoons.
Features interview material with the cinematographer, editor, and some supporting cast members of This Is Spinal Tap as well as "King of Nostalgia" Joe Franklin.
About the Author: John Kenneth Muir (Charlotte, NC) is the author of Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest and Company (Applause, 2004) and The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007). He is the creator of the independent web series The House Between, which was nominated for Best Web Production in 2007 and 2008..
If you can swing it, order your copy of Music on Film: This is Spinal Tap today!