April 26, 2017: Name the Dark Matter season finale!

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Over the past two seasons, you, the fans, have helped shape the show.  You’ve weighed in on everything from concept designs to episode titles and, today, your opinion counts more than ever as we seek to name the Dark Matter season 3 finale.

As in previous polls, I’m offering up a choice of three potential titles – all of them pieces of dialogue from the episode in question.  You may not know exactly what these words refer to given the lack of context, but each and every line offers up a hint of what’s to come.  In the ensuing weeks, I’ll go back and review the dialogue clues for every season 3 episode and maybe offer up a few more tantalizing tidbits of what awaits in the coming months.

But, first things first.  Choose your favorite season 3 finale title from amongst the following…

Polls close in 24 hours, so get…

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April 25, 2017: The Farewell Tour has begun!

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This is the time of year when I put on the pounds.  Between show wrap and my return to Vancouver, it’s about four weeks packed with goodbye lunches and dinners.  Farewell to friends.  Farewell to co-workers.  Farewell to the crispy sirloin, green pepper and onions taco at Campechano.  I’ll miss you all!

Today, was a simultaneous hello/goodbye with one of my very favorite people, Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter’s ONE/Derrck Moss/Jace Corso), who made time for lunch with yours truly despite a very busy Toronto production schedule.

Marc contemplates lunch at Forno Cultura, a casual Italian eatery that offers up home made breads, pizzas, sandwiches, Italian desserts and, of course, coffee.

Marc contemplates our dessert medley.

And then after dessert, it was MORE DESSERT at SOMA Chocolates.  A little shout-out to our favorite Android.  Z for Zobot!

Then, no doubt, the highlight of his trip to T.O. –…

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April 24, 2017: My Favorite Genre Short Stories of 2016

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Yesterday, I offered up a list of My Favorite Genre Novelettes of 2016.

Today I’d like to offer up a list of My Favorite Genre Short Stories of 2016.

Of the roughly 200 stories I read last year, these were, in my humble opinion, the Top 30.

I’ve included a short synopsis and links to an online reading copy. You may also want to consider purchasing the issues outright (or, better yet, subscribing!). And, if you’re interested in further reading, I would heartily recommend RockStackRank, a site that offers up monthly aggregate ratings for works in the categories of short stories, novelettes, and novellas.

“Salvage Opportunity” by Jack Skillingstead (Clarkesworld #114) – SF

Badar has a 4-year contract sits all alone at a salvage site on Kepler-186f.  – RocketStackRank

“The Governess with a Mechanical Womb” by Leena Likitalo (Clarkesworld #114) – Post Apocalyptic

Agneta and…

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April 23, 2017: My Favorite Genre Novelettes of 2016!

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It’s that time of year again, the time of year that the various big name genre awards start generating their list of nominees.  As a fairly prolific reader, I’m often left bewildered and genuinely annoyed at some of the titles that make – and, often, do NOT make – these lists.  So much so that, two years ago, I decided to start my very own genre awards (The Rogue Star Awards right here on this blog) to recognize the overlooked gems and standout novels, novelettes, short stories, and comic books that I, personally, enjoyed over the course of the previous year.  It’s just one guy’s opinion but, when all is said and done, the  opinion of a guy who reads significantly more than 95% of the people voting in those other awards.

Anyway, today I’d like to offer up a list of My Favorite Genre Novelettes of 2016.

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April 22, 2017: Jodelle is back in town! Oh, wait! She never left!

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My phone started buzzing at approximately 7:30 a.m.  I was, of course, still sleeping off last night’s Dark Matter season 3 wrap party and in no mood to get up, much less answer – but something told me it, maybe, wasn’t a wrong number. I reached up, grabbed my cell, and checked the number on the call display.  Jodelle Ferland.

Jodelle?  Wasn’t she supposed to be on a flight to Denver?  What the heck was going on?

Well, it turned out she had gone to the airport to catch her flight, ended up in the wrong line, discovered she was in the wrong line, tried to find someone to help her but either a) couldn’t find anyone or b) was roundly ignored (coincidentally, by the very same Air Canada employee who was rude to her the last time she flew out of Toronto).  By the time she figured things out…

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April 20, 2017: Announcing the Dark Matter Aftershow – After Dark!

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How much does the gang at Syfy International love Dark Matter and Dark Matter fandom?  So much that they were at the studio all this week, prepping and shooting an aftershow, After Dark, that will premiere following our season 3 premiere on all Syfy International channels.

As a participant in the After Dark segments for our first two episodes, I was required to be in hair & make-up for 8:00 a.m. sharp.  After Renee Chan (Key Hair) transformed my run-of-the-mill hairstyle into a true t.v. do, Dorota Mitoraj (Asst. Make-Up) made me t.v.-ready.  Pictured above, Dorota shows off her work.

Fellow Episode 301 After Dark guest Anthony Lemke (THREE) shows off his fresh new look – and drops off three boxes of donuts for the crew.  What a guy!

Each episode of After Dark will be hosted by Zoie Palmer (Android) and include varied guests – like Anthony Lemke…

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April 21, 2017: Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry Answers Your Questions!

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Today, I turn this blog over to Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry who not only happens to be an incredible talent but, really, one of my very favorite people to work with.  Her costume meetings are always the highlight of any given prep week and I honestly can’t imagine doing the show without her and her amazing team.

On to her fan Q&A…

Ponytail writes: “For the lovely Noreen Landry, I’d like to know: Where do you get your ideas for the costumes?”

NL: Hi Ponytail, Thanks for your question.

My ideas for the costumes come from the wonderful scripts. I have made a point not to see any other Sci Fi movies or TV shows while I am on Dark Matter. I want the first images to be created from the script, not outside influences. Next step is research and more research, images, fabrics, more photos, and then…

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April 19, 2017: That’s a wrap on Dark Matter season 3 – Day 93 of 93!

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Well, that’s it!  That’s a wrap on Dark Matter season 3.  Finally, a well-earned rest for our tireless cast and crew.

But there’ll be no respite for yours truly.  I have still two more edits, a handful of mixes, a season’s worth of music notes to get through and, starting immediately, a brand new season to plan, arc out, and break.   I have three weeks in Toronto and then another three weeks in Vancouver in which to put together my game plan and then the writers’ room reconvenes on June 12th (three days after our double-episode season premiere June 9th at 8:00 p.m.!).

Before that, however, there’s this Friday’s wrap party.

And before Friday’s wrap party, there’s a little Dark Matter special feature I’ll be helping the gang at Syfy International put together for you tomorrow.

Oh, and before I forget – we have a new episode title!

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April 18, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 92 of 93! Vote for a new episode title!

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Plotting my next move aboard The Raza.  Why, yes, those ARE ninja cat socks.  (Photo by Roger Cross)

Okay, gang.  Pull up your socks and get ready to vote.  We have two more episode titles to choose before season’s end.  Today, we pick a title of Episode 312, our penultimate shocker.  Your choices are…

Polls will remain open for 24 hours.  Vote away!

Another Raza triptych tease courtesy of Playback Operator Greg Whiteside.   Can you identify this classic movie?

Tomorrow, it all comes to a close as we wrap production on Dark Matter’s third season!

Finally, today’s blog is dedicated to Birthday Girl Akemi!

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April 17, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 91 of 93!

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I received a few comments after yesterday’s blog entry in which I considered early retirement to Tokyo once Dark Matter ends.  Ideally, in such a scenario, that would be two years from now after the show’s fifth and final season (although certain cast members have already started lobbying for an SG-1-like 10 year run). There is, of course, the possibility of another series (or two) in my future.  My military SF pilot is in play and I am actively pursuing the opportunity to revive two classic scifi shows I used to watch as a kid.  It’s all very preliminary, but any of the aforementioned would be fantastic projects.  Still, in the end, if none of them pan out and Dark Matter is my swan song, I’m satisfied with the mark I’ll have left on SF television – with over 350 hours  of produced scifi television to my credit and 100+…

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