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It’s been one long year of great entertainment.  Before we wrap our coverage of 2017, it’s time for the fifth annual round of new honorees for the borg Hall of Fame.  We have plenty of honorees from 2017 films, plus many from past years, and a peek at some from the future.  You can always check out the updated borg Hall of Fame on our home page under “Know your borg.”

In anticipation of the 2017 film Logan, last year we added Old Man Logan, Laura/X-23, and cyborg-armed mercenary Donald Pierce.  We also added Scarlet Johansson’s character The Major, previewing 2017’s live-action film The Ghost in the Shell.

We didn’t get the big ballroom at our venue reserved early enough for the induction ceremony this year, so it limited us to tapping only 24 named characters into the revered Hall of Fame this year.


As with last year, we’re granting a few early entrances this year, first to Simone Missick’s badass cop Misty Knight, who is getting a borg arm for season two of Luke Cage in 2018.


And here is an early look at Josh Brolin’s Cable, from 2018’s Deadpool sequel.  The borg comic book character Cable was a first round honoree to the Hall, so this is just another update to the character.


Onto this year… Kingsman’s almost-a-Kingsman Charlie was thought to have been killed off in the first film.  But he was back in the 2017 film Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sporting cyborg components.


A host of new borgs–Replicants in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?–returned to the big screen in Blade Runner 2049, including some new names and faces, like Ryan Gosling’s K

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ClexaCon is a new convention this year featuring stars and creators of LGBTQ characters across all genres of television and film.  It’s happening this Friday through Sunday at the Bally’s & Paris hotel convention centers in Las Vegas.  This first ClexaCon is featuring several well-known genre headliners from series past and present.

Celebrity guests at ClexaCon 2017 from last year’s new hit Syfy Channel series Wynonna Earp include Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly Earp) and Katherine Barrell (Nicole Haught).  Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer (Lauren), Rachel Skarsten (Tamsen), and Ali Liebert (Crystal) will appear along with Lost Girl and Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras.  Palmer also appeared in Dark Matter, Skarsten has appeared in Birds of Prey, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Reign, and Liebert has appeared in iZombie, Fringe, Legends of Tomorrow, and Psych.  Amy Acker, star of Angel, Person of Interest, and Con Man is also a guest of the show, along with Life, Person of Interest, and Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi.

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Other media guests include Elise Bauman (Carmilla), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), Gabrielle Christian (South of Nowhere), Aasha Davis (South of Nowhere, Pariah), Elizabeth Hendrickson (All My Children), producer Hanan Kattan (I Can’t Think Straight), Elizabeth Keener (The L Word), Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face), Mandy Musgrave (South of Nowhere), Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Suicide Kale), Eden Riegel (All My Children), writer/director Shamim Sarif (I Can’t Think Straight), and writer/director Alice Wu (Saving Face).

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Can’t get enough of your favorite paranormal sci-fi TV series?  Four TV tie-in novels released this year may help.

This summer Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Twilight Zone tie-in author Christa Faust released two novels delving into the backstory of the popular sci-fi TV series Fringe.  First up is Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox, where Faust tells the story of how Walter Bishop and William Bell perform an experiment in 1971 with a drug that opens a gateway to a parallel universe that allows the real-life Zodiac killer into our universe.  That drug ends up being cortexiphan–the drug that TV viewers will know well from the series.   Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox is for fans of John Noble’s Walter Bishop character who want to look deeper into his early life before the changes that made him the oddity he became in the TV series, and provides some details behind the impetus for the Fringe Division.

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This month Image Comics released a new series aimed at the “science is cool” movement and possibly fans of the Fringe TV series.

Nowhere Men begins by focusing on four men: Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange and Thomas Walker, each a scientist in his own right, the group has formed a company called World Corp. and their cutting edge science has propelled them to rock star status.  Writer (and Image Comics publisher) Eric Stephenson doesn’t give us any time to know these characters, however, other than via an insert bio of each company founder.  Instead he brings us to them as they are about to “break up the band.”  In a sort of throwback to the opening of RoboCop, where the Omni Consumer Products company there has a major screw-up resulting in a machine killing a man in a beta test, here a World Corp. experiment goes out of control and the deaths serve to form the moral dilemma that will divide the team.

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Last year there were rumors aplenty that the story of the original cyborg himself, Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man, would be remade into a motion picture.  With a new RoboCop movie now pushed out to February 2014 with an all-star cast (well, except for the borg cop himself, played by Joel Kinnaman) including Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earle Haley, it’s not a stretch to think someone would lay down some real money to make the first big screen adaptation of Martin Caidin’s astronaut-turned-borg novel Cyborg.  The big rumor revolved around Leonardo DiCaprio as set to play Steve Austin.  But even if you don’t think Lee Majors was the perfect running man, it’s pretty difficult to imagine DiCaprio a tough astronaut of the Right Stuff variety who could survive a test craft auguring into the earth.

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Although San Diego Comic-Con International hasn’t posted its programming list for this year’s convention, production companies and publishers are now locking in panels and notifying Accredited Comic-Con press badge holders (including borg.com writers Jason McClain and C.J. Bunce).  The Discovery Communications channel Science just announced that it will reunite the cast of Firefly for the TV series 10th anniversary, which should be a pretty successful panel.  Some of the actors for the series appeared in San Diego last year at the Nerd HQ event hosted by Zachary Levi in the Gaslight District (we’ll release more information on this year’s Nerd HQ line-up as information becomes available).

The Firefly reunion event will take place Friday July 13, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. in Room 20.

Series creator, executive producer and writer Joss Whedon is scheduled to appear along with executive producer and writer Tim Minear and cast members Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Michael Fairman and other actors yet to be announced.

Science also announced that Fringe, Dark Matters, and Lord of the Rings actor John Noble will be signing autographs at the Con on Saturday, July 15, 2012, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Noble will also be on a panel hosted by Warner Brothers on Sunday July 15.  Every Fringe event last year had a huge following, so plan to line-up early if you want to see any of the above events.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

Day Three of this year’s Comic-Con was as big as ever. 

Some great panels, including a Young Adult novelist panels focused on alternatives to vampires, along with book signings and giveaways of ARCs (advance review copies) for books not published until the fall–a great perk at Comic-Con.  Larry Nemecek, Star Trek author and insider, led a packed room of Trek fans showing previously unseen photos and behind the scenes Trek information.  The Mythbusters had a line waiting of fans an entire 45 minutes after the show started.  The cast of Fringe signed autographs in the main area at their studio booth.

Some great finds on the floor including nice chats with Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek: TNG) and Marina Sirtis (Troi on Star Trek: TNG).

Elizabeth C. Bunce went all fangirl with Eddie McClintock, star of Warehouse 13 and Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  These guys love to engage and are genre fans themselves.  Brendon has a recurring role on Criminal Minds.

Celebrities look like everyone else, especially in a crowd of 130,000.  If you’re lucky you catch a star moving incognito across the main floor.  We caught Anthony Stewart Head (our favorite librarian/watcher, Giles, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) who ducked away from his handler to snap a photo with Elizabeth on his way to a Merlin event.  Awesome!

Great costumes as usual.  Here is a great cross section of the crowd.  First up this stellar Jawa:

And a super Black Canary:

Here’s some great Starfleet jacket replicas from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:

From The Incredibles:

And it wouldn’t be a Con without some Klingon warriors:

One more day then the countdown starts again for next year’s show!  Next week I’ll run down the best and worst costumes at Comic-Con this year.

C.J. Bunce

Editor

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