Site ColumnsBy Caillan
August 1, 2004 - 12:21 PM
I've moved to Fish Island, or so my mobile phone tells me. The rest of the house is in its proper location, but whenever I move into my room, I apparently cross the bay to Fish Island. I'm sure Fish Island is a very nice place indeed -- I just don't live there. Let's hope I never have to depend on my mobile phone if I get lost.
How are things in Fish Island? Well, it's only second week back at university and my desk is covered with piles of (unfortunately, mostly unread) books. Over the holidays I took the opportunity to delve into some fiction and read something that had absolutely nothing to do with Dead Romans. I devoured The Rule of Four, a novel very much in the vein of The DaVinci Code, except better written.
I also read The Secret History, which a friend recommended to me. Since it deals with a group of Classics students at a liberal arts college, it did sort of break my rule about not reading anything to do with my current course of study. Okay, it didn't "sort of" break it...it did break it. But it was definitely worth reading. I found that the novel was excessively stylised in places, especially since the main characters (the Classics students) seemed to be written as if they were living in the early 20th century, while all the other characters were in the 1980s, where the novel was set. Once I got over that hurdle, I was able to really get into the book, which proved to be a real page-turner.
Now that semester's started up again, I'm afraid my fiction reading is going to fall behind again. But I'll have to make time, since the next book on the agenda is a real classic -- Catch 22.
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These were some of the major news items in early August, 2002:
- Wolfe Working On 'Dead Zone' Episode
Former Deep Space Nine writer-producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe announced he was the latest Trek alumni to contribute to Michael Piller's new series, The Dead Zone. "Dead Zone is a fun show and Michael's doing a good job," Wolfe said. His episode, entitled "Descent", aired on January 12, 2003.
- 'Minefield' Shooting Wraps
The Enterprise cast and crew completed production on the third episode of season two, entitled "Minefield". James Contner directed the episode, with principal photography beginning July 19 after filming wrapped on the season premiere, 'Shockwave, Part II.' Locations included the bridge and sickbay, which required John Billingsley's Dr. Phlox to tend to injured crew members.
- 'Nemesis' & 'Enterprise' Hot Topics At Vegas Con
Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) spilled the beans on her character's upcoming marriage to Will Riker in Star Trek Nemesis at Creation Entertainment's Las Vegas convention. Enterprise executive producer Brannon Braga was also on hand to talk up the new season. He said the show would continue the Temporal Cold War arc as long as the material was "fresh".
More news can be found in the archives.
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