* Three brilliant and important science fiction novels appear to be headed to the small screen. Variety reports that SyFy will be adapting Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle as a miniseries (with Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz at the helm, which rather eased my initial panic at the news), and Mary Doria Russell reports that her novels The Sparrow (one of my all-time favorites) and Children of God may become a full-fledged series for AMC.
* Not even Gabriel "You've Loved Me Since Excalibur" Byrne and his fantastic greying wig could salvage the shipwreck that was Vikings. I can't bear to watch another episode. Woe. At least I have Ripper Street for one more week. We may give the new shows Bates Motel and Orphan Black a test drive when they debut later this month.
* How is one supposed to choose among all of these competing versions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD?
* Happy belated birthday to bluerocean and clara_posts, and happy early birthday to thewordoffred, lovefromgirl, artwhisperer, jasonbsizemore, dannyboy8406, and _snitchbitch. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!
I just adore this still from the forthcoming Star Trek into Darkness. Admiral Pike/Bruce Greenwood FTW.