June 15, 2008
As of June 11, 2008, Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane of Doctor Who) has been added to the guest list for ChicagoTardis. The convention, to be held November 28-30, 2008, is located at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.
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For fans of both the classic and new series, the Sarah Jane character is a “bridge” between past and present. Compare her first entry into Doctor Who via The Time Warrior to the new series second season episode School Reunion and you will see just how far Doctor Who has come.
In the new spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, we also get a glimpse to the past in Sarah’s attic stocked with bits and pieces of her travels in the TARDIS. Apparently, at least some companions remember and cherish their time spent with the Doctor. Will we see anyone else come out of “hiding”? I hope so. I like reunions and get-togethers of past characters.
Keep your eyes open when viewing Season 4 Doctor Who. More surprises await. (Even the Doctor is not allowed to see his own spoilers.)
Come and help celebrate 45 years of Doctor Who. Register for ChicagoTardis today! Our club will be there, as usual, to greet convention attendees at our fan table.
June 12, 2008
Do you like your science fiction news in a brief digest format, separated by general category? Perhaps you missed an announcement or did not have time to read the details until now. Or it was just a rumor and you want to hear it from an official source.
SF Datalink is our club’s science fiction news resource that has been there since the early days of our Relative Times newsletter. From our founding year up though a few years ago, a team of dedicated members researched through magazines and newspapers to find items of interest to science fiction fans devoted mainly to media science fiction (tv and movies). Currently, SF Datalink is edited by Dan Giese, one of our club’s founding members and most frequent submitter of content to our site. As fans, we want to know about the current productions as well as how our favorite SF celebrities are doing professionally (and sometimes personally). Some of us do not have time to sift through media magazines or websites for just a few tidbits of interest. SF Datalink offers a brief and concise view of the current state of the industry.
The online version of SF Datalink is the same as what is printed in our Relative Times newsletter. Milwaukee Time Lords members receive eight issues per year that contain a review of recent science fiction events in a handy, digest format. While we have had to reduce the dimensions of our newsletter to help reduce postage costs, we still produce a paper-based newsletter for those who prefer something they can hold and read wherever they are.
I have tried different formats for the online version, now settling with the one that is least time-consuming to implement. Please read through our new columns and post here your comments. We may not have today’s news, but at least we cover the previous month, including items that may have slipped by you.