I have yet to see the TV series Firefly, the second time this has happened -- remember, the original Star Trek was pitched as "Wagon Train to the stars," so it indeed combined Science Fiction with Westerns into something unique -- but I know some Browncoats (the name for Firefly's fans), and that led to me seeing and appreciating the film version Serenity (and then seeing it again at a special screening). And as Browncoat Mike "M.E." Russell (he of the Oregonian's movie review staff and the Culture Pulp collection of art and writing) said to me of Serenity: "Oh, good Lord: Serenity the movie (which is really just the $40 million series finale of Firefly) isn't even the best episode of the series. You're going to go nuts once you see it." So I have that to look forward to. Which is nice. Nice. Very nice.
I -- and, by extension, all y'all -- also have Serenity Tales.
As Russell explains here, with any new Firefly/Serenity works increasingly unlikely to happen (I believe creator Joss Whedon has said he's moved on), he and other writers and artists wanted to fill the gap, at no charge to anybody (of course no charge, Firefly is copyrighted), and tell more stories.
I promised to pimp it. I start doing so now.
More to come.
To swerve into one other topic, I have a quiz. Take it if you're so inclined. If you can't read the full responses to some of the questions, let me know.