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The Scanner’s Top Five: Week of 03.17

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama scribe Arthur C. Clarke, arguably science fiction’s most important living writer, passed away at 90.

2. Don’t deny your secret love for Buffy: The Musical. Rejoice that writer Joss Whedon has created a superhero YouTube musical series called Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog.

3. Call Anton Yelchin the Scifi reincarnate — it is rumored that after donning Chekov’s uniform on Star Trek, the actor will be portraying Kyle Reese, the young soldier that will eventually knock up Sarah Connor, in McG’s Terminator sequel.

4. Battlestar Galactica‘s journey may end at Earth, but SciFi has green-lit a prequel series Caprica, which takes place before the Cylon invasion. Whatever it is, it’s gotta be better than Galactica 1980

5. Speaking of Galactica, executive producer David Eick spoke out about his canceled Bionic Woman series, admitting that just “some of the writing was good.” Ouch.

SciFi Dept. Video: The SciFi Department’s Kevin Maher dons Mr. Rogers’ sweater as he instructs children on how to survive in a post-apocalyptic future. Educational AND entertaining!

SciFi Talk Forum: If you could pit any two superheroes from any comic book universe against each other, who would it be? Microwaved suggests that, “Batman vs. Wolverine is brilliant, simply brilliant. I don’t even know if I could top that one. What about Spawn vs. Venom? Or Transformers vs. G.I. Joe… oh wait… that could happen!” Cory likes the idea of Spawn, but suggested a Spawn vs. Blade showdown, while I think that a battle of the Men of Steel between Superman and Iron Man would be irresistible. Meanwhile readers are still debating which are the best SciFi movies of all time. Augustis suggested “Planet of the Apes, the original one,” and “Jurrasic Park, one of the best.” Log on to the SciFi Scanner Talk forum to join in any of these conversations, or to start a SciFi topic of your own!

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