August 14th, 2006 7:45pm
Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction
This coming Friday, August 18th Destinies will have my review of the POWYS Media Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus as part of the Destinies show.
Found some interesting music pages today, go check it out and give the music a listen.
Post Classic Radio
And here's a little more music. Interesting stuff!
Bud Ran Back Out
August 12th, 2006 1:28am
My review of the POWYS Media Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus is complete and recorded for air next week. A digital recording of me will be discussing why I like this book so much on August 18th, 2006 on WUSB 90.1 at 11:30pm. I really liked the editing job Howard did on this and what we used for background music. It was all very cool. Also on the same show is a Christopher DeFilippis, "DeFlip Side" on the new Star Trek film to be produced by J.J. Abrams which I listened to Chris record. He really gives some thoughtful suggestions for a new series of Trek films and hopefully will get to see some of that on screen. That's all for now, I have to recover from being in New Jersey. Gas was .27¢ cheaper there!
August 5th, 2006 12:40am
Be sure to tune to Destinies next week for an interview with Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.
And keep tuned to Destinies for my review, when I get a date for that show I'll post it here. I'll try not to type Space: 1999 too many times.
Speaking of Destinies the current show has been uploaded to the
Destinies page. Click on the blue words and enjoy!
July 30th, 2006 5:00pm
I've updated the Destinies pages with the complete interview with Christopher Reeve. Howard ended up filling in for a DJ last Friday and ran the entire interview so I just recorded the whole thing and put it up there as one big file. Enjoy it right here on the Destinies page.
Last week I drove my wife and daughter into NYC to see the play, "Wicked" in the Gershwin Theater on 51st street. It was a girl scout trip but with the heat I decided it was a good idea to drive them instead of them taking the train and to save them some walking. I had four hours in NYC to kill though so I ran an errand over to the Empire State Building and on the way walked past the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square and the Virgin Mega-Store. This is a normal thing to do in Times Square but for me it was trip into the past remembering the great Space 1999 convention of 2000 at the Crowne Plaza and in 2002 the signing Gerry Anderson did over at the Virgin Mega-Store. I'll have pictures and audio from those events up at some point. Doing that walk (Both ways since I parked on 51st street) really brought me back to those two events, the first being the first Space 1999 convention I ever attended, and probably the best (save for the terrible way the organisers behaved and the financial problems the show had afterwards). Still it was a great three day event, jumping into the deep end of Space 1999 fandom and meeting just about everyone who was anyone on that show (Including Catherine Schell!). The Catacombs has info on that convention in case your interested.
What is unfortunate is that those fans that came out for that show have been unable or unwilling to support the conventions that came afterwards. The 1999 and 2000 conventions showed there were people out there who had an interest in this but the numbers that followed for the 2001, 2002 (Canceled), 2003 and 2005 conventions were around 20% of the attendance of 1999 and 2000. Perhaps everyone is off "Playing with the Grown-ups" now as Barry Morse likes to say of his leaving the show after season one. The sad thing is the interest in conventions is so low out there that it won't even sustain a discusion on an email list or discussion forum! There is a convention planned for 2008 but only as a relaxacon with no guests coming over. That's a good plan because the financial support from the fans is not there. I wonder if they'll still hold it with 5 people attending though!
July 24th, 2006 10:00pm
There are some updates all over my Space 1999 pages. Especially on the Earthbound convention page with new audio files and the program book from the con. Check all that fun out right here by clicking on the cool Space 1999 logo below!
One of my long term goals of my life has been achieved as captphilonline.com is now listed in the
directory of web sites! Now it's not part of the family of Space 1999 DOT net sites since this site isn't exclusively Space: 1999. It's further down in the links section, right here in the Links Web Sites (English language) section.
Now I know to you this seems like a tremendous waste of time and a silly goal but to me, it's something I've wanted to see since they started that directory. So thanks,
you made my day and maybe my summer!
July 22nd, 2006 1:30am
Now grab a handkerchief and listen to the Christopher Reeve interview on the Destinies page. I had the pleasure of watching the first half (Up to Lois wondering if Supes CAN read her mind) of the 1978 Superman movie the other day (Instead of writing my review of the Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus which will be finished any day now...really) and really enjoying it all. And thinking the whole time how much Christopher Reeve has become Superman since his terrible accident all those years ago. You can't watch him in the movie without thinking that and listening to him in the Destinies interview brings it all back to me again tonight. Perfect timing for Howard to play this as our President vetoes his first bill ever, the Stem Cell research bill. We'll get that bill passed someday.
July 20th, 2006 11:30pm
Maybe this picture will jog your memory.
And check out this article by Buzz Aldrin and Rick Tumlinson over on Space.com Apollo 11 Anniversary: Heroes, Quests and Space There's a lot of annoying things about living on Long Island. The price of gas, the traffic, the taxes and of course Long Islanders (just kidding!). But that Lunar Module was built in Bethpage, Long Island and every once in a while when I'm sitting on the LIE in a traffic jam that I think I'll never get out I think about those little lunar landers being built right here on Long Island.
And that's cool.
See some of the leftover LM's in person here at the Cradle of Aviation museum in Garden City, Long Island
I forgot to mention earlier in the week that there is a new Destinies show up featuring a great DeFlip Side on the fun of collecting Comic Books and a tribute to the late Robert Sheckley and the late Tim Hildebrandt. Check it out here: Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction They'll be more new Destinies tomorrow! In case I don't do a what's new there should still be a link up the radio page.
July 13th, 2006 5:50pm
I finished watching the Doctor Who Empty Child story yesterday. I was surprised how the story ended and was genuinely surprised with the outcome. The Doctor hopped around the TARDIS shouting, "Nobody Died!" which was pretty funny. The real cool thing about this was watching with my 9 year old daughter who barely got over the weirdness of the Gas Masks stitched into peoples faces.
Thankfully there wasn't a real scary Doctor Who ending for this one otherwise she might have been scared away from the show completely. Still it was great fun explaining to her who Doctor Who is, what the TARDIS is, why Rose is smiling at Captain Jack so much and the ending in which we find......
Oh watch it yourself! Doctor Who Rocks!
Coming Soon: My review of the POWYS Media Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus, Pictures from Readercon 17 and Readercon 16
and some classic Space 1999 stuff.
Check out this link, way cool!
July 12th, 2006 3:50pm
Upcoming updates, a couple of pages of Readercon photos will be uploaded hopefully in the next 24 hours and with the ConCom's permission a little Readercon audio as well.
Also look for an overlong review of POWYS Media's Year Two Omnibus as I finally approach the last few pages of that terrific book.
Add to that my long overdue upload of the June Chiller Theater pictures and that audio (I WILL upload most of that audio, you'll love it!) Thanks for reading and.......Hi Pam!
June 24th, 2006 4:01pm
June 24th, 2006 1:26am
There is a new Destinies show uploaded tonight, another Superman themed broadcast with the earliest Superman radio show from 1939. Listen online or download here: Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction. And to continue the Super theme here is a picture of Noel Neill, The Original Lois Lane!
From the Chiller Theater Fall 2005 convention
And how about a picture of Margot Kidder from the Superman movies of the 1970's!
From the Chiller Theater Winter 2006 convention
I'll be attending Readercon next month and I'll try to get some stuff up about that in the next couple of days as well. Readercon is one of my favorite Science Fiction conventions and it's all about the authors and the books. So no TV Sci Fi Horror stuff there! I hope your not getting the impression this site is just about TVSF. The truth is most of the conventions I've attended since going online have been media but I like to read SF as much as watch it.
June 18th, 2006 7:40pm
"Give me your novels!"
"I don't care if you read it Straker, you're all still a bunch of sheep!" Maaa! Maaa!
"FAB! Y2O is GO!"
"Very Good POWYS"
"Tony Verdeschi used the Parker haymaker! Who knew!"
"My God! It's full of episodes!"
This has been the best Father's Day ever!
June 17th, 2006 12:50am
LISTEN TO THIS
What does that music mean? It means there is a terrific interview with the 3rd Doctor Who, Jon Pertwee in the Classic Destinies section or just click this link!
Interview with Jon Pertwee (1919 - 1996)
Well that's it for What's New with Captain Phil for right now. One more week left then a nice long summer vacation. Keep in touch, I hope to have some more Superman related content online as Howard continues his super-themed quartet of Superman shows!
June 4th, 2006 11:15pm
Order these books from
and check out Bill's site here
June 2nd, 2006 9:15pm
May 27th, 2006 12:45pm
I have a lot more to write this weekend but I have to get my car serviced and open my pool in the Long Island tradition of opening our pools during Memorial Day weekend. If I don't drown I'll post more of what's new with Captain Phil tonight!
May 20th, 2006 9:45am
I'm about a third through POWYS Media's Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus. I'm really enjoying whats been done with this material from the most controversial season of a television show ever produced. Mateo, Butterworth and the rest of the POWYS bullpen have gone over this material lovingly and breathed some new life into it. In many cases episodes like Catacombs of the Moon (Which I hated) became much more enjoyable in this book.
POWYS has just begun selling an additional 100 limited copies of this book making the entire run only 200 copies. A great limited edition collectable and at the same time a very enjoyable read!
May 15th, 2006 4:35pm
This is from the album
Turn of the Cards which is also really great.
May 13th, 2006 12:45am
May 13, 2006 12:45am
There's a new Destinies show up tonight at the Destinies WUSB 90.1 page. This episode has a review of Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives, some music from the DaVinci Code and a classic Science Fiction story, Jack Lewis' "Who's Cribbing?" This is a "recursive" Science Fiction story, a story about Science Fiction. There is a pretty huge body of recursive Science Fiction out there but the master of it is the great Barry Malzberg. (Barry also wrote under the name KM O'Donnell)
Barry has written some great recursive Science Fiction stories which include Gather in the Hall of Planets and Dwellers in the Deep. Check out his work here Barry N. Malzberg - Summary Bibliography
It's been a "heckofa" week and I have bunch of work to do this weekend so I won't even pretend to try to update anymore this weekend. If I'm lucky I'll get to a few items later on this week, there's some cool Space: 1999 content on the horizon, more Destinies and all those convention memories to work on! I will take a moment to say I won't be going to Balticon at the end of the month but I will attend Chiller Theater in June and Readercon in July. I'll try to do a big write up of Readercon and their Guest of Honor James Morrow when it gets a little closer.
May 6, 2006 12:30am
I watched this weeks Lost episode when it was actually on the air instead of waiting till later and playing it on TIVO. Wow! I was disappointed because I was enjoying the Hurley's girlfriend storyline plus I was truly curious to see why she was in the institution with him. I'm sure this isn't all happening in Hurley's head though but if we get to the finale of the show and we have an ending that has the Man from Atlantis stepping out of the shower in Dallas I'll probably be pissed off.
Hey! I used to have that book! I think I read it but I don't remember if it was any good. I'll probably end up getting it at the next convention I go to. I had forgotten Man from Atlantis has one of them there way cool super subs that "surface" in Science Fiction television from time to time. No one gets over Jules Verne!
Not much new to report with the POWYS Media Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus. Mateo has mailed out most of the books by now but reports of their delivery on the various Space 1999 email lists have been few and far between except for us Powys diehards. I suggest when Powys publishes the Year One Omnibus they ought to come up with some delivery gimmick that will make people really want to talk about getting this long awaited limited edition book. Hmmmm....I wonder.....
May 2nd, 2006 9:55pm
My friend Joel got an email through to me on the site as I sat here for 4 months wondering why I don't get any email. Simple...I put the wrong email address in all my links and web buttons. Terrific. Here I am trying to be hip and cool with my own podcast and blog and a stupid mistake like that makes me look like the world's biggest chowderhead!
Well I would love to hear from you and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like I fulfilled my lifelong goal to be a perfect ass!
I'm continuing to read POWYS Media's wonderful Year Two Omnibus. For those of you who are into Space 1999...and who isn't, my friend Mateo has edited this book (along with the rest of the POWYS Bullpen) into a fine product to stand alongside the DVD sets and other books and collectibles. One standout for me is the fact that even though these are novelizations of scripts you don't get tired of the format at all. In fact the current one I'm reading, "Brian the Brain" is a vast improvement on the episode because I don't have to listen to Brian's annoying voice! If I can get my act together I'll be doing a general podcast in the next couple of days on the new POWYS Year Two book, the latest issue of FAB, my thoughts on the new Network Release of Space 1999 and more! Makes your life exciting wondering if I'll actually get to that recording doesn't it?
I watched Stephen Colbert make 20 minutes seem like a year for the people at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner dinner on Saturday night. Try to pick this up on C-SPAN if you can find it or see how long the Video links last here on my page. Colbert was absolutely wonderful and no one was safe at that event. Most importantly he gave us another chance to hear Helen Thomas' famous question to President bush.
I've removed the Colbert links as they seem to have stopped working.
April 22nd, 2006 12:55am
Space 1999 Catacombs
Find out about Jackets on the Moon here
Well, the book doesn't have that type of jacket (For some reason I find this whole Space 1999 Jacket/Year Two Omnibus book jacket idea terribly witty) it has this jacket!
And I read online that the pre-ordered books are being shipped out this weekend! Terrific! I wish I had more time to read this week but Spring Break is over and while I bask in the glow of getting my basement cleaned out the reality is we're all back to the grindstone this week and it's a long haul to summer vacation. So this week has been tough. I did have time to catch up with my Desperate Housewives episodes I had TIVO'd. These had gotten better again with Bree's life taking a turn for the more interesting. I also made time to watch two old LOST episodes so I'm up to the welcome return of Mira Furlan! Wonderful! Mira is terrific in this show and I wish her well after her many years of being Minbari on Babylon 5
Mira Furlan and Pat Tallman at Chiller Theater
We're celebrating my son's 8th birthday this weekend and if you know anything about my son this is quite the miracle. That's about it for What's New right now but please note I will be removing some files in the near future so if you want to grab the available Destinies shows....this week is the week to do it!
April 15th, 2006 12:35pm
I'm still reading and enjoying POWYS Media Space: 1999 Year Two Omnibus. Today I was reading the segment for the episode The Taybor. The neat thing about this is was a story left out of the original novelizations in the 1970's so Michael Butterworth "novelized" the script for this edition. I was half way through the story when I realized this. And knowing that makes the reading twice as enjoyable. Since I've been on vacation this week I've also had plenty of time to discuss the book with my friend Mateo which usually devolve into wacky fannish discussions and silly "what if" scenarios. I can't remember the time when I became friends with Mateo, it had to be at some point in the 1990's through email. I did meet him in person in 2000 at the Main Mission convention in NYC but there was so much going on there I feel that anyone I talked to at that convention I didn't give enough time to. Well we've kept in touch since then and the discussions we've had on Science Fiction, Music, Politics, raising families have been great.
Also great is Mateo's "Bullpen" of writers who work on this labor of love. John Muir, Bill Latham and Jonathan Blum have made the entire Space 1999 line of books something special and I think years from now, when the whole line is out of print, they'll be highly sought after collectors items. Well I wanted to finish cleaning my basement tonight but instead I stayed upstairs, edited this site and watched Doctor Who. You should watch Who Too!
April 9th, 2006 11:15pm
I'm enjoying POWYS Media's Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus very much. To get this book at the beginning of Spring Break and not having any travel plans at all this year makes for perfect excuse not to do any work around the house. Thanks POWYS! I'm into the "4th Episode" of the book, All That Glisters which was a pretty dim episode. I've talked to Mateo about this episode which he defends. I see his point with his love of Magic Realism and the concept of a "Sentient World" in Science Fiction. It's just that the actual episode had some pretty poor dialog and some really funny faces by Martin Landau.
I guess my problem is I get terribly distracted by all that and I can't see the science fiction buried down there somewhere beneath all that hoo ha. (Is hoo ha a word? I'll have to Google it later) Speaking of Martin Landau I have tons of Martin Landau material that need to be cleaned out of my TIVO unit. I've been using the TIVO wishlist option and TIVO finds Martin in all sorts of things like an old episode of Gunsmoke or the Columbo he did in the early 1970's as a twin or even a recent appearnce on the Tavis Smiley show. I'll have to add a page of Martin Landau framegrabs linked to my Space 1999 pages once I get these recorded properly. I'm recording Martin in "In the Beginning" right now in which he played Abraham. This was the project that the director Kevin Conner spoke to the fans about at Main Mission 2000 in September 2000. Not only was Kevin a director from Space 1999, he also had the great Keith Wilson as his art director. Keith is one of the great talents of Space: 1999 and the shows that came before it. You can see his influence all over the Gerry Anderson puppet shows like Captain Scarlet through Space: 1999.
So that's a pretty good ramble. I think I'm going to read some more before I get too tired. Thanks for finding out what's new with Captain Phil!
April 7th, 2006 10:00pm
Remember a few days ago I got a really great phone call? Well today I got a really great package!
My good friend, Mateo Latosa sent this unsigned test copy of the Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus to see how long it would take to cross the country and what condition it would arrive. It got here no problem. (Mateo even had my address misspelled and it still got here!)
Why all this fuss over novelizations of a TV Show that went off the air in 1977? Simply his persistence and vision that Space 1999 was much more than those early reviewers told you. Mateo gave these novelizations of the show a second chance at life. When the show was on the air these novels were written quickly to be on the shelf at the same time the show was on the air. Now, thirty years later the text of these original novelizations were carefully edited for continuity with what was on the air during the second season and the first season of the show. Michael Butterworth went through the stories as did a team of editors to catch all the old continuity problems that were missed years ago. Wrapped in a glossy black hardcover, adorned with silver lettering in a limited signed edition of 100 copies (sold out) or another 100 unsigned copies soon to be on sale, the Space 1999 Year Two Omnibus is the book fans have been waited thirty years for.
Mateo's publishing company, POWYS MEDIA has four other Space 1999 novels out plus a novel based on the cult TV series The Prisoner.
Check it all out here.
April 6th, 2006 10:30pm
I'm not happy with the length of the review, it logs in at 50 minutes but it covers just about everything I did at ICON so it's a pretty complete picture of the areas of ICON that interest me.
I'm getting used to the idea of not "maintaining" a major email list anymore and I'm spending more time enjoying what I read on the internet and not worrying about "the direction of the mailing list." Of course I miss it but I'm using the extra time to upload and organize content on this site which is something I've wanted to do for years. I especially wanted to have some sort of record of which conventions I've been to and what happened there. My own Immortal Storm so to speak!
Robert Wilfred Franson review
Okay! Spring Break is coming and hopefully so are more updates and maybe a podcast NOT ABOUT a Science Fiction convention? Look for more news, some great Destinies material and possibly my yard sale. All this and more on Captain Phil Online!
April 3rd, 2006 9:00pm
I feel a little strange without it, like I just amputated my left ear or gave up drinking coffee. Still I didn't create that list and it truly wasn't mine to keep and it was time to go. Actually it was time to go last November but don't tell anybody that!
I read over on MaryAnn Johanson's excellent Blog about the new Doctor Who. Check it out here at Geek Philosophy She's managed to get my interest with this post as it reads like a very good convention panel on a media topic. The best part is there is no audience to interrupt her with inane questions or theories, just her ideas alone. Nice. I'm enjoying the New Doctor Who, I hope it will keep me busy until the New Battlestar Galactica returns. The New BSG is an amazingly good show which by it's writing twists alone have held my interest. There have been some blunders along the way but I'm stuck with it now because I want to know what the plan is.
I promised an ICON Podcast review this weekend and I'm a jerk I don't have it done. I'm putting my taxes together tonight so I won't get to it until tomorrow. I know everyone is dying to hear me opine about ICON, check out the latest Destinies show for a preview of my ideas along with 7 other peoples ideas that were way more coherent than mine!
Okay, I got my calculator and my legal size envelopes! Atomic batteries to power....turbines to speed...to the Taxmobile Robin!
April 2nd, 2006 10:00pm
April 1st, 2006 3:00pm
I've uploaded that show here: Destinies WUSB 90.1
and I've also uploaded an ICON 25 page in my Classic Adventures section
Captphil's ICON 25 Pictures and Audio Files!
I've bogged down in my reading of Stephen King's Cell as the story slows down a bit. What was an interesting and suspenseful story has become less interesting the more I learn about the "Phone Crazies". Too bad. I'll finish the book but unless something really wild happens soon I think I'll rate this one alongside King's lesser works.
The Big Apple Comic Con is this weekend with special guest Frank Miller. I'm thinking about going tomorrow but with the switch over to
Daylight Saving Time and some things to do around the house I might not do it. Still I'm a week away from Spring Break so I may tough it out for the drive into NYC to see him.
Friday morning I was listening to the Rachel Maddow show on the Air America radio network. The station I receive best at home is
WAVZ The Voice New Haven which doesn't always follow the same format as the main AAR station in New York. Rachel Maddow's show took over the morning drive slot from Morning Sedition which was a terrific morning show and in my opinion really could have added more audience had it been left alone by
Air America Managment But thats all water under the bridge now and Friday Morning (remember Friday Morning?) Rachel had on musician Henry Rollins who has a TV show on the Independant Film Channel. I've heard Henry speak before on the Howard Stern show and I remember a wild performance of his on one of the Grammy broadcasts so I'm planning on setting the TIVO for The Henry Rollins Show on the Independent Film channel tonight at 10pm. Check it out and let me know what you think. Rachel Maddow's show is good, has good information but the old Morning Sedition show had hit the spot with comedy and current events that was just right for a morning drive radio show.
I miss it.
March 31st, 2006 12:30am
March 29th, 2006
I had one annoyance at ICON this year, the gal who also runs the mic's for the Star Trek guests decided she wanted to stay in my line of sight during my videotaping. When I asked her to move she came over and lectured me on how I needed to have a permit to videotape at ICON. I looked over all the ICON publications there and there was no notice of this in the ICON program book or schedule. There is also no notice of this on the official ICON website.
My recommendation to the committee of ICON is loose this gal in the blue power suit who pretty much takes over the Q&A sessions with the media guests, plugs her own projects during the convention and whose voice curdles milk. In my opinion...of course.
March 25th, 2006
March 21st, 2006
Since ICON 25 is this coming weekend expect the March 25th episode to also take a little while to get uploaded.
March 20th, 2006
(High Speed connections probably required), Renaissance
March 17th, 2006
St. Patricks Day!
Martian Pot 'O Gold
March 12th, 2006
March 12th, 2006
Captain Phil's Podcast March 12th, 2006
March 11th, 2006
March 10th, 2006
Mike did a terrific job but if you miss my cut and paste hack jobs a few of them are still floating around Captain Phil Online.
I've also changed the Classic Destinies episode to an old ICON 23 preview show with lots and lots of music. Check it out!
March 4th, 2006 11:00am
Two Gun Tex
March 4th, 2006 12:55am
March 3rd, 2006
February 24th, 2006
Captain Phil stuns the internet by figuring out how to
underline links on his site using u and /u!
"I never thought my site would look
like them there fancy underline link sites!"
said Captain Phil in an interview from the
secret underground Captain Phil headquarters.
February 23rd, 2006
The Classic Adventures pages
February 12th, 2006
and a Classic Episode from the Destinies Archives
February 11th, 2006
with Chiller Theater pictures and audio files
January 22nd, 2006
Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction
January 17th, 2006
Along the way 5 friends offer valuable advice and help.
Michael - Space: 1999.ORG
Ken - Moonbase Alpha's Space: 1999 Page
Martin - The Catacombs
Marc - UFO Series Homepage
Ellen - Ellen's Space 1999 Fan Fiction pages
Thanks!The author began building this site on the Cosmic Blue HTML Website Template created by AlienEntity
As Victor Bergman might say, "I have learned many things, but most of all I've learned that I still have much to learn."