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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Lead Saturn Awards Nominations
Disney-LucasFilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has scored a leading 11 Saturn Awards nominations, followed by 10 each for Steven Spielberg’s fantasy-drama “The BFG&…
By Dave McNary

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films unveiled the nominations Thursday for its 43rd annual Saturn Awards. The winners will be announced on June 28 in Burbank, Calif […]

The 43rd annual Saturn Awards nominees are listed below:

Best Guest Performance on a Television Series:

Ian Bohen “Teen Wolf” (MTV)
Tyler Hoechlin “Supergirl” (The CW)
Anthony Hopkins “Westworld” (HBO)
Leslie Jordan “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
Dominique Pinon “Outlander” (Starz)


MORIARTY HOKA (1983), SHERLOCK HOKA (1983), and NAPOLEON HOKA (1982) by Michael Whelan

The “Hoka” books, by Gordon R. Dickson and Poul Anderson, have been favorites among SF fans for many years. The Hokas are an intelligent teddy bear-like race of extraterrestrials who possess an outrageous propensity for imitating the fads and icons of popular Earth culture. So in the pages of the Hoka stories, one can find a Hoka Sherlock, a Hoka Napoleon, a Hoka… well, you name it. The surreal juxtaposition of characters from wildly different times and sources is at the heart of these satires.

I was invited to contribute the preliminary conceptualizations for a Hoka movie project, and with the popularity of both science fiction movies and teddy bears, it seemed a great idea. I enlisted David Wenzel to help with realizing some of the characters and scenes. Not only did David offer valuable advice regarding period details and atmosphere, but his preparatory drawings and watercolors for paintings such as these were right on the mark.

Despite all the effort, and some eye-boggling work by Rick Baker (an Academy Award-winning makeup artist), the movie was never made.


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The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unique landscapes in the California Desert. The tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater thousands of years ago when Searles Dry Lake connected Mono Lake to Death Valley. Ideally suited for science fiction backdrops, Star Trek V, Planet of the Apes and Battlestar Galactica were all shot here.

The remote and rugged Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah served as the backdrop for Independence Day, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Con Air and many more films.

The sci-fi classic Tremors was filmed almost entirely on location in the Alabama Hills in California. Other movies filmed there more recently include Star Trek Generations, Gladiator and Iron Man.  

And for the Star Wars fans out there, the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in California was the filming location of the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi. Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dunes create an out-of-this-world landscape ideal for Hollywood film backdrops.

Visit these BLM-managed locations for your own out-of-this world experience!  

The Wisdom of the Ancients

“Scholar Howells, thank you for making time to see me.” 

“Please, call me Edwer. Sit down, Mr. Laurents. Now, what can I do for you?”

“It’s the students - uh, Edwer. I’ve caught them … Well, there’s a disturbing trend.” 

“I see. What is it you’ve seen?” 

“Lately I’ve noticed a lot of odd behavior. Shouting at night. Riotous laughter. When the guards go check, they find the students in disarray. All manner of rampant debauchery, sir.”

“Please. Edwer.”

“Edwer. Thank you sir. It’s just … unprecedented. They’re disrespectful and slur their words … And when they come to lectures in the morning, they’re lethargic, complaining of headaches.” 

“Disturbing. Any idea what’s causing this behavior?”

“Yes sir. I think I do.”

“Have it out, Laurents. This is an Academy. We’re supposed to be rebuilding the Lost Truth.”

“It’s alcohol, sir.”


“Apparently it was a popular narcotic, before the war. I had to look it up, too. We have a couple of books in the library that mention it.”

“By the Cloud. They’ve re-created an ancient narcotic?”

“It seems so, sir. They must be using the alchemy labs without my leave.”

“And it causes this … behavior you’ve described?”

“And worse, sir.”


“Yes, sir. They become very … Immoral, when they’re using it.”

“In Jobs’ name, what’s wrong with these kids!? We’re trying to save what little learning we have left, and they go and use it like this, corrupt it … Can’t they just smoke the good weed like everyone else?”

“Yes, sir.”

moment of silence for all the movies that have been overlooked (in the major non-special effects categories) because they’re popular, blockbuster science fiction and fantasy movies that the academy has decided not to take seriously

  • Iron Man 3
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • Pacific Rim
  • Thor 2
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

we know you were all wonderful

Congratulations to Jessica Lange and Danny Huston for their Saturn Awards 2014 ( The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films ) nominations!! 

Jessica is nominated in the category “ Best Actress in a Television Series ” for her role as Fiona Goode 

Danny is nominated in the category “ Best Guest Star in a Television Series ” for his role as the Axeman 

We’re wishing both GOODE LUCK


Iron Man 3 won three awards at the 41st Saturn Awards by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, winning best actor (Robert Downey Jr.), best supporting actor (Ben Kingsley), and the new category of best comic-to-film adaptation.

From Variety:

“Downey sent a video acceptance saying that he wants another Saturn to balance the feng shui in his home, so he read off his slate for the next few years, altering each title to make it more Saturn-friendly. He finished the list with ‘Sherlock Versus Mothra’ for 2017.”