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Firefly: Still Flying

Just a quick one in commemoration of Geek Pride Day – even though it’s over in most parts of the world.

Nothing says “geek” quite like the Browncoats – fans of the television series Firefly, which was unceremoniously dumped after one season but forever cemented the careers of actors Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau and Christina Hendricks, just to mention a few. Thanks to the undying support of the Browncoats, Firefly has spawned a movie, Serenity as well as a dozen publications.

Geek Pride Day marked the release of yet another Firefly book from publisher Titan, in the same vein as Firefly: The Official Companion, Volumes 1 and 2. Entitled Firefly: Still Flying, it includes the expected studio shots, behind the scenes photos, prop close-ups as well as memories from the cast and crew, eight years after the series was cancelled. These are a continuation of the same material we found in the other Official Companion books, including that of the Serenity movie. Perhaps the best reason to get the book, however, is the four new stories penned by screenwriters from the series.

We have the likes of Jane Espenson, currently the showrunner of Battlestar Galactica spinoff Caprica, who wrote the episode “Shindig” and now brings us a story entitled “What Holds Us Down”. There’s also Brett Matthews, who co-wrote the Serenity prequel comics with Joss Whedon as well as the episode “Heart of Gold”. His story is simply named “Crystal”. Jose Molina contributes with his story “Take The Sky”, but it is his collaborator Ben Edlund who steals the show with a story he wrote and drew – “Fun With Dick and Jayne”. Edlund is perhaps most well known for creating the comic book and cartoon hero, The Tick.

The members of HereBeGeeks are all big fans of Firefly, so perhaps a review of the book will be forthcoming. Till then, keep it shiny.

Peter Lin

His teenage years spent nursing a giant man-crush on Steve Rogers, the first Captain America, Peter naturally found himself drawn to many other heroes who depicted strong, manly qualities, including the honour-bound warrior Worf, first Klingon in Starfleet, and the muscular rock hard abs of The Thing.

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