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Cast Your Vote For Stargate Universe!

Dr. Rush wants you to Save Stargate Universe

Click Dr. Rush to go to the Save Stargate Universe Page on Facebook!

The Constellation Awards are open for votes, and some of our favorite people and shows are up for four out of nine awards. Not only do we get Stargate Universe, we get Sanctuary, Dr. Who, Chuck, Tron Legacy, and other hot science-fiction from the last year. What are the Constellation Awards, you ask?

The Constellation Awards are Canada’s annual science fiction awards focused on rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. Now in its fifth year, The Constellation Awards celebrate and honour the actors, writers, and technical artists behind the best of today’s science fiction film and TV works – with an added focus on Canadian contributions to science fiction film and television. The Constellation Awards are also the only Canadian science fiction film and TV awards where YOU, the Canadian viewing public, get to select the nominees and winners in all categories.

That’s right, they’re Canadians and only Canadians can vote (and people who have worked for the TCON Promotional Society), but I’m sure we have at least a few canucks out there (no, really…I have a traffic analysis with a little map and everything). There is also a voting fee of five dollars. I know, lame, but they make a good point here:

The voting fee is in place to help pay for the costs of the awards, including paying for the trophies, the MCs, promotions, and various other related costs. If we did not charge this fee, we would not be able to hold our ceremonies, give the winners trophies, etc. – basically, we would just be a poll. Our fee is in line with other similar awards (e.g. The Aurora Awards charge a similar amount for voting). Also to a degree the voting fee helps dissuade people from voting multiple times. Please note that all money received goes into the awards, not a single member of The Constellation Awards team draws a salary or any other compensation for running these awards.

So those of you who can vote (and can spare five bucks) get over there and do your part. While I understand if you feel you must vote for one of the other entries and not for Stargate Universe actors and writers (there are some awesome shows up there), it will help the overall cause of Save Stargate Universe.

Correction!

The good people over at the Constellation Awards has corrected our information about who can vote:

That’s not *quite* accurate: Voting is open to Canadians OR any non-Canadians who *are members of* the TCON Promotional Society. TCON is a not-for-profit social club that celebrates science fiction film and television by running events such as the Polaris Science Fiction Convention. Info on membership can be found at http://www.tcon.ca/polaris/modules/content/?id=112 and there are options there for people who want to join the society without attending the convention.

Thanks for the information and thanks for reading!

Superman Stops Fighting for the American Way

Superman making his debut in Action Comics #1 ...

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Via Comics Alliance, we find that Superman, the icon of “truth, justice, and the American way” for eighty years will be renouncing his American citizenship. The surprising and polarizing act makes sense in the context of the storyline, where Superman’s attempts to protect and support the protesters in Iran is interpreted as an act of war by the USA. Superman, realizing that he was naive for thinking his actions would not be interpreted that way on the world stage, promptly goes to the UN and renounces his American citizenship, pledging to fight the good fight on a global scale.

This is a move that is obviously going to attract very strong emotions. The comments on the article speak volumes:

“SUPERMAN ALWAYS HAS BEEN A GLOBAL IMAGE AND “AMERICAN ICON!” I still believe in truth, justice and the AMERICAN WAY!” The creators of Superman saw him as the ultimate imigrant! why is it that American is now associated with not fair yet the whole world calls on us to save them! I am a life long Superman fan..and if the story has him renounce his US citizenship, then it will be an insult to the patriotic image they created…..” – Iceman

“Key point: Superman didn’t renounce anything. He’s only a cartoon character. Action Comics has renounced their citizenship. Or at least signaled a change of values. Expect to see A LOT of shilling for leftist causes now. I wonder what they gain by selling out to propagandize for the Democrats, like the main stream media did. Maybe they’ll get a bailout from the taxpayers. Or when it comes time for opting out of Obamacare for their employees down in the printing room.

Yep. And once the comic book world has completely cashed in on the side of “global transformation”, I’m sure they’ll get some well-deserved extra rations and larger apartments in the workers paradise. Thanks for enlisting in the corporate propaganda army, Action Comics. Now lets get busy! Can Superman make it to Palestine next week? We hear the Israeli Army is picking on the Gaza Strip again and we need him to help Hamas leverage power!!!” – Jon

“Interesting concept, but terrible timing…..With the tragic comedy of our politicians and an absence of visible American heroes ( this does not include our valiant troops ), DC basically outsources Supe ! Is nothing sacred ?” – onc8

It’s interesting that almost all of the commenters take this in a completely real-world political context. I am not naive enough to not see the political drive going on in the writer’s minds, but at the same time, from the point of view of someone who actually reads these comics, and watches the cartoons, and Smallville, and the movies…wow, I’m a nerd. But regardless, the actions of Superman, and indeed, the entire ensemble of the Justice League, stopped being limited to America or the agendas of American exceptionalism and nationalism a really, really long time ago. The villains stopped being foreign armies, and many of them became members of our own governments. The Project Cadmus storylines…hell, the greatest villain of Superman history, Lex Luthor, was elected president of the US!

In addition to this, the affairs of these heroes reach far beyond our planet. The affairs of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis, and Final Crisis (among many others) reach beyond our dimension to all possible realms of existence.

On the political side, it’s not exactly news-worthy to suggest that perhaps, just perhaps, America is not the moral leaders that they once were (or at least that the history books written by Americans say they were) and that if a superhero is truly to be “good” an objective, non-political sense, Superman can’t exactly align himself with the US anymore. We torture. We kidnap people and make them disappear. We lock people away with no evidence, no trial, and no means of review. In light of all of that, is it any surprise that the universal symbol of good, honor, and justice can no longer wrap himself in the US flag?

Maybe when we clean up our act he’ll come back. Thoughts?