Infinite Worlds: The Realms of Speculative (FAN)-Fiction,
Ten Facts About...You May Have Missed...

by Duncan MacLeod

There are some great (perhaps forgotten, or even overlooked) posts on Fan Fiction right here at Pan Historia. Over at the science-based reference book, Infinite Worlds: The Realms of Speculative Fiction, are continuing threads dedicated to folks posting their knowledge of Science and Fantasy fiction about various subjects and fan-fic related material in the format of Ten Facts About…!

I thought it was fitting with this Pan Historian Edition featuring Fan Fiction, to take the opportunity to bring these interesting posts forward; a little reminder of what we do here at Pan Historia, create imaginary worlds from other imaginary, and sometimes real, sources.

This is just a brief example of what the threads contain. I suggest you venture over there and see what other folks said, and what else you can find that you may have missed.

Ten Facts About… Star Wars: Star Wars earnt $215 million in the United States and $337 million overseas during its original theatrical release in 1977, and held a 20 year record from 1977-1997 as one of the highest box office films in movie history. It won several film awards, including 10 Academy Award nominations, six BAFTA nominations and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. The American Film Institute has ranked it as the #13 Greatest Movie of All Time, and the film score as the #1 of the last 100 years. The movie's line "May the force be with you" was voted as the #22 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere.

Ten Facts About… Flash Gordon: Flash Gordon began life as a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7 1934 and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip. The character appeared in three movie serials starring Buster Crabbe in the title role: Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). There followed a live-action TV series which ran for 39 episode from 1954-1955 (recut into a movie in 1957) and an animated series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon which ran from 1979 to 1980. 1980 also brought us the (in)famously camp cult classic Flash Gordon movie of 1980 starring the deliciously wooden Sam J. Jones. An animated television movie followed in 1982 (Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All) and an animated Flash Gordon television series in 1996. Phew! As if Flash hadn't already had enough screen exposure, a new Sci-Fi Channel live-action series is due to premier in August 2007.

Ten Facts About… Farscape: Farscape was originally conceived in the early 1990s by Rockne S. O'Bannon and Brian Henson under the title Space Chase.

The series first ran on the Canadian YTV channel, then in the U.S. on the Sci-Fi Channel (which also financed the series). In September 2002, the Sci-Fi Channel, which was then owned by Vivendi Universal, unexpectedly opted to withdraw its funding of the fifth season, canceling the show. Thanks to the attention generated by a vociferous fan campaign, various financial backers in Europe offered their support and in 2003/2004 a mini-series was produced to wrap up the plot threads dangling at the cancellation of the regular TV series: Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in October of 2004. On July 15, 2007 it was announced that Farscape would return in ten webisode installments.

(There can only be) 10 Facts About Highlander: "From the dawn of time we came, moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you.....until now....." Hard to believe the first Highlander movie is 22 years old, isn't it? It came out in 1986, and Christopher "Christophe" Lambert could barely speak English at all before beginning it. He had had only had one English-speaking role in a movie before (Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes) where let's be honest, he didn't have to talk much. For Highlander, he spent time with a dialogue coach to develop his accent into something which sounded non-specifically foreign. Evidently it paid off - he reappeared in Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Highlander III: The Final Dimension (1994) and Highlander: Endgame (2000), and cameoed in the pilot of the television series.

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