Hunks! Red-hot hunks! Get your hunks right here!
Okay, I admit it, I'm a healthy, red-blooded naturalized American, and there's nothing I enjoy more than a good-looking man to drool over. But I'm not shallow, no, not me. I demand that all my hunks be charming and talented, not just gorgeous. Here are a few particularly fine specimens:
- Sean Bean -- star of Sharpe, Patriot Games, and Stormy Monday; currently filming Lord of the Rings.
- Marc Blucas -- the recently-departed <sniffle> Riley Finn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; it's a role that requires charm, humor, and a remarkable number of gratuitous shirtless scenes.
- Bruce Campbell -- my candidate for the coolest man alive. Evil Dead movies; Brisco County, Jr.; Hercules and Xena; he plays all the best characters. In fact, he's so cool, I'm gonna throw in an extra link for him.
- Michael Hurst -- the best sidekick ever, and that's a big compliment coming from me. Don't believe me? Just watch him play Iolaus on Hercules: the Legendary Journerys.
- James Marsters -- also known as Spike, the kick-ass British vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and giving Bruce Campbell some competition for the coolest man alive title.
- Kevin Smith -- my candidate for the hottest man alive. A talented and indecently gorgeous New Zealand actor best known in the US as Ares, God of War on Hercules and Xena. Yep, he rates an extra link too.
Yes, I am a TV junkie, why do you ask?
It's tough being a genre TV addict. The shows I like usually get cancelled (Highlander: the Series, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys), or start to suck after a few years on the air (Xena: Warrior Princess, X-Files.) Still, enough good stuff keeps getting on the air to keep me going. Here's what I currently use to feed my addiction:
- Despite a relatively weak fourth season, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still the best show on TV for my money. Don't be put off by the cheesy title -- it's got razor-sharp dialogue, great characters, a terrific cast, and damn good stories. Want to learn more? BuffyGuide.com will tell you everything you could possibly want to know.
- I admit it, I was skeptical about Angel when I first heard of it. I never liked him as a supporting character on Buffy, and I certainly didn't think he could carry a series by himself. But a strong supporting cast, sharp writing, and a surprising sense of humor turned this spin-off into an excellent follow-up to Buffy. See for youself here.
- Farscape is everything that science fiction on TV should be: great visual effects, truly alien aliens, and storytelling that takes chances.
Fan fiction: it's not just a hobby, it's an obsession.
First, I watch TV. Then I read and write fiction about all the TV I just watched. Makes perfect sense, right? Right? Oh, never mind. Just check out some of these sites and you'll see what I mean.
- The Less Than Legendary Journeys -- Wonderful Hercules stories, with a strong focus on the character of Iolaus. Read their epic Hercules/Buffy crossover, "When Hellmouths Collide." Then e-mail the authors and tell them to hurry up and finish it.
- The Ksmithares mailing list is a fiction and discussion forum centering on Ares, Iphicles, and other characters played by that great Kiwi hunk, Kevin Smith. The list has an archive that's choc full of great stories, but be warned: this is erotic fiction, mostly slash (same-sex relationships), so don't go if you're underage.
- Fanfiction.net -- a true "kitchen sink" archive; every imaginable fandom is represented, and anyone can upload a story. The quality ranges from the sublime to the apalling, but you can find some great stuff if you're willing to dig around.
- The Sith Academy. Uhm... well... it's Star Wars stories... sort of... see, it's all about Darth Maul, and his training as a Sith Lo-- ah, forget it, I can't explain it. Just go read, OK?
- Voices. An excellent anthology of Highlander stories, and I'm not just saying that 'cause they have two of my stories and an interview with me.
- The Royal Court of Corinth. My very own archive and all-around fan site dedicated to Iphicles, the other character played by Kevin Smith on Hercules: the Legendary Journeys. Sure, he was only in four episodes. But he's a great character, and some wonderful writers have written stories about him. Go see.
Why, yes, I do have friends, why do you ask?
- The CITH writers group. A fine and talented bunch of folks dedicated to genre writing, good grammar, and beer. Visit the group's site for links to individual author sites, and find out what CITH stands for.
- Keith DeCandido. Besides being my collaborator on the Methos Chronicles fanfics, Keith is the author of many cool books, a musician, and general all-around cool guy. And he makes a mean pasta sauce.
- John S. Drew. A guy who watches even more TV than I do. He also writes and produces cool audio dramas. Check out his serial, The House at Morning Heights Drive, and you can hear me doing the voice of Ingrid.
- Laura Anne Gilman. Writer, editor, and perpetrator of many great parties.
- Orenthal V. Hawkins. Another guy who watches more TV than I do. (I seek them out on purpose, to make myself look less geeky by comparison. So far it's not working.)
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