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Text A Princess of Mars (1917)

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Author

John Carter, an American Civil War veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars. Carter soon falls in among the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of the planet’s warlike, four-armed, green inhabitants. Thanks to his strength and combat abilities, he soon rises to a position of respect in the tribe, and meets the incomporable Deja Thoris: a princess of Mars.

Comic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D. (1929)

Philip Nowlan, Creator

John F. Dille arranged for Philip Nowlan to turn the story “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” into a comic strip for syndication. The comic strip was named Buck Rogers, the name that was used for the character from then on. Dille may have coined the nickname “Buck” based on a 1920s cowboy character named Buck Jones.

Comic Flash Gordon (1934)

Alex Raymond, Creator

The long-running comic strip adventures of Flash Gordon, a world-renown polo player, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov on the planet Mongo (published by King Features Syndicate).

Video The Phantom Empire (1935)

B. Reeves Eason, Director

Billed as the first “Musical Western” was singer Gene Autry’s initial starring role. Autry and his young friends find themselves up against evil scientist and super-scientific underground world, Murania, complete with robots, death rays and other sci-fi creations.

Video Buck Rogers (1939)

Philip Nowlan, Creator

A 12-part film serial was produced by Universal Pictures Company featuring Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe) and his young friend Buddy Wade, who are involved in a dirigible accident and are trapped in suspended animation waiting for rescue. They are revived 500 years later and learn that the world is ruled by a Killer Kane and his henchmen. Buck and Buddy set out to save the world, with Lieutenant Wilma Deering and Prince Tallen of Saturn.

Video Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949)

James L. Caddigan, Creator

The series followed the adventures of the Video Rangers, led by Captain Video. Each day featured live adventures, which occupied half of the show, followed by about 15 minutes of old films, specifically cowboy movies, described as the adventures of Captain Video’s “undercover agents” on Earth. Later scripts were written by major science fiction writers, including Damon Knight, James Blish, Jack Vance and Arthur C. Clarke.

Text Farmer in the Sky (1950)

Robert A. Heinlein, Author

The Earth is crowded and food is rationed, but a colony on one of the moons of Jupiter offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family. Bill soon realizes that life on the frontier is dangerous and nature is cruelly unforgiving of even small mistakes. He will face hardships, survive dangers, and grow up fast, meeting the challenge of opening up a new world for humanity and finding strengths within himself that he had never suspected existed.

Text The Martian Chronicles (1950)

Ray Bradbury, Author

A chronicle of the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book is made up of previously published short stories loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes. Bradbury has credited Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath as influences on the structure of the book.

Video Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950)

Joseph Lawrence Greene, Creator

Inspired, in part, by the Robert A. Heinlein novel Space Cadet (1948). The adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkroom, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

Video Planet Outlaws (1953)

Philip Nowlan, Creator

The 12-part Buck Rogers movie serial from 1939 was re-edited into a feature film.

Video Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954)

Hollingsworth Morse, Director

In 2054, the Space Rangers are the Earth-based space policemen who patrolled the United Worlds of the Solar System. They defend the peace and security of the earth against mad scientists, criminals, and totalitarian alien civilizations.

Text The Secret Of Sinharat (1964)

Leigh Brackett, Author

Raised on the sun-soaked, savage world of Mercury, Eric John Stark lives among the people of the civilized solar system, but his veneer of calm masks a warrior’s spirit. In the murderous Martian Drylands the greatest criminals in the galaxy hatch a conspiracy of red revolution. Stark’s involvement leads to the forgotten ruins of the Martian Low Canals, an unlikely romance and a secret so potent it could shake the Red Planet to its core.

Video Star Trek (1966)

Gene Roddenberry, Creator

Set in the 23rd century, Star Trek follows the crew of the starship Enterprise led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Roddenberry had extensive experience in writing Westerns and pitched the show to the network as a “Wagon Train to the stars.”

Video Moon Zero Two (1969)

Hammer Films, Producer

A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The only place that they can bring the asteroid down without drawing attention to themselves is a far side mining claim. But first they must dispose of the miner. Little known to them, however, is the fact that the miners sister has hired the same salvage team to help her locate her missing brother.

Video Star Wars (1977)

George Lucas, Creator

A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away... a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance plot against an oppressive Galactic Empire. The Death Star, a moon-sized battle station capable of destroying a planet, has recently completed its ultimate weapon and the Rebels must destroy it before it’s too late.

Video Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Glen A. Larson, Creator

Hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare, the Twelve Colonies gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies, The Cylons. The Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack, destroying the Colonies’ home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar, the Galactica, remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet: Earth.

Video Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

Philip Nowlan, Creator

Capt. William “Buck” Rogers is a space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck’s piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer, squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering, the wise-cracking robot Twiki, and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis.

Video Jason of Star Command (1979)

Filmation, Producer

Working from within a secret section of Space Academy a daring soldier of fortune named Jason joins with his friends to combat the sinister forces that conspire to dominate the stars.

Video The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (1979)

Alex Raymond, Creator

Filmation produced an animated series which reused many of the animated sequences from the as yet unreleased TV movie, but removed the subplot involving Adolf Hitler. NBC was unhappy with the serial nature of the first season, as it clashed with their re-run style (details can be found on a documentary included on the DVD), so the second season was much changed.

Video Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

Roger Corman, Producer

The farmers of the peaceful planet Akir, are threatened by the space tyrant Sador. A local boy named Shad sets out to recruit a band of mercenaries to fight Sador. The story is a pastiche of Akira Kurosawa’s film Seven Samurai and its western remake, The Magnificent Seven. This band includes Gelt, played by Robert Vaughn essentially reprises his role from The Magnificent Seven, and George Peppard as a space cowboy.

Video Battlestar Galactica 1980 (1980)

Glen A. Larson, Creator

Battlestar Galactica finally makes the long-anticipated descent to Earth. With time running out and the Cylons closing in on their trail, Commander Adama and the Galactica must work harder than ever before to help Earth create the technology necessary for battle.

Video Flash Gordon (1980)

Alex Raymond, Creator

When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it’s up to quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic comic strip and its ’30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored classic deserves immortality for Queen’s unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone.

Audio Flash Gordon Soundtrack (1980)

Queen, Producer

The film score produced by Queen for the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Video Outland (1981)

Peter Hyams, Director

O’Niel, a new federal marshal at a mining colony on Jupiter’s moon Io, investigates an apparent suicide and uncovers a drug smuggling ring. O’Niel confronts Sheppard, the mine manager, for his part in the ring. Several assassins are brought in to murder O’Niel. With the help of the station doctor, O’Niel engages in a desperate shoot-out through the colony.

Text Wilderness Visions, 1st Ed. (1981)

David Mogen, Author

The first edition of a study exploring Western genre themes in Science Fiction Literature.

Video Space Raiders (1983)

Howard R. Cohen, Director

Producer Roger Corman recycled his special-effects footage from Battle Beyond the Stars for this tale of an intrepid 10-year-old who blasts off to a world of intergalactic desperados.

Audio Sundown On Venus (1984)

Gary Trainer, Author

Cowpunk album performed by The Jet Black Berries and released on Enigma. The Jet Black Berries had started off mixing the musical elements of Gram Parsons/early 70’s Rolling Stones country rock, Rockabilly, and the roots rock punk of The Gun Club and The Cramps. Lyrically transporting traditional western ballads into space and adding a huge dose of William S. Burroughs beat style storytelling drawing mostly his then recently finished The Red Night Trilogy.

Video Space Rage (1985)

Conrad E. Palmisano, Director

Set two hundred years from now, a bank robber named Grange is captured and sentenced to the penal colony on the mining planet Proxima Centauri 3 where he meets bounty-hunter Walker, and the Colonel, a retired policeman from LA who was considered the best of his kind. Grange is a dangerous lunatic and Walker and the Colonel must team up to keep him from escaping.

Video The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986)

Robert Mandell, Creator

In 2086 two aliens travelled to Earth in search of allies against the Crown Empire. In return for help, mankind was given construction plans for an FTL-drive. Interstellar travel flourished and colonies were built on distant star-systems. The Bureau for Extra-Terrestrial Affairs was founded to defend against various threats, including the Crown Empire.

Text Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future (1986)

Mike Resnick, Author

Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none....has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen world? His legend is as large as the Rim itself, his trail as elusive as a wisp of starlight in the empty realms of space. The reward for him is the largest in history.

Video Silverhawks (1986)

Rankin/Bass, Creator

In the 29th century, Quicksilver leads the bionic-powered law-enforcment team called The SilverHawks in fighting crime in the Limbo Galaxy. The team is composed of the twins: Steelheart and Steelwill, the guitar-playing pilot: Country-singing Col. Bluegrass, and a mathematical genius youngster from the planet of the mimes who speaks in whistles and computerized tones: The Copper Kidd.

Video Bravestarr (1987)

Donald Kushner, Creator

His name is Marshal Bravestarr, and he’s come to the rough-and-tumble planet of New Texas in the 22nd century to bring some law to its anarchy. Aided by the shape-changing technohorse Thirty-Thirty and the beautiful Judge J.B., Bravestarr protects the settlers and miners from the motley villains that want to steal the valuable mineral Kerium.

Video Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (1987)

Studio Pierrot, Creator

In the distant future humans have spread beyond Earth and colonized planets across the universe, creating a New Frontier of man. Earth’s Cavalry Command was created in order to protect the new settlers and maintain laws and regulations. Within Cavalry Command was a unit of special operatives known as Star Sheriffs that functioned as field agents, investigating crimes and plots against the security of the New Frontier.

Text Stinger (1988)

Rick McCammon, Author

Two aliens arrive in a remote Texas town, one an engaging waif, pursued by the other, a relentless bounty-hunter sent to bring her back. The townsfolk rally around the fugitive, but STINGER, the bounty-hunter, covers the town with a force field. No one can escape as he begins his search using replicants of the town’s inhabitants—exact copies of humans but with silver claws for hands and razor-blade teeth...STINGERS!

Text Wilderness Visions, 2nd Ed. (1993)

David Mogen, Author

A revised and expanded edition (128 pages) of Wilderness Visions, originally published in 1981, exploring Western genre themes in Science Fiction Literature.

Video Babylon 5 (1994)

J. Michael Straczynski, Creator

In the year 2258 (ten years after the Earth-Minbari War) Commander Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. At a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, Cmdr Sinclair (and later Captain Sheridan) must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all the while fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance.

Video Earth 2 (1994)

Billy Ray, Creator

A group of space colonists, led by Devon Adair and John Danzinger, are sent to a far off planet to prepare it for colonization by the surviving population of Earth. But a mishap sends them careening off-course, crash landing thousands of miles from the proper camp site. The series follows the band of colonists as they traverse the planet, encountering dangerous aliens and other humans who view them with distrust and suspicion.

Video Oblivion (1994)

Peter David, Author

The town of Oblivion is being terrorized by the snakelike, power-mad Redeye. He shoots the sheriff and disarms Stell Barr, his cyborg deputy. Enter Zack Stone, son of the late Sheriff Stone. Because he is an empath and feels the pain of others, he walks a path of non-violence. Can he remain pacifistic in the face of Redeye’s terrifying reign?

Comic Trigun (1995)

Yasuhiro Nightow, Author

Vash is a nice guy, but everyone wants to kill him. An enigma of a man with a coat full of bullet holes, he’s widely feared because of the destruction left in his wake. And he’s also highly valued for the price on his head. But he’s no easy man to kill. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from trying. What’s his mission? Where’s he from?

Video Backlash: Oblivion 2 (1996)

Peter David, Author

In the alien-western world of Oblivion, a suave, yet lethal bounty hunter named Sweeney arrives to arrest the seductive outlaw Lash, who just “inherited” a mine of Derconium (the most valuable mineral in the universe) from Crowley in a game of cards, meets up with Redeye's brother, Jaggar, who wants the mine for himself to rule the galaxy. It's a fight over Lash between the sheriff of Oblivion, Jaggar, and Sweeney.

Video Precious Find (1996)

Philippe Mora, Director

There’s gold in them thar hills on the moon. Space prospectors Rutger Hauer and Brion James are eager to cash in — as is claim jumper Joan Chen — when a newly discovered asteroid turns out to be a literal gold mine.

Text Tales of the Bounty Hunters (1996)

Kevin J. Anderson, Editor

This Star Wars Galaxy anthology features tales of professional bounty hunters by Kevin J. Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, Daniel Keys Moran, Kathy Tyers and Dave Wolverton.

Text The Widowmaker (1996)

Mike Resnick, Author

Jefferson Nighthawk—known and feared by many as the Widowmaker, the consummate bounty hunter—has been frozen for a century in order to defeat a deadly disease. Only now the cost of his care has risen, so the Widowmaker is called out of retirement for one special commission, and a very large chunk of cash. A notorious assassin has been wrecking havoc on the Frontier; who better but the Widowmaker to defeat him?

Text The Widowmaker Reborn (1997)

Mike Resnick, Author

Jefferson Nighthawk, once the galaxy’s most feared killer, is cloned again and given a new mission. This time he is armed with the Widowmaker’s killing skills and his lifetime of knowledge. The new mission involves the rescue of a corrupt politician’s daughter, and the assassination of the rebel leader who holds her captive. But the daughter offers a fortune if Nighthawk kills her father instead. While the odds are overwhelming, the price may be right.

Video Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Shinichiro Watanabe, Director

Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop. They’ve formed a partnership in a bounty hunting enterprise that specializes in adventure and cash. Using an old converted ship called the Bebop, with the help of the intelligent data dog, Ein, the mysterious and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine, and Ed, the genius hacker — Spike and Jet scour the galaxy to clean up space, one bounty at a time.

Video Outlaw Star (1998)

Takehiko Ito, Creator

Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the backwater planet of Centinel 3. But all that changes the day that Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. Now, thrust into a mystery they don’t fully understand, they’re on the run from the cops, the pirates, an angry alien, and a mysterious assassin. But they’ve got one thing going in their favor: they have the galaxy’s most advanced ship.

Interactive StarCraft (1998)

Blizzard Software, Creator

Set in the 26th century, Marshal Jim Raynor is pulled into a conflict, not just a civil war between the Terran Governments The Confederacy of Man and the rebellious Sons of Korhal, but also between to warring alien tribes, the insectoid Zerg and the psionic Protoss.

Comic Trigun Maximum (1998)

Yasuhiro Nightow, Creator

The continuing story of Vash the Stampede: Vash the Stampede has been missing for two years, and a pseudo-Vash is terrorizing a town with his gang. At the same time, Wolfwood tracks down Vash to tell him that every man, woman, and child is missing from another village and the only clue is the name Knives scrawled across a monument. After they defeat the impostor, Vash and Wolfwood head out to track down Knives.

Text The Widowmaker Unleashed (1998)

Mike Resnick, Author

Jefferson Nighthawk has been awakened from his frozen sleep, his deadly disease cured. But although he still has the experience and instincts of the legendary Widowmaker, Nighthawk is now biologically in his sixties. His reflexes slowed by age, looking only to live out his days in peace, he decides on a quiet retirement on a Frontier world. Easier said than done...

Video Aliens in the Wild, Wild West (1999)

George Erschbamer, Director

Sara and Tom Johnson are two very bored teenagers. But that’s all about to change. During a family vacation they accidentally travel back in time to a mid-1800s western town by means of an alien device. While back in time, they find an alien spaceship that has crash landed in the forest. One of the aliens is captured by the townspeople, who try to sell it to a representative of P.T. Barnum. Tom and Sara must save the alien to return to their own time.

Video Farscape (1999)

Rockne O’Bannon, Creator

American astronaut John Crichton is flung through a wormhole and comes out in the midst of an interstellar prison escape on the other side of the universe. When the Peacekeepers mark him as the new public enemy number one, Crichton is forced to ally himself with the outlaws: hulking warrior D’Argo, blue-skinned priest Zhaan, fugitive Peacekeeper Aeryn, exiled king Rygel, and Pilot, the giant insectlike nerve center of their living ship, Moya.

Video Andromeda (2000)

Gene Roddenberry, Creator

Thousands of years in the future, Dylan Hunt, the captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, is caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschen uprising against the Systems Commonwealth. Hunt is forced to evacuate his crew, but gets caught on the edge of an event horizon of a black hole, trapping him in time. 300 years later, Hunt’s ship is located by the salvage ship Eureka Maru and Hunt recruits the salvage crew to join him in an attempt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and “rekindle the light of civilization.”

Interactive Deadlands: Lost Colony (2000)

Pinnacle Entertainment, Creator

The Interspace Tunnel has collapsed, trapping hundreds of thousands of colonists on Banshee, a harsh world filled with hostile anouks and sorcerous aliens.

Video The American Astronaut (2001)

Cory McAbee, Director

Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, is approached by an acqaintance of his, the Blueberry Pirate, with a mission. He is to provide the women of Venus with a new king to mate with. In exchange for this new stud, they will relinquish their currently deceased king, for whose body his family is offering a reward. Curtis sets off in search for the perfect replacement but is unaware of the fact that his old nemesis, Professor Hess, is hot on his trail.

Video Ghosts of Mars (2001)

John Carpenter, Creator

Mars, 2176 AD. Long colonized by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. 640,000 people now live and work at far-flung outposts all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors, now unleashed and apparently unstoppable, are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders, bent on ridding the planet of the invaders from Earth.

Video Firefly (2002)

Joss Whedon, Creator

Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centres around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, telepathic sister, he gets much more than he bargained for.

Video Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Glen A. Larson, Creator

This four-hour miniseries reprises the basic premise of the original show while giving it a major overhaul. The Cylons nearly annihilate the human inhabitants of 12 colonial worlds. Thus begins the epic battle and eventual retreat of a ragtag fleet of humans, searching for the mythical planet Earth under the military command of Adama and the political leadership of Laura Roslin, rising to the occasion of her unexpected Presidency.

Video Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003)

Shinichiro Watanabe, Creator

Set between episodes 22 and 23 of the series, the movie finds the crew of The Bebop after another bounty. What should be the routine capture of a two-bit hacker by Faye escalates into a deadly game of cat and mouse, as Spike and the gang struggle to prevent the evil Vincent Volaju from murdering every human on Mars. The climactic duel between Spike and Vincent plays against innocent yet eerie images of a Halloween carnival.

Text The Return of Santiago (2003)

Mike Resnick, Author

More than a century after the disappearance of legendary outlaw Santiago, Danny Briggs stumbles across the manuscript of an epic poem that chronicles the deeds of the scourge and savior of the galaxy’s Inner Frontier. Recognizing Santiago’s true nature, Danny struggles to resurrect the revolutionary whose crimes masked a scheme to protect the lawless Frontier from the corruption of the Democracy, the major human state.

Images Sci-Fi Western (2003)

Sunny Buick, Editor

Science fiction and westerns come together in this book documenting the first-ever art show devoted to this novel mix of past and future fantasies. Editor Sunny Buick has collected the best of this fantastical hybrid in this lavishly illustrated book which features 150 artists worldwide. These artists, including such notables as Robert Williams and Mark Ryden, present a variety of futurescapes all with an imaginative western inflection.

Video Battlestar Galactica (2005)

Glen A. Larson, Creator

Picking up where the 2003 miniseries ended, the Battlestar Galactica and the ragtag fleet of colonial survivors begin their quest for the legendary 13th colony planet Earth, while being pursued with clockwork regularity by the Cylons, who’ve now occupied the colonial planet of Caprica.

Video Bloodsuckers (2005)

Matthew Hastings, Director

The year is 2210. The universe is overrun with hundreds of vampire species that prey upon humans in brutal, surprise attacks. That's when intergalactic Vampire Sanitation teams are called upon to lay waste to these vile predators.

Text Finding Serenity (2005)

Jane Espenson, Editor

Critical and exploratory essays about the Firefly/Serenity ’verse written by David Gerrold, Mercedes Lackey, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jewel Staite, and many others.

Video Gun X Sword (2005)

Hideyuki Kurata, Author

On the planet of Endless Illusion, a lone man adorned in a tuxedo roams the wild and lawless frontier... Armed with a shape-shifting sword and a powerful Armor, Van’s sole purpose in life is to find the mysterious clawed man who had murdered his bride. After saving a town from vicious outlaws, he reluctantly takes on a travel companion—the young Wendy Garrett.

Video Planetfall (2005)

Michael J. Heagle, Director

When a military transport crash lands on a war torn planet competing factions seek the last, lost stockpile of the illicit psychic-power enhancing drug Psylenol. Set against a backdrop that combines the apocalyptic world view of the Mad Max trilogy with the lawless antihero psychology of the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns.

Video R. Tam Sessions (2005)

Joss Whedon, Creator

A series of six short videos that chronicled several of the early in-universe interviews with the emotionally troubled Firefly character River Tam. Although released unofficially over the internet, the videos were meant as a form of viral marketing for the 2005 film Serenity and are included in the Collector’s Edition of Serenity.

Video Serenity (2005)

Joss Whedon, Director

The feature film that followed the television series Firefly, taking place about two months after the events of the final episode. The Alliance is closing their grasp around the fugitive River Tam, hoping to contain the government secrets hidden away in her brain.

Images Serenity Official Visual Companion (2005)

Joss Whedon, Creator

The majority of this text contains the shooting script for the film Serenity, based on Joss Whedon’s short-lived television show Firefly. In addition to the script, the book contains a lengthy interview with Whedon, background material, and copious stills from the film.

Interactive Serenity: Role Playing Game (2005)

Jamie Chambers, Author

The Serenity Role Playing Game lets you re-create the action of the ’Verse, the science-fiction setting created by writer/director Joss Whedon. Fly a ship out in the black, take jobs as they come, and always make sure you get paid. All you need is dice, friends, and your imagination.

Comic Serenity: Those Left Behind (2005)

Joss Whedon, Creator

A three-issue comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics (later collected into a single graphic novel). The story is a bridge between the end of the Firefly television series and the beginning of the film Serenity, and details the plans of Lawrence Dobson, the Alliance secret agent who attempted to capture Simon and River Tam in the pilot episode of Firefly.

Audio Black Holes and Revelations (2006)

Matthew Bellamy, Author

The fourth studio album by English rock band Muse with political and sci-fi undertones which ranges in style from alternative hard rock to spaced-out intergalactic epic and features themes from alien invasion to rebellious paranoia. Especially noted for its closing track “Knights of Cydonia.”

Comic Cowboys and Aliens (2006)

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Creator

In the Old West, settlers and Native Americans wage a bloody battle for control of the land. But when the Earth is threatened by conquerors from the stars, these sworn enemies must work together to save all humanity.

Video Coyote Ragtime Show (2006)

Takuya Nonaka, Director

The legendary Pirate King Bruce has been killed. His daughter’s inheritance is hidden somewhere on the planet Graceland. However, Graceland is now in such a state of civil war that the president of the Milky Way Federation threatens to blow up the planet in a week. Mister, a notorious space outlaw, his sidekicks Bishop and Katana, and his longtime rival Swamp must help Franca get to her inheritance before they’re captured or killed.

Images Firefly: The Official Companion: Vol. 1 (2006)

Joss Whedon, Creator

The official companion contains unseen photos, scripts, behind the scenes secrets, and exclusive input from the cast and crew, including of course creator Joss Whedon.

Text A Gathering of Widowmakers (2006)

Mike Resnick, Author

All that the original Widowmaker really wanted to do and that was retire on a far away planet and raise a garden. There were still two clones of him to keep the peace and carry on his legend. Unfortunately for him, his two clones have come to a disagreement. When a widowmaker takes on a widowmaker everyone runs for cover. There is only one man who can stand up to the clones of the Widowmaker... the Widowmaker himself.

Video The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

Michael Polish, Director

Billy Bob Thornton portrays Charlie Farmer, an ex-airforce pilot whose dream is to be an astronaut. Faced with the foreclosure of his ranch, neighborhood naysayers, and a government alarmed by his huge purchase of high-grade fuel, he’s ready to blast into space inside the homemade rocket he built in his barn.

Video Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)

Glen A. Larson, Creator

The central conflict in Razor involves the Pegasus trying to rescue a Raptor crew from the Cylons. During the mission Shaw flashes back to 10 months earlier, and her experiences in the immediate aftermath of the Cylons’ wipeout of Caprica influence how she handles this mission and its implications of a new Cylon-human hybrid.

Video Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity (2007)

Brian Wiser, Producer

A documentary that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves.

Images Firefly: The Official Companion: Vol. 2 (2007)

Joss Whedon, Creator

Contains part two of an extended interview with Joss Whedon, as well as new interviews with the cast, executive producer Tim Minear and many other writers and crewmembers; the full, uncut shooting scripts for eight episodes annotated with memories from the cast and crew; behind-the-scenes interviews with the crew behind Firefly, including sections on the production design and visual effects, illustrated with unseen imagery.

Text Serenity Found (2007)

Jane Espenson, Editor

A follow-up to Finding Serenity addressing the events of the film Serenity as well as offering additional essays on the Firefly ’verse. Contributors include actor Nathan Fillion, MMO-RPG Multiverse executive producer Corey Bridges, and science fiction writers Bruce Bethke and Orson Scott Card.

Video Showdown at Area 51 (2007)

Kenneth M. Badish, Producer

A SCI FI Original movie, starring Gigi Edgley of Farscape. A mysterious stranger from another planet crash lands on Earth and he has until sundown to save the planet from another far more fearsome alien menace. The two aliens battle over the future of the Human race - one is their protector, and the other wants to see their complete domination.

Text Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith (2008)

C.L. Moore, Author

This anthology collects for the first time all 13 of C.L. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories. Among the best-written and most emotionally complex stories of the Pulp Era, the tales of intergalactic smuggler Northwest Smith still resonate strongly 75 years after their first publication. From the crumbling temples of forgotten gods on Venus to the seedy pleasure halls of old Mars, Northwest Smith blazes a trail through the underbelly of the solar system.

Text Space Vulture (2008)

Gary K. Wolf, Author

Silver-space-suited galactic marshal Capt. Victor Corsaire is distracted from arresting smalltime crook Gil Terry when infamous (and impeccably dressed) criminal mastermind Space Vulture raids the planet Verlinap. Capturing Corsaire and a “feisty” planetary administrator, Cali Russell, Space Vulture triggers a battle of wits as he seeks to auction the lawman off to 12 of the galaxy’s most wanted criminals.

Interactive Borderlands (2009)

Gearbox Software, Creator

In a distant future, the planets at the outer edges of the galaxy have become a beacon to fortune seekers and those yearning for a better life off world. But there are no guarantees in deep space. Pandora, one of these distant planets, was reported to be rich in untapped mineral wealth, and so drew many hoping to get rich quick, but in the end little was found beyond the scattered ruins of a past alien civilization. With nothing to gain, any who could soon abandoned Pandora, leaving those who remained to deal with the lawlessness of a world gone bust, and the mystery of the long-dead alien civilization.