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No Earth Rodent Will Be Safe

May 30th, 2007

During last night’s weekly session of Magic: The Gathering, conversation turned to my old fansite devoted to the TV series V. It was something I put together when I was first learning HTML. At the time, I was looking for a hook upon which to hang a webpage, and as there was little available on the Web about the series and I had access to some obscure material from my fanboy days, it seemed a good test case. The site was never meant to be much, and I largely abandoned it years ago. (However, there’s still a button for it on the menu bar to the left.)

Anyhow, I did a bit of digging around today to see if anything had ever come of creator Kenneth Johnson’s plans for a new V miniseries which had been bandied about a couple of years ago. I was surprised to turn up an announcement of a new novel written by Johnson and set for publication this October: V: The Second Generation. Apparently, it will be set twenty years later, and will deal with the arrival of the Visitors’ adversaries, whom the human Resistance attempted to contact via radio telescope at the end of the original miniseries. While Johnson’s webpage doesn’t get into many details, it appears likely to ignore the Final Battle miniseries and subsequent weekly series, both of which were developed after he’d left the project. I enjoyed Johnson’s take on the rise of fascism in the U.S. via an invasion of space lizards, so I look forward to seeing how he’ll play out that theme in the era of Homeland Security.

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