This month, the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series welcomed Paul Tremblay, who read from his narcoleptic detective novel The Little Sleep, and Stewart O’Nan, who read from Songs for the Missing, an “unflinching look at an unraveling family.” Matt Kressel has already posted pictures from the crowded and lively event.
The stories were less fantastic (genrewise, not qualitatively) than what we usually hear at KGB, so it is entirely fitting that this month’s Ridiculous Survey centered around a very serious—and entirely hypothetical—scenario:
You are the marketing manager at a major science fiction television channel. You have been asked to rebrand the channel with a new name for the channel that will better appeal to today’s youth. What do you call it?
We got quite a range of responses, from the serious to the whimsical, and a whole lot of snickers—almost as if this was anything other than a collective examination of an entirely made-up thought question! Honestly, people. Check below the fold to see what everyone said and chime in with the name of your youth-oriented SF teevee channel.
- Alaya Dawn Johnson: 42. Honorable mention: Siphie.
- Amy Lau: Sex
- Douglas Cohen: FTL Broadcasting
- Dustin Kurtz: ¿ScFcX!X!X!? (though he would like to attribute the question mark inspiration to Meghan McCarron)
- Eddie Schneider: OMFG Poneez
- Ellen Kushner: TwitterFacebook
- Eugene Myers: OMFG
- Genevive Valentine: The Twilight Zone
- Jim Stewart: The Singularity Channel
- Jordan Hamessley: Faux Fi
- Liz Gorinsky: §©ï ¡
- Mary Robinette Kowal: Boundary Zone (BZTV)
- Matt Kressel: P3WN
- Megan Messinger: Wonderflonium
- Meghan McCarron: Fuckin’ Nerd Shit. Or: Experimental Literary Non-Realist Television
- Mercurio D. Rivera: iMTV (short for Imagination Television)
- Nina Lourie: iFai?
- Nora Jemisin: Stuff Blowing Up
- Paul Tremblay: Astro
- Steven Padnick: Fantastic TV
- Tempest Bradford: “I wouldn’t call it anything new, I’d just replace all textual references to it with a picture of Robert Pattison.”
As always, if I mistranscribed your answer—or if you’d rather I linked to a different webpage or didn’t use your full name—please let me know via my shoutbox. And if I missed you this time, please come find me at the next event!
3/26/09: Edited to properly attribute Jim’s contribution.