Yes, this is one of those short posts where I tell you to go read something longish. Hey, it's a blog; suck it up. In one of those strangely-divergent convergences, old-time (British?) sci-fi author Mick Farren is now writing for the L.A. City Beat weekly on media issues. This week Farren does a sort-of review of the new Battlestar Galactica series while also analyzing the influences of national politics and zeitgeist on the production and consumption of sci-fi and fantasy in this country. I don't agree 100% with his analysis, but I did find myself nodding quite a bit.