Feb 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Commentary, Ramblings

Recently, some friends and I have been swapping DVDs and watching episodes of old SF shows from the 70s and 80s.

Back when we were kids, Buck Rogers was a great show. Looking back on it 30 years later… well… as one friend put it, “God, if not for Erin Gray this show would be unwatchable”.

Science fiction has gone through some amazing changes since we were kids. During the late 80s, shows like the X-Files and Deep Space Nine showed that audiences were willing—even eager—to watch shows that had long arcs and on-going sub-plots. With the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore and his team proved that intelligent, plot-driven shows can be successful.

Yet, for all these advances, we still have the crap that SyFy keeps pumping out under the over-used umbrella of “science fiction”. It has been—and continues to be—a long, hard battle for those of us who know what well-written science fiction is like, and believe that it can be successful in the popular market.

To misappropriate a saying we all grew up with: The truth is out there.

The Trilobyte Project is trying to create well-written science fiction and fantasy that can both stand up to the scrutiny of fans and make it in the popular market.

We have no delusions of granduer. We don’t expect to make billions of dollars and get our characters on postage stamps. We do, however, expect to make enough money to keep on producing good work, and to get our characters on t-shirts, posters, and lunch boxes. Seriously… my biggest dream for the project is to see kids going to school with our characters embossed on their lunch boxes. That would be so cool!

To get to that point, however, it takes a lot of work, a lot of patience, and a lot of faith.

I believe.

Do you?

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