To all writers and readers of Wonders in the Dark:
by Sam Juliano
As everyone who has been following the site well knows, we have tentative plans to conduct a Greatest Science-Fiction Films countdown near the end of the first quarter of the new year. Although I personally took the reigns of the past hugely successful five countdowns, I have yielded to others to set the rules and regulations of the new poll for several reasons. First off, I personally need a break, though my involvement will still be as passionate and as time consuming as the other countdowns. Secondly, I think it would be great to have us look at this genre from another angle, with new markers to gauge our examination of science fiction cinema. I am not to be sure throwing up my hands and saying I am buckling under to pressure or that I am doing what I really don’t want to do. If that were the case I would have resisted. I want and welcome the change. I always like to pursue new avenues when possible. It has nothing to do with how well the past countdowns came down. The evidence suggests they were monster hits. But I see no reason to believe the 2016 venture will be any different. There are other things going on at the site now, what with the Caldecott Contender series almost set to go and some promised Saturday action. I am sure Allan will be posting some of his Obscuros and as always Jim Clark is there every other week with his painstaking work. I wanted to clear the air, so there are no future misunderstandings.