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I Want To Give You a Spaceship

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 11:23 AM

TWO

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly




From my copy, this is Tim Minear's introduction to Serenity Atlas of the Verse: Volume 1
www.google.com/search?q=Serenity+Atlas+of+the+Verse
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"I want to give you a spaceship."

This is the kind of sentence Joss Whedon utters when he's about to change your life. There had been other sentences like it up to that moment, but that one remains a standout. Because, well, he gave me a spaceship.

This particular spaceship took up two full sound stages on the 20th Century Fox lot. I had heard about how impressive it was, though I hadn't yet seen it in person. Joss's offer came to me on a stage at a different studio, Paramount, where I was finishing up directing two back-to-back episodes of the other thing that had changed my life, my beloved Angel.

Up to that point I hadn't been involved in the pilot of Firefly. It was Joss's new show and I was well aware of it. He'd kindly let me read drafts of the script; I got to look at early cuts.

I thought it was all pretty swell. But I admired it from a distance. I had to. Or like Mal spotting that beautiful junk heap across the used spaceship lot, I was liable to fall in love if I gave 'er more than a once-over.

Angel was my home and there was never any hint that I'd leave it. So when Joss turned up on Stage 7 at Paramount that day – clear across town from Fox where that spaceship was parked – and even further from those hot, hunched stages where Buffy made her home – I was a little surprised to see him. He was here to see me. Specifically. I assumed I was in trouble. I always assume I'm in trouble.

He took me into the lobby of Angel's hotel. Nothing was being shot there at the moment. He was animated. Joss is always animated, but this was some new technology. He was animated like some Robert Zemeckis vanity project but without the creepy dead eyes.

He told me that for days he and Marti Noxon had been trying to come up with a name of someone who could help him run his new show. A certain name was mentioned more than once – mine. Joss was using my name as a reference point for the kind of partner he wanted on Firefly. Finally Marti, being Marti and supremely clearheaded said, "Joss – just ask Tim."

I guess Joss's reaction was to do a take, look at her and say, "Can I do that?" To which Marti, again with the clear head, said, "You're the boss. You can do whatever you want."

So that's when Joss, bursting with excitement, told me he wanted to give me a spaceship.

I'm still not sure if his excitement was due to the offer or his newfound realization that he was, in fact, the boss. Hell, I coulda told him that.

Still – when Joss Whedon offers you a spaceship, you accept the spaceship.

A few days later I stepped onto Serenity for the first time. There were a couple of ways to get to the bridge. My favorite was starting in back, moving through the dining room, past the doors to the bunks on either side, then up the metal stairs, where that big bug-head of a bridge opened up with its windows peering out into the Big Black.

Out there, on the stage at 20th Century Fox, was a limitless universe. Full of stories we were going to get to tell.

Were supposed to tell.

But didn't.

Well, some. But not all. Not enough. Not nearly enough. There were so many places we didn't get to go.

So it's only appropriate that what you have in your hands is an Atlas to some of the places we went, and some of the places we never got to go. We wanted to take you to all of them. But since we couldn't, let the creators of this defiant, lovingly made tome help keep you flying.

Tim Minear
Executive Producer, Firefly
Los Feliz, California

The Joss Whedon script for "Serenity", where Wash lives, is
Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/two

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 3:09 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Me wants!

Gimmie !






Summer Glau can simply walk into Mordor




Bones: "Don't 'rawr' her!"
Booth: "What? she'rawred' me first."

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 3:35 PM

TWO

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly



[ Haken, www.fireflyfans.net/showprofile.asp?un=Haken site administrator and the only one I know with super-powers, for unknown reasons (copyright violations, anyone?), moved Tim Minear's introduction from
www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.asp?b=20&t=42806 "Firefly and Serenity Guerilla Marketing" Then to
www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.asp?b=17&t=42806 "Firefly Universe - Role Playing in the Firefly Universe". Then it finally got moved to
www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.asp?b=2&t=42806 "General Discussions"
It really, really doesn't fit into the "Role Playing" category. It is more about Tim Minear telling his showrunner's story in order to market a product - the Atlas of the Verse. His story goes, "Once upon a time I was married to Angel, but then fell in love with Firefly... It was a short yet passionate affair that ended all too soon and tragically when Firefly passed away. She was young and beautiful..." Imagine the sound of Minear weeping into his beer. ]

The Joss Whedon script for "Serenity", where Wash lives, is
Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/two

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 4:22 PM

CYBERSNARK


Well, from the sound of things it's not too different from the type of supplements West End Games used to put out for the Star Wars RPG (like the Adventure Journal, the Galaxy Guides, Platt's Starport Guide, Cracken's Threat Dossier, Black Sands of Socorro, Death in the Undercity, . . .). Telling a good story (and using it to explore a wider world) is part and parcel of tood RPGs.

And yes, want. As though it'll ever show up in brick'n'mortar stores around me.

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We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 5:11 PM

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The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


Quote:

Originally posted by Cybersnark:
And yes, want. As though it'll ever show up in brick'n'mortar stores around me.

Don't go to the comic book store. Instead, pay the postage and buy Serenity Atlas of the Verse on line. There are places in UK that will ship the Atlas anywhere on planet Earth because it is not munitions.
www.bing.com/search?q=Serenity+Atlas+of+the+Verse

The Joss Whedon script for "Serenity", where Wash lives, is
Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/two

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:59 AM

OUT2THEBLACK


Spaceship Accepted !

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:16 AM

BYTEMITE


I try to support my local comic book stores simply because they need the business, and geeks need a place to geek. But if it's not a comic book or tabletop RPG manual, yeah, I say buy it online.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:37 AM

ANOTHERSKY


Quote:

Originally posted by two:
[...It really, really doesn't fit into the "Role Playing" category. It is more about Tim Minear telling his showrunner's story in order to market a product - the Atlas of the Verse. His story goes, "Once upon a time I was married to Angel, but then fell in love with Firefly... It was a short yet passionate affair that ended all too soon and tragically when Firefly passed away. She was young and beautiful..." Imagine the sound of Minear weeping into his beer. ]



Beautiful? Try stunning, try drop-dead gorgeous. Aphrodite incarnate might be a bit much, but there is definitely a myth.

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Going for a ride.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:07 AM

EMMI


Is there more than one volume of this? I looked it up on amazon and it gave me the Atlas volume 1, suggesting there's more than one volume?

It's quite expensive, but I'm definitely going to try and acquire it! Might suggest to some people how it would make a great birthday present for yours truly.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 5:29 PM

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The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


Quote:

Originally posted by Emmi:
Is there more than one volume of this? I looked it up on amazon and it gave me the Atlas volume 1, suggesting there's more than one volume?

It's quite expensive, but I'm definitely going to try and acquire it! Might suggest to some people how it would make a great birthday present for yours truly.

So far there is only volume one. If enough are sold, there will be a volume two. How much is enough, I do not know, but every one sold brings us closer to that goal.

The Joss Whedon script for "Serenity", where Wash lives, is
Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/two

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 9:07 AM

FREELANCERTEX


Love that intro. :)

Atlas looks shiny! ^_^ How much of the Verse is mapped out in this volume (since you alluded to a possible volume 2)?


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Thursday, April 22, 2010 11:30 AM

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The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


Quote:

Originally posted by freelancertex:
How much of the Verse is mapped out in this volume (since you alluded to a possible volume 2)?

The Atlas covers 11 Planets on the, so-called, “New Canaan Run” -- Londinium, Persephone, Beaumonde, Silverhold, Harvest, New Canaan, Hera, Shadow, Ariel, Osiris, Sihnon. Some planets have two pages, some one, so for any planet the Atlas is far from being as detailed as the “Lonely Planet” guide books, which means more can be written. www.LonelyPlanet.com

The Joss Whedon script for "Serenity", where Wash lives, is
Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/two

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 11:58 AM

FREELANCERTEX


Cool. Thanks.


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