The votes are in, and your New Media Master for 2010 is... Well, that would be telling. But a couple of write-in candidates made a strong showing, and the voting for everyone else was surprisingly close. Apart from one choice.
First off: Sorry, Joss Whedon. With only 5% of the vote, your days as Master are apparently over for the majority of io9 readers, but don't worry; I'm sure they'll change their minds once you've made another Dr. Horrible and we've all forgotten about that Jamie Bamber Dollhouse episode.
Next up, a tie between (deep breath) Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and Peter Jackson, all at 11% of the vote, proving that either a lot more people have signed on for Blackest Night than I would've believed, or that less people are looking forward to that Tintin movie that you would've thought. Also, maybe we're way too cynical, but we're sure that Millar's stock will rise when Kick Ass comes out in May.
Coming in for a second-place tie, J. Michael Straczynski and Russell T. Davies, both with 12%. Commenter Keith Z offered a great defense against my coolness towards JMS, as well:
Why no love for Jeremiah? Maybe I'm just biased, but it seems like giving J. Michael Straczynski a negative handicap for this competition by not mentioning one of the best post-apocalyptic TV shows ever made. It was excellent science fiction: it took a simple but high-concept premise (seemingly everyone on Earth who has reached puberty gets killed by a worldwide virus; our story picks up 15 years later) and then intelligently worked out the dramatic results, both on the broad and epic scale and the individual characters scale. It wasn't even the first time the same exact premise has been used, but I think it was the most hard science fiction one and the best done.
It was utterly brilliant, and unlike Babylon 5 the actors could actually act from the very beginning! (I watched some of the latter B5 episodes first and more recently was trying to go back and watch from the beginning, but I cannot get past the terrible, terrible acting at the start).
Personally whenever I wonder how projects like Forbidden Planet are going to turn out it's Jeremiah that I look at for reassurance. But regardless in both shows J. Michael Straczynski has shown a care for the individual characters and an eye for long story arcs; maybe it's just my childhood reading novels but that's the kind of narrative structure that appeals to me the most. And Straczynski sticks to his guns; when he has creative differences with a studio then things just end up getting cancelled, and I respect that (as opposed to the Joss Whedon approach where first the show is butchered to please the network, then the show slowly gets back off the ground, but then it's cancelled anyways . . . and yet I think Straczynski might have a better average of number of episodes per series).
Davies' placement was echoed by the number of people who suggested his Doctor Who replacement Steven Moffatt as a potential future Master. As bluehinter said in the comments,
I'm going to go with Steven Moffat, even though we haven't seen a single scene of series 5 of Doctor Who, he is the man who brought us Blink, Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library, The Empty Child, Time Crash and The Curse of Fatal Death, in addition to his work on "Jekyll" and the forthcoming "Sherlock."
Or, quoth commenter Jeriba:
He's simply an great storyteller, regardless of whether he's writing SF, horror, or a cheezy sitcom about relationships. That man frightens me to no end, and I love him for it.
Also making a fine showing as a write-in is District 9's Neill Blomkamp, with other votes going toward Christopher Nolan, Hayao Miazaki, Summer Glau (Oh God, no), John Simm and Terry Pratchett. The winner, however - with 16% of the vote - is Mr. JJ Abrams. Put it down to Lost-love, Fringe or just relief that the Star Trek reboot was actually pretty damn good, but his position seemed relatively guaranteed... well, for the next twelve months, at least.
Thanks to all who voted. And JJ - Don't let us down.