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Tuesday Tune: 2 Versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Over The Misty Mountains Cold” For Your Listening Pleasure
Came across these and wanted to share. Both are wonderful versions/interpretations of ‘Over The Misty Mountains Cold. by J R R Tolkien.
Check them out after the jump.
Alex Scarrow is a British author, whose books include The Candleman, A Thousand Suns, Last Light, Afterlight, October Skies, and the young adult science fiction series TimeRiders. His new series begins with The Legend of Ellie Quin, in a universe with genetically engineered pocket pets, plant life with a crabby attitude, soda pops that fight back…and revoltingly slimy junk food.
SF Signal: Hello Alex. TimeRiders is a popular time travel series in the UK about a group of teenagers who have cheated death and are now working for an organisation to combat others from changing history. Where did you get the idea for the series?
Alex Scarrow: I’ve always liked time travel as a story telling device because it gives you an infinitely large canvas to work with. I was a big fan of the Terminator movies and the Back to the Future movies in the 80s, mainly because of the idea of alternate versions of the present day that could be the result of an altered past. Great stuff; at once familiar and at the same time so very different.
Here’s the synopsis of the film:
A bookshop renowned for its rare works is mysteriously and completely filled with copies of a book entitled 1, which doesn’t appear to have a publisher or author. The strange almanac describes what happens to the whole of humanity in the space of a minute. A police investigation begins and the bookshop staff are placed in solitary confinement by the Bureau for Paranormal Research (RDI Reality Defense Institute). As the investigation progresses, the situation becomes more complex and the book increasingly well known, raising numerous controversies (political, scientific, religious and artistic). Plagued by doubts, the protagonist has to face facts: reality only exists in the imagination of individuals.
‘Enigmatic in form, encyclopedic in scope, and leaving room between its lines for many different readings, Sparrow’s truly singular film encapsulates the whole of human experience in eccentric, elliptical cross-section. It is all at once science fiction, political allegory, transcendental mystery and free-form documentary, recalling the early works of Peter Greenaway in its vast referential breadth, its mannered blurring of fact and fiction, and the beauty of its tableau-like images.’
Watch the film after the jump.
“It’s your kid, Rory. Something’s got to be done about your kid!”
This video is full of wonderful mash-up moments. I especially liked 9-Stein.
Check it out after the jump! …and whatever you do, don’t blink.
With A Memory of Light bringing The Wheel of Time to a close this month, over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today I take a look at four volumes of the Wheel of Time Graphic Novels out from TOR and Dynamite. Adapted by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Mike S. Miller, Chase Conley, Andie Tong, Marcio Fiorito and Francis Nuguit, these books take us from New Spring to the mid-point of The Eye of the World.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 170): Your Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Websites, Publishers, Podcasts, Book Bloggers and Comics
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Recently, I was honored to have one of my short stories, Charisma, included in a new shared world anthology called An Uncommon Collection. Published by the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, a non-profit 501(c)3, the anthology highlights contributions from fifteen of the forty members of CSFWG and has walked an interesting path from conception to publication, one that I thought I would share with you by chatting with Mike Reid and J.T. Evans, who co-edited the anthology (a first for them both). In the interest of full disclosure, J.T. is the President of the CSFWG and I am the VP. We both sit on the board for the 501(c)3. We both have stories in the collection.
Patrick Hester: First up – why don’t you both tell people who you are and what you do.
Mike Reid: My name is Mike Reid and I am a graphic designer for the Colorado Springs Business Journal. I am also a former member and officer of the CSFWG.
J.T. Evans: My name is J.T. Evans and I currently pay the mortgage as a software engineer, but in my spare time, I am the president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, webmaster for the Pikes Peak Writers, father of a wonderful five-year old, and still manage to crank out a few thousand words a week on my second fantasy novel.
I want to know which genre comics out there you like and why. They can be comics on the web or in print – doesn’t matter. Tell us about them. Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to their website (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory). I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those comics!
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 169): Interview with Hugo Award-Winning Fanzine Editor Christopher J. Garcia
I want to know which genre book bloggers out there you like and why. They can have their own website or can be doing it for a site like this one – doesn’t matter. Tell us about them. Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to their website (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory). I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those book bloggers!
I want to know which genre publishers out there you like and why. Big publishers, small publishers – doesn’t matter. Tell us about them. Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to their website (if they have one) (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory). I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those publishers!
I want to know which genre news websites out there you like and why. Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to the website (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory). I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those websites!
I want to know which podcasts out there you like and why. Please stick to Genre stuff. Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to the podcast (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory). I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those podcasts!
Warner Brothers has given us a proper trailer for next summer’s Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan. Definitely looks to be a darker take on Superman than what we’ve seen in the past, but is it enough to wash the creepy/stalker Supes from Superman Returns from our memories?
Check it out after the jump.
As you may or may not be aware, I’m an author. I’ve got a few different things out there that you can read, and hope to have many more out there as soon as possible. I also do a podcast here at SF Signal, and another one over at Functional Nerds. So when JohnD linked me to this piece from Sword and Laser, I saw a melding of medias that deserved a little attention here at SF Signal.
Sword and Laser is the podcast from Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont that incorporates Tom’s love of Scifi and Veronica’s love of Fantasy, along with a popular book club, to promote genre fiction to readers of all ages and tastes. It’s a great show and you should check it out either in audio or video. Your choice. But now they’re doing something different, something that bridges their podcast with their love of fiction – The Sword and Laser Anthology.
A new trailer is up for the Will Smith / M. Night Shyamalan scifi flick, After Earth.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
Looks pretty sweet – check it out after the jump!