You know, just because you have been attacked by one of those facehuggers from Alien, that doesn’t mean you can lead a normal, productive life. So sez the message in this PSA that seems to fall short of the part where that introduced the chestburster, but carries an important life lesson to enjoy the moment.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After finding identical cave paintings throughout the world, a pair of scientists boards the starship Prometheus bound for an alien planet to uncover the origins of humanity, and uncover horrors they never anticipated.
PROS: Strong casting, especially of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbinder; good looking visuals; strong incorporation of 3D technology.
CONS: Derivative screenplay and underwhelming direction; never engaging emotionally or intellectually; too familiar ground covered.
Like the prodigal son returning home, Ridley Scott comes back to science fiction after more than twenty-five years. The count includes his beautiful but deeply flawed fantasy Legend; the last time he focused his camera on true quill science fiction was thirty years ago, with the now classic Bladerunner. And if one judged Prometheus solely on the year-long anticipation and hype surrounding it, to say nothing of the viral future dispatches from Weyland Industries, its grosses would match Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers within ten days and we would acknowledge it as an instant classic. Hugo voters no doubt would bestow the 2012 Dramatic Presentation award early, sight unseen.
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- Interviews & Profiles:
- Listen to Harlan Ellison’s Dramatic Reading of the Seussified “I Will Not Read Your F***ing Script”. Obviously NSFW. [via Genreville]
- Speaking of asking writers for favors, John Scalzi rants On The Asking of Favors From Established Writers: “It looks like it’s time to do a little more head-knocking regarding the life of a writer, so let’s just start knocking heads, shall we…” Jason Sanford responds: “And the word laughed and proclaimed, ‘It’s nothing personal, but that’s life. There are always going to be distractions, people you’d prefer not to deal with, and things you’d rather not do. If any of that bothers you, simply grow a spine and say no once in a while.’”
- Angry Robot signs John Meaney and Matthew Hughes.
- J.M. McDermott writes in to tell us that Apex Book Publishing has picked up the eBook rights of his well-received debut, Last Dragon.
- Shattersnipe has a theory on Why Paranormal Romance Is No Fad
- The Official Star Wars Blog tells us that a man in Norway named Andreas Jankov has legally changed his name to Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov.
- Gary Farber sees parallels between Ronald Regan and Vladimir Lenin…and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
- A new trend? Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. [via MobileRead]
- Alien and Frodo as Garbage Pail Kids. More here.
- @Newsarama: 10 of Fiction’s Biggest Brains.
I’ve got a new post up at AMC’s SciFi Scanner this week. It’s a quiz that covers the four Alien films and — God help me — even briefly covers the Predator crossover films.
So hop on over and see if you know the answers to the Alien Ultimate Fan Quiz or if it’s game over, man, game over. (See what I did there?)
- Interviews & Profiles:
- @Bibliophile Stalker: Artist John Picacio, who beautifully illustrated the covers of Mark Chadbourn’s Age of Misrule trilogy.
- @Falcata Times: Chris Roberson (Dawn Of War II).
- Jeff VanderMeer interviews Ann VanderMeer on WorldCon. [via Bibliophile Stalker]
- @Suvudu: Karen Traviss discusses Gears of War.
- @Angry Robot Books: 20 Minutes With Tim Waggoner.
- Terry Pratchett campaigns for the right to take his own life.
- Lorette C. Luzajic discusses The 44 Novels of Philip K. Dick. Meanwhile SFGate looks at PKD’s Valis and later novels. [via Locus Online]
- Author David Moody talks about the story behind the cover of Hater.
- One for the writers: Angela Slatter On the Fine Art of Submission.
- There’s more writerly linkage over at Marty Halpern’s blog.
- Attention artists: SFBC is having an art contest.
- Brad Shorr on What science fiction has taught me.
- Cool images of cities from space. Hey, I think I can see my house!
- Den of Geek discusses The plot-obstacles to an Alien prequel.
- @SFX: The extended Doctor Who universe.
- MoviesOddity lists 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time. A Boy and His Dog? Really?
- Wired.com’s Underwire blog lists (and shares some of the) 10 Space-Rocking Astronaut Songs. #1 should be obvious.
- Ridley Scott is set to direct an Alien prequel film. WTF? Sir Ridley said Science Fictions are as dead as Westerns…Don’t get me started.
- Marty Halpern talks about his personal memories of Jack Vance.
- Mark Teppo talks about ideas in his guest-post at Electric Velocipede Blog.
- In response to Joe Abercrombie’s Dungeons & Dragons post, Bill Ward says Thank You, D&D .
- Edward Champion asks: Are Bookstores Being Too Censorious With Author Events?
- Weird Tales will be releasing One-Minute Weird Tales micro-fictions weekly from now through Halloween. [via J.M. McDermott]
- David Langford has posted the new Ansible for August 2009.
- Spiderman Saves the Day! Yay, Spiderman!
- More Dork Tower vs. The SyFy Channel.
- An Engadget contest to skin the Kindle has resulted in some cool designs — like this one based on Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.
- You want a jetpack? I got your jetpack tight here. Just bring your own water. [via Boing Boing]
- @io9 lists Our Favorite Last Lines From Science Fiction Novels and Science Fiction’s Scariest Priests and Preachers.
- Name that book: They speak German and they carry whips.