Once again showing his web savvy, Tobias Buckell has put together a trailer for his upcoming book, Sly Mongoose. He’s running a contest for a soundtrack to the trailer, so give it a view and have a go . Oh, and I might add, like the two books set in the same universe that came before this, this one also has a cover made from 100% awesome.
Did you know there was a Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival? Well there was, from Dec. 5 – 15 in Los Angeles. Aside from screening many films and appearances by several notable genre figures, there was also a panel on Heroes. Tim Kring, Jeph Loeb and several of the cast members where on stage to talk all things Heroes. But the most interesting thing they did was to screen a teaser for season 3, called “Villains”. Someone in the audience managed to capture the promo on video. See it below (hurry before YouTube yanks it!):
Looks like Sylar is back and just as bad as ever, but, I don’t know. This really doesn’t do a lot for me. At least there’s no evidence of a Nikki revival.
Here’s part one of the 1994 sci-fi comedy pilot Galaxy Beat starring Gregory Harrison, Tracy Scoggins, Roddy McDowall as “Voice of Cod” and Michael Dorn as “Voice of The Chief”. Follow the YouTube links for the remaining parts. Or not.
The December 2007 issue of Jim Baen’s Universe (Issue #10, also known as Volume 2, Number 4) contains 13 pieces of short fiction and 7 non-fiction articles. Eleven of the stories are reviewed below. (I did not partake of the classic reprint “A Holy Terror” by Ambrose Bierce and the “Fish Story” serial by Dave Freer, Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis, now in its tenth episode.)
The issue was good overall, despite the poor impression left by the longest story. This speaks highly of the other stories, I think. That said, the only standout story was “Darwin’s Suitcase,” perhaps because time travel is a favorite sub-genre of mine and Elizabeth Malartre does it well.
Rounding out the issue were several articles including one by Mike Resnick wondering if there aren’t too many Hugo categories, especially when relatively few awards are given to writers, the people for whom the award was created. There’s also another “free fiction” article by Eric Flint, who makes a strong case against the naysayers of making science fiction freely available online.
Individual story reviews follow…
If you’re like me, then you’re curious as to how film makers actually shoot the scenes that end up on the big screen. I find it fascinating all the mundane hard work that goes into making memorable scenes. Scenes like the opening to I Am Legend, where Will Smith is traipsing around a deserted New York in search of some venison on the hoof.
After seeing just how desolate the New York streets looked, I wondered how they managed to make them look that way. Along comes the New York Times’ review of I Am Legend. If you look on the left hand side, about midway down, you’ll see a section called ‘Multimedia’, with an ‘interactive’ video covering the opening sequence. Or, you can click here to launch the feature. Two tabs allow you to switch between the ‘Video’ of the scene, and the ‘Commentary’ by the director, Francis Lawrence. Lawrence goes into some detail on how they achieved the deserted look, which involved CGI and good old fashioned street closings. I can only imagine the traffic nightmare that caused in New York.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes. Hopefully the DVD will go into more detail.
: The following is a guest review by Larry Ketchersid
, CEO of a security software and services company and the author of the novel Dusk Before the Dawn
. He plays rugby, does martial arts, writes tech articles for The Global Intelligencer
, reads a lot, and has degrees in Math, Physics and Computer Science. In other words, he still hasn’t decided what he wants to do and is in no hurry to do so. His career includes 15 years at Compaq, the greatest computer company that used to be.]
REVIEW SUMMARY: A schizophrenic, somewhat self-parodying story of parallel worlds, apocalypse and ancient civilizations.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The Earth of Martin Winters is invaded by an alien species, an ancient civilization from a parallel world entering through gates opened during the 2012 age change, while Wylie Dale in a third parallel world tries to understand how he can know and write about these events without being there.
PROS: Imaginative apocalypse; action picks up the pace in the middle and end.
CONS: Starts slow, uneven beginning; little to no science explanations of many phenomena; somewhat contrived ending (could be related to ‘no science’)
BOTTOM LINE: An intriguing hypothesis of a possible apocalypse at year 2012, slowed down by jumps in point of view, characters that are difficult to care about and lack of hard science.
Here’s yet another look at some of the trailers I’ve encountered on these here intertubes.
First up, we have the trailer for Prince Caspian, the second movie in the Narnia franchise. I’ve always felt that the Narnia books aren’t really ‘widescreen’ fantasy, but smaller, more personal stories. So it’s interesting to see how the filmmakers are trying to make them epic in look and feel. I saw the first movie with my kids, and I know they’ll want to see this one too.
Next up, a movie I had no idea was being made, 10000 B.C.…
It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for another Mind Meld question, where we grill those in the science fiction community on a question of interest. This time, a we ask a cross section of authors and editors our question.
Recently, Reuters ran a story (article here) about the internet and traditional book publishers. This gist being that, despite the easy availability of used books, the internet has actually helped publishers sell more new books.
How has the internet impacted your ability to sell books and what impact do you see it having in the future?
I saw this trailer on the big screen when I saw I Am Legend. I’m kinda stoked to see it. Heath Ledger’s Joker looks cool.
Anyone else think that instead of saying “Then you’re gonna love me”, Batman should have said “Wait’ll you get a load of me” as a nod to Jack Nicholson’s Joker?
I got a chance to see I Am Legend on opening day. It was a work event that took place at Movie Tavern, one of those places where they serve you a meal while you’re watching the movie.
Before I talk about the movie, I thought I’d talk about the venue because, well, it took away from the movie-going experience. I like to watch movies with no interruptions. (That’s right guy-who-forgets-to-turn-off-cell-phone…I’m talking to you, too.) It’s all about the immersion and I can’t do that when I’m giving my order, keep looking at my plate, worrying about cutting my grilled chicken (tasty though it may be), looking for refills (stop watching the movie, hand the cup to the waiter, tell him what I’m drinking), etc. “Wait, did I just miss something on screen? Bah!” The reverse is also true – it’s hard to appreciate a meal when you’re trying to blindly shovel it in so you don’t miss the movie. The bottom line, I suppose, is that meals are much more complicated than popcorn! Each experience (eating a meal, watching a movie) takes away from the other. You would think that the two experiences would complement one another, but it turns out they don’t.
This is not a formal review of I Am Legend. There are a bazillion of those already. However, taking a cue from Peter Watts, I did think it was worthwhile to list my impressions.
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