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SF Tidbits for 12/05/07

  • Holy Dark Knight teaser poster, Batman!
  • Apparently, the ending of I am Legend, based on the totally awesome Richard Matheson book, needed to be changed. Sigh…
  • Physics World interviews sf author (and former physicist) Alastair Reynolds. “I think the most important attribute for a science-fiction writer is to be fascinated by science – in all its manifestations. It’s not necessary to be able to understand all the details, but just to be inspired and stimulated.”
  • Amazon Blog interviews Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan series. “There is something mercenary in writers, something that others might view with faint disgust, and that is the terrible desire to feed off one’s own circumstances, using genuine emotions (including suffering) to infuse a fictional tale that is, at its core, meaningless.”
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Matthew Hughes, author of The Commons, and Cherie Priest, author of Not Flesh Nor Feathers (read the first chapter!).
  • Artists Bob Eggleton shows us some artwork for Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris.
  • SFF Audio reports that Michael Enright of CBC Radio One did a revealing half-hour special on the life and work of C.S. Lewis. (Podcast link.)
  • Free audio fiction: The Time Traveler Show podcast #21 features readings of three stories: “Prone” by Mack Reynolds, “An Incident on Route 12” by James H. Schmitz, and “Will You Wait?: by Alfred Bester.
  • Which Geek are you? A Trek Geek? A Jedi Geek? Pick from this Flickr photo set of 56 Geeks.
  • Are you reading Brewster Rockit: Space Guy yet? The latest strip shows the ultimate usage of the TARDIS.
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6 Comments on SF Tidbits for 12/05/07

  1. Apparently, the ending of I am Legend, based on the totally awesome Richard Matheson book, needed to be changed. Sigh…

    Well, to clutch at straws, there’s nothing to say that they haven’t changed the ending to be closer to the book!

  2. Hmmm…I suppose so. That there is optimism talking! πŸ˜‰

  3. “needed” implies focus groups == probably terrible

  4. Not surprising in any way. Will Smith has been changing movies from the get go when his homophobia nixed the gay character and man on man kiss he signed up for in “Six Degrees of Separation”. Of course it’s going to have a happy ending where he plays the hero. Not a brave actor and unwilling to take any chances, he’s got an ego to feed.

  5. I’m disappointed to hear that about the ending of I am Legend, but it certainly doesn’t surprise me. I would love to have seen them have the courage to follow the very interesting story that it is based on.

  6. Is this the ending where he saves the cheerleader, thus saving the world?

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