June 2004 Archives
June 30, 2004
So there's the dates to go into London and hang around studio gates then (not that I would of course).
Please be careful that could go very wrong. Although Scanner is darkly funny it is also sad, and thoughtful and brilliant. Please do a good job, pleeeaassse.
Whilst any article about science fiction in a newspaper is probably better than none, there's two things that occured to me:
- It sounds like they've just discovered hard sf, welcome to the 21st century.
- There's plenty of good non-hard science fiction about, which you can find with very little effort
June 28, 2004
June 25, 2004
Stargazers and would-be galactic travelers, your ship is about to land.
It made me laugh because on one hand they're publicising it and yet on the other hand they are making it sound a bit too crazy to visit. Mind you it does have basket-weaving. I don't know what the general populace of Arizona makes of conventions like this, I've only passed through there a couple of times and that was to see the big hole in the ground.
June 24, 2004
June 23, 2004
June 22, 2004
June 21, 2004
June 17, 2004
June 16, 2004
There is a point about SF (not) being "obsolete"
Neil Armstrong?s first footsteps on the Moon in 1969 made obsolete a whole library of science fictional dreams of lunar exploration, from H. G. Wells (The First Men in the Moon, 1901) to Tintin (Explorers on the Moon, 1954). But nobody would suggest expunging Wells?s great book from the canon for such a literal reason; the fiction is what counts, not the science.
This resonates with a few things I've been thinking about recently. Firstly there's a line in The Complete Idiot's Guide To Publishing Science Fiction which says something similar, I've been re-reading that book as I am nearing the end of another draft of my second novel and need some perspective. It also ties in nicely with the Studies in Narrative: Science Fiction and Fantasy lectures that I have been listening to, I've particularly enjoyed hearing about and thinking about some SF classics. And one thing crops up again and again, if it's a great story then people will read it.
"We probably won't be working with Night in the near future on any creative projects", said the channel, adding "probably" just to cover themselves.
June 14, 2004
June 12, 2004
June 11, 2004
June 10, 2004
June 9, 2004
The new episodes will be 12 minutes long for more jedi battling animation.
The second season?! The rubbish one where they find Earth? Even if it's just the first series...come on people, let go of the past, live in the now.
Q: The science fiction fan base is quite a unique fan base. What are your experiences like with the sci-fi fans?
ALEXA: I haven?t had much yet. I know that they?re incredibly loyal which is wild, it?s wonderful but I haven?t?
Q: They?re kind of creepy too, right?
ALEXA: Well that whole aspect is a little bit funny, you know. You deal with it differently in every circumstance but I haven?t had much exposure to that so I don?t know yet.
Apparently we're creepy.
But he's only just decided that? Read The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson for hyper nano sci-fi wonder.
June 8, 2004
Here's what you need...
June 7, 2004
June 6, 2004
Given as the very last talk at NotCon04...
June 5, 2004
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June 3, 2004
The Ultimate Sticker Book: Star Wars and The Ultimate Sticker Book: Star Wars: Clone Wars are packed with action poses of your favorite characters from the original trilogy, such as Darth Vader and Han Solo, and the Clone Wars animated series, including Yoda, Mace Windu and General Grievous. Each book features 60 full-color stickers of characters, droids, vehicles and more that can be peeled off and used again.
June 2, 2004
June 1, 2004
The choice of Billie Piper to play Doctor Who's new assistant delights many fans of the science fiction series.
Personally I think she'll be good too, after all the Doctor's companions are supposed to be bubbly and a bit stupid...
Well, I've completed Brass Man, which follows on from The Line Of Polity. That's due to come out next April. I'm now in the process of editing The Voyage Of The Sable Keech which follows The Skinner. The title Brass Man, for those who have read ?Gridlinked?, is probably a bit of a giveaway. As a far as Sable is concerned I can say that Sniper's back, the Prador are going for a bit of 'shock and awe' and a schizoid hive mind is on the scene.