September 2004 Archives

September 30, 2004

Cool job #42 : Droid Wrangler

Up on is an aritcle about Don Bies who worked with the Star Wars droids. Sounds like a great job. Crazily they polished C3P0 bright gold and are going to get ILM to remove all the reflections. There's probably some poor guy at ILM sitting in a cubicle right now and cursing that decision.

September 29, 2004

Been away on holiday

(where holiday == vacation if you speak American).
But back now!

Had a nice time in France. Read all the Hugo nominee short stories. Watched StarGate SG-1 and Smallville every week day, which is a bit sad but also funny because my French isn't good enough to understand what is going on. When you don't understand the dialogue you watch the acting a lot more. I've noticed that Clark and Lana have lots of meaningful, staring at each other chats, but I have no idea what the result was.

Got back to lots of comment spam (which sucks), a comment from Neal Asher (cool) and my new copy of Interzone (hurrah).
The new Interzone is very cool, definitely a 21st century magazine, great production, design , artwork, non-fiction and of course fiction.

It may take me a few days to get back up to full blogging more posts soon.

September 9, 2004

Wired talks Worldcon

Wired has a short article about worldcon and how Hugo's can help break anauthor into the mainstream. Including quotes from Nick Sagan.

Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD menu has a feature on Menu Man Van Ling who has produced the DVD menus for the orginal trilogy. The pictures from the menu are here and look lurverly.

September 8, 2004

Dickens in Who

Actor Simon Callow is to appear in the BBC's revival of Dr Who as author Charles Dickens. [Via BBC]

I wonder if there will be any other historical figures?

The Making of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow has a feature on The Making of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. There seems to be a lot of fuss about this film and the amount of CGI that it uses. However surely the Star Wars prequels have been using these vast amounts of blue screen only filming? Maybe it was done so well that nobody noticed?!

Anyway, the trailers for Sky Captain look very cool , but I don't know when it's released in the UK.

Bruce Sterling on Singularity

Bruce Sterling gets pessimistic about the Singularity in Wired 12.09 "Instead of spiritual supercomputers for brains, we've got a spam-choked Internet."

September 6, 2004

Photos from WorldCon

I've really enjoyed looking at Cory Doctorow's WorldCon photos which are up on Flickr (tagged WorldCon). Kathryn Kramer has also put some up as well.

Zero G Rescue

Cool new art from Revenge of the Sith entitled Zero-Gee Rescue

And the winners are...

The Hugos were presented this weekend. Locus has the list of winners. These include

  • NOVEL Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
    "The Cookie Monster", Vernor Vinge (Analog Oct 2003)
    "Legions in Time", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Apr 2003)
    "A Study in Emerald", Neil Gaiman (Shadows Over Baker Street)

I'm currently working my way through the short stories, novellettes and novellas so I'll give you my reactions when I've finished them.

September 3, 2004

The Algebraist extract online

The Alien Online has the entire prologue and first chapter of The Algebraist online.

Iain M. Banks is touring

Iain M. Banks is touring in the UK to promote The Algebraist.

Dates confirmed so far...

  • London
    • - Forbidden Planet 4/10
    • - Ottakar's Wood Green 5/10
    • - Border's Oxford Street 5/10
    • - Books Etc Canary Wharf 7/10
    • - Books Etc London Wall 7/10
  • Norwich - Ottakar's 6/10
  • Oxford - Border's 7/10
  • Glasgow - Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street 11/10
  • Edinburgh - Waterstone's East End 12/10
  • Brighton - Waterstone's 13/10
  • Portsmouth - Ottakar's 13/10
  • Coventry - Waterstone's 14/10
  • Birmingham - Waterstone's 14/10
  • Nottingham - Waterstone's Bridlesmith 15/10
  • Sheffield - Waterstone's Orchard Sq 15/10
  • Leeds - Waterstone's Albion St 20/10
  • Manchester - Waterstone's Deansgate 21/10
  • Liverpool - Blackwell's University TBC
[Via Orbit]

September 2, 2004

Christopher Priest reviewing in The Guardian

I've just discovered that Christopher Priest has done a couple of SF reviews in The Guardian, River of Gods by Ian McDonald and The Snow by Adam Roberts. Hopefully he'll become a permanent partner for Jon Courtenay Grimwood who has many reviews here [Via The Alien Online].

September 1, 2004

New fiction at Futurismic

The 50 most significant SF films?

Help JohnScalzi decide which are the most significant SF films for a book that he is writing. [Via BoingBoing]