November 2004 Archives

November 26, 2004

James Cameron's new SF film - Cameron plans sci fi film

"It's going to be a combination of live action and (computer graphics) but done photo-realistically. There will be CG characters and live-action characters."

He says that like it's revolutionary. Or perhaps he was just talking down to the reporter? After all wasn't T2 the first use of a photorealistic CGI character? (I still remember the wow factor when I saw that terminator morph.)

A review of The Incredibles

I went to see The Incredibles last week but totally forgot to blog about it. So I'm doing it now.

Short review I loved it. It felt more James Bond than SF.

Long review (some spoilers)

Continue reading A review of The Incredibles.

November 25, 2004

A Lightsaber remote control

LightSaber remote control will complete you - Engadget

It includes a built-in library of command codes for cable, TV, and VCRs as well as satellite. Every key press generates an eventually-annoying sound effect, including the kwwssshhh arming sound during the first button push.

Fights for the remote could get interesting.

November 24, 2004

Mark Hamill moans about the Star Wars prequel trilogy


"To me, they are just too serious. So orderly and almost religious. Like The Ten Commandments,"

Moan, moan, moan. The ones I did were better. Everything is ruined. Blah blah.

November 22, 2004

Test from wbloggar


Interzone 195 has arrived

My copy of Interzone 195 has arrived and it's looking splendid despite the dog getting to it first (his teeth only penetrated a few pages!).

So far I've read the non fiction:

  • An editorial from Jetse and Andy. It's nice to hear the voice of the editors especially as they are so committed to doing a great job.
  • Ansible by David Langford, informative and witty as usual (plus a large picture of Neil Gaiman, perhaps that's to try and get any ladies skimming it on the shelves to buy it?).
  • Anime-Ted by Andrew Osmond, a review of some recent manga films. I found this interesting as the last manga film I watched was probably Akira. The column brought me up to date and added some films to my To-Watch list.
  • Lots of book reviews (8 pages), including full pages for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Algebraist.
  • A great interview with Ken MacLeod. If you haven't read his Fall Revolution quartet you really should (The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division and The Sky Road).
  • Mutant Popcorn (film reviews) by Nick Lowe. Funny as ever.

I'm looking forward settling down quietly and reading the fiction.

November 19, 2004

The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxy returns Radio 4 site

BBC Radio4 has a good site for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the (next) new series is due May 2005.

November 18, 2004

Space Odyssey the conclusion

On Tuesday night BBC 1 showed the second and concluding part of Space Odyssey.

In this episode the crew visited Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and a comet, before heading home. The "this is a real documentary" feel was enveloping, dragging you in to learn some science even if you didn't want to. Probably the most engaging aspect of this series however was the narrative. It was a story about a crew on a mission, we met the characters, we shared their triumphs and failures, we watched one of them die. I know that most modern science documentaries seem to have some sort of story telling angle ("The story of our Solar System!") but Space Odyssey pulled it off resoundingly. It was great Science Fiction, prime time on BBC 1, who'd have though it?

November 17, 2004

Teaching American Gods

Always intelligent, The Mumpsimus gives a brilliant account of teaching American Gods in a school.

I loved American Gods, a wonderful book.

School reading scheme books are often very dull, so why not just read proper books? Personally I think that kids should be stretched, I was reading Lord Of The Rings when I was 9 years old or so and it never harmed me did it?

Stargate series renewed

Another series signed for SG-1 and Atlantis. [Via Slashdot]

Feed weird during burning

Apologies to anyone who had been experiencing weirdness with any of my feeds, I've been attempting to get FeedBurner working. I think it's sorted now, which means that I don't have to worry about format conversion (ATOM, RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 etc), and I get easy to read stats just for my feeds.

Anda's Game

Just finished reading Anda's Game by Cory Doctorow. It's his latest short story, set in the world of online games. I really liked it. Like most of Cory's fiction it feels very "now", well actually very "at the edge of now", just in the future, which I guess is the mark of great Science Fiction. I also really appreciated Cory's Anglecising (sp?), it didn't feel strained at all, in fact it felt positively English. And surely this is the first Science Fiction story to feature Chavs?! I recommend it.

November 16, 2004

Second hand Battlestar Galactica

My cousin has been watching the new Battlestar Galactica. He says it is good. There's nothing like an in depth review....

November 15, 2004

New Phillip K Dick movie

New short story from Cory Doctorow

Cory has a new short story up on Salon, plus it's Creative Commons licensed.

November 12, 2004

James Patrick Kelly discusses DRM

"On the Net: Afraid of the Darknet " by James Patrick Kelly, includes some lovely examples of "where do you draw the line?".

Copyediting novels

I love Charlie Stross's weblog. The insights that he provides into the real life of a writer are fascinating. His latest post tells of the joys of copy editing.

Bet you never even thought about how hard your favourite science fiction author slaved over that novel you did you?

November 10, 2004

Space Odyssey

Last night was the first programme in the BBC's Space Odyssey series. It's an interesting concept, the format along the lines of Walking with Dinosaurs. The show follows the voyage of a crew around the solar system. Its style is that of a serious documentary, as though the events have happened, even though the content is mere extrapolation and speculation (in other words SF). I enjoyed it and there's a whole site devoted to it.

November 9, 2004

Shaun Of The Dead interviews

Two Shaun of the Dead interviews with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
Q: So you sat around the pub wondering what you would do if zombies attacked you?
SIMON: Kind of. Every person should have their escape route planned.

November Ansible online

November 8, 2004

Episode III Video Game Trailer

The video game teaser trailer for Revenge of the Sith is online too. Teaser trailer heaven.

Revenge of the Sith teaser trailer

The teaser trailer is online for mere mortals: Star Wars Episode III Teaser Trailer

More Revenge of the Sith teaser trailer reaction

I know, I know....but I love it. Downloaded the trailer and watched it a few(!) times. It's great. My favourite bit...

"Lord Vader?" "Yes Master?" "Riiiiiiise."

Read some other reactions.

November 5, 2004

Torrent a-go-go

Reading the Slashdot thread on the Revenge of the Sith teaser trailer it sounds like there are BitTorrent torrents going up and down all over the interweb. Yoyo torrent a-go-go. Pretty crazy. Lucasfilm must be paying some people to trawl the web looking for sites sharing the trailer so that they can send them polite requests to take the content down. Surely that's a losing battle? Or perhaps it's all part of the marketing? If it's perceived as hard to get then perhaps more people will want to get it? Dunno.

By the way if you haven't seen's AWESOME!

Revenge of the Sith

I was just accidently watching gmtv when I saw a trailer for a new film called Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith. It looks quite exciting, with spaceships and light swords. I think it might be a hit.

Revenge Of The Sith teaser trailer, frame by frame description

November 4, 2004

The Guardian Interview Neal Stephenson

A nice long interview with Neal Stephenson in The Guardian

Shaun Of The Dead

I finally got around to watching Shaun of the Dead yesterday. I liked it a lot. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me jump (once) and it made me drive slowly home in the dark in case I hit a zombie.

What I really love about it is that it is so English. I wonder if the humour will translate to America? If you really want to know what life is like in English suburbs for late twenty somethings, it's like this (minus the zombies). The cups of tea, the pub every night, the crap job, the playstation, the relationship going nowhere. Brilliant.

If you haven't heard of Simon Pegg or Edgar Wright you should check out their other work: one of the best sitcoms ever Spaced, and the wonderful first series of sketch show Big Train (the second series is rubbish). Also worth watching is Black Books which stars Dylan Moran who is David in Shaun of the Dead.

In fact whilst I'm on the subject the cast reads like a who's who of current British comedy, even if some of them are just cameos....Lucy Davies, Dylan Morgan, Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Tamsin Grieg....

First glimpse of the Revenge of the Sith teaser trailer

It's a trailer for the teaser trailer, It's all getting a bit recursive...

November 3, 2004

Return of the Jedi DVD changes

The final part of the hyper detailed Star Wars DVD examination from DVDAnswers, Return Of The Jedi [Via Slashdot]

Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith teaser trailer

So who's going to mail me a Hyperspace username and password so that I can see the teaser trailer tomorrow?!

Sad screen savers #3

ScreenSaver Awards listings "Space the final battle ground. The Ultimate science fiction conflict is coming to a galaxy on your computer. It's the Federation against the Empire. and every other kind of spaceship to punch through hyperspace."

Oh dear.

November 1, 2004

Susanna Clarke fiction in NYT

Poetic blog

Bold As Love, Gwyneth Jones' blog continues to be wonderfully poetic. I love it.