November 2007 Archives

November 30, 2007

How To Create A Modern SF Magazine?

Adam Rakunas has posted a business plan for his and Jason Stoddard's "new SF magazine idea".

Niall and Jonathan have already responded.

Here's what I think.

Make stuff free. Use Google Ads. Etc.
It's the obvious thing to do isn't it? Well, it was. Until everyone realised that making money like this is really hard unless you're BoingBoing or can launch multiple niche blogs like Gawker. In software circles there's a debate going on at the moment, with some companies such as 37Signals charging for software and doing okay (see the post Fleeing Free), whilst others believe in open source, and others believe in charging for consultancy on open source products, and yet others giving stuff away and hoping for Google Ad, tipjar money. There is no definitive conclusion, beyond saying that some people do okay with free, some people do okay with charging. My feeling is that if you have massive page hits you can do ads, otherwise you'd be better of charging. If the magazine is good enough quality why would people not pay for it?

You Can Lose Money Too
One thing that often gets lost in these "moving to digital" discussions is that it still costs money. Say you get Dugg or Slashdotted or BoingBoinged... your bandwidth spikes, your website crumples, no one clicks any ads, stays all of ten seconds on the site and then at the end of the month you have to cough up for half a Terrabyte of bandwidth costs. Yes, you can lose money running a website. (And yes, hardening your website to load is the easiest part these days when you can throw multiple EC2 images at it, but it still costs.)

The audience
Being inclusive and including gamers, slashdot readers and people who watch Doctor Who is very easy to say, but difficult to do. PORTAL (cough!). Everyone wanted to be a portal. Of course. Who's achieved it? (I had this conversation briefly with Brian and Ariel Darren at Alt.Fiction.) So, on this point I agree with Jonathan that everything will fragment. In effect you'll just end up with 5 different websites, and then when the fiction part makes no money you have to decided whether to keep it running... Haven't we been here before? Oh, yes, Sci Fiction.

The other stuff
Well, if you can get $1M to give away, why not? User voting, might as well. All the other obvious stuff, might as well.

This all sounds a bit negative. What I'm trying to say is that there's no silver bullet for a business to succeed, and being on the web doesn't change that.


November 29, 2007

Iain Banks interview at the BSFA meeting

Iain Banks was interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn at the BSFA meeting last night and I made a lightning raid into London to see it.

First up she interviewed both Iain Banks and Iain M Banks, and in fact one of Farah's first questions was how Iain saw the division between his books if not by genre.

As a reader I found Banks highly entertaining, and as a writer I found him immensley inspiring. Entertaining because he rambles off at tangents with anecdotes and rants. It's the sort of stuff you could sit in a pub, with a pint, and listen to all night. Inspiring, to me, because a lot of his answers were very straightforward, very simple in that he obviously doesn't analyse his work too much. He said things like (and I paraphrase because I can't remember exactly):

  • I don't know, I just write it, it's up to you to analyse it.
  • I just write what I think is cool.
  • I try to write original ideas.
  • A lot of it is wish-fulfilment.
  • I just throw complexity at stories.
They are the sort of answers that reassure me! (Of course it should be noted that he does have a degree in English Literature so maybe it's a case of all the technical stuff is bedded so deep he doesn't have to think about it?). I also liked his discusison about how everyone reads a different novel, maybe it's obvious but sometimes it seems to be forgotten.

Other snippets:
  • Matter is meant to read like the first part in a trilogy. There are no parts two and three!
  • The Algebraist had three months of brainstoming (worldbuilding!) before he started on the plot.
  • He thought Brasyl was amazing.
Very enjoyable.

He also read some of chapter 5 of Matter and then signed books, annoyingly I hadn't taken any of mine. Should have taken the proof copy of Matter. Grrr.

Also said a quick meatspace hello to Niall and Paul, saw Paul's post-it festooned copy of Matter (which made me feel very unorganised) and caught up with Robin, before finally getting the bus home just before it turned into a pumpkin.

November 28, 2007

Watchmen set photos

The Watchmen movie blog now actually has some content, photos of the set. [Via Jed Hartman]

I have also heard that Dave Gibbons is acting as a consultant to the film, including being on set to answer questions.

All of which keeps me hoping that the film will live up to the comic.

Iain Banks interview tonight

Iain Banks is being interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn tonight, at the monthly BSFA meeting (and as part of the promotion for his new book Matter). Details are here. It's open to all and takes place indLecture Theatre 1 Physics, Imperial College, London (that's just behind the Royal Albert Hall). The times says 6pm to 10pm, but I'm guessing that the actual interview won't start until 7 -7.30. Can anyone confirm that?

I'm going, should be fun. Say hello if you see me.




November 27, 2007

Billie Piper returning to Doctor Who. Confirmed!

I'm just giving in and making this a day of Doctor Who news....

Billie Piper is now confirmed to be appearing in the three 2009 Doctor Who specials.

And there was much rejoicing...

David Tennant Interviewing Kylie

BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting an interview with Kylie Minogue, the interviewer being David Tennant. The programme is on Tuesday 27 November 2007, 2230 - 2330. (That's tonight.)

However, no Doctor Who gossip in this airing, it's purely the music...

A revised version of this programme, "Re-X-amining Kylie" - featuring additional material about "Doctor Who" - will be broadcast on Radio 2 following the BBC One broadcast of "Voyage of the Damned".
So, that's sometime after Christmas.

Doctor Who casting rumours go ballistic. Cruise? Pitt? Jolie?

There are all sorts of rumours surrounding the casting for the three Doctor Who specials to be shown in 2009. Although, when you follow the rumours to the sources all they really say is that the producers would really love to get Ben Kingsley, Tom Cruise, Bradd Pitt or Angelina Jolie.

Well, of course they would. But bet they won't. Rickey Gervais maybe, Brad Pitt, no.

Doctor Who casting rumours seems to be very trendy in the tabloids these last few years. Perhaps it sells paper? Perhaps they can't be bothered to write some real content.

Whereas me, I just blog about people making up rumours about Doctor Who...




November 26, 2007

The Sarah Jane Adventures getting high ratings

The Sarah Jane Adventures has been getting (relatively) high ratings. Outpost Gallifrey has the details:

"The second part of Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? is the highest rated programme to have been shown on CBBC since its launch, with an official audience of 633,000 viewers. In the list of top rated programmes on cbbc this year, The Sarah Jane Adventures holds the first six positions, with the 7th position being taken by MI High, with 388,000 viewers."
So, considering that not everyone has Digital TV in the UK yet, and the episode was first shown in the children's channel, which is digital only, I reckon that's pretty good. Enough for another series I'd venture.

November 22, 2007

The Nines

The marketing around The Nines may well be emphasising the "big idea" secret, the "what's the answer?" hook and the "what are The Nines?" core question. I've read enough Science Fiction to know that I wasn't going to be surprised whatever the answer. Consequently I didn't worry about the mystery and was left to enjoy a very nice character based story.

If you want plot details, the official website sums up the film's three stories better than I could, so read that if you really can't stand going in cold. The characters in each story are played by the same actors, Ryan Reynolds plays Gary/Gavin/Gabriel, Hope Davis plays Sarah/Susan/Sierra and Melissa McCarthy plays Margaret/Melissa/Mary. All of whom are excellent, as is Elle Fanning. Shortly into the second story it's obvious that the characters sharing actors is not the only connection.

From the outset The Nines feels like an indie film. By an "indie film" I mean that it contains such devices as: jump cuts, slow-mo, twirling views, twisting shots, multiple parts (with captions telling you so), split screens, a small cast, at times a guerilla filming feel to it, and one of the characters bursts into song at one point. This may put some people off. I liked it.

Although the film has a "big idea" at its heart, it isn't the most original of ideas, and in some places doesn't even make sense. This is especially true of the first story, with its erratic style and pick-and-mix selection of suspense/thriller/horror hooks, most of which don't hold up under later scrutiny. However the core idea leads us, and the characters, to what I thought was a lovely payoff. The decision made by the main character at the end, and in fact before that, appeals to me. Maybe it's a touch sentimental, but I'm getting old and like that.

The big downside for me was the final visual reveal. Very cheesey and could have been lost without the film suffering.

The film left me feeling happy and that doesn't seem like something I've said about recent SF films. It's interesting and refreshing, and shows how Science Fiction ideas need not result in all smash-bang-wallop FX, but can result in genuine character based storytelling.

November 21, 2007

The Nines Competition report

Last night I went to see The Nines in little old London Town, along with Matt and Robin who bagged some tickets off me. A good time was had by all. I'm about to start writing up the full review.

I also just found the site of John August, the writer/director of The Nines. He's giving day by day coverage of the writers' strike, cool blog.

Cloverfield trailer online

I like the Cloverfield trailer. Very cool. 21st century city attacked by monster(s) stuff.
The question is can that style be kept up for a whole movie, and will it have a good story?
Good hype generation though.

Saving Heroes

Some people want to "Save Heroes", which is the sort of thing that happens nowadays when everyone has discovered that blogging is easy and anyone can do it. Anyway, much more entertaining is the discussion that enused on Torque Control.

Personally I'm shallow, and I would like to dictate the following requirements to that Tim Kring bloke:
  • Kill off all the characters except Hiro and the other cool one which I won't mention due to UK spoiler issues. Let's face it, they're all dull and whiny except these two.
  • Fill the rest of the series with an intense time-travelling sword fight between Hiro and the other character.
Tada!

All too easy.


Saving Heroes

Some people want to "Save Heroes", which is the sort of thing that happens nowadays when everyone has discovered that blogging is easy and anyone can do it. Anyway, much more entertaining is the discussion that enused on Torque Control.

Personally I'm shallow, and I would like to dictate the following requirements to that Tim Kring bloke:
  • Kill off all the characters except Hiro and the other cool one which I won't mention due to UK spoiler issues. Let's face it, they're all dull and whiny except these two.
  • Fill the rest of the series with an intense time-travelling sword fight between Hiro and the other character.
Tada!

All too easy.


November 20, 2007

Arggh! There's an alien on my spaceship!

Cool Threadless SF T-Shirt #242

 Hitchhiker - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

November 19, 2007

Kindle, Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

Is this the future of books?

It's Amazon's ebook reader! It has a barmy keyboard on the bottom so that it looks like a BT phone from 1987! It can bookmark pages! It can remember where you got to! You can buy books from Amazon!

Ah. That's the point then.

It uses the magical Amazon wireless Whispernet! (None of that archaic wifi.) You can read blogs! Automatically! No need to get up and use a dictionary, there's one built in! You can highlight text!

Apparently everyone likes it. Including Neil Gaiman! He says it "changes everything"!

The actual display looks okay, but I'd like to see it first-hand before I decide whether it's any cop. However seeing as Amazon's celebrity endorsements include Neil Gaiman and Guy Kawasaki I doubt they'll be sending me a freebie to review ;-)

Oh, and it costs $399, which is about 5p.

UPDATE
Joel at Boing Boing Gadgets has some details beyond the marketing hype.

BBC World Service | World Drama: Anansi Boys

The BBC radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys is online until Saturday. Starring (amongst others) Lenny Henry and Matt Lucas.

Via Neil Gaiman

November 18, 2007

Doctor Who - Time Crash


Like all episodes / specials / performances in charity telethons the Doctor Who episode Time Crash, shown as part of Children In Need, was short. And also like most (bar Ricky Gervais sketches) it wasn't very good. Despite having high hopes, it being written by Stephen Moffat, it was little more than David Tennant saying thanks to Peter Davison for being his doctor. Not a lot to it, a couple of chuckles and a longing for a proper Moffat episode.

You can see it here if you're in the UK, with photos and behind the scenes stuff here. Or perhaps just watch it on YouTube if you can put up with seeing John Barrowman and Terry Wogan "banter.

November 16, 2007

New Posters for The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Entertainment Weekly has four new posters for The Sarah Connor Chronicles, although SFSignal has them on one page which is much less annoying. I think they're okay. The first one looks like "I, Robot", which is bad, second and fourth ones have that (original) Terminator feell to them, and the third, upper torso poster is quite cool but reminds me of Aliens.

The show is due to be shown in the UK on Virgin 1 in 2008 sometime.


David Marusek's second novel edging closer

David Marusek has said on his blog that he has finished the "Reader's Draft" of his second novel, the follow up to the very cool Counting Heads. And he's been working hard on it, between 30 and 40 hours a week on it for the last several months. Although he dictated it using software, which is surely cheating? (But I'd still like a go with that software.)


Heroes Season 2, now 25% Woah

Episode 8 of Heroes Season 2 officially pushed it's BDO Woah rating to 25%, although to be honest, much of the Woah was derived from the plot twist revealed in Episode 7.

Meanwhile BBC3 have just show the Woah++ Episode 20 from Season 1, "Five Years Gone", and it's on BBC2 next Wednesday.

Interestingly I have anecdotal evidence that Heroes is being watched on the BBC by all sorts of people that would not normally watch a SF show. Which is nice.

November 15, 2007

The Culture Is Back. Nothing Else Matters.

I love choosing which book to read next. Sometimes I know exactly what I feel like. Sometimes I peruse my bookshelf reading blurbs and stroking covers. Sometimes I have a structured queue. Sometimes that queue gets smashed into little pieces.

I was going to read Altered Carbon next, because I really should have read it by now and it's been sitting on my shelf staring at me provocatively. But then The Jennifer Morgue was sitting right next to it taunting me with the promises of fun and monsters and crazy multidimensional maths. So I was going to read that. Then Orbit sent me True Colors, and I hadn't read a Star Wars book in years, so I thought I'd read that. In fact there is a bonus short story at the end of the novel, so I did read that, and liked it, the full novel was next. Then some Manga arrived from Yen Press, and one of the books had "zombie" in the title, which meant that I had to read that. Quick read I thought. But after the one Manga book I felt I should read the others. (There's a review coming when I type it up). And then after that interesting excursion I was back to my original list, but now confused.

Then, today, the post arrived. It contained a proof copy of Matter, courtesy of the very nice people at Orbit.

STOP EVERYTHING!

The front cover of the proof says, "The Culture Is Back. February 2008. Nothing Else Matters."

Yes.

Correct.


November 14, 2007

Competition : Win tickets to a preview screening of The Nines


Fancy seeing The Nines for free, ten days before it's official UK release? Well, I have a handful of tickets to give away for a preview screening. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, or send me an email with the subject "The Nines". First come first serve, and you're allowed to request a pair if you have a plus-one to go with.

The details: the screening is in central London on the evening of Tuesday 20th November (with the promise of food and drinks!). That's next Tuesday. The film is a 15 Certificate (so you should at least look 15).

Here's the press release blurb:

"The Nines is the debut feature from John August (critically acclaimed writer of hit movie GO and adaptor of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY for Tim Burton) and stars Ryan Reynolds (Smokin’ Aces) and Hope Davis (American Splendor). The Nines is a unique blend of science-fiction, mystery and thriller which finds the lives of three characters (all played by Reynolds) intersecting sometimes in bizarre and unexpected ways. "

More importantly it was well received at Sundance, has an 8.4 on IMDB and Mark Kelly (Locus Online) recommends it. Sound good? Drop me a mail or leave a comment....


November 13, 2007

Lily Allen in Doctor Who

The latest Doctor Who rumour is that Lily Allen is in talks to become the Doctor's assistant. As with all Doctor Who rumours it could be completely made up, it was in The Sun originally.


November 12, 2007

Doctor Who Children In Need Special to have "extras"


The Children In Need Doctor Who special, to be shown on Friday as part of Children In Need, is called Time Crash, stars David Tennant and Peter Davison, and is written by Steven Moffat.

Need further incentives?

The BBC website team is treating the special like a full blown episode of Doctor Who, including "a mini episode guide, including galleries, a fact file and full credits." And, not only will you be able to watch it online for seven days after its broadcast (if you have a UK IP address) but there will also be a behind-the-scenes featurette from the Doctor Who Confidential team.

November 11, 2007

Woah! or Oh... the BDO TV rating system

Has Heroes lost the plot? Should The Bionic Woman run off on her bionic legs into the sunset? Is Sarah Jane sorry she left the TARDIS?

Important questions, and one which until know required many words, sometimes even whole sentences. No more. I have developed a new TV show rating system for Big Dumb Object called Woah! or Oh... (I say "developed", actually I just had the idea this morning in a five second burst of inspiration.) Here's how it works, you can play along yourself if you want to.

If at the end of an episode of a TV show you say <keanu>Whoah!</keanu> then that show gets a woah point for that episode. If you say "Oh..." the show gets zero woah points for that episode. Then you calculate the percentage woah-ness like so:

Percentage Woah-ness = (Woah points / Number of episodes) * 100
Easy. And now each show has one easy percentage rating (although you should probably also quote the number of episodes).

Here's some current ratings:

Heroes season 2 : 1/7 = 14% Woah
Bionic Woman : 0/1 = 0% Woah
Spooks 2007: 1/2 = 50% Woah
Flight Of The Conchords: 7/7 = 100% Woah


In the future I'm looking forward to Lost which was over 90% Woah last series, and hoping that Doctor Who 2008 can raise itself out of the lowly 23% Woah depths.



November 9, 2007

The Star Wars Eddie Izzard Lego video

Everyone has linked to this video, SF Signal embedded it, but I feel it would be a crime if I did not also embed it here. Because it is Eddie Izzard and Star Wars and Lego. And it's funny:

"What's the Death Star?"
"This is the Death Star!"


November 8, 2007

The Champions tv series to be remade as film

"Cult British science fiction TV series The Champions is to be re-made for the big screen."
...from the BBC.

Not more unoriginal remakes I hear you cry. But wait, the writer and director is to be Guillermo del Toro, which suddenly makes everything sound much more hopeful.

Here's the setup:

The Champions were agents whose lives were saved by an advanced civilisation when their plane crashed in the Himalayas. The civilization also bestowed them with superhuman abilities, including the ability to communicate over long distances by mental telepathy and the ability to foresee events.


Weird, perfect or plain looking people required for Star Trek film

The news is that the producers of the new Star Trek film are looking extras. Here's their requirements:

  • extremely large heads and foreheads
  • wide or close-set eyes
  • over or undersized ears and/or nose
  • facial deformities
  • pronounced cheekbones
  • ultra perfect or ultra plain-looking people
"Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit; wardrobe will be form-fitting. All hair lengths on males and females welcome,"

Surely however, if you aren't weird and you aren't perfect then you're plain? So that just about covers everyone.

Mini AT-ST trained to fetch

Who needs a dog when you have a pack of AT-STs?

November 6, 2007

New Fantasy BBC Three show, Being Human

The BBC have released some interesting details about a one of drama entitled Being Human, due to be shown next year on BBC 3. It's a twenty something flatshare drama, I hear you groan, but wait! The flatmates are a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. Presumably, being BBC 3, it will have an element of humour. Here's some excerpts from the press release:


Mitchell (Flanagan) and George (Tovey) are two 20-something lads who, like any of their peers, would love to hit the town, pull girls and spend evenings down the pub.

Mitchell is a hospital cleaner, good looking, laid back and a hit with the ladies. Oh, and he's a blood sucking vampire.

Mitchell's friend George works in the same hospital as a porter. He's an awkward but loveable geek who was befriended by Mitchell two years ago. George was heartbroken after he had to move away from the love of his life; he had to leave before she discovered that at every full moon, he sprouts a snout, grows a very hairy back and transforms into a werewolf.

Having had enough of sleeping in hostels and temporary accommodation, Mitchell and George decide to get a flat together where they can indulge in their love of beer, pizza and watching TV. They just want to have a go at being normal – being human. Annie (Riseborough) is their uninvited lodger. When the guys moved into their new creepy abode they were not expecting to share it with a ghost with a confidence crisis.

November 5, 2007

Films I have to watch when they're on Television

There are some films that, no matter how many times I have seen them before, I have to watch if I come across them on terrestrial television. Even if I own the DVD.

Yesterday it was The Empire Strikes Back. There's something about a Star Wars movie on a "normal" TV channel that still gets me excited. I think it's because I remember the first time that Star Wars on TV, before we owned a video recorder. It was shown at Christmas, of course, and the event is as memorable as seeing it at the cinema.

Other films that fall into this category include all the Back To The Future films, for which I always have to stop what I'm doing and watch.

Rudy Rucker's novel Postsingular released as download

Rudy Rucker has released his novel Postsingular as a download with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative License.

Cool. Rudy Rucker is one of those authors that I've been meaning to read but haven't got around to, now I have no excuse.

[Via SFSignal]

November 3, 2007

Alone online in Every Day Fiction

My story Alone is online today in Every Day Fiction!



November 2, 2007

The Box film, based on a Richard Matheson short story

Some news on Ain't It Cool News about a film called The Box...

"...based on the great Richard Matheson short story BUTTON, BUTTON about a button that when pressed will give the presser a certain amount of life-changing money, but will also kill someone somewhere in the world."

Sounds interesting.
After I Am Legend will Hollywood be plundering more of Matheson's stories?

Via Dave

Dollhouse, Joss Whedon's new show

Everybody is rejoicing, Joss Whedon has got the go ahead for seven episodes of a new TV series called Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku. Here's an interview with Joss and Eliza about it. The idea sounds like something I've read (more than once), but the point is that Whedon always executes with style and class. I mean Vampires had been done to death hadn't they? And Buffy was still super cool and groovy. Here's the summary:

"Echo (Eliza Dushku) [is] a young woman who is literally everybody's fantasy. She is one of a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality packages, including memories, skills, language—even muscle memory—for different assignments. The assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal. When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments—or of much else. The show revolves around the childlike Echo's burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse."

Excited yet?

November's Ansible is online

UFO USA Hotspots Map

Strange Maps has a map of UFO sightings in the USA, showing where the hotspots are. Area 51 has the highest amount (although surely the aliens are imprisoned in Area 51? So it must be the government.)

November 1, 2007

Stamping Butterflies - Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Jon Courtenay Grimwood was added to my list of authors I'll buy sight unseen after the stunning Pashazade. Despite some good stuff since then, nothing has quite lived up to that book. So, how did I like Stamping Butterflies?
Well, it begins in an intriguing way, several plot threads: one far future, one present day, one in 1977 Marrakesh, and it's not entirely clear how they are related. At the beginning I liked the Chinese flavoured far future thread, a nice contrast to the African plots, but unfortunately that plot seems to lose itself, and becomes a meanderingmish mash. Yes there are some cool ideas, and the 2023 Worlds is a great setting, but it seemed to descend into angst and not do anything interesting. The other plots meanwhile gain focus and get better, but are slim on Science Fiction.
I found myself wondering how the plots were going to tie together, rather than enjoying the stories. In fact half way through I was bored, and had to force myself to keep reading. The ending does pull things together, but not in a very satisfactory way, and I was left feeling disappointed. Maybe this would have been a better book with the far future thread removed, and turned into a non-SF novel?
On the plus side, the writing is, as usual for JCG, excellent, full of atmosphere and details that transport you to Northern Africa. But in the end it wasn't enough to make me like the book. However, I'm still going to read (the award winning) End Of The World Blues.


Continue reading Stamping Butterflies - Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

Top ten evil computers

Crave has a list of the top ten evil computers (with clips), the full list is below. [Via Dave]. You can't really disagree with HAL 9000 can you? Although my personal favourite is Quuueeeeeg.

  1. HAL 9000
    2001: A Space Odyssey

  2. Proteus IV
    Demon Seed

  3. Nomad
    Star Trek: The Changeling

  4. The Ultimate Computer
    Superman III

  5. Max
    The Thirteenth Floor

  6. GLaDOS
    Portal

  7. MODOK
    Marvel Comics

  8. Queeg 500
    Red Dwarf: 'Queeg'

  9. Skynet
    The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

  10. BOSS
    Doctor Who: The Green Death


20 Terrifying Star Wars Moments

The official Star Wars site has 20 terrifying Star Wars moments. Number one is The Evil Cave On Dagobah. Cue jokes about Jar Jar Binks and Ewoks...


Kevin Smith interviewed

The UK SciFi Channel has posted an interview with filmmaker Kevin Smith who created the classic indie film Clerks. (I also liked Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma, they're not classics, but fun.)

Some interesting bits about indie filmmakers and also his involvement with Heroes:Origins (which sadly looks like it's been postponed until next year).

Here's some extra excerpts from the interview not posted on the blog.

Firstly about superheroes...



Continue reading Kevin Smith interviewed.

Futurismic, get well soon

Oh, oh, it looks and sounds (via Paul's venomous Facebook status update) like Futurismic is having "issues" (== hacked?).

Get well soon.

And dear hackers, please hack something that deserves it, like, I don't know, multi national corporations, or defence sites or something. Surely that would be more fun anyway?

Doctor Who wins two National TV Awards

Doctor Who won a National TV Award last night, for Most Popular Drama and David Tennant won Most Popular Actor.

The National TV Awards are probably the largest audience voted TV awards in the UK (although anyone who says they'd prefer one to a BAFTA is obviously lying).