Inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, “Troll Bridge” isn’t like most other films – it’s spent over a decade in production, and is entirely fan-made. Such a project may sound like it’s cursed to remain in limbo forever, but the film now has a trailer and is being submitted to festivals around the world. Between this and the upcoming Good Omens adaptation, it appears 2019 may be Pratchett’s time to shine. In the meantime, “Troll Bridge” is available for pre-order thanks to crowdfunding – but a Blu-ray is going to set you back $85.
“Trailer Surfaces For Fan-Made Discworld Film”, Tom Blunt, signature
Break out the celebratory lasagna—The Expanse has been saved! The show will move over to Amazon’s streaming service after its third season ends on Syfy. Jeff Bezos made the announcement himself last night, after a panel at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which featured three of the show’s stars, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, and Cas Anvar, along with showrunner Naren Shankar.
Anvar, who has been especially vocal in the #SaveTheExpanse campaign, filmed the announcement and posted it on Twitter.
We’re going to try a discussion about what’s new and old in SF. We will also look at the resurgence of the novella.
We ask you to:
(a) select something new (post 2010) that’s interesting SF,
(b) to pick something pre 1970 that’s worth (re)visiting
and be ready to talk about your selection for two (2) minutes.
We suggest people have a listen to the discussion on novellas in the first 11 minutes of the recent Coode St Podcast (https://jonathanstrahan.podbean.com/e/episode-330-books-reading-and-wolves/) to prepare for the Critical Mass. As usual, 6:45 for a 7pm start on the first Wednesday at kappys, 22 Compton St near the central market.
The BBC have produced a TV series from China Miéville’s novel The City and The City, in which a murder is committed across two intersecting/intertwined cities.
The City And The City TV series was scripted by Tony Grisoni and directed by Tom Shankland: China Miéville served as consultant. Bringing Miéville’s setting to the screen presented the challenge of showing two distinct worlds co-existing, and to let the viewer share its inhabitants’ point of view. This was achieved by differentiating the cities through architecture, clothing and décor, and by colour and lighting. In Besźel, a “1970’s Istanbul look”, coloured with soft yellows and browns is used, while Ul Qoma has modern skyscrapers, and bright red with blue or blue-white dominate.
The series runs to four episodes of around 70 minutes.
In 1968, the legendary anthologist and editor Charles N. Brown created a one-sheet fanzine about news of the science fiction field. Brown’s intent was to use it to help the Boston Science Fiction group win its Worldcon bid. Brown enjoyed the experience so much that he continued the magazine through Noreascon I, the 29th Worldcon held in Boston in 1971 (where Locus won its first Hugo award). Brown continued to be the steward of Locus until his death in 2009. In that run, Locus won thirty Hugo awards, and for good reason.
— Paul Weimer, Celebrating 50 Years of Locus Magazine on tor.com
Roman’s talking about Max Gladstone’s interesting fantasy series, set in a world in which humans won The God Wars and replaced their deities — or so they thought!
There are six novels in the sequence to date, with more novels and novellas promised this year!
Science fiction can deliver a unique impact. It can suggest to us why we yearn for the opportunity to sit down and share a pizza with someone from Arcturus; or why we would love to be present for the first performance of Hamlet, with an opportunity to wait outside at the end and inform Will Shakespeare (who played the ghost that opening night) that the show was seriously good; or why we dream about what it would be like to climb out of an airlock and step down onto the surface of another planet.
It reminds us, in many ways, of who we are.
— Jack McDevitt, writing about “Five Stories That Celebrate the Everyday in Science Fiction” at tor.com
The best part of this book is how concise and well-exampled each section of the argument is. Scholarly work has a tendency to be unnecessarily long and dense for no virtue other than a page count, but that’s no problem here. Russ cuts through the bullshit to use each word as effectively as it can be used and never lets herself stray from the outline of her analysis—in short, she brings the skills of a fiction writer to her academic work, and the result is an excellent text.
— Brit Mandelo, “How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ” at tor.com
“When she got home from Bellport’s office she made a cup of coffee and took it to her desk. Fittingly, she took out the gorgeous, carmine-red, Japanese lacquer fountain pen he had given her for her birthday many years before. The great irony was although she loved pens, notebooks, and everything to do with handwriting, hers was absolutely atrocious and had been all of her life. It was tiny and almost indecipherable to anyone but herself. He once said it looked like someone dipped a pigeon’s feet in ink then let it walk across the page. He was right. It had always embarrassed her, and put side to side with his precise, singular, almost calligraphic script, it was like comparing gravel to a diamond.”
—- from Played Your Eyes, a new Jonathan Carroll short Story at tor.com