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.
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!
The IAU is naming features on Charon, Pluto’s moon, and have decided to honour Octavia Butler by naming a mountain after her. Butler Mons joins a host of other names celebrating the spirit of human exploration at the furthest reaches of our solar system.
Andrew is presenting Critical Mass, 7pm at Kappys.
With great sadness we mourn the passing of Ursula Le Guin in January of this year. During her literary career she was won numerous awards. Including two Hugos (Left Hand of Darkness and Dispossessed) and four Nebulas (Left Hand of Darkness, Dispossessed, Powers and Tehanu); more Nebula awards than any other author.
There are many aspects of her writing that I appreciate, one of which is her brevity. Her novels are complete, each with a beginning, a middle and an end; offering intrigues, character development, and cathartic conclusions. However in comparison to modern works of fiction I find her novels exceptionally short. I often wonder whether novel length has evolved over time, or was perhaps Le Guin unusually concise?
To address these questions we examine the list Hugo and Nebula winners over the past 65 years, comparing Le Guin’s novels with other winners, and assess how novel length has varied over time.
Cinémathèque at the Mercury starts its After Year Zero mini season with Alexsei German’s Hard to be A God, 7pm Mon 23rd April. This will be the first public screening in Adelaide of this extraordinary film, based on the Strugatsky’s novel.
Also in the season are:
- Stanley Kramer’s On the Beach, 7pm Mon 30th April
- Jeunet & Caro’s Delicatessen, 7pm Wed 2nd May
- Bong Hoon’s Snowpiercer, 7pm Mon 7th May
- Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, 7pm Wed 9th May
A four film pass to Cinémathèque screenings will cost you $40 / $30 conc.