Adam enjoyed the series (both as novels & TV), and is going to talk about why this Wednesday.
What could possibly go wrong in a cemetery… Ali Hadji-Heshmati (playing George Karim), Cameron Chapman (as Anthony Lockwood) and Ruby Stokes (as Lucy Carlyle)
Lockwood & Co. is a young adult supernatural thriller series which follows three young operatives of a psychic detection agency (Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins) as they fight ghosts (known throughout the series as Visitors) in London, England. There are five novels in the series, published from 2013
If you’re in Adelaide, meet at kappy’s in Compton St (near the market). Doors open at 6:15 for a 6:30pm start.
Zoom details: Time: Apr 19, 2023 at 6:30 at kappy’s / 7:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Some of us wonder if today’s SF fans enjoy the same sf novels as earlier SF fans. As it turns out, there were interesting surveys taken of best SF novels in 1987 (at the British eastercon) and 2022 (a poll of the media death cult members). SFF Concatention recently published their analysis of the comparison here.
“the result do not show a wildly difference in SF tastes between the 1980s and 2020s generations of fans: in fact, there are similarities. 10 of the SF² Concatenation top twenty appear in of the Cult’s top 40: indeed all but one, Tiger Tiger / Stars My destination appear in the Cult’s top 30. When it comes to authors, there is an even greater similarity: 7 in SF² Concatenation top twenty top ten cited authors appear in the Cult’s top 40. This bumps up to 8 authors if Alfred (working class) Bester, author of Tiger Tiger / Stars My destination, who was not one of the top ten most cited author but was in the mix as a lower ranking author.”the result do not show a wildly difference in SF tastes between the 1980s and 2020s generations of fans: in fat, there are similarities. 10 of the SF² Concatenation top twenty appear in of the Cult’s top 40: indeed all but one, Tiger Tiger / Stars My destination appear in the Cult’s top 30. When it comes to authors, there is an even greater similarity: 7 in SF² Concatenation top twenty top ten cited authors appear in the Cult’s top 40. “
Nick Mamatas suggested a bundle looking at that nebulous concept, the “singularity”, and I thought it would be fun to take a wide-ranging approach to it, encompassing the post-human, A.I., space opera and much more. […]I love the variety of novels and authors in this bundle.
And what is the Singularity anyway? A silly hypothetical concept beloved by the neo-libertarian tech rich? A utopian vision? A dystopian one? Or is it a convenient shorthand for the possible convergence of human and machine that we already have?
The fun is in the asking. And I think each of the authors here grapple with some fundamental questions about human and others and our place in the universe. And, you know – they’re also terrific fun!
A Note About The Charity
I thought this being a hard SF-ish bundle, it would be appropriate to nominate as my charity of choice the Locus Foundation. Locus Magazine was established in 1968, and became the single most important news source for the SF/F field, offering unparalleled cover, in-depth reviews and author interviews, and so much more. […] Times are hard for everyone right now, and this seems a good cause to support! – Lavie Tidhar
* * * Note the bundle will be available online here until the 15th October * * *
With the recent release of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, hordes of viewers are falling in love with the series based on Leigh Bargudo’s Grishaverse. This isn’t Leigh’s only universe. She’s written the DC Icon’s novel about the legendary Amazon, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, as well as the adult dark academia hit, Ninth House. But, newcomers may not know where to begin when it comes to the Grishaverse books. Zoraida Córdova has written a guide to the Grishaverse, and the two series which form the basis of the netflix series. See Beyond Shadow and Bone: Your Guide to Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse at tor.com:
The Shadow and Bone adaptation is incredibly faithful to the books, even with the addition of a new timeline. Season one follows the events of the first book: Ravka is a country at war, landlocked between two enemy nations to the north and south. To its west is the Shadow Fold, a sea of darkness full of monsters that splits Ravka from its coast line and ports. It was created by a Grisha, a class of elite warriors who can manipulate the elements, hundreds of years before and nothing has been able to destroy it. During a crossing of the Shadow Fold, Alina Starkov—an orphan and a cartographer in the Ravkan army—and her BFF, Malyen Oretsev, are attacked by one of the monsters, and Alina discovers her awesome power to summon sunlight. As the legendary Sun Summoner, she might be the only chance to save her war-torn country.
Signature Entertainment has unveiled the official UK trailer for an Australian sci-fi action thriller titled Occupation: Rainfall, from filmmaker Luke Sparke. Two years after aliens land on Earth, survivors from Sydney fight in a desperate war as the number of casualties continue to grow. It’s described as “Avatar meets Star Wars meets Independence Day,”
From the VFX team behind The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049, Sparke’s Occupation: Rainfall is a new “sci-fi action epic with an all star cast.” Temuera Morrison co-stars with Ken Jeong, Jet Tranter, Dan Ewing, Lawrence Makoare, Daniel Gillies, Dena Kaplan, and Jason Isaacs. This does have some massive VFX sequences, which is quite impressive, but the mash-up of unoriginal sci-fi ideas seems to be its biggest drawback.
Here’s the official UK trailer for Luke Sparke’s Occupation: Rainfall, direct from YouTube:
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