The upcoming sci-fi movie Interstellar looks absolutely epic, judging from this trailer. Right now, I think it has an almost 2001-feel to it.
Even better: Matthew McConaughey!
So many great flicks this year, so little time…
H.R. Giger, iconic Swiss artist and creator of the quintessential killing machine, the Xenomorph, has passed away yesterday afternoon after suffering an accident, he was 74 years old.
Without Giger, modern science fiction and horror alike would be very different. He has influenced the imagination of many, including Ridley Scott and Jonathan Davies (Korn frontman).
My dear fellow Whovians, in case you have not noticed it yet, Google has a Doctor-Who-themed Doodle. It is not implemented worldwide (for example the German Google site does not display it), this is no problem at all, since the image below links to Google.co.uk.
And before I forget it: there is a lovely Doctor Who mini game hidden in the Doodle.
The esteemed lady Gail Carriger of Parasol Protectorate fame has another project in the making:
Gail Carriger, NYT bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate, has teamed up with ArtisticWhispers Productions to produce a full-cast audiobook of her ‘lost’ SF novel Crudrat. Written just before her Parasol Protectorate books took off, Crudrat’s golden-age adventure pedigree shines through in its gutsy thirteen-year-old heroine. Maura risks her life everyday to clean the industrial waste from the tunnels winding through the power plants on her home station. But when she starts to grow too tall, her years of service earn her a ticket to oblivion–society with no use for untouchable children who survive too long. Hiding from the citizenry who’d rather see her die than haunt their city, she stumbles upon an imprisoned alien who promises to take her with him, if only she can spring him from jail and help him escape the only world she’s ever known…
This will be the fourth full-cast audiobook for producer/director J. Daniel Sawyer, a fourteen-year veteran of the world of corporate communications and independent film. Casting commenced a couple weeks ago, and already award-winning podcast voice actress Veronica Giguere and multiple award-winning podcaster Nathan Lowell have signed on. If funded, the production will be completed by December 2013.
So, please sidle over here and support this project! I am quite sure it will be worth it and I will do so, too!
That at least is one of the features of a planned Steampunk webseries by the name of TINKERS.
The press release for TINKERS sounds intriguing and has quite a list of names attached to it:
Prepare for a high-flying steampunk adventure in this all-new sci-fi/fantasy series about a pair
of talented inventors called, the TINKERS. Set in an alternate history in the late 19th century,
TINKER takes place in a smoggy, overpopulated San Francisco where the TINKERS ply their
trade to the wealthy and famous. When a wealthy and eccentric noblewoman from British
Hong Kong named, Lady Cushing, hires the father/daughter duo, they are instantly thrust into
a world of intrigue, lies, danger and excitement in which the balance of worldly power rests
unaware, alternately in both the calloused hands of Sho Tinker and the gloved hands of Lady
Featuring stylish steampunk wardrobe, props, sets, digital environments not limited to reality,
and an original score and soundtrack of steampunk inspired music
TINKER aims to expand
the boundaries of Steampunk science fiction by further transforming it from what many know
as just an aesthetic to evolving it into a multi-ethnic, culture- exploring, collection of stories
that does for Steampunk what Star Trek did for science fiction back in the sixties. This
includes: mature themes, exotic locations, sub-plots, drama and action, always making the
effort to keep true to the ‚punk‘ in Steampunk by going outside currently established ‚rules‘ of
the genre, and fusing the diverse talents of several industries into a new kind of steam-
powered animal. Even if you don’t actively follow the subculture of Steampunk, there is still
something here for you.
Confirmed notable talent involved: David R. Hardberger (VFX for: Lord of the Rings, Star
Wars, Blade Runner). McCune Design (Models, Miniatures, Specialty Props for: Cabin in the Woods, Iron Man 2, Serenity) Johnnie Saiko (Syfy Channel’s Monster Man), Julienne Davis (Eyes Wide Shut), and Katerina Leigh Waters (WWE).
So, if you feel like turning this project into reality, and why shouldn’t you, go here: TINKER on Kickstarter
Grand Moff Tarkin
Doctor Van Helsing
and many, many more.
All these are names connected to Mr Peter Cushing, one of the great old men of British cinema.
Although never quite as popular during his life time than Hammer Film co-star Christopher Lee (film adversary and real life friend) he has become a legend in his own right. If Peter Cushing would still be with us today, it would be his 100th birthday.
In reference to how I will always remember him:
May the Force be with you, Grand Moff!
There are some questions people do not like to ask. Others are too horrific to be even considered by sane minds. Well, since I am on the mad scientist side of life, or fancy myself to be there anyway, I guess that counts, I can consider the following:
Let us presume the following. There is a zombie apocalypse on earth. In the middle of it, an alien spacecraft crashes onto a continent, its crew slain by Xenomorphs. The xenomorphs spread out, the queen on board starts laying eggs. A hapless group of zombie apocalypse survivors stumbles upon the queen’s lair, or gets dragged there by some Xenomorphs, and they have facehuggers attached to them. A few days later, the chestbusters burst out, killing the survivors.
Now it gets interesting: Due to the effects of the zombie apocalypse, the chestburster victims do not simply die but turn into zombies. Would those zombies regard the chestbursters as offspring or pets and could they form loving and caring relationships. I.e. the zombies take care of the very young chestbursters which in turn protect their zombies once they have become fully grown Xenomorphs.
Could Xenomorphs and zombies be the mutual key to the survival of both species? Just asking…