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Science Fiction Thursday: 'Star Wars', 'Interstellar', Clive Barker

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | May 8, 2014 |


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Sci-Fiiiiiiiiiiiiii Thuuuuuuuurssssday. Ok, I might be running out of interesting ways to start this column. Don’t worry, I can spin uninteresting out into years. Its a skill that you hone in graduate school.

First up, a little classic eighties horror coming to the big screen. Clive Barker, author of some of the most insanely dark fiction I’ve ever had the joy of reading, has another of his short stories from the Books of Blood getting adapted: Jacqueline Ess.

It’s a story of a woman who develops a horrific ability to change other peoples’ bodies, but like all good stories, it’s about more than that. Slashfilm dug up a beautiful quote from Barker about the story:

“There’s a story called ‘Jacqueline Ess’, about a woman who only discovers she has extraordinary powers when her drives her to the verge of suicide. What interests me is the idea of characters who confront the ordinary, and find new meaning in the extraordinary, rather than simply finding some creatures or some forces that they must eradicate or exorcise in order to return to the norm that they had on page one. I think of my stories as having happy endings, perversely enough, because they very often end with scenes of revelation of one kind or another: characters understanding themselves and realising why they need fresh meaning in their lives.”

Lena Headey has been cast in the lead and Jovanka Vukovic is making her debut as director of a feature film.

Next up, we’ve got a poster for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It looks wonderfully evocative of the best spirit of classic science fiction. You know, at least as much as can be done with an image and a sentence.

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I give it ten years or so before the word “poster” in the context of movies is as deprecated as words like “rewind”.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary that is the sort of succinct I can get behind: “A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”

Interstellar also stars everyone you’ve ever heard of: “Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Matt Damon, Ellen Burstyn and many more.” For the record, And Many More is my favorite character actor.

(source: Blastr)

Rumor has it that the new Star Wars has a title. Ain’t it Cool is claiming that the full working title is Star Wars: Episode VII - The Ancient Fear, based on inside tips and the fact that JJ Abrams suspiciously did not respond to emails. Of course JJ Abrams rarely responds to my emails either unless you count those ones from his asshole attorneys, so I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

Finally, NASA added high-def cameras to the outside of the International Space Station, four of them, staring down on our wee blue marble. And they’ve got a live feed now online, so you can watch anytime day or night. Night’s slightly dark. But time it right, go outside and wave, and if your kids squint really hard, they’ll be able to see you. Here’s the link, go crazy.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is a hopeless romantic and the last scion of Norse warriors and the forbidden elder gods. His novel, ramblings, and assorted fictions coalesce at www.burningviolin.com. You can email him here and order his novel here.


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