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Science Fiction Thursday

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 3, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 3, 2014 |

So for this week’s installment of Sci-Fi thursday, I’ve got a bizarre hodge podge, but I think that’s the way you like it.

First off, Snowpiercer (which contrary to rumor is not actually a pornographic sequel to Frozen) is getting a “limited wide” release this weekend in a triumph of oxymoronicity. What that means is that 150 places get to see it, but since it tends to be larger cities, they can pretend it’s an actual wide release while the rest of us cling to our religion and guns. You can go here to see the occasionally updating list of theaters it will be released at.

Second, Preacher, the wonderfully dark and violent and hilarious comic that is the standard for a certain breed of awesome in that industry, is getting adapted for AMC with Seth Rogen as producer. I have to keep repeating that, because no matter how many times I read that fact, I’m hearing it for the first time, it’s just such an oddity. Anyway, the project is definitely moving forward as Rogen is tweeting pictures of index card outlining:

Next up, Terry Gilliam’s new sci-fi film Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz, has a poster out. Undeterred by the fact that movie posters are an anachronism of the modern age, serving as nothing but the aspect ratio template of a particular type of online advertising image, the MPAA has decided disallow the film’s poster. Here is the offending image, in all its tawdry, horrific glory (please look away if you have a weak stomach):


Yes. That eight pixels of buttock has put them in quite a tizzie. I’d call them twatwaffles, but then I get awkward emails from their attorneys. Gilliam had this to say on his Facebook page: “Zero Theorem off to a good start in the US thanks to the Motion Picture Association of America’s censors. They have banned our teaser poster because of a bare butt. Your thoughts, please.”

In other news, you can go talk to Terry Gilliam on Facebook. We live in an age of wonders.

Finally, in print news, James Corey’s next book in the Expanse Series, Cibola Burn, just hit stores yesterday. If you haven’t already heard about it, it’s the work of the pair Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck who write together under the Corey pseudonym. This is the fourth book and frankly, they’re fantastic science fiction, fitting right into that sweet spot of realism and space opera. They’ve been called “Game of Thrones in space” but I don’t see that in the least. Not from a quality point of view one way or the other, just that none of the defining aspects of either story seem to overlap in mind at all. So go read that. And appreciate that the release coincides with the authors signing a deal for three more books in the series.

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 You can email him here and order his novel here.

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