This Week in Science Fiction
It’s been a long week, folks, and the internet has been positively rife with exciting science fiction news; so rife, in fact, that I’ve hardly been able to keep up with it all. Luckily for you, however, I have managed to boil down the most exciting stories of the week into a nice, boring list. No need to thank me, friends. Here’s this week in science fiction:
- The first trailer for the upcoming remake of Robocop has hit the web to a sea of wavering skepticism. The cast looks incredibly promising, but something about the trailer seems a little too straight forward on the action for my tastes. The original Robocop felt much darker, and it provided a sense of social commentary that this film doesn’t seem to have. On the other hand, this is only the trailer, and I have been pleasantly surprised by remakes before. Who knows? This could be absolutely incredible, but only time will tell.
- The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards have finally been listed, featuring a number of incredible short stories, novels, and comic books. Take a gander at the list of nominees and recipients, folks; you may just find your new favorite author on there.
- Gather ye dollars while ye may, Whovians. The BBC is releasing all of Doctor Who (series 1 - 7) on Blu-Ray in an amazing collectors edition, set to hit stores on November 5th. Not only does the box set include every episode and television special in 1080p, but it also includes special features, original art cards featuring 9, 10, and 11, an exclusive Doctor Who comic, and (get this) a universal remote in the shape of a Sonic Screwdriver. Look, I’m not one to beg, but can someone please drop three hundred and fifty bones on this for me? Please?
- Roland Emmerich, co-creator of the Stargate movie circa 1994, has fans of the franchise dizzy with excitement. (Do you guys even have a name? Gaters? Gateheads?) Emmerich is currently in talks with MGM to reboot his vision as a trilogy of films. Some fans wonder whether rehashing the franchise is even necessary at all, considering the vast array of television series that branched off from the original film. Gateheads will have to wait a little while longer before anything is confirmed, however, considering that Mr. Emmerich is currently shooting Independence Day 2, and we all know how important that is.
- If you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you may know just how much I adore the television series Futurama. I’ve toted it as the wittiest animated series of our generation, and I don’t think I’m too far off in that assessment, if you ask me. And, while I knew this day would eventually come, I wasn’t truly prepared for the series to end. Like all good things, however, it has. I hesitate to link you to any reviews of the finale, as they are all heavily laden with spoilers, but I can tell you this — for a show that’s been on the air for almost fourteen years, I’d say it had a pretty good run. Farewell, Futurama. I’ll never forget you.
- Dark Horse Comics are gearing up for something spectacular. This image, depicting the legendary Serenity-class ship Firefly from the television series bearing the same name, with the words “#wheresserenity" across the front, has graced their blog, effectively hinting at the possibility of an upcoming return to the Firefly universe in comic form. So far, Dark Horse is keeping a tight lid on any facts surrounding the arrival of a new series, but all signs point to “hell yes”. Keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite “big damn heroes” returning to a comic book store near you.
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The Side of Star Wars You’ve Never Seen
Chances are that, if you’re browsing this blog (or if you’re a human being with a pair of functioning eyes), you’ve probably see Star Wars. The series is as much of a science fiction staple as it is a commercial success, and while many fans have come to love the franchise as it stands, there’s another facet of the tale that many do not know. Friends, say hello to: The Star Wars.
Dark Horse Comics are publishing a short, eight-issue series dedicated to the original script that George Lucas created over thirty-five years ago, written by J. W. Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew. The fundamentals of the story are almost entirely different, and the comic features a variety of new faces and locations that fans of the series will almost certainly enjoy. Character relationships, such as our protagonist Luke traveling with a fellow Jedi named Annikin, and role reversals, like R2D2 being able to speak while C3PO cannot, are littered throughout the story, and these elements laid the groundwork for the series as a whole.
The Star Wars launched yesterday, on September 4th, and you can pick up your copy here.
A Third X-Files Film, Featuring Simon Pegg?
I’ll be completely honest with you guys: when I first heard this news, I legitimately thought they were remaking The X-Files with Simon Pegg as the lead, and I’ll tell you something — I don’t think I’d mind that one bit. Well, I digress.
What we’re really here to discuss is the fact that Chris Carter, creator of the aforementioned X-Files, mentioned to Empire that he has high hopes for a third movie in the franchise, which is fantastic news considering that the last film was released over five years ago. The only hold up, says Carter, rests with Twentieth Century Fox and “whether they have the will to do it.”
He continues: “I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head[…] we want to go back to the mythology.”
As if the idea of a third X-Files film isn’t amazing enough, Carter went on to mention that Simon Pegg nearly made an appearance in the second film, I Want To Believe, “but there was no part for him.” Gillian Anderson, otherwise known as the illustrious Dana Scully, met the Shaun of the Dead star on the set of How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. After finding out that Pegg was a self-proclaimed fan of the series, Anderson passed along the information to Carter, who went on to say: “I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”
It seems the only question that remains is the title, of course. Personally, I’m rooting for either “The X-Files: Trust No One”, or “The X-Files: Government Denies Knowledge”, but hey, maybe that’s just me.
“It’s about nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”
A few years ago, I had the chance to illustrate the full DUNE book series from Herbert, his son, as well as different authors. This was for the french market, the folioSF collection, to be more precise.
these are sketches and finals from my Dune era. i started the first covers about ten years ago.
My latest workA series of 10 collages inspired by the short stories from Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man.
I Want To Believe: CIA Confirms the Existence Area 51
Conspiracy theorists and X-Files enthusiasts, rejoice. After years of speculation, the redacted information surrounding the infamous Area 51 has been unveiled, revealing to the world once and for all that… well, it exists.
To the residents of Nevada, and anyone with access to Google Maps, this comes as no real surprise; Area 51’s existence has been well-documented for some time, with various signs littered across the state warning citizens to steer clear of the government sanctioned strip of land near Groom Lake. However, this is the first time that the CIA has officially acknowledged the existence of the base, leaving many to speculate over their motivation in doing so.
The information was released alongside a report stating that Area 51 was used primarily to test various spy planes and stealth equipment, but theorists maintain that such details only scratch the surface of what goes on behind closed doors. Does this declaration of validity mean that the location is no longer in possession of highly guarded government paraphernalia, effectively rendering it’s “top-secret” nature useless? Are they turning it into a science fiction themed amusement park/petting zoo? No one can say for sure, friends, and there’s no way to know if we ever will.
Only a few people in the whole universe can play one of these, and they’re not very good at it.