Posts Tagged ‘sci fi’

Robot Portraits

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

These robot portraits were created for Jürgen Brunner‘s indie game Pitiri.

Blog recommendations

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

I actually don’t read that many blogs on a regular basis. In fact, there are only three that I find myself returning to more than once a week:

  • Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad – The name says it all. Four authors rip apart some of the worst webcomics out there. It’s not always funny. Their use of language might be debatable. Still, I find myself drawn to it every once in a while, to see what kind of abomination they managed to drag out of the ghetto of webcomics. I still would like to start a webcomic myself actually, I just don’t feel up to it, mainly concerning writing a story.
  • Paleo-Future – I’m a sci-fi nut. So naturally I have to adore this blog. It’s showcasing pieces of past visions of the future, both in written and visual form. Most of the time, it’s ridiculous. But every once in a while, there are relatively accurate predictions among the entries. Also, it’s a nice source of inspiration, thanks to the weird retro art posted from time to time.
  • Bernd Leitenberger(‘)s Blog – (German) While I may not agree with all of his standpoints, he does post interesting articles from time to time, mainly concerning space flight. If you can ignore the sloppy writing style, the articles on space probes and rockets on his website make for a really good read (for the technical minded) since he’s going into hardware details you will rarely find elsewhere on the web. Not that I understand all of it anyway, heh.

Dear Screenwriters

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I have been reading a couple of modern hard-sci-fi novels lately (which is pretty much the only thing I read anyway, in book form at least) which I think had new ideas I’d really like to see in sci-fi movies. Sunshine was a step in the right direction, although there’s of course a lot to criticize with that film, mainly the inclusion of a “monster”-character, which I found totally unnecessary. In my opinion, Blindsight by Peter Watts (you can even read it online for free) should definitely be made into a movie. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I found it to be one of the most fascinating modern sci-fi novels I’ve ever read, mainly because I thought the actual reason for the alien attack was a very interesting and radical thought concerning our own evolution. There are things I disliked as well of course, especially the Vampire-race, which didn’t sound believable at all for me and kind of ruined the relatively plausible technology of the rest of the book.

Other authors that I think should get a movie treatment (yes I know, usually movies derived from books suck. But I just want more sci-fi movie material!) are Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space series) and Charles Stross (Singularity.) I don’t think their books should necessarily be adapted 1:1 for the screen. But their works contain futuristic ideas, technologies and extrapolations from our current society that are both conceivable and frightening. Nothing like that has been shown on the big screen yet to my knowledge. Of course, it might just as well be that this sort of sci-fi is not suited for the theater because not enough people would care for or understand it. But one can still hope.

I’ve just finished reading my last book, so I’m in need of new sci-fi material. If you have any recommendations, send them my way please.