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I'm really excited about being on the Minnesota Public Radio show, "The Daily Circuit," tomorrow (Tuesday), with SF scholar Gary Wolfe and show host Kerri Miller. Show starts at 10:00am and runs until 11:00am, though the science fiction segment we're doing begins about 20 after. We'll be discussing Ray Bradbury (of course), but mostly we'll talk about SF reading recommendations: What work should everyone read - especially recent things - and what great stuff is coming out soon, like that. Here's a little blog intro to the show with a place to make your rec's if you wish to interact that way.


Click the image to go to Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit page.

It's a call-in show, so join me! If nothing else, I'd love to hear some of your recent and upcoming SF-reading recommendations: In your opinion, what should I make sure to mention?

Week in Review:

And of course:
Adventures of Jack and Stella progress:

This means I'm over half way to the 30,000 word sample I plan to complete in time to submit to an agent before the SF Writing Worshop begins. At at average of 1000 words/day (as it seems I've been doing lately), it'll be close but totally do-able. HOORAY!

Chris

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jimvanpelt
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, Chris. I've been in a bit of a Bradbury funk this week, alternating between celebrating his work and already missing him.

I wrote some about it at http://jimvanpelt.livejournal.com/406169.html
mckitterick
Jun. 11th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
I totally hear you about missing Bradbury. The SFnal world seems smaller now. We don't have many of the Golden Agers left.
minnehaha
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Kerri Miller has a (apparently deserved) reputation for never hosting guest who are actually FROM MINNESOTA. I mean, really, IF ONLY anyone around here knew! the! SLIGHTEST! THING! about! SF! We could have our own local people on her show. If only.

K. [that said, enjoy!]
mckitterick
Jun. 11th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, I spent most of my formative years in Minnesota, I went to the University at both Morris and Minneapolis, and it appears in a lot of my writing, even ;-) It's the closest thing I have to a "home state."

That said, I hear ya. Should be fun!
dotar_sojat
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite.

What is it you like about PROMETHEUS so much? What is so good that it overcomes the film's many crippling weak points?
mckitterick
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Well, it hits all kinds of things I love:
  • I love the Alien universe, so it would have to suck for me not to like it.

  • Gorgeous space vistas and star travel.

  • Fantastic cosmological horror.

  • Excellent characters and actors.

  • Cool ideas.

  • Well-put-together movie.

What's not to like? I've seen some of the fanboy-hate online, to which I shrug and say, "Haters will always hate."
dotar_sojat
Jun. 14th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
A point by point rebuttal!

- R. Scott's being able to only color outside the lines of his established universe is the bare minimum that one would expect.

-Visuals? Feh! It's 2012, of course it's going to have great space visuals. Again, Scott's just managing to walk and chew gum here.

-cosmological horror... well maybe... but as you said, this is the ALIEN universe, so that kind of comes with the price of admission. PLUS it still doesn't compare to TRANSFORMERS when Optimus Prime notes that, having seen the face of their makers, they've seen the face of an enemy.

-I must argue, sir, with your "excellent character" evaluation. Shaw was okay (although Scott had to use some daddy-issue shorthand on her). Holloway the frat-boy scientist with inexplicablel mood swings? A geologist who is SO BAD at his job that he can't figure out that these tunnels are not, in fact, made of rock. Hoodie-biologist? Any biologist who doesn't know that if the ooze scrotum-creature has sharp teeth in its pussy-mouth and might just BITE YOU with them, he deserves what he gets. We, humanity, deserve to have xenomorph generating biohazard goo poured on us from the heavens just for letting this guy graduate. Whats-her-name, the commander who was only defined by daddy-issue shorthand? Need I go on? Need I?

-I would like to think there are cool ideas in this movie, but after so many mistakes, I can't be sure if they are cool ideas or just MORE mistakes.

-Well-put-togher. Well, yeah, again, that's more of a bare-minimum thing.

What I don't like is that it didn't HAVE to have those mistakes. You could have had the geologist and the biologist attempt to do the smart thing and lose anyway. Eh? Wouldn't that have been better? Wouldn't that have been more interesting?

If Holloway hadn't been an unforgivably selfish prick (knowing he's infected with something, but not telling anyone, even the woman he claims to love and just got through swapping (infected) body fluids with). If he had done something even remotely reasonable, wouldn't that have been more interesting? Harder for R. Scott, sure.

Lazy! Lazy filmaking! The curse of our time!

Plus, ditto what http://m15m.livejournal.com/23209.html says!
mckitterick
Jun. 14th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of film and usually watch the "making-of" documentaries that come with the discs. What I've learned is that making a good spec-fic film is FAR more difficult than writing a good story - and making a good Hollywood-brand flick is well-nigh impossible. So if it keeps me engaged while tickling all my movie-going needs, I'm totally behind it.

Now, why Hollywood keeps hiring writers from its incestuous stables rather than hiring authors who need to make things interesting without visuals, I do not understand. Your critique would be useful if this were a story or novel rather than a movie. And from what I've seen from the hater-fanboys who infest teh interwebs, most people have no idea what goes into making a big-budget film. Good luck having it work the way we, as text-authors, would do it.
mckitterick
Jun. 14th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
For everyone who didn't get what Ridley Scott was trying to do, here's an excellent blog post about it.
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