It’s no Mystery Science Theater 3000, but those in or near Canada may want to check out this show, which airs 6:30 Sunday night on Space.
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Comic fans have grown cynical about “event comics,” mini-series brought out regularly to generate interest and sales. The iconic nature of DC’s principal characters also garners such comics notice in the mainstream press, as well.
The current “event” in progress is Identity Crisis. Last year, Superman/Batman #1-7 solidified the trend towards the Silver Agesque (see my article on the matter here, complete with image of Lex in full retro-battle armour). This year, they’re getting gritty again, with the rape and murder of an established character, and the dark secrets of DC’s finest.
So. You have your time machine. You could try to change major world history, prevent terrible disasters, and so forth, but let’s face it: you’d probably just futz it up. I, for one, do not want to suddenly find myself speaking Japanese and wearing a beret and kilt whilst typing on my Underwood Pentium just because you stepped on the wrong butterfly when you stopped the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. No, you’re heading for 1990, where you will advise George Lucas on the future of Star Wars.
“Just once, can we die without all this bickering?”
Kerry Conran uses computer technology to bring Hugo Gernsback’s wet dream to the screen.
Its headlamps were eyes now, predictably, bristling with thick wire lashes, its cowcatcher a jawful of protruding teeth. The hug tusks of wilderness animals were strapped and bolted to them. The front nub of its chimney wore a huge welded nose, the smokestack ajut from it in nonsense anatomy. Sharpened girders gave it horns. And behind that enormous unwieldy face the engine was crowded with trophies and totems. The skulls and chitin headcases of a menagerie glared dead ferocity from its flanks: toothy and agape, flat, eyeless, horned, lamprey-mouthed with cilia-teeth, bone-ridged, shockingly human, intricate. Where they had them the trophies’ skins were tanned, drabbed by preservation, bones and teeth mazed with cracks and discoloured by smoke. The befaced engine wore dead like a raucous hunter god.
Imagine science and technology came to Middle-Earth. Now imagine that in place of hobbits, orcs, elves, and ents, you have steam-cyborgs, amphibious vodyanoi, insect-headed khepri, vegetable cactacae, ab-dead vampires, and a hundred other races. In place of epic heroism, imagine people so morally murky that Sauron would walk away from the worst of them in disgust. Mix SF, fantasy, steampunk, and maritime epic, people the result with psychologically complex (and complexed) characters, and have a gifted writer tell the tale. The world is Bas-Lag, created by China Mieville. He introduced it in Perdido Street Station and revisited it in The Scar, both extraordinary books by an extraordinary literary talent.
In 2004 he published his third and most political Bas-Lag novel, Iron Council.
Trekkies 2, the sequel to the hilarious 90s documentary Trekkies won’t likely be playing a theatre near you, but it can be purchased. The second film tours the Trek Cons of the world, and we see more people and more places. Unfortunately, we experience less of what made the original both compelling and hilarious. Members of the original crew also make themselves conspicuous with their absence.
There’s no Holy Grail and no love-triangle. The sword in the stone gets entirely (and somewhat cleverly) reimagined, while the script xenas Guinevere into a Celtic archer-woman protected by the well-established principle of bulletproof nudity.
What ees eet? Well, it isn’t a conventional Arthur. But is it worth watching?
Fiziko noted that we have never reviewed Marvels, Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’s look at the Marvel Universe, late 30s to early 70s, from the point-of-view of the average, non-super-powered guy.
The 2004 Hugos have been awarded. Best novel goes to the only nominated work I didn’t get around to reviewing….
I’ve reviewed the short stories and all but one of the novels, and I had good intentions regarding the novellas and novelettes. Unfortunately, a busy schedule and the recent, unexpected death of a friend means that you’ll have to discuss this year’s Hugo-nominated shorter fiction on your own.
Below you will find links. The 2004 Hugos will be awarded this weekend in Boston.