Welcome back to What’s Up in Sci-Fi . A sampling of science fiction news across the mediums. From movies, to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s happening, but it should whet your appetite!
Movie & Television Tidbits
New In Theaters:
Morgan – but I’ve addressed that in this post so I won’t be talking about it again.
So far no one I’ve talked to has been excited about this movie.
Releasing September 3rd:
Virtual Revolution (Dragon Con, Central Florida Film Festival). It’s already made its rounds at a few ‘cons and film festivals. Hopefully it’ll actually, you know, get a regular release at some point. It looks extremely interesting.
Plot Summary (IMDB) Paris 2047. Most of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don’t care anymore about reality. A shadow agent, Nash, working for one of the multinational companies behind these virtual worlds, is tracking down terrorists who threaten the system…
In a world where most of the population spend their time online, inside virtual worlds, Nash is a hybrid. Half of the time online, the rest of the time, in the real world, he is a private investigator/killer, hired to track down and eliminate the terrorists who threaten the system and who killed his girlfriend. Torn between the past and the future, between virtual and real, Nash ends up having to take some decisions that will impact his life, but also the society he lives in.
The Telegraph has an interesting article on the upcoming release of the television adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Westworld. I’m excited about this because it’s got Anthony Hopkins in it, and there’s not been much he’s been in that I haven’t liked. Click here to go to the article.
Science Fiction Books
NY Times Best Sellers – Hardcover Fiction – (1-20):
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.” – Goodreads Synopsis
USA Today Best Sellers (1-2o): None for this week!
The Verge has a great list of 24 September release science fiction and fantasy books. See it here.
Sci-Fi to Real Life
Stephen Baxter talks his novel Proxima, the discovery of exoplanets, and the transition of science fiction to science fact in his article “What was recently science fiction is now science“.
- Dragon Con (Atlanta, Georgia)- Labor Day weekend! Dragon Con bills itself as the “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film in the universe.”
Coolthulhu sulks because he can’t go.
- The Hugo Awards were August 20th.
- Best Novel: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- Best Novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- Best Short Story: Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
Coolthulhu gets upset when there is talk of puppies in science fiction, because it never seems to be about actual
- Adrian Tchaikovsky won the Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction. See more from the BBC article here.