Born this day 12th October 1875 although you might want to swerve numbers #3 and #7 – and challenging Irish poet and subsequent Nobel Prize for Literature laureate William Butler Yates to a White Magic versus Black Magick battle also didn't go down too well!
OK, so Blade Runner 2049 is now out and getting rave reviews but what other influential science fiction and dystopian future movies are out there? We have links to three selections...
Unbound Worlds (www.unboundworlds.com), the Penguin Random House online destination dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy, has just announced A Long Time Ago, an original content series that shares new essays from 20 authors on how the Star Wars franchise has influenced their lives. A Long Time Ago celebrates Star Wars Reads month in October and features acclaimed science fiction and fantasy authors from Penguin Random House as well as other publishers. Participants include Jim Hines, Beth Cato, Blake Crouch, Gini Koch, and Peter Clines.
Each weekday in October, Unbound Worlds will present readers with essays from different authors who examine how Star Wars has shaped who they are and how they write. Essays touch on personal themes such as discovering strong female characters in Princess Leia to harnessing the magic of Star Wars to cope with depression, and much more. Readers will enjoy perspectives that span multiple generations from authors who grew up with Star Wars in the 1970s and 80s, and others who first experienced the force as millennials.
Emily Hughes, Unbound Worlds editor, says, “Star Wars means so many different things to so many people, so we decided to celebrate Star Wars Reads by inviting authors to share personal stories of how the Force has shaped their lives. We hope our readers will be as excited as we are to revisit the Star Wars universe and share their own stories.”
Highlights from A Long Time Ago include:
• Stephen Graham Jones, who draws parallels between the struggles of the rebels against the evil Empire to the plight of Native Americans, and thanks Star Wars for giving him “Indian role models and Indian heroes” during his formative years.
• Regular Grievous Angel contributor Beth Cato, who attributes Star Wars to the strong bond she shares with her family and for serving as the foundation for her writing. “Those movies literally provided me with my first words as an infant. From them, I absorbed lessons of character development, pacing, tension, and action scenes.”
• Ed McDonald, who recalls grappling with questions of morality and redemption as a college student while playing Knights of the Old Republic video game, which put him through all of the struggles experienced in the Star Wars films.
• Blake Crouch, who attributes Star Wars to leading him on the path to becoming a writer, and shares pages from an unfinished Star Wars novel that he wrote as a tween in the 1980s.
• Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge, who credits Star Wars films and books for helping her find a community of like-minded individuals through fandom, after being told that it was weird and bad for girls to like science fiction and fantasy.
The next Urban Fantasist Weird Tales Radio Show is now available as a podcast on PodBean, ITunes and all the usual suspects. (Search for Paranormal UK Radio Network) It's a Hunters Moon - we've not one but two headless ghosts, including a cephalophoric martyr - we'll be looking at the folklore of conkers - we go urban mythbusting to Birmingham (UK) - we've a spell to dispel bad dreams - Jane Christian be looking at tales of buried fairy treasure at the Willy Howe barrow - we've an interview with Jim Peters of Folk Horror Revival about the music of the haunted countryside - and we have a cautionary tale about crystal balls. The show repeats over the weekend & will be available as a podcast download from Monday.
Urban Fantasist's Charles Christian has just been named by Sage UK as one of the UK’s Top 100 Business Influencers in his capacity as an individual “whose commentary and social influence help to drive ideas and change within the small business sector”.
New Saturday Night Live video featuring Ryan Gosling for all typography geeks.
Couple of pictures of me interviewing best-selling Gollancz urban fantasy author Ben Aaronovitch at the British Fantasy Society's Fantasycon 2017 event in Peterborough yesterday (Sunday).
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