Here's an update on 2018 the SCI-FI-London 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge which is sponsored by Urban Fantasist – that's us! The entries are all in – and we have a shortlist of six, which is now in the hands of our judges.
Not only that but we also have a date and time for announcing the winner: The location is the Stratford Picturehouse in East London on Wednesday 2 May where, following a drinks reception from 7.00pm, the awards ceremony will start at 8.45pm.
Here is the Shortlist (in alphabetical order)...
All My Blood - Simon Bennett
My Electric Friend - Michael Adam Robson
Survival Mechanism - Natalie Dixon
The Charm - Bethan James
Timeless Classic - Mark Huntley-James
Windmills Turn - Sean Mason
And here is a short video about the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival this year...
No, it's not an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest from some obscure Balkan country but the track Wiedźmowa (aka The Witchy Song) from the album Mszarna (Ptarmigan) by Ols aka the Polish singer-songwriter Anna Maria Oskierko. Ols describes her music as Dark-NeoFolk "delving into magical realms of misty forests and mysterious wetlands". (Ols is a Polish word for alder forest growing on swamps and marshes). All vocals, instruments, compositions, lyrics and arrangements by Anna Maria Oskierko.
Yesterday we featured a flash fiction story by Adam Millard about the perils of being a stop-motion animator. Today we have a stop-motion movie by Adam. Called We're Gonna Play a Game, it is a SAW parody featuring a guy who looks a lot like Adam!
Earlier this week Blue Origin (that's the spaceflight business started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) launched its New Shepard rocket for the seventh time from its West Texas launch site. The mission – known Mission 7 (M7) – featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0, which has extra large windows for maximum visibility. The pilot was Mannequin Skywalker (geddit?) and the capsule reached an apogee of 322,405 feet / 98.27 kilometres / 61 miles in its 11 minute flight. The video (taken from onboard cameras) is just over 11 minutes in length.
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...
New Saturday Night Live video featuring Ryan Gosling for all typography geeks.
As we slip into the long weekend in the UK, here's a video of some psychedelic pop by Nirvana. That's the original 1960s Brit band (here seen in a later 1970s manifestation) not the later Kurt Cobain band.
Just taken delivery of tickets to see John Mayall – the Godfather of British Blues – in Norwich in October. Of course he's ancient now (no disgrace, so am I) however at this distance in time we tend to forget just what a huge impact Mayall had on the UK pop, blues and Mod scenes in the first part of the 1960s.
I still have a copy of his 1964-vintage 45 single with Crawling up a Hill on the A-side and Mr. James (about the Chicago slide guitarist Elmore James) on the flip. Growing up as a teenage schoolboy in Scarborough, I was already aware I was living in a small town and needed to get out. The Mayall song Crawling up a Hill, with its lyrics about heading to London town, for a better scene, and the kind of music that won't bring you down, resonated very strongly in me – even if it actually took me another eight years to get there!
By way of a compare and contrast, here's the original Mayall version and a much later (2003/04) version by Katie Melua (which goes for a more laid-back jazzier approach) from 40 years later.
Yes, an AI wrote all the dialogue for this movie, which makes its debut at this week's SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The Ars Technica article tells you all you need to know.
Weird Tales Radio Show
Episode 18 of the Weird Tales Radio Show is our “Down with the codfish aristocracy” edition… We look at the mystical side of Japanese martial arts + get the inside skinny on Goth culture from alternative fashion, culture and travel superstar blogger La Carmina (pictured above) + we report on the builder who sold his soul to the Devil and is now trapped for all eternity in a churchyard porch + in a true WTF?!? moment, we learn about a deadly riot in New York that was sparked off by a dispute over who was the best Shakespearean actor treading the boards.
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