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Monday, April 20, 2015
So I'm sitting around here tonight surfing the web for bizarro SF stories. I know that's a subjective topic to be looking for because bizarre is going to differ from person to person. There are plenty of examples of bizarre weirdness in comics about aliens and such, and the same is true for movies. But off the top of my head I don't know of much SF literature that deals with it--and to be honest, I'm not even sure what I'm looking for other than something edgy. I not sure if I'm looking for something that's hyper violent, oddly alienesque, or just plain weirdness, but something along those lines. I'm pretty sure someone would tell me to check out some Phillip K. Dick, and I'd agree his books have a bit of that. But to be honest, I've never really enjoyed his writing style. Dune might be a pretty good example particularly, God Emperor Dune. I also think Octavia Butler's Dawn has a nice style and writes about aliens in a very good way for an example. Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination might be another example of edgy, at least in my opinion. But I'm curious to find something even more bizarre than those, although the above example are good for novels. Moreover I'm looking for some SF short stories. I think that would be fun to read.
Anyway during my search I ran across the book, The Bizarro Starter Kit from the web site, Adventures In SciFi Publishing. There's a review for it there as well if you care to read it. Also you'll find some podcast there, which I'll have to check out, which is why I'm also posting it here.
On another topic, (though still sort of staying with the bizarre theme) I watched Interstellar over the weekend.
Was it as good as Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey? Probably not by my judgement, but it was really, really good, and if you enjoy SF, it's a must see film. Highly recommendable. It was ambitious, far flung, visually amazing, mind expanding, and certainly worthy of all the great praise that's already been given to it. Did I find any flaws with it? Maybe, but they are small and hardly diminished my overall enjoyment of the film. The score by Hans Zimmer also went well with the film. Again it's not an awesome score like the one in 2001, but I did enjoy it and thought it meshed well with the film. I have to give it to Nolan for being able to convey stories that can get pretty abstract by design, yet make them palpable for the average movie goer. He did the same thing with the movie, Inception, although I wasn't as impressed with it, nor did I enjoy it as well. But again, at least I found it ambitious and full of ideas.
The below video on Mecha anime is just for grins. I don't care for most of the music, which comes from the time period, most sounding like awful disco to me. But it's a fun anime of old school giant robots.