While Interstellar looks to be my go-to sci-fi film for 2014, the upcoming Ex Machina might take the crown for 2015 if these trailers are anything to go. Penned by Alex Garland, who did the screenplays for Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Ex Machina marks his directorial debut and looks to be a pretty taut, creepy thriller. Look for it in April.
AsapSCIENCE recently released the following video, “Can You Erase Bad Memories?”
It’s a poignant question, and certainly possible given our real-world science. A larger question was at the root of my sci-fi thriller, Convergence, and it’s 2015 follow-up, Emergence.
Perhaps the bigger question is, would you want to?
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Hard to believe October is almost over! November is right around the corner–only a few days away, in fact–and the blogosphere will be lighting up with all things sci-fi. This year, Sci-Fi November 2014 is being hosted by Rinn Reads and Oh, The Books!, with over 80 bloggers participating.
You can find the full list of blogs and posts at the Information Hub on either of the links above. If you’re on Twitter, you’ll want to follow along with the official account, @SciFiMonth, and the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.
SciFi November kicks off, appropriately enough, Nov. 1, so, expect my first post then. I’ll kind of be winging it for the rest of the month after that initial weekend, but I will definitely have reviews coming your way. I’m hoping this event will even help me winnow my way through the pile of NetGalley ARCs I’ve accumulated these past few months, along with an exciting new anthology, The Telepath Chronicles, which I recently received from one of the contributing authors, Therin Knite.
Here’s a look at some of the other titles I’m hoping to get to throughout November:
There are, of course, plenty of others in my digital to-read pile, but I suspect these will be the first batch. Plenty of other reads are on tap should I have the time, including a couple Peter Watts books, Steven Erikson’s Willful Child, Trey Dowell’s The Protectors, and The Three-Body Problem, the American debut of acclaimed Chinese science fiction author, Cixin Liu.
And, if there’s any other reviewers out there reading this, feel free to request a copy of my sci-fi thriller debut, Convergence. Get the skinny on this title here, and if sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop me a line using this contact form. Be sure to let me know if there’s a preferred digital format (sorry, no physical versions available for review at this time).
I’m a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s work and have been looking forward to Interstellar since it was announced following The Dark Knight Rises. One of the things I most appreciate about his films is his desire to keep it real, and to keep the “science” in science-fiction. Equally cool is how his determination to capture the authenticity of black holes for his new film helped researchers learn new things about black holes. Check out the story at Wired for the full scoop!
Also worth a look is this much briefer piece about living on Mars. Cool stuff!
All right, kids, that’s a wrap on the first draft of a new short story that will be out soon.
I cannot tell you much about this work yet, as it’s all very top secret, hush-hush, and on the QT. I can offer a few nuggets of information though:
- The story is called REVOLVER
- REVOLVER is a dark, dystopian sci-fi piece set in the near-future.
- I wrote this story for inclusion in a forthcoming sci-fi anthology, which is expected to release in early 2015. I don’t think I can spill the beans on who all else is included, but rest assured it’s a great group of authors and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them on this project. This will be a top-notch effort from all of us involved, though, and not just on the story side of things. We’ve got a terrific cover artist on the hook, and some fine editorial strong-hands helping each of us shine brightly.
Keep an eye out for the real details soon. Once I can release more information, I will. This is a bit of a hard project for me to keep quiet about because I really, really, really want to tell you everything about all of this. It’s very exciting, and I’m beyond thrilled with the way things have been shaping up, and with how well REVOLVER turned out.
Next step is editing, and that’s always a doozy. I’ll be working on the next draft in conjunction with moving ahead on editing EMERGENCE, so I’ll certainly be keeping busy and distracted, which should help keep me from revealing more than I should.
By the way, and without giving away too much more about this project, now might be a good time for you to sign up to my newsletter. I won’t spam you, but I will send you updates on new releases. When this anthology comes out, there may even be a few surprises in store for subscribers.