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  • seandodson 4:18 pm on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    28 Days of Christmas later … 


    Carnaby Street

    Originally uploaded by

    IanVisits

    London abandoned. A Flickr set taken on Christmas morning (via William Gibson’s blog) by blogger Ian Visits. London looks almost totally abandoned, devoid of both traffic and people, although the lights are still on and the traffic lights are working. Spooky and beautiful.

    From William Gibson’s blog:

    “Christmas, particularly in the early morning, has always seemed so much more liminal to me than New Year’s eve. Spectral, deeply in-between.”

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    Incidentally, while on the subject of abandoned places: check out the sound stage of HBO’s masterful television epic The Wire. Foolishly I had thought that much of it was filmed on location. But the offices of the Baltimore Sun and the city’s homicide division turn out to be incredibly convincing simulations.

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  • seandodson 10:39 am on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    The Agrippa Files : William Gibson’s poem reflects on the fleeting nature of memory 

    In 1992, William Gibson wrote a 300-line poem and published it on a magnetic disk which was programmed to erase itself upon exposure to air.

    Collaborating with the Dennis Ashbaugh and award-winning journalist Kevin Begos, Jr they put it in a handmade book and filled it with disappearing ink.

    It was “performed” at the Americas Society in New York and transmitted across “the wilds of the internet” later that year, but has since been lost to time.

    Now the Universities of Maryland and Santa Barbara have recovered the original file from one of the discs and published it as the Agrippa Files.

    A deep and complex website, the Agrippa Files contains “emulations” of the poem, a facsimile of the book and exhaustive documentation

    (via Me-Fi)

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  • seandodson 10:30 pm on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Has science made science fiction obsolete? 

    I enjoyed New Scientist’s discussion on the “death” of science fiction. It argues that “science – and its handmaiden, technology – are changing so fast that it is impossible for science fiction to keep up.”

    In a nice, well-rounded series of articles, including a great inverview with William Gibson (above), it argues that, while the genre’s golden age of prediction might be getting slightly rusty, it’s role of satirical mirror to society’s anxieties is less tarnished.

    “As well as a mere storytelling device, science fiction often articulates our present-day concerns and anxieties – paradoxically, it is often about the here and now rather than the future.”

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  • seandodson 12:18 pm on July 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , computer games, , , , neuromancer, new rave, , sf, , tr2n, trailer, tron, tron 2, william gibson   

    TR2N (Tron 2) might be doomed to failure, but we still want the test footage 

    Disney’s Tron is like the Dorian Gray of science fiction: it just never seems to get any older. It’s beautiful, neon-lit vector graphics have left a long legacy on contemporary design (Motorola’s RAZR / the architecture of Liverpool Steet’s Broadgate / even the fashion for Nu-Rave). It also imagined what virtual reality might look like, a full two years before William Gibson’s Neuromancer

    Next year sees the release of Tron 2, with Jeff Bridges reprising his lead role. Last week test footage of the sequel was screened at Comic Con in San Diego and leaked onto the web by someone in the audience. It’s amazing how, even though the footage is both blurred and unsteady (its apparently taken on a mobile phone) I feel compelled to watch it.

    As William Wiles has pointed out in Icon Magazine, the sequel’s failure is probably inevitable. As hew says, “no remake could match the enormous and lasting importance and influence of the original.

    “Tron was a technological milestone and a cultural breakthrough that cannot be replicated.”

     
    • Rob 6:38 pm on January 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t see how the sequel could surpass the original, but I’m sure it will still be entertaining (assuming they don’t ramp up the content to a PG-13 rating.)

    • 94qozo 8:44 am on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Very nice site. Universe help us, dont worry man.

    • MM 11:54 pm on June 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think that even if the film doesn’t end up with the same fate as countless other bad sequels, The music (scored by Daft Punk) should make it almost as (if not better than) Wendy Carlos’s great score of the original…
      I’m exited for the full length trailer, rumored to come out at either ComicCon ’09 or Disney’s new D23 expo…..

    • ennY 10:23 am on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Fail? No way! TR2N will rule!

  • seandodson 8:43 pm on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , deepak nayar, , filmaka, , Nuru Rimington-Mkali, peckham, philip k dick, , short film, william gibson   

    Why a science fiction short threatens to take online film out into theatres 

    My recent post on the Guardian Film Blog tells the story of Nuru Rimington-Mkali (above left), a young 21-year-old filmmaker from Peckham in South London. His film And I Refuse to Forget has just won the grand prize in the inaugural Filmaka Competition which is co-founded by Deepak Nayar (the producer of Bend it Like Beckham). The prize will fund Rimington-Mkali’s first full-length film to the tune of $5 and will be produced by Nayar

    The young filmmaker, who used to be a technician at Southwark City Learning Centre and be an usher in his local cinema, won the approval of a judging panel containing the likes of Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, John Madden, Colin Firth and Paul Schrader. Neil LaBute, one of America’s most excellent storytellers, said the film was a “wonderfully impressive paranoid thriller told with great economy and vivid imagery.” Indeed it is. And I Refuse to Forget is a short burst of science fiction, reminiscent of Willam Gibson and Philip K Dick. It’s also, despite its three minutes, a tender love story. Which is probably why it won.

     
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