Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bowie's Commander Tom as You've Never Seen It

Commander Hadfield on his recent stint on the ISS performs live the definitive version of Bowie's Commander Tom. Amazing achievement and video.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Movie News - Divergent

EW posted a photo from the upcoming movie adaptation of the best-selling Veronica Roth dystopian YA series Divergent. Featured is the central character Tris. According to Examiner.com (article and slideshow) filming production was going on starting Friday at the ferris wheel at the Navy Yard in Chicago where the picture is being filmed.



Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Walking Dead & Game of Thrones Art

Mark Tumber, a local artist (well quite a bit north of here actually) sent along some samples of his finely detailed pencil portraiture work he has done for The Walking Dead TV series and Game of Thrones series. If you are fan of either of these shows you may want to look further into obtaining a print for yourself. Either way it is quite beautiful work.
'The Walking Dead' (16"x20"), 50 limited editions for $100/ea (after HST) ... currently, #s 1-17, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 37, 40 & 50 have sold.

.... a 16"x20" pencil portrait celebrating the series. I'm currently 70% completed, which has taken over 80 hours of actual drawing time. When finished (in 2 weeks), I'll be making 50 limited edition prints of the art. These will be hand-pulled on acid-free, hot-press watercolour stock, then numbered & signed by me. Each will be $88.50 + HST ($11.50) = $100 + shipping. Currently, #s 1-3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 18, 19, 23, 25 & 38 have already been reserved for buyers. 
CONTACT:

www.marktumber.com
www.facebook.com/MarkTumberIllustration






Giveaway Winner - Blood Trade Bog Tour


The Blood Trade Blog Tour contest has concluded and we have a winner selected randomly from among the entrants. The lucky winner is -

Michael Carter

A big thanks to Faith Hunter for having SciFiGuy as one of her blog tour stops and  providing a copy of Blood Trade for the giveaway.

Thanks to everyone that dropped by and participated!



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Book Trailer - Historical Fantasy

Busy, busy, no time for a proper post today, but I did come across this trailer for a book that's having some buzz - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.  I like the look of the art. Of course the trailer doesn't tell you a heck of a lot.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day with Elizabeth Hand and Alan Dean Foster

Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on science fiction with an environmental theme. Do you have a favorite novel or story that could be dedicated to Earth Day?


Elizabeth Hand reflects: “I wrote a lot of post-apocalyptic things twenty years ago, but never in a million years would I have thought they would actually come true.”

Foster warns, “If we’re not careful, this is all going to be gone in 100 or 200 years,” echoing his novel Midworld, about the destruction of a delicate ecosystem after the arrival of humans.

One of my personal favorites on this theme is Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison made into the  1973 film Soylent Green with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson (his last film).

Friday, April 19, 2013

TV Series Update - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong


As most will know by now, Kelley Armstrong's urban fantasy novel Bitten (2001) from her Women of the Otherworld series is coming to television, initially on Space. For American fans I am sure it will be picked up by SyFy at some point. The show starts principal shooting sometime this month in Hespeler Ontario for an early 2014 release and a planned 13 episodes. Hespeler is a stand-in for the Stonehaven/Bear Creek, New York location used in the novel. And lucky me, this location is only 15 miles from where I live.

Hespeler Village on the Speed River

Description:
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

CASTING

As of this past week most of the main casting announcements have been made. I've collected some images and descriptions with links to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) if you want to check out what they've been in before. Feel free to comment on the choices and whether they fit your with your vision of the characters.

      Greg Bryk                                     Laura Vandervoort
as Jeremy Danvers                              as Elena Michaels


Greyston Holt                                       Paul Greene
as Clayton Danvers                           as Philip McAdams
 

Paulino Nunes                                       Steve Lund        
as Antonio Sorrentino                             as Nick Sorrentino      
 

Natalie Brown                                       Michael Xavier
       as Diane                                       as werewolf Logan
               (Philip’s sister and Elena’s best friend in Toronto)
 
 
   Genelle Williams                                         Joel Keller       
as Logan’s girlfriend Rachel                          as werewolf Peter         
 
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Production Company: No Equal Entertainment