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For all you Game of Throne fans and computer geeks, which I am one, I thought you would find this interesting, I sure did. This is a video about how the special effect are made and all the different layering that goes into them. No talking at all, but gives you a pretty good idea how things are done.
Word has been swirling around for a few years now that Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation books are being made into a show for HBO‘s. Now comes word that Hollywood is looking to make another Asimov book, The Caves of Steel, into a movie. No word on who will star in the movie, but it does have a screen writer, Akiva Goldsman. Apparently this isn’t the first time this book has tried to make it’s way onto the big screen. Upon reading this news, I bought the ebook and will hopefully get around to reading it…soon…later this year…maybe. Read More
So, I did some digging and it appears that there is a book coming out for the new Rogue One movie, but it won’t be out until mid December. Also, as the Lengends books go, Timothy Zahn is coming out with a new Thrawn book in April of 2017. Not really clear about what the specifics of this book are, but given how much of a fan I am of the Heir to the Empire trilogy, I’m more than thrilled to see more new material coming out. Also, there is a second Rogue One book being written by James Luceno, who has written a few books in the Legends world and has apparently jumped over to the official cannon universe of Star Wars. There new titles can be found here, here and here.
Since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars I have been a little concerned about where this could lead with the franchise. This concerned turned into panicked when I learned that Disney was categorizing ALL the previous books in the Star Wars series as Legends – stories having nothing to do with the actual Star Wars Universe. My fear was that this would lead to eventually those books being removed from off of bookshelves completely. This frightened me because if it wasn’t for Timothy Zahn and the Heir to the Empire trilogy, Kevin Anderson‘s Jedi Academy trilogy, along with a few other authors outside the Star Wars universe, my high school years and early college years might have involved a lot more trouble-some behavior if I wasn’t at home reading or discussing the latest in the Star Wars universe with friends. Needless to say, this hasn’t happened. The books are still being sold in book stores and available for purchase on Amazon. Not to mention, the latest Star Wars movie was pretty good, and the next one, Rogue One, looks decent. So, having said that, maybe it’s time I ate my words and expressed my opinion that Disney, thus far, seems to be doing alright by the franchise. Which brings me to the next order of business: what I’m reading now. There is no book out for the new Rogue One movie, but there are a ton of X-Wing books in the Star Wars Legends cannon. Among those is Wedges Gamble, the second is a series of books centered around the X-Wing pilots in Star Wars. I read the first book many years ago and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to read the second. And what better time than just before the movie comes out?
So just to be clear, I haven’t seen it yet, and I probably won’t. But that’s not to say because I think it looks bad or I have issues with an all women cast, because I don’t. I just don’t go to movies in theaters, I wait for things to come out on Blu-ray. When it is released on Blu-ray, however, I will definitely rent it, and who knows, maybe even buy it. Despite all the uproar before the movie was released, I hear it’s getting pretty reviews and even making more money then most thought it would. And I’m glad to see that. The thing is I have never seen a movie so heavily criticized before it’s release than this one. And shamefully, the Geeks and Nerds out there, which I am apart, seemed to be leading this charge. Moreover, their criticism was, well…drivel. I mean, what was being said made absolutely no sense. Usually the nerds of the world have a knack about sharing the same opinion about a new movie, or book, and that gives them a sense that they are speaking in one, unified voice. But not in this case. Some said they didn’t pay enough tribute to the old Ghostbusters, while others said they paid to much. Some said the visual effects were to bright or, in a general sense, just to well put together. To make a long story short, I thought to myself after reading all these reviews, Give me a break! Maybe these was an agenda to criticize the film before it came because it was an all female cast, I don’t know? What I do know is that we need to give the film a chance. It hadn’t even been released when the shit hit the fan. In fact, it was months from being released. Watch the movie first before you criticize it, I’m going to.
As a side note, I went to see the new Star Wars in the theaters last year and will probably go and see Rogue One this year – there are exceptions to even my own rules – but that’s because it’s Star Wars.
I’ve been snooping through the web trying to figure out what is new in the Science Fiction world – books, movies, etc – and what I have found is…not much. And at the same time, a lot. We have known for some time that HBO is making a show based on Asimov‘s science fiction classic, Foundation series, but as of today, there is no release date. The same goes for other books that are thought to be in pre-production to be brought to the small screen such John Scalzi‘s Old Man‘s War and Redshirts, Frederik Pohl‘s Gateway, and Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice. Although, the Old Man’s War television series does seem to have a show name of The Ghost Brigades after the second book in that series. The only thing we do know is that 3001 by Arthur C. Clarke does seem to have a tentative release date of 2017, which is good because I’m currently reading 2061 and will move onto 3001 when I’m done. New additions to the list of soon-to-be T.V. shows are Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Dark Tower by Stephen King (which has actually been thrown around for several years as possible T.V. show), Lock In by John Scalzi, and Hyperion by Dan Simmons. So…yeah, a lot happening without much of anything happening, all at the same time. Being a huge Old Man’s War fan, though, I can’t wait to see that story being told on television. So I guess stay tuned. As for movies, well…apparently re-bootes for both The Mummy and Interview with a Vampire are in the works. And Pacific Rim 2 has been delayed.
Now that I have finished reading The Martian (coming to a theater near you in October), I have moved onto reading Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.
I have been on a “read ’em before the movie/television show comes out” kick lately, hence The Martian and now Childhood’s End which is being made into a show and premiering on the Syfy channel this December. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have always had Childhood’s End in my library and have always wanted to read it, so the fact that it is being made into a television show isn’t the only reason why I’m reading it, but it has certainly lit a fire under my ass to get it read before the premier. Having said that, Foundation by Issac Asmiov is next on the list because that looks like it will be a T.V. show/series premiering sometime in the near future on HBO. After that will be Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, since that is another show premiering on the Syfy channel this December. After that my schedule is open, but at the rate I read these next books will take me probably to the end of the year.
Just as a side not, I have also been reading a history book on Mark Anthony and Cleopatra which is very interesting so far, even though I am only fifty pages or so into the book. And I am also reading a how-to book on writing and revising and editing, the title escapes me no, but it’s not as boring as I thought it would be and I am actually enjoying it and the suggestions it is giving me to be a better writer. So there you have it!
More details are being learned about that 2018 movie in pre-production. It is now know that this film will be a anthology film based around the Han Solo character. What’s interesting about this is that means that in the next four years we will see three new Star Wars films. Furthermore, if you go to the Star Wars Wikipedia page there is a hint that a film anthology centered around Boba Fett’s character is also in the works.
Everybody is excited about the new Star Wars film, and despite my criticism about how Disney is handling the franchise, I must say that the film does look pretty awesome. Which is why I’m surprised to learn that a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters is released, Disney will release a spin-off movie entitled Star Wars: Rogue One. This film is said to be a prequal of Star Wars: A New Hope, but other than that, details are few and far between. Oh, but wait, there’s more! A third movie it seems is in the works, although nothing is known about it except that it will be directed by Josh Trank and is scheduled for release in theaters in 2018.
And if you’re a gamer of Star Wars games, get ready by Star Wars: Battlefront being released this November. It would appear that this game is the third installment in the Battlefront series but why they named it Battlefront (which already exists as a game) instead of Battlefront III is unknown. Whatever the reason, as a huge Star Wars: Battlefront fan I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time.