Feature Discussion: Summer and guest host Jez Conolly discuss John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic The Thing, also touching on the novella it’s based on, the original 1951 Howard Hawks Thing From Another World, and the 2011 prequel The Thing.
The science fiction world lost two storytellers this summer, Ray Bradbury and Harry Harrison.
I never met Harry, but I felt like I got to know Ray a little bit, just from how much director Roger Lay, Jr had talked about him and about working with him while they were making the film Chrysalis several years ago.
Every now and then, comments pop up on my old review of Robin of Sherwood, for the original (and at the time only) NTSC Region 1 DVD set of that classic and magical series, from people asking where they can find the DVDs.
Early on, they couldn’t, unless you found one of the box sets I’d managed to purchase. But as always, things change, new releases come about, and surprise surprise, by the time I republished that review here, new DVD sets had begun to arrive on the shelves.
The search for potential new Ninjas officially begins now.
Currently, the plan is to recruit a handful of people to create a pool of Ninjas, and each topic would be covered by myself and two other Ninjas. That way the burden of having to read or watch everything would be spread out amongst a few more people.
Feature Discussion: Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1982 Ursula K. Le Guin classic Earthsea series. While they touch on all the books in the original trilogy and Tehanu, they primarily talk about the first novel, A Wizard of Earthsea.
Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos and Sean Young, this movie set the standard for futuristic noir, and inspired an entire generation of scifi fans.
Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, both the original and restored versions of the novel, and the 1966 film, directed by Francois Truffaut.
Feature Discussion: Summer, Brian, and Jen discuss the 1984 pop culture sensation Ghostbusters, the lamentable GB 2, the ideas for more sequels, and even the different TV animated series.
Feature Discussion: Brian, Dave, Jen and special guest Sam Roberts discuss Glen Cook’s 1984 fantasy debut, The Black Company. This story and series is noted for it’s gritty portrayal of war and its combatants, and its cult classic following amongst members of the military.
The New England Science Fiction Association is the group behind Boskone and NESFA Press, and during 2009, they are publishing the collected short stories of Roger Zelazny.