Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New and Noteworthy (James Cameron in the Mariana Trench, Climate Change and YA Fiction, William Gibson)

In today's edition:

* When I first saw this headline, I thought I'd simply read it incorrectly: James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) has made history's second descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. (The first was Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh's famous 1960 expedition in the bathyscape Trieste.)

It's a bit less surprising when one considers Cameron's long fascination with deep sea environments (his films include 1989's The Abyss, after all, and reports indicate the Avatar sequel will be set underwater), which has led him to make previous dramatic descents (notably to the wreck of the Titanic, where he shot footage for his 2003 documentary Ghosts of the Abyss).

A cynic might find the timing rather convenient, given the upcoming theatrical release of Titanic in 3-D, but if that is the case, it's a great one – infinitely more interesting than the tabloid gossip usually serving this purpose. (It's also far preferable to Richard Branson's recent commercial for Virgin Mobile, evoking his involvement in space tourism as part of his cachet – never mind that Virgin Galactic's first commercial flight is running five years behind schedule, and counting.)

In other "Not Sure I Read That Correctly" news (by way of Charlie's Diary): the administrators of an international shooting championship accidentally played the Kazakh anthem from Borat when the (Kazakh) winner received the gold. (At the least, it's a reminder that geographic illiteracy, and web illiteracy, are truly global phenomena.)

* At Slate.com, Torie Bosch on the theme of climate change in recent young adult science fiction. (The Hunger Games, which has just joined the ranks of YA genre novels to spin off cinematic blockbusters, is of course included.)

* Over at Strange Horizons, Nina Allan's review of William Gibson's essay collection Distrust That Particular Flavor – his first nonfiction book.

1 comment:

Barb Childers said...

I would be absolutely terrified of being in such a confined space, with no where to go .. too bad he didn't get any video footage

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