In today's edition, a few older but still interesting items from this blog's unplanned hiatus (now over):
* From Underwire (Wired magazine's pop culture blog), Paolo Bacigalupi on how cyberpunk "saved" science fiction. And just in case you missed it when it first came out (as I did): their interview with Gibson from February in which he discusses, among other things, the ancient tendency of old people to whine about the good old days, Omni's pay rates, the problem with young writers turning to established authors for advice, and the experience of watching himself on screen in the documentary No Maps For These Territories.
* Jonathan McCalmont examines Ridley Scott's Prometheus, and uses it as a springboard for an examination of the place of "synthetic mythology" in contemporary pop culture.
* From recent films to upcoming movies: back in late June io9 posted a rather large list of the science fiction, fantasy and horror releases expected out between 2012 and 2014 which are not sequels, prequels or remakes (of which there are, of course, plenty). A few have already come out at this point, including The Watch, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Paranorman and The Obsession. Others look like extreme longshots, like the Neuromancer movie, which I doubt will suddenly come up out of the development hell in which it has languished for nearly three decades (especially given how little buzz there is about it now, as the article notes). Still, that leaves quite a selection of upcoming films for those interested in an early glimpse of the offerings of the next couple of years.
So Far This Summer . . .
New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Skyfall, Superheroes)
New and Noteworthy (Avengers, "The End of SF"-Again, Fringe Renewed)
New and Noteworthy (James Cameron in the Mariana Trench, Climate Change and YA Fiction, William Gibson)
The Matarese Circle – Coming to a Theater Near You?
The Blockbuster Strategy
New and Noteworthy (The Electronic Frontier, Jonathan McCalmont, Strange Horizons)
Coming This Year: Genre Movies in 2012
2011 Round-Up, Part II: Reflections on the Year That Was
The 2011 Summer Movie Season
"Was 2010 the Worst Year for Movies Ever?"
2010 in Review