“Stanley wanted to create a myth. And I think he succeeded. He wanted to make the proverbial “good science fiction movie”, implying there hadn’t been any good ones before then. I didn’t agree.” Arthur C Clarke 2001 : A Space Odyssey is widely considered the greatest science fiction story ever told. It’s creator, auteur movieContinue reading “How Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey rewrote science fiction”
It’s not enough to build an impressive visual world of computer generated imagery. You need to tell the heart of the story. The new Dune trailer suggests Villeneuve has – once again – failed at the most basic task of the storyteller.
Brian Aldiss did a great service for science fiction when he identified Frankenstein as the first SF novel. You can debate the reasons, but science fiction did a pretty solid job of writing women out of its history. Verne and Wells, Asimov and Heinlein were made the written history. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s name was rarelyContinue reading “Frankenstein : how a teenage goth invented science fiction”