Whatever happened to… Jeff NoonPosted: May 31, 2011
Vurt is a strange book. At the time I was very into Cyberpunk and I clearly remember reading the blurb and thinking, “Wow, Brit Cyberpunk!” however I wasn’t prepared for the book I ended up reading. It’s a book about the nature of reality, how we interact with each other, drugs, counter-culture and the interface between man and machine. It’s a fascinating book and I was astonished at how much I enjoyed it.
After that point I made sure that I read anything by Noon I could find. There are 2 direct sequels to Vurt: Pollen and Nymphomation (strictly speaking this one’s a prequel…). Together they make a sort of Lord of the Rings epic of the near future, describing a reality that’s malleable and inconstant.
Then there’s [my favourite] Automated Alice which brings all of the various allusions to Carroll in his other books together in a story where Alice falls through the rabbit hole and end up in a future Manchester. Brilliant stuff. I am not sure how he managed to ape the playfulness of Carroll while not writing pastiche. And this is also loosely part of the Vurt sequence.
He also wrote Pixel Juice, Falling out of Cars, Needle in the Groove and Cobralingus. Last I heard he was working on something called 217 babel street which is a sort-of shared world with other authors. I remember looking at the website and deciding it wasn’t my thing and settling down to wait for his new book.
And I waited.
And I waited.
Everything went quiet.
It was something of a surprise to discover that a [short?] film of his short story Creeping Zero is in production. I stumbled across some concept work and early stills and I find myself excited.
Where have you been Jeff? Why haven’t you been writing? You are missed!
I’ve had to edit this as it appears that the stills I linked to have been removed. I’ve linked to an IMDB news item which I hope will at least be more permanent. When things get pulled I get worried. Films that go into development hell rarely get made. Those that do are more often than not… terrible. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong.
I’ve been getting a lot of hits from people look for information on Jeff. If anyone out there happens to know if he can be contacted – feel free to pass his details on.