NASA cancel the Space Shuttle – what’s an Astronaut to do?

Remember folks, Astronauts are humans too.  If you see one give him a hug and tell him it’s going to be okay.


1. I suppose the content could be considered NSFW


What the hell?

Someone put a statue on a roundabout on the way to the airport.

The Man Himself


So I saw Neil Gaiman yesterday and my opinion remains the same. He is a great writer and an engaging speaker.

He talked at length on how he feels about writing, where he gets some of his ideas from and whether there will be sequels to some of his popular books. I particularly enjoyed the story he told about his favourite book which he found in a bookshop situated in a converted hospital.  I want to go there.

I enjoyed myself.

The Guardian have a selection of quotes from the show.

What did grate was the sycophancy.  There’s no other word for it.  The guy who introduced him gushed for a couple of minutes about how great Neil is.  I wondered if it would be good form to stick fingers down my throat.  I thought, “Yes yes, he is – now can he speak?”  At one point during an anecdote, the audience burst into spontaneous applause (led by an over excited teenage girl) and I leant over to my friend and asked “Why is everyone else applauding? ”  She replied, “No idea.”

But don’t let my irritation put you off.  I believe it’s possible to read his work, watch his films and digest his comics without being infected with over eager fan-ness. And he should be appreciated he is a great author.



Fricking Bionics!

A lucky kid wrote to the boss of the F1 Mercedes team… who bought him a bionic hand.

Fricking bionics!

Is it a secret ad for a computer game?

The Tomorrow Project

The future will feature big blue retro robots!

Intel has hired Lex Luthor to “future cast” (aka guess) how we’ll be using tech in the near future.  He’s done this by doing research (presumably searching Wikipedia) and hiring a bunch of authors to write about the future.  I’ve not read the stories yet, they may be great, but I note it’s a bunch generally unknown within the SF writing group – or at least to me.  On the list I’m only aware of Scarlett Thomas – who a friend described as over rated. And I admit a shudder went down my back when I read:

Brian David Johnson is a futurist and future caster at Intel Corporation


In the interests of fairness I’ll have to download the anthology and have a read myself.

If you’re interested click the link.

PS.  I’m only kidding about him being Lex Luthor.  But he does look eerily like the Smallville version.

More Good Ideas Done Small

I foresee a bright future for Ruari Robinson.  He’s created two rather good short films:  Blinky* and The Silent City as well as a  Special K advert.  It seems he’s keeping his hand firmly in the genre world with his new [short?] film Imaginary Forces.

Here it is:

Looks good.  It reminds me of the flm They Live by John Carpenter… only  a bit more serious.

* Blinky seems to have gone offline (boo, it’s excellent) – I’ve talked about it before.

Is the future of big directors small films?

So what has Val Kilmer been up to these days?  Last time I saw him, I didn’t – he was the voice of KITT in the short lived Knight Rider remake.   I know he’s famously hard to work with but it seems a shame to leave him on the scrap heap – he was pretty good in Heat.  Today I found out.  He’s in the new Coppola movie Twixt.  Here’s the trailer:

What a weird film.  Looks like any King novel (they even joke about that) and what’s with the writer’s block speaking into the camera schtick?  Despite its strangeness I am intrigued and I’d rather be intrigued and see something interesting than something bland.  I’m looking forward to it.

For some really weird reason it reminds me of John Carpenter’s The Mouth of Madness.