Archive for December, 2012

UFO Interceptor

So at least we’re not all living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. However we are – with the death of Gerry Anderson on the 26th December – looking out on an impoverished SF vista. His work, especially as far as vehicle design was concerned, has always tugged at my heart strings. Just look at the simplicity of the UFO Interceptor above. Nuke/pilot/engine. Job done.

Continuing the general retrospective for the close of the year, there’s also a nice feature over on io9 highlighting the predictions that genre titles have had about the approaching 12 months. Perhaps Jack London’s Red Plague will still give the survivors a chance to savour an ice cold Nuka Cola – once they’ve vanquished all the mutants, of course.

And finally, Den of Geek pulls together a selection of filmic science fiction that we can potentially look forward to. Most have been mentioned somewhere on Drozbot before, but there is a new entry with Gravity which, to be honest, sounds like an extended opening sequence from Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination.

From August onwards I observed that the Moon has had more than its typical pull on the headlines, especially as the year draws to a close. First, the death of Neil Armstrong and his memorial scheduled to coincide with a Blue Moon. Next, Patrick Moore shuffles off this mortal coil on the 9th December. Away from the political, which was always thankfully absent in his passion for astronomy, his influence was multifarious. I read and enjoyed his Scott Suanders books as a child and The Sky at Night has an enduring place in my heart – as does his time as the GamesMaster. His obituary appeared on Radio 4’s The Last word and, thankfully, the poet Murry Lachlan Jones penned a better summary than I ever could. Finally, as animated above, the Grail moon probes – Ebb and Flow – have met their end on the surface of the Moon. I’m unsure whether the honours should fall to Sir Moore, but there’s definitely a fresh crater there now awaiting a name.

This video compilation has been doing the rounds on twitter, surfacing and resurfacing with a dogged regularity. I can appreciate the amount of time taken to construct it. I can even get behind The Glitch Mob’s reinvention of Nalepa’s ‘Monday’. What I can’t stomach is the lazy edit and the woeful choice of SF films. A quick poll of friends of the site – with the proviso of avoiding any obvious greats – came up with the “second tier” top 10 visualised above. While the premise of the compilation is sound, and the audience for it obviously out there, hopefully someone will have the time, inclination and energy to do better. If they do, perhaps they’ll actually have something to say about science fiction rather than a tedious over-reliance on Tron Legacy in particular and special effect scenes in general.