Scifi

So just as I’ve (possibly) got my head around the idea that there is Neuromancer film in the pipeline, which to be honest I’m trying to keep an open mind about (I love Gibson’s work but translation into screenplay hasn’t exactly been proven a success)…

I also find out that they are remaking Dune;

Another of my favourite scifi books…. Now I actually quite liked the 1984 version of the film. I don’t think they’ll be able to improve on that. Scifi filmmaking seems to be rather formulaic these days, I doubt they’ll include any of the internal monologue etc., which to me seems key to the storyline. Just look at the 2000 mini-series, it really didn’t work that well in my opinion.

I think I’ll always find books more fulfilling than films. Maybe I have an overactive imagination 🙂

I’ve recently finished reading The Difference Engine, which was quite interesting. It seems that alternate history scifi is the real fashion at the moment… which is not a bad thing – it can be quite educational in addition to the entertainment value.

researchGATE

I’ve only just found out about researchGATE.

researchGATE

It’s a social networking site for researchers. I can’t find that much information about it; I think it was only released earlier this year. I really like the idea of something like this, it’s a great way to talk to people in the field and initiate collaborations. However, I worry that it may become (or already be) specialised toward certain disciplines though, e.g. bio-append-buzzword-here-stuff, or whatever seems to be the latest hot topic. Perhaps I’ll join anyway though, seeing as the net already owns my soul 🙂