Archive | September, 2006

Telstar : The Tornados Album


Science Fiction / Fact Bled Into Popular Music

As the Soviet Union and United States battled to win the early 60s space space, one of the music vicors emerged from London’s Holloway Road. Named after the world’s first communications satellite (nod to Arthur C. Clarke) launched on 10 July 1962, Telstar made the Tornados the first British group in the pre-Beatles era to have a US chart-topping single as well as topping the charts in the UK.

It also confirmed Joe Meek, a former Royal Air Force technician and the man who penned and planned space-age sound, as one of the era’s most successful producers.

The group - Alan Caddy, Hienz Burt, Roger Jackson, George Bellamy and Clem Cattini - briefy rivalled the Shadows as Britains’s premier instrumental combo, scoring UK a Top 5 follow-up with Globetrotter and three lesser hits in 1963 including The Ice Cream Man. But having survived Hienz’s departure for a solo career they split in 1965 with vocal groups clearly in ascendancy; Cattini went on to become British’s top session drummer.

If you like a good beat, and some weird sounds - go for it, get the album; or go get the single Telstar.

It’s a shame they got wiped out by vocal bands, because they actually do have voices on some of their songs, but to me they are a bit short - they’re still wanting to do their future sounds of Telstar - they had much more in them. I kinda hark back to this time, I don’t remember the last time someone wrote a song actually based or named after technology.

It gets me into the mood of 60s scifi.

It could also bring me onto another subject: why aren’t the general public as enthused and excited about space flight as they were in the 50s and 60s?

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J G Ballard Interviewed On The South Bank Show (Melvin Bragg)


J G Gets The M B Treatment

From Pete and The Interzone Board: J G Ballard was the subject on ITV’s The South Bank Show, being interviewed by Melyvn Bragg, last Sunday.

See http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=6468 for the introduction and http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=6479 for the podcast.

I haven’t got around to listening to it yet (being on a substandard, 20th century net connection which costs more than the amount of a medium budget Hollywood movie per minute) - but I will do sometime soon.

One aspect which made me laugh is, according to the introduction, they talk about Crash, Ballard’s most controversial novel, which inspired one publisher’s reader to write “This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do not publish” - which Ballard took as a huge compliment! (I agree - it’s horrific how he treats the cars in this story).

According to the post on the Interzone Board: “Good show and JGB was cool with his SF roots, not sure Melvin was.”

(And this all ties in somewhat nicely with the fact I’ve just got my hands on The Interzone Anthology One signed by J G Ballard himself).

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Plastic From Retro-Juice : Festival Jaunt


Plastic The Movie Actors Actresses Screen ShotPlastic from Retro Juice is making its way around a few more festivals

If you missed this first time around and you happen to be at any of these, I thoroughly recommend you go and see it.

http://www.psfilmfest.org/festival/

http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en_index.html

http://www.ravennanightmare.com/2006/ntr/new/index1.htm

http://www.rebelfest.com/

http://www.cinenygma.lu/

See more information on the pretty awesome Plastic mini-movie, including full review, background and director interviews.

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Destroy All Humans 2 : Anthony Head Is Lead Voice


destroy all humans two 2 screenshot logo coverGET A. HEAD AND DESTROY ALL HUMANS! ®

THQ (UK) announces Anthony Head as lead voice over for Destroy All Humans! 2

Woking, Surrey – 6th September 2006 – THQ (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of THQ Inc., today announces Anthony Head as lead voice over in the upcoming Destroy All Humans! ® 2 expected to be released in Fall 2006 for Xbox® video and game entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Anthony Head voices Ponsonby, a well coiffed human and head of MI5, who is introduced to help the lead aliens, Crypto and POX, fight against the KGB. However, as the game progresses, Ponsonby is not necessarily who he appears to be. With the unexpected twists and turns, it appears that no human can be trusted. To succeed, players should remember to live by the motto, “Make War Not Love.”
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Interzone 206


Interzone Issue 204 BI Monthly SF Scifi Magazine UKInterzone 206 September/October 2006

With thanks for Roy Gray / Interzone

As any self respecting SF enthusiast knows, Interzone is published by TTA Press.

This issue is packed out with goodies, just look at this list. Even the ads are worth a look.

Cover Art (Which I’ll put up soon!)
Fahrija Velic, BSFA Award nominated for his Interzone 201 cover (of which Richard Hawkins wrote “Blimey, this artwork is the best I’ve seen yet in any issue of Interzone; vibrant colour, well drawn, a bit vague, it almost looks like a photograph. The artist does himself proud.”) reappears with the powerful “Droid”.

Fiction:
The Beekeeper by Jamie Barras. It’s a traditional biopiracy expedition but on an alien planet. The natives are traditionally restless, very restless, and alien. Time for plan Bee.
illustrated by Stefan Olsen

Distro by Tim Akers. You are a distributed personality running on a multiplicity of platforms across America. But your hardware and wetware don’t mix easily and the enemy is both without and within.
illustrated by David Gentry

The New Chinese Wives by Will McIntosh. Child sex selection brings China rebellious bachelor hordes and virtual women. But, when family is all, a patriarch needs more than Confucian wisdom to ensure another generation.
illustrated by Jesse Speak

Karel’s Prayer by Chris Beckett. If you don’t know who you are you’re infant, insane or injured and if none of the above you’re in real trouble.
illustrated by Rik Rawling

The Ship by Robert Davies. The aliens arrive and Boston Harbour is the scene of first contact. No one expected it to be the scene of last contact.

The Nature of the Beast by Jae Brim. Clark and Clio were clones of the same man, and in competition to become that man.
illustrated by David Gentry

Features:
• Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn sf’s wittiest film critic covers 10 recent releases.
• David Langford’s Ansible Link (news & gossip)
• John Clute’s Scores, this issue on authors Scott Westerfield and Keith Donohue.
Bookzone edited by Sandy Auden: reviews of books by Gene Wolfe, Neil Williamson, James Patterson, Mary Rosenblum, Frank Schätzing, Cramer & Hartwell, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Alma Alexander and a page of Philip K. Dick including the graphic novel of A Scanner Darkly and Brian J. Robb’s on Dick’s Counterfeit Worlds.
Interviews:
Life Under Latex: David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) and Camden Toy (Buffy and Angel) interviewed by Sandy Auden on 25 years of make-up fx.
James Patterson interviewed by Paul F. Cockburn
Radiozone by Maureen Kincaid Speller on BBC Radio 4’s Imagining Albion: The Great British Future
Mangazone: Sarah Ash on manga, anime and CLAMP’s Chobits.

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