Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Reality Check: 35 years of 2000AD – Pencils and paint

September 27, 2012 2 Comments

2000AD covers by Kev Hopgood and Henry Flint

2000AD covers by Kev Hopgood and Henry Flint

35 years of 2000AD – Pencils and paint: In a companion podcast to a recent edition of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of iconic artists, responsible for illustrating many of 2000AD‘s most memorable characters to celebrate the title’s 35th anniversary year. Kev Hopgood has drawn Judge Dredd, Future Shocks and Harlem Heroes, before going on to co-create War Machine in the American Iron Man comic; while Henry Flint has rendered memorable runs on Nemesis the Warlock, Rogue Trooper and ABC Warriors.
(Expanded podcast of the second half of a Clear Spot, broadcast 16/09/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com (more…)

Reality Check: Counter Measures

August 31, 2012 1 Comment

Counter Measures poster and still from Remembrance of the Daleks featuring Pamela Salem and Simon Williams

Counter Measures poster and still from Remembrance of the Daleks featuring Pamela Salem and Simon Williams

Counter Measures: In the second of a pair of podcasts about Doctor Who audio spin-offs, Alex Fitch talks to actor John Banks, producer David Richardson and director Ken Bentley about Counter Measures, a new Nigel Kneale influenced audio drama that continues the story of the supporting cast from Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks. Alex also talks to actress Pamela Salem about reprising her Daleks role for the new series as well as her history of appearing in British telefantasy such as Blake’s 7 and Into the Labyrinth as well as her role of Miss Moneypenny in the Bond film Never Say Never Again. (Expanded podcast of the second half of a ‘Clear Spot’, broadcast 17/08/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info on Counter Measures at bigfinish.com (more…)

Reality Check: The Minister of Chance

August 20, 2012 3 Comments

Promotional images for The Minister of Chance and Kaldor City, starring Paul Darrow

Promotional images for The Minister of Chance and Kaldor City, starring Paul Darrow

The Minister of Chance: In the first of a pair of podcasts about Doctor Who audio spin-offs, Alex Fitch talks to the writer / director, Dan Freeman, and one of the stars, Paul Darrow, of The Minister of Chance. The series is a crowd-funded, mp3 download serial which follows the SF / fantasy adventures of The Minister, a character who first appeared in the Doctor Who webcast, Death Comes to Time. Alex talks to Dan about the creation of DCtT and The Minister of Chance and to Paul about acting alongside Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy and reprising his iconic role of role of Avon in Blake’s 7 and Kaldor City audio plays. (Expanded podcast of the first half of a ‘Clear Spot’, broadcast 17/08/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Minister of Chance / Kaldor City / Blake’s 7 audio websites (more…)

Reality Check: Trek Nation

August 2, 2012

Trek Nation poster featuring Eugene Rod Roddenberry

Trek Nation poster featuring Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry

Trek Nation: Alex Fitch and Dr. Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Greenwich Observatory) conduct a Q and A with Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry after a screening of his film Trek Nation, which looks at the legacy of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek. Recorded in front of an audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Spring 2012.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Official Roddenberry and Trek Nation websites
More info on the short film White Room and interview with the director, Greg Aronowitz (more…)

Reality Check: Documentary approaches to SF film

May 31, 2012 4 Comments

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

Documentary approaches to SF film: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of film-makers whose experiences outside of cinema have given them unique approaches to the medium. Shezad Dawood is a fine artist who, following a short film about westerns called Feature, is now tackling the SF genre with his movie Piercing Brightness, an extract of which is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Jim Monroe is a novelist and graphic novelist, whose excellent mockumentary Ghosts with shit jobs closed this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival and presents the lives of poor North Americans after the economy of the West collapses.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com (more…)

Reality Check: Dystopian TV and film

May 6, 2012 5 Comments

Stills from We are all Cylons directed by Ilana Rein / Radio Free Albemuth by  John Alan Simon

Stills from We are all Cylons directed by Ilana Rein / Radio Free Albemuth by John Alan Simon

Dystopian TV and film: Alex Fitch talks to Ilana Rein (director: We are all Cylons), Andrew Mark Sewell (producer: Blake’s 7 audio) and Ben Aaronovich (writer: Blake’s 7 audio / Doctor Who) about dystopian TV from The Time Tunnel to Battlestar Galactica; and to Elizabeth Karr (producer) and John Alan Simon (writer / director) of Philip K. Dick adaptation Radio Free Albemuth.

N.B./ There is an additional screening of Radio Free Albemuth at 2.30pm on Monday 7th May at Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com (more…)

Reality Check: The work of Warren Ellis

April 24, 2012 2 Comments

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis & D'israeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

The work of Warren Ellis: Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6music) discusses the work of Warren Ellis with Matt Jones (BERG design), Matthew Sheret (We are words + pictures) and Kieron Gillen (X-Men). Jones talks about SVK, the new comic by Ellis and D’Israeli, commissioned by BERG, Sheret discusses how Ellis inspired him to become a writer and Gillen talks about his friendship with the writer and their Marvel collaborations.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Buy SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli from BERG design (more…)

Reality Check: Modern childrens comics

April 5, 2012 1 Comment

The Mythical 9th Division by Alex Milway, Robot City adventures by Paul Collicutt, Doctor Who Adventures by Eddie Robson

The Mythical 9th Division by Alex Milway, Robot City adventures by Paul Collicutt, Doctor Who Adventures by Eddie Robson

Modern children’s comics: In a panel discussion recorded at last year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival, CBBC presenter Chris Johnson talks to Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division) and Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures) about creating Science-Fiction and Fantasy comics for kids and having interested children in the format, how to keep their love of comics going.

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interviews with Alex Milway and Paul Collicutt
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Reality Check: Worlds of Wonder at the British Library

November 18, 2011 3 Comments

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 Farah Mendlesohn, Neil Gaiman, Rachel Armstrong, Peter F. Hamilton, and Kari Sperring at The British Library. Photo by Marjorie Taylor

Farah Mendlesohn, Neil Gaiman, Rachel Armstrong, Peter F. Hamilton, and Kari Sperring at The British Library. Photo by Marjorie Taylor

In a panel discussion entitled “Worlds of Wonder?”, recorded at the British Library as part of their events season to support the exhibition ‘Out of this World’, authors Neil Gaiman and Peter F. Hamilton, scientist Rachel Armstrong and critics Kari Sperring and Farah Mendlesohn (chair) discuss the current state of science fiction around the world and its relationship with the latest advances in science fact.

(This show replaces November’s episode of Book List on Resonance FM as the slot was overbooked)

Listen to an additional 15 mins of this panel in which Neil Gaiman talks about SF around the world and discusses Doctor Who and Sandman with Alex Fitch

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Original listing for the event on The British Library website
Write up of the event on the Margo’s Musings blog

Reality Check: Doctor Who in comics and Superman on TV

October 22, 2011 5 Comments

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Doctor Who in comics and Superman on TV

Cover of Smallville season 10 DVDs, Jimmy Olsen and Chloe Sullivan in Smallville and comics, Doctor Who: The Lodger comic and TV adaptation, Doctor Who Tesseract graphic novel by Tony Lee

Cover of Smallville season 10 DVDs, Jimmy Olsen and Chloe Sullivan in Smallville and comics, Doctor Who: The Lodger comic and TV adaptation, Doctor Who Tesseract graphic novel by Tony Lee

Some half term entertainment as Alex Fitch talks to writer Tony Lee about Doctor Who‘s continuing adventures in comic strips and to Superman expert Brad Ricca about the adventures of Clark Kent in the TV series Smallville and on the big screen. Also, Martin Rowson introduces the Doctor Who comics exhibition at the Cartoon Museum, which continues until October 31st when Smallville Season 10 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Buy Smallville Season 10
and Smallville Complete Seasons 1-10 on DVD from amazon.co.uk
Buy Doctor Who graphic novels: The Forgotten, Fugitive, Tessaract, Final Sacrifice, The Ripper and When Worlds Collide by Tony Lee
Info about the Doctor Who comics exhibition at The Cartoon Museum
Interview with Brad Ricca at www.clevelandmagazine.com

Alex’s interviews with Martin Rowson about his graphic novels and other Doctor Who writers and illustrators

Also, the pilot episode of SCI-FI-LONDON’s new video magazine show The Pulse is now online…

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Featured in the first episode are Chris’ interviews with Lyndsy Fonseca about John Carpenter’s The Ward and with bona fide cyborg Rob Spence who demonstrates his ‘camera’eye’ plus Alex Fitch catches up with Oscar winning animator Shaun Tan who talks about his short film The Lost Thing and his collection of sketches, The Bird King.

For more info, please go to www.sci-fi-london.com/pulse where you can also download longer edits of the three interviews.

Reality Check: Fringe Event / The Pulse: Shaun Tan, Cyborg Ward

October 4, 2011

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Fringe Event

Promo images for Fringe and The Event

Promo images for Fringe and The Event

In this edition, hosted by Chris Patmore, we really do take a reality check on two popular TV series that have just come out on DVD. For Fringe Season 3 we speak with Oxford University quantum physicist David Deutsch about the possible existence of parallel universes. For the release of The Event we speak with psychologist Dr Patrick Lehman about the fascination with conspiracy theories

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Buy Fringe Season 3 and The Event

Also, the pilot episode of SCI-FI-LONDON’s new video magazine show The Pulse is now online…

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Featured in the first episode are Chris’ interviews with Lyndsy Fonseca about John Carpenter’s The Ward and with bona fide cyborg Rob Spence who demonstrates his ‘camera’eye’ plus Alex Fitch catches up with Oscar winning animator Shaun Tan who talks about his short film The Lost Thing and his collection of sketches, The Bird King.

For more info, please go to www.sci-fi-london.com/pulse where you can also download longer edits of the three interviews.

Reality Check: Autumn Sci-Fi – Source Code and Witch Mountain

September 14, 2011 2 Comments

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Autumn Sci-Fi – Source Code and Witch Mountain

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

As the Autumn nights start to draw in, we have a couple of recommendations of DVDs worth staying in for, as Alex Fitch interviews a pair of directors who have both earned cult followings for their work in the SF genre. Duncan Jones talks about his new film Source Code, a time travel thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and about how themes in his new movie consciously and unconsciously reflect some of his concerns of humanity dislocated by technology in his debut Moon. Alex also chats, alongside SCI-FI-LONDON’s newest interviewer Lily Savy-Gorman, to John Hough, director of the classic Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), starring Ray Milland and Donald Pleasance. Hough followed his first family film with a couple more for Disney – Return from Witch Mountain and The Watcher in the Woods – and talks about how the company’s approach to live-action filmmaking has changed over the years.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Read a transcript of Alex’s interview with Duncan Jones
Info about the Escape to Witch Mountain screening at SCI-FI-LONDON

Recommended events:

New Science Fiction Reading Group

In discussion: Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon (we have some copies for loan).
1st meeting on Wednesday 21st September @ 7pm
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL

For more info contact 020 7926 6768 and ask for Pat / e-mail: pdunne@lambeth.gov.uk

Reality Check: Of ships and men – Atlantis Down and Nydenion

July 15, 2011 2 Comments

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Of ships and men

Images from Nydenion and Atlantis Down

Images from Nydenion and Atlantis Down

In a pair of Q and As recorded at Sci-Fi London 10 (April 2011), Alex Fitch talks to the directors of two very different SF movies about the pilots of spaceships and their relationships with the craft and crew. Nydenion, directed by Jack Moik is a new German ‘Space Opera’ that borrows from the aesthetics of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to create a crowd pleasing saga of ships and men in interstellar battle; and Atlantis Down, directed by Max Bartoli is a Twilight Zone influenced SF / Horror film about the crew of a space shuttle who on encountering a mysterious orbital event, find themselves on a planet full of death traps and and uncanny encounters. Alex talks to Jack and Max about their two films and the different ways they have re-imagined classic Science Fiction tropes in the 21st Century.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Official film websites – www.nydenion.com / www.atlantisdown.com
Info about SCI-FI-LONDON 10 screenings of Nydenion and Atlantis Down

NASA website about the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis

Reality Check: Dan Dare in the 21st Century

April 22, 2011 1 Comment

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Dan Dare in the 21st Century

Dan Dare and the Mekon in Revolver, Virgin Comics Dan Dare and Spaceship Away

The second half of a Q and A recorded at last year’s Sci-Fi London Festival about the 40th anniversary of Britain’s most famous comic book character. John Freeman hosts a panel discussion on Dan Dare with Garry Leach, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine and Rod Barzilay; with this recording focussing on Hughes’ illustrations for Dare in Revolver and Crisis magazines; Gary Erskine and Garry Leach’s illustrations of Dan Dare for Virgin Comics and Rod Barzilay’s small press magazine about space fleet as featured in The Eagle – Spaceship Away.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com / Listen to the podcast of the first half of the panel recording

Links: Original listing of the event at Sci-Fi London
Wikipedia page on Dan Dare
Spaceship Away magazine website
John Freeman’s British Comics news website – Down the tubes
Rian Hughes’ website www.devicefonts.co.uk
Gary Erskine online
Buy original Garry Leach art from artdroids.co.uk
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Reality Check: Virtual Worlds on film

April 11, 2011 2 Comments

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Virtual Worlds on film

Robert Bradford in 8th Wonderland / Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy

Robert Bradford in 8th Wonderland / Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy

Virtual worlds on the big screen vary from the most escapist to the increasingly relevant and in this episode of Sci-Fi London’s podcast we look at two very different representations of these on screen. Alex Fitch talks to Nicolas Alberny and Jean Mach, the directors of 8th Wonderland, a film about a virtual community declaring themselves to be a new country with rights and influence on the rest of the world, and the agit-prop antics of the members of this virtual country on film proved prophetic compared to recent events in the Middle East and demonstrations on the streets of London. Also, we have an extract from the Tron: Legacy press conference in which director Joseph Kosinski, stars Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde and others talk about their sequel to a VR film classic.
(Tron: Legacy is released on DVD 18/04/11 and 8th Wonderland in June)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Official 8th Wonderland and Tron: Legacy websites
Download 8th Wonderland from iTunes

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25 years of John Constantine: Hellblazer at SCI-FI-LONDON

To belatedly celebrate the 25th anniversary of the start of the ongoing Hellblazer comic, for the inaugural event of this year’s London International Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival, Sci-Fi London is proud to present a panel of Constantine creators – Jamie Delano, David Lloyd, Andy Diggle and Peter Milligan – in an on stage Q and A about their experiences of working on the comic and related graphic novels.
The panel is followed by a screening of the movie Constantine (2005).
5pm, Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London.

Tickets / more info: www.sci-fi-london.com/festival

Reality Check: Twisted Tales

February 22, 2011 2 Comments

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Twisted Tales

Previously broadcast 22nd February 2011 on Resonance FM

George Rainsford and Jonathan Danciger in Twisted Tales plus the opening paragraph of The Landlady by Roald Dahl

George Rainsford and Jonathan Danciger in Twisted Tales plus the opening paragraph of The Landlady by Roald Dahl

Currently on stage at the Lyric, Hammersmith until 28th February is Jeremy Dyson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Twisted Tales”, combining five of his black comedy short stories into an eighty minute play about man’s inhumanity to man and the awkwardness of commuting… In a Q and A recorded after a performance of the production, cast members Jonathan Danciger, Nick Fletcher, Selina Griffiths, Alexandra Maher, Larry McCartney, George Rainsford and Trevor White discuss their love of Dahl, the delicate art of getting the tone right as one tongue in cheek tale rubs up against another that is genuinely disturbing, and playing multiple roles within the production. Tales by Roald Dahl adapted for the production include The Landlady, William and Mary, Galloping Foxley, Man from the South and Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat

(Twisted Tales goes on tour to Newcastle in March and Liverpool in April)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info about Twisted Tales at the Lyric, Hammersmith
Wikipedia page on Roald Dahl
Observer review of the production
Read The Landlady by Roald Dahl at www.wattpad.com
Roald Dahl official website and fan site

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Reality Check: Casting and creating Paul

February 11, 2011

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Casting and creating Paul

Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in Paul

Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in Paul

Sci-Fi London is proud to present a recording of the London press conference for a new Sci-Fi Comedy released on Valentine’s Day, as cast members Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Lo Truglio, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and director Greg Mottola discuss the making of the film ‘Paul’, from interacting with the CGI lead character to the many SF and ‘geek-culture’ references that pepper the film. (Recorded and introduced by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Official Paul website
Article about Paul marketing
Simon Pegg’s website
Nick Frost fansite

Recommended events:

Upcoming screenings at the Alibi, Dalston

Alibi Film club…

Feb 21st // Freddy Got Fingered
Feb 28th // Total Recall
March 7th // Saw
March 14th // Mean Girls
March 21st // Bad Lieutenant
March 28th // Evil Dead

Join the facebook group

The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8 2PB
FREE, Mondays from 8pm
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Reality Check: Future Publishing? part 2

January 8, 2011

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Future Publishing? part 2

Tom Hunter at Sci-Fi London, photo (c) 2010 Craig Grobler

Tom Hunter at Sci-Fi London, photo (c) 2010 Craig Grobler

Tom Hunter (Arthur C. Clarke Awards Administrator), Paul Graham-Raven (editor-in-chief of the science fiction webzine Futurismic), Paul Rainey (creator of serialised web and print comics Book of Lists and There’s No Time Like The Present), Gary Gibson (novelist – Nova War / Stealing Light) and Dave Bradley (Editor-in-Chief of SFX magazine) conclude their talk about the Future of Publishing in the iPad / Kindle age, looking at the synesthethic reaction to real books and the interative nature of downloaded / online content. Also features questions by Alex Fitch (Resonance FM) and John Freeman (Doctor Who Magazine)… (part 2 of 2)

Recorded live at Sci-Fi London 9, Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Spring 2010 (recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com / listen to part 1

Links: Paul Rainey’s website
Gary Gibson’s blog
SFX magazine website
Paul Raven’s Futurismic website
Arthur C. Clark awards website

Listen to Alex’s interview with Paul Rainey about his work

Recommended events:

Screenings at The Alibi

The fun ‘Film Club’ at The Alibi in Dalston continues with more free, classic movies on the big screen in January. Now with an earlier start time of 8pm.

10th Jan // The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
17th Jan // Anchorman (2004)
24th Jan // Vengeance of the Zombies (1973)
31st Jan // American Movie (1999)

Free Every Monday from 7pm (film at 8pm)
The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High St

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub
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Reality Check: Future Publishing? part 1

November 26, 2010 4 Comments

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Future Publishing? part 1

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Tom Hunter (Award Administrator for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature) chairs a panel on the future of publishing in the digital age:

The publishing industry is coming under assault from all sides. Are Kindles, iPads and smartphones signalling the end of traditional paper publishing? How will the publishing industry re-shape itself for 2050?
Panelists include: Paul Graham-Raven, a freelance writer, editor and webgeek, genre fiction reviewer and editor-in-chief of the near-future science fiction webzine Futurismic; Paul Rainey, a cartoonist, illustrator and creator of serialised web and print comics The Book of Lists and There’s No Time Like The Present; novelist Gary Gibson, Nova War is his fourth book and his second Dakota Merrick title, following 2007’s Stealing Light; Dave Bradley, Editor-in-Chief of SFX magazine, Europe’s best-selling sci-fi and fantasy periodical. With questions addressed to the panel by John Freeman (Doctor Who Magazine) and Alex Fitch (Panel Borders). (part 1 of 2)

Recorded live at the Apollo Piccadilly cinema, Spring 2010 (recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Paul Rainey’s website
Gary Gibson’s blog
SFX magazine website
Paul Raven’s Futurismic website
Arthur C. Clark awards website

Listen to Alex’s interview with Paul Rainey about his work
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Reality Check: Inception / Monsters special effects special

October 8, 2010 3 Comments

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Inception / Monsters special effects special

Paul Franklin contemplates the VFX of Inception, Gareth Edwards prepares to shoot Monsters

Paul Franklin contemplates the VFX of Inception, Gareth Edwards prepares to shoot Monsters

In this edition of the Sci-Fi London Podcast, SFL web editor Chris Patmore guest hosts to bring interviews with two people working and different ends of the special effects budgetary scale. First we speak to Paul Franklin, visual effects supervisor on Chris Nolan’s Inception, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as on the two latest Harry Potter movies.

Then we speak with Gareth Edwards about his debut feature Monsters, and how he got to make it, and doing special effects on his home computer. Gareth was the winner of the first SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Film Challenge, and his feature film is garnering rave reviews around the world. Gareth will be holding a director’s masterclass after the screening of Monsters at Oktoberfest 2010 (see below).

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Interviews with Paul Franklin about Batman Begins and Inception
Pre-order a special Limited Edition of Inception on DVD/Blu-ray (December 6) from Play.com

Read an interview with Gareth Edwards about Monsters

Recommended events:

Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest

Sunday 10th October

Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (42 day) screening

To those of us who got beyond banging the rocks together, 42 is represented in binary as 101010. And so, just in case nothing remarkable happens on the tenth of October 2010, SCI-FI-LONDON will be showing the film.

10AM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street

Thursday 14th October

Evening event at Royal Greenwich Observatory: Life, but as we know it?

A SPECIAL NIGHT investigating Extraterrestrial life in science, fiction and comedy.

We start the evening with a live Planetarium show: Astrobiology – the new science of life in the universe, created in conjunction with astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell, this unique planetarium show will take you on a tour of the planets and moons of our Solar System to ask: are we alone?

On the night we will also be screening a special preview of MONSTERS by Gareth Edward on the planetarium dome. Seats are limited and we will be picking ticket holders to the Astrobiology show at random and offering them a chance to also see the film!

Also: Join some of the activities around the Observatory site. / Touch some real-life visitors from space with a tour of the Observatory’s meteorite collection. / Find out the latest news from NASA’s mission to detect Earth-like worlds and watch a live demo of how we might scan them for signs of life. / Good monster/bad monster – scientists and writers discuss what makes a believable alien lifeform. With Simon Guerrier and Dr Zita Martins / Weather permitting, a chance to see Jupiter’s moon Europa – most likely home of alien life in our Solar System. / Alien Among Us – a real-world game. You’ll need to think, plan, sneak, and escape. It’ll be a blast… REGISTER ON THE NIGHT

6:30PM Royal Greenwich Observatory, Greenwich
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