Monday, 23 December 2013

Transcendence is Near... The Trailer is Here


I've been looking forward to this movie for a while now, because the makers seem to at least know what the word means.

Singularity means two different things, depending on who you ask. The first definition is the moment when computers become smarter than we are, smart enough to design themselves, and improve on the design. The other definition is when humans can upload themselves to the machine and achieve a form of digital immortality.

This movie is going with the second definition.

Why, oh why, can't we have a sci-fi movie where this moment is a good thing? All accounts say it will happen in the next 20 to 40 years. Singularity will be to current computers, what the Blu-Ray is to a cave drawing. It will remake the planet.

Why can't any sci-fi out there talk about this day as anything other than the birth of Skynet?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the movie will be about the disruption of the current way of life, and the emergence of a new, hopefully better one. Maybe the trailer just looks like a digital Frankenstein as a way of generating excitement.

I hope so; because like it or not, everyone agrees it's going to happen at some point, and what happens then... who knows? I'd like to see one voice of optimism; and if it should happen to be a stunning mainstream movie full of A-List stars, that would be fantastic.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Now Available: The Jake Colbert Testimony

Dear Sir,

In response to your subpoena, I have (reluctantly) provided my personal journal. I never expected or wanted to see it again anyway, so you may keep it as evidence for as long as you wish.

You will, no doubt, find some sections unbelievable. Waking nightmares, abductions, missing time, strange lights in the sky... These things appear in plenty of stories like mine. I never believed those stories either, until it happened to me.

My notes and annotations are included. If you need more; I will come to testify in person; but this should be sufficient to tell my part in the story. What's left of my family need me here.

The story I have written in these pages is true. The account will detail the extent of my involvement, the moment that my friends and I decided to investigate the earliest stages of the attack, the results of our investigations; and the disaster that followed, as well as details on how the last of us survived.

In the small town of Curtis Creek, everyone knows each other. They also know which topics are safe, and which things never to speak about. One night, and with almost no warning, mysterious things start happening, easy to ignore or explain away, until it becomes too late...

By Day One, the bizarre was happening.
By Day Nine, there was no escape.
By Day Twelve, there was no going back.

In the tradition of X-Files and Dark Skies, comes a spooky new sci-fi thriller, by Matt Stephens; author of The Lostkind and the Echelon Series.