Topic “interview”

Nacho Vigalondo

Flagged via IO9, an interview with director Nacho Vigalondo (IMDB page, Wikipedia page) at Timecrimes: Writer-Director Nacho Vigalondo. Horror isn't typically my thing so I don't read, but I just couldn't help finding out if Nacho Vigalondo was a real person or Jack Black making a sequel to Nacho Libre!

So Vigalondo is legit and has an award winning and Academy Award nominated short film named 7:35 de la manana (7:35 in the Morning). It's clear from the interview Vigalondo likes sci-fi, gets jazzed on ideas, goes in offbeat directions, but is still concerned about the details. Throw in the foreign perspective and he could be a director worth watching. And after reading the IMDB Timecrimes comments I'm intrigued, and curious enough to see the movie if it comes around.

Here's his short film, 7:35 in the Morning. Just when you think you're looking at something to top Tom Cruise singing Loving Feeling to Kelly McGillis in Top Gun, things go in a very different direction . . .

Amy Thomson Interview

Storyteller by Amy Thomson

One of my favourite lesser-known authors is Amy Thomson. I know she's lesser known because she doesn't have a wikipedia entry yet, in spite of winning the 1994 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

I happened to catch her first book, Virtual Girl, when it just come out. It was on the "New Release" shelf at White Dwarf Books and caught my eye because you don't see many robot books written by women. Curious about a female perspective, I included it in the day's purchases. I've bought every book she's written since then. Virtual Girl was her only robot book. Her subsequent books have explored aliens. Her last book, The Storyteller, is my favourite. recently posted an interview with Amy Thomson: Amy Thomson Gives Good Alien. It's a great interview in spite of the lame-ass, tortured, almost condescending title. She has interesting insights into creating alien aliens. And this comment is bang on:

I don't mind the fact that all the Star Trek aliens look like humans with wierd foreheads. That just the limitations due to the special effects budget back in the 60's. What I mind is that the Star Trek aliens tend to ACT like humans with wierd foreheads. That's a failure of imagination, and imagination is what SF is all about.

It's great seeing Thomson get "air time" and really great hearing she has a new novel named Nomad on the way. Can't wait!

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