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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:20

Fly me to the moon – ‘Artemis’

Few debut novelists achieve the kind of success that Andy Weir did. “The Martian” was one of those books that captures the collective imagination. From Weir’s self-publishing of the novel in 2011 to Crown Publishing’s purchase and re-release of the book in 2014 to the commercially and critically triumphant 2015 film adaptation, “The Martian” has been wildly successful in every way.

But then the question becomes: What next?

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There’s a lot of risk that goes into revisiting an idea long after the fact. Adding to a cinematic universe that has been both unchanged and largely beloved for decades is a demanding prospect. To be able to do justice to the original and satisfy its acolytes while also telling a story that feels both new and necessary, well … that’s a real challenge.

For example: Ridley Scott’s 1982 film “Blade Runner” is one of the most cherished sci-fi films in movie history. If you’re going to make a sequel to THAT film – one that in many ways essentially served as the model for the genre for 30-plus years – you better be damn sure you get it right.

“Blade Runner 2049” gets it right.

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One of the challenges inherent to working in the realm of speculative fiction is finding new ways to explore standard genre tropes. After decades upon decades of sci-fi storytelling, it can be difficult to find interesting takes on ideas that appear to be more or less creatively exhausted.

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Latest from Luc Besson a surreal, scattered space opera

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Second installment of sci-fi series a strong sequel

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Friday, 19 May 2017 09:34

The arc of ‘Alien: Covenant’

Latest franchise installment a worthwhile addition

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Novel combines disparate genre elements to excellent effect

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:44

Giving up the ‘Ghost’

Anime remake “Ghost in the Shell” misfires

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:37

The spaces between – ‘The Wanderers’

Compelling novel defies easy categorization

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Series continues with strong third installment

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