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REALITY CHECK with Alex Fitch
Alex Fitch talks to director Don Coscarelli about his new film John Dies at the End, a slacker-apocalypse comedy with guest appearances by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Also, in a Q and A recorded ate last year's SCI-FI-LONDON, youtube phenomenon Stuart Ashen and director Riyad Barmania discuss their movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child.
Download mp3 here: www.archive.org/reality_check_john_dies_game_child
(More info: www.johndies.com / www.youtube.com/user/ashens)
In the third of our trio of Doctor Who podcasts, Andrew Hickey talks to Lawrence Miles about his work, including his novels Christmas on a Rational Planet and Alien Bodies, plus his Faction Paradox series. Andrew and Lawrence also discuss the latter's unrealised plans for the nature of 'The Enemy' in the BBC Books Time War, the vaguaries of cover design and how his first book was nearly lost down the back of a cupboard!
Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of Doctor Who: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks.
(Part recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON 12)
Alex Fitch looks at Doctor Who comic strips in the 50th anniversary week of the TV show. In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, artists Adrian Salmon and Mark Buckingham plus writers Scott Gray and Andrew Cartmel (also the TV script editor from 1987-1989) discuss the various adventures of the Doctor in sequential art, including the ‘wilderness years’ when the show was off air in the 1990s and comics were the only continuing visual adventures of the Time Lord. Recorded May 2013 in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Stratford Picture House.
(More info: Doctor Who comics website - www.alteredvistas.co.uk)
In this edition we hear how ancient gods have been brought to modern audiences. First we speak to Indian author Amish about his Shiva trilogy, which retells the story of Hinduism's god of destruction in a different light, as a man becoming a god. Amish's Shiva trilogy is out now from Jo Fletcher Books and available from all good book sellers. The first part, The Immortals of Meluha, is available for Kindle from Amazon for 69p.
This is followed by excerpts from the recent press conference with the cast and crew of Thor: The Dark World, which sees the Norse god of Thunder fighting ancient dark forces, and the underworld that is London's tube system. Thor: The Dark World is in cinemas now.
To coincide with this week's Oktoberfest, we have a pair of Q&As from the Spring SCI-FI-LONDON festival, in which Alex Fitch talks to the directors of a couple of the more cerebral SF films that screened at the Stratford Picturehouse. Kristina Buozyte discusses her erotic techno thriller Vanishing Waves in which a scientist travels into the mind of a coma patient to try and revive her consciousness. Also Shazad Darwood talks about his feature film Piercing Brightness where cultures and alien encounters collide in an elliptical film shot on the streets of Preston, Lancashire.
Alex Fitch looks at the science-fiction sub genre of Alt. History, talking to three novelists about their works in the sub-genre: Charles Stross discusses his parallel worlds series Merchant Princes plus his collaboration with Cory Doctorow on Rapture of the nerds; Max Brooks talks about his popular zombie epic World War Z and spin-off titles; and Ken MacLeod discusses his novella The Human Front and novel Intrusion. (More info: www.antipope.org/charlie / www.maxbrooks.com / www.kenmacleod.blogspot.co.uk)
In advance of his appearance at Edinburgh BookFest, Alex Fitch talks to Robbie Morrison about his career in comics so far, from his fifteen year tenure as the writer of Nikolai Dante in 2000AD, working with artists such as Simon Fraser and John Burns, to his new graphic novel DrownTown, published by Jonathan Cape.
(For more info: www.2000ad.org / www.randomhouse.co.uk)
Roger Christian is probably best known as director of Battlefield Earth, the oft-ridiculed Travolta sci-fi vehicle. However, he won an Oscar for Best Art Direction on the original Star Wars, and was also nominated in the same category for Ridley Scott's Alien. His directorial debut, a short film called Black Angel, was chosen by George Lucas to show in cinemas before Return of the Jedi. His 1994 film on the life of Nostradamus was well received internationally. His latest sci-fi film, Stranded, starring Christian Slater, is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex Fitch talks to producer Stephen Woolley, writer Moira Buffini and star Daniel Mays about the new British vampire movie Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan, which depicts the back story and current lives of a pair of female vampires living in modern day Hastings.
(Byzantium is released in the UK on 31st May - more info at: www.studiocanal.co.uk/Film)