Handshake charts the future as told through film with a timeline, a video and an in-depth feature. Read on to see what wonders.
Check out our review of Embassytown, by first-time contributor Madison McClendon.
China Miéville talks to Handshake about the ‘endless, accelerated cycle of monstrous creation’ in RPGs, world-building
Last week at C2E2, I was very fortunate to run into the incredibly talented and humble British author China Miéville after his spotlight presentation, which included a reading of his upcoming book Embassytown. Aside from creating worlds that go beyond what any single genre can encompass (in his “asymptotic” quest for the “completely alien Alien”), Miéville is currently slated to publish a new book every year until 2014 and is currently in talks with Marvel Comics to author a graphic novel as well. At the same time, some fans of his work are working to produce an RPG based on Bas-Lag, the semi-fantastic setting for three of his novels (Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council).
But you can’t find any of this information on his Tumblr. There Miéville only posts artworks/found items he appreciates, terse observations about British politics and artistic (either drawn or written) renderings of his thoughts.
In my interview with Miéville, I attempted to explore the motivations behind his world-building and the RPG influences that go into his works. Here is the result:
The Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, the Second City’s own geek pilgrimage festival, takes place this weekend and fans from all around have flocked to the many events filled with too much to do and too many great people in only 3 days.
Here is how we winded through the hazy blur of storm troopers, fandom personalities, as well as the endless lines of shops with collectible games, comics and T-shirts on the con’s most action-packed day, Saturday:
Ever wondered what π (Pi) would sound like as a song? Of course you haven’t. But musician Michael Blake of Quebec Antique plays his musical interpretation of the mathematical constant up to 31 decimal places in this here video. Basically, his sheet music looks like this: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795.
Using a piano, a bell set, an accordion, and his own hands, Blake takes the majors and minors at 157 beats per minute to further demonstrate the correlation between math and music. And for those of you who hated math as much as I did, 157 beats per minutes is coincidently 314 divided by two.
Perhaps you already know how amazing William Shatner is. Maybe his rebooted career has already won him your affections. Maybe you’re a camp aficionado and you laud him for creating so many powerful works. For those of you who are still in the dark, let me clue you in to the awesome side of William Shatner:
Grow beard. Take picture. Repeat.
YouTube user cofauver’s documentary of a man who refuses to shave for an entire year is a brief glimpse into a person’s life. The changing scenery, the passing seasons, the questionable wardrobe choices: everything building until the viewers feel as if they’ve lived the year in three minutes. The idea isn’t unique. There is Noah Kalina’s Everyday project. In Almost Every Picture #7. Even Homer Simpson got in on the action.
Others might have done it before and with better execution, but this video must be commended for the dedication and persistence it takes to pull off such a project. Plus, it has Yeasayer.
Felicia Day, creator and star of Web series The Guild, will star in a new Web series, Dragon Age: Redemption, which she wrote and co-produced based on the role-playing game. She made the announcement today by tweeting the name of her “mystery project” and linking to USA Today’s article on the upcoming series. Day had [...]
The current line-up of BBC documentary series is a thing of wonder. It is as if one high-level BBC executive pondered his grade school experience watching those terrible state-produced, mundane documentaries and decided that “The Savanna” and “Your Home: Earth” deserved to be replaced with short films that would hold the interest of viewers and explain the world. Human Planet is an excellent example of this genre of educational and entertaining documentary fare.
Sadly, the BBC’s iPlayer isn’t available to people outside the UK, and people with aversions to nefarious endeavors will have to sustain themselves on simple YouTube clips for now. But there is good news for the future: the iPlayer app for the iPad and Android is rumored to be available in some international markets in the near-future.
While many happy couples are going out tonight to celebrate some dude’s decapitation in the third century, many Lord of the Rings nerds may choose to celebrate instead the day that Gandalf was reborn after falling in the abyss.
Here is what Tolkien said happened today in the history of Middle-Earth: