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New Feature: A cinematic history of the future

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Handshake charts the future as told through film with a timeline, a video and an in-depth feature. Read on to see what wonders.

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China Miéville talks to Handshake about the ‘endless, accelerated cycle of monstrous creation’ in RPGs, world-building

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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:

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Janitors, male nurses, and old people are the most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, and other revelations in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Vatos”

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On last night’s The Walking Dead, the show took a sharp turn from the mediocrity of the past two episodes, ending with a bloody human zombie massacre that brought the series back to the excitement of the premier.

We dissect the positives and negatives below, where once again we tabulate the series’ progress with Romero Points (see explanation below).

Here goes. Hold on to your zombie-gut shirts:

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New The Walking Dead mini-documentary is long, awesome

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There is some orifice at AMC that squeezes out videos about its new series The Walking Dead on a nearly daily basis. This latest is a big one — 17 minutes — and must have taken a long time to, uh, move through.

What I love about the show’s (and comic book’s) concept is the idea of expanding beyond the narrative scope of a usual zombie flick — of really delving into the characters and what they experience over a long period of time in a post-zombie apocalypse world.

A lot of the themes in this mini-documentary have been covered in the other videos (we get the “zombies are the frosting on the cake” line again). What this video adds, however, is a huge amount of new footage from the show itself, especially close up shots of the zombies themselves. Even better are all the behind-the-scenes shots of the directors and producers chit-chatting with actors in full zombie garb.

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Ugly Americans continues to deconstruct monster flicks in season 2 opener

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Instead of being subjects of horror movies, zombies, aliens as well as all different kinds of monsters have assimilated into society in the world of Ugly Americans. The main character Mark Lilly processes “undead Americans” regularly in his job as a social worker in New York City. His work and surroundings humanize them and breaks down the monster genre in an intelligent way, backdropping it within the droll city life.

Here’s a summary of episode 1 of the second season:

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