Saturday, June 16, 2012

Among The Stars Available Summer 2012!

Hang on everybody, I've got a news flash for you. AMONG THE STARS (ATS), the thrilling sequel to the Harry Irons Trilogy, will be available by August 2012! Possibly sooner (depending on inspiration and dedication)! ATS is a wild ride and a fitting conclusion to the trilogy. I'm getting happy comments from my editor, so I guess I'm on the right track. Will there be spin-offs? Good question. There could be, but I do have a couple of projects in mind before I re-enter Harry's universe. Please watch for AMONG THE STARS -- estimated release: Summer 2012.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Prometheus Review

Director Ridley Scott's latest venture into sci-fi is Prometheus, a continuation of the "Alien" movie franchise, albeit a prequel as far as the timeline goes. If you're a sci-fi fan, and especially if you're a fan of the Alien movies, this one is not to be missed. Solid science fiction here with great special effects. The story concerns a well-financed group of explorers on a journey to discover if aliens were originally responsible for the beginnings of the human race. Their search takes them light years away to a barren world where the evidence of their hypothesis literally turns on them. Great fun with wonderful acting. Charlize Theron is brilliant as the Weyland company zealot.

There is a retro feel to this movie that I really like. While it remains faithful to the alien series, the vision takes in a greater story and even once again tantalizes us with another open ending. [*spoiler alert] One thing the original Alien film did was to present a female as the sole survivor and Ridley does it again in Prometheus. Part of the fun of Ridley's story-telling technique is that the audience doesn't know who will be the last human standing, except that it's likely to be one of the females.

Prometheus is an engaging tale told with a few old gimmicks and a few new ones as well, such as two thousand year old holographic images triggered by the main male lead character, a very human-looking robot named David, played by Michael Fassbender.

Everybody loves a good science fiction movie and this is a good one; as a matter of fact, it may just become my personal favorite in the entire franchise. Any chance for a sequel to the prequel?

PS Who was Prometheus? In mythology, Prometheus was a Titan, one of a race of giants, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. Prometheus was punished by being bound and laid out on a rock where his liver is plucked by an eagle through all eternity.