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Kipple
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:55 pm    Post subject: OFF-WORLD NEWS Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for posting this here. Good links to keep handy for sure.

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Great sites...TFS with us
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice site.

I followed one of the links to a very very long interview with William Gibson:
http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6089/the-art-of-fiction-no-211-william-gibson

Here's what he says about Blade Runner:

"INTERVIEWER

There’s a famous story about your being unable to sit through Blade Runner while writing Neuromancer.

GIBSON

I was afraid to watch Blade Runner in the theater because I was afraid the movie would be better than what I myself had been able to imagine. In a way, I was right to be afraid, because even the first few minutes were better. Later, I noticed that it was a total box-office flop, in first theatrical release. That worried me, too. I thought, Uh-oh. He got it right and ­nobody cares! Over a few years, though, I started to see that in some weird way it was the most influential film of my lifetime, up to that point. It affected the way people dressed, it affected the way people decorated nightclubs. Architects started building office buildings that you could tell they had seen in Blade Runner. It had had an astonishingly broad aesthetic impact on the world.

I met Ridley Scott years later, maybe a decade or more after Blade Runner was released. I told him what Neuromancer was made of, and he had basically the same list of ingredients for Blade Runner. One of the most powerful ingredients was French adult comic books and their particular brand of Orientalia—the sort of thing that Heavy Metal magazine began translating in the United States.

But the simplest and most radical thing that Ridley Scott did in Blade Runner was to put urban archaeology in every frame. It hadn’t been obvious to mainstream American science fiction that cities are like compost heaps—just layers and layers of stuff. In cities, the past and the present and the future can all be totally adjacent. In Europe, that’s just life—it’s not science fiction, it’s not fantasy. But in American science fiction, the city in the future was always brand-new, every square inch of it."

A good read!

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