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First Neuromancer poster. Jack In Soon.

Some days ago, the first ‘official’ poster for an upcoming Neuromancer movie was spotted by coming soon at the American Film Market (AFM). A good piece of art that invites us to “Jack In Soon”.

First Official Poster of Neuromancer Movie

Leaving aside my concerns about the convenience of a Neuromancer movie, —you know, we Neuromancer lovers don’t want something that ruins our feelings about such an astounding book—, and given that this movie could finally be done, this poster has made my synapses to fire. I’m a Sci-Fi junkie and I’ll be anxious to watch the movie once it debuts. I guess that Vincenzo Natali is struggling to make a decent adaptation. This is something Natali said in an interview by Bleeding Cool:

[Case] enters what was coined the ‘Matrix’ but what was actually blatantly lifted by the Wachowski Brothers, so I’m calling it something else, but essentially he goes into this other alternative universe which a kind of Platonic universe, where everything is pure and clean and beautiful. So that would be very much a digital construct in the film.

I hope “clean and beautiful” doesn’t mean it will look like “I, Robot”.

Your favourite Sci-Fi and Fantasy books as a child

 

I remember that I read many books throughout my childhood. Some where chosen by me, and many others by my parents or teachers.

I remember that I couldn’t get through “The Treasure Island”. Even Jules Verne’s or Moby Dick didn’t engage me, maybe I hadn’t the right age. Also I was too young when I tried “2001 A Space Odissey”  for the first time. I preferred to read short stories by Edgard Allan Poe or easy tales by Isaac Asimov.

Some of the books that I fondly remember where books that I found among the shelves of my father and my grandfather and that they would have never suggested to me. They were books able to spark my imagination and engage me till the end with eager to finish them.

There were also books that finally bored me but that at the begining gave me  a rush, one of these books is “The goblin reservation” by Clifford D. Simak (1968). I just needed to read the back cover summary to get excited:

Professor Peter Maxwell is in desperate straits. En route to an interplanetary research mission, he was snatched by a strange, shadowy race to a previously uncharted planet. Ancient beyond comprehension, this planet is a storehouse of information that would be invaluable to the people of Earth- even an Earth so far advanced that perfected time travel allows goblins, dinosaurs, ghosts, even Shakespeare to coexist. His attempts to interest the rulers of Earth are thwarted, however, by a startling discovery- Maxwell was ingeniously duplicated. The “other” him came back before he did, and soon after was “accidentally” killed. Now no one will believe the original Maxwell really exists…

 

I don’t think I would be able to read it again. That blend of fantasy and science would be too much for me these days, but at twelve or so, the duplicated Maxwell was a mind blowing idea. I don’t remember if I finally liked it, I guess it progressed to dullness but I can’t forget the excitement of the first days.

Another book, this time borrowed from my grandpa was “The Gods Themselves”, a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. This one was a complete shock. I remember it’s end after all these years. I remember how I was anxious to advance chapter after chapter.

 

It’s OK to give good books to kids but what if they don’t like them? As children we don’t care about the quality of the prose, we want something to blow our minds away and sometimes this isn’t found on the books praised by the critics or the majority.

We are all different and we are compelled by different things but I’d like to know what book or comic do you remember as one of your first amusing reads. Don’t be shy if it seems silly today,  I want to know what inspired you when you had no prejudices.

Upside Down. SCI-FI Romance film


[Wikipedia:] Upside Down is an upcoming science fiction-romance film written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas. Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, the film is about a man searching an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth. Upside Down has finished filming and is now in post-production. Release is set for sometime in 2012

Ordering deadlines for Holidays


In holidays the processing times may take longer than normal. In order to receive your order on time for Christmas, please take note of the following dates and times:

When ordering in the US shop

Ordering Deadlines US

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3DaySelect/UPS at the latest Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Next Day Express/UPS at the latest Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Ordering Deadlines Canada

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Standard/UPS at the latest Monday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Ordering Deadlines Overseas

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Premium/UPS at the latest Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Note : guaranteed delivery only refers to payments made by credit card, direct debit or PayPal .

 

When ordering in the EU shop:

Standard shipping:
– Germany = 19th of December
– Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxemburg, Netherlands = 18th of December
– France, UK, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Spain = 17th of December
– Finnland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Poland, Slovakia = 16th of December

Express shipping:
– Germany = 21st of December
– any other country = 20th of December

Polo Shirts for geeks and sci-fi lovers like you

I have finally started a polo shirts line for those who can’t wear other than collars at work but want to stay cool and show off what they like, and of course, for those who simply like to wear polos at any occasion.
By now they include designs for Tessier-Ashpool—based on Neuromancer—, Weyland-Yutani—based on Aliens Movie—, Umbrella Corporation—based on Resident Evil—, and Tyrell corporation based on Blade Runner.
Tyrell Corporation - Nexus Division Polo Shirt
Umbrella corporation Polo Shirt