Part 2 is dedicated to my theories. Part one was a review of the film, part three discusses themes, and part four my criticisms. Spoilers below, obviously. Without further ado: Theory 1: the Nexus 7 Roy Batty is a Nexus 6. Inception date 8 January 2016. Sapper Morton is a Nexus 8. Inception, 22 Match   Read More …

Blade Runner should never have had a sequel. It was and is a work of art, self-contained. It bears watching and re-watching. Today, thirty-five years after it was first released, it still feels contemporary, is unarguably prescient. Blade Runner imagined a future history of urban decay, multiculturalism, corporate greed and corruption, boundless commodification and alienation,   Read More …

I used to say: ‘watching David Lynch is like listening to jazz – it’s not meant to be a logically understood, it’s meant to be experienced.’ I was wrong. Twin Peaks: the Return is as close a viewer will come to experiencing a coherent Lynchian cosmology. In genre terms, Lynch is a masterful world builder.   Read More …

It’s a question writers ask throughout their careers. While it is one, I suspect, most frequently posed (yelled, sighed) at the beginning, even the best have been known to lament. Richard Flanagan, for example, nearly quit writing to be a miner. 2013 and he was broke. A professional novelist for many decades, and one of   Read More …

A staple of noir cinema is the heist gone wrong. Perhaps the best known contemporary example is Reservoir Dogs (1992), in which Tarantino – steeped in and heavily influence by classic noir – depicts the aftermath of a diamond robbery turned clusterfuck. Tarantino, riffing on the noir penchant for superb dialogue, also gave us the   Read More …

Suicide Squad What a fucking mess. There were apparently two versions of Suicide Squad, the dark original and a funnier reshoot. It shows. This movie doesn’t know what the fuck it is doing. A full run-down isn’t necessary; it’s been catalogued elsewhere by a variety of scathing reviews. Two less-discussed aspects that stood out for   Read More …

The online bubble is making us dumber and meaner. It has become a sociopathic space curated by giant corporations, corruptive of clear thought and the capacity for human empathy. I can’t quite remember when it happened. How we became so polarized, so contemptuous and ignorant of each other. The point when Facebook changed from a   Read More …

Wouldn’t have a fucking clue how to do one myself – I may be a science fiction writer, but I’m also a technophobe with a generalised incompetence when it comes to matters of new media. But, look, I do watch them from time to time; I’ve picked three that will edify. The first, on Mad Max, unpicks   Read More …

Let’s start with the good news: an Aurealis Award and an ‘Best of the Year’ Anthology inclusion. The Aurealis nomination for Best Horror short story was unexpected, because I’d never written horror before, and well, I’d never thought I’d be nominated for an Aurealis, either. The story, Flame Trees, is certainly science fiction, but yeah,   Read More …

I respond with a mixture of envy and fear every time a writer tells me they were born to write. Every time I read about this famous writer getting their first type-writer at 10, or that famous writer publishing their first story at 14, it rankles. It’s not all bad, starting late, there is an   Read More …

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