Last weekend I binge-watched AMC’s ten part horror mini-series ‘The Terror’ (Dec 2018). A hauntingly tragic tale inspired by Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 19th century Arctic expedition. The show is a slow-burner whose ominous mood gradually scales the ladder from frustration to despair to hellish chaos. Simply put; I was blown away and I offer you some spoiler-free thoughts.
‘The Terror’ is based upon Dan Simmons’ 2007 fictional interpretation of the same name. I haven’t read the novel, but I was previously familiar with the original mystery.
On the 19th of May, 1845 two Royal Navy ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, set sail from Greenhithe, England in an attempt to make the first crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage. The mission would take the ships into one of the most hostile environments of the Northern hemisphere, the partially charted wastes of the high Canadian Arctic.
Above: Summer sea ice surrounds HMS Erubus and HMS Terror
In command of the expedition was 59 year old Rear Admiral John Franklin on the flagship Erebus and Captain Francis Crozier in charge of the Terror. With a combined roster of officers and crew totaling 129 souls and
Sci-Fi-O-Rama contributor Ben Feldman recently pointed me toward an online selection of Heavy Metal, the infamous American Sci-Fi/Fantasy magazine most prominent in the late 70s and 1980s.
Heavy Metal was originally a remix of translated material from the French comic anthology Métal hurlant and prominently features art from Gallic masters such as Moebius, Enki Bilal, Philippe Caza and Phillippe Druillet.
Anyway, whilst scanning through the back issues I came across samples of this Jaw-dropping Jim Steranko adaptation of the Sean Connery Sci-Fi flick Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981). The level of draughtsmanship detail is simply incredible, a level of confident intricacy that rivals even the technicality Katsuhiro Otomo.
First up, Sci-Fi-O-Rama was 10 years old last month (28th of March) and though posts may have dwindled somewhat through recent years we are very much back, so a big thanks to long-term and new readers alike. On with the post…
I’m currently contracting with an Icelandic games studio and am fortunate enough to spend a fair bit of time over there. Recently I visited Reykjavík Art Museum (highly recommended) and came across the spellbinding video work of contemporary Danish artist Tinne Zenner.
First off a heavy disclaimer here: This post is based upon segments from a chapter of Jim Al-Khalili’s recent book ‘Science Asks: Is There Anybody Out There?’ (2016).
The publication is a spellbinding compendium that summarises the bleeding edge of science’s rapidly evolving hunt for extraterrestrial life and includes contributions from 20 expert minds, each at the vanguard of there respective fields.
If you’re even slightly interested in the scientific approach to ET this simply is a must-read, and offers both tantalising and tangible solutions to one of humanity’s greatest questions – Are we alone in the universe?
A tribute here to Harry Dean Stanton, legendary American cult character actor and unique screen aura who passed away last Friday (Sept 15th, 2017) aged 91.
Sci-Fi-O-Rama proudly present a very special feature on Chris Foss, as profiled by Jeff Love, owner and admin of the sublime Sci-Fi art blog Ski-ffy.
Born in 1946 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, Chris Foss is a British illustrator and a powerhouse of science fiction design and invention. His work is a celebration of future machinery, impossibly sized constructions exist on a planetary scale; a showcase of hardware so large that the human figure is dwarfed by comparison.