Out today, issue 217
, which includes my story 'Little Lost Robot' (aka the big space robot story) as well as stories by Karen Fishler, Paul Tremblay, MK Hobson, Suzanne Palmer and Jason Sandford.
I was going to write something about WALL-E
, which I saw last Sunday, but a bit of Googling will reveal a myriad indepth reviews. So I’ll just say that the first forty minutes is one of the best bits of SF cinema I’ve ever seen. The candy-coloured satire of the second half is less successful (and contains a gaping plot hole) but the odd-couple romance between the infinitely curious and engaging WALL-E and the advanced probe EVE carries the day, with a definitive Tinkerbell moment that had the small children in the audience gripped. Increasingly, SFX-rich movies seem pointlessly noisy and frenetic*; WALL-E
shows how the same tools can be used in a rich and painterly fashion.
*mind you, the first five minutes of the new Batman movie look great.
Current reading: Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves
and Alex Cox’s X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker
And Junot Diaz has an excellent take
on the sandbox game where I’m spending rather too much time shooting cops, mafia hoods and flying rats.