Here we are, February 5th, my birthday and my day to do the Saturday MGC post!
So I'm going to have some fun. Did a yoga workout at the gym. Then my daughter took me for a pedicure. (Never had one before. At one point it tickled so much I nearly fell off the chair!). And tonight my DH is taking me to dinner and a movie. Yay!
So I thought I'd share some fun stuff with you.
My friend AA Bell has a new book out, 'Diamond Eyes', so she commission my DH Daryl to do a book trailer and David 'Meshow' to write the music. Here's the link to the music. And here's the link to the actual book trailer. She's really pleased with the number of hits this has generated.
And my friend Marianne de Pierres has a new YA fantasy series out. Book one, Burn Bright has just been released into the wild. With a book trailer! My DH didn't do this one, but there is a similarity with Diamond Eyes because Marianne commissioned a song by the musician Yunu.
It's interesting to see the cross fertilisation of ideas between music and story, and visuals to create these book trailers.
And then this morning I came across This. It's delightful. No dialogue, strong visuals, good use of music and great characterisation. The child actor does a wonderful job of conveying emotion through body language.
What's interesting about this, is that there is no need for an explanation. It relies on the viewer knowing that the child is trying to use 'the force' on objects and animals. When Star Wars came out in 1978 anything to do with speculative fiction was way out in left field. Now it is so mainstream it doesn't need an explanation.
In fact, the stuff of fiction has become ordinary. We have phones that take pictures and videos and can send these images to our friends, who watch them on their own phones. Eat your heart out, George Jetson!
So what's left for SF writers to write about? Well, here is an analysis of some predictions for 2030 on the Singularity Hub. Did you know that the Babel Fish is almost here?
So there you have it. Some fun, some frivolous fun and some fun staring into a crystal ball!
What did you think of the predictions?
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