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Dune, the Frank Herbert masterpiece (and probably my favorite sci-fi novel) has been picked up by Legendary Pictures. According to various sites, Legendary Pictures reached an agreement with the Herbert estate. According to Legendary.com...
"Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers."
Whether this will be a film series or a TV show, I don't know. However, I think Dune would make for a great HBO, Game of Thrones-ish TV show. Its got everything a show like that needs including deception, backstabbing, war, depth of conflict, and loads of sex (Bene Gesserit I'm looking at you). Or, maybe they will finally make Jodorowsky's Dune (I doubt it though).
If you aren't familiar with Dune or think it to be some obscure sci-fi reference, that might be because the novel is over 50 years old and has remained fairly absent from the mainstream surface of sci-fi culture. Released in 1965, Dune went on to win a Hugo Award and the very first Nebula Award. The story is epic in all regards and the Dune Universe is one wholly unique to itself. If you have never read the novel, now is the perfect time. There are other books in the series, most of which I have not read. But the originally Dune is a masterpiece of writing and imagination.
If you are interested in Dune, read the original novel first. There is also a film made in 1984 which was directed by David Lynch (yeah, Eraserhead Twin Peaks David Lynch). A lot of folks dislike the film but I love it. It's super weird and it has half-naked Sting (the musician not the wrestler) with orange hair. It's also got Al from Quantum Leap and Patrick Stewart. Its the perfect movie on a rainy Sunday when you want to take a nap and reassess your opinion of Sting. After reading the novel and watching the film, check out the documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune which is all about Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to make an epic 14 hour Dune film in the 70's (which featured Salvador Dali as the emperor, artwork by HR Giger and Moebius, and a budget that was never going to happen).
Dune is epic and it needs to come to the forefront of sci-fi culture because it is incredibly unique and complex and wonderful. Don't let us down, Legendary Pictures...
Because every role-playing game needs a humanoid, spacefaring mouse race who love to steal. This a myscus, rambunctious vermin of the Materiosphere. His only goal is to outrun the bounty on his head and finish his smuggling job for the psionic worm Uglorothomoxologothroamo. Both the myscus and the psionic worms will be featured in the upcoming Creatures Vol 3. But wait, what about Vol.2, it's not even out yet. Well, you're right. Creatures Vol. 2 and Vol.3 will be releasing at the same time. That will be a total of 200 new entries for FAL.
So, in these last few weeks, my wife and I have been re-watching Star Trek TNG. We aren’t watching episodes in any particular order, just kind of bouncing around watching stuff we don’t really remember. Tonight we watched the episode titled, “The Defector”. Apparently, I have quite the knack for choosing depressing TNG episodes. While it isn’t nearly as depressing as the episode “The Survivors”, it is still quite sad.
The basic premise of the episode is that a Romulan has defected and brought news of an impending war between the Romulan Empire and the Federation. Most of the episode is spent with the crew of the Enterprise trying to determine if the defector (who later turns out to be Admiral Jarok) is legit or using wily Romulan tactics to deceive the crew. Turns out that the defector himself (unknown to him) was part of a Romulan ploy to not only test loyalty, but to lure the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone so that the Romulans might destroy it. Jarok realizes that his own people have betrayed him and used him to lure Picard and friends to their doom. However, thanks to Worf and some off-screen tactics by the Enterprise folks, the Klingons come to save the day. But, in the end, it’s too late for Jarok who commits suicide as a result of being duped by the crafty Romulans, abandoning his family, and betraying his people. And that’s why the episode is so damn depressing.
Riker is only thinking about his failed bluff in last night's poker game.
Admiral Jarok was acting out a true desire to prevent his people from being destroyed in a war with the Federation. Although he acted in vain, his actions were still with the interest of his people in mind. The depressing part of the episode is when Jarok talks about never getting to see his daughter grow up and how she will always see him as a traitor (keep in mind that everything he did was for nothing). The last scene of the episode is the cool kids of the Enterprise (Picard, Riker, Data, and Dr. Crusher) standing around the Romulan corpse lamenting the fact that he wrote a letter to his family that will most likely never be delivered. Way to twist the knife, TNG.
I need to watch The Inner Light and forget this shit.
My failure to update this site resides in my inability to break away from work habits and let people know that there are in fact things going on. I'm really terrible at updating and talking about what I'm doing as pertains to FAL - I just get caught up in the creative process and forget. I get in these rhythms of work and think about what I'm doing and how to do things and I neglect letting folks know that I am in fact working. That being said, here is a smattering of artwork from the upcoming books...
I watched the Star Trek TNG episode "The Survivors" last night. That is the episode where a planet has been laid to waste and the only survivors are an old couple living on a small plot of land. The male survivor, Kevin Uxbridge, has to be one of the most tragic characters in all of Star Trek. This guy is a douwd (basically an immortal, super powerful being) who refuses to fight some aliens who are besieging the world upon which he and his human wife live. He could easily stop the assault but chooses not to. The aliens then wipe out the entire planet, including Kevin's wife, whom he really really loves. Kevin is all that remains and in the end he goes nuts and kills all of the aliens, as in eradicates their entire species. Then he feels super guilty because he is a creature of conscience who had always refused to kill. Lamenting his wife, he recreates her so they can waltz their days away inside their home and tend to their yard. Kevin's plan goes great until Picard and the Enterprise happen upon the planet. Ultimately, Picard sees through Kevin's illusions and calls Kevin out forcing him to tell the truth. Kevin tells his tragic story and Picard informs him that he (and the Federation) don't even have a law against the crime Kevin has committed.
This has got to be the saddest sob the Enterprise has ever encountered. The whole episode left me feeling like I was kicked in the nuts. It seems like the writers basically took all of the terrible shit they could imagine and rolled it up into Kevin Uxbridge. Don't be an Uxbridge.
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