Over at www.io9.com there's an interview with director John Alan Simon about RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH which is now screening in select theaters in LA. (I might need to make a road trip).
[from the article] A new film based on Philip K. Dick's posthumous, roughly autobiographical novel, Radio Free Albemuth, has begun some informal screenings around Los Angeles. We saw the film, and spoke to writer/director John Alan Simon about representing the author's ambivalent life.
Yep. Not only that, it's an officially licensed and Dick-Family-approved prequel.
Of course, it's a comic book mini-series from the publishers of the current "Do Androids Dream..?" serialized graphic novel in stores now.
Here's the scoop:
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?: DUST TO DUST #1 Written by Chris Roberson, art by Robert Adler.
A science-fiction publishing event! Who hunted androids before Rick Deckard? Taking place immediately after World War Terminus ends, the problems with artificial life -- androids -- become apparent. The government decides they must become targets, hunted down, but who will do the dirty work? Two men are assigned: Malcolm Reed, a "special" human with the power to feel others' emotions, and Charlie Victor, who's the perfect man for the job -- or is he? Meanwhile Samantha Wu, a Stanford biologist, fights to save the last of the world's animals. John W. Campbell Memorial Award-nominee Chris Roberson writes the prequel to John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, one of the greatest science fiction novels ever published!
I am about two thirds of the way through this excellent post-apocalyptic book. Some have suggested this might be the very first such book of its kind dealing with the survivors of a world-wide nuclear devastation. Maybe so. I’m not sure. But I can say that, so far, it is one very well-written and well-thought-out narrative dealing with how faith and the preservation of knowledge come into conflict with science and politics, and leads ultimately to yet another war.
Downside? My library copy has a very unfortunate cover. Makes it look like I’m reading some biography of a Catholic Saint who lived in the desert and memorized Augustine or something.
Trust me, this is a great sci-fi book that deals with fascinating ideas and contains more than a few surprising twists to keep you guessing. The end of the first third section of the book had me, literally, shouting “No way!” to my very surprised wife.
It’s totally worth seeking out, and if possible, a purchase.
Believe it or not, it's a man baby. Yeah. Seriously. This is Stilt, the twin brother of Obsidian. The dragon tattoo was interwoven with nanotech which wired him to his computer with a heart monitor connected to a large bomb in the heart of his facility. Kill him, destroy the building...and yourself.
The scramble suit, here modeled by Stilletto with a very futuristic haircut (ahem). He killed a Mossad agent who was wearing one of these and took it or himself. It creates false holographic shadow images so you're a hard target to shoot at. Also capable of stealth/invisible mode and, in emergencies only, a teleport function which not only hurts like hell but drains the battery to zero and leaves you vulnerable.
Rock House - This is Lito and I doing what we used to love best - Shooting our guns in the old rock house outside El Paso city limits in the desert.
Phal - The villian for our comic/sci-fi epic known originally as "Shade" and later as "Digerati". Technically, this is an idol of Phal who was an ancient evil alien/demon creature who possessed humans as hosts and craved power.
Obsidian - Another villian from SHADE, she was the twin sister of Stilt and one of the four members of "The Square" (later changed to, "The Diamond").
Matt Matrix - My junior high era, mega-violent character. He drove a yellow jaguar convertible, used an .85 caliber machine pistol and a machete to kill, maim and destroy just about anyone in his path. He was the good guy.
Over the weekend I picked up Dark Horse Presents #19 which includes this black and white "Bourbon Thret" short. This is only Darrow's second US work in print. The first being the "Bourbon Thret" short in the Heavy Metal magazine published below.
You'll notice more than passing similarity to his current work on "Shaolin Cowboy".