You invest so much in it, don't you? It's what elevates you above the beasts of the field, it's what makes you special. Homo sapiens, you call yourself. Wise Man. Do you even know what it is, this consciousness you cite in your own exaltation? Do you even know what it's for?
Dr. Peter Watts
is no stranger to MetaFilter. But look past his sardonic nuptials
, heartbreaking eulogies
, and agonizing run-ins with fascists
) and you'll find one of the most brilliant, compelling, and disquieting
science fiction authors at work today. A marine biologist skilled at deep background research, his acclaimed
2006 novel Blindsight [full text]
-- a cerebral "first contact" tale led by a diverse crew of bleeding-edge post-humans -- is diamond-hard and deeply horrifying, wringing profound existential dread from such abstruse concepts as the Chinese Room
, the Philosophical Zombie
, Chernoff faces
, and the myriad quirks and blind spots
that haunt the human mind.
's last, shattering insight is not the end of the story -- along with crew
, a blackly funny in-universe lecture on resurrecting sociopathic vampirism
), and a rigorously-cited (and spoiler-laden) reference section
, tomorrow will see the release of
Dumbspeech State of Grace Echopraxia [website]
, the long-delayed
"sidequel" depicting parallel events on Earth. Want more? Look inside for a guide to the rest of Watts' award-winning (and provocative) body of work. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Aug 25, 2014 -
Feeling nostalgic for those Read Along Adventure books of your youth? Well, this site
has you covered with vintage audio files paired with Flash animation of the books (so you don't even need to turn the pages). List of titles here
. Of course, if you're looking for the same format but with a harder edge, the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop
just recently started creating their own based on "R" Rated films of the time. Their first project? John Carpenter's The Thing.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Aug 22, 2014 -
Hey Metafilter, you like John Carpenter's The Thing
? Now, see the toys
from the merchandising tie-in! (SLYT, NSFW, possible spoilers)
posted by zippy
on Sep 29, 2012 -
From the start of Bill Lancaster writing the original script to the final edited cut of the film, The Thing underwent some serious changes. A lot of footage ended up littering the cutting room floor. The Collector's Edition DVD gives us a look at some of the Outtakes and Deleted Scenes, but it falls shy of showing us what really was cut.
- Deleted Scenes
from The Thing
and other assorted goodies at Outpost 31
.There is also a prequel of some kind.
posted by Artw
on Sep 20, 2011 -
Who Goes There
- the John W. Campbell
short story which inspired the movies The Thing from Another World and, closer to the original, The Thing
(which, apparently, was horribly critically mauled upon release but has since become as much as a classic as the 50s film). The story is now being reprinted
alongside a treatment by Logan's Run
author William F. Nolan
for an unmade 1978 screen version.
posted by Artw
on Sep 1, 2009 -