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Guardian Gadget-Fiend Recommendation for Seeds Of Earth!

Super-Wow! – just found out that Seeds Of Earth earned a recommendation by the Guardian newspaper here in the UK, in the Guardian Weekend section of November 28th, on a page titled Gadget Fiends! My book came in at – cough – no 5, baby! Orbit have archived a piccy of it – go hence to gaze and wonder:


Just wish someone had, er, told me about this. See, I get most of my news from online sources these days, rather than buying papers. How cybertastic of me! ;-)

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  1. jimsteel Says:

    December 16th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Hey, don’t blame me – I tend to ignore the Weekend section. it’s mostly filled with recipes, vaporous interviews and pictures of purdy dresses. It takes me all my time to get through the Review section.

  2. Qatux Says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Ok, an epic movie can be based on a short story and actually quite shallow in terms of story line.

    But let me be first to say, Avatar is visually awesome and didn’t disappoint shallow old me.

    AND it has quite a few overtones of Seeds of Earth. Ok, Mikes indigenous people are more interesting and aren’t quite so tall and sexy, but the planet wide sentient forest is there – and the human who merges with it – and the imperial morons with big guns.

    I don’t suppose Cameron stole it, but there are distinct similarities. Shame you aren’t on the payroll.

  3. rockitboy Says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Went to see it in 3D at the Glasgow Imax on Friday night with Supersusan – I knew from the gargantuabucks spent on it that storywise it would be played safe, and sure enough, its 2154 with yet another Amurrican future full of hoo-rah marines testosteroning their way through space (although they were clearly in the role of unthinking military thugs, and the clear allegory of a resource war could not have been lost on a sizable chunk of the viewing audience).

    The story arc was pretty plain not long after the kickoff. And I have to say that from the moment when the protag followed the alien warrior babe into the glowing forest, the hairs on my neck stood up – it was an uncannily similar to what I had imagined as the forest of Segrana on the forest moon. Wowie zowie, and in 3D too.

    Ultimately I see Avatar as a significant signpost on the road of cinematic arts, much the same as the 2nd Star Wars trilogy (yeah, the prequel three), not in terms of narrative but with respect to what can be put up on the screen. With Cameron’s new tech, we could actually depict nearly any kind of humanoid creature…

    ….or, create a virtual Humphrey Bogart synched to an actor with the speech going through a voice synth….or Orson Welles, or – or – or….

    Yup, s’gonna be intesting.

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