We’re an excitable bunch at J For Jetpack, and here is what we’re looking forward to this month!
I’m a big fan of the Elder Scrolls RPG series – the most recent, Skyrim, is no doubt the one that everyone is most familiar with, but I’ve been playing the series since the release of Daggerfall way back in 1996 (I’m aware that makes me sound a) ancient, and b) like some sort of video game hipster).
So I’m rather excited about the fact that, for the very first time, the entire series is being released in a single box set, which includes all five games (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim), and their respective expansions, as well as a bunch of printed maps. Which, if you like maps as much as I do, just makes this even cooler.
Aside from the Elder Scrolls Anthology, I’m actually quite intrigued by Riddick. I never saw The Chronicles of Riddick (and from the sounds of it, I dodged a bullet) but the first film, Pitch Black, was an enjoyable SF/horror hybrid, and the trailer for the new film – whilst giving far too much away as usual – makes it look like a fun film. Explosions! Monsters! Vin Diesel talking in a gravelly voice! And so on.
It was the simple premise that made Pitch Black so effective, and Riddick seems to have a simple plot as well (bounty hunters coming to hunt down Riddick, and naturally making a mess of it). So fingers crossed it might be a good watch (though some early mutterings seem to indicate otherwise…).
And do I even need to say Breaking Bad? The final four episodes of this incredible TV show air this month and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. Badly, I expect. There’s going to be a lot of tears before bedtime.
September is not a month I generally get excited about. It brings the end of summer and makes me sad. So here is what will be distracting me from the looming cold (Winter is coming).
Fashion Beast – Alan Moore
Alan Moore is my favourite graphic novelist (original… I know!) and he is back with a new series, Fashion Beast with Avatar Press. Moore was originally commissioned by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren nearly 30 years ago to draft a screenplay adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Decades later, the project is now a comic series described as “a classic re-telling of the fable Beauty and the Beast set in a dystopian future city”. It’s been a while since Moore brought something out and I’m really looking forward to the series.
Moore is venturing to London for a signing this Friday (tomorrow!) in Waterstone’s. I was incredibly lucky to see a talk with him last year at NICE comic con and he is fascinating, blunt and hilarious. If you want your comic signed by the man himself – I recommend getting there early!
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
I’m on holiday next week and this book is the one I’m most excited to read, mainly to see if it lives up to the hype! Shannon has a lot of speculation to live up to. 21 years old and a recent Oxford graduate, she signed a six figure advance with Bloomsbury for her seven part series and has already been described as “the next J.K. Rowling.”
Here’s the blurb, “The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.”
Finally, I occasionally like to look at pretty photos that aren’t just using a hipster filter on instagram. The Royal Observatory will host the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibit from the 19th Sept – 23rd Feb 2014 and the shortlist looks phenomenal. Space is bloody COOL.
What am I excited about this month? Well, for one, I handed in my Masters dissertation! But…that’s not really important to anyone else, so I’ll try and avoid mentioning it again. In more important news, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premieres at the end of this month in the USA, with a UK release soon to follow!
I’m really interested to see how they handle this, and the fact that it’s Joss Whedon’s return to television is bloody awesome! This could be really good as I’ve always been fascinated by the mundane side of SF/F; how do the ordinary people see these godlike superheroes who create and prevent utter devastation? I mean the revelation of aliens in The Avengers would have been a real world-changing event, as would the fact that there are other dimensions with weird races (the nine worlds of Yggdrasill). Kind of makes you wonder what the man on the street things about all of this.
Also, in movies, like fellow Jetpacker, James, I’m really looking forward to the release of Riddick! If it sees the return to the Pitch Black style, which got me hooked, then I’ll be really happy. Although I enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick, most of it was so far removed from the events of Pitch Black and all the mythology shoehorned in that it was rather messy, so hopefully they’ll cut that shit right out! The trailer looks like this is the case, so I’m hoping for the best.