Wednesday, June 15, 2011

HG Themes a go-go

In what could be the HG mash-up of the year, Salman Rushdie has declared that "quality TV drama has taken over from film and the novel as the best way of widely communicating ideas and stories..."

He's writing a series for Showtime. It's SF.... (but of course not really)

It's a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people," said Rushdie, 63, best known for Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. "It's not exactly sci-fi, in that there is not an awful lot of science behind it, but there are certainly elements which are not naturalistic."


Tulkinghorn said...

I wonder, among other things, if Rushdie reads Adam Roberts. His "not naturalistic" is more than a little like Roberts' "non-realist"...

Roberts, by the way, got a Campbell nomination. As did most of the usual suspects this year... List here:

Christian Lindke said...

"People disappearing and being replaced by other people"?! That's as original as telling a compelling story of a murder that takes place in an English Country House!

He's firing on all cylinders with that idea.

Not that Midnight's Children has any SF elements in it or anything.

Banks was right. These guys even lack the irony necessary to avoid my eyes rolling.

Hmm..Jack Williamson or Salman Rushdie? I think I'll read a little Williamson.

Christian Lindke said...

BTW, my vote is for Willis' books. If here were any justice in the world, we would be talking about those for a Pulitzer.

Tulkinghorn said...

Don't be too quick to patronize Salman Rushdie.

Midnight's Children is based on a solid gold original SF idea.

And he was married to Padma Lakshmi.

Christian Lindke said...

I agree that >Midnight's Children is a genuine contribution to the SF field. My comment was more about how he isn't really acknowledging how much of a genre author he already is, and how Body Snatchers is a pretty old idea.

David Chute said...

This alo:

Tulkinghorn said...

Chabon and the rest? I'm there.