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  • March bulletin Posted on 01 March 2015

    [This latest update is taken wholesale from the March newsletter. If you'd like to get these emailed to you once a month, sign up here]

    "I didn’t know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell’s paintings"
    -Carl Sagan

    Hi y'all,

    What is up with you? Science fiction films, and books, that is what is up with me.

    Science Fiction Theatre
    This month we're on the move again, and it is Exciting Stuff. On Saturday 21st March we're screening Fantastic Planet (1973) at the Deptford Cinema in... Deptford. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in the year of release, René Laloux's bizarre and beautiful feature film was five years in the making and is truly a landmark in European animation. This sums it up nicely:

    "Grotesque yet graceful, it’s a hallucinatory vision quite unlike everything you’ve ever seen"
    -SFX Magazine

    For more information, including the trailer, full synopsis, and a bunch of people saying how great the film is, check out the SFT website.

    The Deptford Cinema is a new, not-for-profit, volunteer-run cinema which focuses on art and experimental film (making Fantastic Planet a perfect fit). Read more about it here.

    Tickets are just £4 in advance, or £5 on the door.

    Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery: www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub

    Science Fiction Theatre Podcast
    Since the last newsletter we've uploaded two more podcasts. In episode 3 the gang talked about Shane Carruth's sci-fi double header of Primer and Upstream Colour, and we disagreed over the merits (or lack thereof) of Troma's The Toxic Avenger. And in episode 4 we discussed the Matrix-inspiring World on a Wire, anime Jin-Roh, and last month's SFT pick Starship Troopers.

    Each podcast can be listened to directly from the SFT website, right here. Or you can subscribe via iTunes.

    Social round-up
    Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter (@space_merchants) for regular updates on newly listed books, links to articles, book reviews, artwork, videos, and more. We're also on tumblr and pinterest, where we... er, tumble (?), and pin. Some highlights from the past month:

     

    March Showcase
    This month we're looking at the artwork of Chesley Bonestell, a US astronomical illustrator who worked as a matte artist to produce special effects and paintings for films including Destination Moon, When Worlds Collide and War of the Worlds. His space paintings were used as cover illustrations for Astounding and F&SF, making him a favourite of sf fans.

    F&SF - April 1955 Astounding - July 1948 Analog - June 1966 Astounding - April 1948 F&SF - October 1954

     

    We’re also highlighting our stock of Amazing Stories, the original “magazine of scientification”. First published by Hugo Gernsback in April 1926, it was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction and helped to build the foundation of sf fandom for generations to come.

    May 1950 March 1965 September 1950 July 1964 October 1939

     

    Aaaaand that's it. I'll send another email a little later in the month to remind you about the film (there'll be a snazzy new poster to look at too). Until then, have fun.

    All my love
    Graham

     

    Next month...
    "They say people don't believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them! You and me, Max, we're gonna give them back their heroes!"
    -?

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