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  • September bulletin Posted on 01 September 2016

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    "When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell"
    -Brian Aldiss



    Two film events on the horizon, a new podcast, and the shop showcase has been updated (I know!). Read me...

    Science Fiction Theatre // September
    After an eventful summer 'on the road' we're back at The Victoria on Monday 26th September with another science fact and fiction combo, the main event being a screening of Andrew Niccol’s 1997 masterpiece Gattaca:

    Vincent (Ethan Hawke) dreams of becoming a space pilot, but in the world in which he lives only those people with prime genetic material can attain the top jobs. Determined to succeed, he makes a deal with the genetically-perfect Jerome (Jude Law) which will provide him with fresh daily samples of Jerome's urine, skin and hair, thus allowing him to fake his identity and find a place on the Gattaca space program. The plan starts off working perfectly, but when one of the company's directors is murdered and Vincent becomes the main suspect, it can only be a matter of time before his secret is revealed...

    There's been a change of speaker since last I emailed, the film will now be preceded by a talk from Sarah Norcross, Director of the charity Progress Educational Trust (www.progress.org.uk), who will discuss the scientific limits of genetic modification in humans and ask what limits society should place on the use of these technologies.

    Tickets are just £3.50 in advance (BUY BUY BUY) or £5 on the door.

    The poster for September's event was designed by Jessica Alcaraz and I wanted to take this opportunity to put it in your face again (because it's awesome) and to remind you that A3 prints are for sale in the shop.

    Science Fiction Theatre // October
    A little way off this one but I wanted to give you all a heads up. On Monday 31st October (Halloween!) we're going to be screening The Mist (a scary film!), Frank Darabont's brilliant but criminally underappreciated 2007 sci-fi/horror mash-up adapted from Stephen King's 1980 novella of the same name.

    The film is a big favourite around these parts - frightening, gory, and the proud owner of one of the most shocking endings in movie history...

    Put it in your diary and I'll follow up with details and ticket info next month.

    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
    Episode 24 is available to stream/download, and this instalment is dedicated to all things The War of the Worlds.

    Starting with Barry Forshaw's introduction from the night itself, we go on to talk about August's film club pick - its production, its legacy, our favourite moments, and why we chose to screen it.

    You can stream all of our podcasts via the website and/or mixcloud, or you can subscribe, for free, via itunes.

    Social media round-up
    Bits and pieces of note from the past month:


    Where to find us:
    The Space Merchants // shop | facebook | twitter | instagram | tumblr | pinterest
    Science Fiction Theatre // events | facebook | twitter | instagram

    September Showcase
    In the shop this month we're focusing on our stock of novels, short stories and critical works by Brian Aldiss, an English writer and editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. A highly decorated author, he has achieved the rare feat of acceptance as a writer of real significance by the literary establishment in his lifetime.

    Billion Year Spree Non-Stop Space, Time and Nathaniel New Arrivals, Old Encounters Hothouse


    We're also highlighting our stock of vintage issues of Fantastic, an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by Ziff-Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories and published tales under bylines famous outside the sf field, including Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, and Evelyn Waugh.

    Nov/Dec 1953 January 1980 March 1974 October 1979 September 1977


    Right, all over. If you've read this far I salute you. I'll email again in a couple of weeks with a little reminder about Gattaca, and next month I'll give you the full breakdown on the Halloween event.

    Until then


    Next month...
    "It appears we may have a problem of some magnitude"
    -The Mist

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