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Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Being Remade With This Supreme Director

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nineteen eighty fourThe words I’m writing now will probably be on the Internet for a long time, which means the NSA and any other governmental surveillance agencies wouldn’t have to look very hard to find out what I think. But what if Big Brother started looking into every part of my life? I might not have to wait long to figure it out, as Sony Pictures is gearing up to bring the world of George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four to modern audiences with a brand new feature. Cue the echoing groans of disgust.

Before you grumble yourself to sleep, know that there is a silver lining, as the studio is currently courting Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass to helm this ambitious project. With his early career spent on acclaimed films like Bloody Sunday and The Theory of Flight, the U.K.-born filmmaker found breakout success with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. He also created the tense and depressing 9/11 drama United 93, and was most recently responsible for pitting Tom Hanks against Somali pirates in Captain Phillips. The guy knows how to pull high-octane thrills out of serious situations, which is exactly what Nineteen Eighty-Four needs in order to win over audiences these days.

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Art Show Imagines Blade Runner 2054 And Other Sequels That Never Were

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Science fiction film history is filled with fascinating projects that never quite came together, a steady stream of “what if?” projects in a genre fixated and propelled along by that very question. We’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies, the batshit-crazy project that evolved into E.T.; or Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, or a William Gibson-scripted Alien 3. Those daydream speculations about movies we wish were real is at the heart of Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit’s new show “Sequel.” Described as “part tribute and part cultural commentary,” the show opens this week at the gallery on Sunset Boulevard, and features a ton of artists creating poster art for films that never were, such as Blade Runner 2054 (art by Cory Schmitz).

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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Thinks 1984 Could Become A Reality

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sotomayorWhile many people serving in the government don’t seem to understand the first thing about science or technology, it’s good to see that some politicians are paying attention to the consequences of technological development. Addressing faculty and students of Oklahoma City University last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned about how lack of privacy could lead to a dystopian and “Orwellian world.”

As with many of us, 1984, and the ways in which it accurately predicted the impact of technology and privacy invasions, has stuck with Sotomayor. Because of technology that enables devices and people to “listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls,” she said that our modern society is “in that brave new world, and [is] capable of being in that Orwellian world, too.”

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Amazon’s List Of 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime Includes Dune, 1984, And More

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The Internet does love a list. (And who am I kidding, so do we.) But of all the random, clever, or ludicrous lists out there cluttering up cyberspace, we tend to perk up a bit when the list in question involves books we really ought to read. Amazon recently compiled just such a list, their definitive guide to “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Which is, I think you’ll agree, a bit more cheerful of an outlook than the usual variant, “100 Books to Read Before You Die.”

Our beloved science fiction genre doesn’t always get the attention it deserves on these, with many such lists favoring more “respectable” mainstream literature. To that, we say poo-poo. And while our personal list would almost certainly include more SF, Amazon’s 100 does at least have several of the genre’s biggest talents included. Check out the lucky winners below, then stalk off muttering about how they left off your favorite Star Trek paperback.

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Kristen Stewart Joins Romantic Retelling Of 1984 And George Orwell Dies All Over Again

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kristen stewartI’m not often incited to picket the production of movies, nor the casting choices made therein, but I would gladly have my hands ravaged by signpost splinters and feet blistered from pacing should it mean that Drake Doremus’ upcoming film Equals takes a long walk off of a short pier into a lake of piranhas and solar flares. You see, the movie is going to be a wonky reworking of George Orwell’s seminal classic Nineteen Eighty-Four that will focus more on the novel’s love story, without all that subtext about what makes human connection so important. How do I know there won’t be any subtext? Because the film will star Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart in the leading role, along with Warm Bodies‘ Nicholas Hoult, an actor I have nothing against but who does not exactly exude the qualities that made Winston Smith such a strong character.

Okay, so if I may take a step back and correct myself, this will actually be an updated version of Michael Anderson’s 1956 film 1984, which was itself a loose adaptation of Orwell’s book. This is like trying to make Kool-Aid by using the wrapper instead of the actual powder. The film is written by Nathan Parker, who wrote Duncan Jones’ excellent debut Moon, so there’s the light in this total shitstorm.

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Science Fiction Book Cover Art We Wish Was Really Covering Science Fiction Books

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1984The old adage warns against judging a book by a cover, but sometimes book covers can be pretty awesome in and of themselves, even when divorced from the actual book. There’s another adage about a picture being worth a thousand words, and there’s definitely an art to creating a single image that evokes the themes, characters, or story contained within those covers. And let’s face it: a lot of time the actual, official art that gets slapped on a book release isn’t nearly as creative or interesting as it could be. So while the images in this post might not actually adorn the covers of any of these science fiction classics, let’s imagine an alternate dimension where they do, because that alternate dimension would be nifty.

These designs were created by various artists from all over the Interwebs, brought together by the delightfully titled Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile blog. (We would like to give that blog a hug, but virtual reality technology hasn’t advanced far enough yet.) First up, the lovely mock Penguin Books cover for George Orwell’s 1984, designed by Luke James. The security camera speaks for itself, but it’s a really nice touch to have its beam illuminating a line from the novel. Sometimes simple is best.