Note — May 19, 2020

No.122 Asides

  • 🤩 Oh my. Behold Dune: An Exclusive Look at Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and More. “Villeneuve intends to create a Dune that has so far only existed in the imagination of readers. The key, he says, was to break the sprawling narrative in half. When Dune hits theaters on December 18, it will only be half the novel, with Warner Bros. agreeing to tell the story in two films, … ‘I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie, [t]he world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.’”
  • Dystopia with hot chocolate: Tales from the Loop’s author on his low-key sci-fi (interview with Simon Stålenhag). “Tales from the Loop is set in an alternative history, one where the second world war encouraged more research into nuclear technology; which then birthed new branches of experimental physics; which in turn lead to the construction a giant particle accelerator in rural Sweden that is dubbed “Slingan” by the locals, or “The Loop”. By the time it is shut down in 1994, it has shaped a generation of children, to whom robots, particle guns and airships are as quotidian as homework and teatime.”
  • 😍 Virtually Wander & Weave through an Enchanting Odditorium of Curiosities. “[T]his 136 year-old Victorian museum hiding within another museum in Oxford, England, is free to roam at the click of your mouse – every glass cabinet, every last aisle, all to yourself. And what a beautiful sight it is to discover, even if only from behind your screen for now.”
  • 😭 😍 Juan Giménez (1943 - 2020) - Sci-Fi-O-Rama. “As a young man in the 1970s he consistently published in the top sci-fi and fantasy magazines of Spain, Italy, and France, including the vaunted Metal Hurlant. By the start of the 1980s he had become a regular contributor to the genre-defining American magazine Heavy Metal and worked as a designer on the 1981 animated film of the same name.”
  • 🇸🇬 Tape As Pandemic Architectural Element. “In Singapore, tape is being used as a sort of architectural element to denote closure of public spaces and promote & enforce proper social distancing practices.”
  • 🇮🇸 😰 Awakening volcanic region in Iceland ‘could cause disruption for centuries’. “Since 21 January, the Reykjanes peninsula south-west of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes and about 10cm of land uplift due to magma intrusions underground.”
  • Nearly half of global coal plants will be unprofitable this year. “China and other countries could be planning to build more coal plants to stimulate their economies in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic but nearly half of global coal plants will run at a loss this year, research showed on Wednesday.”