New Black Mirror, Listening gets creepy & author defends gay character

Netflix to produce new episodes of acclaimed UK series Black Mirror

According to the Radio Times (via Birth.Movies.Death), the streaming network will produce a series of new episodes of the sci-fi, dystopian anthology series.  You can catch up on the existing seven episodes of Black Mirror right now on Netflix, which encompass two seasons and an extended holiday special. Every segment features an entirely different cast, setting and plot, with each story focusing on the effects of either modern or near-future technology on humanity — usually with a shocking, Twilight Zone-like twist.

Series creator Charlie Brooker is reportedly working on new scripts now, although a timetable for the new season’s production and premiere has yet to be confirmed.

Source: Blastr

Watch a scene from the creepy indie film Listening

In this movie the ability to read minds has been invented—and, as you’d expect, it doesn’t go particularly well.  The people who invent the tech are quickly sucked up by the government and to protect their new discovery, the powers that be hire people to listen to the thoughts of every single employee.

Listening hits on demand and select theaters September 11th.

Source: iO9

‘Star Wars: Aftermath’ Author Responds to Complaints Over New Gay Hero

The novel by Chuck Wendig that offers fans their first canonical look at a galaxy far, far away following 1983’s Return of the Jedi — has received a very particular response from a subsection of fandom upset at the introduction of a gay character into the mythology. Wendig took to his blog to reply to the reaction.

“If you’re upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in the book, I got nothing for you,” the author wrote in a blog post about reaction to the book’s reception. “Sorry, you squawking saurian — meteor’s coming. And it’s a fabulously gay Nyan Cat meteor with a rainbow trailing behind it and your mode of thought will be extinct. You’re not the Rebel Alliance. You’re not the good guys. You’re the f—ing Empire, man. You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire.”

Aftermath introduces Sinjir Rath Velus, a former Imperial officer who finds himself working with Rebel-aligned forces (no pun intended) through a combination of circumstance and guilt. At one point in the novel, he comes out as gay when propositioned by one of the female leads of the book; it’s a fun moment, but a minor one in terms of the overall plot (indeed, his sexuality is only mentioned in that one scene).

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Dave has lived all over.  He currently makes his home in Ottawa, Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.  Dave works as an on-air announcer at Boom 99-7 (CJOT.) One of his first sci-fi memories was that of watching Star Trek the original series in reruns on Sunday mornings so, as you can imagine, that made quite the impression and was one of the inspirations for founding the Galactic Netcasts network in 2011. You can hear Dave on The Alien Invasion, The SciFi Geeks Club and Weird World Weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @davenelsonvoice