Psst — Like Intelligent Science Fiction?

Screenshot from "New" concept video

Screenshot from “New” concept video

“On December 1st, 2013, one day before my 70th birthday, I died. But that was a long time ago.”

I’m a huge fan of science fiction, but I sometimes despair at the weak characterization and shallowness of writing that the genre tends to attract. There are definitely lots of exceptional works out there, but also a lot of dreck (and yes, I’m a firm believer in Sturgeon’s Law). Despite that curmudgeonly point of view, I’m cautiously optimistic about NEW, a short sci-fi video by John Harden. The story focuses on an aging couple who are cryogenically frozen and then reawakened in a distant future, in 20-year-old bodies. That’s certainly not a “new” idea in science fiction, but this comment from Harden really catches my interest:

In writing NEW, I feel I’ve managed to hit a sweet spot between the visionary science fiction that fired my imagination as a kid, and the character-driven storytelling that makes sense to me now.

What Harden describes is exactly what I want in science fiction at this point in my life, and I really hope he can deliver.

NEW is being funded as a crowd-sourced project. The team is hoping to raise a modest $22,000, and is only a quarter of the way there at the moment. Head over to the site and take a look at the pitch for the movie…

Roy Wood

About Roy Wood

Father of two, fan of open source software, outdoor enthusiast, eater of pie.

Roy Wood

About Roy Wood

Father of two, fan of open source software, outdoor enthusiast, eater of pie.

One thought on “Psst — Like Intelligent Science Fiction?

  1. Hi Roy, thanks for your post about my film & for classifying us as “intelligent!” Happy to report the project is nearly finished now, and set for a world premiere around the end of April at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. And, what do you know, we’re crowdfunding again, for finishing funds. Same URL: http://www.NewTheMovie.com. Thanks for your interest! PS, I also enjoy pie.

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