“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…