Poll Results: Which is the Best Robot in Scifi?

If you voted on the Best Robot in Scifi or are just passing by, below you will find the winner. Make sure to leave you comments; whether you agree or disagree.

Rachael Tyrell from Blade RunnerRachaell Tyrell from Blade Runner

Rachael Tyrell from Blade Runner

Results of Best Robot in Scifi poll

1. Rachael – Blade Runner (Movie Blade Runner) played by Sean Young

2. R2D2 – (Movie Star Wars), T000 – (Movie Terminator 2 – Judgement Day) played by Robert Patrick, Ash – (Movie Alien) played by Ian Holm and Roy Batty (Movie Blade Runner) Played by Rutger Hauer, all tie for second.

Interesting facts about Rachael’s part:

Grace Slick was suggested as an actress for the part as Rachael. Dick suggested that the novel’s subplot about Deckard being brought to a phony police station run by androids could be eliminated, and proposed a new scene which would show Deckard making love to Rachael inter-cut with Isidore trying to do the same with Pris and comically failing. He further suggested that Deckard’s estrangement from Rachael following their lovemaking could be shown to aid him in his mission to kill Pris (who, in the novel, looks identical to Rachael).

Rachael’s telephone number is 555-7583 (which seems to me  an awfully short number for the futuristic Los Angeles!)

At some point of the movie, each replicant has a red brightness in their eyes (Rachael in Deckard’s home, Pris in Sebastian’s). Deckard also has the shining in his eyes while talking to Rachael in his house. In July 2000, director Ridley Scott said that Deckard is, in fact, a replicant. Harrison Ford takes issue with this, however. “We had agreed that he definitely was not a replicant,” Ford said. Rutger Hauer’s autobiography expressed some disappointment with the same, because it reduced the final clash between Deckard and Batty from a symbolic “man vs. machine” battle to two replicants fighting.

What is your view? Is Deckard an android?

Interesting facts about R3D2’s part

In the first star Wars movie of 1977, Dan O’Bannon and John C Walsh animated the Death Star schematics seen on the computer screen as R2D2 searches the Death Star’s computer memory. They were influenced by similar sequences they produced for the film Dark Star (1974).

Industrial Automaton built R2D2 in the movie. Industrial Automaton also created the R4-P17 and R5-D4 droids.

Interesting facts about T1000’s part

Robert Patrick mimicked the head movements of the American bald eagle for his role as T-1000.

Interesting facts about Ash’s part

According to Ian Holm, Ash’s head contained spaghetti, cheap caviar and onion rings.

According to Holm, only he knew what would happen in the scene where the alien bursts out of his stomach. The other actors had not rehearsed this with him. The result was a very authentic scream from Lambert (played by Veronica Cartwright)

Interesting facts about Roy Batty’s part

Rutger Hauer came up with many inventive ideas for his characterization, like the moment where he grabs and fondles a dove. He also improvised the now-iconic line “All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in the rain”.

So what did you think about the results? Do you agree with them?

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Vote! Which is the Best Robot in Scifi?

Terminator - 800 Series

Terminator – 800 Series

Okay, the nominations are all in so here they are! Vote now. Votes must be in by 5pm BST Monday 27th April. Take your time and choose wisely I’LL BE BACK!

3 Votes Each!

Would a subscription for magazine delivery of fiction work?

Too Bright the Sun cover

Too Bright the Sun cover

I wrote about the idea of subscribers in my 2010 scifi book Too Bright the Sun. In the story, Army officers during wartime were required to create video podcasts for subscribers, as a way of raising income for the army. Somebody in the Tom Winton Authors Helping Authors group on Facebook recently posted an idea of a group of writers offering a subscription deal to read a chapter of their work each week in magazine form.

While the subscription services idea sounded great to me at first, I spent some time thinking on it and thought that while it is probably fine for non-creative industries and occupations like soldiering and construction, there are potential problems for creative industries.

The idea of publishing a chapter a week sounds great. I am very productive and just published 4 novels in 8 weeks but even I need a break now and then. I don’t foresee me doing anything but editing for the next few months (yes I have 2 more completed works). Nobody is going to want to subscribe to that! I think such a service would have to be either pay-as-you-go or you would need a large number of writers to guarantee that there is always content and if you did that, you would need admin staff running the thing, hence putting up the overheads.

However, I see a bigger problem; making the actual creative process on-demand introduces and element of performance, which will affect the work. Let me explain; I have written 2 novellas specifically for commercial gain and I set myself a time limit to do it. Most writers and artists have probably done something similar but to do this all the time seriously would threaten to undermine the very foundation of true art.

Who hasn’t written a book for their own pleasure and many great works of art have been an unexpected success. To churn out creative work to schedule all the time would not be art but craft.

Then there is the issue of editing! Who hasn’t written a first draft, only to find that Chapter One should start completely differently or should come later in the book? There is no way you can construct a good piece of art in a linear fashion. You ALWAYS need to go back and change things. If you don’t, you are almost certainly writing inferior fiction and the readers are going to notice. I suspect that a subscription service like this would suffer from very low quality levels at the very least.

Furthermore, what about an artist who wouldn’t or couldn’t compete in such an environment, were it to take hold. Kate Bush would be a good example. Who can deny the brilliance of her recent album, Aerial? And yet this took about 10 years to make and nobody knew what she was up to. She had complete lack of pressure and look at the result! I doubt she could do create such beautiful work to a deadline. Other artist may be able to but not all.

There is also the issue of exclusivity, or more accurately, limiting the licence using exclusion. What if I am a musician (I like using the musician analogy because it is often more collaborative and I used to be a musician) was working on a Kate Bush album. I know Kate insists on complete secrecy in all she creates. There is no way that musician could blog/Vlog about what he is doing with her and yet it might be hard for him or her to judge where to draw the line themselves. What if they are practicing a certain style of playing or researching a style for her album? Would she object to the artist giving that away innocently? You bet she would.

Lastly, what about unscrupulous bottom-feeders like the paparazzi? In this case, they might be called ‘subscriperazzi’ but their intentions would be the same. Some of them would pay good money to publish information about upcoming projects from the greats.

In short, making the creative process part of the publishing process so intimately introduces a great danger to the quality of art and indeed to its very survival. Do you we really want to see a 22nd century where art no longer exists and is simply replaced by a form of craftsmanship? Have we really reached the zenith of ART?

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The Best Robot in Scifi? Vote!

Terminator - 800 Series

Terminator – 800 Series

Nominate your best robot in a scifi book or film with a comment (or tweet me @Lazlo_F or FB me at facebook.com/lazloferran) so I can add it. Mention the film or book too in case we haven’t heard of the robot. In 2 weeks, we will vote!

Who could forget the menace of Robert Patrick as the T1000 advanced prototype in Terminator 2 or the lovable R2D2 in Star Wars. Then there was Robby, the not quite so innocuous robot in Forbidden Planet, one of the best early scifi films.

But for me, the scariest was the Cybermen in Doctor Who. Sometimes it is the tiniest detail that makes a robot effective in a story and for me, I think the Cybermen’s tiny and inexpressive slot-mouth that seemed most strange. It had me hiding behind the sofa!

The nomination can include cyborgs and androids.

So be creative. Search your memory for a robot that impressed you. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

3CPO – Star Wars (movie)
R2D2 – Star Wars (movie)
Robby – Forbidden Planet (movie)
B9 – Lost in Space (TV)
T1000 – Terminator (movie)
800 Series – Terminator (movie)
The slice-and-dice robots with built in chainsaws in Screamers (movie)

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Vampire - Find my Grave cover

Vampire – Find my Grave cover

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