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DUNE 2020 FILM: SANDWORMS

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As the 2020 adaptation of Dune draws closer, I begin to think about the book’s most iconic creature: the sandworms of Arrakis! In the 1984 film, the special effects made the sandworms look underwhelming. The sandworms in the miniseries version of Dune looked even better. Now, I have been keeping tabs on the sandworms in the 2020 movie. It looks like the filmmakers have been focusing a lot on attention to detail regarding both the sandworms and the film as a whole. It comforts me to know that the filmmakers are truly trying their best to be as faithful as possible to the original story. They have spent over a year coming up with the right design for the sandworms. Based on recent news, the sandworms in the 2020 film will look more prehistoric than in previous versions. Essentially, the sandworms of Arrakis will be like colossal serpentine dinosaurs the size of the Empire State Building! WOW!!!

DUNE 2020 FILM

I have received splendid news! It looks like there will be a remake of Dune later this year! I have read the book and watched the 1984 film and the 2000 miniseries. I certainly hope they will be using the script that was made by Alejandro Jodorowsky. That script was never filmed, but it was said to surpass Star Wars if it was ever filmed. That would make Jodorowsky’s version of Dune the greatest science fiction film never made. My life and overall existence as a scifi fan would be complete if this is when the Jodorowsky script finally gets filmed!

As for the forthcoming 2020 version, we received leaked images from the set as well as reveals on who will be in the cast:

Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides AKA Muad’Dib AKA Usul AKA the Kwisatz Haderach

Oscar Issac as Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul Atreides

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Bene Gesserit mother of Paul and concubine of Leto

Josh Brolin as Gurney Hallek, weapons master of House Atreides

Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, sworn enemy of House Atreides and head of House Harkonnen

Zendaya as Chani, Fremen concubine of Paul Atreides

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, swordmaster of House Atreides

Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Suk doctor of House Atreides

Overall, this version of Dune has an ensemble cast full of wise choices. I look forward to seeing this film on the big screen. Hopefully, the pandemic will end so it can be released on schedule.

GOODREADS REVIEW: KARMATHAUR

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My Kaiju short story, Karmathaur, got a four star review on Goodreads.com:

“A group of fanatics calling themselves the Anakim create a demi-god to free the Earth from the burden of humanity – or that is how they see it. To the rest of the world, Karmathaur is a monster that seems unstoppable.

I liked this story. The clever way the author linked the four main characters into it as friends of the first victim of the monster, pulled apart then drawn together by his death and its consequences. Marcus and Terry were his friends, and Kanae was part of their social group and girlfriend of Terry. In addition Kanae, as the daughter of the leader of the Anakim, feels the need to redeem herself, working with her uncle Atari to do so.

The description of the creation of Karmathaur is brilliantly creative technobabble and the action scenes – some from the monsters POV are powerfully presented. For me the most poignant scene is where Karmathaur admires the sunrise, raising the question where is the monster here? It only kills to live – and that’s what we humans do, isn’t it?

The main issue with this book is that the quality of writing is very patchy and that gets in the way at some key points with the flow of the story.

I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Godzilla and other books/anime/movies of that kind.”

STAR WARS: HIGH REPUBLIC BOOKS

As a devout Star Wars fanboy, I am looking forward to the books and graphic novels that will tell the story of the High Republic Era. Allow me to give you an overview of what I have learned about it so far. The High Republic Era takes place two hundred years before ┬áThe Phantom Menace. At this time, quadrants of space such as the Outer Rim have not yet been fully explored or colonized. To aid travelers through hyperspace, a space station known as the Starlight Beacon is constructed. The Jedi are particularly active during this period in history and are expanding their influence across the galaxy. The story of the High Republic begins with an event known as the Great Disaster, which results in every ship in hyperspace being scattered across the galaxy. Presumably while this chaos is happening, the Nihil raiders emerge from the outskirts of space and start plundering the borders of the High Republic. It sounds like an interesting era in Star Wars lore that is worth exploring. I don’t care if some of the books are for younger readers, I will read them all the same. I look forward to when the come out this August.

CREATING ABOMINATIONS

Due to the fact that the first supervillain in my new superhero book is a mad scientist, there will be A LOT of unnatural abominations in the story. I have partially taken inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, who is famous for creating an eight-foot-tall monster. However, unlike Dr. Frankenstein, who used alchemy and 19th century technology, my mad scientist will utilize far more advanced technology. The abominations that my supervillain will produce will be a grotesque mixture of dead flesh and complex machinery. Even the mad scientist turns himself into one of his abominations just because he wanted to tinker with his own biology. This man’s machinations serve as the catalyst for the main character’s motivation for crimefighting. When my main character hunts down this mad scientist, he will come face-to-face with an army of unholy monstrosities.

COSMIC GENTEN OVERVIEW

Allow me to give you a little overview of the setting of my new space opera book, Cosmic Genten, now that it is out. The story takes place in the year 3789 A.D. where humanity has colonized most of known space. Since space travel was invented, there were several technological innovations over the years. For instance, there are robots working in every household and business. Another example involves terraforming, which is how humanity was able to colonize so many planets. A third example involves vaccinations that allow colonists to survive deep space travel. The vaccinations came with a couple of side effects. Even though they survived deep space travel, some of the colonists underwent several mutations that turn them into humanoid beings that range from being reptilian, bird-like, and so on. Another side effect of the vaccinations results in ten percent of the population developing psychic powers. Over time, these psychics get conscripted into a military law enforcement program known as the Bushi. The word “Bushi” is Japanese for “warrior” and refers to samurai who follow the code of bushido. Eventually, some Bushi refuse to become tools of the government and desert in order to become warlords in the criminal underworld. These rogue Bushi are referred to as Ronin, which refers to samurai who have no master. Eventually, the Ronin unite with ambitions to conquer known space and so they go to war with the interstellar government known as the Consulate. Now, the story of Cosmic Genten revolves around a battle over a strategically important star system. As this battle commences, all kinds of characters will be fighting over this star system from pirates, smugglers, militia, psychic warriors, robots, and even civilians.

HIGH REPUBLIC VILLAINS

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With the introduction of the High Republic Era in the Star Wars universe, we are introduced to a new cast of villains to the franchise: the Nihils! The Nihils are a band of raiders, marauders, pillagers, reavers, and plunderers who came from the outskirts of the known galaxy. The Lucasfilm Story Group refer to them as “space vikings.” I don’t know if they are Force-sensitive or if they are normal criminals, but from what I hear even the Jedi are afraid of the Nihils. The Sith may have been the Jedi’s oldest and most prominent enemy, but the Nihils are clearly the Jedi’s greatest fear. The Jedi are not allowed to feel fear because it can lead to the dark side. So, if the Nihils are able to make the Jedi tremble with fear, then we know that they are a group to be feared. I look forward to when these blood thirsty warriors reveal themselves later this year.