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SciFi Now Issue 164

Written by fans for fans SciFiNow is the first new science fiction, horror, cult TV and fantasy magazine in the last 12 years – a high quality title that celebrates the explosion of new scifi TV shows, films and culture, past present and future. From Doctor Who to Buck Rogers. Star Wars to American Horror Story,D81 Buffy to Battlestar Galactica. SciFi Now loves them all, and there’s no better magazine if you want in-depth interviews, lavish features, trustworthy reviews and detailed scifi TV listings. The future is Now.

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2 min.
get excited about the witcher

The release date for Netflix’s big-budget adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels is getting closer (although it’s still not confirmed at the time of writing) and we cannot wait to see such a vivid, brutal fantasy world brought to life. The first trailer impressed and certainly made it look like Henry Cavill was the right choice for Geralt of Rivia, and if they get this right, this could be one of the best shows of the year. Autumn is officially here, and honestly, we love it. It’s not just because the Halloween season gives us an excuse (as if we needed one) to revisit all our horror favourites. It’s because of all those returning TV shows. Oh, sure, we love a good streaming binge as much as the next genre fan but,…

6 min.
tick tock

“IT IS SOMETHING that I hold in incredibly high regard and high esteem, and I went through a very intensive period of terror of fucking it up,” admits Damon Lindelof. You have to assume that everyone who takes on a high-profile adaptation feels a few nerves. There’s the fanbase, there’s your own love of the material that presumably led you to take it on in the first place, and then there’s obviously the pressure to succeed. But this is Watchmen. This is arguably the greatest graphic novel (or comic, we can say comic) ever written, a landmark, and anyone who takes it on is going to be subjected to ludicrously high scrutiny. But HBO’s Watchmen ’19 isn’t your typical adaptation. It’s a semi-sequel, set decades after the events of Alan Moore and…

1 min.
alan moore on screen

On the one hand, given how important Alan Moore is to the world of comics and how brilliant his stories are, it’s impressive that there haven’t been more, or at least better, films and shows adapted from his work. On the other, as Moore has so frequently pointed out, his comics take full advantage of their form and are specifically designed for it, so any attempt to translate them will inevitably lose so much of what makes them great. From Hell, for example, takes a running leap at a 572 page graphic novel that spans years and turns it into a muddled gory detective movie. V For Vendetta is a more sensible adaptation but feels a little reductive given the scope of its source, and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen…

2 min.
dark waters

Comparisons to John Carpenter’s The Thingand Alex Garland’sAnnihilationout of Toronto Film Festival have us chomping at the bit for Neasa Hardiman’s low-key ecological sci-fihorror Sea Fever. The set-up is simple; a marine biology student employs the crew of an Irish trawler boat to head to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for a scientific excursion. Will they make it back to shore or be gutted like a tasty fish morsel? “The film is an ensemble thriller with a sci-fi element, which is this ‘what if?’ element that sets the story in motion. The thing that I love about sci-fi and the thing that it’s great at is providing cinematic metaphor,” explains writer-director Hardiman whose CV includes shows such as Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Inhumans. The diverse and close-knit crew are headed…

1 min.
solaris on stage

Stanislaw Lem’s meditative Solaris is one of the most iconic works in science fiction. It’s been adapted twice for film, with Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 masterpiece and Steven Soderbergh’s underrated 2002 take, and now writer David Greig and director Matthew Lutton have brought it to the stage. A co-production between Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London, this hugely ambitious play attempts to bring this vast scope to the confines of a single stage… and by all accounts, it’s dazzling. The production, which stars the great Hugo Weaving, has already received rave reviews and it’s on in London right now. “As a director, I am attracted to stories that we might consider impossible to stage,” Lutton told us. “When I considered that Solaris was a story…

1 min.
what the hell is apple tv+?

What is it? Apple’s upcoming streaming service, which launches on 1 November. How much is it? The fee is £4.99 per month after a seven-day trial. One subscription allows access for up to six people. How do I get it? If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, you should already have the Apple TV app, where you can install Apple TV+. But from November, the app will also be available to download on popular smart TV brands, streaming boxes and streaming sticks. What else can I watch? Original content like For All Mankind (Ronald D Moore’s alternate history series about the space race), Dickinson (a comedy period series starring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson), Servant (a psychological thriller series from M Night Shyamalan), The Morning Show (a comedy starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston…