The collective fandom groan that is Kindle Worlds (Amazon's project to sell fanfiction) has picked up another author's oeuvre-- literary legend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Let's lampshade the irony of Kilgore Trout (perennially penniless sci-fi author who can only get his work published in porn magazines, recurring Vonnegut character, noted communist) being used to sell an open-exchange fandom's work back to them for a profit.
Slaughterhouse Five is one of those Guillermo del Toro movies that he's been planning to do for years, but whether or not it'll ever actually get made is… well, questionable. (See also: Mountains of Madness, Hellboy 3, his versions of Frankenstein and Beauty and the Beast…).
Except now it's looking like this film actually might happen, because it got a writer: Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
I need to sit down…
Ooh, fun, book-banning! Once again, Kurt Vonnegut's science fiction masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five has been banned from Republic High School in Missouri. This is far from the first time the book has been banned, or burned; schools in the U.S. have frequently struck the book from the curriculum, and removed it from the libraries, and it solidly holds its place on the American Library Association's list of "100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-1999." When the Vonnegut memorial library heard about this particular one, however, they reached out to the students who would be deprived of reading the book, and are providing those students with free copies of the novel.
Mark this under "Rebellion that rocks."
Toronto-based artist Alëna Skarina has created a series of illustrations based on the fictional fiction of Kurt Vonnegut's most recurring character, Kilgore Trout. Trout, who was modeled after science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, appeared in many of Vonnegut's stories. Skarina, deciding to pay homage to the character and to Vonnegut, crafted these charming and witty illustrations using only black, red, and yellow ink. Pictured above is detail of a "Dirty Movies." Click through to see more of the series--entitled Gilgongo, each one after one of Trout's fictional short stories.
What hath science wrought?
You're not hallucinating. This is a Lil' Archie story with an anthropomorphic beaver. Does anyone else see aquatic rodents and immediately think of Kurt Vonnegut?
(via Comics Beat.)
In a project sponsored by Lego Mindstorms themselves, a group called Team Hassenplug has made this incredible motorized chess set and board. Each piece moves under its own propulsion, play is controlled by a touch screen interface where you can play against a computer or find a human opponent. If you can find someone willing to play a game of chess using $30,000 worth of Lego pieces.
Lets face it, this is probably the closest most of us will get to playing human chess.
At the beginning of this week we were saddened by the news that Guillermo del Toro will no longer be working on The Hobbit movie. Among other things, we were really looking forward to seeing his Mirkwood, and to watching Weta Workshop's triumphant return to Middle Earth. But we are comforting ourselves by imagining all the other projects he is now free to pursue.
Below, we outline four of our Guillermo del Toro dream projects, and a few bonus projects that, you know, might actually happen.
In the Kurt Vonnegut novel Ice-9, there's a more stable polymorph of water which freezes at a much higher temperature than regular water. And when it comes into contact with regular water, it turns it into Ice-9. As you can imagine, this quickly leads to trouble of the 'freezing all of the world's oceans' variety.
Something kinda sorta similar is happening in the video above.