Thursday 13 July 2017

Me? A Book Contribution? Me?

Book cover by Matt Busch.
Well, lordy lord, my good friend Lou Tambone asked me last year about contributing to a book he's co-editing about science fiction classic Blade Runner, titled The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe. Completely knocked out that I would be asked to offer my thoughts on the movie in published form. A year later, I'm redrafting my essay for the book's publication later this year, hopefully around the time the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is released.

I'm among some hefty contributors, including Rich Handley and Bryce Carlson and there is a foreword from Paul M. Sammon, legendary writer of the ultimate account of the making of the original film, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner. The beautiful cover for the book (as featured above) has been created by Matt Busch, an amazing artists who has contributed massively to the art of the Star Wars saga; I am sure I have loads of trading cards somewhere featuring his work.

Not saying anything about the content of my contribution at this time, but I'm utterly nervous about it all. I teach filmmaking and can bend the ear off of anyone about films I love until their urge to kill is overwhelming, but to actually compose a piece of writing and have that be published for all the world to see is a pretty scary thing. But, if I want to make a mark then I guess I have to get it out there, and not be afraid to fail. I suppose that attitude is vital to anyone engaged in a creative endeavour, like writing a novel, making a film or performing in front of people. Maybe I've watched too many Gary Vaynerchuk videos on YouTube.

You can find out more about the book at publisher Sequart's website.