After reading Marianne de Pierres’s sci-fi/western genre-bending fantasy, I was struck by how cinematic it felt. For me, it called up memories of spectacular visuals from films like Blade Runner, or western inspired production design from Firefly, and even brought to mind an old sci-fi film with Sean Connery, Outland, in which a marshall “comes to town” – a mining colony on Jupiter. If you can’t already tell, I think PEACEMAKER would make a very cool movie. So, I wondered if film had played as large of a role in de Pierres’s creation of the unique PEACEMAKER as it did in my fanciful reading of it. I was excited when she agreed to come on the blog and discuss some of her favorite sci-fi/fantasy films. I’ve included some video links to trailers or (my favorite) scenes from her list.
When I started compiling a list of my top eleven favourite SF movies/TV series, I realised how many have influenced my writing over the years. In terms of SF westerns though, there is nothing that directly influenced the writing of PEACEMAKER. Much as I adored Firefly, I’d already been tossing the idea for PEACEMAKER around in my head. If anything, watching Joss Whedon’s series was a clear signal of what to stay away from: you don’t mess around with a masterpiece!
Here is my list of the top eleven SF films/TV series. Interestingly, Michael Biehn is in two of them.
MAD MAX 2 – I’ve watched this film at least twenty times, partly because I did an analysis of it at university. I still love it to bits.
PITCH BLACK – My only wish was that Claudia Black’s character had stayed alive a bit longer.
BLADE RUNNER – influenced everything I wrote for years. Now when I watch it, there is one scene that makes me very uncomfortable – other than that, it’s still one on my all-time faves.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Re-imagined – brilliant, brilliant storytelling. Loved the focus on the older characters of Adama and the Pres.
FARSCAPE – Aeryn Sun is one of my top SF heroes.
TERMINATOR – “I came across time for you, Sarah” – best line in a movie, evah!
THE MATRIX – cooler than cool when it came out.
ALIENS – Ripley, Newt, and Hicks.
AEON FLUX – the animated TV series. So strange and so wonderful.
THE LOST BOYS – not strictly SF but the soundtrack was the bomb.
What are some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy films?
Besides an outstanding Joey Hi-Fi cover, PEACEMAKER has an original blend of science-fiction, fantasy, and western mixed together with a unique Australian setting. PEACEMAKER releases on April 29th so make sure to check out the links below to learn more about it. The publisher also has an online excerpt if you’d like a sneak peek at PEACEMAKER before its release!
When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. Dead bodies start piling up around her, so she decides on the latter. Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner, U.S. Marshall Nate Sixkiller, are standing in its path…
Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park – the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.