I didn’t forget about my slice of the internet. By slice I mean literally 0.000X% of it. I’ve been busy, incredibly busy. I cannot divulge into exactly why, you’ll find out in a month or so. Many many things transpired between my last postage and this postage. I gave up on NaNoWriMo, I went to some places, I got along with some projects, wrote a few things and began to prepare for the next few books.
Lots of things. Of which will come to fruition at some point in the next month.
The plan is, now, to release ALL chapters of TRAIN that I’ve written thus far. I’ll edit them and stuff, then I’ll come back to writing it at some point in 2013.
For Trimalchio, the last half will be released throughout December. I’ve already written the ending.
Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Four will begin production this week. It will be released in two parts this month.
Killer Looks Part Two will release the last week of the month. There’ll then be a little break.
I’ll be writing on the VGAs this week (getting back into the journalistic swing), be posting something exciting with Tears In Rain, posting some stuff for 2013 and generally heading towards the ‘Hardisty finale’. I won’t be abandoning Blogossus during my time at university but expect, and this is hard to believe, even more downtime than this month.
Around two years I had the worst idea possible. I decided to write a book about Blade Runner. After months of watching the film ad nauseum, reading up on its literature and history, gulping up the commentaries and essays and fandom, and everything else, I came to my finale. I didn’t expect anything to really happen. It’d be a bullet point on my writer’s portfolio, a bold one too but nothing to shout at. Around a few minutes after Tears In Rain launched and the tweets, fandom and little pieces of criticism started to flow in.
And then some sites picked it up.
Two little Blade Runner fansites and a slew of tweets flooded in. Some pretty big names RT’d my little fanwork around the internet and for a while I thought it was over. It was then that a great friend of mine, Adam Kelly, decided to post on a little website about something. A little website called ‘Ain’t It Cool News’.
- Ain’t It Cool News: Britgeek says celebrate 30 years of BLADE RUNNER with a free ebook by a 17-YEAR-OLD!!
It was after that post that the book exploded. To date I believe there’s over 15,000 views of the .PDF version. I don’t have any numbers of people who have downloaded it though. I’d estimate, given its circulation and the Twitterblogosphere erupting soon after, that around 17,000 at the least have read it or at least come across it.
I got a large amount of positive, encouraging feedback from folks through Twitter and the comments sections of various places. I also got a variety of insults and sneering remarks about my age, which is to be expected.
I have decided to be a man about things and correct my mistakes and improve whatever was there. You’ll find in the Books section that there’s now Kindle and ePub editions of Tears In Rain now available. They’re not final, temporary probably, you’ll see why in a little while. I have remastered and edited the main text though:
- Fixed the historiography of The Cold War. I wasn’t willing to argue with the internet, even as a history student, as to when the Cold War began and ended.
- Smoothed out the grammar and removed a few silly mistakes.
- Changed some formatting to make it a nicer read.
Apart from that it’s generally unchanged. It’s like Captain America after he gets out of the ice; still the same man but he’s got a new uniform and a wig. Probably.
It’s been a bit of a weird experience both researching, writing and editing this thing. Tears In Rain is probably the best work I’ve ever produced but I refuse to admit it has even an ounce of quality. A long time ago I happened to bump into someone over the internet, a Reddit AMA actually, and I sent them an email not too long ago.
For many years, Blade Runner was a work in progress rather than a ‘Final Cut’, and Hardisty’s new book on the film shares that raw, unfinished quality. It is not always polished, or slick. You may find gaps in it you want to fill, or parts you’d like to tweak – and you feel that the author would welcome your comments and suggestions as he builds this labour of love into a sleeker machine.
Hardisty discovered Blade Runner in 2010, the decade in which the film is actually set, and the results are astonishing. He brings a fresh – rough, but fresh – vision to the film and, while he’s well-read in the literature surrounding it, his perspective is clear enough to offer original new insights.
Scholars like Hardisty are keeping Blade Runner where it belongs, on the edge of modern culture.
Director of Research, Film and Television
Editor, The Blade Runner Experience (Wallflower, 2006)
Those are just some choice snippets of the full feedback I received from Will Brooker. It was kind of ‘cute’ to be called a ‘scholar’ for the first time in my life. It kind of fills me with, for the first time in my life, a little sense of pride. That I did indeed write a book on Blade Runner. Brooker’s final quotation will be appearing in both the Books section and on a new redesigned cover that will be releasing in a month or so from now.
Yeah. It’s been weird. I’m now writing another film theory book on American Psycho and finding myself retracing the same little paths of investigation. It’s fun. Tears In Rain, in retrospect, may have been the most important work of my life thus far. I expect to take it above and beyond with revisions and edits and new stuff soon to come.
I may be appearing at Thought Bubble with specially designed copies by a secret someone. Although that’s under wraps.
For now, however, thank you for taking the time to read my little book. It’s a tremendous pleasure to watch people say anything about my work, it’s what makes me writing life worthwhile.
It’s available here to read in PDF (for now).
30 years ago Ridley Scott changed the world. I genuinely believe Blade Runner was a watershed moment in cinema history and I have absolutely no experience in dissecting and theorizing as to why it is so monumentally powerful. All I can do is produce a 130-page fanwork, a labour of love, in an effort to express exactly why Blade Runner has twisted me into the person I am today.
I embarked on this project over two years ago. I’ve grown substantially as a writer and a journalist with this little project being a full display of my talent. I can talk about how I am horrible with my grammar, blasphemous with my spelling and poor with my sentence structure but I believe Tears to be the best work I have ever produced. It was all for Blade Runner and, more importantly, for the Blade Runner fans.
I do hope you enjoy my interpretations, my theories and dissections of context within Blade Runner. It was both a torture and a pleasure to produce and you can expect Blade Runner Week to kick off tonight with a full-on Review of the picture.
So… an elephant is in the room.
November is NaNoWriMo in which I destroy my life in a bid to write a 50,000 word novella.
December 25th I release Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Three.
There is clearly no time to finish Tears In Rain. It’s a project I’ve had for over a year now an it’s just sitting there, wasting away, there is honestly only one thing for it. Delay. I said “2011” but that seriously isn’t going to happen with everything going on. I’ve had a look at my schooling stuff such as exams and preparations and other commitments and it looks like I won’t be able to kick this puppy until some time into 2012. By ‘some time’ I mean a considerable amount of time. Except, thematically, I think the release date will feel right – June 25th – the 30th anniversary of Blade Runner. This means I’ll have to go back and edit it to death but I think I can do it, I’m going to start it tomorrow in fact (all the retconning) and it’ll all be alright.
2012 itself is crammed full of projects, prospects and opportunities for me to get into. Who knows if I’ll survive 2012, then again, I doubt any of us will with it being the “end of the world” and all. On the list of stuff I’m doing next year: Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Four, another ‘film book’, NaNoWriMo 2012. I shan’t be releasing two volumes of Up, Down, Left, Right in 2012 like I’ve done in 2011, mostly because I won’t have the time, but also because I want Volume Five to be the final volume. It’ll be my teenage legacy and I want it done justice.
I don’t want to plan out 2013 but I doubt I’ll be doing anything massive given I’ll have a Summer of nothing before university. Shit. University.
So, I’m sorry and it hurts to delay anything (honestly) because it makes me sick inside for some odd reason.
NaNoWriMo 2011 Project – ??? November
Up, Down, Left, Right: Volume Three – 25th December
Tears In Rain: An Exploration of the Historical, Political and Cultural Significance of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) – June 25th
‘Film Book #2’ – August 31st
I’ve been too busy with all of the above to get to any critiquing but I will be diving into some Arkham City cornering this weekend coming up. I have no idea what to do for film critique corner, I haven’t seen anything worth commenting on, which is a shame. I’ll try and get something by the end of next week, sorry for all of this, I have been extraordinarily busy.
I think that’s everything I need to say.
Love you all.