• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Win a copy of the Avatar Activist Survival Guide

Take a journey into Pandora ...

Well, I don’t know about you, but I *have* to see Avatar. Simply because of the special effects/world building. And because of Sam Worthington. HarperCollins is publishing this film tie-in book for those of you who can’t get enough – out today. And if *you* would like to win a copy, just leave a comment below and tell us your top spec-fic film (ever) and why it is your favourite. Three most interesting answers will win a copy!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to:

Katharine:

Serenity.

Because it had heart and dedication, with the message that you should do your best to archive what you know if right, even if it’s (seemingly) impossible. It was done in such a way that it made you want to be there, even though life out in the black is full of hardship. And reavers. And scary agents. And bugs! (“…I swallowed a bug!”)

Jess:

Willow

It had everything! Magic, sword fighting, good vs evil, brownies, fairies, a love story, wonderful landscapes, trolls (I hate trolls!) and a shirtless Val Kilmer…

and …

Janette:

Fahrenheit 451 – an oldie but goodie, just watched again recently. A great adaptation of a great book.

Love the subversive theme that ideas will always find a way despite the authoritarian state trying to control ideas by burning books. The tribe that preserves books through oral tradition. And the opening credits as voiceover not text – so clever!

And it’s such a time capsule in the digital age I wonder what our grandchildren will make of it?

We had a very hard time chooosing the winners – but thank you all for your interesting answers – you’ve added to the general Voyager movie night picks!

T.

PS. Browse inside Avatar via the HarperCollins Canada website.

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19 Responses

  1. Serenity

    A timeless adventure picture that blends several genres together; the story stands out above the action or effects.

  2. The Princess Bride – not spec fic, I suppose, but beautiful nonetheless and in a world I enjoyed inhabiting!

  3. Lord of the rings, the scenery was beautiful and ethereal yet the story was one of courage and determination

  4. Serenity. Because it had heart and dedication, with the message that you should do your best to archive what you know if right, even if it’s (seemingly) impossible. It was done in such a way that it made you want to be there, even though life out in the black is full of hardship. And reavers. And scary agents. And bugs! (“…I swallowed a bug!”)

  5. The Neverending story because Falkor reminds me of my dog and the theme song is so catchy

  6. The New World — Terrence Malick’s widely misunderstood and under-appreciated 2005 romantic epic

    Malick is probably the only living filmmaker to employ anything like Eisenstein’s ‘intellectual montage,’ relying on the juxtaposition of images and music to evoke emotion rather than appealing to plot or character psychology. It’s a film simultaneously about the importance of self-sufficiency and deep connection (with nature and other people) and it realizes these ideas powerfully via its immersive, lush cinematography and masterful editing.

    James Cameron has actually mentioned the film as an influence on Avatar — at least regarding the character design of Neytiri, but I suspect his admiration goes deeper

  7. Willow

    It had everything! Magic, sword fighting, good vs evil, brownies, fairies, a love story, wonderful landscapes, trolls (I hate trolls!) and a shirtless Val Kilmer…

  8. Quest for Fire, The payoff is never again being without a cave, always with a fire protecting the entrance, the place where storying began.

  9. The Matrix, because there is no spoon.

  10. Avatar! Because even though I haven’t seen it, I’ve seen the trailer multiple times (I’m a movie junkie), and it makes me feel like my head’s going to explode. Does it every time. That’s some powerful cinematics right there.

    *runs off cackling*

  11. I’d say Bladerunner 🙂 Because I love the grey misery of the world and the wonderful androids and the concept of them having thoughts and feelings and soul …
    I also really like The Fifth Element.

  12. Fahrenheit 451 – an oldie but goodie, just watched again recently. A great adaptation of a great book.

    Love the subversive theme that ideas will always find a way despite the authoritarian state trying to control ideas by burning books. The tribe that preserves books through oral tradition. And the opening credits as voiceover not text – so clever!

    And it’s such a time capsule in the digital age 🙂 I wonder what our grandchildren will make of it?

  13. I love all the ones mentioned above!

    But for something to compare with Avatar we need to look for something that is pure imagination, with something I have never seen before, and live action.

    “The Dark Crystal” is the one! It’s engaging, Innovative, And never gets old! Who would have thought you could film an entire movie like that with Puppets? It’s the only one of its kind!

  14. well, believe or not avatar is my favourite movie xD
    i have never seen a piece of art so beautiful that it actually makes the spectator feel how could be a world outside the “real” one.
    i could watch this movie in a completely strange language to me, and i still would be amazed by the beauty, by every single detail, by the music, and i could still understand every single line of the story 🙂
    this is not just a movie, for me is a truly piece of art. for me, this is james cameron`s masterpiece.
    i am on my mid twenties, and i feel like a child, sayin “i wish pandora was real” xD but this movie is so inmersive, so detailed, so perfect that it is impossible for me to think otherwise.
    Btw, i just bought the game xD still havent played it, but i got it..!! and that’s what is importnant..!!

  15. Avatar of course!! Such a beautiful breathtaking movie that will move anyone!

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