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Sunday, May 16, 2021
It’s really great to see the reaction to Snow in the Desert in Love, Death and Robots on Netflix – brings home to me that many fans are as invested in my work as me, if not more so. When I saw it (Tim Miller sent me a link to watch it early) I initially noticed the holes, since it has been abridged to fit into the 15 minute slot. I hadn’t expected that. It has been years since I read the story, maybe decades, and I expected to feel about it as I did about the first season of Altered Carbon: couldn’t remember the story so just enjoyed the ride. But it seems that having written Snow it’s somehow imprinted on my back-brain. It took subsequent viewings for me to fully appreciate what had been done: the superb production values, the detail and the captured essence. I would still like it to be longer because certain elements of the story really needed longer to soak in. But, as ever, I go back to the dictum that no matter what film producers do with my stuff, the stuff itself will always exist in written form. And fuck: one of my short stories on the TV – available to 200+ million subscribers!
Part of the reaction to it has been from people who simply haven’t read the story, or have maybe forgotten that they had. This story has been around for a long time – written when the Polity was just starting to form out of my short stories. My recollection is vague but I do know that I wrote most of it in one long session doing about 7,000 words in one day. I’m pretty sure I did it before I wrote Gridlinked so sometime prior to 2000 – maybe the early 90s or late 80s. It was first published in 2002 and I’ve had to take a look at my website to remind me of where and when:
If you want to read it, it can be found in my collection from Macmillan The Gabble.
Here are some of the comments on the TV version on the first day of airing:
Ok that was awesome, now i just want more... spatterjay series would be awesome in this quality.
Was good but too short! I also wanted to see more of the crab birds!
Bloody loved Snow! Don’t want to post any spoilers but the animation and rendering were frankly breathtaking. Waaaay to short as well. I would love to read the original story…. Is it available somewhere?
Watched "Love, Death and Robots," (part 2) last night. Thoroughly enjoyed it! All the episodes! "Snow in the Desert", although they've shortened an already short story, was excellent! Having read it before and an inside knowledge of the "Polity Universe," enhanced the experience. Kudos!
It was amazing!
Just saw it. Enjoyed it! Great story and they did a great job putting it on the screen!
Loved it Neal, thank you
Watched it this afternoon! I can see that things were left out from the short story, but it was nicely done. I enjoyed it
Really great to see your writing up there on the screen. What a great 50th birthday present for me! I knew it would translate well, and loved seeing a peek of that familiar universe made flesh, so to speak. Onwards & upwards Neal, thank you!
Finally watched it tonight. Loved it - and there were parts where I was truly unsure I was watching CG.
Watched it all. Will watch a few more times.
Excellent short! They did a good job on the story.
Well done mate - watched it - loved it (was there ever any doubt) - fantastic adaptation, made easier by the rich source material - your stuff looks good on the screen, Mr Asher!
Just watched Snow in the Desert. Not bad at all.
I think as a fan i was kinda predisposed to enjoy it, but fuck me that was good
Loved 'Snow...' but couldn't help thinking of Monty Python's Black Knight at one point. "Tis just a flesh wound"
Just finished watching Snow In The Desert episode of Love, Death + Robots and was very impressed with the way it was interpreted into video form. Makes me want to watch Ian Cormac et al on the big screen...
I’d love to go get a bite someplace & something great like Snow is on the screens instead of boring sports.
I just watched Snow. Great piece.
Neal, just watched it. I loved the story! Very well done, sir!
Watched Snow, I think they did a great job, they especially captured the Asher brutality of the weapons, no Geneva Convention in the Polity it would seem with limbs being blown off etc, still it is as in the books - good job.
I enjoyed it, over too soon though. Sigh . I've read the story and having seen the animation, I can see why Tom Cruise thought it would make a longer film. Great animation. I wonder if it might lead to more Polity animations. I hope so.
I’m planning my entire evening around this....
Making a T bone steak with Brussels.....
Sound system on
Watched it, now I have to read the story.
Michael Dirk Thalman
My pal, Neal Asher , who just happens to be one of the top sci-fi authors of our time, has a story that's been adapted for the new season of Love, Death, and Robots.
Good on you, Neal. That's awesome
Edited: his story/episode is Snow on the Desert
I can't get over it, it was too awesome. More please.
Just watched it, brilliant, we must have more Asher on the screen.
Good production values too.
I hadn't read the story, but this was great.
More! Very impressed!
That’s was a pretty good adaptation and I don’t think it takes away from the original story. Congrats, it was great!
Just finished it. Stellar as usual. For the fucking life of me I can't figure why someone like Neflix or Amazon doesn't pick up the Polity Universe. Like, for the love of God pick ANY book.
It’s awesome, really hope it catches some streaming exec’s eye- the Polity needs to be on screen!
Excellent series. Original content and superb Production.
Wow, just wow Watched it this morning.
Just finished watching yours.
Looking forward to see this more often Masons rats next please.... pretty please.
Yes, nailed it.
Awesome on all counts.
Jon (Sullivan - previous cover artist for my books)
Enjoy! I watched Harlan Ellison's one too, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.
#snowinthedesert #polity #earthcentral Wow … found myself grinning and going oh yes… golem chassis, ceramal, golem 28 style with a Memcrystal… was hoping for an attack ship to drop its chameleon ware as its powered away from watching over…
Just watched Love,death and Robots adaptation of Snow in the Desert. Bit short but must say I was impressed. Didn't realise they had done it but soon as I started the episode I knew it was yours.
@netflix and @nealasher go well together. Just watched Snow in the Desert, which makes a very good short film of a dystiopian future? Let's have more.
Really enjoyed Snow In The Desert. It must be daunting to capture the atmosphere you create in your writing and all the details you add to build the world but they did a great job building the tension and told the story well given the time constraint. Looked damn cool too!
Really liked it. Good adaptation. Is it weird that Snow looked familiar?
Just finished watching it myself, very awesome to see how they adapted it for this series!
An excellent adaptation, if a little abridged. And like I’ve always said, animation is the only way to do justice to space opera.
Of course it was too short but I loved it.. Animation and writing team did great work..
Four episodes of #LoveDeathAndRobots down. Highlight so far was "Snow in the Desert" based on the work of @nealasher. "Pop squad" comes up second.
Finished LOVE, DEATH AND ROBOTS S2. Way too short. Not as many stories that hit the mark for me, but the 3 that did was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! SNOW IN THE DESERT - Does
's universe much deserved justice. ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE - Christmas will never be the same.
It's excellent . Just watched it and loved the look and feel of it. Think they did a good job there. You happy with it Neil?
Ok, that was brilliant!! So many little teases to the Polity and I wish it’d been longer! If they ever adapt more books, this would be the perfect way to do so!
what do we have to do to get it done?!?
Just watched it and wow!!!!. Did cheer when I head 'Earth Central' mentioned. Also the animation is fantastic, so much detail but loved it when the birds covered up during the day.
I've only watched Snow in the Desert so far, but it appears to me that Snow is the most realistically animated episode, and it's featured a LOT in the trailer. I'm so happy to see that they did such a good job adapting your story.
I just watched the Snow in the Desert episode of Love Death + Robots, and it was incredible! The animation was so incredibly realistic! I thought they did an outstanding job of translating the kinetic action of a Neal Asher story to the screen. What's next?!?!?!
Snow's lover looked totally real. Animation was amazing.
@nealasher brilliant story again for @netflix #lovedeathandrobots2 “snow in the desert”
Binge watched the whole season. Good to see your work on the screen.
Currently watching it and it’s awesome!
Thoroughly enjoyed it! Hopefully more to come.
I loved it. Hoping to see some more adaptations in the future.
You should, it really is decent. It may not be reinventing the wheel but as long as you know that, its an entertaining 2 hrs. And just watched Snow...the animation is quite superb. There were moments when I was questioning if they were real actors or not.
Just watched it - very impressive. It must be a thrill to see your imagination come alive on screen like that. It's now long enough since I read it that I remembered the background (the remote desert setting) but not the detail of the plot, so could enjoy it fresh.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
I’ve been reading a lot about longevity research which, if the gatekeepers of medicine were to allow it, could turn into a biotechnology boom. There is a little bit of growth in that sector now but it is still not accepted in the mainstream. It should be. Most of the diseases we suffer from now – the main killers – are the result of the steady damage accumulated over years - dementia/Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer etc - while the drug companies search for fixes for symptoms and the quickest way to a profit. We need to fix root causes. In the last fifty years these maladies have been added to by ‘metabolic syndrome’, specifically bringing type II diabetes to that list but exacerbating the rest. An awful lot of metabolic syndrome could be eliminated by changes in lifestyle, and ignoring some incredibly bad advice from ‘medical professionals’ 40 to 50 years ago (like Ancel Keys). But in the end all is still that steady accumulation of damage.
I myself have made quite a lot of changes to my lifestyle in recent years. I quit smoking (using an ecig), I’ve reduced and would like to eliminate alcohol. I recently quit most carbohydrates and sugar and eat a close to ketogenic diet – the only reason I say ‘close to’ is because I can’t be bothered to weigh and check on the carbs in things like broccoli. I exercise a lot. I use various supplements (which I have researched), have used fasting to lose weight and increase autophagy etc and have experimented with fisetin megadosing to kill of senescent cells. I am now, I am damned certain, healthier and fitter than I was 10 to 15 years ago. But there are limits to what an individual reading up on this stuff can do and, if we are to defeat ageing, we need that biotechnology.
One upshot of all this reading is a novelette called ‘Longevity Averaging’. This is a visualization of that biotech industry in the near future, and what treatments it might use. This also covers some of the social issues involved – the title concerning state pensions. It is now published in the May/June issue of Analog Science fiction and Fact.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
During subsequent exchanges I learned that he was the boss of Blur Studios in Venice California. Hollywood baby! He roped me into a 'Heavy Metal' project. This was basically something of a similar format to Love, Death and Robots that had been done before, though I had never heard of it. Tim asked me if I had any short stories. After my reply, and the huge attachment, he selected quite a number of stories. He also had me write some more for the project. For example one request was, 'Could you do a orcs and elves battle based on Rorke's Drift?' which I provided. Another of the stories was Snow in the Desert (bottom left now in the image below).
This project was to be sold to Paramount, but there was some sort of parting of the ways. It then got hawked around for a while, but eventually died. Apparently it was shown to Tom Cruise, who said that Snow in the Desert would make a good film just by itself. In the end Paramount bought idea of the project without the stories, so that was the end of that.
Tim Miller then moved up in the world, directing Dead Pool. He then got the possibly tainted chalice of directing a new Terminator film. I got roped into that too as an advisor, along with others like Greg Bear, Neil Stephenson and Joe Abercrombie. Flight out to LA and meetings in a room around a glass-topped table mounted on a horizontally-sliced aeroplane wing at Skydance. James Cameron sitting across the way laying out what he thought he wanted. All quite ego boosting, though I didn't appreciate it at the time since I was suffering from horrible anxiety.
The new Terminator film tanked. The reality, I think, is that people are tired of endless remakes and franchise extensions. I certainly am and I was then, but this did not impinge on my 'take the money and run' attitude.
Tim Miller returned to another project he had also been working on throughout this and that was Love, Death & Robots. He wanted to use the stories he had from me in the first season, but overly cautious lawyers advised against that, since even though unpurchased by Paramount it seemed, since they took the idea of Heavy Metal, they might have some claim on them. This thankfully was resolved for season 2 and now you get to see Snow in the Desert on Love, Death and Robots.
I don't know what to expect. My only input was the story and those directing it have doubtless put their stamp on it and made changes. Maybe I won't like it. I'll find out soon since soon I will be getting to see it. But my attitude is still 'take the money and run' along with the knowledge that no matter what is done with one of my stories, the story itself will always exist in its original form. This may also work to boost my other sales, since Netflix as over 200 million subscribers.
Onward and upward!
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Friday, April 02, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Just me – around the time of Spatterjay
Hi! My name is Götz, and, yes, I know, this is a complicated name. Why I love the books by Neal Asher? They are intricately woven (just like the technology of the Atheter), address a variety of interesting scientific topics without ever pushing them before the storytelling, and are plainly always great fun to read – especially stories about the drones. Or about Spaterjay. Or about … you know.
Myself I am a Physicist from Regensburg deep in the south of Germany. Up to very recently I worked in a big global, Japanese-led company, being responsible for research and development in Europe, working my way through numerous projects and meetings with people from 25 nations on board (literally), and loved it. Got my fair bit of travelling around the world, but sometimes a bit too much travelling, so after twenty years I recently decided to switch my professional career over and became a Professor at a German Technical University, working with young people and driving new technology.
My favorite place for beer-and-smoke when abroad
Which hopefully gives me a bit more time for my family (wife and daughter; the cat recently died).
And for reading – there are some unread books even by Neal Asher. And for my other hobbies, like making music. Or some occasional sky diving (every birthday I get thrown out of a plane by my loving – and grinning - wife Annemarie). But especially writing, since this is something I have done since I was about 14.
Writing … at least trying to write
For me, it is purely by-the-side-profession; I do mostly Science-Fiction shorts and storylines for Perry Rhodan (the biggest and oldest SF-series in the world) or articles about science topics (and two books, you can google up if you like). And that’s why I came in contact with Neal Asher in his manifestation as a “internet-person”. He is really, really good in digging up interesting science stuff.
And then he puts this stuff into his fantastic books. It is a big part of the magic of his books.
Me – waiting for the next book to arrive
And even in his most dystopian scenarios (looking at you, Jain), there is hope, there is the drive to find a way out and to somehow create a good future. There is curiosity, all the way to the drones. I think, curiosity brought me to Science Fiction, and Science Fiction to Physics, and both let me really enjoy the books of Neal Asher!