WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist and author of the NYT best-selling novel GUN MACHINE. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is being developed for television by Jerry Bruckheimer and FOX. He is the writer of the graphic novel RED, adapted into the film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. His next book is NORMAL from FSG.
Published May 17, 2010 by Warren Ellis
Damn. I started a long essay over the weekend, and today I read a quote I’d forgotten, found by Jim Rossignol in Steve Shaviro’s CONNECTED, that fits right in and does a massive amount of lifting:
…as Steven Shaviro suggests in his bookConnected,Roadside Picnic, like all science fiction, actually exists to cast a shadow over the present. "It shows us how profoundly haunted we are by what has not yet happened," says Shaviro of science fiction writing. In the specific case ofRoadside Picnicand Tarkovsky’s film, what had not happened yet was the Chernobyl disaster.