by Brenda W. Clough
Her, by Spike Jonze, is an Oscar-winning movie came out in 2013. I haven’t gotten around to seeing it until now, and it is, I am delighted to report, the purest SF you ever saw. You want near future tech? The impact of a new invention upon society? Here we go! And this is deliciously up-to-the-minute, with pocket computers, sexting, and online relationships. And, finally, we make that Asimov/Clarke jump into bigger questions that leave mere humans lamenting.
Joaquin Phoenix is superb in this film, nuanced and undramatic, conveying nerdguy angst beautifully. The genre writer in me kept on waiting for the explosions, the blood, the violence, but it never came. And have a look at the worldbuilding. A future world is hinted at, not with moving sidewalks or ray guns but with small daily things. Subtle and tight, all of it, the antithesis of the summer movie.
The ebook version of my novel How Like a God is now available from Book View Cafe.
My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out from Book View Café.