Saturday, April 17, 2010

Philip José Farmer's RIVERWORLD airs tomorrow on SyFy

SyFy's adaptation of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series airs tomorrow, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. EST/PST.

No matter what you think of the 4-hour television movie, you owe it to yourself to read the books. The first two, To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat have just been reissued by Tor in an omnibus edition as Riverworld. Tor will also be reissuing the remaining books: The Dark Design and The Magic Labyrinth are already listed. Read 'em all!

While you're waiting for the show tomorrow night, jump over to the Official Philip José Farmer Home Page and read Ten Things You Need to Know about Philip José Farmer.

I'll be watching tomorrow night, and of course hoping for the best. But either way, we'll always have the books.


JT Lawrence said...

So far, watched an hour and a half of the show and it blows wind. So far at this point I rate it a three on a scale of one to ten; ten being best. Going to finish watching the show but I doubt very seriously the script writers even read the series and newcomers to the concept of Riverworld would probably not want to read the series which Farmer penned so wonderfully. A shame and a pain in the butt to watch-no plot-inconsistent with the series-lame acting-and again some one dropped the ball and did not do any reading or research for any part of the script whatso ever.

Sorry all just one opinion here.
Thanks....John T.

Win Scott Eckert said...

John T, no need to be sorry... as I said, no matter what you think of the movie, my only agenda is bringing attention to Phil Farmer's books.


Michael Brown said...

You mean SyFy's *second* adaptation of Riverworld.

Win Scott Eckert said...

emb021: Yeah...? (shrug) not sure why that needed correcting.

Michael Brown said...

More of, if the first adaptation didn't work, why do a second? Is Farmer's Riverworld that hot a property to warrent a second attempt?

Win Scott Eckert said...

Hot property or not, people seem to think there's something in the books worth attempting to capture on film and introduce to a wider audience. Not saying they succeeded, unfortunately, just sayin'.

Please also keep in mind a writer who was chronically underpaid for his work and in many cases royally screwed over, financially, several times. If this project provides his family some remuneration, and--as I already said--serves to help introduce his books to a wider audience, that's enough for me.