With the news (new to me as I don't particularly follow film news) that Ridley Scott has done a new final director's cut of Blade Runner http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/movies/30kapl.html?ex=1348891200&en=78f16e2eb381c7f2&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink comes thought of the old anomaly that Peter Nicholls, when he came to talk to OUSFG in I guess 1982/83, had clearly seen a different cut from the one released, since he had seen 'the Unicorn scene'. The conversation was obviously a bit weird since he didn't realise we had seen something different (i.e. what do you mean it's ambiguous, it's bloody obvious). Wikipedia mentions an early workprint, but it is rather surprising he would have seen that to review. Perhaps he went to a cinema in a parallel world. As we all know you can never go into a parallel world for anything important, but seeing different versions of films is one of the things allowed.
[Reposted modified from a comment to Mr J F Cat of this parish] This is on the subject of people 'in the SF community' getting exercised when someone like Margaret Atwood says 'oh what I write isn't SF because it doesn't have magenta cyber-badgers'. For a while I have been meaning to post, asking why people care...
Apart from atavistic tribal loyalty I find it hard to understand why people on the SF side of the great divide get so exercised by this. It seems to be a '2 bald men arguing over a comb' situation. Clearly as mr zengineer says the sensible reaction is that they should be pitied. However people on 'our side' are irked which to me suggests a suspicion that on the other side lies more money and better parties. Or perhaps better trousers in the manner of the *** WARNING SPOILER FOR SOMETHING YOU SHOULDNT READ IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE COS ITS SHITE *** fake *** DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE *** magazine in Spook Country, described as being 'A Belgian version of Wired with better trousers'(*).
Since I am not a big fan of parties I cannot speak to this, but I think we have pretty good parties, and actually all the geeks grew up and became reasonably happy, ahhh.
It is not, for example, as though there are more 'lit-fit' movies or TV programmes / series than SF ones.
I think it must be the parties.
(*) and if this phrase enough doesn't demonstrate Gibson's tin ear for the high tech world of the 21st century I don't know what does.