Monday, December 9, 2013

Vonnegut story to film project, literary freebies and gift ideas

Screenwriter Derek Ryan has teamed up with folks connected with such projects as District 9 to produce Kurt Vonnegut's "2BR02B" short story as a short film. "2BR02B" explores the effects of population control on a future earth where no one is born unless someone volunteers to die. And this in a world where, barring a random accident, where people no longer age or die. And to make it worse for the parents, they're having triplets.  You can read the story for free at the Gutenberg Project. I also just found an audio version of 2BR02B at LibriVox.

This film is still in the crowd-funding stage. I'm giving it my thumbs up as a good investment. I wouldn't post it here unless I thought it a worthwhile project. You can also visit their Facebook page for more information.


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I've had quite a few emails from folks wanting me to include their stuff in my holiday gift guide. And which one would that be? I'm kind of fed up with the commercialization of Christmas, but there were a couple items I thought folks would be interested in, whether as a gift or a personal indulgence. Ho ho ho.

The Who's Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian Guide to Friends, Foes, Villians, Monsters, and Companions to the Good Doctor. I'm guessing it will have to be a late gift, though, as it publishes on the second of January according to the publisher's email, although their website says available 12/12. You can probably pre-order from the publisher's page and definitely from Amazon.

If you're more of a Star Wars fan and good with your hands (or know of someone that fits that description), there's this Star Wars Origami book: Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... 

Or you can give the gift of audiobooks from Audiobooks or Audibles. And you know about LibriVox, right? LibriVox has a ton of titles that are in the public domain that you can download for free. Think you have a great reading voice? They're always looking for more volunteer readers.

Or you could help crowdfund a worthy indie film and gift the perks. ;)


Deborah Taylor-French said...

Thanks for writing about this story being made into a short film.

Last summer, I read this Vonnegut story and wondered why it was free. It must be out of copyright, right? Do you know?

Now I'm reading his "Jailbird" series on Kindle.

Ann Wilkes said...

Yes. It's out of copyright. Anything you can find at Librivox is out of copyright. You'd be amazed at what's available there. I hadn't read Vonnegut since high school. I'll never forget the librarian telling me that it wasn't appropriate for a young lady to be reading. ha ha.