Proxima B: a real Rakhat?

By now you’ve probably heard that astronomers have announced the existence of  “Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri.” As in any scientific discovery, there are a lot of caveats and careful hedging of the announcement, but this appears to be legit. And just in time for the 20th anniversary of The Sparrow! I’m getting … Read more…

Small Business Saturday: hardcover editions of Mary’s books available!

Thinking about Mary Doria Russell’s novels for holiday giving? Want to support a small independent bookstore, too? Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry can always provide you with signed personalized copies of the paperback editions, but this year the Cleveland Heights store has located a very limited number of fine, signed, first edition/first printing hardcover editions … Read more…

Saying “No” to Hollywood

The Sparrow remains unfilmed, after 15 years of sustained effort by people passionate about getting a movie adaptation produced. What’s the problem? Here’s the conventional wisdom. There’s a big market for science fiction action movies, but despite the success of films like “Moon” and “Inception,” there’s no market for science fiction drama. As one insider … Read more…

Write-in Candidate

It’s getting ugly out there on the campaign trail, but I am determined to keep running for president, as long as no actual physical running is involved, because I love my country enough to write a blog essay about it. In a stunning act of political courage, I would like to go on record: I … Read more…

Utter, absolute, glorious JOY

No, I am not announcing that Johnny Depp has called, pleading to play Emilio Sandoz in a movie adaptation of The Sparrow, although that would merit the same subject heading. I am simply wanted to share this YouTube video of a 3-year-old boy “conducting” the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0REJ-lCGiKU&feature=player_embedded Grownups have learned … Read more…

A new screen adaptation of The Sparrow

From the beginning, readers have said that The Sparrow is very cinematic. People in Hollywood thought so, too.  Producer Nick Wechsler came close to doing a movie adaptation twice, first with Antonio Banderas at Universal Pictures and most recently with Brad Pitt at Warner Brothers. The adaptations for both studios were variations on a large-scale, … Read more…