Welcome to dVerse! It’s Sarah here, and I’m behind the bar tonight, serving up drinks to humans and androids alike…
This prompt is a double tribute.
Please don’t be afraid. I’m going to start with the greatest sci-fi film ever made, but this isn’t a sci-fi prompt – unless you want it to be.
Firstly, it’s a tribute to Blade Runner – my favourite film of all time. That probably tells you more about me than you really need to know. It came out in 1982, when I was a bit edgy, and heavy-handed with the old eyeliner, but it’s set in – ta-da! – November 2019. Yes, right around the corner. I have to admit that Ridley Scott and Phillip K Dick got a few things wrong in their vision of the future, but that doesn’t matter. It’s a great movie.
This is also a tribute to Rutger Hauer, who died this summer. He played Roy Batty, probably the most poetic sci-fi anti/hero ever. Here’s an image from Pinterest…
What I want you to be inspired by is the most famous speech from the film, delivered by Roy on a wet rooftop. There’s a clip here if you want to really get a feel for it, though it comes with a spoiler alert (if you can justify a spoiler alert for a film that’s 37 years old!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwI7o8XpoRc
And this is the transcript:
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like… tears in rain.
I also found a great interview with Rutger about that speech. He cut away anything that wasn’t necessary, to co-create something iconic. A lesson for all of us. Sometimes less is really much, much more.
So, I’ve finished fan-girling now. Here’s the challenge:
I want you to write a poem that tells a story or shows a character just in the things they’ve sensed. This clip is about things Roy has seen, but you can choose a different sense if that works better for you. So maybe a mother could remember a pink romper suit, a blue prom dress, a black suit…a knight could remember the feel of a wooden toy sword, the heft of an iron blade…
You can use your own experiences, or your imagination; you can keep it real or venture into the realms of fantasy; you can keep it past, present or future – the choice is yours.
Once you’ve written, post it on Mr Linky, and then go on a little tour of sensory memories across the internet. Read and comment on your fellow poets’ work, and have a great time.
Sorry! The clocks changed, miscalculated my timing. Never mind…
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Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Sarah and all! This is one one of my all time fave movies. One year way back when, I went as Pris to a halloween party. Of course, I was young and thin as a rail-LOL. Great prompt Sarah. Going off to ponder now.
You went as Pris!!!!! Wow – how great. It’s such a great film, I’m so pleased to find a fellow fan.
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Good evening all, and thank you, Sarah, for hosting such an inspired prompt. I will have to disappear again this evening as the builders are still working on the stairs – they’ve been here all day – the front door is open and the cats are out somewhere, scared of all the noise. But I will be back early in the morning, when its peaceful and I can concentrate. I’m looking forward to reading and commenting on some fabulous poetry.
Not only have I messed up the time, I now have to go and be a taxi for a bit. I’ll be back later though, to do some reading! There’s an honesty box behind the bar, and drinks suitable for humans, androids, and blubbery aliens.
Hello Sarah and All. I love the idea of your prompt. Blade Runner sets the bar for good sci-fi and great cinema. So sorry to hear Rutger Hauer passed away! Have you had a chance to see Blade Runner 2049 yet? Never thought I would hear myself saying this but it is as good if not better than the original. If you have any mulled cider, I’ll have a glass please 🙂
I haven’t seen 2049. Maybe I should, but I can’t quite bring myself to. Mulled cider coming up!
I was apprehensive about seeing it also as I didn’t want to sully the memory or compare it unfavorably to the original, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well-done it is. Thank you for the cider. Cheers!
Rob Kistner said:
I love “2049” Lisa, but nothing in SciFi film equals the original Harrison Ford voice-over version of “Blade Runner” — NOTHING! The soundtrack by Vangelis is absolutely spellbinding. I watched the movie 3 times in a row when it opened in 1982 — crying every time at Roy’s death scene… I was in lust with Pris. J.F. Sebastian’s “home again home again — jiggity jig!” …”he say you brade runner”… Sean Young as Rachel was gorgeous. Deckard, “I don’t know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life – anybody’s life; my life. All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.”
I’ve got shivers reading that. Such a poetic script, actually – words and images brilliantly combined.
I understand, Rob. I have my favorite scenes as well. “They’re my friends. I made them.” “If you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes…” “Let me tell you about my mother…” “I want more life, fucker.” “You’re talking about memories.” “I said kiss me.” I love the scene where the snake woman tries to kill Deckard then he chases her down. Of course I love scene between Rachel and Deckard where she tries to leave and he slams the door shut. I haven’t gotten the 2049 lines memorized yet — but I will.
It works on so many levels, too. There are big questions there, about what it means to be human, about life, about self-determination.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Time is strange these days… I am ready to write now, and will try to come up with something.
Rob Kistner said:
Sarah, Sarah —WOW, I LOOOOOOVE YOU! we have the very same favorite film of all time , and the favorite quote from that movie. Roy, sitting in that rain, holding that dove as he died, releasing it as he expired — that is seared into my psyche forever. I wept openly and without embarrassment in the theater, and I was sitting there, on the opening night of the original Harrison Ford voice-over version, with the guys in my rock band. That Hampton Fancher/David Peoples screenplay of Dick’s “Do Androids Dream…” was well done. Ridley Scott has, since Blade Runner, been my favorite producer. “Alien” and “Black Rain” helped cement Ridley as my guy! I have also read/watched as much of Phillip Dick as I have been able to find. “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep aka Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau, Screamers, Paycheck, Blade Runner 2049, Impostor, Barjo, Radio Free Albemuth, Sreamsers: The Hunting, Next, Man In The High Castle, etc”! I am a SciFi fanatic,! Thank you for hosting Sarah, and for blowing my mind. 😉
Of course, I should really be a Terminator fan, but I’ve never seen any of them…!
Alien – brilliant!
Rob Kistner said:
Just watched the original release voice-over version tonight on Apple iMovie. What a brilliant, poetic, rich, luxuriatingly paced poetic film noir — absolutely like no other before of since… and that Vangelis soundtrack through the entire movie is magnificently rich and immersive — mesmerizing! . What a sensual masterpiece. Definitely the greatest film of all time!
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My alltime favorite movie. A friend of mine who was a production assistant on the movie, invited me to the set a couple of times. It is ironic that the same day my father died, the movie wrapped. It was a bittersweet experience. I have several Philip K. Dick, signed. He is my favorite sci fi writer as well. I was there on matinee day for the first showing of Blade Runner 2049. This is a great prompt and different from others we have had lately. Kudos to you.
Rob Kistner said:
Toni — how incredibly cool that you were on the set of that all-time classic movie… WOW! I am so envious…
I had to be quiet the whole time. I was totally wowed.
I think you just made a lot of people VERY jealous! I was worried about this prompt but it seems to be generating enthusiasm!
It is a great prompt! One of those morsels I carry within myself, all these years later.
Toni, so very cool to be on the set of Blade Runner. Not many can claim that honor.
I was actually one of about 50 or so. It was an important event. we had to be quiet.
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Sarah! I’ve linked one that I hope works.
It did indeed!
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Oh, Sarah, what a great prompt and great fun!
I had some fun with mine.
Left with the linky, and here too, just because I liked the redundancy, sometimes …
What a wonderful prompt. There’s plenty of rain here today, and maybe some snow, so if you’ve got it brewing, I’ll take some mulled wine while I work on this!
This is a beautiful prompt, still struggling with because I want to do it justice!
And after that, I managed two. Ones on the linky. Here’s the other: https://xanhaiku.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/artifact/
Laura Bloomsbury said:
As you know, my favourite film too Sarah – lost count of how many times I have seen it in its various releases ( the recent update a big disappointment). Even so I found this sooo challenging and leaped into outer space and delved with mythology – hope it accords
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Jedediah Smith said:
Tyrell: Demonstrate it. I want to see it work … I want to see a negative before I provide you with a positive.
So, I have written about not-seeing rather than seeing.
Missed Linky by two hours.
Oh no. did you write something? I don’t know how to open it up, and I did mess the time up a bit because the clocks changed here. it discombobulates me every year. I was really efficent and did the prompt way before the clock change was on my horizon, and I didn’t even think about it. I will do better next year….
Not to worry. I just didn’t want you to think I’d ignored all the effort that goes into writing a prompt. I might post it on OLN.