Here’s a link to my Pinterest board of media consumed during 2017.
It’s always fun to go back and review what I read, listened to and watched.
In many ways, it was a year for cyberpunk because I was anticipating Blade Runner 2049 and I wanted to reread Snowcrash. But overall, I didn’t read as much as I usually do because I was working on What’s Your Bio Strategy?
Rereading William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy was definitely a highlight. I realized how much those books influenced my own writing and how I approach telling biotech company stories.
Annalee Newitz’ Autonomous might not be cyberpunk but was my favorite book of the year. I’ll write about it later.
Watching-wise, I really enjoyed seeing It Follows again – that’s a brilliant horror movie.
The last season of Black Mirror was as disturbing as previous seasons though there was one uplifting episodes that even had a happy ending.
I enjoyed the second season of Stranger Things (though will admit I loved the first better), and A Series of Unfortunate Events was brilliant.
I did enjoy Blade Runner 2049 but found it long. It’s hard to write a sequel to a great movie, but I appreciated the nods to synthetic biology: especially around the creation of the replicants.
My all-time favorite movie of the year was Dope. I watched it more than a couple of times to figure out what director Rick Famuyiwa was doing. It was super smart. I can’t recommend it enough.