The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Coming up for air...

I have been a busy, busy boy.

Since my last post,  my work on The Platinum Ticket has been going along wonderfully.  As often happens when I get into the groove of things, the story is taking on new directions and wonderful new characters are emerging who only enhance the story.  I am very pleased with how things are shaping up.  The words are flying onto the page and that's a good thing - I hope to have this finished before Christmas.

On another note - here's something for which I've been waiting a goodly portion of my life:

Here's the link to the trailer.

Spider-man and Batman will always be my first loves when it comes to superheroes.  They were my first, and there's always something special about your first.  But Green Lantern has always spoken to me.  I love the Hal Jordan character, warts and all.  The Power Ring and the Lantern and the Guardians and the Corp are all contributing factors that make for great storytelling.  I'm all about the great storytelling.  And it doesn't hurt that the Green Lantern Motto which is to be recited while charging the ring -

In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power,
Green Lantern's light!

is reputed to have been created by one of my all-time favourite sci-fi authors, Alfred Bester.  But the thing about this guy that always had me pulling for him wasn't all the amazingly cool (and sometimes admittedly silly) stuff the ring could do.  It was what you needed to have to make the ring do anything at all.


That's what I love.  Hal Jordan's superpower isn't some all-powerful rechargeable ring with an impurity that makes it vulnerable to the colour yellow.  Hell no!  Hal Jordan has an iron will which, though the aid of his ring, can make anything he can imagine a reality.

Willpower and Imagination - two superpowers we can all have.

Thanks Hal Jordan.