Gene Sim­monS

The Kiss bassisT on his life­long love of science fic­Tion

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Favourite SF/fan­tasy films

The orig­i­nal 1951 The Day The Earth Stood Still is one of my favourite movies, al­though I didn’t mind the Keanu Reeves re­make. I love The Shape Of Things To Come, which was based on the HG Wells nov­els and was one of the early talkies when it came out in 1936. I also like the 1953 War Of The Worlds, which was pro­duced by Ge­orge Pal. The Steven Spiel­berg ver­sion wasn’t bad, but it was more about mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and spe­cial ef­fects. The orig­i­nal was re­ally ter­ri­fy­ing, as you just had Gene Barry and this girl hid­ing in this farm­house and you hear “beep, beep, beep…”

Favourite SF/fan­tasy books

I’m a big Ayn Rand fan. I par­tic­u­larly like her novella An­them, which is about a cou­ple who live in this dystopian so­ci­ety, where all they are known by is a num­ber. It’s about find­ing your own in­di­vid­u­al­ity in a fu­ture where there’s only this sin­gle con­scious­ness. An­other short book I like is Il­lu­sions: The Ad­ven­tures Of A Re­luc­tant Messiah, which is by Richard Bach, who wrote Jonathan Liv­ingston Seag­ull. It’s about a gas sta­tion at­ten­dant, who has a con­ver­sa­tion with this guy, where he asks him, “Who do you think you are? God?” and he says, “Yes!”

Favourite SF/fan­tasy comics

Prob­a­bly the finest comic series ever has to be Watch­men by Alan Moore and Dave Gib­bons. I’m also a big fan of the Watch­men film, which was not well re­viewed but it’s one of the best movies ever, comic book or oth­er­wise.

Kiss Rocks Ve­gas is out on DVD on 24 June.

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