Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tobias Buckell's "Arctic Rising"

Tobias S. Buckell is the author of Halo: The Cole Protocol, Sly Mongoose, Ragamuffin, Crystal Rain, and the newly released Arctic Rising. His books have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Romantic Times Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Ohio after a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat they were living on, and he attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he still lives today. Buckell fell in love with science fiction at a young age, reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov novels when he was seven years old.

Here he shares some ideas for casting an adaptation of Arctic Rising:
Idris Elba to play Prudence Jones, the Caribbean secret agent. He has a sense of easy gravitas. He might overpower it a bit, but the actor himself I think could bring that down a bit to fit the role just right.

Genevieve Nnaji as Anika Duncan. She's one of Nollywood's leading ladies and judging by the movie Ije, I think would do well.

And Jewel Staite for Violet! She has that friendly, mid-west sort of thing going on. The dissonance of her being a cheerful drug lord with her headquarters over a dance club made out of a greenhouse would be terrific.
Learn more about the book and author at Tobias S. Buckell's website and blog.

Writers Read: Tobias S. Buckell.

--Marshal Zeringue