This is a good, rollicking discussion. Slade's Rule: "If it involves people in spaceships, it's science fiction." It may be other things, too. There's no doubt ALIEN is horror, and OUTLAND is a space Western (a neat remake of HIGH NOON: instead of waiting for the train to bring the Bad Guy, you wait for the shuttle to dock).
Question: Is a Slade novel a whodunit, horror, or a police procedural?
INSPECTOR LEWIS is now back on PBS MYSTERY! What a good series it's turning out to be. The motives! Damn, but it's fun to see someone coming up with stuff that's original. Heresy though it is, I think the series works even better than INSPECTOR MORSE, and would love to see INSPECTOR HATHAWAY launch when it's over.
So what does that have to do with the ongoing discussion?
Lewis is a plod. An egg-and-chips cop trapped in the fantasy realm that's Oxford, "the City of Dreaming Spires."
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Potential killers getting lost in the fantasy realms of video games, violent music, etc., is a hot-button issue. But Oxford takes that motive to a much higher level, for it was the academic home of both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis...
Tolkien and Lewis were founding members of the Inklings, a literary group to which they would read their most recent work. It took Tolkien ten years to write THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
In last week's episode of INSPECTOR LEWIS, the killer is spawned by that realm of literary fantasy. At the end of the warped tragedy, Lewis shakes his head when Hathaway tells him that he'll enjoy an anecdote about the Inklings. Thus the show's final lines...
Above, MM mentions Tolkien, and later says: "Honestly, I'm not especially familiar with the Star Wars series. I saw the first three and lost interest after Revenge of the Jedi. Too many Ewoks."
The story goes that when Tolkien stood up to read his latest opus from Middle Earth to the Inklings, Hugo Dyson fell back on the couch, lolling and shouting, "Oh God! Not more fucking
MM, substitute Ewoks? Funny?