SLIDERS: BLOOD & SPLENDOR, 18 YEARS GONE
In 1996, two unknown writers - Jeof Vita and Jeff Somers - got together to pitch a story idea for a comic book in the Sliders franchise. Sliders, a science fiction series that had debuted the year before, dealt with a group of people trapped 'sliding' between alternate earths, with each episode being an adventure in an Earth that was simultaneously familiar and dramatically different.
The "Lost Episodes" were comic book stories ostensibly made from TV scripts too expensive or "out there" to be produced. But "Blood & Splendor," the story Somers and Vita ultimately wrote, was an original creation - and in some alternate Earth, no doubt it was an epochal moment in pop culture that still reverberates today. Not in *this* world, of course, but in some version of history.
This is the story of that alternate world, a world where "Sliders: Blood & Splendor" was the biggest pop culture moment of 1997 - and how it was created.
It is meant to be at least mildly amusing.
Featuring interviews with the two creators and co-authors of the comic story, Vita and Somers, as well as commentary from some of the leading lights of the modern literary world (Sean Ferrell, Dan Krokos, Bill Cameron, et al), this documentary reminds us all that the late 1990s were awful, awful times.
Jeff Somers (www.jeffreysomers.com) was first sighted in Jersey City, New Jersey after the destruction of a classified government installation in the early 1970s; the area in question is still too radioactive to go near. When asked about this, he will only say that he regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, The Ustari Cycle from Pocket Books, and Chum, coming from Tyrus Books in Fall 2013. Jeff's published over thirty short stories as well; his story "Sift, Almost Invisible, Through" appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story "Ringing the Changes" was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. He survives on the nickels and quarters he regularly finds behind his ears, his guitar playing is a plague upon his household, and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices, but this is only half true.