Okay, posting under a title suggesting that Lawrence Miles was dead was not a good idea, even when I meant to refer to his internet presence vanishing into the ether. That was careless. Doing so when the only person who regularly reads this blog has gone through an utterly shite time by all accounts was blog-suicide.
What's the matter, Jared, is staying funny too hard for you?
I think it's also time to stop being slack to Larry, not least because it's clear he can slap me down with maximum aptitude and eruditeness should someone link him to my abode..
I was quite surprised, I have to say, to have a look at Larry's wiki page, though, and to see that he is only 35 - because, of course, he carries the sort of pent-up anger at everything that I only expect in 50+ year old. Being somebody who writes, rants, and suffers depression, all I can say is that I hope it isn't an image of myself in 15 years...
I would also like to say that Miles has said some very smart, clever things and his brutal honesty is something that is easy to appreciate due to its rarity and purity, and his imagination and ability in his field is beyond question. However, publishing any of this isn't funny, so I'll post one of the occassions where he was completely off his rock:
Look, think of it like this. Eventually, there will be another TV series of Doctor Who. And it will fail horribly, because inevitably it'll be aimed at the kind of fan-targeted SF market that didn't even exist until Star Trek: The Next Generation came along and spoiled everything. Doctor Who only works as a family adventure series, but when it finally comes back you can bet any money you want it'll be like Babylon 5 or something. It'll only last one series, maybe two. So then the TV programme will be dead forever, the license will be in limbo, and nobody will ever want to pump more money into it as a TV concept. Not a live-action TV concept, anyway. But animation's just getting to the point where it's breaking through properly, especially now there's so many computer-generated effects around and people are starting to forget the difference between "real" film and CGI. Pretty soon, British animation companies... the Cosgrove-Halls of the twenty-first century... are going to realize that there's a massive amount of potential in a British Manga-style movement. We're the perfect country to do that kind of thing, to do the European equivalent of Akira or Ghost in the Shell or whatever. And I want to be there when it happens, and I can't think of a better spearhead for the whole thing than an anime version of Doctor Who. I'm thinking ten years into the future here, obviously. - May 2000