We Were There First: Edge of Tomorrow

The rather excellent comics news site Bleeding Cool has a semi-regular feature it calls The Swipe Files, where recent comics covers are placed side-by-side with covers from the past, to which they bear an uncanny resemblance. Readers are left to their own discretion to decide whether the similarity is coincidence, homage or . . .

Published 2012

Rush Limbaugh’s newsletter, 2012

Published 2002

D&D Third Edition Monster Manual II, 2002

. . . well.

<ahem> Given the frequency with which films (especially; sometimes TV but mostly films) are trumpeted as having remarkable and original ideas, which turn out to be so revolutionary they were done by SF books or stories decades earlier (we’re looking at you, The Matrix), we thought we might try something similar to Bleeding Cool’s Swipe Files. You know: as an homage . . .

We therefore present instalment one in a semi-regular recurring feature we like to call We Were There First:

In the blue corner: Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise‘s new Sci-Fi blockbuster in which an officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios time and again, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Released 2014 (edit: and adapted from the Japanese light novel, All You Need is Kill, published 2004).

In the red corner: Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys influential SF thriller in which an alien artefact on the Moon turns out to be a deadly maze that kills anyone who makes an incorrect choice; as the humans matter transmitted to the Moon to penetrate the structure are ‘duplicates’ of the original being on Earth, the protagonist learns from each agonising death and is able to make it a little further through the maze. Published 1960.

Over to you . . .


I’m Gollancz’s Digital Publisher. People ask me what that means and, upon comparing answers, find that I’ve told everyone something different. That’s because it’s the future and it’s changing all the time; at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. When I’m not digitising thousands of classics for our fabulous SF Gateway project, I like to bore people rigid about SF & Fantasy, comics, cricket, football and Belgian beer. This can only be prevented by bringing me drinks.
  • Margo-Lea Hurwicz

    For some reason you have me thinking of the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. He relives the same day over and over again until he learns enough to get it right. But without aliens and death, and maybe the threat of species annihilation, it might be too boring for genre fans to count it as an influence.
    The underlying theme has long been part of our shared culture: Practice makes perfect, and if at first you don’t succeed… Try, try again!

  • Hello. In the back of your masterworks books there is a note that says to come to this website to see a full list of the masterworks titles. I cant see any list like that and any other websites listing them are rarely up to date.
    I think it’s important that there be an ordered, regularly updated list. A list for the SF Gateway Omnibus titles too.

    • Darren

      Yes, I think it’s fair to say that adding a page to our SF Masterworks turned out to be quicker and more straightforward than building an SF Masterworks page. That is now in progress, though, and we hope to have something soon. Good idea on the SF Gateway omnibuses, too – we’ll look into getting a page up on the website. Thanks.

      • Excellent. I assume Fantasy Masterworks will be included?

        • Darren

          That’s the plan!

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    No mention of the fact the film is adapted from a Japanese light novel from 2004 called All You Need Is Kill?

    • Darren

      What? And take all the wind out of my self-righteous sails? Well . . . OK, you got me, there. I guess I’d better fix that. Thanks for keeping me honest!