Genevieve Valentine’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, and anthologies Federations, Teeth, and Running with the Pack. Her first novel is forthcoming from Prime. She is a columnist at Fantasy Magazine and Tor.com, and writes about movies of questionable taste on her blog.
So, I am a writer and a movie nerd. These go together, largely because the sound of a keyboard in an empty room tends to freak me out. (I’ve watched too many horror movies.)
On the other hand, if I actually put on a movie, I will never get anything done (for the rest of my entire life).
Enter the movie scores!
By now, everyone who has seen Inception has seen this (and if you haven’t, for goodness’ sake don’t click!):
Spoiler-free description: it’s an example of a great composer at the top of his craft, pushing a movie moment over the edge from solid to sublime.
For those looking to boost their music libraries, I lined up nine awesome composers in no particular order. Most of them have done science fiction or fantasy movies; a few haven’t. All of them have at least one or two not-so-hot movies under their belts. (Luckily, the double-edged Sword of Credit means that while they don’t get enough praise for magnificent work, no one ever looks at Howard Shore and says, “That guy sunk The Cell.”) All of them are well worth listening to if you’re looking for a little inspiration.