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May. 8th, 2009

Dreamwidth Redux

Okay, I've got Invoking Urania over on DW (here. Mainly because I decided I prefer a place where all my friends are for blogging, and I can tell it to crosspost things to InsaneJournal anyway -- overall, since more people use OpenID to leave comments, since IJ is a bit of a ghost town, it doesn't make much difference. If things work out, I'll get a paid account and start crossposting to Invoking Urania on LJ again.

Plus, there's nesting tags. Look at this. Snazzy. (Yes, I still have a default layout. Give me time, folks.)

I still miss my icons, though. I care less in fic journals, though.

All the content over there is stuff I've already posted to the Internets. Except a trio of fanart pieces, which have been up on DevART and Elfwood and my site and various LJ comms and... okay, I don't know if anyone's seen them, but here . (I'm not gonna start posting my massive backlog of original and exchange art there, but I'll do it as I go.)

In other news, I have taken custody (legally -- I was sworn in on my Slayers Premium DVD and everything) of the CJAS anime archive. This means I have half a closet (a big closet) of anime, mostly from the 1980s to mid 2000s. (About when people started downloading anime). Plus a VHS and Laserdisc player. Yes, you need that to watch some of the stuff in the archives. There's also stuff like several projectors, a table and chairs, the Weekly Get Rid of It! box*, raffle (well, ROFL) prizes, and our banner.

* Filled with free stuff anime companies send us that we regularly give away to members.

Star Trek tonight! Yay for Star Trek!
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Mar. 15th, 2009

Unexpected Ramifications...

Of all things, this was inspired by a MPreg rant on [info]fanficrants...

One series of Lois McMaster Bujold's books is set in a future space-opera setting. One of the technological advances is the 'uterine replicator', a device that mimics the human uterus, allowing babies to be born without anyone having to be pregnant. And I started thinking about how many different ways this shows up in the series. So I made a list.

Long, and spoilery... )
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Oct. 7th, 2008

A Martian Palatte and the Matter of Earth

First off, nary a day after I give my note about 'Not reading SF until November', Ryan makes a post about how someone got the rights to Red Mars (by Kim Stanley Robinson) and is going to be doing a TV series or miniseries. Ryan mentioned the fact he read the Mars Trilogy in high school when he was just getting into planetary science. So did Briony, another friend (who shares the blog and her advisor with Ryan). So did I.

So, I had to go out and order all three Mars books, plus the short story book.  )
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Aug. 4th, 2008

Science Fiction Authors -- Thank you Robert Heinlein; No Thanks, Orson Scott Card

<i>'The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.' </i> -- Claude Levi-Strauss )

Mar. 19th, 2008

Arthur C Clarke and SF

It says something about me that I saw this post on metaquotes, and knew where each of the quotes .

Clarke's "The Star" was also one of the first SF stories I read that stuck to me. Sure, I had read a lot of forgettable YA SF as a kid, and we had a unit of SF lit in 8th grade*. And I was a Trekkie space geek. But that story actually gave me the punch to the gut that made me realize that you could do some amazing stuff with SF (and short stories -- I was a novel kind of gal, the longer, the better). That was also around the time crisi83 started loaning me Heinlein**.

* I remember two stories from that. One was Ray Bradbury's "The Sound of Thunder". The other was a cute little story about gender roles and how worked up people get about them that was called something along the lines of "Project X". Come to think about it, I'd like to track that second one down.

** Whatever else I think about him now, Heinlein gets credit for cluing me in that (serial) monogamy or stereotypical harem-style polygyny is not the only way to run a culture.

I didn't quite get 2001 (the book is a lot clearer than the movie, but still left me with the 'okay... what?' impression), but I did read Rendezvous with Rama and was impressed -- here was this mysterious ancient spaceship that everyone was making a fuss over, and it was NEAT, and it was just here for our Sun, and not us at all. (Yes, I read the sequels. No, I didn't care for them. Except maybe for the aliens, which were neat.)

Now that i think about it, I think maybe I should try rereading 2001, and read Childhood's End, though I don't think it's my thing at all.
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