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Review: Extant, Episode 1

Pro: WoC protagonist! Space! Androids!

Con: pregnancy as horror. Again. :(

Review: Extant, Episode 1

Pro: WoC protagonist! Space! Androids!

Con: pregnancy as horror. Again. :(

nineworldsgeekfeminism:

minervose:

poplerpig:

don’t u love how movies about the future changed it used to be like

woa flying cars

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woa holograms

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woa time travel

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and now its just like

we’re

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to die in some horrible apocalypse

says a lot about out…

Umm…

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Are

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You

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Serious??

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We have so few interesting and challenging SF movies atm that it’s easy to cherry-pick  some positive-themed ones from the past because there were just so MANY. There used to be a lot more challenging and interesting and provocative idea films. We HAVE had The Hunger Games, and Dredd (which I’m sorry to not see above), but apart from that there’s been a lot of money thrown at fun effects movies - superhero movies - which I enjoy, and some of which are good, but many of which are not.

I found it really interesting presenting Terminator 2 (as a masterpiece of both existensial horror and existential positivity) to an audience of people who had grown up in the boom years of the 90s (mostly in the UK). They didn’t fear nuclear war, or technology, or big business. They just didn’t GET the visceral terror, or the corresponding sense of hope and struggle, and that was very strange. But I realised it was because they didn’t really feel that much threatened them. There wasn’t much they were looking for films to warn them against.

I hope that’s changing. Not that I’m overjoyed about the financial crisis (really not), but I think our art is starting to get more critical again (see The Hunger Games), and I think that’s important. But the idea that SF futurescapes were all about flying cars and time-joy-rides is laughable, and kind of insulting to the intensely critical and provocative art that has been made in the past.

twistedsoup:

Them: It’s a thrilling political drama!
Me: Maybe—
Them: —IN SPACE!
Me: YEAH!
Them: It’s a tense military story.
Me: Well, I don’t—
Them: —IN SPACE!
Me: HELL YEAH!
Them: It’s a lecture on the history of milk pasteurization.
Me: Now you’re not even try—
Them: —IN SPACE!
Me: HELL FUCKIN’ YEAH!

This also works on me with the fowing add-ons:

—WITH DRAGONS

—WITH MAGIC

—WITH ROBOTS*

(But not the modern kind that might actually be involved in milk pasteurization, idk; I mean, like, SENTIENT ROBOTS.)

cnc0:

litreactor:

vintageanchorbooks:

Books That Predicted The Future: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/books-that-predicted-the-future

THAT’S RIGHT SCI-FI AND FANTASY IS WHERE THE KNOWLEDGE IS AT! *maniacal laughter*

STAND ON ZANZIBAR FTW!

whovianfeminism:

xekei:

whovianfeminism:

[cut for length]

Maybe the writers get their jobs because the head writer finds their work good?

Probably. And we all know women don’t write good sci-fi/fantasy TV.

Nope.

None.

Nothing to see here.

I got nothing.

I can’t think of a single one, ever.

NOPE. NEVER BEFORE. NO GOOD FEMALE WRITERS EVER IN THE SCIENCE FICTION GENRE.

BAM.

mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

THANK YOU. *links to her article on The Blazing World and why it is awesome and also the first SF novel.*
Whilst we’re here. I’m currently in the process of recording The Blazing World as a podcast, because I think one of the problems is that a lot of people have read Frankenstein, but getting people to read an older work of long-form prose it harder work, because of perceived language barriers. I reckon if people could download bitesized chunks to listen to on their commute we might make more progress.
This is part of a wider project I’m planning to podcast the works of forgotten women writers. I am also planning to do the works of Aemilia Lanyer, first female poet to be published (in the English language, at least). You can listen to me read the most famous section of her best known work, ‘Eve’s Apology’ from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, here. It’s powerful, gutsy stuff, and it makes me angry that these women get forgotten.

mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

THANK YOU. *links to her article on The Blazing World and why it is awesome and also the first SF novel.*

Whilst we’re here. I’m currently in the process of recording The Blazing World as a podcast, because I think one of the problems is that a lot of people have read Frankenstein, but getting people to read an older work of long-form prose it harder work, because of perceived language barriers. I reckon if people could download bitesized chunks to listen to on their commute we might make more progress.

This is part of a wider project I’m planning to podcast the works of forgotten women writers. I am also planning to do the works of Aemilia Lanyer, first female poet to be published (in the English language, at least). You can listen to me read the most famous section of her best known work, ‘Eve’s Apology’ from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, here. It’s powerful, gutsy stuff, and it makes me angry that these women get forgotten.

realrobinhobb:

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Robin Hobb, born 5 March 1952

'You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write on a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That’s okay. I think we’ve all ‘been there, done that.’ It all starts with the writing.'

Seven Quotes On Writing

Thank you for the birthday wishes! :) 

You are cordially invited to my birthday party :)

Have a lovely day! :)

My favourite author, Robin Hobb, is now on Tumblr. Also? It’s her birthday! And she put together an awesome game with prizes in the Hobbitonian spirit.

You should all follow her. And read her books. Especially the Farseer Trilogy.

Also her works under Megan Lindholm. Alien Earth is still my favourite science fiction novel. Also, if you really want to get your feminist rage on, you can’t go wrong with Cloven Hooves.

Do it. It is the right choice.

Everyone stop what you’re doing and read Emma Newman’s post on the need for Top-Down change, ESPECIALLY if you’re a person with any power in the publishing and book-selling industry, o know someone who with power.

thelilnan:

burlyburr:

Um…UM…

Hannibal season 2


OMG, Tumblr, I love you. You send me the best things.

thelilnan:

burlyburr:

Um…UM…

Hannibal season 2

OMG, Tumblr, I love you. You send me the best things.

genre swap → game of thrones as a sci-fi saga

GENRE SWAP - OMG.