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I've Got a Birthweek

A bear animation, by Colin Sanders

Eleven years ago the above video was created by Colin Sanders.

When I say eleven years ago I mean that time on Earth (the planet that we live on) is measured in packages of 86,400 s, with a small bit of rounding up and down to make the packages more neatly defined. We sort those time packages (which we call ‘days’) into packages called ‘years’ that are roughly based on the time it takes Earth to orbit Sol. As this orbit time is roughly 365.2422 days, calendar years are a combination of under-estimates and over-estimates of Earth’s orbit time around Sol.


By being eleven years old, Colin’s Bear Animation has seen some things. It has seen all the (online) time of io9, it has seen all the time of Observation Deck, and it has seen almost all of the time that has elapsed since Half-Life 2: Episode Two. It brings us wisdom and understanding from the long-ago time of 2007, the year in which the musical album which sold the most copies on Earth was made by Disney.

Today’s topic if you choose to discuss it:

What is the science fiction/fantasy/horror franchise of the past eleven years that you think is the most important (with important defined however you want it to be)?


Alternate topic:

What is the science fiction/fantasy/horror franchise of the past eleven years that you are pretty sure is either much younger, or much older, than it claims to be?


author’s answers: Mass Effect released 20 November 2007 and I have placed quite a few hours since then into playing the games, reading the books, reading the comics, reading about the games, watching videos of narrative paths I didn’t take. I have not yet watched the anime. I rank it as important because it’s a franchise that shoves together a lot of tropes and yet casts a unique enough shadow that it feels like a distinct IP. It’s also important from a history of video games perspective because it showcases some of the worst aspects of the fandom and the industry. Not a lot of high-budget game studios stop developing content because the fans strongly dislike the newest game, but Mass Effect: Andromeda has that odd significance.

Season 1 of Gotham did not feel like it was a product of the years 2014-2015. I would guess early 2000s at the latest, right before Batman Begins released and rebooted the Batman film franchise. Everyone’s reluctant to put comic book characters into suits, non-white and queer characters randomly exit the show, there were three episodes with that guy from Heroes as a guest star, there was a villain who killed people with weather balloons... It seemed out of place, time-wise.

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