This is the ending to the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero.” It is one of the most completely joyful things I have ever seen this year. It makes me want to cry and I hardly ever cry at movies or television. In the face of an uncertain future, turn instead to this: old friends, movies, television, books, comic books,…
Lock In by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of my biggest disappointments this year was when this book did NOT get nominated for a Hugo for Best Novel of last year. Little did I know that was more about awards-gaming than actual merit.
Because this was far and away my favorite book from last year.
I’ve spent my life as a lurker. I’m the one reading in the corner. I’m the one sitting in one of the rows in the back at a con. I rarely speak up or ask a question.
So I’m working on this personal project, and for reasons of cutting edge innovation using new technologies and NOT because I’m a lazy heel with writer’s block I’m creating my world in the form of a Wikia page (basically an isolated Wikipedia for those unfamiliar).
My friend is a librarian, and she's part of the BiblioCommons project to connect readers to authors online. Check it out if you're interested; I personally can't wait for the Deborah Harkness one.
I've been thinking a lot about the comments made by Noah co-screenwriter Ari Handel that have been circulating recently. Asked about the extreme whiteness of the cast, Handel said that the "the race of the individual doesn't matter." Presumably this was meant to be a defense:
All these shows nowadays feature public domain creatures from Victorian fiction. What modern mythical creatures do you think have the gravity to last a century or two?
Youtube linguist and internet person Tom Scott presents this 13 minute talk about a (thankfully) fictional situation in which a Google engineer removes password protection from all Google accounts, and just what kind of havoc it would do to the world. Never mind if you or your business doesn't use Gmail, you've almost…
So.... do you write fan fic? Do you know a fan fic writer that you enjoy? Are you secretly reading every Kirk X Spock X Darth Maul story you can get your hands on?