Futurity

Dec. 13th, 2011 01:02 pm
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Here's Futurity, a science fiction civil war musical, which you might like to partake of! I haven't heard patter-song before in a modern musical, I don't think.

Going to get our tree tomorrow night at Columbia Road Flower Market. Need to take the 35 to Shoreditch High Street and walk to the Flower Market.
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If you like good speculative fiction reading, might I point you to the excellent work [livejournal.com profile] rachel_swirsky is doing in order to be an informed Hugo Awards nominator? I am impressed by the sheer amount of reading it takes to be current in this subject, and am enjoying some of the recommended stories a lot. So far I've been particularly drawn to:

"FLYING IN THE FACE OF GOD by Nina Allen – Nina Allen's affecting story of alienation, a beautiful and intelligent examination of what it means to be left behind. The story is masterful; it's told from the perspective of a woman who is making a documentary about the biological reprogramming her best friend, Rachel, is undergoing so that she can embark on a no-return mission into space. The relationship between them grows strained as Rachel becomes increasingly less human."

It's lovely, and a bit lesbian and a lot interesting (and WAY passes its Bechdel test). And it's UK based, which seems somewhat rare in sci-fi--to have an identifiably and strongly culturally-located, unapologetically Not American cast

and

The Life Cycles of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang. More about that from io9 here.

Where these are available free on line (I had 'for free' there and then thought of my girlfriend snapping and killing me for crimes against English), she's linked to them, making this a great resource if you'd like to learn more and don't have the money/geographic ability to troop down and pick up hard copies of each. GO OVER AND CHECK OUT HER LATEST POSTS!
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
...and I get a bunk in the morgue next to Iago in the wing for people who've suffered heart attacks and died from Not Surprised.

Now, I know LOGO's raison d'etre is gay and bi men, but if I were going to make a list of ten important, memorable bi and gay characters of sci-fi, here's what I wouldn't do:

1) contend that, in addition to being AWESOME, "Zorro: the Gay Blade" (a tale of Zorro's out and proud twin brother* donning the Mask and kicking ass/going shopping therein) was science fiction,
2) include Andrew from Buffy as my no. 10,
3) have no women or other-gendered characters of -any- kind (LeGuin's coming over to smack you with the Pimp Hand of Darkness, y'all),
4) make smegging Jack Harkness my no. 1,
5) pretend sci-fi is a genre entirely without books. I love my graphic novels, don't get me wrong, but your top ten? Should admit the *existence* of the interesting gender and sexuality dialogue that's taken place in non-graphic speculative fiction.

I think my f-list could come up with a better list standing on their heads while forced to hear disquieting production rumors about what M. Night Shama-llama doing to the Avatar film, personally.

Have Neil Gaimen reading you Blueberry Girl: that's more female-positive, right?

*Incidentally, I love the possibilities of taking the hyper-machismo of Zorro and just... making him gay. Chincano? Chica-yes.** I am not even sorry. Even if it's just played for cheap camp, look at the institutional example of textual reclamation! Official!slash!

**So earlier today I was watching a Four-era Doctor Who episode (you too can have a bed in the Not Surprised wing!!) and there was a singularly beautiful line from T. Baker, who'd just escaped from a yoke by thrusting it at the guards who'd captured him:

Four: I suppose you could say "the yoke's on him", if you were the sort of person who said that sort of thing, which fortunately I'm not.

Reader: I loved this deeply.***

*** Also today, I was thinking that if I were polyamorous, Aishwarya Rai could totally be the Mistress of my Spices, and congratulated myself on getting in both a movie title joke AND a polyamory-community slang joke in one pun. Any day where this is accomplished is automatically a fantastic one. 
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
...and I get a bunk in the morgue next to Iago in the wing for people who've suffered heart attacks and died from Not Surprised.

Now, I know LOGO's raison d'etre is gay and bi men, but if I were going to make a list of ten important, memorable bi and gay characters of sci-fi, here's what I wouldn't do:

1) contend that, in addition to being AWESOME, "Zorro: the Gay Blade" (a tale of Zorro's out and proud twin brother* donning the Mask and kicking ass/going shopping therein) was science fiction,
2) include Andrew from Buffy as my no. 10,
3) have no women or other-gendered characters of -any- kind (LeGuin's coming over to smack you with the Pimp Hand of Darkness, y'all),
4) make smegging Jack Harkness my no. 1,
5) pretend sci-fi is a genre entirely without books. I love my graphic novels, don't get me wrong, but your top ten? Should admit the *existence* of the interesting gender and sexuality dialogue that's taken place in non-graphic speculative fiction.

I think my f-list could come up with a better list standing on their heads while forced to hear disquieting production rumors about what M. Night Shama-llama doing to the Avatar film, personally.

Have Neil Gaimen reading you Blueberry Girl: that's more female-positive, right?

*Incidentally, I love the possibilities of taking the hyper-machismo of Zorro and just... making him gay. Chincano? Chica-yes.** I am not even sorry. Even if it's just played for cheap camp, look at the institutional example of textual reclamation! Official!slash!

**So earlier today I was watching a Four-era Doctor Who episode (you too can have a bed in the Not Surprised wing!!) and there was a singularly beautiful line from T. Baker, who'd just escaped from a yoke by thrusting it at the guards who'd captured him:

Four: I suppose you could say "the yoke's on him", if you were the sort of person who said that sort of thing, which fortunately I'm not.

Reader: I loved this deeply.***

*** Also today, I was thinking that if I were polyamorous, Aishwarya Rai could totally be the Mistress of my Spices, and congratulated myself on getting in both a movie title joke AND a polyamory-community slang joke in one pun. Any day where this is accomplished is automatically a fantastic one. 

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