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A Locus of Links

I've said this before: If you are seriously interested in becoming a genre writer (SF/F/H), you might want to get a subscription to Locus magazine.

But even if you don't, or if you want to get some flavor of what the heck a Locus contains, hop over to Locus Online, their award winning website. Here's a couple things I've found of interest the last couple of days.


Lawrence Person reviews Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

At its best, GitS:SAC is the most interesting, sustained postcyberpunk media work in existence, intellectually (if not visually) superior to the original movie, and almost worthy of direct comparison to the post/cyberpunk works which inspired it.

I have, sorry to say, yet to see the Ghost in the Shell movies, but I have seen enough of Stand Alone Complex to really, really appreciate what they've managed to do within the confines of installment television. I'm glad that this reviewer talked about the episode in the virtual chat room -- that was the first episode I stumbled across early enough that I saw nearly all of it. How cool is it to have an intellectual conversation as the point of an anime episode? Okay, that's boring to some, but GitS:SAC has never bored me, when I was able to arrange my late night life to catch it.

If I was still employed full-time, I'd probably throw down the big bucks to get the DVDs. As it is, I guess I'll wait. But I think Lawrence Person's review is right on.

The New Yorker's Nancy Franklin writes about Battlestar Galactica

I am torn about the new Battlestar Galactica. It is so much better than the original series, but alas, I've not seen all the episodes, or in order, so I can't tell whether they're making a mess of it -- or I have in my own mind. (grin) Seriously, what I've seen has had some breathtaking elements, both in terms of visuals and in story plots. In particular, they've learned some important lessons on how to move cameras, both in real-time live-action and in SFX shots, which MOST SF movie makers should take careful notes from. Then there are all the things that I disagree with, that I'd do differently from both scientific and technical reasons, to trope and stereotype repetitions. Eh, that's always going to be a problem.

Still, I have to say that the grim grittiness of this Battlestar Galactica is refreshing -- it's about as serious as you can get without having the actors spouting donkeypuck technobabble all the time. Humanity on the brink of extinction and all that. Never felt the fear and despair and triumph in the cheesy old TV series.

I've Never Been A Big Fan of Ben Bova

Which is hard for a lot of people to believe. It's not that I don't think he's serious, or a decent writer or editor. It's just every time I pick up a Bova story or novel, I'm disappointed at the resolution and how we get there. I either feel cheated or rolling my eyes after setting up compelling situations. (Would that I not have this nagging feeling others may be saying about my own writing... grin.)

So imagine my surprise when I found an article on Bova by Bova that I not only liked, but to my mind explains a lot about why others feel attracted to him. And maybe something about my own ambivalence.

Ben Bova: I've spent my life devoted to science talks about working with and around science and scientists, without being a scientist. This, too, may be bordering on the uncomfortable for me -- while I hold degrees in Integrated Sciences, Physics and Applied Physics, I don't really practice as a working scientist, I'm a teacher of science. And a writer of science. Or at least some science. (double-grin)


Anyway, check out these links. I think they have a lot to say about how I view things. And this is my blog, so I can link to 'em and not have to say 'em myself. (triple-word-score-grin)

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