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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Rod Serling on Liberty (1961)

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:33 AM (01:33)

The Twilight Zone
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM MST

“Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.”
— Rod Serling (June 2, 1961)


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
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    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page / Wimkin page
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    4. Bubonicon Puppies — Facebook page
    5. Discordian Absurdist Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    6. Egg McMuffin for President — Facebook page
    7. Extropy UnboundFacebook / Spreely / Wimkin / WordPress
    8. KCUF Media — Facebook / Spreely / WordPress
    9. New Mexico Dissent and Expose — Facebook page / Spreely page
    10. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group / Facebook page / Minds group / Spreely group / Spreely page / Wimkin group / Wimkin page
    11. Resist Marxism New Mexico — Facebook page
    12. Split the State New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    13. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page / Spreely page
    14. The Weekly SeditionDiaspora* / Facebook / Gab / Gettr / gorf.pub / gorf.space / Minds / Spreely / Twitter / Wimkin / WordPress
    15. Vote Dumpster Fire — Facebook page
    16. Vote the Air — Facebook page
    17. Wood Chipper — Facebook page

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Book Review — 2345: A Letter From The Future, by Brandon Goldentree

Filed under: Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 5:28 AM (05:28)

2345: A Letter from the Future

by Brandon Goldentree

Published by 22 Lions

Needs more of a story

2 out of 5 stars

This book could work as a science fiction story with a bit more world-building and some more details, and less stream of consciousness.

Was it intended to be a sort of warning for present-day readers (2022) ? If so, what sort of action is the author proposing to prevent the predicted bad state of affairs?


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Amazon / Bastyon / Blogspot / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page, profile / Flote / Gab / Gettr / Gorf .pub, .space / Minds / Retalk / Spreely page, profile / Twitter / VK / Wimkin page, profile
    2. Bubonicon Puppies — Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media — Facebook page / Spreely page

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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Skiffy Books I’ve Read by Women Before 1997

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:54 AM (04:54)

For me, a partial list:

Margaret Wander Bonanno

Diane Carey

Carmen Carter

Jeanne Cavelos

Karen Rose Cercone

C. J. Cherryh

Carolyn Clowes

Sonni Cooper

Melissa Crandall

A.C. Crispin

Myrna Culbreath

Kathryn Drennan

Diane Duane

Julia Ecklar

Barbara Hambly

Laurell K. Hamilton

Janet Kagan

Judy Klass

Dana Kramer-Rolls

Majliss Larson

Jean Lorrah

Sondra Marshak

Anne McCaffery

Vonda N. McIntyre

Barbara Paul

Selina Rosen

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pamela Sargent

Melissa Scott

Josepha Sherman

Kathleen Sky

Melinda Snodgrass

Susan Shwartz

Laurie S. Sutton

Jeri Taylor

Lois Tilton

Della Van Hise

Susan Wright

H/T Frank Ney — Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:51 PM


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Facebook page / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Spreely page / Twitter / VK
    2. Bubonicon Puppies — Facebook page / Spreely page
    3. KCUF Media – Facebook page / Spreely page

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Eric July Calls Out Marvel for Writing Laziness

Filed under: entertainment — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:55 PM (18:55)

Eric July, frontman for Backwordz, recently called out the Marvel “bullpen” for laziness and sloppiness with their endless rebooting[1] of their characters and storylines —

I agree with Mr. July 1000 percent, and have said so several times in the past.

To date, the ONLY reboot that significantly improved upon the source material was Ronald D. Moore’s 2003 remake of the Battlestar Galactica franchise.

Compare and contrast Marvel’s incessant rebooting with Star Trek in 1986.

Gene Roddenberry wanted to bring the franchise back to television, but couldn’t afford the salaries that William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley could command. Rather than casting new actors in the established roles, he created a new slate of previously unknow characters, and thus Star Trek: The Next Generation was born.

Star Trek: The Original Series lasted three years (1966-1969) in its original run, while The Next Generation (1987-1994), Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), and Voyager (1995-2001) ran for seven seasons each, followed by Enterprise (2001-2005), which ran for four seasons.

Thus, I think it’s fair to say that while rebooting your franchise may seem like the thing to do at the moment, not doing so may give your franchise a longer, richer life.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Reboot (fiction) — Infogalactic article, Wikipedia article

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page, profile] / Flote / Gab / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely [page, profile] / Twitter / VK / YouTube
    2. Bubonicon Puppies Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Book Review — Sci-Fi Shorts, by Nathan Dodge

Filed under: Reading, Reviews — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 9:49 PM (21:49)


Sci-Fi Shorts by Nathan Dodge

If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, then Sci-Fi Shorts might be for you.

I read through all 28 pages on my phone in under 30 minutes, and was not at all disappointed.

Each of the three stories were short but solid and thought-provoking.

(NO, I’m not providing any spoilers!)


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK
    2. Bubonicon Puppies Facebook page

Friday, 17 May 2019

G.P. Eliot’s Reader Questionnaire

Filed under: Correspondence, Quizzes / Surveys, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 1:30 AM (01:30)

What’s your age?

  • Younger than 18
  • 18 – 24
  • 25 – 40
  • 41 – 65
  • 65 or older

Where do you live?

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Other:

How did you discover G.P. Eliot?

  • An email from Amazon
  • Amazon “Also Bought”
  • BookBub
  • Other book recommendation service (i.e. Freebooksy, instaFreebie, BookSends)
  • You saw an ad on Facebook
  • You saw an ad on Amazon
  • Recommendation from family member or friend

What originally attracted you to G.P. Eliot’s books?

  • Cover
  • Blurb
  • Look Inside (free sample on Amazon)
  • Reviews
  • Other:

How many Sci-Fi books have you read?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6 – 10
  • More than 10
  • I don’t read Science Fiction

Which are your top three favorite Sci-Fi books?

I’ve read literally hundreds (see above), to pick just three from all of them is a bit of an injustice to so many of them.

Name your top three favorite Sci-Fi Amazon authors

Michael Flynn, Neal Stephenson, L. Neil Smith, and of course, the late great Robert A. Heinlein (again, too many to do proper justice to here)

Name your favorite(s) Sci-Fi movie(s)

The Matrix (the first one), Interstellar

How do you read your books?

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Print
  • Barnes & Nobles
  • Apple Device
  • Android Device
  • Kobo eReader
  • Audiobook
  • Other: Amazon Kindle, print, on my laptop

Are you in Kindle Unlimited?

  • Yes
  • No

What do you think G.P. Eliot should include more in his books?

  • Space Battles
  • Colonization
  • Alien Invasion
  • Exploration
  • Splatter
  • Humor
  • Action
  • Sex
  • Other: All of the above, with the exception of splatter (it gets tedious after a while).

What is your favorite Science Fiction category?

  • Space Opera
  • Dystopian
  • Galactic Empire
  • Military
  • Alien Invasion
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Colonization
  • First Contact
  • Space Exploration
  • Other: I’m a bit of a sucker for science fiction — I can go with just about any genre in a skiffy setting.

How often would you like to hear from G.P. Eliot?

  • Just when there’s a new book
  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Twice a month

Is there anything else you’d like G.P. Eliot to know?

Nada for the time being.


NOTES

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Book Review — Dalida, by G.P. Eliot

Filed under: Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:33 AM (03:33)

Emancipation, Book 1.0: Dalida by G. P. Eliot

As promised, here is my review. I tried posting it to Amazon, and received this error message upon making the attempt —

The other reviews posted to Amazon are spot-on, for the most part.

If you’re looking for swashbuckling adventure of the Indiana Jones variety, with tidbits of Star Trek thrown in, Eliot is your guy.

The good guys aren’t the angsty, indecisive types that so many other writers like to put out there for your entertainment FRNs. Sure, they have their flaws, but they’re basically good, stand-up people when it counts. You won’t find any socialist just-us wankers on the crew of the Dalida, insisting that everyone sing “Kum-bah-ya” with everyone that they encounter.

Likewise, I suspect that most readers would want to see the main bad guy (the “Jackal”) killed in a firefight at some point. He’s a conniving, backstabbing, untrustable son of a bitch, and makes no bones about it.

The only “bad” thing in the 500 pages of the ePub version that I saw was on page 343.4 —

Instead, the ansibles worked on encoding data into neutrinos—tiny sub-atomic particles that could travel faster than light. Without them, humanity would dissolve into a mess of disparate colony worlds, never able to talk to each other.

Neutrinos usually travel at the speed of light, as far as the current research shows.[1]

So “neutrinos” should be changed to “tachyons,” the technobabble catch-all faster-than-light subatomic particles, for v.2 of Dalida.


NOTES

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino#Speed
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measurements_of_neutrino_speed
  2. Reposted –
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

What Would Tyr Do?

Filed under: Life, Media, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:29 PM (19:29)


Friday, 17 June 2016

Book Review: Dr. Adder, by K.W. Jeter

Filed under: Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:09 AM (08:09)

Maybe it was beyond the pale for 1972 and 1984 . . .

I first heard about Dr. Adder while reading a review of it one of Jim Baen’s New Destines book-magazines. New Destines was published in the 1980s, but I didn’t discover them until the early 1990s at used bookstores.

Anyway, the reviewer said something along the lines of “this is the sickest, most depraved book I’ve ever come across,” and gave a short paragraph on why that was the case (basically, the idea that the title character, Dr. Adder, performs elective surgery on hookers to the specifications of their clients).

For what it’s worth, Dr. Adder might have been considered “sick” and “depraved” when it was originally written (1972) and then published (1984), but today, it’s kind of . . . stale.

For me, the least believable part of the book was the CIA-developed “flashglove,” a prosthetic arm which is placed on the stump where the user’s original arm used to be, where it then connects with the user’s nervous system. How this connection is made (beyond physically joining the unit to the stump) isn’t specified by Jeter. (I guess that’s what this edition’s cover shows — Dr. Adder with the flashglove connected to his arm.) After being attached to the user, the flashglove then gives the user extended sensory abilities (again, how isn’t specified), along with the ability to kill with a touch (the unit emits some some sort of “vibration” that causes flesh and bone to explode).

Why anyone would voluntarily give up an arm and hand for this sort of thing is quite beyond me.

Probably the most notable part of the book was the description of the “Vagina Dentata,” where Adder does his surgical bit and adds sharks’ teeth (filched from the local oceanography labs) to the genitals of a hooker intended for his arch-nemesis, such that said nemesis is castrated immediately after insertion (pp. 89-90). Later, it turns out that this was really the idea of said nemesis, but whatever (p. 201).

The idea of looking into the deepest, darkest part of a person’s soul and making those forbidden, taboo thoughts into tangible reality is a theme that Jeter visits again at least once. See his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Warped, where a special holodeck modification is used thusly.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Dr. Adder on Wikipedia

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.5
  2. Reposted –
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

“Darth Lucifertas” on Politics

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:33 AM (02:33)

I can roll with this.

[H/T “Sith’Ari Progressives” Facebook page]


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.2
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / seen.life / tsu / WordPress.com

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