Monthly Archive for November, 2010

death proof

A silly Gmail Chat with my friend Scott:

Scott: What if tomorrow wasn’t another day? What if tomorrow was a fish?  What would the endoing to Gone With the Wind have been like?
me: I’ve never actually seen that movie.
Scott: Neither have I, but according Weird Al, the ending of the movie has a character saying “Tomorrow is another day”
me: If tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow never dies, and if you should die another day, then that makes you immortal.
Scott: I think you’re missing a step in your proof
me: Prove it.
Scott: p – Tomorrow, q – another day, r – never dies/immortal, s – you
Scott: p -> q, p -> r, therefore p -> r, s -> ~r and q
No further information can be derived
me: So… today is a good day to die?

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physician, heal thyself

Okay, so “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky” is pretty much the best Star Trek title I’ve ever heard, and I was surprised by how much I loved the episode itself–especially considering that I had all but forgotten it until now. If I didn’t know any better I would suspect the creators had discovered an unproduced script from season 2 and decided to use it in the third season, it’s that good. I don’t want to say too much more about it, because I really want you to watch it for yourself [original | remastered], but it’s a Dr. McCoy episode and probably one of the best installments in the series. Also, it stars Catherine Woodville (pictured below), whose character died in the first episode of The Avengers, thus giving everyone someone to avenge. She later married Patrick Macnee, Mr. Steed himself.

"Can we insert the Instrument of Obedience another night, dear?"

Anyway, it’s something to watch when you tire of the Thanksgiving Day parade (I don’t even recognize half of the characters featured in balloon form anymore!) and football, or while you’re recovering from your meal. Please drop by the Star Trek Re-Watch at The Viewscreen and share your thoughts on it!

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last day to enter the eReader drawing!

Today is the last day to buy tickets for the eReader drawing that benefits the Carl Brandon Society and the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. Please buy some tickets here to support a good cause and win one or more eReaders loaded with tons of free fiction from writers of color, including my science fiction short story “My Father’s Eyes”. Tickets are available until midnight and winners will be selected tomorrow.

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this is the morning report

Happy Friday! I’ll try to keep this short, just a few quick updates and things to think about over the weekend.

1) My fellow Altered Fluidian, Devin Poore, has his first fiction sale up at Eschatology: The Journal of Lovecraftian and Apocalyptic Fiction. It’s a very short but powerful story called “Before the Wind” that I hope you’ll check out:

The newscaster’s voice came faint and agitated from the speaker above the water fountain, going through the motions, repeating it all over again. It was the same news I had been hearing for days from different sources, but maybe this time I would pick up something missed before. Something to point me to the north or south. Something to give me a hint of those I’d left behind.

There, you’ve already read 15% of the entire piece, and you can find the rest here.

2) As The Thing might say, “It’s nominatin’ time!” OK, he would probably never say that, but it is nomination time for the Nebula Awards. To make it easier for everyone to choose which of my piece’s to support, I only published one short story this year (so far): “My Father’s Eyes” in Sybil’s Garage No. 7. If you are a SFWA member and you read and enjoyed my story, this is one way to show your appreciation. I hope to have it available online in one form or another before the nomination period closes on February 15, 2011; sadly, I am not yet a SFWA member, so I can’t include it in the members-only discussion area. You can of course still order the magazine and read it. You also can still buy tickets for the Carl Brandon Society raffle for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship (until November 22, 2010), to win one of four eReaders that comes with my story and many others from writers of color pre-installed.

3) I have more I wanted to share, but this post is already running long, so I’ll leave you with this: our Star Trek Re-Watch on “The Day of the Dove” is now up at The Viewscreen. The episode–which concerns a sparkling, hate-sucking, vampire alien that pits the Enterprise against a crew of Klingons in bitter swordplay stage combat–is probably best skipped, but if you read my recap you can still participate in the ongoing discussion of its heavy-handed indictment of war and racism. There are a lot of uncomfortable things going on in this story, but at least it makes for lively and thoughtful conversation, which is one reason we enjoy doing these reviews so much.

I’m planning on spending the next several days in focused writing and revising, which I’ll probably elaborate on a little in my next blog post. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend! How will you spend it? I suspect a lot of people will be going to the movie theater to see the eagerly-anticipated The Next Three Days, which finally opens today. Are there any other interesting film releases this weekend?

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“Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the gun.”

Chekov's gun.

I didn’t expect to enjoy “Specter Spectre of the Gun,” this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch, as much as I did. It’s a surreal entry in the series as Star Trek meets Gunsmoke. It doesn’t completely work, but I admired the creative set designs and intriguing themes a lot. The script has all the logic of a dream sequence or an avante-garde stage play, but it also has some terrific dialogue and character interactions. I think it’s worth checking out (original | remastered) for yourself. Our review is now up at The Viewscreen–let us know what you think!

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