sci fi is still my favourite!

Michi’s 2016 Jdrama List
  • All the 2016 dramas & movies I watched (in random order)
  • Favourites / best  bolded

◇ Juhan Shuttai! → comedy, business

Originally posted by llllilian

◇ Sekai kara neko ga kieta nara  [movie]

Originally posted by movielosophy

Jimi ni sugoi! → rom-com, business

Originally posted by gekikara46

◇ Koe Koi → rom-com, school

Originally posted by anidrama

◇ Cain and Abel → drama, romance, business  * still watching *

Originally posted by heysayjumpin

◇ Busujima Yuriko no Sekinara Nikki  

◇ Carrer → comedy, crime

◇ Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko → comedy, action, crime

Originally posted by yespurpletea

Daisho → suspense, psycological

◇ Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri → crime, mystery

◇ Hippocratic Oath → medical

IQ246 → crime, comedy  * still watching *

Originally posted by shinees

◇ Fragile → medical

Hapimari →  romance, business

Originally posted by paper-box

◇ Haburashi Onna Tomodachi  

Seisei Suruhodo aishiteru →  romance, drama

Originally posted by dreamingsnowflake2013

◇ Chihayufuru part I, part II [movies]

Originally posted by kdramastuff

◇ Never let me go → drama, sci-fi

Good Morning Call → romance, school, friendship

Originally posted by irrational-obsessions-gottcha78

◇ Love song → romance, music

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu →  rom-com  * still watching *


Originally posted by gekikara46

Love that makes you cry → romance

Originally posted by shinees

◇ Terra Formars [movie]

◇ MARS  

◇ The Bride of Rip van Winkle [movie]

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite kudasai →  rom-com

Originally posted by mile-ruichi

◇ Ie uru onna → comedy, business

99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi → comedy, law

Originally posted by movielosophy

Suki na Hito ga iru Koto → rom-com

Originally posted by dorama-s

◇ Higanbana → detective, crime

◇ Soshite Dare mo Inakunatta 

◇ Ookami Shoujo to to Kuro Ouji [movie] 

Originally posted by thekento

◇ Nobunaga Concerto Movie 

Originally posted by uniqueproprietary

TOP 5my most favourite dramas (of this year)

  1. Good Morning Call
  2. NigeHagi
  3. 99.9
  4. Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
  5. Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

“There was this movie that my dad watched with me called La Planète Sauvage. It’s a French sci-fi cartoon from 1973, and it’s still one of my favourite films. After he passed away, I watched it all the time. My dad and I used to play this game where he would scribble something nonsensical on a piece of paper, and I would have to turn it into something by drawing on it. Then we’d trade, and I would do a scribble, and he would turn it into something. That game was monumental for me; if I hang out with a kid, I’ll still play it. And a lot of the stuff that I’ll draw is kind of alien landscapes from La Planète Sauvage.”

[Sean Lennon, Harpers Bazaar, August 2017]

John, Sean and Yoko in Japan in August, 1979, published in Harpers Bazaar magazine, August 2017. 

Photo - Nishi F. Saimaru © Yoko Ono

actuallyaghostthanks  asked:

Do you guys have any podcast recs?? I love the Penbumbra Podcast, the Bright Sessions and The Adventure Zone but wait for episodes to come out os killing me :,,(

Hello @actuallyaghostthanks, first of all, you have an amazing taste in podcasts!! I must admit, I wasn’t really sure in what direction to go for my recommendations, based on these three podcasts. Do you like podcasts with a good LGTBTQ+ representation? Or a paranormal mystery? Or a bit more Sci-Fi?

So I guess I’ll just put a bit of all of this into your recommendation list. Also you should check out this list for more podcasts with an LGBTQ+ cast (and keep your eyes open, I’m currently working on a part 2) this one for spooky podcasts, and these for horror if that’s your thing)


And here are some more podcasts I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy:

ars PARADOXICA:

While I must admit that I had to give up on the podcast (for various reasons), I still highly recommend it. It has Sci-Fi, time travel, parallel universes (I think?), and an amazing lead character

Big Data:

One of my favourite podcasts by far! The only reason I haven’t posted a review yet is that all my thoughts about it are way too long. It uses all the tropes and cliches of the Investigative Journalism genre, and turns them into a hilarious, diverse, and thrilling story. It starts off great and becomes more amazing with each episode

EOS 10:

The adventures of a doctor on Space Station EOS 10. There is political conspiracies, medical emergencies, and a dangerous fugitive hiding in the space station. Also, sentient christmas trees!

Return Home:

This podcast is not the type of podcast you think it is after the first one or two episodes. I’m not saying it gets better, I’m not saying it gets worse. I’m just saying that you might expect Twin Peaks or Silent Hill, and you get … were-bunnies, a bizarre city council election, and one of the main characters dating the Devil. While Return Home sure does have it’s serious and dark moments, it’s way more fun than the first episodes make it seem to be. Can’t wait for the new season!

The Black Tapes / TANIS:

When Big Data uses tropes and cliches of the Investigative Journalism genre and turns it into something hilarious, The Black Tapes (find our review here) and its spin-off TANIS simply use these tropes. I enjoy this type of narration a lot, and binge listened to the first seasons of both shows within a few days. While I do think the quality dropped a bit as the stories progressed, I still highly recommend both The Black Tapes (with a focus on the paranormal and occult) and TANIS (with a focus on … creepy pasta and internet conspiracies). It should also be said that I’m not the biggest fan of the people behind the podcasts …

The Monster Hunters:

I must admit I’m only a few episodes in, but I enjoy the mix of horror and comedy: “The Year: 1971AD. The Place: The City of Swinging London. The Mission: To Destroy all Monsters.” Also I love that it’s a bit of a different setting from all the other podcasts. You should definitely give it a try.

The Strange Case of Starship Iris:

A Sci-Fi drama that’s only one episode old! So it’s still too soon to say much about it, but I liked the first episode a lot, it’s well written, well acted, and I’m excited to find out what happens next. All in all a very promising start!

The Behemoth:

This one is quite different from most other podcasts I’ve recommended so far. It’s the story of a young girl who follows a mysterious giant who suddenly appears from the ocean and walks across the US. It’s an odd one, this podcast, but captivating, and a very unique experience. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone, but I sure did enjoy it!


I hope you’ll find something you like! Also, feel free to scroll through our tags to find more specific podcasts!

Lizz

A lot of those tag things!

So yesterday I checked my activity feed for the first time in months and found I was tagged in a bunch of things I missed and I’m awful i’m so sorry, so I collected them and here they are for anyone interested in reading a lot of random irrelevant information about me haha thank you so much for tagging me!! I may have missed some tags because my browser was lagging really badly when I tried to load three month old stuff but I tried 😖

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Hey if you guys are looking for shows with less forced hetero (or really any) romance, I recommend Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency! There’s no romance in the first series (there are implications/hints but they don’t lead to anything) and the second series has a gay couple and a bi character- but this isn’t made into a big deal and romance still isn’t the main focus. It’s a quirky sci-fi/fantasy type show and suitable for anyone above the age of around 14, and I highly recommend it.

XxN

M-Corp - Red Dwarf blog

(SPOILER WARNING: The following is an in-depth critical analysis. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, you may want to before reading this review)

I’ve never had a more surreal experience on Tumblr than a couple of days ago when, upon returning from a week’s break from this hellsite due to personal matters, I saw that my review of Mechocracy had blown up with notes due to people arguing over whether or not Rimmer was an allegory for Donald Trump. Now I could have stepped in to clarify certain things I’d written, but I figured everyone had gone so far down that particular rabbit hole that there was no point in in adding my voice to maelstrom.

What we really need now is an episode that’s completely uncontroversial. Something we can all get behind. How about an episode that criticises capitalism and big corporations? Yeah, sure. I can’t see anything controversial about that, right?

One thing I have to commend Doug Naylor for right off the bat is the way this story is constructed. I love how he takes all of these disparate elements like Lister’s birthday, his health problems, Chippy and even the gag at the beginning with him covering his ears so he can’t hear Kryten tell him how old he is, and combines then to create this intricately written narrative. It all flows so well and sets this episode apart from the previous three episodes.

So after receiving a software update, it turns out that the Jupiter Mining Corporation and, by extension, Red Dwarf has been bought by M-Corp. Eagle eyed viewers may recognise M-Corp as the same company we saw in last years’ Samsara. One of my personal, all time favourite Red Dwarf episodes, Samsara lightly touched upon humanity’s dystopian future through the use of the titular ship’s Karma Drive that controls the actions and behaviour of the crew. M-Corp takes this idea even further still, exploring how consumer based culture can be used to influence and control the human race in a way that’s arguably far more effective than sci-fi mind control or real life fascist dictators.

M-Corp owns everything. And I mean everything. Products, furniture, robots, drinks, food, countries, oceans, planets and even thoughts. Now obviously this is a comedy show, which means some things are exaggerated. i doubt we’ll ever see perception filters, a cap on dialogue or a thought tax occur in the real world. How would you even quantify thoughts? But part of what makes M-Corp so effective is the fact that it does have tangible links to real life. We do have examples of companies restricting customer freedoms, such as Apple whose tech are only compatible with other Apple products and who refuses to divulge information or tech support, instead requiring you to pay money for someone to fix a simple problem that would usually be much cheaper to do yourself if Apple had just given you the information. A perception filter that prevents Lister from seeing or interacting with non M-Corp products is, while strictly within the realms of the science fiction, not that big of a leap. It’s not that difficult to imagine a company doing something like this, which is what makes it so insidious.

In some ways M-Corp reminds me of Series 5′s The Inquisitor in that it’s not a particularly funny episode, but is still phenomenally good due to its great premise and excellent execution. That’s not to say that M-Corp is utterly devoid of humour. There’s some good jokes here and there. The opening sequence with Chippy was funny, as was the scenes with Lister trying to carry out his morning routine with all of his possessions being invisible. Plus there are some great callbacks to the original series, such as Lister reverting back to his 23 year old self at the end and recreating the opening scene from The End, and of course the security question gag, which feels like the long awaited punchline to a joke that had been set up over 20 years ago in Series 3′s The Last Day when Rimmer first revealed he had his first kiss with his Uncle Frank. But you can tell that comedy has been put on the back seat here, particularly in the second half when things get very dark indeed.

One of my favourite sequences in the entire episode is when Lister gets teleported to M-Corp itself and gets his own personal assistant, played brilliantly by Helen George. We’ve seen instances in Red Dwarf where something dark or unsavoury ends up becoming really funny, a prime example being Series 7′s Epideme, but very rarely do we see it play out in reverse, and that’s what happens here. It’s initially really funny with Lister trying to back out of his deal with M-Corp and the computer finding ways of charging more money from Lister, but as the scene goes on, the whole premise just gets creepier and creepier until we begin to realise just how much power and influence M-Corp has over Lister and its customers. 

M-Corp represents a very different kind of antagonist we’re used to seeing in Red Dwarf. For one thing it’s not a person, but an entire company, with Helen George merely serving as the face for it, and it’s not evil or immoral. It’s in fact neutral and amoral. It bears no ill will or malicious intent toward Lister or its customers whatsoever.  In fact quite the opposite. It loves Lister, provided he continues buying M-Corp products. And the easiest way to get him to keep buying M-Corp products is to keep manufacturing scenarios where Lister has no choice but to do so. Give him pain and sell him a remedy. Start a fire and sell him  a fire extinguisher. Get rid of his friends and give him access to friends that M-Corp approves of with a strict tariff on just how many words can be exchanged with said friends. It’s legitimately horrifying and part of the reason for that is because, again despite how extreme it is, it does have some basis in reality. That’s how corporations work in real life, They want their customers to solely rely on them, to the point where the most insidious businesses and companies, like (at the risk of bringing politics into another Red Dwarf review) Alex Jones’ infamous and ridiculous Info Wars site, manufactures imaginary problems in order to conveniently sell a solution. M-Corp, again, isn’t that big of a leap. Okay I doubt there will ever come a time where you can charge time as a currency, but it serves the point of the satire. That corporations prefer their customers in as helpless a state as possible so that the customers can depend on the aid of their products.

But despite all of this, I never got the sense that M-Corp is anti-capitalist. The fact is capitalism isn’t an inherently bad system and it works reasonably well. Okay it’s not perfect, but no system is truly perfect. What M-Corp does do very effectively is warn us of just how reliant we as a society have become on big corporations. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with a capitalist society as such, it is important not to let it go too far. it’s not about demolishing capitalism or consumer based culture. it’s about finding a good balance. No company should have a monopoly on everything and there are some things in life that should not be assigned a monetary value.

M-Corp is not only the best episode of Series 12, but I also think it’s up there with some of the best episodes of Red Dwarf. Yes it’s not very funny, but it’s not really trying to be either. Its intelligent and at times unnerving commentary on our over reliance on commercialism and big business is what makes M-Corp stand head and shoulders above the previous three episodes and demonstrates just what a unique position Red Dwarf is in. The show can go to places most sitcoms would never dare to tread and that’s what makes it so special.

Slash Watch: There are a few things here this time. First there’s Rimmer’s delight at the prospect of seeing Kryten stick a rectal thermometer up Lister’s bum (in fact Rimmer has always had a bit of an obsession with inserting things inside Lister). Then there’s the Dwarfers with the invisible ‘electric toothbrush’ (what on Earth would four men be doing with one of those I wonder), and then there’s the Cat with the invisible can of lager, which suspiciously looks like something else judging by his hand motions and the milky white substance that comes pouring out all over Lister’s face. Will someone please think of the children?!

UNLEASH THE GAY!

Originally posted by gifsofwar

Listen, I LOVE Michael Crichton and he is my second all-time favourite sci-fi novelist, and he has many well represented women as main characters. But I still feel acutely aware of how his main characters who are men are described by credentials first and appearance second, and his women main characters are described appearance first and credentials second. Men are described as brilliant, enigmatic, and geniuses in their fields and also happen to be tall and strong and handsome. Women are described as being thin and lean with luscious long hair and big beautiful eyes, and also good at their field of study.

It’s not just Michael Crichton. It happens in almost every novel, sci-fi and every other genre. Not even just novels, but every type of media. The way male authors describe women characters should be evidence enough of the deeply ingrained sexism and misogyny that exists in our society.

The only reason someone would think this kind of casual enforcement of sexism doesn’t matters is because they’re too closed minded to understand the cultural implications, or because they fully know it to be true but denying it enforces their power.

skullforaskull  asked:

You've probably been asked this a billion times before, but what's your favourite Mechagodzilla design? I lean more toward the classic sci-fi clunkiness of the original, but I'm curious. Also, what sort of look/backstory would you expect of a Legendary!Mechagodzilla?

Design-wise, Showa MechaG is pretty much untouchable 

Originally posted by swampthingy

At this point in Legendary’s series, I’d say the best way to fit Mechagodzilla in is to make it an Earth weapon. Before G’14 came out, my friend and I were hyping each other up suggesting that the skeleton in the trailer would be used in later movies as Kiryu 

I still think they could do that at some point, but if they go with the space monster origin for Ghidorah, a similar space origin for Mechagodzilla wouldn’t be impossible! 

jrdnalbrchtsn  asked:

Who are some of your favorite illustrators/artists?

(this is a late reply, but I’m making it long to compensate…?)

It changes all the time! There’s so much out there! When I first started drawing and making comics as a kid it was Bill WattersonGiorgio Cavazzano and Masahiro Ando all the way - though I didn’t know their names back then. Later it was all about Alessandro Barbucci and Don Rosa (Don Rosa more for his storytelling, humor and mood than the art). Hayao Myazaki - and everything Ghibli - has been a big inspiration. When I started hanging on dA I was a fan of MakaniLoishKtshy and TracyJB (who still drives me crazy with her talent!). In more recent year’s I’ve been into Tekkonkinkreet (Black and White),Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akria, every movie ever made by Satoshi Kon, “Kerascoët“ - especially Beautiful DarknessNancy Peña, and Ron Cobbs sci-fi concepts (who’s like the only non animation/comics-person here). Bryan Lee O’MalleyScott Pilgrim blew my mind, as did Patrick McEown’s Hair Shirt and Jillian (and MarikoTamaki’s - This one Summer. These days I find most of my favourite artists on Tumblr and some of them are my friends! <3 All of the people listed (in no order at all) below are amazing and deserves a follow:

Emily Partridge

Natasha Allegri

Madéleine Flores

Patrick Crotty

Jake Wyatt

Zac Gorman

Valentin Seiche

Mathilde Kitteh 

Guillaume Singelin

Violaine Briat

Sam Bosma

Radford Sechrist

OMOCAT

Elliot Alfredius

Luke Pearson

Claire Belton

Kate Beaton

Tiffany Ford

Fabien Mense

Olle Forsslöf

Natalie Andrewson

Kris Mukai

and there are soooo many more!! I probably forgot like 20. I could do this all day, except I’m already tired of it so not really. 

Horror movie recommendations

I’ve been compiling this list for months and thought what better time to post it than October just in time for Halloween? Below is 50+ horror movie recommendations and a smaller list at the end of non-recommendations. 

Some general info:

  • This is a completely subjective list of my personal favourites and I’m not saying these are the best horror movies ever, since there’s still a tonne of horror movies out there that I haven’t watched and everyone’s preferences are different. 
  • My general tastes lean more towards the slasher, psychological, supernatural/paranormal and thriller/mystery sub-genres, which this list will reflect. 
  • Not a fan of found-footage, sci-fi, monster (including vampires, zombies, werewolves etc.) or virus sub-genres, so you won’t see many movies that fall under these categories. 
  • I haven’t seen many of the ‘classic’ horrors pre-dating the 70′s, so there won’t be many included.
  • All rec’s include the title, year, genre, main cast, summary, IMDb rating and a personal overview (none of which contain any spoilers).
  • Movies with asterisks are ones I consider must-see’s. 
  • At the end there’s also a small list of movies I advise avoiding and/or that have a better reputation than I think they deserve.

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anonymous asked:

Jeanmarco fic recs please?

ooOH BOY. You have unleashed the Kraken, Anon.

Putting the list under a cut because shit is about to get real.

EDIT// I CAN’T BELIEVE I KEEP FORGETTING but you guys should also check out jeanmarcofanfics. They are amazing and literally specialize in JM fanfics, pfft.

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One of my favourite sci-fi stories of all time is actually a novel I read as a child called The Ear, the Eye and the Arm set in futuristic Zimbabwe about a rag-tag team of private detectives. I still have yet to see anything as bold as that world; the closest has been Neill Blomkamp’s work, but South African culture is extremely different, it’s a closer mark but a different feeling entirely than the world Nancy Farmer made.

my favourite thing about danny phantom is that subtly and slowly you see him become more of a medium between ghosts and humans rather than just a ghost hunter. he stops seeing ghosts as bad by ceasing his internalised fears and confusion of being part ghost and being scared of himself. he starts to accept his ghost half as something that’s a part of him and something that’s special and not bad. also, he sees that some ghosts can be good, they can be talked to at certain times and that he should only attack when the city or himself is provoked. danny has a strong understanding of ghosts the more he grows as one and sees how ghosts react. the ghost part of him becomes a very strong part of his identity and i don’t think thats understood by his friends or his sister. they only see him as the human they’ve always known, not acknowledging danny’s ghost side as an actual thing that affects his life now that he has the ability to join a new(… i’ll just say culture because what the fuck else would i call it? theyre ghosts). they only see a black and white world where ghosts are bad and humans are good. i think their understanding of that is stretched much later in the series, but not by much. parallel to that, danny obviously originally thought vlad was evil because he was a ghost, but later realised when he was comfortable enough to accept his ghost half that vlad was evil because he was an evil person. danny becomes more and more connected with ghosts the more human enemies come into the show and that widens danny’s perspective on what good and evil truly is. he can see that evil to him could be good to someone else, like how the guys in white thought he needed to be stopped, but amity park cheered his heroic deeds after pariah darks attack. and finally, the best part is. despite the shows obvious sci-fi themes, danny is still a normal teenager. hes average in intelligence, he has no natural athletic skills and he’s known as a loser for his choice of friends and interests. he’s relatively boring. and it makes his character development and adventures so god damn relatable because of that. because despite his powers, danny still handles his problems like a normal fucking person would, he has real feelings and stands for people who need help and hes literlaly my favourite fucking super hero. fuck you avengers.

Honor Harrington and the Patriarchy

I’m rereading the Honorverse series from Book 1 on for the first time in a few years, long enough that the first time around I hadn’t heard of intersectionality, nor did I apply much in the way of feminist criticism beyond noticing Weber’s efforts to include lots of female characters across the board.  I’m at Echoes of Honor now, and if you’ve read the series you know that the series at this point is undergoing a major change in tone.

The biggest change in the series is how Honor herself becomes increasingly cental to not only the narrative, but also the world itself and the characters within.  I think this starts around Flag in Exile and is full-bore by Echoes of Honor.  Even after she’s dead, any time any other character is thinking they’re probably thinking about her - even if just peripherally.  Given how much Weber loves loves wordy exposition, the endless focus on Honor and how she’s The Most Important Person kind of leads one to start labelling her as a Mary Sue.  I know I did, both when I first read the series and even more so now.  When I first started thinking about writing this, it was going to be about how even though the whole concept of a Mary Sue is really negative because it typically is used to criticize a female character for doing or being what isn’t blinked at in a male charater Honor actually qualifies because it’s so obvious she was created for a specific male gaze.  Her ‘off-duty’ activities are heavily idealised, to the point where she wears a freakin’ fedora.  But the problematic character isn’t her, because even if she was created with intentions that I wouldn’t call super feminist, she herself doesn’t do anything wrong, not that I can see.

The problem is with Hamish Alexander (Earl White Haven) and the Graysons.

It’s not hard to pick up on the pro-polygyny stance of the books, especially not after reading War of Honor, even if the continual praising of the Grayons doesn’t make it clear.  The problem I have is that the text makes it clear that only MF and MFF are acceptable, with any other mention of equality or acceptance is basically lipservice, and heavily steeped in an attempt to pass patriarchal, sexist attitudes as benevolent or nonharmful.

The Graysons are the prime offenders.  The text goes to great, vast, endless lengths to show that well, sure the Graysons are patriarchal, sexist regressives, but it’s always tempered with this sense that they’re not so bad, y'know?  I mean, sure they don’t let women vote or own property, and sure they’re all patronizing as hell, even, no especially towards Honor.  But at least they know it, right?  And you can’t really expect them to do better, right?  I mean, blah blah birthrate disparity, blah blah men had to defend womens.

Bullllshit.

The Grayson patriarchy is constantly excused, normalized and apologized for in the text.  It’s done under the guise of “benevolent” sexism, and every character - particularly female characters - all seem to be quite happy to go along with this notion that refusing women the right to vote “until they’ve learned how to handle the responsibility” is in any way okay because reasons.  No.  Fuck that.  It drives me nuts that not one character, not Honor, not Allison Harrington, not Mike Henke, no one says, “Fuck your birthrates, fuck your history, fuck your religion.  Stop treating women like property.  Stop it right now.”  Like, accepting that large-scale societal change takes time (it’s not like women have ever just been granted the right to vote en masse before, right?) is one thing, but nodding and excusing the persistence of outright institutionalized sexism just because “they mean well” or “they had a hard life” sucks.

As bad as the Graysons are, Hamish Alexander is the fucking worst.  He’s just as patriarchal and seixst as the Graysons are without even the “excuse” of being raised in that kind of environment.

Actually, quick aside.  I didn’t notice this the first time around, but for such an “advanced” and “tolerant” society Manticore sure seems to keep their non-het people pretty well hidden, eh?  I don’t know if there’s one canonically gay or bi character in the series.  Race is an issue, too.  He insists over and over that Manticore (and, apparently, the PRH, Talbott Cluster and just about everywhere) else was settled from the “Western Hemisphere”, but he appears to actually mean “America”.  White As Default is very much in evidence, with a smattering of (primarily black) PoCs.  Honor’s Chinese heritage is heavily exoticized, as is her mother, enough that without explicit description it seems evident that there are no East/South Asian people in Manticore or the PRH.

Anyways, back to Hamish Alexander.  There’s a big long chunk in Echoes of Honor that directly inspired me to write this.  He’s retrospecting on Honor’s death, which, y'know, fair enough, she’s Kind of a Big Deal and he’s recently fallen in love with her.  The problem I have is that it also entails a re-explication of his marriage and what happened to his wife.  During this long, long explanation of just how his wife’s accident affected him while she apparently got over it because Noble Woman he mentions how she’s totally okay with his affairs and prostitutes because a man just has to have sex, amiright?  Right?  I mean, wow, could you imagine if a dude couldn’t have sex?  Ergh.  Let’s talk about how the woman paralyzed from the neck down feels back about her husband have affairs hurts her not because he’s, y'know, FUCKING CHEATING, but because it reminds her that SHE CAN’T DO HER DUTY AND PROVIDE HIM WITH SEX.  I’m a dude, a cishet dude, and this pisses me off because what does hand-in-hand with the notion that is an okay expectation to make of a woman is the assertion that men cannot function without a regular dose of vagina.  It’s insulting, it’s damaging, and it is a core facet of toxic masculinity.  Anyways, as part of Hamish reflecting on how much he loves his wife because she blames herself for him having to have affairs, he also talks about how after his wife was horribly cripped he fell apart, about how his life was ruined, about how he failed to protect her.  And the only way he was able to recover is because another woman - a friend and collegue - gave him sex.  She healed his wounds with her labia and lo!  He remembered how much he loved his wife, and was able to stand by her (despite not getting sex and having to have affairs.)  Serious, he reiterates that point several times, both in that chapter and throughout the series.

After he’s done whinging about that, he then goes on about how he fell in love with Honor in the same way he loves his wife but also totally seperately, he loves them both as individual people without diminishing his love for the other.  Okay, fair enough so far, I’m not going to criticise that.   But.  He makes it clear that he blames himself for her death because she ran away after he stopped thinking of her as a military commander and started thinking of her as a woman.  And then, after he’s done reflecting on that for a page or two, he says that he loves two women.  One murdered, one maimed and crippled.  And it hurts him.  Their pain, their tragedy… but it’s all about him.

I don’t really have a conclusion to this, I guess.  The Honorverse is still one of my favourite sci-fi series, but I’m having trouble reconciling that with the big streak of partriarchal attitudes that underpins so much of the books.

anonymous asked:

what are some of your favourite cyberpunk movies or tv shows or books etc.?

the easiest answer is: all of them. if it’s good cyberpunk fiction: awesome. and if it’s shitty cyberpunk, it doesn’t matter because it will still be hilarious and entertaining to me.

TBH though, the vast majority of cyberpunk anything that was written/filmed in the 21st century is kind of awkward. not in an “ooh it’s too mainstream now” kinda way, but because people keep trying to emulate the cyberpunk ideas and aesthetics that were developed in the 80s and early 90s, without really taking into account the fact that by the mid-2000s, most of those ~fictional~ concepts were already beginning to become a reality. it just feels a little silly to create a fictionalised “future dystopia” where megacities are run by evil corporations and unmanned surveillance drones are unleashed on political protests and everyone’s phones are constantly tapped… because hello, that’s real life.

i’m a 90s kid, which means that by the time i was old enough to read an adult novel, cyberpunk was already “dead” as a fictional concept. as an adult, most of my career/work choices would be incomprehensible to people who were adults during the heyday of cyberpunk as a thriving subculture. i write news stories about online censorship and hashtags and tumblr fan communities. i have forged many meaningful friendships and professional relationships via social media. two of my most recent ~day jobs~ have involved working in call centre offices helping people navigate retail websites, where i would type incomprehensible code phrases in green typeface onto a black screen. my life IS “cyberpunk”.

ok, i guess this answer mutated away from the question you asked in the first place, sorry. but i guess my favourite examples of cyberpunk media would just be stuff you’d expect: neuromancer, transmetropolitan (lol), hackers, blade runner, etc. i’m probably a bad person to ask for recommendations because as i said before, i’m not very discerning. i’m ordinarily very critical about the media i consume, but cheesy dystopian/cyberpunk movies are my kryptonite and i can & will watch any old bullshit and still find it hilarious. also, cyberpunk is kind of a nonspecific genre, particularly since so many modern sci-fi movies include aspects of what used to be classed as cyberpunk. i would definitely recommend A Scanner Darkly and Dredd as genuinely good movies, but they’re not like ~pure cyberpunk~ in that they’re not all mirrorshades and noir detective crap and androids and ~hacking. and Children Of Men is one of my ultimate recommendations as a futuristic dystopia, but it doesn’t really include much “cyberpunk” at all, even though thematically it is very similar to many famous works of cyberpunk fiction.

when it comes to contemporary fiction that doesn’t model itself as “cyberpunk” but merely takes place in our current reality of cyberpunk-esque existence, i’d recommend Person of Interest (TV) and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (book). Little Brother is a YA novel about surveillance culture and a lot of people do find the writing style a little clunky, but it (and its sequel) also function as a kind of instruction manual on how to deal with all kinds of basic internet safety and surveillance stuff. v educational. also you can download both books for free off the author’s site, so they’re readily available.

Person of Interest is interesting because it frames itself as a kind of slightly dystopian sci-fi AU of our own world, but mostly touches upon stuff that is already happening IRL. it feels like a typical (if relatively serious) american episodic crime show, but the central concept is about a guy who creates an all-powerful AI that scans, well, pretty much every electronic device with any modicum of intelligence or recording capacity. it then uses this data to predict when unprotected citizens might be in danger, which enables the main characters to set up a kind of secret vigilante operation in NYC. i realise this concept sounds incredibly cheesy (and, btw, the first few episodes are NOT GOOD), but POI actually turns into a very dark and interesting show, although i do think it pulls its punches somewhat with regards to the grim realities of constant surveillance — probably because the target audience is middle-aged americans who watch CBS crime shows.

i’d love to see a hollywood movie that sets a “cyberpunk”-style story in the real world of surveillance drones and bitcoin and facebook information gathering, etc, but i haven’t seen many mainstream movies/tv shows developing in that direction as of yet. usually all we get are cop shows and spy movies where the “good guys” benefit from using unethical online surveillance methods to catch criminals and terrorists, a concept that often seems to veer into outright propaganda. oh well. ://

Book Recs (2016)

I’ve got four more books to read before New Year’s if I’m to reach my 52 book goal for 2016, but it’s close enough that I thought I’d share some recommendations. A few of these were published in 2016, but most weren’t: it’s merely what I most enjoyed reading this year.

I read a ton of YA this year because I was too much of a snob to do so when I was a pretentious teen (though in my defence the quality of YA has increased IMMENSELY since I was 9-11 years old and devouring it BECAUSE I WAS A BIG KID, SEE, LOOK. IMMENSELY). Also because I’m going to shamefully admit that I was massively behind on my reading goal and they’re shorter and brisker reads as a rule. I’m a cheater. I found a lot of great books though, so I am not ashamed. 

My good to shit ratio this year was probably the best ever (in…books, not life, unfortunately). Like, I am reccing 35% of the books I read! I’m so pleased. May 2017 bring me more of the same (IN BOOKS NOT LIFE, 2017.)

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today-is-tuesday-too  asked:

top 5 songs of the moment and top 5 books you've loved recently

  1. RIPTIDE by vance joy
  2. SUBURBAN WAR by arcade fire (of the moment & always)
  3. JENNY covered by lily sevin
  4. MY BODY IS A CAGE covered by peter gabriel
  5. WHISTLIN’ PAST THE GRAVEYARD by tom waits

and for some unknown fucking reason i’ve been singing “love changes everything” from aspects of love for the last 12 hours so there’s that

  1. STATION ELEVEN by emily st. john mandel — i literally finished this TODAY and it was INCREDIBLE! read it if you like: post-apocalyptic examinations of humanity, other people, shakespeare, planet earth, feeling unbearably small and alive. 
  2. THE SECRET HISTORY by donna tartt — this book does not need me to big it up, but still: it absolutely lived up to the hype, and then some. it’s so good. it’s SO GOOD. 
  3. THE QUICK by lauren owen — victorian gothic mystery! refreshingly not boring vampires! repressed playwrights! hardcore siblings! cool ladies! torrid queer love affairs! oh my!
  4. THE RAVEN CYCLE by maggie stiefvater — this series is the best YA fantasy i’ve read in years. i’m actually rooting for the cishets to get together, which is astounding (and not just because HE’LL DIE IF SHE KISSES HIM. YO. YOOO). bonus: canon (incredible) queer character, super interesting mythology, intense YA goodness. 
  5. GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by andrew smith — this book is half terrible sci-fi B-movie and half high literary introspection. it’s about the onset of the apocalypse, caused by giant fucking preying mantis, and it’s about a bisexual kid realising he’s in love with his best friend as well as his girlfriend. it’s vulgar and it’s gorgeous, sometimes in the same sentence. favourite book of the year, hands down!