Science Fiction Today – Libraries (The Sunday Re-Blog)

Comparative Geeks

LLast week we lined up Health Care and Immunization, and this week it’s Knowledge and Libraries. A couple of sets of things that go hand-in-hand as we look at the future. And while Holly and I might be outsiders looking in at the world of health care, there’s an inside-track when it comes to libraries: I am a librarian. So I have to try to make this post not about that…

What this post is about is the fact that libraries don’t always appear prominently in Science Fiction – though they feature prominently in Fantasy. Often there are other ways the information is kept or passed on in Science Fiction – the sorts of things Holly talked about yesterday with Knowledge. In  a world where all of human knowledge is at our fingertips… what does the future of libraries look like?

Libraries in Fantasy

“Libraries really are wonderful. They’re…

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Science Fiction Today – Books for the Sunday Re-Blog

Here’s one of our A to Z Challenge posts this year, in the theme Science Fiction Today! I thought this one fit in well with the theme here on the blog.

Comparative Geeks

BBooks are still such an important part of not only how we get information, but how we get to experience all the various stories that people have to tell. At the same time the way that we read books has changed. The invention of the printing press made such a significant impact on just having access to reading and now we have the ability for anyone to have books.

This has made almost a different issue of the number of books that can be housed in one location. Libraries create a place to be able to borrow books instead of owning, but there is something about owning books that is really nice. Now we have all sorts of e-readers and tablets that can hold hundreds of books at one time and even add the ability to have interactive elements. This is already a huge step forward in how books are…

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We’re All Hooked on a Feeling – Guardians of the Galaxy

The next of my music posts – this time on Guardians of the Galaxy! If you’ve seen this movie – and the box office figures suggest you have! – you know the music is an integral part.

I suggest some reasons that the way they used music were really something!

Sourcerer

If you haven’t had a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy yet, might I suggest checking it out? I have been blogging on Sourcerer about 2 things: comics and music. This movie is a perfect combination of those two things.

Previously, it seems like it’s Zack Snyder who had a hold on good use of music in comic-book type movies, especially Watchmen and Sucker Punch. But those movies were a lot darker: Guardians of the Galaxy has great music, and used it to generate a sense of fun, as well as emotional depth.

You can see some of how they use music in the first trailer, with the now iconic use of Hooked on a Feeling. I also think this is a perfect sort of character: it introduced the characters, the movie, and left it pretty much there without giving much away. I avoided other trailers after…

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Flash Fiction Friday 2

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For my first longer-format flash-fiction story, I tried Fantasy. So I thought I would go with Science Fiction here. I used every character of a 140-character tweet. Which is unfortunate, since I was planning on adding the #flashfiction.

It’s a little rough, but it’s me trying to think through the longer story I’m working on. I wrote it a while ago, also. Since then, I’m moving into having a world I’ll be writing shorter fiction in… you can check that out on Monday!

The Science Fiction Film Trifecta

Noah PosterI have been putting thought into doing more in terms of Science Fiction lately. More than anything, I’ve been thinking about doing more with my idea of Science Fiction Today. The idea being, take today’s problems, consider them in a Science Fiction setting, and consider whether we can be working on a solution to a problem in that way. I explained it all in more detail on Comparative Geeks.

This whole line of thought is where I started blogging from. My initial question on my Tumblr was, what would it be like for our presidential candidates (and other politicians) to present their beliefs in a Science Fictional sort of way – to say what they think the future would really look like if we followed their beliefs and plans into the future. I was contemplating writing it myself, but everything I thought of seemed like a Dystopia…

So this brings me around to the title. And some of my thinking is, maybe Science Fiction is doing alright on its own. Maybe it doesn’t need me championing the way it considers and explains the world. Maybe the big ideas I think are important are being shared with the public on a broader scale. My thoughts for this are based on three movies this year, each very different from each other, and all from big-name directors presenting big ideas. So read on for some of my thoughts on NoahLucy, and Interstellar!

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Standing at a Crossroads

Here at DBCII, I have been working my way towards doing more fiction writing – like I’ve discussed in posts like this last Six Word Saturday. Doing more than just blogging; the blogging served a purpose of getting me writing again and frequently, made writing part of my daily routine. But the blogging is both an outlet and a means to an end – but it is not the goal itself.

Meanwhile, on Comparative Geeks I have been considering one of our ongoing features, Science Fiction Today. As I discussed in posts like my year-and-a-half recap, I have been giving this feature or category a lot of thought. I have a ton of ideas of topics to cover, and thoughts on how to approach them or at least get started. And the question is, do I just work this into the flow on Comparative Geeks? Or do something more with it? Read more of this post

Six Word Saturday 6

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This week, I was trying to think of an epic Science Fiction story to tell in six words. What do you think?

In trying to think of how to tell a complete story, beyond just my idea before of the beginning, middle, and end, I thought back to the 5 W’s:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why

You can add How if you like. But then, if you do add How, you have six questions to answer in six words. So I guess in part my question is: did I do it?

For instance, with “two lovers,” there’s two words that describe not only Who, but is a defined relationship, which gives you some of the What and Why. Meanwhile, “the multiverse” gives you the Where and, in some ways, a nebulous When as well. And with “infinite combinations,” I try to answer (while also leaving open) some answers to What, Why, and How. Kind of? It’s six words.

I thought I would use this setup for a different one as well:

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Similar construction, very different story!

Next week, I’d like to try some of the same thing with Fantasy.

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