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25 May 2015 @ 03:03 pm
So, another episode.

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flake_sake
20 May 2015 @ 08:24 pm
Ohh, this show just keeps getting better and better! Rob Thomas still has the knack for brilliant criminal conspiracy cases!I'm really glad, the show got renewed for another season.

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flake_sake
20 May 2015 @ 10:17 am
Now that was a neat movie for a change! Can we have more movies with Biker Grannies, please?
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18 May 2015 @ 03:29 pm
Yay, it got renewed for another season. This show really got better and better and by now I can't wait for the next bit after each episode.

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Also had a look at the first minutes of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, looks like they caught the book very well!
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01 May 2015 @ 09:04 am
I finally have few days off work and managed to catch up with IZombie. I have a bad feeling about it. The more I watch, the more I love it which spells doom for the show.

It is really getting better and better. It is very episodic, but the overarching plot gets more and more interesting, the villain is seriously scary and now that the characters are getting more depth I really love them. Major is brilliant, at first he seemed just cardboard perfect, like Allie's Awesome on Chuck, but he is develped with every episode and by now I totally root for him.

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17 April 2015 @ 04:14 pm
I got a bit sucked into this thing and maybe I should take a step back but I can't help but care and there are some fairly interesting developments.

After two authors withdrew their Puppie pushed nominations because they did not want to be associated with Vox Day, now a final ballot has been drawn up by Sasquan.

This ballot also includes some very interesting numbers. Namely how many people voted in that category and the range of how many votes the nominated works got. I think that is worth a little analysis. Of course there is a lot of guesswork involved, but I think it is fair to draw some rough conclusions about the puppy numbers from this.</a>
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flake_sake
10 April 2015 @ 04:03 pm
I kept up with GRRMs very leveled and sophisticated posts on the whole Puppygate issue and I also read Larry Correia's long and rambling answer and since I don't want to give myself high blood pressure during pregnancy I need to write my thoughts on this down somewhere.

Correia essentially complains that people did not like him at the WorldCon because of his political views and that he did not win anything. He complains that the preferences of "his kind of fan" are slanted and somehow considered “wrong”.

The whole post reeks of butthurt privilege. Certainly conservatives constitute at least half of the US electorate, so he might have experienced a sort of climate change, when entering the literary community, but I wonder if he, for all his victimization fantasies, has ever actually considered that, within the society of scifi readers, his tastes are an actual minority opinion? That books of his tastes did not win so often/ or get published so often, simply because the readers did not enjoy them so much?

I don’t find it surprising that a field like fantastic literature that constantly dreams up new societies and new cultures, does swing more into a progressive direction than a conservative one. You start to dream, because reality isn't enough and your imagination can do so much better. Does it not make sense that people, who imagine living with alien life, have an easy time accepting that all kinds of humans are equal? Does it not make sense that they want to move society forward instead of conserving the status quo?

Part of why I always loved the scifi community is because it is so very open to new things and ideas. I doubt that anyone considers the old school things Correia feels are so persecuted actually “wrong” (unless he lies and actually does mean open racism and sexism, by his vague descriptions). I think people are simply more interested in more novel and creative ideas. It is a matter of taste. Might be that imagination has a liberal bias, but you can't force people to like what you like, even by sweeping a literature prize with a very small electorate.

An example: If a novel treats women like things that are just there for decoration that simply disagrees with my taste. To me it is bad literature because it is bad depiction. You could also write about dogs and constantly talk about their quacking and their scales (although if it is cats, it’s cleary 5 star scifi). A good author needs to be a good observer and if I feel that an author is too narrowminded to be a good observer, he loses appeal.
They claim they miss the good old “to boldly go, where no man has gone before” but when it comes to imagining new ways of life, they want to stay, where men have been staying since forever and where women should never go away too far from the kitchen.

Considering how small the electorate for the Hugo was, it always did an amazing job of representing scifi fans and the reason why it became such a powerful award even to people like me (who didn’t have an idea how it was even chosen for a long time), is because picking up a Hugo book hardly ever disappointed.

So since the Hugo has been reliable for over 60 years it makes sense to me to support it now and try to keep it that way, by adding my voice. I refuse to believe that the puppies are what the majority of scifi fans want, but if that majority doesn’t participate, they will ruin the Hugos anyway. So, I bought a membership. Has the added bonus that I can vote for the WorldCon to be in Helsinki in 2017, where I could actually attend it. I read only a few stories on the ballots but let’s see with how much I can catch up until end of July.
 
 
 
flake_sake
08 April 2015 @ 11:35 pm
I have seen this sad puppy thing going around the last few days but I had not bothered to find out what it was about until now. It's just plain depressing.

Here's the short version: This years Hugo award nominations were heavily influenced by heavy block voting from a "poor, underrepresented, hunted down white heterosexual males" group, called sad puppies. They felt, a lot like GamerGate (and indead the actors were partly overlapping), that their hobby is ruined by other people getting a voice too in the community.

They were sucessfull in pushing several authors on the short lists that are unlikely to have made it there otherwise. Three of their list made on the Hugo ballot for best novel this year and a lot of people are considering to vote No award this year, so that the award will not be handed out at all.

It really is depressing. I love the Hugos. I read so many of the winning books and after loosing track for a while I read the 2012 winner, Jo Walton's Among Others, and it all came back to me and I fell in love with scifi all over again. I guess Among Others is one of the books that the sad puppies were complaining about, written by a woman, female hero, more fantasy than scifi, more a book about what it is like to love scifi as a teenage girl than actual scifi. To me it was proof that the Hugo's grew with me. That they were still an award you could rely on for quality and especially originality.

This year, not so much. These are the books nominated this year:

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (The first book won last year)
The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (puppy list)
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos (puppy list)
Skin Game by Jim Butcher (puppy list)

The sad puppy nominations are easy to spot, they are all the males. Yes, also Jim Butcher was on the list. I don't know if he said anything about being nominated by the sad puppies. I doubt he feels too great in their company, but there is nothing regarding the controversy on his blog or twitter. I read Skin Game and I liked it but it is not the kind of outstanding novel I'd nominate for a Hugo.

To me the sci fi community was always a liberating place, that took me away from the narrow constraints of society. To find that parts of it are as close minded as the most backwards village idiots, I was escaping from as a kid, is really sad.
 
 
 
flake_sake
23 March 2015 @ 09:46 am
I finally got to watch the whole pilot on the weekend and I really like it.

The concept is a lot like True Calling (if anyone remebers that show), except that the main character is a zombie and eats corpse's brains to have visions about how they died.

I don't think it is terribly original but the writing is A+ and the characters are all very likeable. It really feels a bit like Veronica Mars goes zombie with the voiceovers and the small blond girl solving crime, but it also has its own thing going and I can't wait to see more of it.

Also I like how the show semimetaphorically deals with Gwen's depression over her zombiefication. It reminded me a bit of Buffy S6.

Don't really have much to say about that first episode exept that I liked it and want to see how it develops.